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Kings County Academy (KCA) was originally built on Academy Hill in 1870. This first school consisted of four department buildings with both the high school and the common school being housed there. KCA was the third school to be built in Kentville. In 1883, the school was destroyed by a fire but was then rebuilt. Kings County Academy has always held a high academic standard; it at one point achieved "Scholastic Honors" for Nova Scotia having the leading students in Grades 10-12 after the results of all the provincial exams were returned.
In 1929 a new era was beginning for KCA with a new senior high school in the works which would open in 1930. In 1933 another fire destroyed the original school and later that same year the plans for a new junior high school were made which would open in 1934.
Eventually in 2011 a new, more modern facility for KCA was in the works, officially opening in 2012. Upon moving to this new facility the items in this collection, which represent the history and legacy of Kings County Academy, were donated to the Kings County Museum!
A collection of things that you NEED before the zombie apocalypse. When the zombies strike, West Hants Historical Society is where you want to be!
A selection of images and artifacts about oxen in Lunenburg County, N.S.
Welcome to the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum's NovaMusa Photo Gallery!
The most comprehensive aviation museum east of Ottawa, the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Canada's rich civilian and military aviation history. The museum is home to more than 20 aircraft and 2 simulators, including a replica of the first aircraft to fly in Canada - the Silver Dart, the oldest home built in Nova Scotia, a CF-101 Voodoo and a World War II Canso to name just a few.
Nova Scotian women and girls have a long and storied past in sports and recreation. From school teams to Olympians, check out these ladies who loved their games and proved that everyone should want to "play like a girl."
Kentville is the "Shire" town of Kings County. The area was first settled by the Acadians. With the creation of their dyking systems they turned the land into a very fertile agricultural area. After the Acadians were expelled from the area in 1755 the area was then settled by the New England Planters. The town was originally referred to as Horton Corner but was renamed Kentville in 1826 after Prince Edward, Duke of Kent lived in the area for some time.
A collection of badges of the Nova Scotia Highland Brigade in the First World War. The Nova Scotia Highland Brigade was the term used to describe the five Nova Scotia Highlander battalions raised for service during the war and consisted of the 85th, 185th, 193rd, 219th and 246th Canadian Infantry Battalions.
Camera's have been used for centuries as a way of documenting people's lives. The very first "camera" known to history was called the Camera Obscura (or the Pinhole Camera) - this is believed to date back to the ancient Greeks and ancient Chinese. In the early times of this particular camera it was used to watch solar eclipses. It wasn't until 1827 that Joseph Nicephore Niepce was able to use the Camera Obscura to preserve images in photographic forms - these early photos were known as heliographs (or Sun Prints). As time evolved people discovered ways of creating more permanent photos and photo taking devices, like the ones we have today!
The Nova Scotia Glass Company was founded in New Glasgow in 1881 by William Godkin Beach, who originated from Hamilton Ontario and had experience in the glass business. New Glasgow was chosen as the home for this new company due to its access to cheap coal, and its proximity to Stellarton and the Intercolonial Railway. Beach recruited skilled glass workers from Pittsburgh who were both familiar with the trade and the business side of glass making to come up to New Glasgow to work for his new company. In doing this Beach, was able to make his up and coming company even more successful.
This is part of a collection of Nova Scotia Glass collected by Verna Mae Chase nee Stronach, born March 12, 1930 in Spa Springs, County of Annapolis and Province of Nova Scotia. She married Leonard Ethan Chase on February 12, 1954 in Melvern Square, County of Annapolis. While living in the community of Centreville, Township of Cornwallis, County of Kings and Province of Nova Scotia. Verna Chase died November 4, 2008. It was her request and wish that this collection be given to the Kings Historical Society. This was carried out by her husband Leonard Chase who made the donation in her memory.
The Dominion Atlantic Railway or DAR for short was created in 1894 by merging the Windsor & Annapolis Railway (W&A) and the Western Counties Railway (WCR) together into one. The DAR developed a high level of passenger service which was usually not seen on regional railways. Not only excelling in passenger service the DAR was also closely tied with the apple industry in the Annapolis Valley. As with the arrival of railways to the area the apple industry here went from being a minor locally consumed crop to being a large export industry! In 1911 the DAR and its subsidiaries were leased by the Canadian Pacific Railway which allowed the DAR to run semi-independently. After the WW2 the DAR experienced a slow decline in passenger travel for the subsequent years after the Second World War; ultimately leading to its closure in the 1990s.
Dalhousie University is celebrating its bicentennial this year, having opened its doors for the first time in 1818. Along with the 200 years of academics comes 200 years of sports and athletics!
The photos in this gallery cover men's and women's athletics from the 1909 through 2000.
Fashion is always changing and evolving. The clothes people choose to wear tell a story. A story of who they were as people and how they lived their lives. Here is a selection of clothing and clothing accessories that span across multiple centuries!
Many of our incredible athletes have also served their country in the army, navy and air force.
Nova Scotia has produced some of the world's best athletes!
Browse a sample of our collection of photographs that depict our homegrown summer and winter Olympians spanning over a century.
This collection represents our newest exhibit at the Kings County Museum for summer 2018, which showcases wedding dress styles, and customs throughout the 20th century!
This pottery collection was made by Ed Goodstein and Elizabeth Stuart in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia. The pair met in a pottery class in Washington DC, before relocating to Grand Pre. The pair each made their own style of pottery but sold them together. Goodstein came to pottery later in life after retiring from a US Federal Government job, While Stuart always sold pottery under her maiden name - focusing on making things for everyday use. Objects from this collection are from the estate of Lynn McLelland.
Soon after the Chestico Museum & Historical Society was established in 1978, a large collection of artifacts was acquired from the estate of Lee Hart. Lee was the son of Margaret Ann (Smith) and John Hart. Among the collection were a number of Mrs. Hart’s hats. Let us know if any look familiar!
A selection of our Aviation History photographs!
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In celebration of #Canada150, Canadian History 11 students across Nova Scotia curated 150 artifacts from NovaMuse.
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Popular topics: public service, industry, transportation, sport, and everyday life.