The Albert County Historical Society invites you and your family to take part in a special program that begins with Canada Day on Thursday, July 1st and ends with RB Bennett Day on Saturday, July 3rd. We will welcome visitors from New Brunswick and the Atlantic Bubble in recognition of Canada’s 11th Prime Minister and the 90th Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster, which forever changed Canada’s role in the British Commonwealth.
When Prime Minister Bennett signed the Statute of West- minster in 1931, Canada gained its independence from Britain. Canada acquired formal control over its external affairs and the British laws no longer applied to Canada (with the notable exception of the British North America Act of 1867). After signing the Statute of Westminster, RB Bennett said, "I realize that this is the culmination of a long, long effort that has been made since we were a colony, to become the self-governing Dominion."
On Saturday, July 3rd, join us as we honour the only Prime Minister born in New Brunswick, Hopewell Cape’s RB Bennett. We will celebrate his 151st Birthday by offering visitors complimentary ice cream and one of 151 cupcakes (he had a sweet tooth). Regular admission rates apply. This day will also launch “Canada Historic Places Days” and we are proud to be one of the sites involved.
Known affectionately as “RB,” Richard Bedford Bennett studied law at Dalhousie University in Halifax and moved to Calgary in 1897 to begin his successful law practice. Entering politics in 1898, he eventually became an MP in Calgary and rose to great heights in the Conservative Party. He became Prime Minister of Canada in 1930. In addition to signing the Statute of Westminster in 1931, he led the formation of the Bank of Canada; Canada Wheat Board; Canadian Broadcasting Act (which led to the formation of CBC); Unemployment Insurance; Minimum Wage Legislation, and Relief Act (part of Canada’s New Deal). Much of this legislation is still in effect, and is credited for steering us through many economic problems of our times.
The Albert County Museum and RB Bennett Centre, operated under provincial health and safety guidelines, is open daily 9:30am-5:30pm until end of September and on Saturdays during October. Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, $25 for families, and free for children under 5. Memberships and Group rates available. Join us and “Discover the People of the Tides”!
We gratefully acknowledge support provided by Tourism, Heritage and Culture, New Brunswick. Learn more about the Albert County Museum & RB Bennett Centre, visit albertcountymuseum.com.
To learn about events in rural Albert County, visit www.ConnectingAlbertCounty.org/Calendar. Feel free to add a community event.