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City of Moncton turns 125 and starts 4-day festival

The City of Moncton is celebrating its 125 birthday with a four-day festival marking its incorporation as a city on April 23,1890.

Celebration of the city's 125th anniversary includes an exhibit at the Moncton Museum of life in 1890

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      The City of Moncton is celebrating its 125th birthday with a four-day festival marking its incorporation as a city on April 23, 1890.

      The Moncton 125 Festival includes a free concert on Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Riverfront Park featuring Simple Plan along with Andree, Chris Colepaugh, Caroline Savoie, Izzy and the Prohibition and a fireworks display.

      Nicole Melanson, a city spokesperson and festival organizer, says people are being asked to bring along a donation of non-perishable food.

      "Most of the events are free of charge and we have Food Depot Alimentaire volunteers throughout the weekend, especially at the birthday concert Friday evening, that will be accepting donations to re-stock their shelves," Melanson said.

      Resurgo Place, which houses the Moncton Museum, will open a new exhibit called Moncton125 on Sunday at 1 p.m., which will remain in place until August.

      Visitors are invited to experience life in 1890 with dozens of archival photos, a replica of a store as it would have been in 1890 and many other interactive exhibits.

      James Upham, a heritage officer at Resurgo Place, says the exhibit is "so cool." He said he is hoping everyone will enjoy it as much as he is.

      "It's all about Moncton in 1890 and there's so many neat things, there's a whole thing about fan language — that ladies would communicate to their gentlemen, they couldn't talk to them, they'd use a fan to send secret messages to each other," he said.

      Upham says his goal is to share his love of history with others so they too will appreciate the significance of an old book that was brought to Moncton in the 1700s by a man named Heinrich Stief.

      "We need to give people reasons to care about this things," Upham said.

      "Every single Steeves in the entire world is directly descended from Heinrich Stief and he arrived here in 1766 with this Bible — now it matters."​

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