Barry Cahill

Retired provincial civil servant. Holds graduate degrees from Dalhousie and Oxford Universities. Most recently was researcher for the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry. At present is working on a scholarly biography of Lorne Clarke.

Kenneth Paulsen

Kenneth Paulsen

Kenneth Paulsen holds a doctorate in Canadian History from the University of Maine at Orono, with two Bachelors of Arts degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Arts degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He was a Fulbright scholar at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Canadian Embassy Graduate Fellow and the 1992 Winthrop Pickard Bell Fellow in Canadiana at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, and the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society. The majority of his ancestors were foreign Protestant settlers in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. Kenneth’s paternal grandfather’s ancestry is Danish and Swedish while his paternal great grandmother’s ancestry is Prince Edward Island Scottish and Loyalist.

Kirby Ross

Kirby Ross

Kirby Ross is a Master of History student at Saint Mary’s University and an Executive Member at Large of the Halifax Women’s History Society. Specializing in women’s contributions on the homefront in Nova Scotia during World War Two, she wrote her Undergraduate Honours thesis on women’s involvement in the shipbuilding and ammunition industries in Pictou County during Second World War. She is currently writing her Master’s thesis on entertainers during the Second World War in Halifax.

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: 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 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.