Regional Museum of Art and History: More displays and artifacts this year

Frank Gale
Published on July 7, 2014
Mike Young, a summer employee at the Regional Museum of Art and History in Stephenville, is seen near the Mi’kmaq display at the facility.

Star photo by Frank Gale

Mike Young of Port au Port West believes he has a very interesting job as a summer employee with the Regional Museum of Art and History in Stephenville.

That’s because he and Robert Patten of Kippens will be sharing the duties of interviewing war and peacekeeper veterans in the area.

It’s Young’s second year with the museum and he’s excited that there is so much more going on this year.

“We want veterans in the area to get in contact with us because we want to know more about them, their experiences and what affect serving in the forces may have had on their lives,” he said. “We’re looking for anyone who has an interest in sharing their experiences.”

While its known there are no more veterans of the First World War in the area, they hope to interview the remaining veterans of the Second World War, Korean Conflict and Peacekeeping missions and any who have served in more recent wars, such as in Afghanistan.

Young said veterans can get in contact by visiting their Regional Museum of Art and History Facebook page, emailing or phoning (709) 643-9757.

“It’s going to be interesting to hear their stories and being part of recording them. This whole job is a great opportunity,” he said.

During his first year with the museum, Young’s responsibilities included making sure everything was in place and looking nice, along with guiding people through the facility.

He said the newest addition is a Stephenville Theatre Festival display that was just completed and since last year a lot more artifacts have been added.

A revamping of the Mi’kmaq exhibit is taking place with an upgrade through the donation of a large mural display by Marcus Gosse, Qalipu band member and artist. The Mi’kmaq Utopia Art Show by Gosse will take place at the Regional Museum of Art and History and upstairs in the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 35 at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9.

The mural pieces, being donated by Gosse, cover a period of Mi’kmaq history dating from the 1700s up to the present.

The museum is now in operation from 1-5 p.m. daily up to Aug. 29.

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