Canada Day and RB Bennett Birthday Celebration on Monday, July 1st

The Albert County Museum is looking forward to welcoming friends, neighbours and visitors to the New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy region to our Open House and celebration of two great birthday’s - Canada’s and RB Bennett’s, the 11th Prime Minister of Canada who was born right here in Hopewell! Admission is free and the day’s events start at 12 noon with singing of O’ Canada and the raising of the Canadian Flag followed by a free BBQ lunch and games for the young … and young at heart!

Live Music featuring Fundy Ceilidh. There will be several Guest Speakers, including author and historian Brent Wilson, who will share stories of the 100th Anniversary of the triumphant return of Albert County’s 26th Battalion 1919. Special exhibit of a WWI Howitzer and newly found and donated metal of fallen soldier CR Oulton, who died in 1917 at the age of 15. See you on Canada Day! Supported by the Government of Canada.

Remembering the 75th Anniversary of D-Day - June 6, 1944 - The Battle of Normandy

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the beginning of the Battle of Normandy during the Second World War. On June 6, 1944 and during the long summer that followed, men from all over the world came to fight in Normandy to defeat Nazism and re-establish freedom. D-Day would be the opening chapter of the Battle of Normandy which raged until late August 1944 and was a pivotal step in the liberation of Western Europe and the end of the war.

On June 6, 1944 soldiers from the United States, Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Poland and Australia, along with some 14,000 Canadian soldiers came ashore at the beaches of Normandy in occupied France. Thousands of Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force service members also took part in Operation Overlord, as the massive Allied assault was code-named.

On D-Day, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landed on Juno Beach. The Canadian assault troops stormed ashore in the face of fierce opposition from German strongholds and mined beach obstacles. The soldiers raced across the wide-open beaches swept with machine gun fire, and stormed the gun positions. In fierce hand-to-hand fighting, they fought their way into the towns of Bernières, Courseulles and St. Aubin and then advanced inland, securing a critical bridgehead for the allied invasion. The victory was a turning point in World War II and led to the liberation of Europe and the defeat of Nazi Germany.

The price they paid was high - the battles for the beachhead cost 340 Canadian lives and another 574 wounded. John Keegan, eminent British historian who wrote Six Armies in Normandy, stated the following concerning the Canadian 3rd Division on D-Day: “At the end of the day, its forward elements stood deeper into France than those of any other division. The opposition the Canadians faced was stronger than that of any other beach save Omaha. That was an accomplishment in which the whole nation could take considerable pride.”

We currently do not have record of any Albert County men killed on D-day, a number however were killed during the Battle of Normandy, including two brothers born in Hopewell Cape. Major Ronald Bennett, Black Watch (The Royal Highland Regiment of Canada), and his brother Lieutenant Harrison Bennett, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, who both laid down their lives for Canada in Normandy, 75 years ago, in August 1944. They are both buried, about 10 rows apart, in the Canadian War Cemetery at Bretteville-sur-Laize in Normandy.

Major Edwin Ronald Bennett was mentioned in Despatches, 1st Bn., Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. He was born in Hopewell Cape on May 4, 1917. He was killed in action on August 5, 1944 at the age of 27. He was the son of Capt. Ronald V. Bennett and Elva I. Bennett, of Sackville, New Brunswick. He was married to Dorothy Janet Bennett, of Montreal, PQ. They had no children.

Lieutenant Henry Harrison Bennett, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Machine Gun), Canadian Infantry Corps was killed in action on August 14, 1944 at the age of 24. He was born in Hopewell Cape on February 10, 1920. He was the son of Capt. Ronald V. Bennett and Elva I. Bennett, of Sackville, New Brunswick.

They were the nephews of Prime Minster RB Bennett. RB Bennett was said to have been extremely proud of his nephews decision to serve in the Canadian Army, and was devastated to hear of their passing only weeks after visiting him at his home in Juniper Hill.

They did not grow old, we that were left grow old
Age has not wearied not the years condemned.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We have remembered them.

ACADIANS IN ALBERT COUNTY EXHIBIT OPENS ON MAY 18TH

ACADIANS IN ALBERT COUNTY EXHIBIT OPENS ON MAY 18TH

The Albert County Museum and RB Bennett Centre is proud to announce the unveiling of a unique new exhibit honouring the early Acadian settlers who arrived here in the early 1700’s and helped establish a rich agricultural presence along the shores of the Petitcodiac River and the Bay of Fundy area. The “Acadians in Albert County” exhibit will be located in the south wing of the Exhibition Hall.

Today is the 102nd Anniversary of the Capture of the Hopewell Cape Vimy Gun - April 9, 1917

Today is the 102nd Anniversary of the Capture of the Hopewell Cape Vimy Gun - April 9, 1917

102 years ago today, April 9, 1917 the men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, stormed the hills of Vimy Ridge for the first Allied Victory of the First World War.

The Canadian Corps captured more ground, more prisoners and more guns than any previous Allied offensive. It was a major victory for the Allies. With the overall success of the Battle of Arras, a turning point in the Great War had been reached. Read more…

The Passing of an Albert County Hero – William Henry (Bill) Balser Sr., March 31, 2019 - 95 Years Old

The Passing of an Albert County Hero – William Henry (Bill) Balser Sr., March 31, 2019 - 95 Years Old

William Henry (Bill) Balser Sr., 95, from Stoney Creek NB, passed away peacefully with family by his side at Lakeview Manor in Riverview NB, on March 31, 2019. 

Raised on the family farm in Albert County, Bill volunteered for military service with the RCAF and served from July 1941 to September 1945.

2019 Heritage Week

2019 Heritage Week

Something Bad happened here!

Lest We Forget - Harold Guy Turner - Died of Pneumonia 100 Years Ago Today - 04.02.1918

Lest We Forget - Harold Guy Turner  - Died of Pneumonia 100 Years Ago Today - 04.02.1918

Harold Guy Turner , 1261991, was from  Dawson Settlement Mount, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born January 24, 1894.

2018 - A Year in Review

With 2018 quickly drawing to an end, we can look back on our year at the museum with pride. We opened an amazing new exhibit - The County of Heroes, CY Peck, VC and the Victory Cannons. The exhibit highlights the significant accomplishments of the people from Albert County both during and after the First World War. The exhibit honours the 55 men from Albert County who paid the supreme sacrifice while serving their county, and those who survived the horrors and came home. The exhibit tells the exciting story of the pair of German guns which sit in Hopewell Cape Square, and how they came to be there. It also honours, Cyrus Peck, a native born Albert County man who won the Victoria Cross, September 2, 1918 by telling his life story. If you haven’t had a chance to see it come in 2019!

We also welcomed Dan Ross, our new Manager to the museum. Dan had a great first year, getting a crash course on Albert County’s amazing history. He laid the foundation for our continued success, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he has planned for the future.

We continued our annual events - RB Bennett Day, the 42nd Annual Quilt Show and Fiber Arts Fair, the Royalty Tea, the Antiques Road Show and the Annual Christmas Concert. So without further ado here is the year in review!

Christmas Card sent by Albert County soldier, Hugh Wright in December, 1918

Christmas Card sent by Albert County soldier, Hugh Wright in December, 1918

World War I ended on November 11, 1918 but organizing the transport of thousands of soldiers back home to Canada took months. The Canadian soldiers spent their Christmas overseas but they were given designed 1918 Christmas cards to send home to their families. Read more here.

“Christmas Cards from First World War soldier, Hugh Wright” - A Great War Tradition

“Christmas Cards from First World War soldier, Hugh Wright” - A Great War Tradition

During the years of the First World War (1914 -1918) when the soldiers had to spend Christmas far from home, separated from their families and friends, Christmas cards were important reminders that there was life outside the trenches and outside of the war. Here are a few sent by Hugh Wright. Read more here.

Lest We Forget - Spenser Allen Graves - Died of Wounds 100 Years Ago Today - 11.18.1918

Lest We Forget - Spenser Allen Graves - Died of Wounds 100 Years Ago Today - 11.18.1918

Spenser Allen Graves, 3255975, was from  Pleasant Mount, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born March 19, 1893. He was son of Mrs. L. G. and the late Mr. Graves; husband of Jennie Helma Graves,