The brainchild of Minto teacher Ed Caissie, the project began as a way to involve 12 at-risk students. As the project grew, 60 more students were added.
The major challenge was the scale model of the 58 acre camp and its 52 buildings.
When these students dug for facts, they did it literally. An expedition to the site with picks and shovels unearthed a find of kitchen and other articles from the camp buried three feet deep.
The Museum, located in Minto, houses nearly 600 artifacts from the camp and occupies over 2000 square feet. A mural in the hallway to the Museum was painted by Eugene Vautour, a local artist, to give visitors the impression they are walking past the rows of barbed wire that surrounded the perimeter of the camp.
In addition to the many aftifacts inside, visitors will see a reconstructed portion of a prisoners' hut, as well as a discovery box in which children may dig for artifacts.
The museum is managed by the New Brunswick Internment Camp Heritage Committee Inc., formed in 1997. The committee consists of fourteen members.
Internment Camp History