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The beginning of summer means the start of summer road trips! The "Look Out", Sunrise Valley on the Cabot Trail, ca. 1930 #roadTrip #summertime
Gathering of African Nova Scotians from all over the county at the Weymouth fair, July 1st 1951. Photographer: John Collier Jr. Source: Nova Scotia Archives
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Adderly; Crook; Wm. C. McKay; Ed White; Colbourne; Kokovitch; R. Fleming; Duff; Arnold. Front row (standing): J. Cullen; Carrol; Martin; D. Cullen; Higson (Supt. Albion Colliery)." 4/4
the smoke, with ever present risk of asphyxiation from carbon monoxide or explosion from methane." Underground Fire Fighters, The 6 A.M. Shift. Men identified as: "Back row: D. Clark; I. Conway; Eddy; Frewin; Kennedy; Whyley; Platt D . Middle row: Williams; MacIntosh; Pearce, 3/4
To maintain control of the blaze 18-20 men alternated around the clock for two grueling weeks. In his book "The Pictonian Colliers", James Cameron writes, "Day after day the fire fighters turned out for their shift and went below ground, to be seared by the heat and choked by 2/4
The "Stable Pitt Fire" was a two week fire that began in the Albion Colliery on June 20th and lasted until July 6, 1913. A decision was made early on to fight the fire instead of flooding the mine or sealing off the shaft. 1/4
"Boys fishing off moored boat" Undated W.R. MacAskill photograph.
An icon refers to a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol, or as worthy of great respect - BLUENOSE is certainly worthy of icon status - as is the story of @SailBluenoseII Capt Phil Watson is the current Captain of Bluenose II - a position he has held for 20 years
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Did you know that today is #StrawberryShortcakeDay? Here's a shortcake recipe from 1874 to try out this rainy afternoon.
#DYK @NS_Museum has a collection of more than 700 Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Portraits illustrations that provide a glimpse into the history of the Mi'kmaq of Atlantic Canada. Explore the collection at #NationalIndigenousHistoryMonth
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Transcribe Nova Scotia Deaths from 1971 here:
Thank you all so much for your help in building this resource! Jump in with 1946 Marriages here:
Thanks to our many keen volunteers, 1920 Birth records are fully transcribed and are now being worked into our searchable database! Deaths (1971) and Marriages (1946) are now available in Transcribe, just waiting for your eager minds and skilled typing fingers.
The Black Cultural Centre in collaboration with the Department of National Defence will be holding a series of events in Honour and Remembrance of the No. 2 Construction Battalion July 5th - 9th, 2022 Learn more:
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Two passengers on a Bluenose II cruise of Halifax Harbour (wearing extremely cozy looking sweaters), July 1969. #sweatergoals
Thanks @PhotoCapeBreton for sharing this vintage photo of #Mabou with me. It’s undated, anyone have any idea what the date might be? @NS_Archives?
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Three African Nova Scotian women from the Conway region in town for the festivities. (July 1951) Does anyone recognize these women? Photographer: John Collier Jr. Source: Nova Scotia Archives
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The Dumbells occasionally held reunion performances in the years after, to the delight of their fans worldwide. In 1941, while serving in WWII, Hamilton was discharged from the army. He lived in Brookfield, Colchester County until he passed away in 1965
In 1917, Hamilton was recruited into a morale-boosting musical comedy troupe, called “The Dumbells.” Ross Hamilton was arguably their most famous member, regularly performing in drag as Marjorie- they became so popular that they toured North America from 1919-1932 #PrideMonth
Born in Pugwash in 1889, Ross Hamilton served in World War I as a stretcher-bearer in the Ambulance Corps, 3rd Canadian Division. He's pictured here bandaging fellow solider.
It's National Indigenous History Month! Today we remember Jerry Lonecloud (1854-1930), a guide, lumberer, showman, herbalist, Micmac (Mi’kmaw) sub-chief, and folklorist. #NIHM2022… 📷@NS_Museumm via Wikipedia4
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During Queen Elizabeth II's 2010 tour of Nova Scotia she met with a number of local dignitaries, including Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy, Lieutenant-Governor Mayann Francis and Navy veterans.
"A Forest Road, Summer. Drawn by Captain Campbell Hardy, June 2, 1863. Lith'd Day & Son, colour." Date: 1863 Artist: Campbell Hardy
Just a reminder that we are not open this morning until 10:30 for staff development.
Surveyor General's plan of lands laid out for the Black Refugees at Beech Hill (Beechville), by order of Sir John Coape Sherbrooke, Lieutenant Governor. Certified by Surveyor General.
Commissioner of Public Records — Black Refugees series Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol 419 no 28, June 1816.
Below is just one of the aerial photographs taken by Harold Reid of an early 1930's Meteghan, NS. There are 221 digitized images that make up our virtual exhibit, Nova Scotia from the Air,
The annual Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival is underway this weekend! The Queen of the 1937 Apple Blossom Festival with her attendants. Photographed by W.R. MacAskill.
The Spryfield "Rocking Stone" was featured in a CBC article today. Here are a couple photos of this famous rock from our collection.…
Using our services in #HalifaxNS? Pop in to @Pier21 and check out The World of Yousuf Karsh: A Private Essence, featuring Karsh’s passport, which is on loan from our collection!… #MuseumDay
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Today for Gaelic Nova Scotia Month, we are sharing a photograph of members of the MacDonald Hundred Junior Pipe Band from The Gaelic College's Glace Bay Division. MacDonald Hundred Pipe Band, Glace Bay, ca. 1950. Photograph by Abbass Studios. 94-712-25227.
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Congratulations to our Spring 2022 Graduates! 🎉 In honour of their achievements, we are sharing these photographs of Xavier Junior College graduates from 1966. Junior College Graduation, 1966. Photographs by Abbass Studios. B-5327.6, B-5327.8.O
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We’ve got spars, rigging and some sails! The crew have been busy all week sending blocks aloft and rigging the lines that will haul up our sails. Sailing season is getting closer! ⛵️
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Annie Prat's floral water colours are favourites here at the Archives, and this beautiful mayflower feels particularly appropriate for this sunny spring day. See more of Annie Prat's work here:…
The 1952 Chinese Directory of Halifax comprises "a complete listing of Chinese house-holders and homeowners of the City of Halifax" & also includes Chinese-owned business listings from throughout NS. You can view the directory in its entirety here:…
Beryl Markham's solo trans-atlantic flight was 20 hours in when she was forced to crash land in Baleine Cove. She took off the evening of Sept 5, 1936 and landed in Cape Breton the following day. There is a link here showing both Markham & her plane in CB…
Church at St. Bernard, Digby Co., N.S. Photographed by Clara Dennis in the 1930s, construction began in 1910 but was not completed until 1942.
This years theme for Nurses week is #WeAnswerTheCall. In NS, nurses have a long history of doing just that- providing critical services through war, pandemics, natural & man-made disasters. National Nurses week runs from May 9-15th to recognize their hard work & sacrifices.
The report of the Westray Mine Public Inquiry has been digitized and is available here,…
The Nova Scotia Government sponsored a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Westray Mine, and the final report, issued in 1998, recommended a sweeping overhaul of the province's existing mining and labour legislation.
A local union official stated in a safety report that he felt someone would be killed there in the near future. Two months after his prophetic remark, a methane gas explosion rocked the mine on 9 May 1992, killing 26 miners.
The Westray Mine opened in Plymouth, Pictou County, on 11 September 1991. Miners soon complained about poor working conditions, noting especially the fact that they were continually working in deep coal dust.
Today we were incredibly fortunate to get a peek at @HalifaxCitadel’s new exhibit space. From immersive interactive exhibits (including dress up!) to Leonard Paul’s remarkable murals to multiple perspectives of the Citadel story, we had a great time! Thank you to our hosts!
A quick reminder that the Nova Scotia Archives will be closed tomorrow, May 5th, for a staff development day.
May is #GaelicNovaScotiaMonth, a time to celebrate the history, culture, and language of Gaels across the province. Visit the NS Archive’s Gaelic Resource for a glimpse into the history of Gaels in Nova Scotia: "Gaelic Street Signs, Pugwash" ca. 1961
New Exhibit to Explore African Nova Scotians’ Connection to the Sea…
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One of my favourite portraits - Mrs. William Latimer of Cap LaRonde, Isle Madame, CB, posing in her garden. Photographed by Clara Dennis, ca. 1930s.
The sinking of the Titanic intrigues many; it’s perhaps the most famous seafaring disaster in modern history. The ship hit an iceberg and sank off the coast of Newfoundland on April 14, 1912. We have some interesting Titanic records in our collection:
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