Society & Heritage Related Activities & Events
The York Sunbury Historical Society hosts a lecture on the third Thurday of each month, for most months, at the Government House on Woodstock Road at 7:30pm. We can park on site and come in the side entrance. As always volunteers to help with refreshments are welcome and should contact the museum at 455-6041.
Thursday, September 20th, 2012:
Speaker: Dow Johnston.
Presentation Title: An 1889-90 Honeymoon Trip Around The World
Jane Evans of Nashwaaksis and Douglas met Captain Robert Thompson, part-owner of a sailing ship, when he came home to visit his family. (He was born in Sunbury County.) They met, were married and decided to take Captain Thompson’s next voyage as a business and honeymoon trip.
This lady, who had never travelled further than Douglas was in for adventures that she probably could not imagine.
Come to the next lecture to hear about incidents and interesting twists to the honeymoon from one of her direct descendants, Dow Johnston, a retired Fredericton High School teacher and member of the Fredericton North Heritage Association. Mr. Johnston bases his talk on her diary, family papers and family stories.
Thursday, October 18th, 2012:
Speaker: Bob McNeil.
Topic: Maugerville and Sheffield
Robert ‘Bob’ McNeil is from Nashwaak Village and has lived in Devon, N.B. for the last 31 years. He has many family connections to central New Brunswick, as his ancestors came here in 1784. Bob and his wife, Marianne, have raised their six children from their home on Miles Street.
After graduating from St. Thomas University with a B.A. in 1973 and a B.Ed. in 1974, Bob taught for several years in New Brunswick schools. In 1982 he received a M.Ed. degree from University of New Brunswick.
For many years he has maintained an interest in local history and genealogy. In 1987 he wrote Behold I Am With You, which is a history of St. Anthony’s Church. From 2006 to 2011, he worked on the four Devon Remembered books with Carol Randall. Presently, he is serving on the board of the York-Sunbury Museum and works with the Fredericton North Heritage Association as co-editor of their journal.
Recently, Bob has become involved with the 250th anniversary of Maugerville and has been doing some research on this topic.
Thursday, November 15th, 2012:
Speaker: Doris Norman.
Presentation Title/Topic: The New Brunswick Mat Registry
New Brunswick mat hookers have talked for years about the importance of documenting the hooked mats that cover the floors of New Brunswick homes. These are mats made by our grandmothers, mothers and friends to keep their families warm and bring colour into their homes. A network of volunteers from all regions of the province has created a New Brunswick Mat Registry to document these mats and to preserve the stories behind them. (URL: mats-tapis.nb.com)
December: Christmas Party:
Date and place to be announced. We are aiming for the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of the first full week of December.
Thursday, January 17th, 2013:
Speaker: Canon Hebb.
Presentation Title/Topic: The First World War, St. Peters Parish and the lives of the people enlisting.
Thursday, February 21st, 2013:
Speaker: Gary Campbell.
Presentation Title/Topic: The Re-enactment of the March of 1812.
Thursday, March 21st, 2013:
Presenter: Ross Ingram.
Topic to be announced.
Thursday, April 18th, 2013:
Annual General Meeting:
Speaker: Carl Vaughn.
Topic: Fredericton’s Link to the Titanic.
(Program before the meeting)
Thursday, May 16th, 2013:
Thursday, June 20th, 2013:
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