Friday, November 28, 2014

New Brunswick Heritage Fairs 2015

As in past years, a Regional Heritage Fair will be taking place within your school district during April-May.

If your school would like to participate in New Brunswick’s Heritage Fair program, please complete the attached response sheet and return it to this email address:  By December 2.

More information concerning Heritage Fairs can also be found on our website.

Thank you - and best wishes for another successful school year!

Hope Restored Announced as Theme for Heritage Week 2015

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The theme for Heritage Week 2015 will be Hope Restored in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Canada’s national flag, as well as the 50th anniversary of New Brunswick’s provincial flag.

Hope Restored is the English translation of New Brunswick’s motto, Spem Reduxit.

New Brunswickers are encouraged to reflect upon the stories that have shaped the province and its collective heritage during Heritage Week 2015, Feb. 9 – 16.

The provincial flag was designed by Robert Pichette and Lt.-Cmdr. Alan J. Beddoe and adopted by proclamation on Feb. 24, 1965. The symbols depicted on the flag are taken from the Coat of Arms assigned by Royal Warrant of Queen Victoria on May 26, 1868.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two New Brunswick students selected to attend National Youth History Forum

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Two New Brunswick students have been selected by Canada’s National History Society to attend the National Youth History Forum taking place in Ottawa from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.

They were selected from among a national group of competitors who each developed a short video documentary for the Young Citizens program following their participation in their school districts’ Regional Heritage Fairs. They are:
“New Brunswick is home to a multitude of stories that contribute to our provincial identity,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Bill Fraser. “These stories deserve to be told and our youth can play a tremendous role in sharing them with New Brunswickers and other Canadians. I congratulate these two students on their achievement, which is a reflection of the commitment they have shown to preserving our shared past.”

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mark Your Calendars! Heritage Week and Heritage Fairs 2015

New Brunswick Heritage Week 2015, February 9 – 16:
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag, as well as our Provincial flag,
New Brunswick has adopted the theme of Hope Restored – Spem Reduxit – L’espoir renaît for Heritage Week 2015.

The dates for Heritage Week 2015 in New Brunswick are February 9 -16; which also includes Black History month, National Flag of Canada Day (February 15) and National Heritage Day (February 16).

The goal for Heritage Week is to provide New Brunswickers with opportunities to celebrate their past at local levels. This year, in recognition of our national and provincial flags, all interested community organizations, individuals, schools, museums, libraries, archives, seniors centres, and historic sites, are invited to reflect upon these two important symbols in our collective past. Now is the time to begin planning for Heritage Week 2015!

To assist with these activities, Heritage Week 2015 promotion kits will be available mid-December. Individuals and groups wishing to order a kit may contact Heritage Branch, in the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, by telephone, 506-453-2324, or by e-mail,

More information will also be available (very soon) on the Heritage Week 2015 web site.

New Brunswick Heritage Fairs 2015:
As in past years, a Regional Heritage Fair will be taking place within your school district during late April-May.

If your school would like to participate in New Brunswick’s Heritage Fair program, please complete the attached response sheet and return it to this email address:  

More information concerning Heritage Fairs (and events from 2014) can also be found on our website.

Thank you - and best wishes for another successful school year!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Canada's History : 10 Books to Teach Aboriginal History

Inspired by Dr. Timothy Winegard's presentation about teaching Aboriginal history at the University of Winnipeg’s Summer Teaching Institute in July 2014.

Grade school: 

  • Lydia’s Dabcovich’s The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale
  • Forrest Carter’s The Education of Little Tree

High school: 

  • Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road, 
  • Guy St. Denis’ Tecumseh’s Bones
  • J.R Miller’s Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada, 4th edition,
  • Waiser and Stonechild’s Loyal Till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion
  • Timothy C. Winegard’s For King and Kanata: Canadian Indians and the First World War,
  • Charles C. Mann’s 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
  • Thomas King’s The inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
Read more…

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History: September Newsletter

It’s September already! As you head back to your classrooms, be sure to check out the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History (GUMICH) project, based at the University of Victoria. Welcome to the latest edition of the new GUMICH Gazette, a thrice-yearly newsletter to help keep educators up to date on news and tips for teaching with historical mysteries.

In the News: Video Game Leads to Geology Knowledge

By Mia Clarke,
The Telegraph Journal, September 22, 2014

Joan Pearce can hardly believe she’s extolling the virtues of a video game. But the 74-year-old retired teacher has seen how Minecraft has piqued the interest of young people in rocks, minerals and the environment around them.

Although she’s been retired for 20 years, she’s been visiting classrooms again lately as the head of Stonehammer Geopark’s education committee.The committee’s goal is to educate students about Stonehammer by incorporating local material into the established curriculum. Last year, Stonehammer officials reached 800 students in 17 schools and they’re hoping to reach even more this year.

Pearce said she was often surprised at how much students knew about geology.“When I asked the students a question about geology, I wasn’t really expecting anybody to have the answer, but someone usually did and I’d say ‘Oh, how do you know that?’” The answer was always the same – they knew it from playing Minecraft.

Minecraft is a video game that allows players to gather and mine resources and use those items to craft tools and other things necessary for survival. Along the way, players learn about soil, rocks, minerals and ore.

New Brunswick Historical Society - September Newsletter

Sports Car Racing in Atlantic Canada

The Sept. 30, 2014 meeting of the NB Historical Society will feature guest Prof. David Charters of UNB Fredericton, who will speak on “Atlantic Canada’s Chequered Past: Sports Car Racing in the Region Since the 1960s.”

The talk takes place in the Mary Oland Theatre of the NB Museum, Market Square, Saint John. Starting time: 7:30 pm. All are welcome.

New Brunswick Historical Society Newsletter Highlights:
  • All Hallows’ Eve at The Loyalist House (October 30)
  • May 11, 2014: Launching The Refurbished Dining Room At Loyalist House...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In the News: Historic Building Overlooked and Undervalued

By Kelsey Pye, 
The Telegraph Journal, September 9, 2014

The Little Red School House along the Saint John waterfront has been sitting in the same location for years. The building, painted red with white accents, stands unnoticed by many in the city. People walk past it on their way to the boardwalk, or aim a passing glance in its direction while standing in line for Beavertails.

But the Little Red School House is an important part of Saint John’s history.The building was constructed in the 1870s in Pleasant Villa, near Gagetown. It has had many uses over the years, but it was originally used as a small school.

Local historian Harold Wright said the building was given to the city to operate as a museum decades ago.

“It was a gift, or at least a long-term loan, from the New Brunswick Society of Retired Teachers to operate as a schoolhouse museum,” said Wright.

Franklin Ship Discovery Makes Big Impact

The discovery of one of Franklin’s lost ships has big implications for Canada’s efforts to establish its sovereignty over the Northwest Passage.
By Ken McGoogan
What does it mean? Why does it matter? Couldn’t that search money have been better spent in some other fashion? These are some of the questions turning up as a result of the discovery of one of the long-lost Franklin ships.
Those two vessels, the Erebus and the Terror, disappeared into the Arctic in 1845, under the captaincy of Sir John Franklin, never to be seen again. The search for 
Franklin and his missing ships, most intensive in the 1850s, opened up the complex archipelago that is the Canadian Arctic.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CHIN News - September, 2014

  • The Virtual Museum of Canada is Moving Soon 
As it was announced in the Economic Action Plan 2014, the Canadian Museum of History will soon be responsible for the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC). The official transfer is scheduled to proceed on September 30, 2014.
  • Collections Without Borders: Health Check Tool for Digital Content Creators
While cultural institutions continue to develop an array of digital content and products, they often do so without giving enough consideration to the ongoing efforts and resources required to ensure their long-term viability.
  • Choosing the Right Social Media for Your Institution
In this ongoing series, CHIN examines the different ways museums can promote their activities online. This month, we look at microblogs and their use in the heritage sector.

Monday, August 25, 2014

In the News - Kings Landing Foundation will Provide Bursaries for Students to Attend Summer Camp

Kings Landing ‘a magical place and we want it to keep going’

The Daily Gleaner, August 22, 2014 - The Kings Landing Foundation has been formed to raise funding to sustain the 40-year-old historic settlement’s future.
Carol Loughrey, the foundation’s president, said its goal is to ensure Kings Landing will continue to preserve New Brunswick artifacts and social history into the future.
She said the foundation will raise money through soliciting donations and accessing grants and other funding sources that aren’t accessible to Kings Landing because it’s a Crown corporation.
Now that the settlement is into its fourth decade, she said, there are many pieces of infrastructure that need repair or replacement and that takes money, which the foundation will help raise...

...the foundation wants to ensure the historical settlement is able to continue to serve as an educational resource for students throughout the province and, perhaps, the rest of the country.
“We want to set up interactive media that can go into the schools so you can give kids a taste of this,” she said.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Two New Exhibits at the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame

“160 Years of Baseball in New Brunswick” documents the sport’s exciting history since the first recorded game was played in Chatham in 1853. Displays feature artefacts from some of the province’s most outstanding players, coaches, officials and teams from the late 1800s to today.

“The World of Parallel Sport” tells the story of New Brunswick’s trailblazing wheelchair athletes and coaches whose successes at the international level helped build parallel sport in the province and Canada. Artefacts from the museum’s collection and modern adaptive equipment from Para NB’s Equipment Loan Service show the evolution of parallel sport since the end of the Second World War.

Library & Archives Canada Lest We Forget Centotaph Project

Lest We Forget Project: Cenotaph Research Updates:

Welcome to the Lest We Forget Project. We have recently added 200 digitized military personnel records to the website. These records represent 100 men and women who served our country in the First World War, and 100 in the Second World War. We gratefully acknowledge ( who made this work possible.

Although the site features a new design and layout, the content of the "Notes for Teachers" and the "Student Guidelines" has not changed. Additional information has been added to the "Galleries" and "Further Research" sections.

Conference at SMU on The War of 1812 in Atlantic Canada

From 21-24 August 2014 Saint Mary’s University will be hosting a conference examining the “The War of 1812 in Atlantic Canada.” Details about the conference, including the program, can be found at:

For more information contact Keith Mercer at

New Brunswick Museum receives $1.1 million for Collections Centre improvement

SAINT JOHN (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $1.1 million in the development of a plan to improve the conditions of the New Brunswick Museum Collections Centre.

The centre houses many collections owned by the province and managed by the New Brunswick Museum. It is also the site of research, preservation activities, laboratories and a workspace for staff and volunteers.

The centre has been deteriorating due to issues with heating, ventilation, water leaks and overcrowding, among others. Left unaddressed, the continued deterioration could place collections, staff, volunteers and the public at risk.

“The New Brunswick Museum conserves our heritage assets and shares many of them with the world, contributing to how we explain and showcase who we are as New Brunswickers,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Trevor Holder. “Our continued investment in the New Brunswick Museum underscores our pride in our collective heritage and our commitment to ensuring it is preserved for future generations.”

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bob McNeil: A Tale of St. Mary's Ferry/North Devon

Ashes and Rebirth: St. Mary's Ferry/North Devon

Based on the Community Memories exhibition, Bob McNeil will tell the story of St. Mary's Ferry/North Devon.  This community was first called St. Mary's Ferry and in 1917, it became North Devon.  Finally, in 1945 it became part of Fredericton.  Through photos and stories of the time, this exhibit follows the beginnings of a community from 1831, through to its inclusion in the greater city of Fredericton in the mid-20th century.

Join us at Government House, Thursday February 20 @ 7:30 PM when curator Bob McNeil will tell us more about this community.

A reception will follow the presentation.  Non-members are cordially invited.

Ruth Murgatroyd
Executive Director,
York Sunbury Historical Society & Fredericton Region Museum
(506) 455-6041

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