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Provincial heritage conference in Annapolis Royal looks at stewardship and sustainability

The 2018 Nova Scotia Provincial Heritage Conference is set for Sept. 26 to 28 in Annapolis Royal. Delegates from across the province will attend sessions on a variety of topics under the theme ‘Changing Tide: Heritage Stewardship and Sustainability.’
The 2018 Nova Scotia Provincial Heritage Conference is set for Sept. 26 to 28 in Annapolis Royal. Delegates from across the province will attend sessions on a variety of topics under the theme ‘Changing Tide: Heritage Stewardship and Sustainability.’ - Lawrence Powell

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS - Annapolis Royal is the perfect backdrop for the Nova Scotia Provincial Heritage Conference Sept. 26 to 28, according to Mayor Bill MacDonald, and the three-day gathering has a long line-up of events including a display of seldom-seen local artifacts from the Parks Canada archeology lab in Dartmouth.

Gail Robertson will talk about the restoration of what many believe is Canada’s oldest continuously operating barbershop, and Deb Kuzyk will talk about the Lucky Rabbit artists house. They’re both part of a panel on heritage buildings and their adaptive re-use on Sept. 27.

“The Town of Annapolis Royal is co-hosting the conference along with the Association of Nova Scotia Museums,” said Mayor MacDonald. “We’re very excited about it.”

MacDonald said the public will have a chance to take in the artifacts exhibit.

“We’re actually going to have a free public exhibition of seldom-seen artifacts from the Dartmouth archeology lab in town,” he said. “Parks Canada is arranging all of that, so at St. Luke’s Hall we’re going to have a display of artifacts, which will be wonderful for the public to see. It will be free.”

That runs from 12 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 at St. Luke’s Church across from Fort Anne.

He said there will be some displays as well, including Breakwater Studios’ display of their film project ‘Port of Origins’ and someone on hand to talk about it.

Changing Tide

The theme this year is ‘Changing Tide: Heritage Stewardship and Sustainability.’

MacDonald said that reflects a couple of issues that are front and centre for Annapolis Royal – coastal erosion and climate change.

“Changing Tide touches on that, but also talks about heritage stewardship and sustainability, so the kind of panels, the kind of presentations that we’re going to have this year are talking about the utilization of heritage property, coastal erosion, and the archeological and indigenous issues.

He said the conference will also have several young panelists talking about emerging careers in heritage.

“So talking about their careers and how it can be supported both by the province and by communities,” MacDoanld said.

“Gail Robertson of Renaissance Properties is going to give a presentation on the restoration of perhaps Canada’s oldest operating barbershop here in Annapolis Royal that’s being renovated,” he said. “My understand is that it’s believed that it’s been in operation as a barbershop for 130 years. They are in fact in discussion with an anticipated new tenant, another barber, who will continue that legacy.”

The conference website said themes will include dynamic discussion of the relevance of heritage in today’s challenging global environment and topics include community engagement and strategic planning.

Other Topics

Keynote speaker Sept. 27 is Douglas Worts, a culture and sustainability specialist with WorldViews Consulting who sees museums as potential facilitators in forging an emerging ‘culture of sustainability.’

There will also be a panel talking about coastal erosion and climate change, a presentation by MapAnnapolis.ca. Sept. 28 includes the topic of Ecomuseums, a launch of a climate change video series, and a roundtable discussion on establishing a collective and unified voice for Nova Scotia heritage.

King’s Theatre is the main venue for the conference with Cape Breton’s J.P. Cormier performing at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

Go Online: http://nsheritage.ca/

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