Wed., February 16, 2022, 7:00 pm (Atlantic), via Zoom
Abstract: Carole MacDonald, daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of Glace Bay coal miners, has questions about the legacy of the man labour historians claim, “fought for the miners” in the early twentieth century. These questions include: why, while practicing capitalism, McLachlan preached communism; why some of his decisions, considered heroic by many, arguably demonstrated a careless disregard for human life; and how this orator’s speeches, articles, and demands for illegal strikes failed to help women feed and protect their children.
Wed., January 19, 2022, 7:00 pm (Atlantic), via Zoom
Abstract: Beginning in the mid-1800s, Silver Sands Beach enjoyed local and non-local fame as a summer destination. However, in the mid-20th century, it succumbed to the adverse effects of commercial sand and gravel mining. This lecture will examine the competition between 19th and 20th century notions of recreation and leisure, versus the environmental pressures of the resource extraction industry. It will also examine the present significance of Silver Sands, as both a coveted coastal access point and as a heritage landmark.
Wed., December 8, 2021, 7:00 pm (Atlantic), via Zoom
Abstract: The contribution to the black community in Halifax of two girls named Blanche was recognized in the April 1915 issue of the short-lived Atlantic Advocate. Blanche Roache was identified as “the first coloured young lady to enter the Conservatory of Music” and, the reporter noted, by “a singular coincidence, Miss Roache’s mother…was the first coloured lady to enter the Halifax Academy,” the city’s public high school. This paper explores some features of these ‘firsts.’
Wed., November 17, 2021, 7:00 pm (Atlantic), via Zoom
Steven Schwinghamer: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Abstract: Pier 2 was the busiest historical immigration site in Halifax, serving the Atlantic passenger trade during the peak years of Canadian immigration before the First World War. Despite this significance, Pier 2 is invisible or distorted in public and academic histories. Exploring the development of the immigration sheds at Pier 2 illuminates the state of the port and city of Halifax, and of Canada’s immigration system, during a transformative period in Canadian history.
Wed., October 20, 2021, 7:00 pm (Atlantic), via Zoom
Paul Armstrong: Maritime Institute for Civil Society
Abstract: The recovery of the late 19th century Church maps, and the genealogy related to them, exposes the particularities of a different form of life, now lying in a road not travelled. In this talk, Paul Armstrong will discuss the significance of the maps and offer a defence for the value of parochialism.
Wed., September 15, 2021, 7:00 pm (Atlantic), via Zoom
Wade Pfaff: Cape Breton University
Abstract: Eastern Canada has contributed many talented Black jazz musicians to the stages and pages of music history. This presentation highlights a few ground-breakers and Black influencers from the prewar period, the heyday of Jazz. In our collective subconscious, Black music and dance inspires African Canadians to strive for greatness and unite under the banner of music culture. Often controversial and political, Black music culture is a tangible manifestation of spiritual freedom and an invaluable outlet for Black Canadians to express their selfhood and boundless creativity.
Afua Cooper Professor of Black and African Diaspora Studies, Dalhousie University
Abstract: Afua Cooper examines the correspondence between Lieutenant Governor Dalhousie and the Earl of Bathurst, administrator of Britain’s colonies. Setting the historical context of slavery, war, and settlement, Cooper shows how the letters reveal Dalhousie’s biases. His prejudices contributed to the cruel and unjust treatment of one of Nova Scotia’s founding Black communities, people who had escaped enslavement on American plantations for freedom with the British during the War of 1812.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00 pm (ADT), via Zoom
Laurie Glenn Norris Abstract: Laurie Glenn Norris draws from letters discovered in the Amos Thomas Seaman House, Minudie, Nova Scotia, to examine the lives and experiences of Mary and Jennie Seaman, granddaughters of Amos “King” Seaman, both of whom married Methodist Church ministers.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7:00 pm (AST), via Zoom
MA, Atlantic Canadian Studies, Saint Mary’s University
Abstract: Oppression in the Shadows is a comprehensive political history that traces the history of Nova Scotia’s Department of Indian Affairs, from its earliest British colonial origins to the Centralization Policies of the 1940s. Revealed by this research is importance of region to the experience of the Mi’kmaq.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 7:00 pm (AST), via Zoom
Registered Dietitian and Assistant Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University Lindsey MacCallum
Scholarly Publishing Librarian, Mount Saint Vincent University
Abstract: Through their training, education, and work in communities, home economists led women’s earliest efforts to politicize domestic work and social issues that shaped the everyday lives of women and their families, such as public sanitation and education, women’s rights, food security and sustainability, and fair labour practices. Dr. Brady and Ms. MacCallum will discuss the development, experiences, and stereotypes faced by women in post-secondary home economics programs in Nova Scotia through a critical analysis of archival documents and oral history interviews of former students, staff, and faculty of those very programs.
Join us this week on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 7pm (Atlantic) for the first RNSHS public lecture of the winter season when Peter L. Twohig presents 'A Park in the City: Debating the Public Gardens'. All welcome! See rnshs.ca/?cat=27 for more info. @Ptwohigpic.twitter.com/43KH3sKXcp
Season's Greetings from RNSHS! A holiday message from our President can be viewed at rnshs.ca/?cat=32
A sneak peak at Vol. 25 of the Journal, coming soon! Wishing you peace and joy throughout the New Year. pic.twitter.com/XQMFjO8F2Z