Adams given warm sendoff at Fundy museum

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Retirement as curator coincide’s with facility’s 20th anniversary

PARRSBORO – Ken Adams may have gone about his business quietly at Fundy Geological Museum during the past 20 years, but his efforts did not go unnoticed.
Such was evident at Fundy Geological Museum on Thursday afternoon, as friends and colleagues from far and wide came to bid a fond farewell, and offer gratitude for his service to the region and the province.

“Our board of directors is very gratified with the respect in which Ken is held by his contemporaries in the museum and heritage community and we know he will be missed by those folks, as well,” said Lois Smith, mayor of Parrsboro and vice-chair of the Cumberland Geological Society. “Ken has always promoted the museum, the fossils, minerals and tides as just one small piece of a unique experience that is Nova Scotia.”

A number of guests took to the podium to talk about their experiences with Adams, including Bill Greenlaw, former executive director for heritage for the archives, museums and libraries for the department of communities, culture and heritage; Deborah Skilliter, curator of geology for the Nova Scotia Museum, and Calum Ewing, director of operations for the Nova Scotia Museum.

All spoke about the knowledge Adams has shared, and the passion with which he has done his job.

“I’ve never met a more dedicated, passionate, committed person than Ken,” said Greenlaw. “He was willing to sacrifice his own personal finances to make sure this museum was able to survive some lean times, and that takes a very special individual. For Ken, the community has always come first.”

Ewing described Adams as the type of person who does not say a lot at a meeting, but one you had better listen to when he does speak.

He also pointed to his efforts over and above what one might expect from a museum curator, such as his series of informative curatorial beach walks, and his work in tracking visitor statistics to the region, which he shared with other tourism partners.

“One of the real strengths that Ken has shown through his leadership at this institution is not only focusing on the museum inside the walls, but recognizing that his role and the work of his museum extended beyond the museum,” said Ewing.

Other speakers included Anita Price, managing director of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums; Devin Terfry, marketing co-ordinator at the Central Nova Tourist Association; Lisa Wolfe from Ross Farm Museum; Ohra Colins from the Age of Sail Museum, county councillor Ernest Gilbert, and Dr. John Calder from the department of natural resources.

Adams received a rousing standing ovation when he took the microphone, offering sincere thanks to those he has worked with and dealt with over the years, as well as his family, which included wife Etta, daughter Sarah and mother Betty in the audience.

“I hope in my retirement to continue to support our heritage community and our geological community by being able to participate in the ongoing development of not only our knowledge of the beaches, but communicating this to our fellow citizens,” he said. “What we find so special and what we do each day is still something we have to impart to the general public of Nova Scotia. We live in a special place.”

awagstaff@citizenrecord.ca

Twitter:@ADNandrew

Organizations: Fundy museum, Nova Scotia Museum, Cumberland Geological Society Association of Nova Scotia Museums Central Nova Tourist Association Ross Farm Museum Sail Museum

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Parrsboro

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