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‘Annapolis County Goes to War’ kicks off Salt Box Talks

Annapolis County not only sent young men to war in Europe in 1914, but the home front in Canada was busy supporting the troops with everything from ships, planes, and training to food, letters, and care packages. The first Salt Box Talk at North Hills Museum Sept. 25 talks about all that.
Annapolis County not only sent young men to war in Europe in 1914, but the home front in Canada was busy supporting the troops with everything from ships, planes, and training to food, letters, and care packages. The first Salt Box Talk at North Hills Museum Sept. 25 talks about all that. - Lawrence Powell

GRANVILLE FERRY, NS – ‘Annapolis County Goes to War 1914-18’ is the first instalment in the North Hills Museum’s Salt Box Talks lecture series that starts Sept. 25 at the museum.

Dr. Barry Moody presents the first lecture and his talk will examine the ways in which the people of Annapolis County responded to the call to arms following the outbreak of war between Great Britain and Germany and its allies in 1914.

This complex four-year period has left an indelible mark on all of Canada, and on this part of Nova Scotia as well. The pressures of a prolonged, and extremely bloody, conflict strained the emotional, social and physical fabric of the country almost to the breaking point, while the toll on the young men of the county was immense.

This talk will not focus extensively on the conflict in Europe, but rather on the home front, and those left behind as the young men marched off to war.

The Silver

On Oct. 2 the topic of the second Salt Box Talk is ‘The Silver at North Hills – Sometimes its Reputation gets Tarnished,’ presented by Wayne Smith. He investigates the fine Georgian silver collection at North Hills from candle sticks to chafing dishes.

Find out how it is made, cared for, and identified with hallmarks. He will also identify the styles of major Canadian silversmiths of the 18th and 19th centuries and their contribution to the craft as well as an appreciation for both liturgical and presentation silver.

NS Architecture

On Oct. 9 the Salt Box Talk topic is Nova Scotia Architecture, also presented by Smith. Nova Scotia is a treasure chest of many varieties of architecture beginning in the French Colonial period of the 17th century, to the late 18th century Dutch and Georgian styles of the Loyalists found along the Atlantic Coast.

The locally built vernacular to the grandeur of Neo Classical and Victorian designs, not to mention the Revival architecture, provide only a sample of the different styles of architecture that Smith will be exploring in this Salt Box Talk.

North Hills Museum offers a choice of two times on each date for the lectures: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1:30 to 3:30pm. Each session will include a power point presentation, a guided tour of the collection where applicable, and refreshments.

Each lecture is $10 per person and advance registration is required. Call 902-532-2168, or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com

About North Hills

North Hills Museum is located at 5065 Granville Road, Granville Ferry. The museum is managed by the Annapolis Heritage Society on behalf of the Nova Scotia Museum.

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