On the 101st Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge - We are pleased to announce our New Exhibit - County of Heroes - Cy Peck, VC and the Victory Cannons. The exhibit is going to focus on two parts of Albert County and its contribution during the First World War and the direct aftermath. The first part is the 100th Anniversary of Lt. Col. Cyrus Peck winning the Victoria Cross on September 2, 1918. “Cy” Peck was born and raised in Hopewell Hill, Albert County before moving with his family to British Columbia. The exhibit will show Cyrus Peck’s time with the CEF ,winning the Victoria Cross and his life. The second portion of the exhibit will look at the 1919 Victory Loans Competition where Albert County won the Provincial Prize for New Brunswick. The competition to raise the most money over a set goal was held between the cities and counties of New Brunswick. The prize in the competition was the German K14 10.5mm gun, a war trophy which was captured at the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. The exhibit will highlight the capture of the field gun at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, as well as the cannon's journey to arrive at Hopewell Cape on June 20, 1920. This gun has been recently restored by the museum
The exhibit is scheduled to run for the 2018 season in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of Cy Peck Winning the Victoria Cross and then extend into 2019 for the 100th Anniversary of Albert County winning the Provincial Victory Loans Competition of 1919. The exhibit will open May 19, 2018, coinciding with the opening of the 2018 Season at the museum. The exhibit was made possible by generous funding from New Brunswick Heritage.
These are two amazing stories which we encourage you to come to the museum to hear about!