Cumberland County Heritage Network Society

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thanks from the Age of Sail Museum

Friends, Colleagues and Supporters

I'd like to take a brief second to tell you how much your kindness and support have meant to the society over this year and for the future.

On behalf of the directors of the society and the staff of the museum I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and all of the best for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2011.

Thank you for making another year a success for The Age of Sail Museum!


Oralee O'Byrne-Curator/Manager
Age of Sail Heritage Center and Museum
Box 14
Port Greville, N.S.
B0M 1T0
Operated by:Greville Bay Shipbuilding Museum Society

Support for the Cumberland County Heritage Network: an Open Letter

Dear Residents of Cumberland County:

On behalf of the board and members of the Cumberland County Heritage Network, I am taking this seasonal opportunity to thank you for your support of our county’s many heritage and cultural sites over the past year. We are also seeking your continued support in the forthcoming year, particularly in regards to the potential budget restraints being considered by the Provincial government.

Our network is made up of active community organizations that play a role in the preservation of our county’s heritage and culture, scattered from Advocate to Malagash (with an associate member in Tatamagouche). We recognize the importance of this resource to our communities and have organized ourselves in order to assist in the promotion and development of heritage and tourism throughout the county. We help to provide the framework for a strong, healthy and forward thinking “community”.

Although many of our sites are operated by volunteer groups we also employ county residents and provide summer jobs and career opportunities for our youth. We collect, preserve, interpret, research and display a wide range of our cultural and natural heritage, and we encourage a wide audience, including both residents and visitors to view exhibits and live theatre, to participate in festivals and events and to pursue their own research.

As a group we help to attract tens of thousands of visitors to our region each year. Our future is dependent on the public’s awareness of what we are doing on behalf of our communities, and why it is important to all of us, by providing opportunities for all residents to participate. It is difficult to imagine what would happen to many of our activities if the possible budget cuts become a reality.

Think of the special events that are organized and held each year that show case our local history, culture and natural heritage. Christmas teas, craft sales and house tours, pancake and maple syrup suppers, the Blessing of the Crops in Minudie, the Gathering of the Clans in Pugwash, Parrsboro’s Rockhound Roundup, Wild Blueberry Festival events, and the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts festival held in Amherst.

Are county residents aware of the economic impact that heritage, culture and tourism have on our communities? Over 900 Cumberland County residents work directly in tourism related jobs, $ 34 million needed tourism dollars are brought into our economy, helping generate approximately $ 13 million in wages. A significant portion of the county’s tourism product is dependent on the sites in our network to attract visitors. While less than 10% of the tourism dollars flows through our cultural and heritage sites, the balance is spent in local restaurants, accommodations, stores and gas stations.

When you consider that there are 1.9 million visitors to Nova Scotia each year, it should be noted that 54% of these visitors enter through Amherst and Tidnish. This suggests that we have an opportunity to significantly enhance the County’s share if we can divert more of this traffic towards our communities and our sites.

What does Cumberland County have to offer to both visitors to our region and residents? We provide opportunities for sight seeing, coastal experiences and for experiencing our culture and heritage. What activities are most visitors likely to participate in? Enjoying nature walks/hiking, historic sites, visiting museums, live theatre and learning about their historic roots.

The development of partnerships with our communities and related businesses and services are essential to ensuring that Cumberland County offers an alternative destination package to Nova Scotia’s visitors. CCHN members have been active participants in the ongoing development of both the Fundy Shore and Northumberland Tourist Destination Area products, with linkages to the central region.

Although we represent a wide range of sites, we do have common issues and concerns. Our financial resources are limited and are very carefully used to cover our operational expenses. Each New Year the same or diminishing resources are required to cover increasing operating expenses. Cuts at this time would represent a potentially overwhelming loss in our resources and may seriously undermine our collective ability to function.

In closing we hope everyone in Cumberland County has a safe and Happy Holiday and Best Wishes for the New Year. Please take some time to reflect on our County’s historic past and the vibrant culture we share today. We need your help to ensure that both visitors to our county and our residents will be able to continue to enjoy participating in our future.

Ken Adams
Vice-Chair, Cumberland County Heritage Network

PS: If you want to find out more information about our network and heritage and cultural activities in Cumberland County please contact your local member of the Cumberland County Heritage Network or call 1-866-856-DINO.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Malagash Museum Annual Festival Day

The Malagash Museum
Annual Festival Day
Date: Saturday August 21, 2010
Location: Malagash Community Hall

Admission is Free and everyone is welcome to attend.
The event will start with a yard Sale at 9am followed by BBQ and Music throughout the day.

The Malagash Museum Annual Sandcastle Festival

The Malagash Museum
Annual Sandcastle Festival
Date: Sunday August 8th
Time: 11 am until 4 pm

First, Second and Third prizes are available in three categories.
Please call 257-2407 for further information.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Upcoming Events for Minudie

There will be a barbecue, bake table and yard sale at the River Hebert Co-Op on Saturday, August 7th from 11am to 2pm. Proceeds for the Minudie Heritage Association and King Seaman Church. Call 251-2422 to arrange collection of yard sale items.

The Blessing of the Crops Festival will be held in Minudie on Sunday, August 8th. The mass begins at 2pm at St. Denis Church followed by a reception at St. Thomas Aquinas Church Hall, Joggins. Then back to St. Denis for an evening concert at 6pm that features the Arsenault Family from Dieppe. For more information contact Sharon Gould at 667-3923.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cumberland County Art Exhibit

Cumberland County Museum and Archives
150 Church Street, Amherst
Is pleased to present the 2010
"Cumberland County Artist Exhibit"

July 13th to August 14th

Exhibit Hours:
Monday to Friday - 9am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday - 10am - 6pm

Admission: $3 per person

Community Trading Post

Cumberland County Museum and Archives Invites You to “Take Part” In Their First “Community Trading Post”

Tables are Limited
Cost of Table: $8.00 each
To Reserve A Table Call: 667-2561

Location: 150 Church Street, Amherst
Time: 8am – 12 Noon
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2010
Rain Date: Saturday, August 14, 2010
Please No Animals, Food, Weapons or Religious Books/Artifacts

Monday, July 12, 2010

Malagash Salt Mine Museum Supper

The Malagash Salt Mine Museum is having a Supper on Saturday July 31, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00p.m., at the Malagash Community Hall. Casseroles, beans, salads, homemade rolls, bread and pies. Adults, $8.00, Under 12, $4.00, Preschoolers, Free. Proceeds for the Salt Mine Museum.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sketch-O-Rama II

A Sketchbook-Making and Drawing Extravaganza!

Saturday, July 17th.
11am - 1pm
Owens Art Gallery

Drop-in to the Owens between 11am and 1pm on Saturday, July 17th to make your very own sketchbook. Find inspiration for drawing in the galleries or head outside and see what catches your eye - buildings, flowers, birds flying by - you never know where your pencil might lead you.

For kids, teens, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandpas, grandmas, and other friends.

Presented by the Owens Art Gallery as part of Festival by the Marsh

Owens Art Gallery, 61 York Street on the campus of Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB.

For more information contact Sara Williamson, Intern, Owens Art Gallery, T: 364-2574 or E:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Elegant Hats Exhibit

From June 13th to July 10th come in and see our display!
Exhibit Hours:
Tuesday - Friday, 9-5
Saturday, 12-5
Admission: $3 per person

Cumberland County Museum is proud to present the Susan Beaton Hat Exhibit. A collector of hats, Ms. Beaton resides in Maccan, NS. Come by and see the exhibit, before her hats go back into storage!

Minudie Heritage Open for 2010 Season

Have a peak at the upcoming events for Minudie and surrounding areas:

Update: Due to the expected bad weather this weekend the Minudie Day events will be postponed until next Sunday 18th July. They will star around noon beside the Amos Seaman School Museum as usual and hopefully mother nature will cooperate this time!

Minudie Day celebrations start at Noon on Sunday, July 18th at the Amos Seaman School Museum in Minudie. Events this year include: barbecue & strawberry shortcake teas, tours of all heritage buildings & sites, wagon rides, plowing competition, displays of antique machinery, moon walker, face painting, fish pond, games of chance & petting zoo. Plus local musical entertainment.

Blessing of the Crops Festival will be on Sunday, August 8th. Mass starts at 2pm at St. Denis Church in Minudie followed by a reception at St. Tomas Aquinas Church Hall in Joggins, then back to St. Denis for an evening concert.

Ham & Salad Take-Out Dinner Sunday, September 26th.
Tickets $10.00.
Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dinner and Live Auction

An Evening with our Four Fathers is one you aren't going to want to miss. The Cumberland County Museum and Archives will be hosting the dinner and live auction at the Amherst Lions Club, 9 Electric Street on Saturday September 18, 2010 with the bar opening at 5:30pm and dinner to follow at 6:30pm. Tickets are $30 per person and are available at the Cumberland County Museum.

For more information please call 667-2516 or email

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Malagash Sand Castle Festival

The Malagash Salt Mine Museum is holding their Annual Sand Castle Festival on Sunday July 11, 2010, from 11am until 4pm. This event is to be held at the Blue Sea Beach in Malagash. There will be a canteen available. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in 4 different categories. Please call 902-257-2407 for additional information and entrance fees.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Creamery Square Heritage Centre, Tatamagouche

Open 10am - 8pm. Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm on Sunday.

July 10th/11th - Celebrating Scottish Roots - 10am ----------------------------------------------------
The Scottish Society of Colchester's "CELEBRATE YOUR SCOTTISH ROOTS" weekend - 10am to 1pm - Music and dancing outside the Farmers' Market; enjoy bagpipes, accordion, fiddle and highland dancing. At the Market there will be, along with the usual fare, such Scottish delicacies as scones, oatcakes, shortbread, and perhaps even haggis. At 1:00pm - James Finney will be doing a presentation of Jacobite Dress & Weaponry outside the Farmers' Market. James & his family have recently emigrated to Truro from Scotland where he was a maker of sporrans, a consultant who specialized in historic Scottish costume, and who did 'living history' presentations at Scottish castles and Highland Games.

2:00pm - At the Heritage Centre, Jackie MacConnell will do a Gaelic lesson for Beginners with a few phrases and perhaps even a Gaelic song.

3:00pm - At the Heritage Centre, Barry Shears of Halifax, piper, instructor, and author, will do a presentation on the history of bagpiping on the North Shore. His recently published book Dance To The Piper on the history of bagpiping in Nova Scotia will be on sale at the gift shop in the Heritage Centre.
In the Archives during the day there will be a special exhibit of interest to those seeking information on Scottish ancestors. Lectures in the Heritage Centre will be free. Those wishing to tour the Centre's exhibits (and we hope that many will) will be subject to the usual entry rates.

7:30 p.m. - In the evening we will continue the Scottish theme with a ceilidh at Patterson's Wharf. Bring along your instrument and your singing voice and join us.

Please contact Peggy Todd (657-2806) or for more info.

July 11th - Celtic Service on Sunday at Sharon Church - 11:00am ------------------------------------------------------------------
There will be a Celtic Service & Kirkin' o' the Tartans at Sharon United Church with other congregations taking part. Bring a swatch or an article of clothing in your clan tartan and present it at the front of the sanctuary to be blessed. Please contact Peggy Todd (657-2806) or during the week prior to July 11th if you wish to kirk your tartan so that we will have some idea how many presentors to expect.

Memberships in the Scottish Society of Colchester will be available at $5.00 per year, a true Scottish bargain, during the weekend. Please contact Peggy Todd (657-2806) or for more info.

July 24th - "Tatamagouche Tattoo" Weekend
The Tatamagouche Tattoo 2010 Performance is held at the North Shore Recreation Centre, Blair Ave. from 7-9pm.; Free Tattoo Cake at the Farmers' Market 10-11am (Creamery Square); Genealogy Hunt at the North Shore Archives 2-4pm. (Creamery Square). For more info contact Marilyn Roberts (657-3323), Toni MacDonald (657-0408), or Anne MacKeen (657-2214).

July 25th - Family Heritage Walk
Heritage Centre / Patterson's Wharf 9-10am; Ecumenical Church Service at Sharon United Church 11-12 noon; BBQ and Local Entertainment at the Community Field (Across from North Colchester High School) 2-4pm. For more info contact Toni MacDonald (657-0408), or Anne MacKeen (657-2214).

August 3rd - Musique Royale - 7:30pm
An evening of music and early instruments at Sharon Church.

August 14th - Maritime Day... of sea, ships and shanties. - 10am
A fun day for all ages, to do with the sea and ships. past and present. With visiting 'experts' from the museum of the Atlantic and their Model ship builders.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ottawa House Museum 2010 Schedule

Events are sometimes subject to change in date and time.
For up to date information, please call museum staff at 254-2376

Bridge Parties continue every Thursday
1st - Canada Day Celebrations and Food Auction-2pm
11th -Strawberry Shortcake Tea, 2pm to 5pm
18th - Springhill mine disaster speaker, Mary Willa Littler, 2pm
30th - Planter celebrations begin with meet and greet, speaker and refreshment, 7pm
31st - Planter supper with presentations

Bridge Parties continue every Thursday
1st - Planter Baptist Church Service, ?am
1st - Evening Planter Skit and Musical Concert, 7:30pm
7th - Dinner Theatre at the Parrsboro Legion Hall
11th - Lady Tupper Tea, 2pm
18th - Musique Royal, 7:30pm
22nd - Helen Simms - Minudie speaker 2pm
27th, 28th, and 29th - Blueberry Desserts with blueberry ice cream, served daily from 11am to 5pm
29th - Graham Harris - Captain Kidd presentation, 2pm

5th - Art Brown, Sail maker presentation, 2pm
11th - End of Season Dessert Tea
Closing of Museum for season?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

An Evening with our Four Fathers – Dinner and Live Auction

Date: September 18, 2010
Tickets are $30.00 per person
Doors open at 5:30 Dinner served at 6:30
Location: The Amherst Lions Club, 9 Electric Street
To reserve tickets call 667-2561 or email

Participants will enjoy a fun filled evening of socializing, dinner, door prizes and live auction.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Talk Focuses on Recently Rediscovered Early Account of the Acadian Deportation

Sara Beanlands, Halifax-based archaeologist and historian, will be giving a talk for the Tantramar Historical Society on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Live Bait Theatre in Sackville, New Brunswick. Her talk will be on an original manuscript by Rev. Dr. Andrew Brown, dated 1819, entitled "Removal of the French inhabitants of Nova Scotia by Lieut. Governor Lawrence & His Majesty's Council in October 1755".

In 1852, a tattered box of papers was discovered in the foyer of an Edinburgh boarding house. A collection of manuscripts relating to the early history and settlement of Nova Scotia, including historical notes, original and transcribed documents, and other contemporary papers was found inside. This remarkable collection of documents had belonged to the Rev. Dr. Andrew Brown, a Scottish Presbyterian minister, University of Edinburgh professor and aspiring historian of formidable intellect, who lived and worked in Nova Scotia from 1787 to 1795. In attempting to write a history of North America, Brown collected a substantial amount of documentary evidence relating to Nova Scotia and subsequently dedicated much of his life to preparing a history of the young frontier colony. The papers were later deposited in the British Museum where they ultimately became known as the 'Brown Manuscripts'. Although his work was not published during his lifetime, Brown's collection has since provided scholars with a wealth of documentary material for historical analysis.

More recently, another cache of related manuscripts surfaced in the collections of the Edinburgh University Library. While this assortment of documents has not been subjected to the same degree of scrutiny as the initial collection, it is undeniably deserving of academic attention. Among the most important documents contained within the Edinburgh collection is an original Brown manuscript dated 1819, entitled "Removal of the French Inhabitants of Nova Scotia by Lieut. Governor Lawrence & His Majesty's Council in October 1755". This is one of the earliest known historical accounts of the Acadian Deportation and the focus of this talk.

Sara Beanlands graduated from Dalhousie University in 1998 with a degree in Social Anthropology and is currently completing her Masters degree in History at Saint Mary's University, with a focus on eighteenth-century Nova Scotia. Her work has been published in the Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society and the International Journal of Maritime History. She has been a guest speaker at the University of Edinburgh, the Nova Scotia Historical Society, and the Grand Pré National Historic Site.

Sara began her career in archaeology in 1992 and has worked on a number of projects with Parks Canada, including excavations at Fort Anne, For Lawrence and Beaubassin National Historic Sites. She is currently employed as an archaeologist and historian with Cultural Resource Management Group, an archaeological consulting firm based in Halifax.

Further information on this talk, or the Tantramar Heritage Trust, can be obtained by visiting or phoning (506) 536-2541.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Age of Sail Heritage Museum Events

April 18th - Guest Speaker Mr. Scott Armstrong MP
Time: 2:00pm
Location: FPW Firehall, Port Greville.

April 25 - Spring Chowder Luncheon -$8.00 (Chowder, Soup, Pies, etc..)
Time 11:30am - 2:00pm

May 15th - Baked Bean and Brown Bread Supper Take Out
We call for orders and deliver - Baked Beans / Brown Bread Rolls / Cole Slaw & Dessert.

May 29th - Museum Opens - Thursday thru Monday
Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Museum

June 19th - Annual Salad Take Out Supper
We will call for orders and deliver, pick up can be arranged. (2 Meats / 3 Salads / Roll & Dessert)

June 27th - Annual Memorial Service - (Open 10am - 6pm Daily)
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Museum

July ? - Annual Community Yard Sale
Our tables at the museum, tables available free call 348-2030.

July 16th, 17th & 18th - Annual Heritage Festival & Dinner Theater

July 16th - Guest Speaker Dan Conlin, author of Pirates of the Atlantic
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Museum

July 7th - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Tickets must be pre-sold.
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Hall, Port Greville

July 18th - Free Museum Admittance
Time: All Day
Location: Museum

July 31st & August 1st - Birthday Celebrations & Volunteer Appreciation Day

September 1st - Museum Fall Hours - Thursday thru Monday
Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm

September 4th - Annual Labor Day Supper
Time 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: FPW Fire Hall, Port Greville

September 5th - Annual Outdoor Church and Breakfast Special Weekend Events
Free admission and antique engine display at Museum.
Time: service 9:30am
Location: Colins' Field 8098 hwy 209 Wards Brook

October 11th - Museum Last Day for Season

Nov 6th - Fall Roast Chicken Supper
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: FPW Fire Hall, Port Greville

December - Annual Tea & Sale & Merchants Christmas Basket. Regular Monthly Meetings at the Center the first Wednesday of each month. 7:00pm (May, June, July, August, September). Off season at directors home. All interested are welcome, members and friends call for more info.
Time: TBA

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Annual Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker: Mr. Eric Partridge
Topic: Tools of the Past
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Time: 7pm
Admission: $3.00 per person. Members free

Guest Speaker, Eric Partridge is from Dorchester N.B and is a member of the Atlantic Tool Collectors Association. He has been collecting tools since the age of 13 and now at the age of 80 he has acquired over 600 tools. Some of which are “rare and unique tools that you have never seen or will never see again” This meeting is open to the public and participants are asked to bring along with them any tool you might like to have identified.

Springtime and Farming Throughout The Ages Exhibit

Date: May 18th to June 13thth
Exhibit Hours:
Tuesday to Friday-9am to 5pm
Saturday -12 to 5pm
Admission $3.00 per person

This exhibit will depict Cumberland County’s farming, sheep shearing and other springtime activities throughout the ages. Learn about the early farming tools, the children’s role in farming and so much more.

Cumberland County’s Local Writers and Authors Exhibit

Date: May 11 to June 26th
Exhibit Hours:
Tuesday to Friday-9am to 5pm
Saturday -12 to 5pm
Admission $3.00 per person

This exhibit will showcase some of Cumberland County’s well-known writers and authors both past and present. Featured in the exhibit will be such writers and authors as: William R. Bird, Stanley T. Spicer, Robert Coates, Myrtle Chappell, Pauline Furlong, Gary Vickery, Laurie Glenn Norris and more.

Museums Across the Marsh Tour

Date: Saturday, June 5th & Sunday, June 6th
Time 10am to 5pm daily
  • Individual Passports $4.00
  • Family Passports $10.00
These passports can be purchased at any of the participating museums.
Don’t forget to have your passport stamped at each museum for a chance to win prizes.
Take a journey back in time through this unique museum tour. Experience 2 fun filled days visiting heritage and cultural sites such as:
  • Dorchester’s Keillor House
  • Sackville’s The Boultenhouse Heritage Centre (with limited access to the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum)
  • Monroe House in Port Elgin
  • Fort Beausejour in Aulac
  • Cumberland County Museum and Archives in Amherst
  • Nova Scotia Highlanders Regimental Museum, Amherst.
  • St. James Textile Museum

Museum Day

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Free. Except for the cost of BBQ

Our way of saying Thank You to the residents of Cumberland County. This fun filled day will include family outdoor activities, entertainment, museum tours and BBQ.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bill Casey to Speak at the Cumberland County Museum and Archives

“The Rising Tides at Head of Fundy and the Implications for Historic Sites and Dikes” Guest Speaker Mr. Bill Casey

“Rising sea levels are unavoidable and the low-lying areas at Head of Bay of Fundy are at risk” states Bill Casey. “The danger is there and everyone needs to be aware”
In 1869 the Saxby Gale slammed its way into the Atlantic Region, with much destruction and flooding in the Head of Fundy area. Since then the sea level in the region has risen more than 30 centimetres. It is predicted that by the year 2100, the sea level at the head of the Bay of Fundy will rise another 80 cm.

“Studies by several international organizations including a United Nations report on rising sea levels and studies by the Government of Canada have identified the Bay of Fundy as one of the most vulnerable areas of North America” states Mr. Casey. “It is important that we understand the irreversible impact that rising tides will have on all of us.”

“This is a very important issue” states Shirley Nickerson, Manager/Curator of the Cumberland County Museum and Archives. “It is important that Mr. Casey’s message of concern reach all residents of Nova Scotia and we are honoured to be playing a small part in relaying his message.”
Mr. Bill Casey will be the Guest Speaker at the Cumberland County Museum and Archives, 150 Church Street, Amherst on Tuesday, February 16th at 7pm.
His topic will be “The Rising Tides at Head of Fundy and the Implications for Historic Sites and Dikes”

The public and press are invited to attend, however seating is limited. If you wish to reserve a seat, please call 667-2561. Admission for non-members is $3.00 per person

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Congratulations Creamery Square!

It has been announced that the Creamery Square in Tatamgouche has been honoured by the Canadian Museums Association for outstanding achievement in facility development and design. The judges in the process say the Taamagoughe project is “nationally significant and exceeds the current standards of practice” among its peers from coast to coast. The award will be presented in St. John’s at the Museum’s Association’s national conference.

From all the members of the CCHN we would like to sincerely congratulation the good folks at the Creamery Square on their achievement.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Events to Lookout for Next year at the at the Age of Sail Heritage Centre

  • Last Sunday in June 2pm - June 27/10 Annual memorial Service To Those Lost at Sea. Date subject to change.

  • 3rd weekend in July- July 16-18/10 Heritage festival Weekend. That Friday 7pm, guest Speaker. Saturday Murder Mystery Dinner Theater 6pm tickets pre-sold(FPW firehall), Sunday free admission to the museum.

  • Closest saturday to August 1- July31/10, Age of Sail Birthday Celebration, free cake and museum admission

  • Labor Day Weekend- Sept 4&5/10 Saturday Community Supper(FPW firehall), Sunday Outdoor Ecumenical Church Service 9:30 followed by Pancake breakfast (fee charged) at Colins' field, Free museum admission and antique engine show.

Friday, January 8, 2010

A Journey Through Time

"The Life and Times of Sand Hill"

The Cumberland County Museum & Archives is proud to present local artist Darlene Strong 's travelling Exhibit entitled "The Life and Times of Sand Hill".

During the 1800's a Black Community known as "Sand Hill" was nestled deep inside the Town of Amherst, Nova Scotia near the Bay of Fundy. Today many descendants of the residents of Sand Hill are able to trace their roots back to the arrival of the Loyalists to Nova Scotia.

"Sand Hill is an important part of Cumberland County's Heritage and never has it it been displayed more uniquely than through the art of this travelling exhibit" states Shirley Nickerson, Manager/Curator of the Cumberland County Museum and Archives. Ms. Strong has captured 250 years of African Nova Scotia history through her panerls."

These unique and beautifully designed panels not only depict the early arrival of Slaves/Servants; it also celebrates the grand strides in areas of social, economical, political, educational and spiritual advancements on Sand Hill.

"Understanding that art plays an integral part of portraying history in a snapshot; the exhibit anticipates engaging a multi age audience to walk through 250 years of living history and EXPERIENCE Sand Hill, which is still a part of our heritage." Darlene Strong , Local Artitst and Exhibit Designer.

The Life and Time of Sand Hill Exhibit will open on Thursday, January 28, and run until February 27th.

Come Celebrate Black Heritage Month

The Cumberland County Museum & Archives in conjunction with The Black Loyalist Heritage Society of Shelburne, NS are proud to present the Black Loyalist Heritage Society Travelling Exhibit.

This unique exhibit will take you on a journey back in time. Starting with 1783-1785 when more than 3,000 Black Persons came to Nova Scotia as a direct result of the American Revolution. They came from slavery and wanted to take control of their lives, making choices within the limits they faced."

This travelling Exhibit not only preserves the Story of the Black Loyalist but will give visitors a better understanding of who these people were and what obstacles they had to overcome in the name of "Freedom."

"This exhibit is such an important part of our Heritage" states Shirley Nickerson, Manager/Curator of the Cumberland County Museum & Archives. We are very grateful to the Black Loyalist Society for allowing us to bring this exhibit to Cumberland County. It is an exhibit that we feel the students and residents alike will appreciate and learn from."

Through the panels of this exhibit you will discover the world of Slavery, The American Revolution, Black Loyalist Communities, Heroes and Heroines, the importance of the Certificate of Freedom and so much more.This unique exhibit will be on display at the Cumberland County Museum & Archives for a limited time.

Exhibit will open on Tuesday, January 26 until Saturady, February 27. Hours are Tuesday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 12:00 noon to 5:00pm.

Memorable - Memories Plus

"Memorable - Memories Plus" is a book written by Morris Josef Haugg which is a recounting of his life story from his memories plus his views and philosophies. Even if you don't know this man, the book is an interesting read; once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down until it's finished.

On January 15th, the Cumberland County Museum & Archives will be hosting the public book launch of this book. From 2:00pm to 5:00pm come and meet Morris. Listen to his memories about living through the war, coming to Canada and where he stands today.