Many people contributed their research, family memories, oral histories, time and skills to this project over the last year. Only a small fraction of these stories can be highlighted on this site, but all research files are available at the Nova Scotia Museum, and have been shared with interested community museums and archives, who continue to conduct their own local research.

We have tried to compile the names of all others who have contributed to this project, in no particular order, and we apologize if we have missed anyone below! First and foremost, however, without the detailed and meticulous research of Dr. Allan Marble, and Ruth Whitehead, this project would never have come to fruition at all, and their work has shed new light on an understudied part of Nova Scotian history.

The museum would also like to thank Emily Cantwell, a GIS technician from the NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown, NS, who spent her internship working on the data analysis and GIS mapping used here, and Matt Meuse-Dallien, the museum’s own GIS technician, who built upon Emily’s work.

2018 National Immunization Poster Contest, National Winner (English)

2018 National Immunization Poster Contest, National Winner (English)

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Allan Marble, Chair, Medical History Society of Nova Scotia; President, Dalhousie Society for the History of Medicine; Former President, Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society; Research Associate, Nova Scotia Museum.

Ruth Holmes Whitehead, Curator Emeritus and Research Associate, Nova Scotia Museum.

Allison Bain, Administrative & Communications Assistant, Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association.

Rosemary Barbour, Senior Archivist, Preservation Services, Nova Scotia Archives.

Linda Bedford, Curator, DesBrisay Museum, Bridgewater, NS.

Nicholas Boudreau, local historian, Petit de Grat, Richmond County, NS.

Jim Burant, Library and Archives Canada (retired), Ottawa, ON.

Emily Cantwell, GIS technician/intern, NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences, Lawrencetown, NS.

Bernie Francis, Mi’kmaw linguist and translator.

Edward Crane Gilbert, Parrsborough Shore Historical Society.

Jocelyn Gillis, Antigonish Heritage Museum, Antigonish, NS.

Sylvia Hamilton, University of King’s College, Halifax, NS.

Gordon Hammond, Special Projects Volunteer, Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society.

Philip Hartling, Reference Archivist (retired), Nova Scotia Archives.

Sam Everett Howard, independent researcher, Halifax, NS.

Martin Hubley, Curator of History, Nova Scotia Museum.

Dianne Landry, Archives Assistant, Dalhousie University Archives.

Gabriel LeBlanc, historian, D’Escousse, Richmond County, NS.

Roger Lewis, Curator of Ethnology, Nova Scotia Museum.

Linda Littlejohn, Parrsborough Shore Historical Society.

Roger Marsters, Curator of Marine History, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

David and Mary MacCara, Halifax, NS.

Bennett McCardle, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, ON.

Harriet McCready, Parrsborough Shore Historical Society, Parrsboro, NS.

Caitlin McCready-Carswell (daughter of Stephen Poirier of West Arichat, Richmond County, NS)

Tinker McKay, St. Paul’s Church Archives, Halifax, NS.

Anna McNeil, Beaton Institute Archives, Sydney, Cape Breton, NS.

Matt Meuse-Dallien, GIS technician, Nova Scotia Museum.

Leslie Oliver, Professor Emeritus, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS.

Lezlie Pezzack.

Lori Poirier Forgeron, West Arichat, Richmond County, NS.

Viola Samson, Samson’s Cove, Richmond County, NS.

Lena Samson, Little Anse, Richmond County, NS.

Garry D. Shutlak, Senior Research Archivist, Nova Scotia Archives.

Karen Smith, Dalhousie University Library Special Collections, Halifax, NS.

Gloria Stephens, RN, Association of Health Sciences Archives and Museums of Nova Scotia.

Ashley Sutherland, Archivist, Colchester Historical Society, Truro, NS.

Deborah Trask, Curator Emeritus, Nova Scotia Museum.

Gwen Trask, Certified Genealogist - Canada, Yarmouth, NS.