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The Society's members regularly sponsor various events in the community. Some are fundraisers for the Society while others are meant to foster community spirit.

PIE AUCTION SUCCESS

On September 27, our legendary annual fundraising pie auction, with our usual brilliant auctioneer, Troy Whittaker, raised over $500 toward our building campaign. Thank you to all our pie makers: Elaine and Wade Geldart, Kate Gollings, Rhoda Hayes, Anne Hunt, Suzanne Langmaid, Barb Nicholson, Lois Poore, Nancy Rideout, Ruth DuPlessiss Riordon, Mary Tingley, Louis Vermeersch, and . . . a mystery donor who made a beautiful blueberry pie. Let us know who you are, so we can properly thank you.

To watch the last pie auctioned off, for the high price of the day, click here.





We held our annual Christmas Tree lighting as usual, but this year we had to do it online. You can watch by clicking here.


HITCHING UP

The hitching post that always stood in from of McKeen's store, donated by Elbridge Gilmore, is back in its pride of place, installed there by Dan Nicholson.

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planting the post         using the post



SETTING THE ANCHOR

Our admiralty anchor, recovered from the river near the old ferry landing, has now been installed on a concrete pad in front of the school building.
Here's a picture of it as it was found near the ferry landing, and one of the generous donors who gave it to us.

To see a record of the wonderful volunteer crew at work putting it in place, click here. Click on each picture to go to the next one.
Click here to see a video of a few minutes of the process.




History of Health Care in Keswick Ridge

We're happy to announce Part 2 of Evelyn Fidler's series of postings on health care specialists in Keswick Ridge for the past 250 years.

The first part, "Early Practitioners," focuses on two early examples, Dr. Jacob Barker and Dr. John Hagerman. You can read it by clicking here.

Part 2, "Community Doctors," introduces Dr. Benjamin Coburn, Dr. Oscar Emery Morehouse and
Dr. Beverley Robertson; click here to read it.

If you can add anything about any of the health care providers mentioned, please let us know by email at annehunt@unb.ca.


2020 History Speaks Postponed

Every spring the Historical Society traditionally presents a series of lectures on interesting topics of local history, on Sunday afternoons at the Superior School. We are sad to announce that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to postpone this spring's series. We had hoped to reschedule in the fall but of course that turned out to be impossible. We are hoping to be able to offer the series online this spring. Watch for an announcement of the new dates, in this space and on our Facebook page.


Our new old anchor

Our most recent acquisition is an "admiralty anchor" that was found in the river near the old ferry landing. Below (left) is a picture as it was brought ashore, by (center) Dave Blanchard and Gordon Yamazaki of the Canadian Rivers Institute at UNB, and then (right) as it sits in the entryway of the school, awaiting exploration and explanation.

Gord Yamazaki has supplied some further information. A friend of his, a marine archaeologist in St. Augustine, Florida specializing on shipwrecks, said that it is best described as a “Folding Stock Yachtsman Anchor,” which is a type of “Admiralty Anchor.” Admiralty is really a categorical type of anchor of which there are several sub-types (e.g., Yachtsman, Kedge). What makes this one a folding stock is that the stock arm (the long arm with the balls on each end) can slide through the head and be folded against the shank to make for easier storage. Below are the diagrams he sent, one labelling the parts of the anchor and the other a photo of a similar anchor in its folded position.
He said that the Folding Stock Yachtsman Anchor was commonly used from 1850-1950, and that our anchor, given the size and weight, was likely used on a boat from 40-80 feet in length. This would make it a good choice for any of the various ferries that have operated at that location. He also mentioned that it is not uncommon to find them with a bent shank such as ours has.


Visit to Patterson Historical Settlement

On August 3, 2018 seven members of the Association, and our Summer Student, Cassidy Chisholm, spent half a day at the Patterson Settlement Historical Village in Hoyt, where we learned a great deal about preserving and presenting historical properties. We'll be posting a full report, with many pictures (Cassidy gave her camera a workout).


Exciting Project Needs Community Stories and Artifacts

The Keswick Ridge Historical Society is restoring the old McKeen Corner Store. Our goal is one day to open it as a museum, capturing the importance of the store to the community. We are focusing on the period between 1930 and 1950. We are looking for artifacts – such as old goods containers, barrels, household items, farm and lumbering tools. The store also served as a post office. Anything to do with this would be appreciated.

We also need any old photos of the store – and we need your memories. Did you live in the community during this time period? Can you remember going to the store? Click on the McKeen Store link on this home page to learn more about the store.

If you can help us in any way with this project please contact Anne Hunt 506-363-3891 (email annehunt@unb.ca).



School Visits School

On June 2, nineteen K-2 students from the Keswick Ridge School visited the historical Keswick Ridge Superior School to find out what school playgrounds and classrooms had been like, once upon a time.They had hands on experiences of what a school day was like in the early to mid 1900's. Times have changed but one thing remains the same. Recess was still the favourite part of the day.

The classroom was a little different.


And so was the playground.