Friday, October 29, 2010

Parrsboro Rocks

Congratulations to the staff of the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro for the highly successful reopening of their main exhibit area.  The museum was under wraps for about a year while the old main exhibit was dismantled and a whole new realm of discovery created to explore, involve and educate on the fasinating geology of the Fundy region.
Conservator, Chris Lavergne checks out the exhibits.
I attended the opening day festivities with many colleagues form the museum world on hand plus local dignitaries and residents. There was a great buzz to the event with much exploring and investigating of the gallery. The new exhibits have a family focus featuring many hands on activities to engage young visitors. Congrats to Ken Adams and staff and their Heritage Division colleagues for a job well done. Great to see some exhibit renewal happening in the provincial museums. Next up the Museum of Natural History main exhibit area.

On my way back I stopped at the Glooscap Heritage Centre near Millbrook and visited with staff.  This is a new institution on the provincial heritage scene located just off the highway outside Truro. It is easily found by going towards the giant figure of Glooscap on the grounds. The Centre is continuing to evolve and exapnsion plans include a second building to improve their events hosting capacity. On the heritage front, they are continually developing their programming and aside from workshops teaching Mi'kmaq skills have schools programming available aswell. Current plans include commemorative celebration in honour of Mi'kmaq veterans and the installation of a wall of honour. A project begun this past summer to landscape using plants native to the area will also contribute interpretation opportunities for explaining Mi'kmaq traditional land use.

1 comment:

  1. My partner and I visited the museum the week after the grand opening. I must concur that Museum Director Ken Adams and all the others deserve congratulations. The renovated museum is a significant improvement over the previous one. It presents in a user-friendly multi-media way a wide variety of information about both the geology of the Fundy region & the world as well as background history of the area. I should add that there were several young boys (around age 12) also visiting while we were there and they seemed quite into the exhibits, especially those displaying local rocks.

    Sherman Schapiro
    Parrsboro NS & Blue Lake CA USA