RNSHS Public Lecture – Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 — 7:30 p.m., Nova Scotia Archives

Coastal Stories: A History of the Eastern Shore Islands

Sara Spike, University of New Brunswick

 From Jeddore Rock to the St. Mary’s River, more than 700 islands are nestled along the rugged Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. At least 80 islands in the archipelago were inhabited, beginning with pre-contact Mi’kmaw use and a series of forgotten early colonial encounters. Settler family homes were established in the late 18th century and, as families moved ashore in the early 20th century, they ϐloated their houses in with them. Rather than a series of dramatic exploits, the history of the Eastern Shore Islands is made up of small stories about a dynamic, intimate relationship with this challenging coastal environment. This paper will share these stories and discuss the community-directed research project that brought them to light.

Click here for a bio of Sara Spike.

Kirrily Freeman

Kirrily Freeman

Kirrily Freeman is Associate Professor of History at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Her teaching and research focus on the social and cultural history of the two world wars. Her first book, Bronzes to Bullets: Vichy and the Destruction of French Public Statuary (Stanford UP, 2009) dealt with the French campaign to melt metal statues during WWII. Her current book looks at the town of Vichy and its efforts to reinvent itself since the Second World War.

Richard Field

Dr Field holds an MA degree in Anthropology from the University of Toronto and a PhD in History from Dalhousie University. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Atlantic Canada Studies Interdisciplinary Program and a Research Associate with the Gorsebrook Research Institute at Saint Mary’s University.

Sara Spike

Sara Spike

Dr. Sara Spike is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick. Her scholarly work focuses on the cultural history of rural communities in Atlantic Canada with a particular emphasis on coastal environments. Since receiving her PhD from Carleton University in 2016, she has returned home to Nova Scotia, working as a historical consultant, most notably at Sherbrooke Village Museum, and as the lead researcher for the Eastern Shore Islands Heritage Research Project. This is a government-funded, community-directed study of the coastal archipelago along Nova Scotia’s often-overlooked Eastern Shore.

Allan Marble

Allan Marble

Dr. Allan E. Marble, professor emeritus, Dalhousie University (2000) is the author of eighty-seven journal articles and fifty-seven conference papers published on the cardiovascular system and fifteen articles and biographies relating to the medical history of Nova Scotia. In addition, he has authored ten books in genealogy and the history of medicine in Nova Scotia. He is currently working on number eleven. Dr. Marble is a past-president and Fellow of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, a founder and past-president of the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia and the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes. He is Chair of the Medical History Society of Nova Scotia. He has served on the boards of the Heritage Trust and the Public Archives of Nova Scotia (vice-chair). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society and the Allan E. Marble Prize is awarded annually for research excellence in graduate work in Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University.

Annual Dinner 2018

Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Annual Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 — 6:00 for 6:30
Dalhousie University Club
6259 Alumni Crescent located just off South Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lecture: “The Citadel on Stage” by Alex Boutilier

Alex Boutilier’s 2015 book, The Citadel on Stage, is a lively and entertaining social history. While it is a biography of the people of Halifax during the colonial era, it is also the story of the British army and Royal navy in a garrison town, and a study of the relationship of politics, religion, economics, and culture, as well as social activities in pre‐confederation Halifax. It also traces British military theatre, sports, and recreation in colonial Halifax.


Farmer’s Market Salad with Spiced Goat Cheese Rounds:

Served with house made traditional French vinaigrette

Mediterranean Chicken stuffed with Olives, Feta, Roasted Red Peppers and Fresh Basil:

Finished with a rosemary brown sauce, Chef’s choice of potatoes and vegetables


Vegan Shepherd’s Pie:

With lentils and a medley of vegetables finished with creamy sweet potatoes

Chocolate decadent brownie plated with berries (GF)

Tea and coffee

$50 per person payable in advance before Thursday, 12 April.
Maximum seating for 50 people.

For reservations contact Rosemary Barbour,

with choice of menu option (Mediterranean Chicken or Shepherd’s Pie):

Email: membership@rnshs.ca or Telephone: 902-424-6070
Please note that cancellations can not be accepted after 13 April.

Seating for this event is limited. If you are interested in attending, please notify Rosemary Barbour at 902 424-6070 or email membership@rnshs.ca to ensure your ticket reservation and before submitting payment.

Cheques or money orders should be made payable to “Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society” and mailed to:

Rosemary Barbour, RNSHS Membership Secretary
6016 University Avenue
Halifax, NS  B3H 1W4

Jeannette Verleun and Carly MacLellan

Jeannette has been interested in both medicine and history since a young age—in fact, she originally went to university planning to study archaeology, with medicine as a back up in case that didn’t work out! As you can see, she did finally decide to pursue medicine and will finally have that MD after her name this May. She grew up on a farm just outside of Montague, PEI.

Carly graduated with her medical degree in 2017 and is studying to be a family doctor in the historic Annapolis Valley. She is the oldest of three daughters of a pair of teachers from just outside of Truro, Nova Scotia.

Alex Boutilier

Alex Boutilier

Alex D. Boutilier was born in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton and grew up in the shadow of Princess Colliery. His interest in history started as a teenager when he began doing research on his paternal family. His ancestors were among the Foreign Protestants, or Huguenots from Montbeliard, France who arrived in Halifax in 1752 and went on to found Lunenburg in 1753. He has a keen interest in the culture, customs, and traditions of diverse societies having travelled extensively throughout England and France visiting medieval churches, museums, archaeological sites, and ancient ruins. He has also toured all of the British and French fortifications in the Maritimes and eastern Canada. Alex believes that history is not fixed in time; that it is constantly changing as new information is uncovered/revealed.
His preferred authors include social historians, such as J.C. Furnas, cultural writers like Arthur Koestler, the literary critic, Harold Bloom, and his favourite playwright is the great bard, William Shakespeare. Alex loves studying, researching, and writing social history, which he finds highly informative and suggests it can be “unexpectedly hilarious” at times.
Alex studied at Saint Mary’s University and graduated with degrees in English and psychology, as well as an MA in Atlantic Canada Studies. From 1998 to 2005, he was an instructor for the Saint Mary’s Writing Centre. His first publication, The Citadel on Stage was based on detailed research done for his Master’s thesis. From 14th Colony to Confederation is the second in a trilogy. The third, Evolution of the Middle-Class in Nova Scotia is a work in progress and should be ready for publication in 2019. Alex’ lifelong occupation was in sales and marketing for several industrial corporations. He currently lives in Fall River, N. S. with his wife, Rosanne.

Kenneth Murray

  • Raised and schooled in Halifax
  • Graduated from Dalhousie University ( BSc 1967 MD 1972)
  • General Family Practice -Neil’s Harbour – 1972 to Present
  • Faculty – Dalhousie University Department of Family Medicine ( Medical Student Preceptor and Medical Resident Supervisor)
  • Interests – Kayaking, Hiking, Snowshoeing , Cross Country Skiing, Photography, Travel, Medical History