Reflecting on the War of 1812 with the Latest Officers’ Quarters!

Officers' Quarters Volume 30, Number 2 & Volume 31, Number 1 (2013 & 2014) - Special Edition:  The War of 1812

Officers’ Quarters Volume 30, Number 2 & Volume 31, Number 1 (2013 & 2014) – Special Edition: The War of 1812

The York Sunbury Historical Society Publication Committee has released their latest Officers’ Quarters last month.  Edited by Simon Murgatroyd, this issue features articles about the War of 1812 including a recap of several commemoration activities that surrounded the recent anniversary.  Mr. Murgatroyd is a long-time volunteer at the Fredericton Region Museum assisting with several activities such as event planning, artefact cataloguing and photographing, exhibit installation and publication editing.

The York Sunbury Historical Society is fortunate be situated in a community that has a fascinating history and many individuals who are engaged in the past.  When a call for articles was made for the War of 1812 Edition of the Officers’ Quarters, there was no shortage of interest and the positive response resulted in a slightly thicker publication than usual.  This led to the “Special Edition” designation.

Several local and excellent historians contributed to this Quarters including Marc Milner, Gary Campbell, Bob Dallison and Brent Wilson.  Each wrote about different aspects of the war, including the March of the 104th, which served as the main focus of provincial commemoration activities.  They provide a historic backdrop to the articles that highlighted the activities designed to remember the conflict.

Dennis Goodwin from Picaroons Brewtique submitted an article pertaining to the 104th Regiment Brown Ale that was brewed for the commemoration.  Eric McCumber gave the Society permission to publish the poem he wrote and recited at the Picaroons 104th ale launch held at the museum in June 2013 (see video here … Picaroons 104th Bottle Launch & 104th Trek in Madawaska Opening (Pt II))!  Randall Haslett wrote about the geotrail that he created to commemorate the epic 1813 march and local MLA, Brian Macdonald, recounted his adventures as he walked 366km on snowshoes in honour of the soldiers who walked before him 150 years before.

Copies of the Officers’ Quarters are available for purchase at the Fredericton Region Museum for $10 each.  Funds raised from the sale of the publication supports the York Sunbury Historical Society research and publishing program.

The York Sunbury Historical Society’s Publication Committee invites submissions of full and short papers reporting on the history of fine and visual artists in central New Brunswick.  The Publication Committee and Editor will review all papers and accepted papers will be published in the Officers’ Quarters.  The Society is a volunteer organization and does not offer monetary compensation for articles.  Articles must include sources and a good quality digital image or two with permission to publish for illustration.  The submission deadline is April 1, 2015.  Contact the Fredericton Region Museum office for more information.

About the Fredericton Region Museum:
The York Sunbury Historical Society founded the Fredericton Region Museum in 1934.  In 1959, the museum found permanent headquarters in the Officers’ Quarters (571 Queen Street) in the heart of downtown Fredericton.  The society and museum remain a non-profit enterprise with a small paid staff and numerous volunteers.  Spring hours (April – June) are Tuesday to Saturday 1pm-4pm.

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