The society meets monthly from September to May inclusive to hear and to discuss individual papers about personalities, places and events integral to the history of Nova Scotia at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. Society lectures are open to the public and are completely free. Lectures are usually followed by refreshments.
Unless otherwise indicated, our meetings are 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evenings at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Please note that the December lecture is held on the second Wednesday of the month.

The Annand Family and the Foundation of the Press as the 4th Estate in Nova Scotia

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, 7:00 pm, Nova Scotia Archives

Mr. Mathias Rodorff 

In Nova Scotia, the roads leading to Confederation were from the beginning marked by heated debates in the press, the legislature and at public meetings. Although, most people are familiar with the controversial role and achievements of the tribune of Nova Scotia, Joseph Howe, other highly influential persons like John G. Marshall or William Annand are almost forgotten.

Mathias Rodorff will discuss the contribution of William Annand, the owner of the strongest newspaper of Nova Scotia and premier of the Anti-Confederate government, and other members of the Annand family, who changed the debate culture and public sphere of Nova Scotia.

Click here for a bio of Mathias Rodorff

Women Challenging the Constitution: New Evidence

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 7:00 pm, Nova Scotia Archives

Dr. Louise Carbert 

This article is more political than legal. Using the approaches identified by feminist institutionalism, it focuses on the interactions between the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW) and the Canadian government during the constitutional crisis of 1980-1981. How did the gendered institutions of the federal government facilitate a narrative that, finally, was harmful to the women’s movement in Canada? Full paper posted at

Click here for a bio of Louise Carbert 


Not Just Evangeline: A Look at Real Acadian Women

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 7:00 pm, Nova Scotia Archives

Ms. Susan Surette-Draper 

Mostly everyone has heard of Evangeline but what about real Acadian women? Although most historians have not given much attention to this half of the Acadian population, their lives and contributions cannot be discounted.

Inspired by her research on the subject, Susan will showcase the lives of real Acadian women, both before and after the Great Upheaval; their homes, their families, their occupations, as well as their tenacity in good and bad times.

Click here for a bio of Susan Surette-Draper 

Samuel Creelman, 1808 – 1891: A Forgotten Father of Teacher-Education in Nova Scotia

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 7:00 pm, Nova Scotia Archives

John N. Grant, EdD 

Samuel Creelman of Upper Stewiacke, NS spent forty-four years in service to the people of Nova Scotia. He entered political life as a Reformer primarily concerned about schools and roads and bridges. He became a MLA, a MLC, and a member of the Executive Council. He was equally involved in local affairs, his church, and the temperance society. History has not treated him kindly and he has been largely forgotten. Perhaps he deserves better.

Click here for a bio of John N. Grant, EdD