Museum exhibit a success

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AMHERST Preserving Cumberland Countys rich history and giving residents and visitors an opportunity to see it on a daily basis is the premise behind the new permanent exhibit introduced last week at the Cumberland County Museum and Archives.

AMHERST Preserving Cumberland Countys rich history and giving residents and visitors an opportunity to see it on a daily basis is the premise behind the new permanent exhibit introduced last week at the Cumberland County Museum and Archives.

Elaine Bourque, past president of the Amherst Township Historical Society and permanent exhibit director, led a group who worked at transforming the permanent exhibit rooms to recreate the history of Cumberland County.

From The Ground Up relives this regions rich past.

From the Whats Under Ground display, demonstrating a strong mining history to the role soldiers played in the First World War and Second World War demonstrated through Ground Zero, a unique story is revealed.

Other displays include the story of Mr. X and the phenomenon of Ester Cox.

The exhibit committee was more than pleased with the response to our launch, explained Bourque. It is an exhibit that will continue to inspire and teach county citizens about our rich historical heritage.

Each of the exhibits looks at the historical significance Cumberland County residents played in the history of Nova Scotia and the formation of Canada.

The message was presented to more than 100 guests attending the launch.

Friday, was a prime example of the wide-ranging support given to the Cumberland County Museum and Archives from the people of Cumberland County, remarked Shirley Nickerson, manager/curator.

It was very encouraging to have so many people out to see our new permanent exhibit rooms, From the Ground Up.

Guest speaker Bill Casey along with special guests, mayors Jerry Hallee of Amherst, Doug Robinson of Parrsboro, Guy Brown of Springhill, town crier Jerry Randall, and representatives from both the Wallace Museum and Ottawa House, along with over 100 residents, joined in to celebrate the occasion.

Casey spoke about the importance of the history of Cumberland County and shared a few kind words about a great historian, Bud Johnston of River Hebert, who passed away recently, but left his personal mark in the history of Cumberland County.

He presented the museum with an aerial view of Amherst circa 1920 which is now hanging in the permanent exhibit.

The exhibit was officially opened with the ringing of the bell as was done when the museum opened 26 years ago by the late Joey Smallwood, former premier of Newfoundland.

Cumberland County Museum and Archives will be open regular hours, Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 5 p.m. until Dec. 18, when the hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. until Dec. 22.

Organizations: Cumberland County Museum, Amherst Township Historical Society, Wallace Museum Ottawa House

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Ground Zero, Nova Scotia Canada River Hebert Newfoundland

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