Past Events

Annual General Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, November 4th at 7.00pm for the Annual General Meeting for the Colchester Historical Society. Registration is required.
To register for our upcoming AGM, please either email Board Secretary, Leslie Burrows at or call at 902-890-4682 in order to receive the Meeting ID and Password.
One of the requirements for the Museum Evaluation and Accreditation program is for museums to have a unique mission statement—something that is not interchangeable with other museums. Our current mission statement reads as follows:
Since 1976, the Colchester Historical Society’s mission has been to collect, preserve, and exhibit, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations, artifacts and documents relating to the social, cultural, and natural history of Colchester County, Nova Scotia.
The staff recently met for a brainstorming session in an attempt to construct a new mission statement and came up with the following:
The Colchester Historical Society operates the Colchester Historeum, a museum and archives located in Truro, Nova Scotia. Using contemporary methods of interpretation, collections management, and education, we continue to preserve and present Colchester County’s past. We strive to offer an authentic and inclusive perspective of local history and culture. Through community and visitor engagement, we encourage conversation, understanding, and meaningful connections between all individuals.
This new mission statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 25 September 2020. As this statement is a part of our by-laws, there will be a motion and vote for the Members of the Society at our Annual General Meeting on November 4th, 2020 regarding the adoption of this new mission statement.

Please feel free to read our Annual Report for 2019-2020 which has been available on our website since Spring 2020.

Haunted Tours Truro – Colchester Historeum Museum & Archives

Did you hear? We’ve partnered with Out of Bounds Tours, Haunted NS, and Truro Brewing Co. to offer you a fun, spooky adventure this month!
On Friday nights in October, spend 2 hours exploring the Colchester Historeum, guided with paranormal experts from Haunted NS. You’ll get to use real paranormal equipment! Included is a drink voucher for an “adult” beverage at Truro Brew Co. after the tour!
Dates: October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th
Time: 7pm – 9pm (Meet at 6:45pm)
*COVID 19 precautions in place*
$35+ Tax / Person
Email for booking and more info!
*Special Family Friendly Haunted Tour, Thursday, October 29th from 6.00pm-8.00pm

Autumn 2020 Lecture Series LIVE on Facebook

We’re excited to be able to announce the start of our annual Autumn Lecture Series! This year, we’ll be taking things online using Facebook LIVE to broadcast.

Join us Thursday, October 8th at 7pm to hear Alicia Simms discuss changes in tattoo culture. More speakers to be announced soon!

Alicia Simms has been a professional tattooer for 12 years. She learned her trade in her hometown of St. John’s, Nfld before relocating to Truro, NS in 2014 to open her own studio. Alicia enjoys all forms of tattooing but has been mainly focused on black and grey realism these last few years. She also runs another local business called Truro Buzz, to which she claims her tattoo culture has been an asset

Please visit our event on Facebook and click “Going” in order
to get a notification for when we go LIVE!

Society Meeting

Tuesday, February 25th, at 6.00pm.

Staff will be giving updates on what’s happening with regards to fundraising, funding, events, exhibits, etc.

Heritage Night!

Thursday, February 20th, 7pm

Please join us for this celebration that honours individuals and/or groups for making a substantial contribution to heritage within the County of Colchester during 2019.


2020 Winter Lecture Series: The No. 2 Construction Battalion (The Black Battalion) with Douglas Ruck

Monday, February 17th at 11am. Free for all to attend.

The Historeum is proud to present Douglas Ruck and his presentation on The No. 2 Construction Battalion (The Black Battalion) on Heritage Day! This lecture is free to all to attend and is co-hosted with the Truro Library!

Heritage Day!

Monday, February 17th, all day!

The Historeum will be open all day on Monday, February 17th for Heritage Day! Admission is free, donations are appreciated.



Film Screening: “Portia White: Think On Me”

Tuesday, February 11th, 6.30pm-7.30pm, Truro Library

Please join us in a screening of “Portia White: Think On Me” at the Truro Library! This event is co-hosted with the Historeum in celebration of African Heritage Month!







SOLD OUT! Heat the Historeum Luncheon

Tuesday, January 28th, noon-1.30pm, Truro Fire Hall, 125 Victoria Street, Truro, NS

Support the Historeum this month by attending the luncheon! The lunch will be catered by CEP Catering out of CEC. A silent auction and 50/50 draw will accompany the lunch.

Tickets are available at the Historeum and Intrinsic Salon & Spa (664 Prince Street) for $20.00 each. All tickets must be bought in advance.





Donations from Businesses for the Silent Auction include:

Intrinsic Salon & Spa

Rath Eastlink Community Centre

Bike Monkey

Atlantic Fabrics

Hub Grub

Clay Café


Great British Grub

Fraser’s Pharmacy

Enchanted Forest

Elegant Steps

Cameron’s Paint

Murphy’s Fish and Chips

Mingo Music Sales

My Home Mercantile

Aroma Maya Coffee Roasters

Thank you to all our members who donated to the silent auction!

2020 Winter Lecture Series

Doors open at 6.30pm, lecture begins at 7.00pm

$5.00 per person, Members Free.

Thursday, January 16th: The History of Wrestling in Nova Scotia with André Myette

Join Independent Professional Wrestler “Old School” André Myette as he discusses the rich and storied history of the sport of Professional Wrestling in Nova Scotia. From NWA territory with The Eastern Sport Association to Grandprix all the way up to the various promotions of today, Myette has a unique perspective on the Heroes and Villians of the squared circle. Take a tour through the past of an industry that has entertained generations of Nova Scotians for decades, and gain insight on where it stands today and where it may be headed next.

André Myette is an Antigonish born and raised Professional Wrestler, Graphic Artist, Illustrator, Writer, Actor and Trivia Host residing in Truro, Nova Scotia.
With over 15 years experience in the independent Wrestling scene he has performed from Fire Halls to Arenas in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I, Newfoundland, Labrador and Winnipeg. Working with almost every wrestling promotion in the maritimes he has a unique perspective on the industry pertaining to the Atlantic provinces.

2019 Fall Lecture Series

Doors open at 6.30pm, lecture begins at 7.00pm

$5.00 per person, members free.

September 26th: Exploring Hidden Areas of Nova Scotia with Ashley Sutherland & Jonathan Guy

Ashley Sutherland and Jonathan Guy spend much of their spare time exploring lesser-known historical and natural sites of significance in Nova Scotia. Much of this knowledge has been passed down to them by mentors and locals and is not recorded in history books. Their lecture will touch on some of the untold stories and “hidden gems” that can be found in the province.

Both Ashley and Jonathan were born and raised in Colchester County, Nova Scotia. Their interests include local history, collecting rocks and minerals, exploring historical sites, waterfalls, and caves.

October 24th: Are All Mushrooms Magic? Mycology and Foraging in Nova Scotia

In this illustrated lecture Bruce Gray will talk about some of the magical elements of wild mushrooms and illustrate how amateur mushroom hunters can safely collect and enjoy wild mushrooms.

Dr. Bruce Gray has a PhD from McGill University.  He taught Plant Pathology and Mycology at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College for 25 years. He is currently the President of the Colchester Historical Society.

November 21st: Sea Monsters in the Age of Dinosaurs

Danielle J. Serratos’ lecture will focus on Mesozoic marine reptiles and their modern counterparts in media and folklore. Depictions of mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, and ichthyosaurs are strewn throughout the history of cinema from “Behemoth the Sea Monster” in 1959 to the show-stealing mosasaur in Jurassic World (2015). We’ll discuss these ancient sea monsters in comparison to their silver screen appearances, explore the perpetuation of folklore associated around tales like the Loch Ness monster, and discover the realities of how these ancient animals lived millions of years ago.

Danielle J. Serratos is the Director/Curator of the Fundy Geological Museum and has been an educator in Earth Sciences for more than a decade. She previously was the Assistant Director of the Museum of Geology in Rapid City, South Dakota and worked as a preparator at the University of Alaska Museum of the North where she named a new species of plesiosaur from Montana. Serratos loves reading sci fi and fantasy novels, scuba diving, and helping her spouse raise their two daughters to be amazing human beings.

Are you interested in sponsoring one of our lectures? Get in touch with us to find out more about this opportunity.

Sensory Friendly Museum Time

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, 1.00pm-4.00pm

The Colchester Historeum is happy to announce an afternoon of Sensory Friendly Museum Time at the Historeum!
We have partnered with Autism Nova Scotia Truro Chapter to provide the opportunity for any to visit the Historeum in a sensory friendly environment.





Greet the Author & Exhibit Opening with Stacey Culgin

Join us as we celebrate the release of Stacey (McCully) Culgin’s second book An Historical Sketch of Belmont & Area. The author will be present and signing copies of her book. Copies will be for sale, and a small exhibit opening to accompany the subject of the book will be on view. Wednesday, November 27th at 2.00pm



Chair Yoga: Beginner & Intermediate with Micky Rigby

Join us at the Historeum for a relaxing afternoon of Chair Yoga with certified yoga teacher, Micky Rigby! This is a fundraiser for the Historeum with a suggested donation of $5.00. Friday, November 29th, 2.00pm






Free Opening Reception for Vanguard: 150 Years of Remarkable Nova Scotians

Please join us for a free opening reception for our next temporary exhibit, Vanguard: 150 Years of Remarkable Nova Scotians. This exhibit was developed by the Nova Scotia Museum and David Carter, Communication Designer will give the opening remarks.

Thursday, October 17th, 7.00pm-8.30pm

Exhibit on viewed until March 27th, 2020.




Toddler Tuesday!

The Historeum is hosting Toddler Tuesdays!

Every Tuesday beginning on June 4th, the Historeum is welcoming all young families to visit the Historeum from 10am-noon for a morning of fun and learning!
Admission is by donation.





Eat Dessert First: Women’s Social Networking Event

Thursday, August 22nd from 5.00pm-6.30pm at the Historeum

This event is a networking opportunity for women in Colchester County. Join us to hear about what is happening in your community and ways to support one another, and how you can get involved. Co-hosted by All For Knot Rope Weaving. This event is free.






Tea in the Garden

June 19th, July 17th, August 14th, 1.30pm-3pm

All are welcome for tea in the garden this summer season. $10.00 per person. Colchester Historeum, 29 Young Street, Truro, NS







Open House: Pride

Everyone is welcome to the Historeum’s open house as part of the Pride Parade in Truro! Foolish Tarot will be at the Historeum from noon-4pm for FREE ten-minute Tarot readings!

Saturday, July 13th, from 10am-4pm.

Admission by donation.



Open House: Canada Day

Come celebrate Canada Day at the Historeum! There will be games, tours, and lots of fun!

Saturday, July 1st, from 10am-4pm!

Admission by donation.





Mocktail Mingle

The Colchester Historical Society is proud to present Mocktail Mingle, a free networking opportunity for businesses and professionals in Colchester County.

Please join us on Wednesday, June 5th from 6.30pm-8.30pm to get to know and learn more about what’s happening in the county this season. The evening will include a brief presentation outlining upcoming programming and events at the Historeum.

We encourage you to share this event with your colleagues, friends, partners, family and neighbors!

Mocktails will be provided by Jenny’s Cocktails. This event is sponsored by the Downtown Truro Partnership.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Historeum on the 5th!

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7.30pm

The Board will be proposing a number of changes to the Bylaws, Schedule B at the AGM. As members of the Society, you have a right to review this information before the meeting. Please take a moment to review the proposed changes to Bylaws, Schedule B. A copy of the Bylaws, last updated at the 2016 AGM, can be found on our website at:

Proposed Changes to Standing Committees – Section 46 

In the fall of 2018, Board members reviewed the Society’s standing committees and with input from the staff have made the following recommendations for changes and additions to Section 46:

The removal of the Membership Committee because these responsibilities now fall under the job description of the Administrative/Fund Development Assistant

The addition of the Collections Committee with the following responsibilities:

The Collections Committee shall be responsible for the decision to acquire artefacts and archival records. The committee shall consist of at least three (3) people, including the Curator/Administrator or the Designate, and one (1) other person appointed by the committee chair. This committee may not include any individual offering an artefact or archival record to the Society.

The name of the Marketing Committee would be changed to the Communications Committee.

The name of the Programs Committee would be changed to the Events Committee. The Events Committee meet on March 15, 2019 and proposed the following responsibilities for the committee:

The Events Committee is responsible for providing logistical support to staff and standing committees for events.

The Fundraising Committee would be renamed the Fundraising and Major Gifts Committee and the responsibilities would be revised to the following:

The Fundraising and Major Gifts Committee works to identify, develop and assist in the execution of fundraising strategies and major gift solicitation in support of the work and financial capacity building of the Society.

The Heritage Committee would remain the same with “the built Heritage Awards Program” removed from its list of responsibilities.

Proposed Increase in Membership Fees – Section 7 

The Board recommends a modest increase to the Society’s annual membership fees. The annual membership fees have not increased since January 1, 1999. The Board proposes the following increase to fees:

Individual membership: $25.00 (previously $20)

Family membership: $35.00 (previously $25)

Organization/Business: $50.00 (previously $30)

The Board recommends increasing the membership fees effective on June 1, 2019. This modest increase is a result of increasing financial demands on the institution.

Proposed Changes to the Society Membership Structure – Section 8 

In 2016, the Historeum was subject to the Provincial Museum Evaluation Program. The Museum Evaluation Report. The Museum Evaluation Report: Colchester Historeum identified the Society’s membership structure as an area that required improvement, stating “[the Society] should consider removing life memberships from its membership offerings. Analysis of membership programs has proven time and again that museums end up expending far more resources on lifetime members than the resources they receive in return from these members.”

The Board recommends the removal Life Membership from its paid membership offerings. In place of a paid Life Membership, an Honorary Life Membership category would be maintained. The updated definition of Honorary Life Membership would be:

This category shall be conferred by Board vote upon any person in recognition of an extraordinary contribution to the work or welfare of the Society.

Based on this recommendation, all existing Life Members would maintain their status but Life Memberships will no longer be for sale.

Housekeeping/Wording clarifications

  • Change in Section 8 under Family. “children under the age of twenty-one (21) years old” was changed to children under the age of eighteen (18) years old”
  • “or emailed” and “or email” was added to and “or delivered in person” was removed from Section 11
  • “or email” was added to Section 12
  • “nor more than twenty (20)” was changed to “nor more than fifteen (15)” in Section 25
  • “Librarian” was removed from Archivist/Librarian title in Section 36
  • “The President shall exercise supervisory responsibility for the Administrator” was added to Section 39 Duties of the President

There will be an Ice Cream-Sunday social that will following the proposed changes.

Rocks & Crystals of Nova Scotia with Ashley Sutherland

Thursday, April 25th, 7.30pm

Ashley will discuss the variety of minerals that can be found throughout the province, particularly along the Bay of Fundy, and offer tips for rockhounding in Nova Scotia.

Examples will be on display for attendees to study and she welcomes visitors to bring minerals found in Nova Scotia that they would like help identifying.

For a look at some of Ashley’s collection, visit her Instagram page:



Train at the Museum: Work Out with History

Come enjoy an awesome workout by StudioFit at the Colchester Historeum

March 29th, 6.30pm, $10 per-person

Visit for more information on their regular programming





Annual Dawson Lecture by Dr. Peter Ludlow

Thursday, March 28th at 7:30pm

There is no more practical way of saluting the flag, than to send a boy to Truro”: The Agricultural Scholarships of 1925 and the Birth of the Antigonish Movement.







March Break at the Museum!

Monday, March 18th-Friday, March 22nd, 10am-4pm

It’s March Break! Come spend this week at the museum!

Come interact with our latest exhibit, ‘A Taste of Science!’ There will be demonstrations of food dehydration by Pamela Craig of Dry Humour on both Tuesday and Thursday at 1.30pm!

There will also be crafts, a chance to research and build your own family tree, and a dress up station!




Heritage Day Open House

Monday, February 18th from 10am to 4pm

Admission by donation.

Join us for the grand opening of our newest exhibit: A Taste of Science. Discover why food goes bad, and how people in Colchester County preserved their food in the past.

A newly installed preview case for our upcoming temporary exhibit, Celebrating Portia White will also be on display. Celebrating Portia White will open in May, 2019. Stop by the Historeum on Heritage Day to get an exciting glimpse at the exhibit to come! Everyone welcome!




Foxfyre Reading by Sion Irwin-Childs

Monday, February 18th at 11am

Join author Sion Irwin-Childs as he read from his children’s novel, Foxfyre.






House Names of Truro

Thursday, January 24th at 7:30pm

Joe Ballard discusses prolific house-naming tradition and the stories behind the forgotten names.






Waterfalls of Nova Scotia

Thursday, Nov 22 at 7:30pm

Benoit Lalonde – discusses the many beautiful waterfalls featured in his book Waterfalls of Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is blessed with numerous must-see waterfalls. In this volume, self-described “waterfall addict” Benoit Lalonde brings together 100 of the province’s best. This rich compendium includes famous waterfalls such as Garden of Eden Fall, Wentworth Falls, Cuties Hollow, Annandale Falls and Butcher Hill Falls, as well as lesser-known but easy-to-locate gems. For each of these beauties, Lalonde provides information on the height and type of waterfall and the distance and degree of difficulty of each trail. Featuring gorgeous colour photographs and individual maps of each location, Waterfalls of Nova Scotia is an invaluable reference as well as a tribute to the beauty of the natural splendour waiting to be discovered.



The Impact of the Spanish Influenza on Nova Scotia

Thursday, Oct 25 at 7:30 pm

Dr. Allan Marble – The Impact of the Spanish Influenza on Nova Scotia, 1918-1920 – When ‘the great pandemic’ hit 100 years ago the results were 50 million, or more, deaths. Hear about Nova Scotia’s experience from a master story teller.


The Music of Clary Croft

Thursday, October 4 at 7:30pm

Concert by Clary Croft. Tickets $20.

Over his long career Clary has released many recordings and has written several books including, Helen Creighton: Canada’s First Lady of Folklore, that has been re-released in both hard copy and e-book form and his most recent title is, Witchcraft: Tales, Beliefs and Superstitions from the Maritimes. His concerts include traditional and contemporary songs and stories.





The Accidental Farmer

Thursday, September 27 at 7:30pm

Joan Watson (CBC Marketplace) & Murray Creed (CBC Country Canada) – The Accidental Farmer: Who was the real hero of The Story of Ross Farm? Learn how William and Mary Ross immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1816 and overcame many challenges.






Fairy Dells & Rustic Bowers Book Launch

Thursday, June 7 at 7:00pm

Book Launch of Joseph Ballard’s new book, Fairy Dells & Rustic Bowers: The Creation of Victoria Park in Truro, NS.
Meet the author and view an exhibit about Victoria Park.
Free admission, everyone welcome!






Annual General Meeting

Thursday, May 24 at 7:30pm

The Annual General Meeting of the Colchester Historical Society followed by a talk about Watson Smith and the Shubenacadie Tinsmith Museum presented by Betty Stonehouse. All are welcome!

One Hour, Two Books

May 17, Thursday, 7:30 pm

A.J.B (John) Johnston will present a one-hour illustrated talk about the background to his two, brand-new 2018 releases, both novels. The Hat is a fresh 21st century take on the Acadian Deportation; Something True tells the coming-of-age story of Katharine McLennan, a NS nurse in France during the First World War.

Free admission, all welcome!




Historic & Cultural Perspectives on Death, Dying, & Grief

May 8, Thursday, 7:00pm

A panel discussion on the historic and cultural ways of dealing with end-of-life, end-of-life care, and grief.

Moderated by Hospice Executive Director, Craig Johnson, the panel will explore current and past cultural practices surrounding end of life. Panelists include:

Dr. Lynn Jones – African Nova Scotian leader and activist, Dr. Jones is passionate about the way her community approaches notions around end-of-life, death, and grief.

Cynthia (Cyndi) Martin- A Mi’kmaw artist with a keen interest in heritage, culture, and archaeology. Cynthia just completed her degree from NSCAD University where she based her ceramic and textile art on the natural beauty of Mi’kma’ki.

Ashley Sutherland – A researcher and archivist, Ashley Sutherland has a Masters in Art History (with a concentration in curatorial museum studies) and currently serves as Archivist with the Colchester Historeum.

Samantha Molen – A Palliative Social Worker with the Colchester East Hants Hospice, Samantha Molen completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Samantha’s role at Hospice finds her most often in community providing a variety supports to families and individuals living with life limiting illnesses. Samantha works closely with the NS Health Authority’s palliative care team at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre.

This event is part of a week of events marking National Hospice Palliative Care Week. Learn more about the week’s events by visiting our website:

Gems of Remembrance

Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30pm

The Annual Dawson. Dr. John Grant will present “Gems of Remembrance: The ‘Normal’ Autograph Books of Ermina Downie, Richard Woodland, Madeline Hines, and Annie Black, 1878-1929”

Until they were replaced by school and university year books, autograph books were a popular device for the storage of memories. Dr. Grant’s paper is based on an examination of the autograph books of four students who attended the Normal School/College in the fifty years between 1878 and 1929. The paper considers the autograph book entries within the social mores of their time and how they reflect changing public attitudes during a period of political and social upheaval.

$5 admission, free for members. Everyone welcome!

The Provincial Normal School Book Launch

May 5, Saturday, 2:00pm

Carol Campbell and James F. Smith will present their new book The Provincial Normal School, A Biographical Record, 1855-1869.

Free admission, all welcome!






From Colchester to Rochester:
Thomas Henry Blair and the Birth of Amateur Photography

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 pm

Jeffery Ward will give a public talk about Thomas Henry Blair. Born in Colchester County, Blair (1855-1919) became the main competitor of the Eastman Kodak Company before finally selling out to George Eastman in 1899. In his quarter century as a father of amateur photography he made notable advances in camera technology and manufacturing processes and his influence would also extend into the realm of motion pictures. Ward’s presentation will provide an overview of Blair fascinating but largely forgotten life and career.

Colchester Historeum, 29 Young St., Truro. $5 admission, free for members.


March Break at the Historeum

March Break at the Historeum is back!
Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16

Reduced Admission, only $1 per person.

All week long:

Dress up station
Crafts & colouring
Family tree activity

Monday: Dale Swan will provided guided tours of the Travelling Circuses exhibit with many stories and detailed information about Anna Swan and her life.

Thursday: Knit in from 1pm-4pm. A time to share skills, conversation and more. Stop by to learn to knit!

Colchester on Ice Exhibit Opening & Heritage Day Open House

Monday, February 19, 10:00am-4:00pm





Stop by the Historeum for our annual Heritage Day Open House!

Opening of “Colchester on Ice” exhibit, history of rinks, skating and hockey. Guided tours of the exhibit throughout the day.
10:00am: Brookfield’s David Carter will discuss, through an illustrated talk, the origins of ice hockey and Colchester’s hockey.
2:00pm: Hot Stove League with special guests: David Carter, Lyle Carter, and Terry Henderson.
Free admission! Please bring a donation for the Colchester Food Bank.

All welcome!

Heritage Night

Thursday, February 22, 7:30 pm

A time to celebrate the contributions made by individuals and organizations in preserving and revealing Colchester’s heritage.

Free admission! Please bring a donation for the Colchester Food Bank.

All welcome!



Anna Swan and P. T. Barnum –
Colchester’s Giantess & the Greatest Showman

Dale Swan, North Shore Archives, will give an illustrated presentation on the life of Anna Swan and her relationship with P. T. Barnum, the ‘World’s Greatest Showman’.

Thursday, January 25 at 7:30

$5 admission, free for members.

Everyone welcome!




Traveling Circuses and Other Entertainments Exhibit Opening

An exhibit on some of the exciting and bizarre acts that visited Colchester County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Everyone welcome!





An Historical Miscellany of Debert & Area

Chat with Stacey McCully Culgin author of An Historical Miscellany of Debert & Area and see an exhibit of Debert photos.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 2:00

All welcome! Regular admissions charges apply.





Heat the Historeum

GivingTuesday November 28, 2017


The Colchester Historeum is one of the few community museums and archives in Nova Scotia that are open to the public year-round.

We are proud to provide services to our community but heating our beautiful heritage building is costly with average annual energy costs of over $17,000.

We are asking for the public’s support to help us cover these costs.

Join us on GivingTuesday, for our Heat the Historeum event! A fun-filled day with entertainment, refreshments, and special guests. With performances by the Happy Harmonies, the Flirtatious Five, Bob & CJ, and more!

Free admission! All welcome!

Donate. Volunteer. Share.

What is GivingTuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a National Giving Day

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday  …now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on November 28, 2017.

It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

Steal Away Home

Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost will present the true story of Cecelia Reynolds who escaped slavery in the US, finds a home in Canada, and years later returns to her childhood home as a free woman.

Special guests for the evening will be the Zion Baptist Church Choir.

Thursday, November 23 at 7:30pm

All welcome!
Free to members.
$5.00 Admission for non-members.



Heroes & Hockey Sticks: Exhibits and Hockey Talks

Stop by the Historeum Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 to see trophies, sticks, photographs, and other artifacts that highlight hockey history in Truro and Colchester County. There will also be interactive talks by Nevin Jackson and David Carter.

Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm

Free Admission!

Saturday – Hockey Talks

1:00pm – Nevin Jackson will discuss Black hockey history and the significant contributions of Black hockey players in Truro and Colchester County.

2:00pm – David Carter will discuss the stories behind a variety of the artifacts from the weekend’s displays.

The Scene of a Triumph of Surgery

Dr. Alan Marble presents a talk on “The Scene of a Triumph of Surgery: The Response of the Nova Scotia Doctors and Nurses to the Halifax Explosion.”

Thursday, October 26 at 7:30

All welcome!
Free to members.
$5.00 Admission for non-members.


Colchester to the Rescue

This display will reveal how the residents of Colchester County stepped forward to help after the explosion in Halifax Harbour, on December 6, 1917. It will feature stories from many communities throughout the County.

Saturday, October 21 at 2:00pm

All welcome!
Free to members.
$5.00 Admission for non-members.

HMCS Truro & Her Local Connections

An illustrated presentation and opening of an exhibit on HMCS Truro and her Connections with the People of Truro. This will be dedicated to the memory of the officers and men of the HMCS Truro and to Jack Sterling.
In particular, the staff and students of the Junior High School’s support of the ship will be examined.

Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.

All welcome!
Free to members.
$5.00 Admission for non-members.

Mary’s ‘Ale Wifs Pater Noister’: The story of ‘Mary Miller Her Book’ and similar manuscript tunebooks

Dr. Nancy Vogan, retired educator from the Music Department of Mount Allison University, will discuss the contents of this wonderful music book. She will show images of other similar books she has found in three different countries over the last two decades.

Thursday, Sept 28 at 7:30 p.m.

All welcome!
Free to members.
$5.00 Admission for non-members.


150 Years of Remarkable Nova Scotians

In this illustrated talk, historian and novelist A J B Johnston offers his insights into the “Vanguard” exhibit, the Nova Scotia Museum’s Canada 150 project. Featured in the exhibit are three individuals from Colchester County: Peter Wilmot, Portia White, and Burnley ‘Rocky’ Jones. Truro native John Johnston was Research and Writer of the exhibit which honours women and men who changed and inspired Nova Scotia, 1867-2017.

Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.

All welcome!
Free to members.
$5.00 Admission for non-members.

Her’itage Day

Saturday, August 19

We are celebrating Canada 150 with an all-inclusive, culturally diverse “Her”itage Day to inspire young women as well as recognize the strength and capacity of historical female figures in Canadian and local history. We encourage everyone to join us as we promote our local heritage, celebrate inspiring women and work towards creating a vibrant community through engaging, exciting and entertaining events.

The CNWRC and Colchester Historeum “Her”itage Day offers everyone the opportunity to step back in time as we offer free entrance into the Colchester Historeum, historical games and crafts, “her”itage displays, interactive presentations, and an afternoon tea with special guest speakers. Everything is free, but space for the tea is limited, so please RSVP by August 15. For more details and/or to RSVP, please call 902 895-6284.

Funded by the Government of Canada/Financé par le gouvernement du Canada.

Open House

Saturday, July 29

Colchester Historeum’s Open House! Take a tour of the museum, and complete an interactive survey! Fun for the whole family!

Free admission, all welcome!






Truro: Then & Now

A photograph exhibit of Truro curated by six Cobequid Educational Centre students.

Friday, June 23rd at 7:00pm.

Free admission. All welcome!





Annual General Meeting

Join us for our Annual General Meeting followed by a nostalgic look at growing up in Staples Brook, Colchester County by  Garth Staples, author of The Little Place: a Memoir.

Thursday, May 25, 7:30

All welcome. Free admission.





Some of the Oldest Houses in English Canada

Join us as Architect Syd Dumaresq gives an entertaining and informal walk through the Lunenburg County he loves, presenting some of the oldest houses in English Canada.

Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00pm.

All welcome. Non-members $5.




Plant Sale

Due to the weather forecast the time of the plant sale has been changed to 4pm-7pm. The date remains the same, this Sunday, May 7.

Drop off plants Saturday, May 6, 1pm-3pm or Sunday, May 7, 3pm-4pm.

Spread the word to you friends!




Entertainment & Sport in Halifax to the Time of Confederation

Thursday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.

Alex Boutilier, author of The Citadel on Stage, will deliver a lively and entertaining social history looking at life in Halifax during the period when Adams Archibald was Colchester’s representative in the NS House of Assembly. Boutilier will explore the theatre and recreation in taverns, coffee shops, and inns – including floggings and hangings, military parades and sports.

Everyone welcome. Non-members $5.




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


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

janet-maybee-november-2016As 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

tennyson-october-2016Join 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

debert-exhibit-2016Join 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

katiebelleNick & 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

2016rumMossmanLunenburg 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

Tea in the GardenJoin 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!



Steve Maher August 2016Join 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






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