Sawyer Carnegie

Sawyer Carnegie is a second year MA Candidate in the Atlantic Canada Studies program at Saint Mary’s University. She completed her BA at Acadia University in 2017 where she double majored in English/Gender Studies. At Acadia, working under Dr. Claudine Bonner, she became interested in African Nova Scotian newspapers. Sawyer was born and raised in London, Ontario and has ancestral ties to Buxton, one of the first free Black settlements in Canada. She currently resides in Kjipuktuk, on the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq or L’nu people.

Colonel (Ret’d) John L. Orr C

Photo caption: Colonel (Ret’d) Orr and his wife Cheri attend the induction of one of his favourite helicopters to the collection at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on 9 December 2019.

Colonel Orr joined the Royal Canadian Navy in September 1963 and graduated in 1967 from the Royal Military College of Canada. Selected for aircrew duties, he completed five operational tours on the Sea King helicopter. Colonel Orr attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College and has held a variety of command and staff appointments in Canada, NATO and the Middle East. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in September 2000 and since then has volunteered as a researcher at the Shearwater Aviation Museum where he has concentrated his efforts on documenting the history of the Canadian Sea King helicopter as well as the history of the air station at Shearwater, Nova Scotia.


Heather McBriarty

Heather McBriarty is a Medical Radiation Technologist, lecturer and author from Saint John, NB. With more than 30 years experience in diagnostic imaging, specializing in the fields of Urological imaging and Mammography, she has been involved in international research projects with the American Cancer Society and Pacific Northwest Cancer Foundation, as well as on-going local research into prostate cancer screening and the use of doppler ultrasound in Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy. Heather has delivered series of educational seminars to the public, presented to the Urology Nurses of Canada, and co-authored a study for the Canadian Urological Association. A lifelong love of history and a chance find turned her attention toward Canada’s role in the First World War. Her first book, a non-fiction look at the First World War titled “Somewhere in Flanders” was published in November 2019. She is currently working on a novel of the Great War.

Paul W. Bennett, Ed.D.

Paul W. Bennett, Ed.D. (OISE/Toronto) is a widely published Halifax author, education consultant, and commentator. His latest strictly history book is Turning Points: 15 Pivotal Moments in Nova Scotia’s History (2019).

Paul is founding Director of Schoolhouse Institute, and former Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University. Over a career spanning three decades in three different provinces, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, Dr. Bennett has written or co-authored ten books and dozens of articles in both the popular media and the academic press. He is currently the regular education columnist for Brunswick News.

As a published historian, Paul is best known across Canada as the author of three widely recognized Canadian history textbooks, Canada: A North American Nation (Toronto: McGraw Hill Ryerson, 1995), Years of Promise, 1896-1911 (Toronto: Grolier, 1986), and (with Cornelius J. Jaenen) Emerging Identities: Problems and Interpretations in Canadian History (Scarborough: Prentice Hall, 1986). His 2011 book, Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities: The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, was recognized in Acadiensis as one of the top works in Canadian education history.

His tenth book, The State of the System: A Reality Check on Canada’s Schools, is coming soon from McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Patrick Lacroix, PhD

Born and raised in Quebec, Patrick Lacroix earned a master’s degree in history at Brock University and attended the University of New Hampshire on a Fulbright scholarship. His doctoral dissertation, “John F. Kennedy and the Politics of Faith,” is set to appear at the University Press of Kansas next spring. Beyond his work on the church-state issues in modern American history, Dr. Lacroix is widely published in the field of French-Canadian migrations and Franco-Americans studies. His research has notably appeared in the Catholic Historical Review, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française. He has taught at Phillips Exeter Academy, Bishop’s University, Acadia University, and Mount Saint Vincent University. 

Mathias Rodorff

Mathias Rodorff is a PhD-candidate at the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU Munich) with a joint supervision at the Department of History at Dalhousie University. He received a joint master’s degree from the University of Freiburg and the University of Basel, in Modern, Social and Economic History, and Media Studies, funded by the European Campus Program (EUCOR). His dissertation examines how transatlantic processes, the American Civil War and the Canadian Confederation, interacted with local spaces and how public sphere was created in Great Britain and Canada during the 1850s-1870s.

Since July 2018 he is a Research Associate at the Gorsebrook Research Institute at Saint Mary’s University, and, since January 2019, a Member of the Council of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society.

Currently, Mathias is teaching the second year course “20th Century Germany” at the Department of History at Dalhousie University.

Title of dissertation:
“The American Civil War and the Canadian Confederation in Canada and Great Britain: Its Representation, Impacts and Repercussions in Liverpool, Halifax and Montreal (1856-1873)”

Further information and abstract of the dissertation can be found here:

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 22, 2019


Invisible Murders: The Trial For the Murders of Emoneau Family of the Township of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 1791 
 Kenneth S. Paulsen 


Halifax was Plunged into Gloom: The Impact of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic on Nova Scotia
Allan Marble 


“The Home of Cricket”: The Sport of Cricket in Pictou County Ordinary People, to 1914
  John G. Reid 


Chief Justice Lorne Clarke: A Case Study in Canadian Judicial Biography 
  Barry Cahill 


The New Woman Worker of Shipbuilding: World War II Contributions on the Homefront
  Kirby Ross 


Research Notes

Documenting the Mills of Matheson Brook 
Darrell Burke 


Precursor to Viola Desmond: Henry Bundy Visits Dartmouth’s Dundas Theatre
 David A. Sutherland, with the assistance of David A. States



The Coolen Family of Nova Scotia 
 Nathaniel Smith 

Book Reviews

Anya Zilberstein – A Temperate Empire: Making Climate Change in Early America
  Reviewed by Keith Grant 

Joan Dawson – Nova Scotia’s Lost Communities: The Early Settlements That Helped Build the Province 
  Reviewed by Jay White 

Mary E. MacCara – Dispensing Aid: Druggists and the Halifax Explosion
  Reviewed by Brian Tuttle 

Susan Surette-Draper

Susan grew up in Ste Anne du Ruisseau (also known as Lower Eel Brook) in Yarmouth County, NS, where her family has lived for 7 generations. You may know her from her most recent employment as an interpreter at Grand-Pré National Historic Site.

In 2004 she wrote the booklet “Return to Acadie. A Self-Guided Memory Walk of the Annapolis Valley” as a tool for anyone interested in discovering the Annapolis Valley from an Acadian perspective. Whether people have downloaded it from the website of Les Amis de Grand-Pré or have a hard copy, it is still providing useful information to searchers.

For the last 10 years, Susan has been the president of Les Amis de Grand-Pré. Susan is presently finishing a second book, tentatively called Refuge, which promises to shine a light on a little-known Acadian story of survival, in a very personal way. In the summer you can find her in her garden or heading off to paint en Plein Air.

Her blog: has suffered from lack of attention lately but you can still read her personal stories animated by Acadian landscapes, whether they be found in Atlantic Canada, Québec, France or England.


Dr. Louise Carbert

 Carbert has been at Dalhousie University since 1995. She teaches and publishes on women’s political leadership, rural political economy, and Nova Scotia politics. She was a member of the national 2012 Boundaries Commission for Nova Scotia and has served on the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women.