Join us Friday, March 18th, 2022 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for the Community-Based Work in Atlantic Canada conference in-person at the Unilever Lounge (SB 422 – 4th floor Sobey Building – Saint Mary’s University) and online via Zoom. This is a free one-day event with three panels from local researchers and a roundtable discussion focusing on community work across Atlantic Canada.
For both in-person and Zoom attendance, please register no later than March 11th at https://communityatlanticcanada.eventbrite.ca/
For more details, please look at our Conference Program and feel free to share!
The Nova Scotia Women’s History Society presents ‘Black Canadian Women’s Care During the Great War’
Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 6:30 p.m. (Atlantic), via Zoom
Dr. Hyacinth Simpson
How do you uncover the untold stories of Black women’s contributions to the Canadian war effort when they are absent from the archival and other records? That’s the focus of the first presentation in the Dialogue series, sponsored by the Nova Scotia Women’s History Society.
Hyacinth Simpson, associate professor at Ryerson University, will talk about her research and the strategies she is using to fill the gaps.
Dialogues offers a format where Dr. Simpson will be joined by a panel of experts in Black Canadian history. The event will be moderated by Dr. Claudine Bonner of the Sociology Department, Acadia University. Panelists include Sylvia Parris-Drummond, CEO of the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute, and author and researcher of African Nova Scotia history Tony Colaiacovo.
Participants are encouraged to submit questions and insights ahead of the event and there will be opportunities to engage during it. Dr. Simpson also is hoping to hear from people with personal connections or knowledge of the topic.
Register at www.novascotiawomenshistory.ca/dialogues
Dr. Simpson’s research interests focus on Caribbean, Caribbean diaspora and Black Canadian literature and cultures. An associate professor in the Department of English at Ryerson University in Toronto, her writings on Caribbean and Black Canadian fiction, poetry, cinema, and theatrical works have been published in scholarly and popular outlets. Dr. Simpson has developed a digital project on Caribbean poetry for teachers and students and she does extensive editorial work. She has served for the past nine years as editor of MaCom__è__re, an award-winning journal that publishes research on Caribbean women, and guest edited a special issue of the Journal of West Indian Literatures. Her BA and MA are from The University of West Indies (Mona, Jamaica) and she earned her PhD at York University (Toronto).
The Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society has received the following notice:
When the first Canadian contingent left Halifax in 1914 for the Great War, it appeared to be very British. After the experiences of that first world war and of the past century, it has become clearer that Indigenous People have not only been included in the Canadian military but have contributed significantly to its evolution.
The Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia extends an invitation to members of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society to hear a talk by John MacFarlane, Directorate of History and Heritage, Department of National Defence, on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. John’s talk is titled “Growing Together: the Cultural Contribution of Indigenous People in the Canadian Military since the First World War.” His bio is attached.
The event will start at 11:30 am at the Royal Artillery Park Officers’ Mess, 1575 Queen Street, Halifax, with an informal no-host get together, followed by the talk at noon, then questions and answers, to finish about 1:30 pm.
A limited number of light lunches will be available at a small charge. There are some cafés, etc., in the area that offer quick take out lunches. Parking at Royal Artillery Park is very limited.
Registration is not required and there is no fee to attend this event.
Commander, Royal Canadian Navy (retired)
Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia
Facebook: Royal United Services Institute – NS
Members of The Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society have been invited to attend the following presentation:
Presentation Title: “Seven Flags over Shearwater: 100 years of an East Coast Air Station”
Abstract: On Sunday, 25 August, 1918, two Curtiss HS-2L flying boats of the United States Navy took off from United States Naval Air Station Halifax, located at Baker Point on the eastern shore of the harbor. They then proceeded to fly over the Citadel – thereby eliciting a strong letter of protest from the army authorities. From this somewhat inauspicious beginning commenced 100 years of aviation at ‘an East Coast Air Station’ – and what an exciting 100 years they have been.
The air station played an integral part of the development of the RCAF in the lean years of the Depression and during the Second World War, was the main operational base of the RCAF’s Eastern Air Command. After the war, the station was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and renamed RCN Air Station (RCNAS) Dartmouth and commissioned as HMCS SHEARWATER. With the unification of the Canadian Armed Forces in 1968, HMCS SHEARWATER became Canadian Forces Base Shearwater and reported first to Maritime Command and then, in 1975, to Air Command. Today, Shearwater is the Master Helicopter Base of the RCAF responsible for the provision of operationally-ready maritime helicopters and personnel to the RCN.
This talk will trace the 100 years of aviation at Shearwater and seek to explain the historical significance of the events that took place there.
- African Heritage Month 2018 (Educate, Unite, Celebrate Community)
- Centenary of the end of the First World War
- Centenary of women attaining the right to vote in Nova Scotia
13 February – To mark African Heritage Month 2018, Vanessa Fells of the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre will present on the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia.
27 February – Dr. Sally Ross will present on the history of Acadian schools in Nova Scotia from 1758 to 2018: Challenges and Victories.
13 March – Professional musicians Patricia Creighton and Peter Allen will give a Flute and Piano Recital.
27 March – To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, Dr. Brian Tennyson will present on Nova Scotia’s Experience of the First World War.
10 April – To celebrate Tartan Day, the Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia will perform both traditional and modern highland and step dances.
24 April – To commemorate the centenary of many women attaining the right to vote in Nova Scotia, Dr. Heidi MacDonald will present on this important stage in the suffrage movement.
These are free public events – everyone is welcome
Government House is located at 1451 Barrington Street, Halifax. All events commence at 7:00pm and doors open to the public at 6:30pm. As seating is limited to 90, people wishing to attend must register by calling 902-424-7001 or by visiting the Evenings @ Government House section under News & Events on the official website at: lt.gov.ns.ca or by emailing LGOffice@novascotia.ca. For more information and to view upcoming events in the series visit lt.gov.ns.ca or follow the Lieutenant Governor on Twitter @LtGovNS and Facebook.
This schedule is available as a PDF download.
Canada before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping
MTA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Monday, 13 November 2017 at 8:00 AM – Tuesday, 14 November 2017 at 9:00 PM (AST)
To be held at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic; registration closes Nov. 2, 2017
Further details here
GANS Photo Workshop – Saturday, April 29, 2017
For information and registration, please visit www.NovaScotiaAncestors.ca.
In Commemoration of Reverend William A. White & the No. 2 Construction Battalion
On Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd 2016, a symposium will take place at Acadia University in honour of Reverend William A. White and the No. 2 Construction Battalion. It is a very full day and a half of activity during which there will be displays of student research, exhibits of WW1 material, and panel discussions on the service and sacrifice of the men of the No. 2. For information and registration, please visit www.blackbattalion.com.
Forensic Investigation of the 17th Century Chesapeake
Dr. Owsley’s talk launches the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society’s 2015-16 lecture series, which is dedicated to the theme of archaeological science. Many of the talks pertain to material cultural research right here in Nova Scotia. Dr. Douglas Owsley will be visiting us at Saint Mary’s next week (Tues., 29 Sept.) to give a public lecture on his recent forensic work at early 17th century Jamestown.
September 29 – 7:00 pm
Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie Street, Halifax.
A backgrounder may be found here, courtesy of the BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33680128
NOTE: New Date and Location for this Lecture!
“The Shipwrecks of Halifax Harbour and Approaches”
Gordon Fader – President, Atlantic Marine Geological Consulting
7:30pm, Monday, March 16th, 2015
Helen Creighton Room, Alderney Gate Public Library
40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS.
Important Reminder: On the evening of the lecture, the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge will close for repairs at 7:00pm. If you live on the Halifax side of the harbour and wish to attend the NSIS lecture, please remember to either leave early to cross the Macdonald Bridge, or use the MacKay Bridge, or take the ferry to Alderney Landing.
During mapping of Halifax Harbour and approaches by the Geological Survey of Canada at BIO, numerous shipwrecks were discovered. Only a few were previously known and the discoveries opened a new chapter in the history of the Harbour. With assistance from the Maritime Museum and local divers, Gordon Fader was able to piece together the stories of their demise. Additionally, knowledge of the seabed using modern high resolution mapping technology has revealed detailed characteristics of the vessels and what has happened to them since their sinking. The stories of the shipwrecks will be elaborated against a background of the seabed of the Harbour.
All are welcome but seating is limited so “first come first served”!
For more details about the Nova Scotian Institute of Science at http://nsis.chebucto.org/.