2009 Archives Conference

The annual Spring Conference held by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives (CNSA) was held in Halifax at the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management building (NSARM) on University Avenue.  Cathy Gillies, archives co-ordinator for the Chestico Museum, was able to attend.  There were six very informative presentations on archival appraisal, both from a monetary and historical point of view.  Such issues as the ethics of acquiring archival records, relations with donors and whether to include art objects or artifacts within an archives were some of the topics covered.  Cathy, as representative of the museum, was able to participate in the Annual General Meeting of the CNSA.  One of the new exciting ventures to be undertaken by the CNSA is a new website called “Routes to Your Roots” which will be hosted in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.  This website will cater to the visitor who wants to combine a bit of genealogy with a tour of the province and will direct the visitor to the various archives where specific information can be obtained.

Congratulations Bruce!

Bruce BeatonToday, May 26, 2009,   Bruce Beaton was announced as one of eight inductees into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.  Bruce was nominated by the Chestico Museum & Historical Society.

Bruce played professional football for twelve years.  He was a three time CFL All Star, a seven time division All Star and he won two Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos.  His accomplishments are made all the more remarkable by the fact that he never played a game of football until he went to Acadia University!

Bruce is a role model to many, not the least of whom are the people of Port Hood.  He is a prime example of what you can accomplish through hard work and belief in yourself. 

Congratulations Bruce on your induction.  You make an excellent additional to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame!

The formal induction ceremony will be held in Halifax on November 7, 2009.  Further information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

Photos of Old Buildings Wanted

Wanted - Old PhotosStaff at the Chestico Museum are currently working on an inventory of Port Hood heritage properties.  You may see us around the village taking photographs of both houses and public buildings.

We would also like to add historic photos of old Port Hood to this inventory.  If you have any old photographs, particularly of structures that no longer exist, please consider allowing us to make a copy of your pictures.  

If you believe you have photos that would be of interest to us, please let us know

We look forward to hearing from you!

Photographs of Port Hood Sisters Needed

The Chestico Museum is currently working on a project devoted to men and women from Port Hood who entered religious life.  We are currently missing photographs of two Sisters of Charity and six CNDs.  The names are listed below:

Sisters of Charity:
1)  Sr. Theresa Campbell (We have obtained a photo of Sr. Campbell.)
2)  Sr. Katherine Isabel Layton (Sr. Mary Anbrose) (We have obtained a picture of Sr. Mary Ambrose.)

1)  Sr. Bridget MacArthur (Sr. St. Alexander of Brescia)
2)  Sr. Theresa MacEachen (Sr. St. John Avellino)
3)  Sr. Jessie MacEachern (Sr. St. Adrianus)
4)  Sr. Marcella MacKay (Sr. St. Marcella)
5)  Sr. Agnes MacNeil (Sr. St. John of Jesus)
6)  Sr. Honora MacNeil (Sr. St. Augusta)

Ideally, we would like to have a photograph of the women in their habit.  However, we realize this is not always possible and are more than happy to receive any clear picture.  If you can help locate a photo, please contact us.  Thank You!

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Chestico Museum and Historical Society was held on Monday, April 20 at the Chestico Museum.

An overview of the previous year’s activities was presented from the minutes of the 2008 AGM.  A very busy year indeed with the completion of a one year Job Creation Project with Service Canada in June which saw our museum collection go online with the Virtual Museum of Canada and much work done on our archival records.  A museum director, gift shop attendant and summer student kept our doors open for the summer and into the fall and our participation in our annual summer festival “Chestico Days” and Celtic Colours kept us very active.  Other projects included our entries for Nova Scotia’s Historic Places and a new online exhibit entitled Highland Connections: Port Hood, World War I and the Cape Breton Highlanders Overseas

This year, we go forward with another one year grant. Project work to be undertaken:  a community history of Port Hood, a digital inventory of built heritage in Port Hood, arranging and describing our archival records, searching out new records to be preserved and, of course, the creation of this new Website!

Our development and business plans for our new building have been completed and are being submitted for approval.  Serious fundraising will begin!

Our new slate of Officers for 2009-2010

President:  Anne Beaton

Vice-President:  Helen MacDonald

Treasurer:  Diana Hawley

Secretary:  Ruth Guest

Newsletter Editor:  John Gillies