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A Halloween Anniversary

Happy Halloween Anniversary to Jacob Vanwart and Sarah McAlpine… or not ’cause the day was also rather sad for them.  We wonder if Halloween in 1839 was quite the commercial extravaganza it is today… we doubt very much. Jacob Vanwart … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary to James and Mary Flower!

On 26 June 1852, James Flower (1829-1918) married Mary Matilda Clark (1828-1913).  160 years, congratulations!  James Flower was the youngest son of Anthony and Mary Green Flower, and the third of four children.  Mary Matilda Clark was the daughter of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Jenkins!

Dr. Williard Miles Jenkins, who was born at Kars, Kings County 19 April 1884.  While growing up on the Belleisle Bay, his family had hoped he would become a Baptist preacher, but in 1908 he graduated from McGill University and … Continue reading

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The more things change . . .

… the more they stay the same.  We’ve all sat on our grandparents laps and heard the stories of walking to school, up hill, both ways.  The summers were hotter, the winters colder, the snow was deeper, the ice formed … Continue reading

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A funny thing happened this week . . .

How is this for serendipity . . . On Tuesday, 7 June 2011 we received two gifts for the collection from Barb Routledge, Doaktown, New Brunswick.  One is a New Brunswick Reader, First Primer used by Mrs. Routledge’s mother, Cora … Continue reading

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This date in history . . .

Leonard Arthur Tilley signed this photograph of himself 3 June 1873.  LA Tilley was born 19 November 1852 the fifth child and second son of Samuel Leonard Tilley and his first wife, Julia Ann Hanford.  On the 27 April 1876 … Continue reading

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An impossible date in history

Ok, now we’ve heard everything.  We all know about 29 February and leap year, however this is a new one . . . On 31 April 1837 William Foster married Eleanor Huggard, both of Wickham Parish.  The date is written … Continue reading

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This date in history . . .

Who says winter is a quiet time for museums?  Yikes!  Student applications, the new director search, grant and project proposals, 2010 final reports and on top of that the fiscal year end! In the midst of all the administrative craziness, … Continue reading

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Seashells by the seashore?

This print of a coastal scene, entitled At Freshwater by Samuel Prout (17 September 1783-10 February 1852), was published by Rudolph Ackermann (20 April 1764-30 March 1834), a German inventor and publisher, 1 February 1816. Samuel Prout is known as … Continue reading

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Out of the blue . . .

On 31 January 1867, at her father’s residence, Rachel Cox (1843-1937) married John MacDonald Belyea (1836-1899) wearing this blue dress. With its form fitting bodice, nipped waist and bell skirt, the dress well illustrates the fashions of the late 1860s.  … Continue reading

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