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CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUTURE OF THE NEW BRUNSWICK MUSEUM

PLANNED GIVING 

Planned gifts create the future of New Brunswick’s provincial museum.
We invite you to be part of the journey.

For more information

We encourage you to consult with your trusted advisors, such as your lawyer, financial planner or accountant. These professionals can explain how to plan your donation carefully and can inform you of financial advantages that apply to your personal situation. (Please see the Statement of Intent).

New Brunswick Museum
Development Office  |   heritage@nbm-mnb.ca   |  1.888.268.9595

ENDOWMENTS LEAVE A LEGACY AND INSPIRE NEW GENERATIONS

You can make a one-time or a recurring gift to NBM’s ongoing programs. You could establish an endowment gift for a specific purpose. Or you can donate to one of NBM’s current endowment funds designated for such purposes as museum programs and priority needs, geological research in New Brunswick, natural science research, and the purchase of antiquities.

Thank you, Thomas!

“I’ve had a life-long passion for the natural world. I know very well that research funding can be difficult to come by. That’s why I’ve been contributing to the New Brunswick Museum research endowment fund for more than a decade to support the museum’s natural history specialists pursue their research, attend conferences, and share the most current scientific information about New Brunswick and the world.  Our museum’s ability to collaborate with universities, students and community groups across Canada and the world increases the scope and relevance of this research and I am happy to help support it.”  - Thomas M.

The New Brunswick Museum’s Natural History staff and Research Associates are involved in a wide variety of research and field programs in the areas of palaeontology, mycology, botany and zoology. By undertaking field research on fossils, minerals, fungi, plants, and animals, the curators add to the New Brunswick Museum’s collections and support the museum’s mandate to study and preserve specimens for current and future generations. As a research institution, NBM’s curators and collections staff also respond annually to many hundreds of public and professional inquiries about the natural world.

The commitment and generosity of donors like Thomas make this possible. We are grateful for their support. You, too, can have a lasting impact by contributing to the New Brunswick Museum.

 

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                                                                  Dr. John Clarence Webster, 1896 by James Cadenhead                                                               Alice Lusk Webster, 1904-1905 by John White Alexander

Thank you, Webster Family!

Dr. J.C. Webster (1865-1950), from Shediac, NB, and Alice Lusk Webster, Hon. LLD (1880-1953), originally from New York City, were founders of the New Brunswick Museum. They believed that knowledge of history and art had a value beyond educational enrichment…that it could instill a sense of cultural pride, a vital ingredient in any region's social and economic health. In 1932, Dr. J.C. Webster donated his collection of Canadiana…publications, maps, photographs and art…which essentially was the foundation of the museum’s history collections. In 1935, through her own resources, Alice Lusk Webster, developed the Arts & Industries Department where excellent examples of fine and decorative arts objects served as material aids to the imagination.

Virtually unparalleled in its day, J.C. Webster’s collection documented many aspects of Canadian history and life. Among its greatest strengths were in the areas of military and naval history. He was particularly fascinated with the life and career of General James Wolfe and acquired everything he could relating to someone he believed played a pivotal role in Canadian history. 

Alice Lusk Webster’s broad experience, from travels in Japan as a girl to art studies in Paris, informed her acquisition of representative examples of international decorative arts that were intended to serve as inspiration for all New Brunswickers and in particular, our artists and artisans. Calling upon her personal relationships with museum curators in New York and Toronto, she was able to gather an excellent overview of many historical developments in ceramics, glass, silver, textiles and furniture.  She also began supporting local artists and craftspeople through the purchase of works for the collection.

In 1946, the Webster Museum Fund was established to ensure the ongoing development and curation of the museum’s history and art collections.   At the time of J.C. Webster’s death in 1950, the fund was valued at almost $500,000.00 and Alice Lusk Webster bequeathed another $40,000.00 to the fund upon her death in 1953.  To this day, the Webster endowment continues to provide funds for the museum.


New Brunswick Museum
Development Office  |   heritage@nbm-mnb.ca   |  1.888.268.9595

 

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