We are pleased to share the content from this article from 1962 with the readers of Connecting Albert County. The Albert County Museum opened with 200 items in their collection and we now have nearly 9000 items!
One of the items is the Guest Book from the 1962 season with the names of the guests who visited during the first year the Museum was in operation. We hope you enjoy the article and photo. We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum during the 60th Anniversary in 2022!
“The Albert County Museum will make alive the history of the area for visitors in a way never able to be done in words.” Dr. George MacBeath, curator of the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John, said at the opening of the Albert County Museum on Saturday afternoon.
As one of several speakers at the official opening, held in the county Court House, Dr. MacBeath stated that the museum would have “increasing cultural and education values as time passes”.
Operated by the Albert County Historical Society Incorporated, the museum up to the present time houses more than 200 items which have been donated by people of Albert County.
Allison Steeves, president of the historical society, in his opening remarks, outlined future plans of that society and said that it intends to preserve historical sites neglected for years. “The big task ahead for us at present is a plan to hold a Steeves bicentennial in 1966”.
The article goes on to note several dignitaries from the Provincial and County governments and representatives from provincial travel and historical boards.
Also shared in the article were several items in the collection on hand on opening day including: an old spinning wheel, antique baby carriage, one of the first models of an electric radio, wooden washing machine, old-fashioned telephone, family bibles, and copies of the Albert Journal from 1907. Many items featured are on display in what was known for many years as the “Museum in the Jail”.
We look forward to the Museum’s 60th Anniversary in 2022, which will be an exciting time for celebration in the community! There will be something for everyone to enjoy during the “60 Years of History” program during the May to October operating season. Plans are underway to highlight each of the six decades since the opening of the Museum, with a variety of entertaining events, heritage talks, historical drama performances and concerts.
Learn more at www.albertcountymuseum.com.