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The Court Reporter Summer 2015 Citizen Heritage Kyle Wilson creates sculpture to honour hometown school See page 2 for full story

Kings County Museum

Kings Historical Society Board of Directors 2015-2016 President - Kelly Bourassa Vice-President - Maynard Stevens Secretary - Jean Gibson Collins Treasurer—Dave Ritcey Past President— Doug Crowell Curator - Bria Stokesbury Office Manager - Kate MacInnes Adams


The Kings County Museum is OPEN May and June Monday—Friday 9AM-4PM July and August Monday– Saturday 9AM-4PM (Closed Sat August 29, 2015 and July 1 Canada Day) September-December 18th Monday—Friday 9AM-4PM CLOSED Dec 18th 2015 -March 2016

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“Our Buildings Your Legacy”

Our built heritage represents all aspects of the man-made historic environment from domestic to industrial from monumental to modest. It represents a tangible physical link with the past and reflects our current cultural identity. What we preserve, and how we preserve it, will be our legacy to future generations. Through conservation we can maintain, preserve, restore, reconstruct, or readapt heritage buildings. Not every historic building can be saved. Saving the historically significant should be balanced with a harmonious co-existence with the modern. Striking a balance is essential, and when successfully done will create the future landmarks that our descendants will view as historic and worth saving. More on Page 12


Annapolis Valley Tartan Now In Our GENERAL STORE Gift Shop Ties* T-shirts*Magnets*Keychains* Mouse pads*License Plates*Mugs available at the museum Or order from the Complete line. Order form available info@kingscountymuseum.ca

Citizen Heritage

Kyle went on to graduate from North Kings Educational Centre in 2013. He is 20 now and plans a career in the field of social services. He received a good educational foundation at KCA and his love of history, and his old school, have earned him the title of “Citizen Heritage” a young person who appreciated what the school did for him and wanted to save a small piece of it for “all time”.

Kyle Burton Wilson

Kyle Wilson was in Grade 5 in KCA when he learned that his beloved school was scheduled to be demolished. He already had close ties to KCA having entered primary school there in 2000. His sister also went to the school, and his father had been employed there as a janitor. The school wasn’t torn down until after Kyle finished his middle school years, for which he was very grateful, but it made him all the more determined to somehow save some part of it and preserve the “great feeling he had for his town school.” As the school was being torn down Kyle recorded images of the demolition on his cell-phone and then donated copies to the museum. The images next to this display are from what he took last summer. After the construction company moved out Kyle reclaimed some architectural pieces from the site making his own piece of KCA artwork. The memorial pyramid he created has for the base a tile from the girls wing, a middle triangular piece from an upper level of the school (the library by the Grade 7 wing), and the top triangular rock is from the wing by the main office, where Mrs. Hiltz once taught. The KCA pin was passed along from Kyle’s father who found it long ago in the basement of the school.

In Memoriam: “Lenly Roscoe “Ross” Potter (1919-2015) Since the publication of our last newsletter we have lost a member of the Society who was a long time educator in the Valley. Ross was a well known genealogist (Potter, Coldwell, Bishop and Duncanson families) and he was instrumental in having a monument to the memory of Perez Coldwell established in the Gaspereau cemetery. He will be remembered as a local historian, and author --- most notably for his work on the history of Gaspereau entitled, “A River Runs Through It” published in 2007. On behalf of the membership of the Society condolences are extended to the family of Ross Potter. 2



Our Fall fundraiser of crocus bulbs donated by Helen Hansford, contributed to a beautiful and welcome sight after our snowy, Nova Scotian winter. Shown here are the bulbs ,in all their glory ,in Kelly and Laura Bourassa’s spring garden


New Museum Website www.kingscountymuseum.ca Pictured here is long time Kings Historical Society supporter and friend, Ray Smyth with his friend Marjorie Watts in 1929. Can you guess how old Ray is in this picture? Ray has a record breaking birthday coming up in August!


Story From The Family Farm By Mack Frail With the unusual amount of snowfall last winter and the miserable spring weather behind us, the arrival of warmer weather is more welcome than usual. Where I live on Banes Road it is a great pleasure for me to be able to go outside and be close to a natural environment. My background in farming and horticulture has brought me close to nature and the soil. My thoughts often go back to those days, especially at this time of the year with the warm weather making me more aware of the wonders of nature that surround us. I share with you some of my thoughts and memories of growing up in Centreville when it was a rural farming community. There were about thirty family farms in Centreville then and, as a rule, the larger the farm the better equipped it was. During the 1940s, farming was much different than it is now; the methods would be considered very crude by today’s standards. Our farm was a small operation that included about twenty acres of orchard. Besides the orchards, we grew a mixed crop of vegetables for our own use and for market. We had at least one cow to supply our family with milk, and cream for making butter. We would usually raise a steer that was sold when it was time to have the animal slaughtered. Without the proper refrigeration that is in homes today, storage of meat was difficult. Pork was often cured as smoked pork or stored in salt brine as salt pork. The number of pigs that we raised on the farm varied, and we had about fifty laying hens. We were proud of our farming operations and the profit that was made from our labour. I cherish my memories of my early days growing up on the farm, helping my father clear land with the use of a yoke of oxen and later, when I was about twelve years old, plowing with a hand plow and a team of horses. I have many memories of those years that are too numerous for me to mention. The farming life, outlook, and methods that I experienced have become a part of history. My fifty-three years’ involvement in the nursery greenhouse business, which also included fifty years operating my own nursery business, has for me been a satisfying occupation.


Now that I have retired I am more aware that I would now be better off financially if I had stayed with an occupation that would have provide a retirement pension. When I think back and recall how much I have enjoyed my horticulture work and the people that I have had the opportunity to come in contact with and to assist, I realize that I would not have wanted it differently. This is also the time of the year when I am reminded that as children we were involved in activities such as trout fishing, walks through the country side, and playing baseball. It has been a few years since I walked out back of the Centreville Community Hall, which was previously the school. Time has changed the old school grounds where generations of children have played. I was pleased when realized that I could make out the deep impressions worn in the ground by generations of children as they ran from home plate to first base, second base, third base, and then back to home plate. While standing alone in the area of the old school ground I took some time to reminiscence, allowing my thoughts to go back to my school days. Time will soon erase the identity of those days as it has many of the Centreville landmarks, but the memories of the past are not as easily destroyed or forgotten. Read more from The Family Farm in our next newsletter.

Author Mack Frail holding photographs of his mother and father, Mabel and Wallace Frail.

The Story Behind the Man Who Created The Annapolis Valley Tartan.

A distinguished career serving his country both in the military and as an educator was also enriched with work on the volunteer front. Mr. Hansford has volunteered with the Victorian Order of Nurses, the Heart and Stroke Society of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Red Cross. He is a member of the Kings County Retired Teachers Association (having served as a Past President and committee member). He is an active member of the West Nova Scotia Regiment Memory Club, and the Atlantic Branch of the Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Association. He continues to hold a membership in the Royal Canadian Legion of the Dr. C. B. Lumsden Branch #74, in Wolfville (having served as a Past President). He is a member of the Kingscots Pipe Band as a Piper, and was a member of the Kings Fiddlers and Dukes of Kent (choir). He is a charter member of the Kings Historical Society (having served as a Past President). He is an honorary member of the Fieldwood Heritage Society in Canning. He is an author having recently published his memoirs of war time experiences in, “A Craftsman Remembers” and his first book of poetry, “A Collection of Valley Verses.” As an artist Mr. Hansford has also illustrated his own book of poetry. His skill as an artist (he is both a painter and a carver) served him well when he was asked to create a Coat-of-Arms for the towns of Wolfville, Bridgetown, the Municipality of Kings County, Kingstec School, and local Fire Departments in Halls Harbour and New Ross. He also designed the coat of arms for the Kings County Museum in Kentville. There can be no question that Gordon Hansford exemplifies the best of the Annapolis Valley, nor any greater evidence of his sufficient and substantial association with this place than the life he has lived and the contributions he has made. In 2013 I had the great privilege of being asked to write the foreword to his book of poetry. In it I tried to capture the essence of what makes Gordon so special, and why he is a such a cultural treasure: ……..continued pg 6

Remarks given by Curator Bria Stokesbury on April 6 (International Tartan Day) for the public launch of the Annapolis Valley Tartan. Well the reason I’m here this afternoon is to introduce a gentleman who is well-known to many, if not all of us ,assembled here today -- Mr. Gordon Hansford. Part of the application process for the new Tartan was a letter of support, written in April of last year, to the Scottish Register of Tartans in Edinburgh which, according to the 2008 Tartan Act, would prove the applicant’s association with the chosen name (in this case the “Annapolis Valley Tartan”) by illustrating his, “relationship to, connection with, or interest in… (the subject.)” Organizers with the Clan Donald have asked me to read a portion of this letter which provides a brief overview of Gordon’s background, and an explanation of why he was the perfect person to create and name the “Annapolis Valley Tartan.” Gordon Hansford was born in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 1924. In 1940 he joined the Militia, 2nd Battalion, of the West Nova Scotia Regiment. In 1941 he joined the Infantry Training Centre Pipe Band at Camp Aldershot as a drummer. In 1942 he was transferred to the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps and went overseas in early 1943 later joining the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Over the next three years he would serve in Britain, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and North West Europe. Upon his return from military service he attended Acadia University in Wolfville, graduating in 1953, with three degrees; a B.A., a B. Ed, and an M.A. (in History and Economics). He went on to become a teacher with a career spanning thirty years. From 1947 until 1963 he served in the Militia in the 146th Battery (47th Anti-tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, Halifax attaining the rank of Major. On his discharge he received the Canadian Decoration. 5

Continued from page 5 In it I tried to capture the essence of what makes Gordon so special, and why he is a such a cultural treasure: “I am only one of a legion of friends and fans of this force of nature. Wolfville native, World War II Veteran, husband, teacher, historian, musician, artist, craftsman, storyteller, author and poet.” I went on to say that his poetry is inspired in part by the nature of his much loved Annapolis Valley. My letter to the Scottish Registrar concluded with: In the creation of a tartan pattern inspired by his beloved Annapolis Valley Mr. Hansford has bequeathed one more gift to the people of Nova Scotia, and inspired us once again with his boundless energy and sense of place. Behind such a talented man is an equally talented woman and in this case Gordon’s wife Helen has played an important role as well. I would like to acknowledge her support and promotion of this important project. *Since this speech was given Gordon was asked to be the honorary Parade Marshall for the 2015 Apple Blossom Festival. He and his wife led the parade on a glorious day at the end of May.


Where: Kentville Research Station Potluck at the Picnic Grounds June 30th at 5PM “Bring a Chair And Food to Share!”

*Due to unforeseen circumstances the annual closing at the Hansfords has been changed to a potluck at the picnic grounds. Same fun different location--- picnic grounds are located at the Kentville Research Station (turn left at the Station and head up the hill to the parking lot!) If you have any questions contact us at the museum. Hope to see you there! 6

A Frightening Experience Submitted by Kings Historical Society supporter and friend Dorothy Robbins Perhaps I have led a charmed life or have had someone watching over me – or maybe because I did not marry until late in life and had no children of my own, have trouble recalling any serious incidents which were really frightening or life changing. When I was only two years old my mother and I were in an accident that could have been very serious but thankfully a major crisis was prevented because of a very calm horse. I remember nothing of the incident except what I have been told and the story goes like this. We drove from our home at Chipman Corner in a buggy pulled by Babe, our horse, to Kentville. We picked up a family friend en route, Auntie Kitty. As we were passing a garage in town – I think it was in the area where the DriveThru Tim Hortons now operates – a man inside the garage was attempting to crank a car. When the car started, it began to move, so he jumped into the driver’s seat and instead of putting his foot on the brake, he hit the accelerator. Of course the car shot backwards into our buggy which, as luck would have it, was just passing. Apparently the only thing which saved us was that Babe did not panic and take off and a wild speed, but stood calmly as the car hit us. Mother, who was holding the reins, was forced out onto the pavement and suffered, what was at that time called, ‘water on the knee’. I also fell out of the buggy and received a horseshoe-like cut on my cheek as I hit the curb. I think Auntie Kitty held onto her seat but a dozen eggs held in her lap suffered a smashing defeat! I have absolutely no recollection of any of this, nor what happened to the horse and the buggy – I think Dad was called to the rescue; hopefully he was not on the road that day. The scar was quite obvious while I was growing up and although I soon forgot all about it, questions would often be asked as to what had happened. Several people (some of them doctors) told me I should have plastic surgery to repair the scar but to me that seemed quite unnecessary. And now, 90 years later, I can just feel the scar. 7

Planter Nova Scotia: 1760-1810. The year 2010 marked the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the New England Planters in Nova Scotia. Follow the history of these people who played an important role in Nova Scotian, and Canadian history. There are four different books in the series, all by Julian Gwyn. Each one is on a different township, Horton, Cornwallis, Newport, and Falmouth. $7.00 plus $3.00 shipping ($8.00 for 4 books).

Books for Sale

If all four volumes purchased at same time $25.00 plus $8.00 S&H. Along the Tracks - The importance of railroads came and went in less than a century but still interest millions of people. This book chronicles through pictures and postcards the history of the Dominion Atlantic, Halifax, and South Western Railways. By: Tony Kalkman. $20.00 plus $4.00 S&H.

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Hannibal Hoops - Hannibal Hoops follows the story of a young slave boy born on a plantation in South Carolina. During the American Revolution he ends up in Nova Scotia where he chases his dream of returning to his people’s homeland, Sierra Leone. By: Gordon M. Haliburton. $20.00 plus $7.00 S&H.

Books and CDs may be ordered by e-mail or by phone, (902) 678-6237. If you wish to mail your order, our address is: The Kings County Museum, 37 Cornwallis Street, Kentville NS, Canada, B4N 2E2. Payment will be received by cash, cheque, money order, Master Card and Visa. If you are making payment by credit card please enclose the credit card number and the expiry date. Please add the appropriate shipping and handling fees.

The Nova Scotia Eatons - A genealogical record of the local Eaton family that dates back all the way to the year 1640. By: Charles Ernest Eaton. $5.00 plus $14.00 S&H.

Burnt Lands, Lockshoes, Shivarees – Historical Sketches on Kings County, by Ed Coleman. This book is a collections of historic sketches that Ed wrote for local newspapers over the past 20 years. The book, 193 pages covers a variety of topics and includes a number of local postcards. Cost is $21.99 plus S&H $8.00.

Small Communities, Big Dreams - The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival celebrates a unique way of life that relies on the tenets of hard work, good fun, faith, and rural values. This book celebrates 75 years of Apple Blossom history, a local festival that has a special place in the hearts of many. $21.00 plus $4.00 S&H.

Verses From The Valley by Gordon Hansford. Gor don has a keen sense of humour and a talent for seeing beauty and interest in everything from a ugly earwig to his military experience. These interests are reflected in this book of Gordon’s poetry and sketches. Cost is $12.99 plus S&H $6.00.

Nova Scotia’s Golden Age of Sail - This map of Nova Scotia shows where important ports were, lighthouse locations, where pirate’s treasures were buried, and even sea monsters and a ghost ship sighting happened! $1.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Second Chance - Life in Nova Scotia during the American Revolution by Glenn Ells. $20.00 plus $5.00 S&H.

Oxen – Their care, training, and use by Carmen Legge. Oxen ar e a part of Carmen’s daily life and he shares his knowledge on raising steers, training them as ox and using them on farms and in the woods. He also guides through all the details of making shoes, oxen, ox bells and other useful knowledge for teamsters. Cost is $25.00 plus S&H $8.00.

Starting Over - Acadians and New England Planters in Nova Scotia in the 1760s by Glenn Ells. $20 plus $5.00 shipping. Kings County Schools. A br ief histor y of schools and school sections in Kings County, Nova Scotia compiled by Nelson Labor and Linda Hart. $25.00 plus $8.00 S&H. . Planter Chronicles - The Planter Chronicles contain 76 pages of articles and photographs telling some of the stories of the New England Planters. These stories are reproduced from previous KHS publications; "Historic Kings County", "The Kings County Vignettes", Volumes 1 – 10 and some new articles as well. $10 plus $4.00 S&H.

Grist From The Mills – a History of Sheffield Mills by Sheffield Mills Women’s Institute. This book was originally pr inted in1967 and printed again in 2012. This interesting history of the village of Sheffield Mills, Kings County has been a popular book. Cost $25.00 plus S&H $8.00. From the Brow to the Bay - This book chronicles the family and community history of Woodlawn, Burlington and Viewmount on the North Mountain, Kings County, Nova Scotia. Settled in the early 1800’s, these Fundy shore communities have seen vast changes in the landscape and way of life. $40.00 plus $18.00 S&H. (only 1 copy left)

Kings Co., NS, Quiz Book - How much do you know about Kings County, NS? Challenge yourself and others with the quizzes in this book. $5.00 plus $4.00 shipping. Historic Kings County - A special presentation of the Kings Historical Society, this book looks at the history of Kings County through pictures and stories. Its 66 pages are filled with the history of 35 Kings County communities. Some one hundred photographs from the files of the Kings County Museum's photo archives make this an outstanding presentation of our heritage. $3.00 plus $2.00 S&H.

A Craftsman Remembers, by Gordan Hansford - One man recounts his personal view of serving in the Second World War as a “craftsman” – a soldier who worked behind the front lines at various tasks to keep everything running smoothly. These soldiers acted as engineers, electricians, and mechanics, among other jobs, and Hansford’s account captures what it was like for him and other craftsmen. $15.00 plus 10. S&H, only 1 copy left.

Camp Aldershot – Brent Fox, well-known authority on military history, covers the history of the camp from 1904 through to the 1980s. Text and pictures. 24 pages. $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H.

Gaspereau: A River Runs Through It, by L. Ross Potter - This book with its authentic stories, its many pictures, and genealogical data, gives an excellent view into the past, and preserves so much for posterity. Its easy styles and entertaining, informative content will appeal to the interests of a wide range of readers. $40. plus $12.

Township Books of Kings County - Contains data for Aylesford Township, Cornwallis Township, and Horton Township. Over 7500 names, indexed, 157 pages.$25.00 plus $10.00 S&H. Also available as a CD.


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The information on the CD is in two formats: access database and a text file that can be converted to a word program, spreadsheet or data base program. $25.00 plus $2:00 shipping. Memories of Coldbrook, N.S. - Marie Bishop writes about her early years in Coldbrook with write-ups on 50 Coldbrook families; 356 pictures, maps, 270 pages. $30.00 plus $10.00 S&H. Gypsum Royal Fleet by St. Clair Patter son A histor y of the transpor ting of gypsum from the quarries of Hants County and other parts of Nova Scotia to the manufacturing facilities in the United States $25 Churches of Kings County. Compiled by Linda Har t and Nelson Labor of the Community and Family History department. A brief history accompanies pictures of kings County churches $25 CDs Lineage linked database of "The History of Kings County" (Eaton). - This CD merges all the families mentioned in Eaton's book and shows the connecting links between individuals and families. $25:00 plus $2:00 S&H. Kings County Church Records. - over 10,000 records of births, marriages and burials taken from microfilm and put on 1 CD. These records are from many of the early churches in Kings County. .$25:00 plus $2:00 S&H.

Our KHS documentary adventure now on DVD

Kings County Vital Statistics. Produced by the Kings Historical Society, the CD contains the following statistics with instructions included. (1) Kings County Census 1871 - 1881, 1891 - 1901. (2) Kings County Cemeteries Records. (3) Kings County Marriages 1864 - 1909. (4) Annapolis Valley Births & deaths 1864 - 1877. (5) Kings County Deeds 1764 - 1951 (6) Kings County Probate Records 1785 - 1950. $99.00 plus $2.00 S&H .

Be transported back in time through re-enactments of wrecked sailors slogging through the Minas Mud, and a riveting courtroom sequence filmed at Ross Farm. Join the documentary’s narrator, Kelly Bourassa as he searches the banks of the Canard River for evidence of the 1760 wreck of the brigantine The Montague. Available in our Museum Gift Shop, by mail, or on line www.kingscountymuseum.ca $20.00

Births, Deaths 1864-1877, Annapolis Valley. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Cemeteries of Kings County, NS. - All 100 Kings County cemeteries with complete inscriptions - a zipped CD for PC or Mac. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Census of Kings Co. -Census data for 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 (on one CD). $25. plus $2. S&H. Marriages in Kings County, NS - 1864-1909 5,964 recor ds giving br ide, groom, age and parents. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H Probate Records for Kings Co. - 1784-1949 - Over 25,000 records. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Index to Kings County deeds 1764 - 1951 - $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Acadian Church Records 1680-1757 and Acadian Census 1671-1758 - $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Township Books of Kings County - Contains data for Aylesford Township, Cornwallis Township, and Horton Township. Over 7500 names, indexed, 157 pages. The information on the CD is in two formats: access database and a text file that can be converted to a word program, spreadsheet or data base program. The cost is $25.00 plus $2:00 S&H (Also available as a book - see above) Acadian Church Records 1680-1757 and Acadian Census 1671-1758 - plus many Acadian maps. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Vital Stat CD. Contains all the above information $99 Township Books of Kings County - Contains data for Aylesford Township, Cornwallis Township, and Horton Township. Over 7500 names, indexed, 157 pages. The information on the CD is in two formats: access database and a text file that can be converted to a word program, spreadsheet or data base program. The cost is $25.00 plus $2:00 S&H (Also available as a book).


West Novas– Thomas H. Raddall This well-written 326 page hard covered book required detailed collaboration with West Nova war veterans to arrive at a true picture of what happened inside the Regiment during WW11. Almost every chapter provides examples of the battlefield bravery of individual soldiers and officers by name. Included are 42 pages of wartime photos and maps. First published 1947. $30.00 plus shipping. Aunt Toni’s Diary– Excerpts from the diary of Toni Musial (19471951) who was diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 13. Written and compiled by her niece Marilyn Jones, the book also gives a brief history of the Nova Scotia Sanatorium in Kentville, Nova Scotia. $15 Clara’s Rib– The tr ue story of a young girl growing up in a Ontario tuberculosis hospital in the 40’s and ‘50’s. Readers of all ages will be drawn into the evolving seasons of Clara’s life of courage, faith, pranks, laughter, first love, despair and hope. $25.00 plus shipping. Berwick– A wonder ful collection of pictures, clippings, and infor mation on the history and families of Berwick Nova Scotia. Compiled by Ron Illsley $25 plus shipping. The Harbourville Connection-Thisbook covers Harbourville, and heads along the shore in both directions to Morden and Black Rock, then down into the Valley to Somerset. There are lots of pictures, tales of pirates on Isle Haute, the infamous Robinson murder case, ships sinking –“more on the shipping of apples and potatoes, farm produce – everything,” $15.00 plus shipping.

Poetry by Teresa Neary

Patterns interwoven a myriad of design delicate, simple

from some forgotten time carefully executed crafted like a web to adorn a young girl’s form

fine as a thread a treasure from the past that lies

in a chest

unruffled, untouched a wonder nonetheless yellow with time

forgotten as it was until I found the lace that

was to be mine.

Kings Historical Society supporter , volunteer and friend. 10

Happy 80th Anniversary MONOPOLY Now showing until the end of August! This year marks the 80th anniversary of the introduction of the iconic board game “MONOPOLY”. In this board game players take part in pretend property and financial dealings with imitation money. The game was invented in the United States and the name was coined by Charles Darrow around 1935. The actual origins of MONOPOLY began as early as 1902 with a game called “The Landlord’s Game”, created by Elizabeth Magie and patented in 1904. You can read more about the development of the history of the game in the MONOPOLY booklet. Over the years the popularity of the game has led to close to 300 million copies being sold in 111 countries, and the game being produced in 43 languages. Some of the popular themes over the years are reflected in the collection on display here. Cynthia Young, a native of Kentville, remembers a strong love of the game as a child playing it in the late 1960’s with wooden tokens such as a “yellow milk bottle.” Some 20 different tokens have been created and used in the game since the 1930’s. Do you remember the dog, top hat, or the thimble? While working in Japan Cynthia began to collect cultural material relating to the Japanese culture which eventually was on display at the museum in 2014 in the exhibit “East Meets West”. She began her MONOPOLY collection while in Japan with a miniature version of the game. That collection has grown to include a sampling of what you can see in the display. Thankfully for us she does not believe in monopolizing her wonderful collection but is happy to share it with us so that everyone can relive their fond memories of this popular board game.

“Mr. Monopoly” Played by our own society vice president , Maynard Stevens welcomed visitors on Apple Blossom Saturday.

Kelsey Comeau and Sarah Smith Our newly arrived Summer Employees soon to be joined by Halie Sproul. Its going to be a great summer!


Adopt -a- Ledger In 2014 two drugstore ledgers from the very first drugstore in Kentville were donated to the museum ---both are a treasure trove of information about early medicines. Both are in need of conservation work to help preserve them. Are you interested in adopting-a-ledger? If so contact the office and we can chat about contributing to this worthwhile cause! Pictured here are volunteers Merrily Aubrey and Ken Kaiser working on the ledgers.

“Dr. Apple” Artist Ruth Abernethy (has created) a tribute portrait to honour scientist Dr. Charles Eaves, whose research extended the storage life of fruit allowing for more effective and efficient international shipping. Dr. Eaves’ methodology was eventually adopted by producers all around the world. The tribute art piece consists of a bronze figure, bronze apple barrel with logo plus stacked apple cartons. The apple barrels and crates have inscribed panels telling of the research, of fruit production in Nova Scotia, of Kentville’s Experimental Farm, and of Dr. Eaves himself. The piece will sits at Kentville’s east end trail head park area, to be henceforth known as “Eaves Hollow”. Appropriately enough, this year the bronze arrangement was seen by all passing parade participants as it is only metres away from the main road along the east end of the Apple Blossom Festival’s Grand Street Parade Route. An official unveiling of the piece took place on May 29th at 3:30pm. Residents of the Valley and visitors to the area during Apple Blossom time were impressed.


Charles Eaves was the president of the Kings Historical Society from 1987 until 1989. Information courtesy of the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival website. 12

Chair Repair Do you have chairs in need of re-caning? The Kings Historical Society has access to a person who will recane your old family heirloom chairs in return for a donation to the museum! Re-caning be done at any time. If the chairs require refinishing, that work will only be done in warmer weather. That’s now!


Continued from page 1. The new exhibit introduces the visitor to the definition of built heritage and gives examples of how heritage buildings have been preserved through adaptive reuse --- such as the Planters Barracks in Starrs Point or the former Harbourville United Church. In cases where buildings were unable to be saved methods of still preserving the history such as through photography are explored. The visitor is also introduced to the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. Formed in 1959 the mandate of the Trust is to: “promote, foster and encourage interest in and preservation of buildings and sites of an historic, architectural and cultural nature within Nova Scotia and to acquire and pre serve buildings and sites which are appropriate to this.” From “Citizen Heritage” a 20 year old keen on preserving the love of his alma mater in a piece of handcrafted artwork to the citizens of Harbourville who joined together under the title of the North Mountain United Tapsetry Cultural and Heritage Society to turn a church into a thriving community gathering place the struggle to preserve our built heritage rests not only with our governments but on the shoulders of each and every Kings County resident.


Kings Historical Society Donations and Sponsorships October 21, 2014– June 2015 We sincerely thank the following people for their kind donations in support of the Kings Historical Society and the Kings County Museum.

Donations * Manning and Associates * Jean Gibson Collins * Elizabeth Stokesbury * Gillian Poulter * Linda and David Davies * Bill and Bernice Naylor * Jean Palmeter * Judith Doucette * John Cochrane * David Reid * Dale Reid Ward * Doris Illsley * Phil Volger * Charles Sweet * Adeline MacInnes * Leona Bezanson * Paul Bushnell *Janet Herbin * Katy Boudreau * Doris Thorpe * Gillian Poulter * Ron Lewsey * Jean Sherbeck * Lucy Traves *

New Roof * Kelly Bourassa * Jean Gibson Collins * JoAnne Bezanson Gardening * Doris Illsley In Memory * Allen Jess * In memory of Gary Steele * Cyril and Penny White * In memory of Ross Potter * Sylvia and Hartley Foote * In memory of Ross Potter * Doris Illsley * In memory of Dorothy MacKenzie Gift in Kind * Sheppard Estate * Fosters Fire and Safety * Tony Kalkman * Judith Doucette * Planned Giving * Helen and Gordon Hansford

Special Corporate Donation - * The Ritcey Team * by way of the Scotia Bank employee volunteer grant

Thank you to all who contributed to our 2014 Sponsorship Program Bronze Sponsorship * John Franey * Weldon Atkinson *Eric Cox * Paddy’s Pub *

Importance of Sponsorship Program Please consider donating to our 2015 campaign. In 2004 we launched our Sponsorship Program. Sponsorship donations contribute to our heating, utilities, cleaning and maintenance supplies, exhibits and preservation of collections. We wish to thank all the Kings Historical Society members and friends who continue to help by donating to our Sponsorship Program, and encourage others to participate. For more information see our web page at www.kingscountymuseum.ca and click on “Sponsor”.

MEMBERSHIP $20.00 per person $25.00 per couple $25.00 per organization $15.00 per Student with ID Membership is based on the Calendar year Make cheque payable to Kings Historical Society 37 Cornwallis Street Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 2E2


Silver Sponsorship * Bill and Bernice Naylor * Barb Smith * R.D. Chisholm * Alice Newcombe * MacDonald Chisholm Trask Insurance ** William and Bernice Naylor * Judy and Bob Parks * Gold Sponsorship * * Dorothy Robbins * Doris Illsley * Bev and Erna Sawler * Barbara and Philip Thorpe * Cyril and Penny White * Platinum Sponsorship * Fred Houghton * Tartan Foundation * *Carroll Kinsman* Helen and Gordon Hansford * Annette MacKenzie *

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Leave a Legacy We invite you to consider helping to preserve the heritage of Kings County through the planned giving of Cash gifts, Bequests Gifts of Property Gifts of Public Securities Life Insurance There are major tax savings to be gained using any of the above. If you are interested in taking advantage of these options please speak to your estate planner advisor. 14

In Memoriam donations may be made to the Kings Historical Society in memory of your loved one. This is a continuing way to honour friends or relatives, and provides much needed assistance to the Kings County Museum. * Charitable Tax Receipts are available for all donations.

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