The historical perspective
Presentation will tell story of marshlands of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia
The Tantramar Heritage Trust will present a lecture and documentary film on the work of the Maritime Marshlands Rehabilitation Administration (MMRA).
The lecture, by Prof. Ron Rudin, is Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m., in the meeting room of the Anderson Octagonal House at the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre, 29 Queens Road, Sackville. Admission is free.
Rudin is a professor in the department of history at Concordia University and is the author of numerous books and papers. He’s also produced several documentary films.
For the past two years, Rudin has been researching the work of the MMRA and this past summer produced a documentary. The federal government established the MMRA in 1948 to mount a 20-year program of building and maintaining dykes and aboiteaux as well as the construction of large tidal dams. With offices in Amherst, N.S., the administration completed building 372 kilometres (232 miles) of dyke, protecting 33,000 hectares (82,000 acres) of formerly tidal farmlands. Approximately $28 million was spent over the 20-year program, about 10 per cent of which was on the Tantramar. The Tantramar River Tidal Dam, installed in 1960, was part of that work.
Rudin will present his film Unnatural Landscapes, a short documentary (22 minutes in length) and talk about his work on researching the MMRA.
Unnatural Landscapes tells the story of the marshlands of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, particularly during the period after the Second World War. Building on interviews with individuals with a variety of connections to the marshlands, the film encourages reflection on what it means for a landscape to be “natural.”
For further information, phone 506-536-2541 or visit the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre, 29 Queens Road, which is open Tuesday to Friday.