The Books of Remembrance
Two commemorative books containing the names of people whose lives were lost at War are on display at the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library. Each November, a new page is turned in each book.
The Book of Remembrance commemorates the 1,360 men and women from Halifax County who gave their lives in the Great War. Officially dedicated to the City of Halifax along with the War Memorial in the Grand Parade on July 1st, 1929, the book is currently located in a case on the second floor of the library.
The book is bound in blue calf, with decorative gilt edging and lettering. The end papers are hand-marbled. The red and black hand lettering was designed and executed by the Nova Scotian book illuminator, Henry Perley Bernasconi.
The second Book of Remembrance commemorates the 705 men and women from Halifax County who gave their lives in World War II and the Korean War. It was presented to the Halifax Memorial Library on May 29th, 1955, by the Halifax County Chapter of the Silver Cross Women of Canada.
The book is bound in royal purple Newfoundland seal with white silk end papers. Norman U. Anderson designed the silver book clasps and bookmark. Each page of vellum parchment contains lettering and miniature illuminated scenes from around Halifax County executed by Henry Perley Bernasconi. Each page also contains an embossed Silver Cross. The book also includes works by Will R. Bird, Laurence Binyon, John Gillispie Magee Jr., Alfred Lord Tennyson, hymns, and the Psalms of David.
Using the Magnifier
The magnifier tool provides a close-up view of a portion of the page.
To turn on the magnifier click the "on" button located in the bottom left of the screen.
The magnifier will appear in the bottom right of the screen (square box with thick white border).
To move the magnifier to a new location:
- move your mouse over the magnifier box
- hold down your left mouse button
- drag the box to the desired location and release the left mouse button
To turn the magnifier off, click the "off" button.