Heritage Models celebrates 20 years
© Jamie Heap
Heritage Models chair person Karen Brown, daughter of the late Bud Johnston, stands next to former, long-time manager Debbie Boudreau on Sunday. Boudreau reflected upon her time at Heritage Models on the ocassion of the museum's 20th anniversary.
RIVER HEBERT-The miniatures may be small, but the celebration that commemorated the 20th anniversary of Heritage Models on Sunday was larger than life.
For two decades, the museum which houses each of the forty models constructed by the late Reginald ``Bud`` Johnston during his lifetime has preserved the heritage of the local area while providing employment for 50 students and 7 managers.
The museum’s current manager is Rose Ulch. Ulch, along with Debbie Boudreau, Jim Sicheri, two former managers; former museum employees Nancy Boudreau, Sandi Martin and Sally Mills; Heritage Models board members Karen Brown (Bud’s daughter) and Eudora Ripley, notwithstanding guest speaker Bob Gray, (Bud’s nephew), walked behind bagpiper Jennifer Gogan and members of the 1442 army cadets as they took their places as honoured guests in front of the crowd.
The museum`s first manager Debbie Boudreau, who worked with Johnston and many summer students during her ten years as museum manager, reflected upon her time at Heritage Models while remembering those who could not be there Sunday to celebrate the museum’s 20th anniversary during her brief address.
“I remember working back in the days when we had no roof over our heads and only had gravel on the floor,” recalled Boudreau. “We worked hard to get the improvements that we did and we were very, very grateful for all that Bud did.”
Boudreau brought four bouquets of flowers with her to the microphone, one for each of the four museum employees, including Johnston, who passed away. The other workers were Jason Edwards, Tanya Proctor and Cheryl Rhodes-Wurster.
“You were all taken from us far too soon,” stated Boudreau. “We remember you.”
Musical entertainment was provided by the quartet of Mark Bourgeois, Al Cooper, Larry Cormier and Rodney Gray, Johnston’s great nephew. “We’re singing together today because we are all from down here originally,” said Gray. River Hebert native Johnny Melanson, who now resides in Spencer’s Island, Nova Scotia, also volunteered his time to perform for the crowd this past Sunday.
Kenny John Jackson volunteered his time to barbecue on Sunday while Dar’s Ice Cream, an Amherst-based business, provided dessert out of their portable trailer.