"When you look across the harbour from Halifax Central Library, the view of Dartmouth is spectacular...It’s hard to imagine what that landscape looked like a century ago, and harder still to imagine the scent of chocolate wafting on the wind from the now highly residential Dartmouth Cove area. But in the mid-1800s, that’s exactly what you would have found as John P. Mott & Co. produced some of the city’s finest chocolates, spices, and soaps." Written by Library Staff member, Vicky, discover the rich history of Dartmouth's once-booming chocolate industry.
"One of the requests we receive most often at the Halifax Municipal Archives is from people researching the history of their homes." Written by Archives Technician, Elena, here are some tips and key research tools to help you on your home research journey.
"Hansen, 28, has been wheeling around the world since March, 1985. His Man In Motion World Tour, to raise awareness of the disabled and $10 million for spinal cord research, will take him 24,901 miles through 33 countries." A pioneer for accessibility, learn about Hansen's time in Halifax with records from the Halifax Municipal Archives.
In 2018/2019, it was projected that the people of Halifax would ride the bus 17.5 million times. The year before: the number was similar, and it was similar still the year before that. Turns out, Halifax and nearby communities have had a historic love affair with public transit. Let’s take a look at how it all began!
“Nestled in the middle of an ever developing streetscape, the house at 5517 Spring Garden Road is a piece of our collective story;” Read more from Vicky.
In 1931 Halifax's first airport opened. The airport provided commercial flights, then became an army base during WWII, before finally being redeveloped into a residential space. Read more.
Born in 1876, James R. Johnston became Dalhousie Law's first Black graduate. Tragically, his life was ended too soon after being shot by his Brother-in-Law.
With a recent surge of interest in how local streets got their names, the Halifax Municipal Archives dives into how the decision is made.
In recognition of the anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, staff at the Halifax Municipal Archives wanted to take the time to go over some of the Explosion-related records that are available at the Archives. While Nova Scotia Archives and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic are the local centres for research on the Explosion, the material from the Municipal Archives is an important complement to those records, and it is all available online at our Halifax Explosion Source Guide.