Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia – Public Lecture, February 20, 2014

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Judith Fingard presents:

Licensed Drinking Establishments in Temperence-Era Halifax

7:30 pm, Museum of Natural History, Auditorium
1747 Summer Street, Halifax

This talk focuses on the decline of the retail liquor trade as a private enterprise in the city of Halifax between the 1880s and the imposition of prohibition during World War I.

It consists of an examination of regulations promoted by the temperance lobby to undermine the “liquor traffic” and provides a profile of the licensed liquor retailers.

Illustrations include photographs of buildings in which drink was sold and advertisements that vendors inserted in the city directories.

For more information, please visit the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia’s Website.

Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia – Public Lecture, January 16, 2014


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Bruce MacNab Presents:
In Harry Houdini’s Footsteps: A look back at twenty Nova Scotia structures visited by the Handcuff King

7:30 pm, Museum of Natural History, Auditorium
1747 Summer Street, Halifax

Bruce MacNab’s illustrated lecture will retrace the steps of Harry Houdini through Nova Scotia and the buildings where the young magician first showcased his extraordinary talents that transformed him from a small-time conjurer to the world’s most celebrated escape artist. Houdini’s 1896 Maritime tour venues included prisons, police stations, insane asylums, hotels, stores, theatres and factories.

Bio:  Bruce is the author of The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini, published in 2012 and the award winner of the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book. He was the organizer of the sold-out séance at The Halifax Citadel last Halloween.

Bruce grew up in Dartmouth and attended the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology. He has taught Apprenticeship and Communications at the Nova Scotia Community College. A Red Seal journeyman carpenter, he has worked on Martha’s Vineyard, Bermuda, and across Canada. Bruce is restoring his 19th century farmhouse in Williamsdale, Cumberland County and serves on the Advisory Council on Heritage Property.

For more information, please visit the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia’s Website.

Old Sydney Society Lecture – 28 November 2013


“I Often Wonder What Become of Her”: Beryl Markham’s Atlantic Crossing, September 5,1936. Abingdon, England to Baleine, Nova Scotia.

Charles Burke will Speak at the Next Meeting of the Old Sydney Society on 28 November 2013, 7:30 PM at the Centre for Heritage and Science (the Lyceum) in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

At 6:50 pm on Friday, September 4th 1936, the aviatrix Beryl Markham departed Abingdon Aerodrome in England in her small monoplane named “The Messenger”. Beryl was bound for Floyd Bennet Field in New York and a place in the aviation record books as the first woman to fly the dangerous westward route from England to North America solo. Shortly after noon on September 5th, the residents of Baleine heard the small plane coming from the east and watched as the Messenger circled the cove and descended into the bog beyond their homes. Beryl Markham had successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 21 hours and 25 minutes. Over the next few days, sightseers, journalists, mounted police officers, and eventually a salvage crew gathered in the village of Baleine to see the plane and watch its removal. The story of Beryl Markham’s Atlantic adventure is well known through contemporary newspaper coverage and from her own account many years after the event. Naturally some aspects of the story were modified by her publicists and generally the events as seen by the residents of Baleine are rarely known. This presentation will focus on Markham’s flight and on some of the lesser known people and facts  associated with her important 1936 landing in Cape Breton.


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Saving the Women’s & Infants’ Home at Saint Mary’s University – 13 November, 2013

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A Roundtable Discussion, chaired by Olga Milosevich

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, noon to 1pm 

Women’s Council House, 989 Young Ave., Halifax (at the corner of Young and Inglis)

Please join us for a discussion about the history, architecture, and the past and possible future uses of this building from a panel of experts, sponsored by the Heritage Trust and other community partners. The panel will discuss the following questions:

-Should the Home , built by women helping women and their children, be saved?

-What does this building, designed by a leading Victorian architect in 1899, represent for heritage and history in the Maritimes?

-How could this icon of women’s history contribute to positive change for women at Saint Mary’s and beyond?

(A light lunch will be served courtesy of Gorsebrook Research Institute)