Something Bad happened here!
On May 19th, 2018 the exhibit “County of Heroes” opened to the public at our Albert County Museum. The event was well received and was covered by media outlets.
About a month later I received a call from a very pleasant lady from Ontario informing me that she was a descendant of Pte. Joyce. She went on to tell me she saw a television report about the County of Heroes and realized that she had some personal belongings of Pte. Joyce that she received from her great uncle. She graciously donated them to the museum and I received them a few weeks later.
As I was examining the many letters and artifacts, I came upon a very touching letter from Joyce’s commanding officer informing her of how her son died in battle on August 28, 1918. I almost fell off my chair when I realized that the 100th anniversary of Harold George Joyce paying the ultimate sacrifice for his country was only a few days away. So I issued a press release and, in a very short period of time, received a call from CBC television and radio. The CBC did a very nice tribute to a Pte. Joyce and treated the story with the compassion and dignity of the return, if only of possessions, of a native of New Brunswick and a son of Albert County.
But Harold’s story continues. Last week I received a visit from 10 of Harold Joyce’s decedents who live throughout the province. All converging unannounced to observe first hand the memorabilia that was now in the museum’s possession. I was honoured to unveil the artifacts and it was a very heartfelt emotional time when I read the letter that Harold’s mother received over 100 years ago. They all received a tour of the County of Heroes exhibit and they were very thankful that the Albert County Historical Society took on the challenge of building such a memorial to the fallen sons of Albert County. The only part that was of concern was the picture we have of Harold; that it is not of very good quality. I explained that during the days leading up to the opening of the exhibit, we were missing 6 pictures. Pte. Joyce being one of them. And how, on the day before we opened to the public, we found the picture that is on display, by chance, on the internet. Mrs. Carol Plume of Petitcodiac made the comment “We’ll have to do something about that.”
So yesterday I received a package in the mail, with Mrs. Plume’s return address on it. And sure enough, as I opened it Pte. Harold George Joyce jumped out to see me again. Once again I was privileged to look through pictures, his battalion badges and even a small arms ammunition belt. And two proud pictures, one as a civilian and one in full military dress with rifle. And again, I was thankful for the sacrifice of Pte. Joyce and all who fell with him over 100 years ago. Even more, I’m amazed at the the kindness of strangers and the in awe of the close ties of Harold’s family. And, of course, bewildered that Pte. Harold George Joyce, who was killed in action just over 100 years ago; Pte. Joyce who has no official burial site in France; that somehow, Harold Joyce has returned to his home in Hopewell Cape, NB.
Make plans to attend the Hopewell Cape Kitchen Party at the Albert County Museum's Community Hall on Monday July 23rd at 7:00 PM.
Local favourites Sara and James Nelson will be performing. If you caught them at our RB Bennett / Canada Day Celebration then you know why Albert County loves hearing them play.
Also on the bill is the talented and amazing Samantha Robichaud. Samantha has performed many times in the Community Hall many times. It is always a treat to hear her play and and we're sure she feels like she's coming home for a Kitchen Party !
Tickets are $10 at the door. There will be a canteen with goodies. This will be great family fun!
The Albert County Museum is looking for a Senior High School or University Student who has a passion for history, to play a key roll at the Museum this summer as our Jr. Historian. This position is bilingual and the candidate must apply through Young Canada Works at: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works.html
In addition, you can also send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the position: This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic, self-motivated individual to be a vital part of the Albert County Museum and RB Bennett Commemorative Centre. To help manage its artifact collection, offer educational outreach and be part of a dedicated interpretive staff in telling the story of the People of the Tides and showcasing Albert County's native son, Hon. RB Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada.
The candidate will directly help the Manager with the day to day museum functions, and assist in the development of interpretive programming and exhibits. Strong organizational, supervisory, interpersonal and oral/written communication skills are mandatory, as well as strong social media skills, and speaking before small and large groups. Bilingualism is expected.
This will be an excellent opportunity for a potential candidate to build a strong skill set in all fields of museum and curatorial aspects for a career in museum/heritage and related fields. The Albert County Museum has a wide focus of history which encompasses exhibits from first nations, to the earliest Acadian Settlers in 1699, the Expulsion, through the height of the maritime shipbuilding, Confederation, to both World Wars, and later. The museum also celebrates Canada's 11th Prime Minister RB Bennett which lends itself to an excellent opportunity for a candidate with more political leanings. Visit www.albertcountymuseum.com
Sunday June 3rd, 2018, at 3:00 PM, in the Albert County Museum's Community Hall, please join us for an uplifting afternoon concert as Riversong presents:
On A Lighter Note - Featuring Pop and Broadway Favourites
Performed by the Riversong Ladies A Cappella Ensemble.
Special Guest: Fundy Ceilidh
Tickets are only available at the door. Adult $15 / Student or Senior $8 / Under 12 Free
Bee Keeping Workshop 2018
Introduction to Bee Keeping Workshop
Albert County Museum, Community Hall
*Lunch will be provided*
Beekeeping is a fun and interesting hobby that allows you to produce the delicious treat of honey while helping the environment. Learn the basic principles necessary to begin this fascinating hobby. Topics include: overview of the honey bee colony; beekeeping tools and equipment; how to start with honey bees; swarming; honeyflow and harvesting of hive products; diseases, pests and enemies; hive and queen management; and beekeeping throughout the year. No prior knowledge of honeybees or beekeeping is required.
Karen Thurlow started beekeeping in 1978 and is a certified Master Beekeeper. She is the owner of New Moon Apiary and manages 60 hives of her own in Cumberland County, Maine. Karen teaches bee disease and microscopy classes to other beekeepers. She sells package bees, nucleus hives, and raises and sells queen bees during the beekeeping season. She also sells raw honey, spiced creamed honey, and products she makes from her hives such as lotions, salves, and lip balms. Karen managed a bee equipment supply store for 7 years helping many beginner beekeepers get set up with the equipment they needed to start their beekeeping hobby. You can find her on Facebook or visit her website.
You can register by following this link. http://foodsofthefundyvalley.ca/bee-keeping-workshop-2018
The cost of the workshop is $40 for members of Foods of the Fundy Valley or $45 for non-members.
On July 13, 2018, as part of the 42 Annual Quilt and Fibre Arts Show and Sale, there will be a special workshop. Gwen Dixon will be presenting her Rug Hooking Proddy Hydrangea Workshop in the historic Courthouse located on the grounds of the Albert County Museum.
Hook Proddy Hydrangea flowers in a ready to hang hoop. An easy and fun technique using a rug hook and hand dyed wool. Learn to cut the pedal shape and hook it onto a burlap backing. Hand dyed wool in lots of colors. A relaxed and fun workshop with beautiful results.
July 13, 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Cost is $95.00
Contact Gwen Dixon to register: email@example.com (506) 387-8292 (506) 227-5220
A yearly favourite event at the Albert County Museum. From July 10th - 14th, 2018, visit the largest quilt show and sale of it's kind in the area. More than 100 quilts will be featured for viewing and purchase. Quilt tops, baby quilts and other fibre arts items will be on display and for sale. An event not to be missed. Admission $3.00 (Under 12 Free) Daily from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.
It is a beautiful day at the Albert County Museum. Perfect temperature for a visit and walk through the many displays ready for viewing. Including the newest exhibit: "County of Heroes - Cy Peck - VC and the Victory Cannons" that opened this weekend.
This morning, as I arrived to open the museum, I was taken by the beauty of the Shepody Bay. The sun shining like silver coins tossed on the water.
WE ARE HIRING FOR THE 2018 SUMMER SEASON
High School and University students.
Looking for a summer job that's entertaining, fun and full of local history?
Apply at the Albert County Museum and enjoy your summer with us.
E-mail your resume to:
If you pass through Hopewell Cape in the square by the cannons you will see two black granite benches which face the guns looking out over the bay. These were donated to the museum by Harold Clifton Reid. They bear the inscription, “Donated by Harold Reid, World War II (1943-44) and Korean War Veteran (1950-52), Regular reserve (1954 -57).” They grace the square where Harold spent many days playing on the guns as youth. Read more...
James Watson West was born in Hopewell Hill on June 27th, 1924 the son of the late Clifford C. and Mary "May" (Archibald) West. He graduated from Riverside Consolidated School in 1941. He enlisted in Moncton in 1942 with the Royal Canadian Air Force and headed overseas in 1943. He served with the 420 Snowy Owl Squadron. In 1945 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned home aboard the Ile de France in 1945.
Jim West was a well known and valuable resource for the museum sharing his love of the history of Albert County. He was involved with the Museum since it's beginning and continued over the years to support and assist in numerous projects.
His Distinguished Flying Cross citation reads:
Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Home in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton, 20 July 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 13 November 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 14 January 1944. Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1746 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 19 April 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (188 hours 50 minutes); recommendation read:
"This man has proven himself a very good, resourceful and efficient bomb aimer. His tour included the bombing of many heavily defended targets, i.e. Magdeburg, Hanover, Hamburg and Munster. This man at all times has been a co-operative crew member and has lent his whole-hearted aid to both pilot and navigator."
Jim flew an amazing total of 37 sorties during the war. The first 29 are as follows: 5 January 1945 - Hanover (6.00) 6 January 1945 - Hanau (7.05) 13 January 1945 - Saarbrucken (7.35) 14 January 1945 - Grevenbroich (6.35) 16 January 1945 - Magdeburg (6.30) 28 January 1945 - Stuttgart (7.00) 1 February 1945 - Mainz (7.05) 2 February 1945 - Wanne Eickel (6.10) 4 February 1945 - Bonn (6.20) 17 February 1945 - Wesel (6.35) 20 February 1945 - Monheim (6.55) 21 February 1945 - Worms (7.35) 23 February 1945 - Essen (6.05) 24 February 1945 - Kamen (6.25) 27 February 1945 - Mainz (7.15) 1 March 1945 - Mannheim (7.00) 2 March 1945 - Cologne (6.00) 5 March 1945 - Chemnitz (9.00) 7 March 1945 - Hemmingstadt (6.30) 8 March 1945 - Hamburg (6.10) 10 March 1945 - Essen (5.55) 13 March 1945 - Wuppertal (5.50) 15 March 1945 - Castrop Rauxel (6.05) 19 March 1945 - Witten (7.20) 21 March 1945 - Rheine (4.40) 24 March 1945 - Gladback (6.00) 25 March 1945 - Munster (5.35) 31 March 1945 - Hamburg (5.45) 4 April 1945 - Harburg Rhenania (5.50)