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.

Big day for the Canadian Flag!

How often I have felt my spirits rise when I have seen Canadian students travelling abroad, identifying themselves by wearing the Canadian Flag on their cars, bicycles, and packsacks.  It showed their confidence in themselves and in their country.  The maple leaf forever!
Dr. George F. G. Stanley, 24 December 1994

This week, my middle school child reminded me that the Canadian flag is celebrating a milestone this year.  It was at noon on 15 February 1965 that the red ensign was lowered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and the new Canadian flag hoisted.  Our fabulous flag turns 50 today!

Designed by Dr. George F. G. Stanley, Canada’s House of Commons approved the maple leaf flag on the 15 December 1964 and it was quickly followed by Queen Elizabeth’s approval on Christmas Eve.  Dr. Stanley was born in 1907 in Calgary and after a distinguished academic career, retired in Sackville, New Brunswick where he had been working at Mount Allison University.  Stanley served as New Brunswick’s Lieutenant Governor from 1982 until 1987.  He and his wife were Life Members of the York Sunbury Historical Society and regularly attended society lectures and events at the museum.

To learn more about our flag, check out this YouTube video by Canada’s History.

York Sunbury Historical Society February Program

Government House, Fredericton

Government House on Woodstock Road

The Program Committee is pleased to announce the following presentation for the York-Sunbury Historical Society.  Join us in the basement of Government House (51 Woodstock Road) starting at 7:30pm.  All presentations are free and open to the public, with a reception following each one.

Speaker:  Dr. Brad Cross
Date:  February 19th, 2015
Topic:   The Daily Lives of Black New Brunswickers as seen through Objects

Household furnishings, kitchenware, tools and decorative objects can shed light on the daily experiences of ordinary people in the way that official documents can’t.  Brad Cross will speak about research he and his students undertook to explore the daily lives of Black New Brunswickers over the last 200 years.

Officers’ Quarters Call for Article Submissions

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’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 York Sunbury Historical Society is a volunteer organization and, at this time, 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.

York Sunbury Historical Society January Program

Government House, Fredericton

Government House on Woodstock Road

The Program Committee is pleased to announce the following presentation for the York-Sunbury Historical Society.  Presentations take place at 7:30pm in the basement of Government House (51 Woodstock Road).  A reception follows each presentation and are free and open to the public.

Speaker:  Brent Suttie BA, MA
Topic:  BENEATH THE BLACKTOP: “Sub”-Urban Archaeology of the West End of Fredericton, New Brunswick
Date:  January 15, 2015

Abstract:
In the Fall of 2013, a large construction project in the West End of Fredericton revealed a 5m deep profile that tells a compelling story about the last 12,000 years of the history of what is now Fredericton, NB.  From a flooded forest which may be related to global flooding events around 8500 years ago – to evidence of early French, and Euro-Canadian occupations.

A Visit with Tim

I was thrilled to see Tim in the office last week!  Tim is the Executive Director of the Fredericton Community Foundation, a very important organization that supports charities in our area.  Tim was delivering a cheque from the Foundation’s designated Duffie Crowell Tapestry Fund.  The designated funds give the donor their choice of charities that receive a gift each year and Ivan H. Crowell chose the York Sunbury Historical Society.

Crowell was a botanist, biologist, teacher, pewtersmith and master weaver.  He helped establish the New Brunswick Craft School and was instrumental in the establishment of Kings Landing.  Crowell was awarded the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Distinguished Citizen of Fredericton Award and honourary degrees from the University of New Brunswick.

The York Sunbury Historical Society gave him the Martha J. Harvey Award in 1991 for his long service to the society and contributions in the field of New Brunswick history.  He was the President of the Society in 1951 as well as a Life Member.  The Fredericton Region Museum’s collection of artefacts was influenced by Crowell who frequently donated items, including several of his tapestries.  Many of his tapestries depict the history of the region, such as those on display at Fredericton’s City Hall, providing a visual representation of our history for future generations.  Though Crowell was from Nova Scotia, the history of where he lived was important to him.

I have never met Ivan Crowell, but when I am working in the collection and discover the artefacts that he donated or look at the tapestries that he created, I feel as though I am getting to know him a little and I appreciate his annual gift more.  That gift keeps the York Sunbury Historical Society connected to its past and a former member who supported the organization and wants it continue to grow into the future.

Thank you, Dr. Crowell …and thank you, Tim, for your lovely visit!

Tim Fox presenting a cheque to the Ruth Murgatroyd for the York Sunbury Historical Society (Fredericton Region Museum) from the Duffie/Crowell Tapestry Fund. This fund provides a grant each year to this organization!

Tim Fox presenting a cheque to the Ruth Murgatroyd for the York Sunbury Historical Society (Fredericton Region Museum) from the Duffie/Crowell Tapestry Fund. This fund provides a grant each year to this organization!

York Sunbury Historical Society Announces 2014 Martha J. Harvey Award Recipients

Martha J. Harvey was the founder of the York Sunbury Historical Society

Martha J. Harvey was the founder of the York Sunbury Historical Society

Fredericton, NB— December 8, 2014: Each year, the York Sunbury Historical Society (YSHS) seeks nominations from its members for the Martha J. Harvey Awards of Distinction to be awarded at the annual society Christmas luncheon.  The annual award honour outstanding contribution to the field of history in New Brunswick and long and meritorious service to the YSHS.

This year, an award will be presented to Melynda Jarratt for her research and publication on New Brunswick’s history, and her work to preserve built heritage.  Melynda is an expert on Canada’s War Brides history, publishing three books and curating an exhibit at the York Sunbury Museum (Fredericton Region Museum) on the topic.  She serves on the advisory committee for the New Brunswick Scottish Portal and was among the founders for the Association Maison Doucet Hennessy House Association Inc. to maintain, restore and preserve the Doucet Hennessy House located in Bathurst.

The second award will be presented to Elizabeth Earl for her many years of dedicated volunteer work on the YSHS Board of Directors and with several of the society and museum committees, often as chair.  During her thirty years in the Society, she served twelve years on the Board including four years as president.  Presently, she is the Chair of the Exhibitions Committee and serves on the Program Committee.

Formed in 1932, the York Sunbury Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets historical data, records and objects relating to the history of the province of New Brunswick, and in particular that of York and Sunbury Counties.  Last year, the society presented awards to Vincent Erickson and Donald Roberts.