“Letters from the Editors” (page 3)
“President’s Perspective” by Helen Hutchison (page 4)
“The Museum in Focus” by Antoinette Duplessis (page 5)
A brief discussion on the history of collecting and the evolution of museum collections. The New Brunswick had the first museum in Canada from the collection of Dr. Abraham Gesner. This article introduces a series of articles written by Katrina Dewitt on the subject of collections.
“Hannah Ingraham, 1772-1869: Her Reminiscences” by Carolyn Atkinson (page 7)
This article recounts the life of Loyalists Hannah Ingraham and her family when they arrived in what is now New Brunswick. It describes the difficulties they faced arriving in the fall without even having a home and roof over their heads and their interactions with the other early settlers.
This article inspired our first issue of “Sketches of Our Past: Father’s Footprints”.
“Arianna Margaretta Jekyll Chalmers Saunders” by Diane Taylor Myles (page 10)
Through excerpts from letters written in the late 1700’s, this article offers a glimpse into the privileged and somewhat unorthodox lives of John and Arianna Margaretta Jekyll Chalmers Saunders.
“Readings from Juliana Ewing’s Fredercton Letters, 1867-1869” by Katrina A. Dewitt – Oct. 19, 1995 (page 12)
This article describes some aspects of the newlyweds Alexander and Juliana Horatia Ewing’s life and settlement in Fredericton through letters to her family in England. It portrays her as a gentle, fun loving woman who seemed to enjoy and adapt well to her new environment.
“Joseph Campbell Risteen” by Dorothy Vaughan (page 13)
Through his school days and apprenticeship, Joseph Campbell Risteen offers much insight into the development of Fredericton. Via his journal, the author recounts events at the church as well as in the community such as a great fire in 1850 and building the Methodist Church the following year.
“Fredericton’s Early Days” by W. Stewart MacNutt (page 18)
This article describes the founding of Fredericton and how the York Historical Society attempts to preserve that history in what was once the officer’s barracks.
“Indians at the Heart of New Brunswick” by Lilian M. B. Maxwell (page 19)
This article describes the Micmac and the Maliseet tribes before and after the Revolution and their involvement in the Revolutionary War. This article discusses their displacement when the white people came to the region, their treatment as allies in the Revolutionary War as well as their potential threat to English colonizers.
“De Villebon, A Soldier” by Lilian M. B. Maxwell (page 23)
This article describes the military career of Joseph DeVillebon in New France. He protected Acadia by allying with Pirates and Natives in the absence of military support from Imperial France. He was greatly admired and respected except by those who were the focus of attacks from his make shift troops.
“General Benedict Arnold in Fredericton” by Lilian M. B. Maxwell (page 25)
This article recounts the arrival of the Loyalist General Arnold in Fredericton after the Revolution and his subsequent disappearance on a trading vessel he captained.
“Pokiok and Prince William” by W. Stewart MacNutt (page 26)
This article discusses the creation of New Brunswick, which was indirectly aided by the settlement of British military troops and the purchase of great tracks of land in the Pokiok region by wealthy Loyalists who believed the area would produce great financial return.
“Our Schools – 1847 to 1858: The Regime of Mr. d’Avray” by G. W. Bailey, M.D. Medical Inspector of Schools (page 27)
This article describes the first training schools and the evolution of the education system in New Brunswick thanks largely in part to Marshall d’Avray. D’Avray advocated for the education of children, accountability of the educational system, adequate pay for teachers as well as acceptable locations for the schooling to be held.
“The Little Old Mills of New Brunswick: The Bradley Axe Factory of Nashwaak Village” by Ivan H. Crowell (page 31)
The Bradley Axe Factory in Nashwaaksis from the mid 1800’s made several products namely the axe but also other items such as coal and sleds. The author comments on the closure of the mill being attributed to the laboriousness of handcrafted products not being able to compete with industrialization.
“Beyond York-Sunbury Farming the Forest” by Koral LaVorgna (page 35)
This article discusses the Catholic and Protestant Irish settlers in St. Patrick’s Parish. The Catholics did not have the same resources as the Protestants to successfully farm and raise livestock. To earn a productive living and feed their families, they ‘farmed’ the forest by cutting firewood and selling the surplus.
“The Collector’s Room” by Katrina A. Dewitt (page 38)
This article offers would be and amateur collector’s advice on collecting and maintaining Victorian furniture collections.
“Garrison Ghosts” by William Stewart MacNutt (page 39)
This article describes the life of Dr. Stewart MacNutt, professor, writer and gifted speaker. It follows his career from his maritime education to scholarships awarded in his memory.