Halifax Municipal Archives: Halifax Mayor’s Correspondence – 1950s

"If there’s one thing archivists hate, it’s a file labelled 'miscellaneous.' This presents a problem for archivists trying to gain control of the records, and makes it difficult for them to get a sense of what’s in each folder well enough to describe it to potential researchers." Looking back on miscellaneous government records from the Halifax Municipal Archives, Archivist Elena Cremonese explores some unique pieces of 1950s correspondence to Halifax's mayor.
View More about Halifax Municipal Archives: Halifax Mayor’s Correspondence – 1950s

Halifax Municipal Archives: Baseball in Halifax

"Prior to receiving these photos from the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, I probably wouldn’t have taken the time to look into the history of baseball in Halifax. But the details from the photos, and the historical details that came up in the research for the exhibit, really bring alive not just the sport, but what life was like in the city as baseball was growing popular and as leagues were developing. It’s not just the history of baseball, but the history of a city through significant changes; baseball is a way into the lives of the people who played and watched the games."
View More about Halifax Municipal Archives: Baseball in Halifax

Imperial Halifax – A City of Stone: A Brief and Not At All Definitive History

By Staff Blogger Vicky | "You take a tour of the Halifax Citadel, attend a service at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and watch the fireworks at Grand Parade—but what do these places have in common? All of these Halifax landmarks, and many more, were constructed with locally sourced stone—and with good cause! People don’t talk about the rocky shores of Nova Scotia for nothing. Let’s take a look at two of the first quarries founded near Halifax, and what they helped to build."
View More about Imperial Halifax – A City of Stone: A Brief and Not At All Definitive History

The Tunnels of Halifax – Fact and Fiction: A Brief and Not at All Definitive History

"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."
View More about The Tunnels of Halifax – Fact and Fiction: A Brief and Not at All Definitive History

Our People, Our Community: The Lives of Haligonians – Hugh Brown

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.
View More about Our People, Our Community: The Lives of Haligonians – Hugh Brown

George Henry Wright and the Sinking of the RMS Titanic: A Brief and Not at All Definitive History

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."
View More about George Henry Wright and the Sinking of the RMS Titanic: A Brief and Not at All Definitive History

Halifax Municipal Archives: The Cogswell Interchange and the Road to Nowhere

"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.
View More about Halifax Municipal Archives: The Cogswell Interchange and the Road to Nowhere

Sir Sandford Fleming Park and the Memorial Tower: A Brief and Not at All Definitive 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."
View More about Sir Sandford Fleming Park and the Memorial Tower: A Brief and Not at All Definitive History
1 - 10 of 66