Victory for allied forces in Europe was announced in Halifax on Monday, May 7, 1945. Celebrations were planned to follow this announcement, but several years of tensions between military personnel and civilians resulted in rioting that saw most of downtown Halifax covered in broken glass, and stolen booze. Learn more about the Riots and resources in our collection to grow your knowledge.
Canada has a long and shameful history in relation to its treatment of Indigenous Peoples. In 2008, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established with a mandate to “reveal to Canadians the complex truth about the history and the ongoing legacy of the church-run residential schools…” and to “guide and inspire a process of truth and healing, leading toward reconciliation…” We’ve selected some titles that highlight various issues, discussions and challenges relating to reconciliation.
Written by Kristine, staff member, Halifax Central Library | In today’s world of easy air travel it’s hard to believe that only a century ago human flight was still a novelty. It’s been just a little over a hundred years since very the first short powered flights of the Wright brothers in 1903. Now, at any given moment, hundreds of thousands of people are in the air across the globe.
Many of us wish that we could learn more about the history of our homes, and the buildings we see and visit every day. Wouldn’t it be interesting to learn more about their design, who lived there before, or how neighborhoods grew and evolved around them?
Written by Kristine, staff member, Halifax Central Library | It’s strange—some of my most vivid memories from childhood involve quiet hours sitting with those extremely delightful things that arrived in the mail every year: the Christmas Wish books from Simpsons, Eatons, and Sears. Now, Halifax Public Libraries houses many of these catalogue "time capsules."
The Cobequid Past & Future project is a collaboration between Bedford and Sackville Public Libraries to preserve local history and generate new stories for future generations. Click here to view all posts about the Cobequid Past & Future Project. Photos from residents of Sackville, Bedford, Waverly, Beaver Bank, Fall River, and the rest of the…