Stanstead His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety launches Unveiling Soirée for “Adopt an Arte­fact”

Sherbrooke Record - - THE BORDER REPORT - By Em­i­lie Hack­ett Spe­cial to the Record

The Stanstead His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety (SHS) will be host­ing an unveiling soirée to con­clude its “Adopt an Arte­fact” pro­gram at the Colby-cur­tis Mu­seum on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 27th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For $40, guests can en­joy re­fresh­ments, hors-d’oeu­vres, a free cock­tail, live mu­sic by Michelle Bouf­fard, and the unveiling of the “adopted” arte­facts. All pro­ceeds will go to the mu­seum’s col­lec­tions man­age­ment.

The SHS is hold­ing the “Adopt an Arte­fact” pro­gram for the first time in its his­tory. Pos­sess­ing an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of arte­facts and ar­chives, it hopes to spread its col­lec­tion to res­i­dents, schools, busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions of the MRC de Mem­phré­m­a­gog, as it rep­re­sents the his­tory and her­itage of the bor­der com­mu­ni­ties of Stanstead County through the 19th and 20th cen­tury.

When con­tacted by The Record, SHS and Colby-cur­tis Mu­seum Pres­i­dent Matthew Far­fan ex­plained that the mu­seum has “thou­sands of arte­facts in stor­age, many of which have not been ex­hib­ited in decades, ei­ther from a lack of space or re­lated ex­hi­bi­tions. The pro­gram is a fun way to bring a cross sec­tion of un­usual pieces out from the vaults.” Far­fan said he is look­ing for­ward to the Unveiling Soirée and con­sid­ers him­self sat­is­fied with the pro­gram’s re­sults so far: “It’s a way for the com­mu­nity to be­come in­volved and take own­er­ship of the mu­seum and its col­lec­tions. We hope to do this again next year.”

Arte­facts up for adop­tion can be found on the Colby-cur­tis Mu­seum’s on­line cat­a­logue at https://col­by­cur­tis.ca/adopt-an-atri­fact/. Of the 28 arte­facts listed, 21 have al­ready been adopted. They will be on dis­play within the mu­seum for a full year. Adopters will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate of adop­tion, a pho­to­graph and de­scrip­tion of the arte­fact, and a tax re­ceipt. If the adopter de­sires it, the mu­seum will dis­play a la­bel next to the arte­fact ac­knowl­edg­ing the con­tri­bu­tion, an ac­knowl­edge­ment on a panel dis­played in the mu­seum and on the web­site, as well as a per­sonal story about the adopter posted to the web­site.

Items in the cat­a­logue vary from a real-life stage­coach, to a mid-19th cen­tury square pi­ano, to old con­tracts, mil­i­tary tu­nics, 19th cen­tury sofa beds, and more! Adop­tions range be­tween $100 and $1,500. Adop­tions over $750 will re­ceive two tick­ets to the Unveiling Soirée, and adop­tions be­tween $100 and $500 will be awarded one ticket.

The “Adopt an Arte­fact” fundrais­ing pro­gram en­cour­ages all to con­trib­ute in a mean­ing­ful way to the preser­va­tion and pro­mo­tion of the SHS col­lec­tions. Those who wish to help the Colby-cur­tis Mu­seum and the SHS with­out adopt­ing an arte­fact can sim­ply at­tend the Unveiling Soirée. The Soirée is ex­pected to wel­come around 200 guests. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the mu­seum or on­line at https://col­by­cur­tis.ca/unveiling-soireead­opt-an-arte­fact/.

Juli­ette

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