Recently published “Memories on the Bounty” dropped anchor in Hopewell Cape at the Albert County Museum on Thursday, September 29. A crew of nearly forty area seniors and other guests were on deck in the Community Hall for the afternoon presentation with Monctonian writer, Janet Coulter Sanford, who shared her experience of authoring the memoir of longtime friend, Roy Boutilier, and his life altering year aboard the replica of the infamous ship “Bounty”.
The event was hosted by the Albert County Historical Society as part of the 2021-2022 New Horizons for Seniors Program project. Janet’s presentation, interspersed with readings from her debut book, provided the context for the process of interviewing, writing and researching. Of particular interest were the displayed artefacts and memorabilia from Roy’s year long Bounty adventure, as well as a scrap book of articles and photos assembled throughout the intervening decades by Roy’s wife. This collection proved to be an invaluable resource for Janet.
Book signing, conversation and discussion during the refreshment break were appreciated and enjoyed by all. The programme concluded with Janet’s comment on the importance and significance of “Keepers” - be they individuals, organizations or societies. Without the “keepers” of collections - the “savers” of stuff, the stewards of records, and archival sites such as museums - our heritage and history, and thus our sense of person and place, would be lost and writings such as “Memories on the Bounty” would be forever adrift.