9 September 2015

 

Join the New Brunswick Museum in celebrating recent donations related to a founder of the NBM

 In recognition of a founder of the New Brunswick Museum, William MacIntosh, please join the NBM on Thursday, September 10 from 5 - 6:30pm to celebrate several recent donations of material related to his career and contributions.

The first Director of the New Brunswick Museum, William MacIntosh was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.  He attended Saint John High School and then studied architecture and landscaping in Toronto for four years.  When he returned to Saint John he was employed at the Allison conservatories as the landscape gardener.  He was the Provincial Entomologist for the Department of Agriculture and instructor of science and nature study.  He became the full time curator of the Natural History Society Museum in Saint John in 1907 when the Society moved to its new location on Union Street.  William MacIntosh was the first Director of the New Brunswick Museum, a position he held from 1930 to 1940. During that time, he oversaw the project to establish the new provincial museum, New Brunswick Museum.  He received an honorary M.Sc. Degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1921 and doctorate in 1943.  He was given the Freedom of the City of Saint John in 1940 when he retired from the New Brunswick Museum.

During his career, William MacIntosh was very focused on educating children in New Brunswick about the natural history of the province. One of the programs that he developed and led was a series of extended canoe trips throughout the province. Recently, the New Brunswick Museum has received several donations of material related to these canoe trips, including photo albums of the 1945-47 and 1949-50 canoe trips and documents such as menus and rules for the canoe trips. The donations also include notebooks and photographs of MacIntosh.

“William MacIntosh was instrumental in the development of the newly-designated provincial museum”, said Jane Fullerton, NBM CEO. “These donations remind us that the New Brunswick Museum has a long tradition of finding innovative opportunities to connect New Brunswickers with the province’s heritage, both within and outside the walls of the museum.”

The New Brunswick Museum will be highlighting these donations, and showcasing several other materials related to William MacIntosh in the NBM’s collection, at an event on Thursday, September 10 from 5 - 6:30pm in the NBM Exhibition Centre, Market Square. All are invited to attend.

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