June 21st – A day to celebrate, remember and reflect

June 21st – A day to celebrate, remember and reflect

Today, June 21st, is National Aboriginal Day in Canada and summer solstice. On the longest day of the year, Canadians can recognize the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people to our national culture. What does this mean to the people of Albert County, New Brunswick? For millennia, Mi'kmaq have lived in Albert County.  

Lest We Forget - Dallas Churchill Conner - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 06.18.1917

Dallas Churchill Conner - 283022, was from Alma, Albert Co., New Brunswick and was born March 11, 1883. He was the son of John T. Conner and Catherine Conner, of Hillsborough, Albert Co., New Brunswick. His occupation was listed as farmer. He enlisted with the 219th Over Seas Highland Battalion on March 8, 1916 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He was killed in action June 18, 1917 serving with the 85th Battalion. He is buried at CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.

 You can find his complete service records  by clicking here.

He is listed on page 219 of Canada's Book of Remembrance.

You can view his internment records here. 

If anyone has any further information, photos or memories they would like to share please pass them along. 

Captain's Log #2: The Magic of Volunteers

Lunch was filled with fun and laughter!

Lunch was filled with fun and laughter!

Since my first post, the one thing I have learned to appreciate the most is the work of volunteers. Volunteers make up the core of what it means to be a community museum. There would be no museum without the work of our community.

On Friday, June 9th, we welcomed 10 volunteers during the United Way's Day of Caring! This an incredible event that happens each year. It provides non-profit organizations, like ours, with man hours, materials, and positive energy to complete projects we would struggle to do otherwise.

This year, our volunteers came from the Corporate and Consumer Products divisions of JD Irving Ltd., based out of Dieppe, NB. The came with paint, brushes, rollers, and so much energy! Despite torrential rain at some points in the day, the crew stained two floors in our Exhibition Hall, painted the floor in the Community Hall, cleaned out one of our Memorial Gardens, AND restored some of our artefacts in Exhibition Hall!

Completed floors in Community Hall

Completed floors in Community Hall

One of the great things about volunteering, however, isn't just the projects completed (though those are wonderful!). The best thing, in my opinion, is the fun and enjoyment you get when working together as a team. We were able to share stories, ideas, great food, and I even threw in an Albert County Ghost Story or two!

Thank you to the whole team from J.D. Irving Ltd. and to the United Way for arranging this outstanding event! We appreciate you and hope to have you back with us again next year!

 

Welcome to the Shiretown Garden!

    

    

Sunday, June 18: 1:30-3:30pm Rain or shine.

Albert County Museum, Hopewell Cape

 

Celebrate Canada’s 150th year by participating in the museum garden project “Growing Together: Seeds from the past; seeds for the future.”

Our nation has been created by many cultures – the First Nations and immigrants from around the world. Each culture has traditions rooted in shared meals based on locally grown food. We will celebrate the contributions of the many cultures by growing traditional varieties of herbs, vegetables and grains in the museum garden. We will offer meals created or inspired by these plants, along with workshops on gardening and traditional skills.

Although the main garden has just been planted, we invite people to join us on Sunday, June 18 from 1:30-3:30pm. If you have seeds or plants to contribute to the garden, please bring them. If you would like to share your memories of past gardening, farming and cooking practices, please come and tell your stories.

Join us for a casual discussion about gardening past, present and future. Feel free to ask questions about organic gardening or offer your skills and expertise.

Meet us at the garden behind the courthouse or in the community hall. We encourage you to RSVP by emailing garden@albertcountymuseum.com or calling 734-2003. You can learn more about the project at www.albertcountymuseum.com/seed-stories-1.

If you would like to donate heritage seeds or plants to the museum (either Sunday or another day), please note that we are looking for perennials and annuals with traditional uses, such as culinary herbs, medicinal plants or vegetables. We also invite you to volunteer in planting and maintaining the garden.

For more information, please contact Janet Wallace (email garden@albertcountymuseum.com).

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.

  

  

2017 Anglophone East Regional Heritage Fair

The Albert County Museum was bustling with activity on Wednesday, May 10 as Anglophone East students came to spend the day participating in the 2017 Regional Heritage Fair.

Students from five middle schools proudly displayed their creative and innovative heritage projects of varied themes and project categories in the Community Hall. Judges interviewed the students and assessed the projects based on specific evaluation criteria for the special juried awards, as well as other prizes. But, the day included much more than the judging!

Enrichment activities included each student “Painting a Mosaic Tile”. This activity is part of a Canada 150 project which will result in a large mosaic being created by a professional artist using the painted tiles from all the Regional Heritage Fairs throughout the school districts in the province. The finished provincial mosaic will then be displayed at Government House in Fredericton.

In the historic Courthouse built in 1904, the students also enjoyed the presentation of historical vignettes by the summer students from the William Henry Steeves House Museum in Hillsborough. The costumed actors portrayed the inhabitants of the Albert County region of Canada, beginning with the Aboriginal Mi'kmaq, then the Acadians, followed by the German immigrants of the Stief family, and English loyalists. The last vignette portrayed the celebration of Dominion Day, July 1, 1867.

This year the RHF students were present for the special ceremonial planting of a Vimy oak tree presented to the Museum by the Vimy Foundation. The students learned of the significance of the Vimy oak tree being planted at the Albert County Museum. At the Museum is a WWI German K-14 cannon captured by a Canadian Battalion at the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. The German cannon, a war trophy of Canada, was awarded to Albert County for winning the Victory Loan campaign of 1919.

Following the planting of the Vimy oak tree, the Awards Ceremony took place in the Courthouse.

The following students were recipients of the Regional Heritage Juried Awards and other prizes.

Naiya Istvanffy, grade 5 student from Dorchester Consolidated School, received the Provincial Showcase Award. Naiya was selected to represent ASD-E with her project “The Mothers of Confederation” at the Provincial Heritage Fair to be held June 23-25 at the Albert County Museum, Hopewell Cape, NB.

Naiya Istvanffy also received the Young Citizen's Award so she will be creating a 2-3 minute video about her project to be submitted to the History Society of Canada website.

Dominick Fournier (Dorchester Consolidated) received the NB Historic Places Award for his project “The History of Westmorland”.

Kassi Stuart (Riverview East) received the NB St. Croix Award for her project “Blockhouses and Forts of New Brunswick”.

Cadence Nelson (Dorchester Consolidated) received the NB Aboriginal Affairs Award for her project about The Maliseet Tribe and First Nations”.

Megan MacAulay (Evergreen Park) received the NB Provincial Commemorations Award for her project “The Ganong Family”

A, Jane Martin ( Riverview East) received the NB Museum Award of Merit for her project “Miramichi Fire of 1825”

Sarah MacAulay (Evergreen Park) received the Council of NB Archives Award for her project “Le Pont de la Confédération”.

Jake Purdy and Elliot Hicks (Dorchester Consolidated) received the NB Sport Legacy Award for their project on “Lacrosse”.

Sally Kim (Riverview East) received the NB Labour History Award for her project “Ganong”.

Lexa Kwan (Evergreen Park) was awarded the Canada's History medal for her project “Les événéments et les personnes qui ont mené a la création du drapeau Canadien”.

Liam Haynes (Evergreen Park) received the NB Military History Award for his project “Speech About the Battle of Vimy Ridge”.

Three Royal Canadian Legion Military History Medals were awarded to Natalie Thompson, Caylin Carson and Haley Batson from Port Elgin Regional for their project “The War of 1812”.

The Albert County Museum prizes were awarded to Molly Dixon (Port Elgin Regional) for project “Vimy Ridge”and to Landon Stevens, Ben Bouchard, Ryan Milburn and Alexander MacFarlane (Caledonia Regional) for “Sugar Woods” project.

Prizes from Resurgo, Moncton were awarded to Jonathan Field (Riverview East) for project “Covered Bridges of NB”

Special prizes from Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland were awarded to Joris Jakob and Aiden Sweeney (Port Elgin) for their project “Acadian Farming”.

Honorable mention prizes were awarded to Robbie Harker and Hunter Pepper (Port Elgin) for project “The Confederation Bridge”; to Breeze Tingley and Hailey Tingley (Caledonia Regional) for project “Gray's Island” and to Olivia NcGrath (Caledonia Regional) for project “Multiculturalism”.

 

Submitted by Dawne McLean, ASD-E RHF Coordinator

Lest We Forget - Ingram Dale Weldon - Killed in Action 101 Years Ago Today 06.07.1916

Ingram Dale Weldon was from Middle Coverdale,Albert County, New Brunswick and was born Feb 10, 1889. He was the son of Son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Weldon, of Albert County, New Brunswick. He enlisted with the 32 Battalion on May 28, 1915. He was listed as Killed in Action at while fighting with the 28th Battalion in Ypres on June 07, 1916. He has no known grave, and is listed on the Menin Monument on Panel 18 - 26 - 28. 

 You can find his attestation papers by clicking here.

He is Commemorated on Page 180 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

A virtual memorial can be found here. 

Another link for information can be found here. 

If anyone has any further information, photos or memories they would like to share please pass them along. 

Lest We Forget -Frank Geldart - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 06.05.1917

Lest We Forget -Frank Geldart - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 06.05.1917

Frank Geldart 832522 was from Little River, Albert Co., New Brunswick and was born May 10, 1894. He was the son of Moses and Margaret Geldart, of Little River, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada.

Lest We Forget - Lester Carruthers Bishop - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 06.03.1917

Lester Carruthers Bishop, 832321 was from Irving Settlement, Albert Co., New Brunswick and was born February 18, 1897. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Bishop, of Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada. He enlisted with 145th (New Brunswick) Battalion in Moncton , on February 14, 1916. His occupation was listed as student. He served overseas with the 50th Battalion, CEF. He was killed in action June 3,  1917 at Vimy Ridge, France by artillery fire. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the VIMY MONUMENT, Pas de Calais, France 

 You can find his complete war records here.

He is listed on page 202 of Canada's Book of Remembrance.

 

Roots of history: seeking plants

At the Albert County Museum, we are reviving the perennial gardens. If you are dividing your plants this spring, we might be able to provide a home for your surplus.

In particular, we are looking for perennials with traditional uses, such as the following:

  • Culinary herbs (e.g., sage, oregano)

  • Food plants (e.g., grapes, gooseberries)

  • Herbs for teas and tisanes (e.g., lemon balm, peppermint, bergamot)

  • Medicinal herbs (e.g., Echinacea, hops)

  • Plants used as dyes (e.g., madder, woad)

  • Plants with other uses (e.g., soapwort, sweetgrass)

    We are also looking for seeds, rootstock and cuttings of fruits and vegetables with a history of being grown in Albert County.

    If you would like to donate any plants, please contact Janet Wallace (email garden@albertcountymuseum.com) to see if we can use the plants.  Please provide labels with the plants. If you have a story behind the plants, please let us know. For example, we would love to know the history of your plant (when and where it was originally planted or found) and also how you have used it.

    If you would like to volunteer to help in the garden – perhaps you want to choose a spot and plant the perennials yourself, or you might like to help out in the vegetable garden, we welcome your help.

     

Do you have plants to share? 

Do you have plants to share? 

Lest We Forget -George Arthur Patterson - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 05.25.1917

George Arthur Patterson 41575 was from Coverdale, Albert Co., New Brunswick and was born September 22, 1889. He was the son of Martha Paterson, of Coverdale, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada. He enlisted with 8th Battery on September 26, 1914. His occupation was listed as trainman. He served overseas with 7th Canadian Siege Battery. He was killed in action May 25, 1917 at Vimy Ridge, France. He is buried at  HIGHLAND CEMETERY, ROCLINCOURT ; Pas de Calais, France 

 You can find his attestation records  by clicking here.

He is listed on page 306 of Canada's Book of Remembrance.

You can view his internment records here. 

If anyone has any further information, photos or memories they would like to share please pass them along. 

Lest We Forget -Cyrus Whitefield Gaskin - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 05.23.1917

Cyrus Whitefield Gaskin, 303389 was from Turtle Creek, Albert Co., New Brunswick and was born July 9, 1892. He was the son of John William and Eunice Jane Gaskin, of Middle Coverdale, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada. He enlisted with Canadian Garrison Artillery on October 19, 1915. His occupation was listed as fireman. He served overseas with 4th Canadian Siege Battery. He was killed in action May 23, 1917 at Vimy Ridge, France. He is buried at CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY ; Pas de Calais, France. 

 You can find his complete service records  by clicking here.

He is listed on page 242 of Canada's Book of Remembrance.

You can view his internment records here. 

If anyone has any further information, photos or memories they would like to share please pass them along. 

Happy International Museums Day!

Today, and in the coming week, International Museum Day is being celebrated in over 145 countries around the world and in over 35,000 museums globally! Why is this day, and the week ahead so important? Because museums are the places wherein past, culture, and society come together; as we raise awareness of our museums, we enhance our understanding of our worlds. Understanding breeds cooperation, and cooperation breeds peace. 

This year's theme is "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums". The Albert County Museum is no stranger to the concept of "contested histories". The infamous Story of Tom Collins is still, to this day, one of the most hotly debated parts of our local history. The debate surrounding the trial of the century lives on in the Shiretown of Albert County!

Come celebrate International Museum Day with us this weekend, Saturday, May 20th, at the Albert County Museum! We are commemorating our first day of the season with a welcome party at 11am. You will be the first to hear of some of the exciting new plans for the summer, and of course, take the opportunity to visit our many exhibits and grounds. See you then!

 

*Special thanks to the International Council of Museums for the use of their imagery.