York Sunbury Historical Society Announces 2011 Martha J. Harvey Award Recipients

Martha J. Harvey was the founder of the York Sunbury Historical Society

Martha J. Harvey was the founder of the York Sunbury Historical Society

Fredericton, NB— December 2, 2011:  The York Sunbury Historical Society (YSHS) announces the recipients of the 2011 Martha J. Harvey Awards of Distinction.  The annual awards honour outstanding contribution to the field of history in central New Brunswick.  Award winners, chosen from nominations from YSHS members, will be recognized at the Society Christmas luncheon on 6 December 2011 in Fredericton.

The award recipients were selected based on their commitment to central New Brunswick’s history.  The award will be presented to Bob Dallison for his research in New Brunswick’s military history, publications and his continuous support for the Society and Fredericton Region Museum.  The second award will be presented to retired teacher George Bidlake for bringing history alive for his students, his research of various Fredericton groups and landmarks, also his publications.

The presentations will take place on 6 December 2011 at the Fredericton Inn, Fredericton immediately after the York Sunbury Historical Society Christmas luncheon and program.  For more information, please contact Ruth Murgatroyd (Executive Director) at theFredericton Region Museum office at (506) 455-6041.

Formed in 1932, the York Sunbury Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets historical data, records and objects relating to the history of the Province of New Brunswick, and in particular that of York and Sunbury Counties.  Last year, the award was presented to the Honourable David Dickson and the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society.

About frederictonregionmuseum

The Fredericton Region Museum was founded in 1934 by the York-Sunbury Historical Society. The Society was formed in 1932 and now has members from all over North America, however, most are from Central New Brunswick. In 1969 the Museum found permanent headquarters in the Officer's Quarters (571 Queen Street) in the heart of downtown Fredericton. The Society and Museum remain a nonprofit enterprise with a small paid staff and numerous volunteers. They work tirelessly to create informative exhibits, organize programs and events as well as publish a local history periodical The Officers' Quarters. The Fredericton Region Museum is the home of the famous Coleman Frog. He is the 42lb wonder that lived in the Killarney Lake just north of Fredericton about 100 years ago. The Fredericton Region Museum is a gateway into the exciting history and diverse heritage of central New Brunswick. Because central New Brunswick is where the provincial capital is located, and because it served as a meeting place for Aboriginals, Loyalists, Acadian, and other European settlers, the Fredericton Region Museum is an excellent place to start. With over 4000 square feet of exhibit space and a collection of over 30,000 artefacts the museum is a fun and exciting way to look into our past.
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