© Thomas Becker - Amherst News
Front row - left, Stephanie Herrett, Natasha Richard, Rachel Smith, Dani Brown,
back row - left, Jason Richard, Matthew Richard celebrate Acadian Day in style at the Cumberland County Museum and Archives.
AMHERST – The Cumberland County Museum and Archives hosted their first annual Acadian Day celebration yesterday afternoon.
With the museum grounds covered in Acadian colours it was evident a celebration of Acadian heritage was to be explored.
“Acadian Day is celebrated in honour of the return of Acadians to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick after their deportation,” Stephanie Herrett, a volunteer with the museum said.
Since 1881, August 15 has been recognized by Acadians as National Acadian Day. The federal and provincial governments officially recognized National Acadian Day in 2003 and in 2004 respectively.
Both Herrett and Natasha Richard, also with the museum, said they’re proud of their Acadian heritage and with Acadians throughout the area, especially in the neighbouring N.B., they decided to host a celebration.
Events that took place at the museum consisted of games, a barbecue, people singing and a young girl playing the fiddle.
This is the only celebration of its type within the area, Herrett said.
“A lot of people around here don’t do a whole lot for it.”
Because of their Acadian heritage the two women felt it was important to bring some Acadian culture to a town that may not know as much about Acadian history as they should.
Herrett has always expressed interest in Acadian history and it meant a lot to her to be able to help put this event together.
“I know there are a lot of Acadians in Amherst but no one really knows their history because no one speaks French here.”
By hosting this celebration, Herrett hopes more Acadians of Cumberland County will discover an interest and explore the history of their people.
“It’s an event that brings people back to their heritage,” Herrett said.