West Hants Historical Society
Based in Windsor, Nova Scotia, the West Hants Historical Society runs a seasonal Museum as well as a genealogy department that is open year-round. In addition, the society provides summer guide service at the Fort Edward Blockhouse.
In 2009, the Society adopted the following Mission Statement:
The West Hants Historical Society seeks to preserve, present and promote the rich history of Hants County in relation to the larger history of the Province of Nova Scotia and the nation of Canada.
The WHHS depends upon volunteer efforts. Please note we have some open positions (indicated below); if you're interested in helping, we'd love to hear from you!
Our 2015-16 volunteer staff and executive is comprised of the following:
President: John Wilson
Vice President: Garnet Clarke
2nd Vice President: Owen Stephens
Treasurer: John Brownless
Past President: Rev. David Curry
Accessions: Pam Atwell
Building/Maintenance: Elliot Daniels
Ass't Building/Maintenance: Dean Baxter
Genealogy: Bill & Carolyn Fry
Gift Shop: Open
Membership: Graham Zwicker
Programs & Education: Open
Student Hiring: John Wilson, Pam Atwell, Sherri Allen
Office Manager: Sherri Allen
Objectives Listed in the Memorandum of Association (1973):
- To Collect, Record and Preserve the History of Hants County and adjacent area.
- To Identify and Mark any important Landmark, Structure, or Event connected with the History of Hants County.
- To Establish and Operate a Museum and Research Library.
- To Promote the Restoration and Preservation of Fort Edward, Windsor, N.S., and the erection of other structures and services incidental thereto.
- To Initiate and Promote Programmes to further historic interest in the Heritage of Hants County.
- To Compile and Publish Historical Data from material collected by the Society.
The society is based in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada at 281 King Street, the location of its museum and genealogy room. It is run almost entirely by volunteers. Although the WHHS receives a large portion of its funding through grants, it also supports itself through publishing, its research library and fundraising.
The first meeting of the West Hants Historical Society was held on April 13th, 1973 in the Windsor Court House. Twenty five people attended and Roland E. Meuse was made the president. The Society became official on September 25th, 1973 when it was incorporated under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia.
Its first accomplishment was a successful campaign to open the blockhouse at Fort Edward to the public. With the help of the Fort Edward Restoration Committee (an offshoot of the Historical Society) and Parks Canada, the blockhouse was opened officially on June 1, 1978.
In 1984, the WHHS opened its first museum in a section of the N.S. Power Corporation Building on Water Street in Windsor (the building has since been torn down).
As it became obvious that a larger space was needed, in early 1991 the old Methodist church on King Street in Windsor was acquired. It was purchased from the Independent Order of Oddfellows, who continue to meet in the building.
Still housed in the old church, the society now owns over 1,000 artifacts and has approximately 175 members.
Heritage Banquet Addresses
Over the years, many formal addresses have been presented to the society. On this page you may download the pdf version of a select few. As we accumulate more addresses, they will be added.
“Alden Nowlan: The Forgotten Poet of Stanley”
This address was given by Reverend David Curry on February 8th, 2003 at the West Hants Heritage Banquet in Brooklyn, NS.
Introduction to Dr. Henry Roper, Guest Speaker at the Heritage Banquet
This introduction was given by Reverend David Curry on February 20th, 2010 at the West Hants Heritage Banquet in Windsor, NS.
T. C. Haliburton: Complexities and Contradictions
This address was given by Dr. Henry Roper on February 20th, 2010 at the West Hants Heritage Banquet in Windsor, NS.
Some Literary Figures from Windsor’s Past
This address was given by Reverend David Curry on January 5th, 2006 to the West Hants Historical Society in Windsor, NS. It focuses on the works of Deborah How Cottnam (“Portia”), Griselda Tonge and Sir Charles G.D. Roberts.
‘Thy Sweet Love Remember'd’: A Poet & A Church
This address was given by Reverend David Curry on November 1st, 2007 to the West Hants Historical Society in Windsor, NS.
Flora MacDonald’s Winter in Windsor
This address was given by Reverend David Curry on March 4th, 2010 to the West Hants Historical Society in Windsor, NS. It was based on similar addresses given to the Clan Donald in September, 2008.