Nova Scotia historical society seeking photographs, genealogical info to help diversify museum collection

Earlier this year, volunteers with the West Hants Historical Society in Windsor, Nova Scotia launched a history gathering initiative to help strengthen the local narrative and become more inclusive.

To incorporate different voices, the society launched an online campaign encouraging members of Hants County’s Black community to share their stories, photos and memories.

Kel Hancock, the historical society’s president, said, “Our board has had this discussion a number of times over the past few years on how our vibrant Black community is underrepresented in our museum. The story just isn’t being told.”

“We feel it’s an integral part of the story of West Hants and we want to tell it,” said Mr. Hancock. “The problem is, it’s not our story to tell.”

Mr. Hancock said gathering the Black history narrative is a key component in the museum’s community cornerstone project. He said they hope to highlight Black, Acadian, First Nation, and Planter/Loyalist histories.

Read more about this initiative in the Chroncle Herald article, Black history ‘integral part of the story of West Hants.’

The society’s Facebook page is worth a visit.

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Posted On: April 11, 2021 at 06:11AM