"Rumours of mysterious, underground passageways that lead from Fort George on Citadel Hill to various locations across the city have remained prevalent for decades. So the question is: do these myths have merit? Let’s take a look at the facts and the fiction about our famous tunnels."
Written by Staff Blogger, Vicky | In the eyes of history, Hugh Brown Jr. would perhaps be considered an “ordinary” Halifax citizen. He was dedicated to his family business and worked hard throughout his life to provide for his loved ones. His life may be thought of as simple, but it was nothing if not sincere. Were it not for the efforts of regular people like Hugh Jr. and his family, Halifax would not be what it is today.
By Staff Blogger, Vicky | "On April 15, 1912, an article appeared on the front page of the Halifax Herald. “THE TITANIC IS STRUCK BY AN ICEBERG” the headline read, followed by four short paragraphs telling readers that nearby ships–like the Virginian–were changing course and heading to the Titanic’s location to offer assistance. It is clear from this brief story that the full gravity of the Titanic’s situation was not yet clear, and that the devastating news of the hundreds of lives lost was yet to come. Among the dead was prominent Dartmouthian, George Henry Wright. Let’s take a look at his life, how he came to be on the ill-fated vessel, and how his death affected our community."
"When I first started looking into the archival records on the Cogswell Interchange at the Halifax Municipal Archives, it was to do a bit of research for a social media post, and maybe add some detail to our web exhibit to coincide with the current redesign of the Cogswell Interchange area. But it became quickly apparent that there was just too much material there—we have metres of material from different government departments, Halifax City Council, and citizen’s groups, to condense into a quick post." Written by Archives Technicia, Elena, explore her findings on this piece of Halifax history.
Written by Staff Blogger, Vicky | "If you were a Canadian watching TV in the 1990s, you knew about Sir Sandford Fleming...During his lifetime, Fleming may have received recognition both nationally and internationally for his accomplishments in standardizing time zones and railways, but his primary legacy in Halifax is something you’re not likely to see reenacted on television. After Fleming gave the world the gift of time, he gave Nova Scotia the gift of space: Sir Sandford Fleming Park."
In 2012, the site was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in 2022 it is honoured on Nova Scotia Heritage Day. The legacy of the Acadians’ ingenuity in reshaping their landscape is persevered in Grand Pré. So, too, is the painful tragedy of their expulsion.
Council minutes are a great first place to start if you are trying to figure out what past governments have gotten up to. This applies to development agreements, street naming, policy decisions, zoning issues, and so on.
Halifax history is a mosaic of people with their own unique stories and experiences. Read this research piece on the story of John and Esther Roan (Carvery)—their lives in Africville, and family ties and tragedies. Gone, but not forgotten.
Written by Staff Blogger, Vicky | "Though the reconstruction of Halifax and Dartmouth is a well-known story, there is a seldom discussed community that was equally devastated by the 1917 explosion: the Mi’kmaq village of Turtle Grove. Once located in what is Needham Park/Tufts Cove, the community is now on the cusp of a well-deserved resurrection. Let’s take a look at the history of Turtle Grove, and why this lost community is important to our future."
Written by Staff Blogger, Vicky | "Some of the city's most beautiful and wildly underappreciated outdoor spaces are our local cemeteries...Each headstone, monument, and memorial acts as a marker of remembrance, and are a piece of public art meant to be appreciated and enjoyed. Let's visit some of the cemeteries on the peninsula, and take a look at just a few samples of the beautiful funerary art available here in Halifax."