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 History of the African Nova Scotian Press Tradition and its Relationship to Black Activism in Nova Scotia, 1946-1990

Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 7:00 pm (AST), click here to join via Zoom

Sawyer Carnegie MA Candidate, Atlantic Canada Studies Program, Saint Mary’s University 
Abstract: Nova Scotia has a Black Press tradition that dates back to 1915. Sawyer Carnegie will provide an overview of this tradition, while exploring connections between the Black Press and Black activism throughout the 20th century. She highlights The Clarion and publications by the Black United Front.

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‘Why would a girl want to be educated?’ The History of Home Economics Post-Secondary Education in Nova Scotia

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 7:00 pm (AST), via Zoom

Jennifer Brady
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.

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Oppression in the Shadows: The Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and the Department of Indian Affairs, 1760-1950

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7:00 pm (AST), via Zoom

Grace McNutt
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.

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“Everyone is at home at a Methodist Minister’s House”: Letters of Mary (Seaman) Pike and Jennie (Seaman) Wootton 1874–1890

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00 pm (AST), 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.   

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The Black Refugees and Lord Dalhousie: A Story in Seven Letters

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 7:00 pm (AST), via Zoom

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.

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