Nova Scotians interested in researching the history of their homes and properties now have a new Internet resource on their side. The Built Heritage Resource Guide, created by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, will help Nova Scotians explore the history behind the province’s older homes and buildings. From the French Colonial to the Tudor Revival, this online resource showcases four centuries of Nova Scotia’s architectural heritage. The guide introduces Internet visitors to the standard archival resources used in tracing the history of older homes, buildings and properties. Hundreds of digitized photographs and maps explore building materials, architectural styles and demonstrate how homes and communities are shaped by the passage of time, disaster, or the renovation of older buildings for reuse. “Nova Scotia is a province that is moving forward while remaining committed to its rich heritage,” said provincial archivist Brian Speirs. “Nova Scotians have invested heavily in their historical architectural heritage, whether it’s a community church, a family home, or a long-standing business. These structures reflect our past, and through the Built Heritage Resource Guide, may reveal new chapters in the stories of our forbears.” The guide was created with a variety of researchers in mind. Students will find easy-to-access information and photographs. Community historians will discover new resources for local history, archeology, or genealogy. Developers and architects will draw on the guide for land development and reuse of existing structures. The Built Heritage Resource Guide is available on the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/builtheritage/. The guide also links to related websites such as the Nova Scotia Historic Places Initiative at www.nshistoricplaces.ca . This site includes the Nova Scotia Register of Historic Places, celebrating almost 800 designated locations throughout the province and providing useful information about maintaining heritage properties. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.
Nova Scotia Museum sites are offering unique activities for families and visitors during March Break, March 12-20. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is hosting 20,000 Leagues Under the Museum! Learn about Morse code, visit aquatic stations, and examine curious sea creatures. For more information, go to http://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca . The Museum of Natural History in Halifax will have live animals from Little Rays’ Reptile Zoo, Dinosaur Discovery: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas and a variety of hands-on activities. For more information, go to http://naturalhistory.novascotia.ca/ . The Museum of Industry in Stellarton is hosting Sportstastic for kids who like to move. Sport stations will be set up for kids to try basketball, soccer and mini golf. There will be an obstacle course, and a quieter space for younger children. Kids can build and decorate their own cut-out sports jersey and view lots of local sports memorabilia like vintage goalie masks, trophies, baseball gloves, and photos of athletes from the past. For more information, go to http://museumofindustry.novascotia.ca . Ross Farm Museum in New Ross is offering an outdoor winter experience, with a different theme for each day related to the farm. Weather permitting, there will be sleigh rides. For more information, go to http://rossfarm.novascotia.ca/ . The Firefighters’ Museum in Yarmouth is inviting visitors to discover the history of firefighting in Nova Scotia and see antique hand-drawn and operated engines. For more information, go to http://firefightersmuseum.novascotia.ca/. Hours of operation and schedules for March Break activities are available on each museum’s website. For a list of events happening at all museums visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/notes/nova-scotia-museum/march-break-at-the-nova-scotia-museum/10156524184210184 . -30-