Old Sydney Society lecture: Dr. Bruce Fry
Dr. Bruce Fry will speak at the next meeting of the Old Sydney Society, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 27 October, at the Centre for Heritage and Science (the Lyceum), 225 George St. Sydney.
The title of the talk is: "Fifty years On: Reconstructing Louisborg During the Early Years."
In 1961, the Government of Canada embarked upon the largest and most ambitious reconstruction in North America. Although the primary motivation was economic --- finding employment for laid-off coal miners --- other factors were also behind the undertaking as the country approached the centennial year of confederation.
Assigned to the Engineering division of the National Parks and Historic Sites Branch of the-then Department of Northern Affairs and Natural Resources, the project was initially handicapped by a failure to grasp the size and complexity of the task, and led to serious disagreements as to approach, eventually resolved through a series of staff changes, revised goals and the introduction of multidisciplinary teams.
The resulting product has become the crown jewel of Parks Canada' historic sites, an internationally acclaimed heritage site, and a key component of regional tourism. The legacy of those early years is to be found in the policies and practices of Cultural Resource Management that underlie the Parks Canada mandate.
Bruce Fry's talk will be streamed live to the internet at the following link: