Janet Kitz, ONS, MSM

An appreciation

Janet Kitz, a great believer in education and the power of history to shape a community’s identity, died on May 10. Best known for her work on the Halifax Explosion, Janet Kitz immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1971 and turned her interest in this great but terrible chapter of the story of her new home into an tremendous accomplishment in public history. In work that she frequently presented to the RNSHS, she began with artifact research, she moved on to museum exhibits, oral history, books and public commemorations that lifted a veil on the explosion and its impact on the people of Nova Scotia. Her work took an event that had been little explored and poorly recognized and paved the way of others to continue. Her contributions went beyond the explosion, writing the biography of Andrew Cobb, one of the most iconic architects in Nova Scotia and through her service on numerous boards, most notably, the Point Pleasant Park commission which led her to write and publish the history of the park.
   Profound in her influence and generous in sharing her knowledge with others, she will be greatly missed but left an impressive legacy for future generations seeking education on iconic moments that shaped the identity of Nova Scotia.

Obituary

Halifax Chronicle Herald, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

KITZ, Janet Frame, ONS MSM

Janet Kitz walked bravely into the dark on May 10, 2019. She died of old age and pulmonary fibrosis, from which she suffered stoically for a decade. She died at home in her own bed as she wished, in charge to the end. Janet was born in Carnwath in the Scottish Lowlands on January 12, 1930, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Rankin) Brownlee. Her father was a noted horticulturalist and developed the Jenny Brownlee begonia in her name. She trained as a teacher in Glasgow and worked in that field for 20 years, first in London, then Davos, Switzerland, and then in the U.S. on the eastern shore of Maryland. She was teaching in Edinburgh when she was invited to attend a dinner as part of the Edinburgh Festival and was seated beside Leonard Kitz, who was there representing the National Arts Centre. They were married within the year and she moved to Halifax in 1971. Janet was a lifetime member of the Antiquarian Society of Halifax and a fellow of Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, often using that forum for lectures on her research before she went to print with her books on the Halifax explosion, most notably “Shattered City, The Halifax Explosion and The Road to Recovery”. Saint Mary’s University awarded her an honorary degree in recognition that sound research and authorship of accessible books for a wide public is vital for society. She was made a member of the Order of Nova Scotia in 2018 and in 2019 was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General. Janet was on a number of boards and commissions but a favourite was the Point Pleasant Park Commission which she chaired for many years. She wrote a book about the park with a final chapter of photos of dogs and their owners. Until her very last years she walked her beloved Brittany spaniels in the park twice a day in all weather and enjoyed chatting with her dog-walking friends and all the park staff. In the U.K., Janet leaves her cousin, Marjorie Brownlee; her niece, Anne Buchannan (Brownlee) and spouse, Alan; her nephew, Tom Brownlee and partner, Angela Perry; and her nephew, David Yule and spouse, Rachel. In Nova Scotia, Janet became step- mother to Leonard’s children, Hilary (Steven Janus), John (Ann), and Alan (Meredith Annett). She was the adoring Granny to their children, Sam Singer (Jeannette MacMillan), Nick Singer, Jeremy Singer, Alex Kitz (Laura), Robert Kitz (Paula McLaughlin), Hilary Kierans (Denis), Alice Kitz, and Duff Kitz (Alison Boros). Janet is also survived by seven delightful great-grandchildren with another expected in a few weeks. There will be a reception for family and friends on Thursday, May 16th from 5-7 p.m. at 1110 Rockcliffe Street, the house in which she lived so happily for 44 years. Donations may be made to PATH (Palliative and Therapeutic Harmonization) Clinic, QEII Health Sciences Centre.

Presidents and Fellows

Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society

FELLOWS

  • Margaret Conrad
  • John Cordes
  • Brian Cuthbertson
  • Joan Dawson
  • Judith Fingard
  • David B. Flemming
  • John N. Grant
  • Donald F. Maclean
  • Allan E. Marble
  • Henry Roper
  • Karen Smith

PRESIDENTS

NAME   DATES
John William Ritchie 1878–1880
George William Hill 1880–1882
Thomas Beamish Akins 1882–1883
George William Hill 1883–1886
Adams George Archibald 1886–1893
Matthew Hill Ritchie 1893–1896
Robert Linton Weatherbe 1896–1897
James Wilberforce Longley 1897–1905
John Forrest 1905–1907
Archibald MacMechan 1907–1910
James Simon MacDonald 1910–1911
William James Armitage 1911–1917
David Allison 1917–1918
Joseph Plimsoll Edwards 1918–1921
Joseph Andrew Chisholm 1921–1924
Harry Piers 1924–1927
Fenwick Williams Vroom 1927–1930
Murdoch D. Morrison 1930–1933
B. Eaton Patterson 1933–1936
Daniel Cobb Harvey 1936–1939
George E. Wilson 1939–1942
George Farquhar 1942–1945
John Doull 1945–1948
Daniel Cobb Harvey 1948–1951
Winthrop Pickard Bell 1951–1953
James Lorimer Ilsley 1953–1955
Vincent Joseph Pottier 1955–1957
C. Bruce Fergusson 1957–1960
Frank Patterson 1960–1963
Harold Lambert Scammell 1965–1965
Donald M. Sinclair 1965–1968
Lauchlin Daniel Currie 1968–1969
Robert E. Inglis 1969–1972
Percy C. Henley 1972–1972
Hastings B. Wainwright 1972–1976
Edward B. N. Cochran 1976–1979
Allan E. Marble 1979–1982
Stephen F. Bedwell 1982–1985
Louis W. Collins 1985–1988
Terrence M. Punch 1988–1991
Donald F. Maclean 1991–1994
Robert Nicholas Berard 1994–1997
David B. Flemming 1997–2000
Robert P. Harvey 2000–2003
Judith Fingard 2003–2006
David A. Sutherland 2006–2009
Henry Roper 2009–2011
Bertrum H. MacDonald 2011–2014
James H. Morrison 2014–2017
Sara J. Beanlands 2017–2020
Lois K. Yorke 2020–

Council 2023-2024

Position Name
President Stefanie Slaunwhite
Past President Lois Yorke
Vice President – Programmes Sara Hollett Rimmer (on leave)
Vice President – Publications Bennett McNutt
Vice President – Publicity Courtney Mrazek
Treasurer Hope Beanlands
Recording Secretary John MacLeod
Membership Secretary Grace McNutt
Assistant Secretary Mathias Rodorff
Councillor Vacant
Councillor Seamus McClare
Councillor Wayne Slaunwhite
Councillor Raymond Lennark
Councillor Brian Tennyson
Councillor Christopher McCreery

Terrence M. Punch, C.M., M.A., D.Litt., F.I.G.R.S., CG(C)

An appreciation

Dr. Terrence M. Punch, CM, has passed away. A long time champion of Nova Scotia’s heritage, Terry was active in many organizations including the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, and many others. He was President of the RNSHS and the Genealogical editor in the RNSHS Journal, and was awarded a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from Saint Mary’s University in 2000. Terry championed the cause of family history and shared his encyclopedic knowledge of family names and backgrounds through books, presentations and workshops. Perhaps he is best known for his monthly presentations on CBC radio’s Radio Noon phone-in programme.

Terry Punch had a profound influence on the way we see our past both personal and public. He will be sorely missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to Terry’s wife Pam and her family.

Obituary

Halifax Chronicle Herald, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

PUNCH, Terrence Michael (CM)

Terrence Michael Punch died on April 11, 2017. He was a son of the late Michael and Edythe (Little) Punch (of Halifax), and father of the late Jill and Sara Punch. He is survived by his loving wife, Pamela Beaulieu; his beloved son, Sean (Bonnie), Montreal; and caring sister, Carolyn Smedley of Halifax. He was a retired educator, and active in history and genealogy circles. He was a regular columnist, book reviewer, and author of several books in his fields of interest. He was a regular guest of CBC Maritime Noon for many years. Details of these and his other activities may be found in recent editions of ‘Who’s Who in Canada’. Terry wished to thank his family for their love and support over many years, and his many friends and colleagues who rallied around during his fight with cancer. Without those prayers and favours, the struggle would have been unbearable. His remains have been cremated. A memorial service will be held in J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr. on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate in his memory to Feed Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting: www.jasnowfuneralhome.com

Registration now open for Atlantic Immigration Conference 2016

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Immigration to Atlantic Canada:  Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

May 18-20. 2016

For centuries Atlantic Canada has served as the receiving region for many thousands of immigrants to North America. In addition to its Indigenous communities the region has become home to a diversity of European, Asian and African immigrants and a transit stop for many others who migrated on to Central, Western Canada and the United States. Today Atlantic Canada is faced with relatively high levels of out migration, low birth rates and a rapidly aging population. Issues related to the attraction and retention of immigrants to the region is thus of crucial concern to communities as well as municipal, provincial and federal governments.

This three day conference aims to provide an enhanced awareness of the changing ethnic diversity of the Atlantic Region, explore new perspectives on historical and contemporary immigration and provide a forum to exchange knowledge for best practices as they relate to welcoming communities.

Click here for Atlantic Immigration Conference program

General registration link – https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TicketingCatalog.aspx?eventid=195509
Student and NGO registration link – https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TicketingCatalog.aspx?eventid=195511

CALL FOR PAPERS

Immigration to Atlantic Canada: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Halifax, May 18-20, 2016

For centuries Atlantic Canada has served as the receiving region for many thousands of immigrants to North America. In addition to its Indigenous communities the region has become home to a diversity of European, Asian and African immigrants and a transit stop for many others who migrated on to Central, Western Canada and the United States. Today Atlantic Canada is faced with relatively high levels of out migration, low birth rates and a rapidly aging population. Issues related to the attraction and retention of immigrants to the region is thus of crucial concern to communities as well as municipal, provincial and federal governments.

This three day conference aims to provide an enhanced awareness of the changing ethnic diversity of the Atlantic Region, explore new perspectives on historical and contemporary immigration and provide a forum to exchange knowledge for best practices as they relate to welcoming communities.
We invite academics, students, members of the NGO community, government departments and agencies and members of the various indigenous, Black and immigrant/refugee communities in Atlantic Canada to submit proposals for either a panel paper presentation or a roundtable presentation focusing on one of the following themes:

  • Refugees and forced migration
  • Economic integration and outcomes  
  • Host communities’ responses and perceptions
  • Immigrant narratives/experiences

Paper presentations are expected to be 15-20 minutes in length and are encouraged to address the themes. Roundtable presentations should be 5-7 minutes in length and expose a specific strand of the theme in which they are inserted. They are also expected to be less formal than panel papers and may be artistic in format.

A 250 word abstract for papers or a 150 word abstract for roundtable presentations together with a short biographical statement should be submitted to: CISC@smu.ca by March 8, 2016
Submissions welcome in either official language. Travel subsidies may be available for presenters from student, NGO, Indigenous, Black and immigrant/refugee communities.

Downloadable PDF here: Atlantic Immigration Conference – CFP

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Allan “Bunny “Dunlop, B.A., M.A., FRNSHS

An appreciation

Bunny was a familiar face to so many of us in the history and heritage field. A long serving and well respected member of the Nova Scotia Archives staff for over 27 years, Allan, always friendly and avuncular was forever helping us follow the “paper trail” with his extensive knowledge of archival holdings. Allan was a Fellow of our Society and he will be well remembered and greatly missed by us all.
~ James Morrison, President

Obituary

Halifax Chronicle Herald, Saturday, May 9, 2015

DUNLOP, Allan Currie “Bunny” 

Born in Halifax October 22, 1944; dies May 5, 2015 in his 70th year, from liver cancer. Allan was the son of Douglas MacDonald “Doug” (died 1975) and Dorothy Agnes “Dot” (Driscoll) Dunlop, (died 2002).; grandson of David Shannon and Melinda (MacDonald) Dunlop, Lyons Brook; great-grandson of James David and Ellen (Shannon) Dunlop, Midlothanshire, Scotland; great great-grandson of David and Julia (MacKinnon) Dunlop, East Lake Ainslie, circa, 1841. He is survived by brothers, Douglas Gregg, Halifax; Grant Watt, Abercrombie; as well as numerous relatives on the Driscoll side of the family. Allan Attended schools in Truro, Bedford, and New Glasgow before graduating from Dalhousie University, B.A. 1967; M.A., 1970. He joined the Public Archives of Nova Scotia and retired 27 1/2 years later on May 31, 1997 as Associate Provincial Archivist. From 1997-2015 he served as Historian for the Nova Scotia Golf Association as well as he was active in many historical, genealogical and archival associations. Thank you to the following medical teams – Hepatologist, Dr. Peltekian; Oncologist, Dr. Alwayn; Palliative Care Unite, Dr. MacIntyre, the VON home care services, and the nurses on 8.4 for their care. Funeral Services will be Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. in United Memorial Church, Kaye Street with a reception to follow in Ashburn Golf Club (Old Course) at 3 p.m. Donations to a charity of one’s choice. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.jasnowfuneralhome.com 

 

Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Becomes Honorary Patron of the Society

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The Emblem of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor

The Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society is very pleased to announce that His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia has agreed to be named the Honorary Patron of the Society effective 1 January, 2015.

On the recommendation of the Council of the Society, President James Morrison recently extended an invitation to the Lieutenant Governor to become the Society’s Honourary Patron, which His Honour accepted. A native Nova Scotian, His Honour has a long-standing interest in the history of the province and recently attended a monthly lecture offered in the Society’s public lecture series.

His Honour was appointed Nova Scotia’s 32nd Lieutenant Governor  on 16 February,2012, after a distinguished career in Canada’s  Armed Forces. His Honour first joined as a soldier with the Pictou Highlanders Pipes and Drums in 1951 and retired at the rank of Brigadier-General in 1989. He has served on a number of Boards of Directors and has a number of Honourary appointments including most recently Honourary Colonel, 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders [North] and 2nd Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders [Cape Breton], 2004-2009. He has received the Order of Military Merit (OMM), Commander of the Order of Military Merit (CMM), the Canadian Forces Decoration with 3 clasps (CD) and the Order of Nova Scotia (ONS).

The Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society was founded as a historical society in 1878 and is the second oldest such society in Canada. It is a voluntary organization whose monthly meetings feature a guest lecture on Nova Scotia history. Many of these contributions have appeared in the yearly JOURNAL of the Society. The two major goals of the Society are to preserve and promote the history of the province.

The Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society is honoured to have as its Patron the Viceregal representative in Nova Scotia of the Canadian monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. It is a position that has deep roots in our province  stretching back to Confederation and the Society is pleased to have a new relationship with this important long standing link with the Crown in Nova Scotia.

Annual General Meeting

The annual general meetings of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society are held each year in May on the evening of the monthly public lecture. At these meetings the executive presents annual reports, elections are held to fill vacancies in the executive and council, and other matters presented by the executive or members are considered and action taken. All members of the Society are welcome to attend the annual general meetings and to vote on all motions.

RNSHS AGM Package 2024
     – Treasurer’s Report 2023-2024

2023 RNSHS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Reports

2022 RNSHS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Reports 
    – Financial Statements 2021-22 

2021 RNSHS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Reports
     – Treasurer’s Report and Financial Statements 2020-21 

2020 RNSHS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Reports
     – Treasurer’s Report and Financial Statements 2019-20  

2019 RNSHS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Reports

2018 RNSHS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Reports

2017 RNSHS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Reports

2016 RNSHS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Reports

2015 RNSHS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Reports

2014 RNSHS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Reports

2013 RNSHS Annual General Meeting Agenda and Reports

Council of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society

The Council of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society is elected by the members to manage the affairs of the Society. The Council, consisting of the executive and six councillors, meets every second month from September to June on the same evening as the monthly public lecture, to receive reports, discuss agenda items, and make decisions on behalf of the Society. The Council welcomes ideas and input from members on any matters regarding the operation of the Society.

Council Minutes April 1 2015

Council Minutes January 21 2015

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RNSHS-Council-Agenda-19 March2014

RNSHS-Council-Agenda-15 January 2014

Council Minutes January 15 2014

RNSHS-Council-Agenda-20 November 2013

Council Minutes – 20 November 2013

RNSHS-Council-Agenda-16 October 2013

Council minutes – 16 October 2013