Past Events

Used Book Sale

Our biggest used book sale yet!

Saturday, April 22, 9am-4pm.

We are accepting book donations and you can drop them off during our open hours, 10am-12pm/1pm-4pm Tuesday-Friday.

We would love some more soft cover books!

Please note that we are not accepting yard sale items and magazines.

Thanks for your support!

Dawson Lecture

Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Jim Smith & Carol Campbell “Forrester’s Normalites: Who Changed the World In Which They Lived.”

All welcome. Non-members $5.

March Break at the Historeum

March 14-17

All Week: Reduced Admission – $1 per person
Dress up Station • Artifact Exploration Station

Tuesday, March 14
• Spring time crafts, 10am-12pm/1pm-4pm

Wednesday, March 15
• Knit-in 1:30-5pm. Stop in and learn to knit!

Thursday, March 16
• Kids Genealogy program 10-11am. Ages 10-13. Limited
capacity. Please call Archives to register.

Friday, March 17
• St Patrick’s day crafts, 10am-12pm/1pm-4pm


Heritage Day Open House – Monday February 20, 10:00am-4:00pm

Celebrate Heritage Day at the Historeum with two presentations and an exhibit opening.

All welcome! Free Admission!

Exhibit opening – “Colchester at Confederation: Sir Adams G. Archibald and His World.” The display will reflect on our very own Father of Confederation and what the town and county were like in 1867.

11:00am – Burnley “Rocky” Jones Revolutionary

Social activist and Truro native Lynn Jones will reflect on her brother Rocky Jones and growing up in Truro’s Black community.

2:00pm – Sir Adams George Archibald: The Man and his Legacy

Dr. Allan Marble will give the second talk in the series on Colchester at Confederation – Sir Adams George Archibald: The Man and his Legacy.

“Lift Me Up” Fundraiser

Due to overwhelming response and the Historeum’s limited occupancy load, we have decided to move our Lift Me Up Fundraiser to the Marigold Cultural Centre. The date and time remain the same Thursday, February 2nd 4:00pm-7:00pm.

Help us raise the funds to meet our $6000 bill for elevator repairs and celebrate The Lincolns and the age of Rock and Roll. Special guests will include members of the popular band from the ‘60s and a Girl Group, the Flirtatious Five. A limited number of tickets at $20.

We are now selling 100 more tickets. Please call the Historeum to reserve your tickets. (902) 895-6284

Tickets will be available for pick up next week.

Hurry! tickets are going quickly!

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and contributions which are helping to make this event a success!

Special thanks to Scotia Bank for generously matching and significantly contributing to fundraising efforts!

The Life and Failures of a Forgotten Father of Confederation, P.S. Hamilton

Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 pm.

Dr. Stephen Henderson, professor of History at Acadia University, will give a talk on Peter Hamilton, a very colourful character from Brookfield who edited the Acadian Recorder in the 1850s and 60s. Hamilton was a strong proponent of Confederation who carried on ‘intermittent warfare’ with Joseph Howe.

Everyone Welcome. Non-members $5.

Myths and Realities of the Halifax Explosion

Thursday, November 24 at 7:30pm

As we approach the hundredth anniversary of the disaster, it is high time to examine some of the fictional versions of what happened and change the narrative to celebrate truth. For example, Boston did not save Halifax on December 6, 1917…. Truro did! And New Glasgow and Kentville and many courageous railwaymen, firemen, sailors, local medical people and extraordinary citizens. Janet Maybee, Research Associate at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, will offer images and stories of real people invisible or wrongly blamed far too long.

Everyone Welcome. Non-members $5.


The Experience of Nova Scotian Soldiers During the Great War

Join us Thursday, October 27 at 7:30pm for The Experience of Nova Scotian Soldiers During the Great War, an illustrated presentation by Brian Tennyson, Emeritus Professor, Cape Breton University. Many men from Northern Nova Scotia went overseas with this battalion in 1915. Far fewer returned.

Everyone welcome. Non-members $5.


Camp Debert: The Impact of Building a Base

Join us Saturday, October 22 at 1:00 pm for Camp Debert: The Impact of Building a Base an exhibit opening and illustrated presentation by Elinor Maher and Stacey Culgin.


The Story of the No. 2 Construction Battalion

Saturday, October 15 at 1:00pm the No. 2 Construction Battalion exhibit opening and illustrated presentation by Mary Beth Sutherland, the granddaughter of Lt.-Col. Daniel Hugh Sutherland. A native of River John, Sutherland was commander of the country’s only battalion composed of black soldiers in the First World War, many from the Truro area. Includes many photos never displayed before.

Everyone welcome. Non-members $5.

The Katie Belle

Nick & Evan Densmore of Cameron’s Shipyard will give an illustrated presentation on the Katie Belle. The two cousins spent years working on their 24 metre schooner, continuing the proud tradition of shipbuilding in this area.

Everyone welcome. Non-members $5.

Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30pm


The Milk Can Age

Join Mayor Bob Taylor as he recalls the many challenges of hauling milk, in milk cans, to dairy plants from 1930 – 70. His recent book provides stories and facts about trucking and the local dairy.

Saturday, September 24 at 1:00pm

Oceans of Rum

Lunenburg native David Mossman is a retired geologist, author and professor emeritus at Mt. Allison University. Prohibition in the USA lasted from 1921-33 but rum-running lasted until 1938. Come to hear details on this very profitable and exciting period for many living along the coasts of Atlantic Canada, including members of Mossman’s family.

Thursday, September 22 at 7:30pm


Tea in the Garden

Join us for Tea in the Garden, every Wednesday, July 20th – August 24th, 1pm-3pm

Enjoy homemade biscuits, jam, sweets, tea and coffee.
$6.00 per person, reservations are appreciated, but not required.

The Colchester Historeum is a building with friendly accommodations, including a ramp and appropriate washroom facilities. If anyone does not feel comfortable with the garden setting, we are happy to provide an accessible indoor option.

Come rain or shine!

Tea in the Garden


Join Stephen Maher, Truro native and Ottawa-based journalist when he reads from his newest novel , Salvage. This fast-paced, gritty thriller is set along Nova Scotia’s South Shore and deals with drug smuggling, murder and intrigue.

Monday, August 15 at 7:00pm

Steve Maher August 2016

The Exile Begins: The Story of the Acadians of Beaubassin

Join Cumberland-Colchester MP Bill Casey for a presentation on the Acadians of Beaubassin and the British march through Cumberland and Colchester to Tatamagouche and back to Old Barns in 1755. Bill will present the story of the area in the 18th century as well as the efforts to preserve and explore the archaeology of the Amherst—Fort Lawrence—Fort Beausejour region in the 21st century.

Wednesday, July 27 at 7:00pm