Nova Scotia Archives for Black History Month… The Public Archives of Nova Scotia do not include many photographs but they have scanned early documents from Sir Guy C arleton papers, including the title page from 1783 The Book of Negroes, which is at the heart of the CBC 6-part series of the same name, aired in January, 2015.     We […]

Gaelic Making a Comeback through Strait Regional School Board Now Gaelic is making a comeback. The Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School students are part of a growing trend in the Strait Regional School Board as more and more students jump for the chance to study Gaelic in the classroom. ‘I wanted to surprise [my great-grandmother]. I got a surprise too: the […]

Martin Chambi: The Trailblazing Peruvian Photographer Who Captured a Vanishing World

Martín Chambi, “Organist in the Capela de Tinta, Sicuani” (1935) Martin Chambi is most famous for his expressive, painterly portrayals of Peru’s diverse society, some of which are currently on view at São Paulo’s Instituto Moreira Salles in Face Andina – Fotografias de Martín Chambi. The exhibition builds on the museum’s recent acquisition of 88 of Chambi’s images and spans the breadth of […]

The Book of Negroes makes TV debut Wednesday, January 7, 2015 on CBC TV The miniseries The Book of Negroes, based on the acclaimed novel by Lawrence Hill, and filmed in Nova Scotia, traces the journey of Aminata Diallo, who is taken by slave traders from West Africa to the U.S., her life through the American Revolution, escape to Canada (Nova Scotia near Shelbourne) and her ultimate freedom in […]

Wong Family Christmas, 1950s

WONG FAMILY CHRISTMAS, 1950s Photograph: Courtesy of Mary Rose Wong Who is the little girl in the sailor suit?  Does anyone remember wearing a sailor suit dress?  And how about black patent shoes with straps?  Or how about the old-fashioned Christmas tree lights? They would be banned today, as energy inefficient.  And have you noticed […]

Girlfriends 1950s

GIRLFRIENDS L-R: Junior Wong, Patricia Wong, Frances MacMillan, Karin Alex Fleurin.  Photograph: Courtesy of Mary Rose Wong Mary Rose Wong provided additional details about this photo.  The Wong family lost Junior in the tragic fire of 1961.  The 5 and 10 store in the background was also known as the Green & White. Who else […]

Nebraska is a b/w film exemplifying art for health

This excerpt from Skip Dine Young’s article on Movies and the  Mind in Psychology Today, 2014, draws out the impact of black and white photography in experiencing and empathizing with the aging process. This “addition by subtraction” is a silver (not ‘golden’) opportunity of a black and white film such as Nebraska. A family drama with […]

Theresa Marshall with her Prosper nephews, 1941

Theresa Marshall with her Prosper nephews, 1941. Courtesy of John R. Prosper, family album     Theresa Marshall with her Prosper nephews, Eugene and Dan Joe, 1941. Courtesy of John R. Prosper, Paqtnkek, Restoration: Anne Louise MacDonald We leave the unrestored photo for comparison with Anne Louise’s creative innovation.  In part borne of necessity, she […]