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  Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
  Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada

Volume 4: Number 1



Vol. 4, No. 1, January - Janvier, 2002

Parks Canada Website 

As part of the Canadian Cultural Online Canadian Memory Fund, the Fortress of Louisbourg has been selected as one of the 17 historic sites and national parks which will be included in a new web project.  Sandy Balcom and Mark Sajatovich spent three days in Ottawa.  One of the interesting aspects of the project will be a 3D fly through of an animated Fortress.  Due to size constraints, the King’s Bastion and the Dauphin Demi-Bastion will be the main focus of the animated Fortress.  The theme is “The Defence of Canada.”  Everyone has been busy gathering digital pictures of the fortifications and scanning plans in order to develop a package of images that can be used for this project. It should be up and running by March, 2002.

Stoneware Development 

Jim Campbell is working with a potter in Halifax to develop a stoneware cooking pot for use on the site.  It is based on artefacts from the Louisbourg collection and the research of Jean Pierre Chrestien from the Museum of Civilization. 

Jim Campbell also recently discovered that the Bata Show Museum in Toronto wants to extend the loan of an l8th century woman’s shoe that is on display  

Rails of Adventure 

Rails of Adventure is a television series of thirteen

30-minutes episodes on adventure tourism in Canada produced by Greenspace Productions in conjunction with the Canadian Tourism Commission. In each episode, three specialised guides lead us to discover the history, geography and cultural heritage of their regions.   In addition, the guides will tell adventure stories, anecdotes, tales and legends to illustrate who they are and what they are about.  Kevin LeBlanc was the guide for the Louisbourg segment.

The first English broadcast of this series will take place on the Discovery Travel channel sometime in March, 2002.    The exact times and dates will be announced when they are known. 

Attractions Canada 

Attractions Canada, the national information programme dedicated to expanding Canadians’ knowledge of the many attractions the country has to offer, recently asked travel editors and editors-in-chief at newspapers from coast to coast for the best loved tourism sites and events in Canada. 

Fortress of Louisbourg was among the top vote getters!!  Other sites listed were Banff National Park, Canadian Museum of Civilizaton and the Calgary Stampede.   

Atlantic Progress Magazine 

A feature story has just been finished on the Fortress by this magazine.  Article includes an interview with Carol Whitfield and will be published in the next issue of “Open to the World”.  The article, written by Hal Dornadick, focuses on Louisbourg as a hidden jewel in North America’s historic sites community.

Photos from last year’s Fete were used for this article.

Volunteer Association News   

The Volunteer Association has a sewing project underway for the next few years.   It is being managed by Maureen Burke.  The people working on this project include Charlotte Steele, Diane MacCuish, Geralynn Hutt, Susan MacDougall, Dana Boudreau and Cheryl Bonaparte. These ladies are all making new costumes as compared to repairing the old costumes.   They are working out of a park house on Braddock Street in Louisbourg.   

Health & Safety News 

Training will be taking place February 13 and 14th, 2002 in the Training Room, Administration Building on OH&S.  Emphasis will be on Canada Labour Code Part II. 

Next safety meeting to take place at the Fire Hall on Site February 15, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. 


Our sympathies go out to Wendy Bryan, Engineering Clerk and her family on the death of her father, Rudy Mrazek on December 16, 2001. 

Sympathies also go out to Kenny MacDonald and Walter MacDonald, Carpenters, on the death of their mother and grandmother, Sadie MacDonald, January 7, 2002. 

Sympathies also go out to John Hardy, Fireman/Watchman on the death of his sister, Colleen Hardy on January 11, 2002. 

Sympathies are extended to Larry Rudderham, Commissionaire, on the death of his wife, Katherine Rudderham on November 26, 2001. 


Donald Cross worked his last day January 31, 2002 with over 30 years service.  Donald started in April 1971 as a carpenter and then went on to become a Fireman Watchman.  We wish him all the best in his retirement. 

Fabian Boone also retired in October 2001.  Fabian started in January 1984 as a Carpenter Foreman and held that position for his time here.  We wish him health and happiness in his retirement also. 

Open Competition 

The Heritage Presentation unit is presently running an open competition for GSMPS04 Heritage Presenters. The competition is for anticipatory staffing and is for Bilingual positions only. The area of competition is Nova Scotia. The competition closes on Februrary 8th, 2002.  For more information you can contact Peter Chiasson (733-3544). 

Did you know.... 

...Diane MacLeod is now working in Central Registry and Finance.  Good luck Diane in your new endeavors. 

...Bill O’Shea was a guest at the George D. Lewis School in Louisbourg at an event promoting family literacy.  He spoke to Grade 4 and 6 at the school and read many different articles to them.  They especially liked his Pretzel recipe!!

...Alice Lahey would like to take this opportunity

to thank everyone who participated in the Christmas Dinner & Dance.  A total of 80 tickets were sold and everyone who attended had a wonderful time.  

…Last fall a ladies wrist watch was found in the hallway in the Administration Building downstairs.  It is a gold Gloria Vanderbilt Quartz with a gold link strap.  If anyone has any information concerning this watch please contact Donna MacNeil at 733-3551. 

If you would like to make a submission to the Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Newsletter, please send information to Donna MacNeil at 

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