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.

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