The Court Reporter Summer 2020. Kings County Museum
Introducing our new curator, Jennifer Winter Kings Historical Society Board of Directors
Read all about Jennifer on page 2!
The Kings County Museum is
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Kings County Museum will remain closed to visitors until further notice.
President - Kelly Bourassa Vice PresidentSecretary - Jean Gibson Collins Treasurer— Karl Larson Curator - Bria Stokesbury Office Manager - Kate MacInnes Adams
Our staff is in office 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday
Celebrating Three Decades The Kings County Museum says Goodbye to Bria Stokesbury It was thirty-three years ago this summer that I walked into the museum for the first time with my resume for summer employment and found then Curator Art Pope enjoying a cigar on the fire escape. Today writing this article will be my final act as Curator of the Kings County Museum. I pass my massive set of keys, and my best wishes, on to our new Curator Jennifer Winter as she begins her tenure at the museum. Somewhere during those intervening three decades this job ceased to be “just a job” and the volunteers, students, and other staff just co-workers. The museum became my second home and everyone else like a second family. Lucy Maude Montgomery once asked, “do not old buildings have souls?” I think this museum does and over these many years I feel it has become part of mine…I will miss it and all of you. - Bria
Maynard Stevens’ salute on page 4 1
The Kings County Museum, although closed to the public, is busy behind the scenes working and eagerly waiting for the time when can welcome you back to our museum.
The Kings County Museum Welcomes New Curator, Jennifer Winter While we may not be able to meet in person just yet, I’m happy to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new curator for Kings County Museum. My name is Jennifer Winter and I’m originally from Cambridge (Galt), Ontario where both branches of my family had settled from England and Scotland as farmers and tradespeople in the mid-19th century. I have a deep appreciation for Canadian history, and have been fortunate enough to be able to foster that appreciation through my studies, work life, as well as at home. In terms of education, I have an Honours BA in history from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Diploma of Art History from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Each step of the way I focused on Canadian themes, and how best to interpret the past in ways that would be accessible and interesting to people today. Previously, I have worked for the Art Gallery of Ontario, Sotheby’s, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and the Ontario Heritage Trust. Upon my move to Nova Scotia 4 years ago I started working with the Association of Nova Scotia Museums. In my spare time I’ve also presented several research papers for the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, have received the Nova Scotia Museum Research Grant, and have been an artist in residence at Sherbrooke Village recreating Victorian clothing. Historical costume has indeed become not only a research interest for me, but also a hobby. I started to sew historical reproduction dresses, mainly from the mid-Victorian period, simply to see if I could. It was a challenge, but one that has so far seen some success. The photo here shows me in Eastern Passage in the first dress I made – an 1860s cotton day dress. Historical architecture and interiors are another topic that I find fascinating, and I’ve been able to recreate several interiors through a much older hobby of mine – miniatures. I look forward to not only working with the collections of the Kings County Museum, but to also sharing the stories that help situate those collections within their historical context. For example, a Victorian buttonhook is just a thing in a case until you realise how tedious life must have been without one - to have to do up 40 buttons by hand just to get your shoes on and off each day. That buttonhook is a timesaving miracle. I look forward to sharing more, and hearing your questions soon, Jennifer
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Meet the Summer Students On June 1st, we welcomed three students to the museum for the summer. Luke and Charles are new faces at the museum and will be with us until the end of August. Ellen returns for her fourth year at the museum and will be with us until July 24. Read more about the students below: My name is Luke Edwards, and I am working as the Curatorial Assistant at the museum for this summer. I just graduated from Crandall University with a Bachelor of Arts in History (Honours). I have been accepted into University of Toronto's Master of Museum Studies program, which I will start in September. I have always had an appreciation for museums, and how they provide an engaging medium for many who would otherwise be uninterested in history. Museums, especially smaller community museums, give people a connection into their local past, and help them to appreciate their rich roots. I am very excited to be a part of the Kings County Museum this summer!
My name is Charles and I am the current Archival Assistant for the Kings County Museum. I’m a student at Acadia University getting my undergrad with a major in politics and a minor in French. Over the past three summers I worked for the Annapolis Heritage Society as a community animator and a curatorial assistant, during which I learned the importance of community museums as a way to hold onto and preserve the past. My interest lies in the accessioning of new archival documents and I’m looking forward to what interesting things I may learn or come across while doing that.
It’s a pleasure to be back at the Kings County Museum this Summer and be part of the team. Since last summer, I have graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Education and have been accepted into the University of British Columbia’s Master Museum Education program. I'm still living locally, passionate about local history and museums, and am very happy to be here. - Ellen Lewis
Is your membership past due? Normally we would love to process membership payments in person, however it is unclear when we will be reopening. Memberships run on the calendar year and expire on December 31st of each year. For those wishing to renew their membership, we are offering renewal services on our website (www.kingscountymuseum.ca) or by telephone (902-678-6237) 3
Celebrating Bria Stokesbury In a time when you can't gather to hug, congratulate, and celebrate a career as long as Bria's, how do you organize a proper send-off? This question isn't hard to answer when long-time volunteer Maynard Stevens is a phone call away. Maynard, known in our organization for his eloquent speeches and presentations (with or without costume) has written a reflection on Bria's Career. Maynard's piece, we think, shares many of our feelings about Bria and how much she will be missed. Memories of Bria (real and unreal) By Maynard Stevens Br illiant, Resour ceful, Intelligent, Ar tistic. So many memories of Bria - where to begin, where to end. What stories to include and which stories to leave out, to tell the whole truth or just bend it a little - well maybe a bit more than a little bending of the facts, after all who worries about facts in a museum? My first introduction to Bria was at the Kings County Museum (where else would I meet her) when I attended a Planter Studies weekend. There she was in all her glory, front, and center, in the spotlight, oh wait that must have been someone else, can you imagine Bria in the spotlight, she must have been behind the scenes making sure everything ran smoothly, yeah that was Bria. A while later when I showed up as a co-guest speaker to talk about Acadien sites in the Village of New Minas I had a more formal introduction to Bria, needless to say, I was impressed. It would be 2005 before our paths crossed again as I was invited on the Board of Directors of the Kings Historical Society. From the first Board meeting, I became aware of everything that she did at the Museum, the majority of the reports at that meeting were given by her. With time on my hands I foolishly informed Bria that I would be willing to volunteer my time at the museum (big mistake), she appeared pleased to hear that. I wonder if she was contemplating all the ways that she could come up with to get me to: 1. Cut wrapping paper and decorate boxes etc. for almost every exhibit. 2. Dress up as historical characters. 3. Greet visitors and give tours….and tours and more tours… There are several tall tales that I could relate to Bria over the years that I had the privilege of volunteering with her. There was the time that…well perhaps that story should not be told in this newsletter, but then there was that time….no cannot tell that one either…..(this is going to be a boring remembrance of things past…) Maybe I should talk about Bria’s knowledge, but everyone knows that so why waste time doing that. This is beginning to worry me, what to say that is not known about Bria? I guess that anyone who has ever visited the Kings County Museum over that past thirty-three (has it really been that many) years and taken in any of the exhibits has been witness to her multitude of talents, her brilliance of discovering all manner of ways to make history live, her resourcefulness of putting together just the right words, photos, textiles, artifacts, families treasures, everything, and anything to tell a story, her intelligence to let a picture talk when a thousand words would not have been enough to tell hardship and heartache of what was, the artistic side that she might not own up to yet, nevertheless, was often times hidden in just the right placing of an artifact that makes all the difference in making an exhibit bloom into life. 4
Bria, I cannot express in words, all that you have done over your years at the Kings County Museum. Your time here will be remembered by those of us who have had the honour of working with you from day to day and year to year. Bria, enjoy your retirement, you deserve it! Be not a stranger to the museum, have fun, travel safely, be of good cheer, remember us at the Kings County Museum; the Kings Historical Society as will shall, and always will, remember you. I raise a glass of Sussex Golden Ginger Ale high in the air and drink a toast to your retirementâ€Ś.thank you for all that you have taught me and should you ever need a present done up and tied with a bow, either myself or one of the many characters that I have played over the years will be there to help you. To Bria, with love. Maynard Stevens.
150 years of the Masonic Lodge This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Kentville Masonic Lodge, and the Kings Historical Society is proud to partner with them as they celebrate this incredible milestone. When we are able to reopen, we have an exhibit waiting. The exhibit encourages visitors to learn more about the Masonic order - not just about their history, but what it means to be a Mason, and how members have and continue to be integral parts of the community as leaders, philanthropists, and neighbours. What is the Masonic Lodge? In short, the Lodge is a fraternal society of like-minded individuals which aims to improve the very fabric of society by first improving themselves. Be it morally, intellectually, and/or spiritually, members aspire to be the change they wish to see in their communities.
How did a Lodge start here in Kentville? There are many lodges throughout Nova Scotia - indeed throughout North America, and the world. They all begin with a group of men wishing to meet in order to effect positive change. In 1869, Dr. William Henrie Shaw and his associates met at the Railway Station in Kentville with plans to start a lodge in their own ever-growing community. One year later that plan was realised. How do lodge members contribute to their community? Lodge members are strong believers in the societal benefits of tolerance and charity to all. By dedicating themselves to their communities through organisations such as the Shriners, they aim to fundraise for various cultural events and hospitals with a focus on the well-being of children.
While the current situation we all find ourselves in will likely impede the museum's ability to share the exhibit with visitors in person, we will attempt to commemorate and educate via our social media outlets so long as the museum is closed. Stay tuned for photos, videos, and more. Additionally, we have made the commitment to maintain the exhibit, until the end of the year, ensuring that given the right circumstances, visitors will be able to safely view the lodge's work in person. The history of the Kentville Masonic Lodge may be one we arenâ€™t generally familiar with, however, this exhibit provides the opportunity for everyone to ask questions, and to see and learn for themselves the roles that their members have played throughout the development of our community. 5
Looking to do Some Research? Property Online: Individual simple property search— $5.00 Labor intensive searches—$20.00 an hour Documents can be printed at the cost of .25¢ for society members or .40¢ for non-members Search requests accepted for historical Genealogical Research:
and genealogical purposes only
Simple search— $5.00 Labor intensive searches—$20.00 an hour Documents can be printed at the cost of . .25¢ for society members or .40¢ for non-members Search requests accepted for historical and genealogical purposes only
Research requests can be made on by email, on our website, or by telephone
The Kings County Museum is closed to the public but we are currently in Phase1 of our reopening plan “Employees returning to the workplace”. Our Curator, Office Manager, and Summer Students are on site. Staff are being asked to follow all provincial public health protocols and guidelines and are practicing social distancing inside the building. Staff members have been assigned a designated workspace and washroom. Masks are available for each member should they want to wear them or physical distancing cannot be maintained. Our highest priority is keeping our staff and museum community safe. We are unsure when we will reopen to the public but encourage you to check on our website and social media pages for updates. 6
Kedge Remembered (part 3 ) by Lucy Traves (Kings Historical Society member and Genealogy volunteer) In our last issue of the Court Reporter we ended with Lucy catching a turtle and putting it in the bottom of a large wooden barrel. Around noon everyone would go back to their cabin to change for lunch. We had pastel shorts and T shirts in blue, pink or yellow and on Sunday we wore white shorts and shirts. The adults wore pastel skirts and shirtwaist blouses for lunch. The men never went to the dining room without a jacket. After lunch was quiet time. We would go back to the cabin and read or play games. Sometimes we stayed at the clubhouse and read some of the huge pile of National Geographic magazines or put wooden puzzles together. Other days we would walk the trail. This was about four miles long and started and ended at the beach. We usually went from the boathouse up to the river. At one place there was a lovely fern garden. Granddaddy had built a wooden walkway above the marsh where they grew. Once we reached the upper landing the trail would head inland across an old road which went to Herbers meadow. The end of the road came out at Slap Foot Beach. From there the trail followed the lake back to the beach. We always went that way never the other way. We used to try to cover the four miles in one hour and did manage it a couple of times. We always had a swim in the afternoon. Sometimes we went to the beach, but more often we would go down a path on the steep hill in front of our cabin. It was a bit rocky and there was some eel grass so we liked the beach better. When we went skinny dipping at night we always went down in front of the cabin. We would take a flash light to see our way down the hill. We would wear a rain coat and take it off just before we went in the water. When Dad was there he would come down with us. If we took too long to get into the water, he would shine the light on our naked bodies. We wouldnâ€™t take long to get ducked after that. It was always beautiful swimming in the path of the moon and the water felt like velvet on our bare skin. We did have a fright one night when a beaver went into the water near us and slapped his tail. We ran out of the water fast. We always changed into a cotton dress for dinner. The women did the same and the men wore a shirt, tie and jacket. If the adults were having drinks outside one of the cabins before dinner, we would go up early by ourselves. That would leave time for a game of tennis or a trip up the river in a canoe to look for a beaver. We would paddle up past the upper landing to where they had a house. We could hear them on the shore and would shove the front of the canoe into the bank and wait. We would slap the paddle and one would come out the little path and jump into the water. One almost jumped into the canoe one night. If we saw one swimming we would follow it and it would dive and then come up near us. Other times we saw them standing up on their hind legs and cleaning themselves with their paws. One day coming back from a walk on the trail we saw that beavers had cut down a tree on the shore of the lake. The top branches were lying in the water. We went back at dusk and sat on the trunk of the tree. We took flashlights as we wanted to see our way back to the cabin later. A lot of beavers swam over and we were fascinated watching them. Two beavers swam back and forth out in the lake in front of the tree as if they were on guard. We watched the rest with their young eating the leaves and bark for sometime. Then by accident I dropped my flashlight. The beavers all scattered and Nancy was not very pleased with me!
In Memoriam Since the publication of our last newsletter our society has lost two champions of our local historical community. Gordon Hansford passed away on February 5th at the age of 96 and more recently Henry Dorey passed away on May 14th at the age of 85. Both men cared for and passionately promoted their history and in doing so enriched the lives of all Nova Scotians. In 2016 Clan Donald held a celebratory banquet at the Old Orchard Inn to acknowledge the acceptance of the Annapolis Valley Tartan into the Scottish Registry of Tartans. At that event I was given the honour of introducing Gordon Hansford. What I said then holds true now and so my speech is reprinted here as a eulogy to this wonderful volunteer and friend. In addition I have asked Wendy Elliott for permission to reprint an article that she wrote following the passing of Henry Dorey. Her word impress upon us Henry’s dedication to saving and promoting the history of his people and the landscape that was sacred to them and remind us that the torch remains and has been passed from Henry to us to keep burning and to always remember.
“ This (event) affords me the pleasure of introducing the man behind the newly registered Annapolis Valley Tartan-- Mr. Gordon Hansford. Mention must be made of two key players in this endeavour Gordon’s trusty side-kick of 48 years Helen Hansford and the Clan Donald who sheparded the process of having the AVT registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans in Edinburgh. 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 became 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); and the 1st Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery, Halifax attaining the rank of Major. On his discharge he received the Canadian Decoration. 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). 8
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 he 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, Bridgewater, 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 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.” - Bria Stokesbury
There is A Plan (1990) By Gordon Hansford There is a plan in this old world
And each of us has a part So lighten up your heart Be cheerful, look on the bright side Forget the grumbling and strife Do the best you can, don’t worry You will find a much happier life
Thank you Gordon from all of us for being one of the “bright things in our lives”.
Don’t Make Promises You Don’t Keep: Gaspereau Lake was Henry Dorey’s piece of heaven By Wendy Elliott Don’t make promises you don’t keep: Gaspereau Lake was Henry Dorey’s piece of heaven Henry Dorey was a kind of father figure to me after I met him a decade ago. Generally I don’t jump in trucks to drive out to random lakes with strange men, but he had a sense of quiet urgency. And Henry had a mission that wasn’t completed before he had to leave this mortal coil.
Occasionally I check the obit pages in the daily paper, but I found about Henry’s recent passing because the Kings County Museum posted the news three days after his death. Immediately I felt as sad as the museum staff, who’d correctly termed him, “A long-standing member of the Kings Historical Society and a proud Mi’kmaq.” Henry had reached the age 85, but his last project in life was not fulfilled. I know because a recent drive out to Gaspereau Lake proved the provincial government had not erected the sign promised to Henry. That’s just wrong. A resident of Waterville, Henry was born in 1934 in South Alton. His parents, Arthur and Annie (Knockwood) Dorey, raised him beside Gaspereau Lake, where his mother’s ancestors lived before him. He told me about having polio and attending a one-room school despite the lack of transportation. Henry described an elderly Mi’kmaq woman who came and camped by the lake each summer. He told me about how his mother’s people spent the cold months inland and how they’d buried their dead by the side of the lake. After the provincial government expropriated the Dorey farm to create Highway 12, Nova Scotia Power constructed a dam adjacent to the cemetery in 1929. The visible presence of his people was obliterated. But he couldn’t forget. After years of talking to politicians at various levels and leading individual tours to the lakefront, one day he just turned up at The Advertiser office offering to show me the place he believed in so passionately. Sometimes reporters are a last resort. So I got in his truck and we drove out the New Ross road. As we got near the lake there was a homemade sign saying ‘Dorey’s Landing’. Henry showed me a beautiful, shallow lake that today attracts paddlers. From the waterside, he led past the dam and close to a little island. We stopped to talk near an area where digging had recently taken place. Archeologists had been there. It is commonly accepted that for centuries the lake was a winter dwelling place for the nomadic Mi’kmaw. Jim Legge of Greenwich has assembled 12 flawless spear points that he found on the shores of the lake. Spear points, but not foundations, were left behind. My second visit to the edge of the lake occurred by the lake one March day with snow on the ground. Ellen Hunt, of the Mi’kmaq Burial Grounds Research and Restoration Association, burned sweet grass there in a spring equinox ceremony. She said unequivocally the burial ground should be a recognized site. I mean, you have Louisburg, a French site that’s protected,” she told me. “We lived on this land many, many years before the French came here. Why can’t we have our heritage and our burial sites protected as well?” the burial ground should be a recognized site. I mean, you have Louisburg, a French site that’s protected,” she told me. “We lived on this land many, many years before the French came here. Why can’t we have our heritage and our burial sites protected as well?” 10
Elder Gerald Toney of the Annapolis Valley First Nation told me that potential flooding to increase the dam level would destroy artifacts that hadn’t been removed yet. If we as Mi’kmaq people got together and went digging up a graveyard or a heritage site of the French, the English or any other nationality, the feelings they would get from that is the same way we feel about it” he said. The oldest archeological site in eastern North America, for example, was discovered shortly after World War II, near the Debert military base close to Truro. It stretches back ten centuries. In 2013, I was told by then culture minister Leonard Preya’s staff that final decisions on land use and potential additions to the dam were coming. Preyra paid lip service to the notion that protecting Mi’kmaq heritage resources is important to all Nova Scotians. To date nothing has resulted to answer the obligation of history. A member of Sipekne’katik Band, Indian Brook and an Elder for the Native Council of Nova Scotia, Henry continued to be a patient man. He supported his church and was a 17-year Veteran of the Waterville and District Volunteer Fire Department. Long retired as a civilian employee from DND Greenwood, Henry would drop into The Advertiser office to touch base when he was going to cardiac rehab classes at Valley Regional Hospital. Over the years I wrote a couple of stories and probably two columns about the lack of recognition for Gaspereau Lake. Early last October, I nudged the politician in charge about the simple sign that Henry was promised and would have been satisfied with - a sign that acknowledged who historically had made a home by the lake. “I will inform you when the work is complete as I have been told it will be installed by the end of October,” was the message I got. Excited, I called Henry. He counseled me, “Wait and see”. Now we know lip service and a wall of bureaucracy stymied Henry Dorey in the end. Now when I hear, ‘We are located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. We are all Treaty people,’ the words ring hollow. If that phrase was more than tokenism Henry would have seen a sign at Gaspereau Lake acknowledging his ancestors and another protecting their sacred burial ground by the water. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report came out in 2015. The words “truth and reconciliation” continue to be bandied about too. Why are Nova Scotia school children made to mark Mi’kmaq history month when so little genuine reconciliation happens? As Henry once told me, “we’re standing still.” Yet back in the 70’s, the Supreme Court recognized that Aboriginal title to land was based on historic occupation and possession of traditional territories. Mi’kmaq theologian Dr. Terry LeBlanc talks about who owns the land. When he spoke in Wolfville, he stated that his people still live under a colonial form of government, whereby “the Indian Act treats us as wards.” We saw more of that attitude this winter with the Wet’suwet’en pipeline protests all across the country. There has to be a better way than the oppressive yoke our First Nations bear. Years of advocacy should have earned Henry his acknowledgement, but Indigenous peoples also deserve decent medical services in a pandemic, potable water and access to food. From now on when I hear the words, ‘we are all Treaty people,’ I will look to see if the speaker has a forked tongue.
Note: a portion of this blog was published earlier in the Valley Journal Advertiser
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 S&H.
Books for Sale
Growing up in Cape Breton— A Memoir by Marilyn Jones about her childhood in Cape Breton 1940’s-1950’s. A wonderful read for anyone who’s interested in Cape Breton. 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 S&H. ($8.00 for 4 books). If all four volumes purchased at same time $25.00 plus S&H.
Ordering Information Books and CDs may be ordered by e-mail or by phone, (902) 678-6237. or on line www.kingscountymuseum.ca/shop 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 ,Visa. And Pay Pal. 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.
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 S&H. 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 S&H.
Affairs With Old Houses—This very readable and highly enjoyable book chronicles the experiences of an eclectic selection of owners and older houses around Nova Scotia. $20 plus S&H.
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 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. $21.99 plus S&H.
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 S&H.
Building for Justice - In this beautifully illustrated volume, James W. MacNutt, Q.C. has succeeded in compelling us to look at courthouses in a different way. Building for Justice is a celebration of a monumental architecture that, along with the buildings of church and state, forms one of the cornerstones of our society.
Second Chance - Life in Nova Scotia during the American Revolution by Glenn Ells. $20.00 plus S&H. Starting Over - Acadians and New England Planters in Nova Scotia in the 1760s by Glenn Ells. $20 plus S&H.
Comfort Me with Apples— A book chronicling the history of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association starting from 1863-2013, and stories from apple growers. $20 plus S&H
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 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 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. $12.99 plus 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. $25.00 plus S&H.
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 S&H. 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 S&H.
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 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 S&H
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 S&H. Township Books of Kings County - Contains data for Aylesford Township, Cornwallis Township, and Horton Township. Over 7500 names, indexed, 157 pages.$25.00 plus S&H. Also available as a CD. 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 shipping.
Gone Fishing by Ed Coleman— A Chronicle of stories from the river banks in Kings County NS. A must read for the fishing fanatic, or those interested in Kings County rivers and landscapes. $20 plus S&H.
Memories of Coldbrook, N.S. - Marie Bishop writes about her early years in Coldbrook with write-ups on 50 Coldbrook families; 356 pictures, maps,
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. 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 S&H. 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 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 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 S&H. 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 S&H . Births, Deaths 1864-1877, Annapolis Valley. $25.00 plus 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 S&H. Census of Kings Co. -Census data for 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 (on one CD). $25.00 plus S&H. Marriages in Kings County, NS - 1864-1909 5,964 recor ds giving br ide, groom, age and parents. $25.00 plus S&H Probate Records for Kings Co. - 1784-1949 - Over 25,000 records. $25.00 plus S&H.
Evangeline: a Tale of Acadie (Version en français) - The “Expulsion of the Acadians” or “le Grand Dérangement” is one of the saddest chapters in the history of the colonial struggle between Britain and France. This is the story of Evangeline and Gabriel, two young Acadians who were cruelly separated on the very day in which they were to be wed. Evoking both the geography and the spirit of “La Belle Acadie,” Longfellow’s sweeping tale takes us from the tide-washed shores of Nova Scotia’s Minas basin, across the vast breadth of 18th-century America. The cost is $23.00 plus S&H.
Our KHS documentary adventure on DVD 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. 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 S&H. Aunt Toni’s Diary– Excerpts from the diary of Toni Musial (1947-1951) 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 plus S&H. Clara’s Rib– The true story of a young girl growing up in an 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 S&H. Glenn’s Life According to Glenn -Glenn S. Ells Glenn describes the life of a poor farm boy born in the 1930s, his fortunate choice of parents, his education, his years with his wife Leta and his family, his forays into politics and writing and some of his observations on life. $20 plus S&H A Place to Belong– Lind Hart .A history of Brooklyn Corner Kings County Nova Scotia $20 plus S&H Devils Half Acre – Mabel G. Nichols A comprehensive look at Kentville’s past through photographs and stories $25 plus S&H.
Index to Kings County deeds 1764 - 1951 - $25.00 plus S&H.
We are looking for a new Camera to assist in archival and collections management and cataloging
Acadian Church Records 1680-1757 and Acadian Census 1671-1758 $25.00 plus 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 S&H.
We would appreciate the donation of a camera with the following (or similar) specs: The 12x Optical Zoom 20.2 Megapixel 1080p Full HD resolution
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 S&H (Also available as a book).
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Kings Historical Society Donations 2020 We sincerely thank the following people for their kind donations in support of the Kings Historical Society and the Kings County Museum. Donations JoAnne Bezanson, Leona Bezanson, The Tartan Foundation, Frankie Anderson, Bob and Judy Parks, Canada Helps.org
In Memory Kenny Davidson: Lis Stokesbur y, Br ia Stokesbur y Gordon Hansford: Dor othy Robbins, Dor is Illsley Shelly Delbridge, Bill and Bernice Naylor, Garth and Gail Gordon, Bria Stokesbury, Lis Stokesbury, Susan and Larry Woodman Alfred Thompson: Lis Stokesbur y, Br ia Stokesbur y Gift in Kind Marie Gallant Thank you to all who contributed to our Sponsorship Program in Bronze: MCT Insur ance * Char les Sweet * Dale War d * Gaye and Mary Sponagle * Cogswell Family Association * Jean Gibson Collins * Larry Keddy * Susan Cargill
Silver: Alice Newcomb * Paddy’s Pub * Barb Smith * Bill and Bernice Naylor * David Gibson Gold: Phillip Thor pe * Mar y Lou Davison * Dor is Illsley Platinum: Gor don and Helen Hansfor d * Fr ed Houghton * Bill and Bernice Naylor
Importance of Sponsorship Program Please consider donating to our 2020 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”.
$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
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