York Sunbury Historical Society Announces 2015 Martha J. Harvey Award Recipient

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

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

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

This year, the award will be presented to C. Mary Young for her research and publication on the History of New Brunswick Botany. natures bountyC. Mary Young’s research on botany in New Brunswick began while she was volunteering at University of New Brunswick, where she uncovered botanical specimens dating back to the 1830’s. Her publication entitled Nature’s Bounty: Four Centuries of Plant Exploration in New Brunswick documents her findings, and helps to demonstrate that “there are many very important lessons to be learned from carefully examining the past and preserving our heritage.” C. Mary was very involved with the creation of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick which is dedicated to conserving critical areas of nature throughout the province. C. Mary Young is a trained biologist whose research and work has been, and continues to be remarkable.

Founded 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 Melynda Jarratt and Elizabeth Earl.

York Sunbury Historical Society Christmas Luncheon

It is that time of the year again! The annual York Sunbury Historical Society Christmas Luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 10th at the Fredericton Inn.

Guests should plan to arrive for 11:30am as the lunch will begin at 12:00pm. The menu is as follows:

Tossed Garden, Potato, Three Bean Salads
Soup of the Day, Homemade Rollsc card
Entrée:
Stuffed Chicken , Baby Carrots, Baby White Potatoes
Ice Water, Tea and Coffee
An Assortment of Desserts

Don Roberts will be making a Christmas presentation and the M.J. Harvey award will be presented. Price is $20.00 per person and can be paid individually. Please RSVP by December 8th by email to yorksunbury@nb.aibn.com, phone to 506-455-6041, or in person at the Fredericton Region Museum (571 Queen Street).

We hope to see you there!

York Sunbury Historical Society November Program

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 Old Government House (51 Woodstock Road). A reception follows the presentation and are free and open to the public.

Speaker: Greg Fekner
Topic: Equipment that Canadians, specifically New Brunswickers, used duringgovernment house the First World War.
Date: 19 November 2015

Greg Fekner is originally from Ontario and obtained his Honours B.A. in history from Wilfred Laurier University.  His focus was   on Military History but found that he excelled especially in the area of Canadian Military History.  While in Ontario, Greg became an avid recreational historian and took part in several recreations ranging from the American Civil War to the Second World War. He worked with a prominent high school teacher from Tillsonburg to deliver educational programs to students of all ages. Greg is presently the Executive Director at the New Brunswick Military History Museum in Oromocto and remains heavily involved with the educational side of the museum industry.

York Sunbury Historical Society October Program

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 Old Government House (51 Woodstock Road). A reception follows the presentation and are free and open to the public.

Speaker: Martin Aitken
Topic: History of Pewter and Aitkens Pewter in Frederictongovernment house
Date: October 15, 2015

Martin will be speaking on the History of pewter in Fredericton, New Brunswick as well as the History of Aitkens Pewter. Martin is the company president of Aitkens Pewter, which was founded in 1972 in Fredericton. Although based in Fredericton, Aitkens Pewter has stores in Saint John and Halifax.

York Sunbury Historical Society September Program

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: Mary Louise McCarthy
Topic:   1815-2015…a brief history of Black Refugees arrival to NB
Date:  September 17, 2015

Government House, Fredericton

Government House on Woodstock Road

Mary Louise McCarthy is the Executive President of the New Brunswick Black History Society.  She is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Social Justice at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  She currently lives and works in Fredericton, New Brunswick and her doctoral research focuses on uncovering the stories, bonds and relationships between the early African settlers and the Maliseet First Nation communities in New Brunswick.

Open House at the Fredericton Region Museum

The Fredericton Region Museum would like to invite everyone and their families for a free  fun-filled day at the Museum on August 2nd from 10:00AM until 5:00PM.

Every year our Open House event gets bigger and better and we are certain that this year will be the best yet. This is the only day on our calendar that the admission fees are waived at the museum. That’s right, FREE ADMISSION! To top it all off there will be plenty of free activities and live music for everyone to enjoy!

This year’s theme is “Playing with History” and to suit our theme we’ve hired a toymaker to build us a collection of historically accurate antique styled games, such as Battledore and Graces. Guests of all ages are welcome to come and play with these marvelous handmade toys.

There will also be a guessing game where a collection of strange unidentified artifacts will be on display and pens and paper will be available so that guests can leave a guess as to what the item was used for.

Another aspect of the day that is exclusive to this event will be access to the workrooms of the third floor of our building. The third floor workrooms are where all incoming and outgoing artefacts are handled and processed. The third floor is restricted to all but staff except for this one day each year.

And of course the Icing on the Cake will be live entertainment on our Balcony. SONA, a marvelous local folk band will be playing English, French and Celtic music for all in Officers’ Square to hear. Hannah’s Tea Place will also be open on the balcony, where Benjamin Ingraham will be selling scrumptious tea and cookies.

Don’t forget, all admission and activities are FREE August 2nd. We can’t wait to see all of you for this, the biggest event on our Calendar.

Artist in Wonderland

Our current artist-in-residence Marsha Clark is working on a Wonderland-inspired gallery which is displayed at the Fredericton Region Museum in our artist-in-residence room.

Our current artist-in-residence Marsha Clark is working on a Wonderland-inspired gallery which is displayed at the Fredericton Region Museum in our artist-in-residence room. 

Ms. Clark will be using artefacts from our very own collections in designing her collages and for her Mad Hatter tea party. She is an absolutely amazing artist who is more than happy to speak with visitors as they come by.

The Region Museum will be hosting her until July 17th, so visitors will certainly want to see her artwork in person before she departs.