Cobequid Past & Future Project

About the Project

Looking to our past. Building our future.

The Cobequid Past & Future project was a collaboration between Bedford and Sackville Public Libraries. The project ran from April to December 2017, working to engage people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages to record milestones and achievements of the past, while generating conversation and building a legacy for the future.

This project was made possible by the Province of Nova Scotia in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage. 

Read our FAQ to learn more about the project 

Shaping Our Story

Sackville and Bedford Public Libraries hosted a wide variety of engaging community events throughout 2017, ranging from educational sessions on the history of the Bedford Basin, to a youth story-writing competition, to an exploration of Mi’kmaq Traditional and Spiritual cultures.

Through these projects, our shared Cobequid story slowly emerged. We are preserving these pieces of our past through the legacy component of this project, including a web portal and locally-made wooden time capsule. Stay tuned for news on the web portal, which will go live in 2018.

Wrap-Up Party

On December 1st at Sackville Public Library, the community celebrated a job well done, exploring the memories and mementos shared, honouring young story writers, and creating a capsule for the future.

Youth Story-Writing Competition

The Cobequid Past & Future Project challenged local youth to write a story detailing the future of their Cobequid community. Three talented young writers were honoured with prizes. 

Read their stories:

Spooky by Wesley Collins
The Future of Larry Uteck by Kiana Nafarieh
The Grumpy Old Man by Caden Bishop

The Antique Story Show

On October 24, local residents gathered at Fultz House to share their historically significant items and their ties to the Cobequid community.

Memories of Cobequid Past

On May 24 in Bedford, local residents shared scrapbooks and memories with the Library. A lively, colourful vision of Cobequid past emerged.

 Back row (left to right) Irene Cooper (Poirier), Sandi Little (McGuiggen), Helen Murray Archibald. Front row (left to right) Anne White, Lori Murray, Miles Thompson.

From Woody’s Termites to April Wine
"Through those high school years, there were dances on Saturday night in Bedford at the old fire hall, and Woody’s Termites played. The lead singer for Woody’s Termites was none other than Miles Goodwin, who went on to April Wine fame, with Jimmy Henman, and a couple of the other Henmans, and some other young men, and the rest is history. They’re still all playing, sometimes together, even these days."
– Anne White

The Perks of Plumbing at Fall River East School
“When I started school [in 1957], I started in a one-room school house with a wood-burning stove in the centre, and an outdoor toilet, believe it or not. It was cold in the wintertime when you had to go to the bathroom, and you’re five-years-old, trudging through the snow. The desks had the little inkwells, and two people at a desk, exactly as you would see in Anne of Green Gables. The big school—the new school—did open in January, and it had two rooms. It housed grade primary to grade twelve in those two rooms, and it had indoor plumbing! We thought that was such a blessing. It was called Fall River East School." 
- Sandi McGuiggen

Walking in to the Drive-In
“One of the things that, of course, I grew up with was the Sackville Drive-In. It was walking distance from our house, so in my teenage years we used to walk down to the Drive-In, put the speaker on, and watch the movies there, without a vehicle. I think I only went once in a car to Sackville Drive-In.”
- Helen Murray Archibald

Dancing at the Bedford Yacht Club
“During the summer, there were dances at the yacht club. There was a girl I was sweet on. I’d go to the dance, spend the whole dance trying to screw up the courage to ask her to dance, and then go home again. ‘Maybe next week.’ I don’t know what it was like for the girls, but that’s what it was like for this guy.” 
– Miles Thompson


How it Flows: The Sackville River through time









What is the Cobequid Past & Future Project?

The project is a collaboration between Bedford and Sackville Public Libraries. It works to engage people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages to record milestones and achievements of the past, while generating conversation and building a legacy for the future.

There are two components to the project: Storylines, and the Cobequid Workshop & Speaker Series.

What is the Storylines component of the project?

Storylines is an initiative that aims to record the lives and memories of community members to create a lasting legacy in an online portal. Community members are encouraged to contribute to the project over an eight-month period by submitting photos, letters, and art, or by sharing memories through in-person interviews.

What is the Cobequid Workshop and Speaker Series component of the project?

The Cobequid Workshop and Speaker Series is focused on celebrating the heritage of the Cobequid region. Drawing on the expertise of local heritage organizations and educational institutions, Bedford and Sackville Public Libraries will offer an exciting series for all ages. From the Mi’kmaq Petroglyphs in Bedford to the rich history of the Sackville River, there is plenty to discover.

When did the project begin? When does it end?

Cobequid Past & Future programs began in June 2017. Programs were scheduled for throughout Summer and Fall 2017, until the end of December. However, the goal is for the community sharing and connections it cultivates to continue long after official completion. Legacy pieces such as a web portal and a kids and teen time capsule are in place to ensure the project has long-lasting effects.

How did this project come to be?

Halifax Public Libraries received funding from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage - Province of Nova Scotia.

The Libraries are fortunate to have the support of local Councilors, Fultz House Museum, and Scott Manor Museum. Schools, the Community Health Team, local business community, and youth volunteers are also being engaged. Community involvement is the key to success with this project and its growth.



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