Celebrating Ruby Anderson's Scrapbook with Gwen Dixon

Join us at the Albert County Museum in congratulating Gwen Dixon on her outstanding achievement in completing this incredible project - Ruby Anderson's Scrapbook! Gwen is a long time friend of the Museum, volunteering in on the Fibre Arts & Quilt Show committee, where she also sells some of her work. This year, Gwen was also involved in instructing a rug hooking workshop during the event.

Gwen's fibre arts exhibit was inspired by a scrapbook that spoke of life on the Fundy Coast between the 1940s to 1960s, and it is this art that is being featured in exhibit during the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival from October 8 to 15. Support this local talent by taking the drive out to view her exhibit. Details are below.

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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!


#1: The Beginning

It has been three weeks and two days since I began my role as Manager/Curator of the Albert County Museum. I fully intended on blogging sooner but time and tasks ran away with me. Over the course of this, my first year, my goal is to give you, dear reader, a look into my daily life, activities, and reflections as you would find in the journal or diary of any ship's captain. There will continue to be educational articles but, in the Captain's Log, I invite you to share with me in the ups and downs, ins and outs, successes and mistakes (!!!) of my first voyage.

If we haven't met yet, let me introduce myself. My name is Melody Land. I have a husband, a child, and a dog.

Some of my earliest memories are shaped by the land in Albert County. In my oldest memory, I am sitting on someone’s knee (my Great Grandfather Guy, a farmer) and there is well-worn brown work-pants and a hand, lined and leathery with age and hard work in the elements. He pinches the skin and it stands up! Then he wiggles his fingers and it is erased, like some form of magic.   

My family history is rooted in Albert County. Originally, my Mother’s family lived in West River where they farmed. Eventually, they moved to Hillsborough where work in the mill awaited the men and indoor plumbing awaited the women. My Father’s family hailed from Hopewell Cape. On Valentine’s Day in World War II my Great Grandfather Albert immigrated here from England – literally a person brought here by the tides. To make the long story short, a house boy fell in love, married, and ended up working for the post. Since then, the Lands have always resided in Hopewell Cape. Now I do as well, nestled in the web of generations of people whose stories and lore are as much a part of our county as our county is a part of us.

When I was young, there were a few things I could do well. I could talk the ears off anyone I met. I could tell imaginative stories. I could learn. I was intuitive. Those things, and an appreciation of local history led me into summer employment within the tourism industry, finishing at the Steeves House Museum in Hillsborough as acting Administrator. Academically, I pursued education in the Social Sciences (because “people” were my “thing”) and completed my last foray into academia when I graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology. My employment history has been diverse, and my heart has been in working within non-profit agencies like Oxfam Canada, the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA) and the John Howard Society developing programming, teaching/facilitating, and working within my community to effect positive change.

As soon as I saw the advertisement for the position of Curator/Administrator of the Albert County Museum, I immediately began working on my application. With my background in employment training and management, program development, and administration combined with my love of our home, our environment, our history, and our future, I look forward to effecting positive change here in my own backyard.

Welcome on the journey, here's to the beginning!

~ Melody