About Historic Nova Scotia

Historic Nova Scotia recognizes that Nova Scotia is in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq.

Historic Nova Scotia is a digital humanities and public history project that allows communities to bring their histories to life online. The website and free mobile app feature geo-located stories about the sites, people, and events that have shaped communities across Nova Scotia/Mi’kma’ki. Each story is enriched with images and primary sources from archives, museums, and heritage organizations that help preserve community histories. Thematic tours of stories allow users to further explore Nova Scotia’s/Mi'kma'ki's rich history. On the whole, the project aims to shine a light on lesser-known and under-represented histories and honour diverse ways of interpreting the past. Historic Nova Scotia is not for profit, putting history in everyone’s hands.

Historic Nova Scotia is available on the iOS App Store and Google PlayFollow us on Twitter or Facebook or contact us at info@historicnovascotia.ca

Project Staff

Project Director: Roger Gillis, Dalhousie University Libraries
Project Coordinator: Sharon Murray (2018-2020)
Project Assistant: Lisa Pasolli (2018)

Advisory Group

Catherine Arseneau (Beaton Institute)
Patti Bannister (Nova Scotia Archives)
Martin Hubley (Nova Scotia Museum)
Paul Maxner (Nova Scotia Archives)
Stéphanie St-Pierre (Centre acadien, Université Sainte-Anne) 
Corey Slumkoski (Department of History, Mount Saint Vincent University) 
Martha Walls (Department of History, Mount Saint Vincent University)

Project Partners

Collaboration is vital to the success and sustainability of this project. We are grateful to the members of the Nova Scotian cultural heritage community for their contributions to this project. Our partners are:

○     Beaton Institute Archives, Cape Breton University
○     Centre acadien, Université Sainte-Anne
○     Colchester Historium
○     Council of Nova Scotia Archives
○     Dalhousie University Libraries
○     DesBrisay Museum
○     Eastern Shore Archives
○     Halifax Municipal Archives
○     Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia
○     Nova Scotia Archives
○     Nova Scotia Museum
○     Nova Scotia Provincial Library
○     Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society

If you are interested in collaborating on the project, please see our Partnership Information

Research Associates

Lisa Binkley, Dalhousie University
Claudine Bonner, Acadia University
Heather Green, Saint Mary's University
Barry MacKenzie, Saint Francis Xavier University
Lachlan MacKinnon, Cape Breton University
Nicole Neatby, Saint Mary's University
Lisa Pasolli, Queen's University
Corey Slumkoski, Mount Saint Vincent University
Laurie Stanley-Blackwell, Saint Francis Xavier University

Copyright and Permissions

Stories are the copyright of the author(s) and posted with permission. For permissions to re-use a story or its contents, please contact us and we will endeavour to put you in touch with the author(s): info@historicnovascotia.ca.

Digital objects used as part of stories on the Historic Nova Scotia website and mobile apps are used with permission of their creators, owners, or other caretakers (e.g. archives, libraries, and museums). Sources are cited in the captions for each image. For further information about photographs, including requests for reproductions, please contact the listed source directly. Please note that we cannot give the contact information of private individuals, nor are we empowered to grant permission for further use of any photographs.

Policy for Corrections, Omissions, and Errors

Stories are the intellectual property of the author(s). If you notice a factual error in a story or tour, please get in touch with us and we will contact the author(s): info@historicnovascotia.ca

Funding Acknowledgement

The Historic Nova Scotia project recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage that have made this project possible. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.