Take a journey through time with Halifax Public Libraries' collection of 500 vintage postcards, offering a glimpse into the past of Halifax and beyond.
The 1919 Anti-Chinese Riots: A Brief and Not At All Definitive History
The night of Tuesday, February 18, 1919 offered a small reprieve: the snow from the previous day had stopped, though the freezing temperatures were still enough to pierce the skin and leave Haligonians chilled to the bone. But something more sinister than the winter cold would roam the streets of Halifax that night. Vicky shares more in this blog post.
Nova Scotia Heritage Day 2023: Honouring Mi’kmaq poet Rita Joe
For Nova Scotia Heritage Day 2023, we commemorate the life and the cultural legacy of Mi'kmaq poet Rita Joe.
Where to Shop – Celebrating the Holidays in Dartmouth, c. 1973
If you want the holidays of 1973 to rock, you need to get out and hit the shops. You hop into your bell bottoms, grab your puffer jacket and platform boots, and get truckin’ out the door! Staff blogger Vicky is taking you on a tour of Dartmouth retail in 1973.
Whatever Happened to Freshwater Brook? – A Brief and Not At All Definitive History
Wet, swampy, earth that fed multiple rivers and streams was once abundant in scenes in and around Halifax. One of the most substantial of these waterways was Freshwater River, or Freshwater Brook. If you were to go for a stroll downtown today you might have trouble finding it. So what happened to this water source? Where did it go and where can we find it today? Let’s take a look at the history of Freshwater Brook and discover where it might be hiding.
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.
Come into Town!: A Trip to Halifax, c. 1950
It’s 1950 and this bustling seaport is ready to open its doors and empty your wallet! So, put on your good trousers, or your best “new look” dress, and hit the streets for a day on the town in Halifax, stop-by-stop through history.
The Definition of Spouse – How James Bigney Helped Change Canadian Law for Same-Sex Couples: A Brief and Not At All Definitive History
By Staff Blogger Vicky and Halifax Public Libraries' Local History Team | A local trailblazer, let’s take a look at Jim Bigney’s fight for equality, and how he helped change the path of 2SLGBTQIA+ rights in Canada.
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."
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."
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