Category Archives: Member Profiles

Brian Hallett Receives the First CANB Volunteer Award

Brian Hallett

Brian Hallett in 2012 attending the York-Sunbury Historical Society, Ltd. Christmas Luncheon.

The York-Sunbury Historical Society, Ltd. is pleased to announce that their recent nomination of Brian Hallett for the Council of Archives New Brunswick Volunteering Award for his volunteer work with the Society has been accepted!

Brian graduated from Fredericton High School and the University of New Brunswick. His love for the archives was realized when he went to work at the Public Archives of Canada, aka the National Archives of Canada and Library & Archives Canada in 1964. He retired from the archives in 1998 having been an archivist in many fields of Federal government records.  On arrival in New Brunswick, he became a records analyst for the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB) in many provincial government fields.

CANB Volunteer Award

The award was created in 2016 by the CANB Board of Directors to highlight the work of archivists in New Brunswick.

Brian became a member of the York-Sunbury Historical Society (YSHS) in 2005 and became a devoted volunteer worker undertaking the onerous task of re-organizing and cataloguing the archival collection.  Brian retrieved the backlog of archival materials held at the Fredericton Region Museum and at the PANB and added them to the YSHS Finding Aid, the MC300.  During the process, he audited the existing MC300 and updated many of the entries with better descriptions and location notes.  He made it easier for people to use our valuable collection of records and prints for research and for the Society’s own purposes in creating exhibits and producing publications.

As he concluded his work on the backlog, Brian undertook the tremendous task of transferring several hundred administrative records from the museum to PANB storage mentoring a University of New Brunswick Intern through the process.  Lauren came to the Society as an Arts3000 Intern and worked closely with Brian over several months preparing and describing records in preparation for transfer and inclusion in the MC300/MS1 series. Under his mentorship, she learned to cull, organize, describe and re-box records.

CANB Volunteer Award

Brian was unable to attend the program so Ruth Murgatroyd, Society Executive Director, accepted the award on his behalf from Shannon Doiron, CANB Archives Advisor, presented the Award. Photograph courtesy of Robert Richard.

Brian was the Chair of the Collections Committee until 2017 and has served on the Board of Directors for several years.  Under his direction, the Society rewrote its Collections Management Policy, developed a collections procedural manual and implemented a Curatorial Health and Safety Program.  The overall management of the Fredericton Region Museum’s collection, both archival and three-dimensional, has benefitted tremendously under Brian’s direction.

His work experience has given the YSHS valuable knowledge of how to set up the archival and collection records within the museum. He has been a wonderful mentor to many of the students, interns and volunteers. His kindness and helpfulness in all things has inspired many of our students to pursue careers in history and museum studies.

His work experience has given him the invaluable knowledge to produce an intensive study in the genealogy of the Douglas area by doing a personal history of his family as well as the families and history of the area. He has published the research and made it available to the public. He has kindly shared his research by contributing to the Officers’ Quarters and by giving public presentations.

It was with great pleasure that the Society submitted his name for the first CANB Volunteering Award for taking the initiative to restructure the Society’s most important treasures and artefacts into a sensible cataloguing and filing system, making it accessible to the public. Brian is priceless.

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Meet a Member: Fred White

We didn't have a picture of Fred White in time for this post so we substituted a picture of Fred Coleman with his famous frog.

We didn't have a picture of Fred White in time for this post so we substituted a picture of Fred Coleman with his famous frog.

How long have you been with the York Sunbury Historical Society?

Since 1968

What brought you to the YSHS?

Did support for the YSHS in 1968, as an Accountant responsible for the Military Compound Board, which controlled the Officers’ Barracks.  I took over the Compound’s books and did their Annual Financial Statements.

Have you held any offices or been on any committees over the years?

I have held many offices over the years, and served on several committees.  (Note from Ruth:  Some of the offices that Fred has held include but are not limited to President, Treasurer and Editor of the Officers’ Quarters.  He has written several articles for the Officers’ Quarters and received a Long Service Award from the Society’s Board in 2009).

What do you like most about the Society?

The Society actively preserves and exhibits history in a variety of formats, technologies and dimensions.  It is a vehicle and catalyst for growth of Heritage for the people of Greater Fredericton and beyond.

Meet a Member: Ramona Frances

 
Ramona Frances is the Membership Secretary of the York Sunbury Historical Society.

Ramona Frances is the Membership Secretary of the York Sunbury Historical Society.

Ramona is very active in several community organizations and the York Sunbury Historical Society is very lucky to have her on the Board of Directors.  She has a teaching background and has assisted the museum with education programs.  Thanks Ramona for answering the questions that the Museum Summer Staff has put together.

How long have you been with the YSHS?I have been a member for five years. 

What brought you to the YSHS?

Keenly interested in Genealogy and History, especially New Brunswick History.

Have you held any offices or been on any committees over the years?

I held the office of Secretary for two years and presently Chairman of the Membership Committee.

What do you like most about the Society?

I enjoy the informative programs throughout the year and get satisfaction in knowing that our history is being recognized.

Meet one of our Curators: Robert McNeil

Robert McNeil is the curator of the Devon Trail House Exhibit

Robert McNeil is the curator of the Devon Trail House Exhibit

Robert McNeil is the curator of our newly opened Devon Trail House Exhibit and co-author of two books on the history of the Devon area in Fredericton (New Brunswick, Canada).  Robert took a few minutes to help answer a few questions that the staff has put together.  Thanks Robert!

How long have you been with the York Sunbury Historical Society?

Two years

What brought you to the York Sunbury Historical Society?

After I retired I wanted to become more involved in the local history.  A member of the society asked me to serve on the Board of Directors of York Sunbury Museum

Have you held any offices or been on any committees over the years?

I have been on the Board of Directors for the second year now. I am a member of the Collections Committee.

What do you like most about the Society?

The people are friendly and we share a common interest in the history of this part of the province.