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.

Down the Historical Rabbit Hole

 

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‘Local artists combine talent at Fredericton Museum’.

On the 22nd of July at 5:00 pm, there will be the artists in residence reception at the Fredericton Region Museum, (FRM) 571 Queens Street, for Ms. Marsha Clark and Ms. Samantha Brittany. This gathering will be for these two talented artists combing their artwork to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the timeless classic, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and will be creating a Victorian and fairy-tale themed exhibit for invited guests to enjoy and interact with.

Ms. Clark and Ms. Brittany’s pieces will be displayed in the artist-in-residence room at the FRM; Ms. Brittany will allow guests to aid her in embellishing a dress she has been working on, as well as observe the process of corset making. She bases majority of her fashion designs on actual historical dresses and corsets. Ms. Brittany believes, ‘fashion is like a forest, you either get lost or follow the trail!’

Ms. Clark will be hosting a tea party in true Lewis Carol fashion on the balcony of the museum, complete with Mad Hatter, tea, and cookies. Artefacts from our very own collections inspire some of her paintings, as well as drawing muse from her fiancé to create the theme of, ‘artist in Wonderland’. Her collages make for a colourful and eye-catching experience.

The artist-in-residence program has been successful these past two years in helping to inspire artists with the FRM’s rich and vast collections, and pulling the public closer to what the museum does through art medium. The experience for invited guests this July will be one that is personal and exclusive: working with Ms. Brittany to finish her dress as well as being close to the museum’s collection of teacups with Ms. Clark.

Both artists are very excited to exhibit their pieces, and the FRM is proud to host them this summer; the combined talent and artwork creates a colourful and beautiful exhibit, which guests will certainly not want to miss out on. The event will welcome Ms. Brittany as well as act as a farewell and to Ms. Clark, and allows guests to experience first hand the hard work that goes into corset and dress design, as well as observe the painstaking process of painting and collage work.

The Fredericton Region Museum is a non-profit organization founded by the York Sunbury Historical Society in 1934. The FRM found permanent residence in the centre of downtown Fredericton, (571 Queens Street). The museum relies on numerous volunteers and a small paid staff.

The York Sunbury Historical Society wishes to express their appreciation to the city of Fredericton’s Arts, Culture & Heritage Project by whom this project was made possible.

Eleanor Waite,

Collections and Social Media

ewaite@unb.ca

yorksubury@nb.aibn.com

Tel: (506) 455-6041