ELMSDALE: In East Hants, you are constantly surrounded by history, so much so, that it can all be hard to keep track of it all. But the East Hants Historical Society is dedicated to making this information more accessible to members of the public.

With their current museum being located in Selma, and only opening for a few months of the year during the summer, access has thus far been restricted. But a new research location opening in the Elmsdale Business Park will make researching the areas rich history far more convenient.

The new location is duel purposed — not only will it make the information more accessible to more people, but it will also help to preserve the existing collection. The museum structure is aging, lacks proper insulation, has no foundation, and up until a few years ago, had a leaky roof that threatened the integrity of these historical documents. Moving this collection to a newer building will allow them to survive and continue to inform interested researchers.

Pat Whidden is the President of the East Hants Historical Society, she spoke with The Weekly Press last week at their new location on Park Road.

“What we’re hoping is as the facility here becomes better known, there will be more interest in it, and people from this side of the municipality will come to continue their research as well,” said Whidden.

“The Historical Society has two main focuses, first, the museum, but the main thrust is our outreach programs that we put on every month, and get quite a lot of interest in. This location, we hope will be our third prong, we hope to establish this space as a place where people can continue doing research that they may have started in the summer.”

Whidden said the majority of people who come to research are digging into their families genealogy, they have seen people from across the country and even as far away as Texas come visit the museum to try and learn more about their family tree. They also hold an extensive collection of cemetery headstone inscriptions, local community histories and photographs all available for research purposes.

They plan to have the new location ready to hold an open house in the new year, and will continue to open it throughout the year on an ad-hoc basis, by request.

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Nicole Gnazdowsky
Nicole graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University with a degree in political science in 2014 and University of King’s College with a journalism degree in 2016. She has been with The Weekly Press since May 2016. Nicole grew up in Rothesay N.B. and now lives in Halifax. She loves her dog, Madden, and travelling.