South Rawdon Artifacts
When the South Rawdon museum closed someÂ years ago many of their artifacts made their wayÂ to the West Hants Historical Society. Due toÂ space issues a majority of this material hadÂ stayed in storage. We are happy to share that thisÂ material will once again be made available as it isÂ moving to the East Hants Historical Society whichÂ is better capable to careÂ for these items.
October Society Meeting
On October 7th, Society President JohnÂ Wilson gave a brief update on SocietyÂ affairs which was followed by aÂ presentation by firefighter RichardÂ Smith. Through photos Richard toldÂ stories of some of the areaâ€™s most memorable fires â€“ some battles wereÂ won while others were lost.
Commemorating The Great War
The museum may be getting ready to slow down for the winter but we are still busy at work.Â We are excited to share with everyone the details on various projects we have been asked toÂ participate in that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War.
On June 10-11, 2016, there will be a symposium sponsored by the Nova Scotia Museum andÂ hosted by the Town of Windsor with the theme of Nova Scotia Communities in the FirstÂ World War. The West Hants Historical Society is happy to be involved. Our first priority is toÂ develop a biographical sketch, accompanied by good quality pictures, of five local soldiers.Â The plan is to have these sketches mounted on interpretative panels to be exhibited at theÂ symposium.
There will also be opportunities to present biographies of other WWI soldiers during theÂ symposium. We have a great deal of material on WWI in our museum archives so we areÂ using our creativity to develop a pop-up museum of photographs, documents and artifactsÂ that share various aspects of the war. These include: life in Windsor at the time; the JewishÂ Legion; the soldiers from this area; the 112th regiment; etc. We are also compiling a slideÂ show of photographs of the soldiers who came from Hants County to show â€œThe Faces ofÂ Warâ€.
We are asking descendants of WWI soldiers, and the public in general, to share anyÂ material they may have so we can ensure as many soldiers and their story’s are included inÂ this project.
Please note that if you have material you do not need to donate them to theÂ museum for it to appear in this project as we can easily make a copy of your documents. ForÂ more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second and third projects are a little further down the road but we would still like toÂ share them with you. Sponsored by Parks Canada, there will be a celebration of theÂ formation of the Jewish Legion at Fort Edward. Also, in conjunction with the Windsor LegionÂ we will be commemorating those soldiers from Hants County who fell during World War One.Â There will be more details on these projects in the future.
We should also note that there are thirty- five students from Avon View High School who areÂ preparing for a trip next spring to the WWI battlefields of Europe. We have offered ourÂ material and information to these students to be used in the planning of their trip. We willÂ also be offering them an opportunity to present their experiences at a breakout sessionÂ during the symposium next spring. Should you wish to participate in this project, pleaseÂ contact John Wilson at email@example.com.
We have several jigsaw puzzles for sale â€“Â perfect as Christmas gifts. These puzzlesÂ feature images of this area and its past.Â The 48 piece puzzles cost $10,and the 308Â piece puzzles cost $15. For moreÂ information contact WHHS atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning is under way for our annualÂ Heritage Banquet. It is scheduled for MarchÂ 19, 2016 at the Windsor Legion. JonathanÂ Fowler, an archaeologist who hasÂ uncovered a great deal of history at GrandÂ Pre, Fort Lawrence and Annapolis Royal willÂ talk about an archaeological survey done atÂ Fort Edward. Whatâ€™s down there?
Design a Sign Contest
We need a larger sign for the front of the museum and are offering a contest to design one.Â A â€˜fabulousâ€™ prize will be offered to the winner of the contest. The sign can be up to 4 feetÂ square. Wording should include â€œWEST HANTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUMâ€ with a spaceÂ to show open dates and times and contact information. The lettering should be largeÂ enough to be read from a car passing on the street. We are not asking you to build a sign,Â unless you wish to, but to do the design which will be passed along to a sign maker.