Twenty years of landscape and life

Andrew Wagstaff
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Fundy Geological Museum celebrates milestone

PARRSBORO – Next to 300 million years, 20 might not look like so much.
But the contributions made to the Parrsboro area, the Bay of Fundy region, and the province of Nova Scotia by Fundy Geological Museum during the past two decades have been substantial, according to those gathered to celebrate the facility’s 20th anniversary this week.

“Since opening in 1993 the Fundy Geological Museum has played a major role in our community, not only as a tourist destination, but also as an educational institution, attracting over 22,000 visitors to Parrsboro each year,” said Parrsboro Mayor Lois Smith.

“Over the past 20 years the Fundy Geological Museum has continued to build upon its reputation as a world class facility dedicated to interpreting geological history and, in 2010, the rebranding of the museum and upgrading of exhibit space assured that it will remain viable long into the future,” she added.

A huge crowd gathered at the museum on Dec. 5 for the celebration, which also included a farewell to retiring curator/director Ken Adams, who has been with the museum since its formative stages in 1989.

The mayor, who is also vice-president of the Cumberland Geological Society that oversees the museum, offered gratitude for the guidance and financial support from the provincial government, but said the commitment from Adams, his staff and volunteers have been equally important to its success.

Calum Ewing, operations director for the Nova Scotia Museum, said Fundy Geological Museum has been exemplary in the way it has developed and made use of a strong volunteer program, and for spreading its impact beyond the four walls of the building.

“It has not been satisfied to be just a museum where people come and look at exhibits and read things,” he said. “People use the museum as a focus point for the area, to get out and actually experience Nova Scotia’s rich geological heritage and history.”

Fundy Geological Museum opened to the public in December of 1993. A Christmas tree in the lobby this week is decorated with the names of 170 people who have played a part in the life of the museum during the past 20 years, from board members to staff, and volunteers.

It employs five full-time staff, two seasonal positions, and 4-8 students each summer.

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: Fundy Geological Museum, Cumberland Geological Society, Nova Scotia Museum

Geographic location: Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

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