Cumberland County Heritage Network Society

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Media Press Release

Media Press Release
Date: Oct 13, 2011
Author of Media Release: Shirley Nicholson
Title of Author: Curator/Manager
Email of Author:
Phone Number of Author: (902) 667-2561

For Immediate Release

Topic: Book Release – Maccan. A Glimpse Into the Past

On Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 2011, the Cumberland County Museum will host the official book launch of Chris F. Cameron’s latest book Maccan. A Glimpse Into the Past, and 20% of sales both days (and future sales) will be donated to the Museum. Cameron lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and is a former resident of Maccan. “As a former Maccaner, it is especially pleasing to have the first signing of my latest book at a venue that is committed to preserving County history.”

The 8” by 10” size book provides the reader with a glimpse of a once vibrant community. Like so many communities, Maccan contributed to the development and history of Cumberland County and, as progress came, so did change. With fourteen chapters, two appendices, the 202 page book contains photos, maps, charts and mercantile information on businesses, coal mining, shipbuilding, churches and the railroad. It contains a 17 page chapter of photos and text on the Maccan Power Generating Plant. A Chapter on School Days will spark memories of a by-gone era when local children attended a three room school in Maccan from grades Primary to Grade Six. Maccan had a river shipyard and was a Port of Registry as listed in the Ship Registration Index held in Ottawa. The names of some of those ships built at Maccan are listed.

“Having grown up in Maccan, I remember some of the ‘old-timers’, and walking in many of the original buildings which have long disappeared. Maccan played an important role in the area and that role should not be forgotten.” Cameron devotes a chapter on some of the people of Maccan who contributed to sports, military, politics, business, coal mining; people such as war hero Lloyd Hurley; missionary Maud Harrison; coal mining entrepreneur William Patrick; the Maccan Royals baseball team; and Father of Confederation Jonathan McCully.

About Chris F. Cameron

Having had a diverse 40 year career first in the Military which included a tour of duty as a Peacekeeper, and later in the Federal Public Service, Cameron retired in 2008 as a Special Advisor to a Science Director General. He was the recipient of many awards, including a federal Departmental Merit Award. He has always been interested in history, and the preservation of history. Cameron was instrumental in securing a Monuments Board of Canada bronze plaque at Verchères, Quebec to commemorate Calixa LavallĂ©e, the author of Canada’s National Anthem. He is enjoying his retirement which gives him time to enjoy painting, photography, genealogy, and writing. “I am happy to be able to give part of my proceeds to help the Cumberland County Museum which is an important resource in displaying and preserving local history.” He is planning to write another book, title unknown, but it will be history. “Prairie winters are long, and writing is a good way to get through them.”
To Be presented at the Cumberland County Museum and Archives, 150 Church Street, Amherst, NS

Date: Saturday, November 5,
and Sunday, November 6, 2011
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm each day

The Cumberland County Museum Collects, Preserves, Interprets and Promotes, The Material And Documentary Past, Of Cumberland County, For The Education And Enjoyment Of Present And Future Generations.

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