Let’s ap­pre­ci­ate our­selves

The Amherst News - - OP-ED - Clare Christie is a mem­ber of the Amherst News Com­mu­nity Edi­to­rial Panel. She can be reached at clarechristie0@gmail.com.

The vi­sion of Amherst Her­itage Trust is to cre­ate a com­mu­nity in which her­itage struc­tures, sites and ar­eas are rec­og­nized, val­ued, and pro­moted as pos­i­tively en­hanc­ing Amherst’s qual­ity of life as well as pro­vid­ing both so­cial, eco­nomic, and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits car­ry­ing for­ward into the fu­ture.

Amherst Area Her­itage Trust (AHT) was in­cor­po­rated as a so­ci­ety un­der the So­ci­eties Act of Nova Sco­tia by the Registry of Joint Stock Com­pa­nies on Jan­uary 30, 2018.

Our board of direc­tors can now han­dle monies (ACOA, are you lis­ten­ing?) - although un­til we gain char­i­ta­ble sta­tus we can­not is­sue in­come tax re­ceipts for char­i­ta­ble de­duc­tions.

As de­picted in our logo, de­signed by our Founder and Pres­i­dent, Justin Helm, AHT was es­tab­lished in 2015. Justin has pre­vi­ously been ac­tive pub­lish­ing our news­let­ter, The Red Stone, and he pre­sented the Royal Bank of Canada on Vic­to­ria Street with a beau­ti­ful plaque he made in recog­ni­tion of their restora­tion of one of our down­town’s sig­na­ture build­ings.

Our vice- pres­i­dent, Les­lie Childs, is also on the Board of Her­itage Trust Nova Sco­tia (HTNS). She is cred­ited with bring­ing to Amherst in 2017 the HTNS Canada 150 dis­play of pho­to­graphs of 150 Nova Sco­tia build­ings which saw the birth of Con­fed­er­a­tion in 1867. This in­spired her to also mount pho­to­graphs of many of Amherst Area’s older build­ings and to so­licit sto­ries from view­ers. Go to https://www.face­book.com/Amher­stHer­itageTrust and check out both pic­tures and posts. Please con­trib­ute in­for­ma­tion to the var­i­ous dis­cus­sions.

Deane Allen, well-known Amherst busi­ness­man, is our trea­surer. Jen Cameron is our sec­re­tary.

Mem­bers of AHT have been closely in­volved in ef­forts to re­pur­pose the Ar­mouries. Justin Helm tells me that the com­mit­tee also in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the town, county, our MLA and MP. Re-pur­pos­ing would in­clude sav­ing the Nova Sco­tia High­landers Reg­i­men­tal Mu­seum and main­tain­ing a home for air, sea and army cadet corps.

As you can tell from the pos­ses­sive way I’m writ­ing about AHT, I am a mem­ber. I am also a mem­ber of HTNS and Tantra­mar Her­itage Trust based in Sackville, N.B.

If there are new items in the Her­itage Bi­weekly In­sider I re­ceive from the Na­tional Trust for Canada, I for­ward it to the mem­ber­ship. Un­til March 27, any­one can nom­i­nate build­ings to be put on the Trust’s Top 10 Most En­dan­gered Places list.

On Her­itage Day on Feb. 19, dressed in my great-grand­mother’s dress, I rep­re­sented AHT by read­ing my role play: “Mrs. Ge­orge Christie Ad­dresses Bap­tist Men, 1897.”

Ed Colquhoun, who was asked by the Bap­tist men to as­sist me when I pre­sented the play to them in Novem­ber, again helped me read the 1895 news­pa­per ar­ti­cle about the ded­i­ca­tion of the Bap­tist Church when an av­er­age of 1,400 peo­ple at­tended spe­cial ser­vices morn­ing, af­ter­noon and evening. I was de­lighted with the size of the Her­itage Day au­di­ence and how en­thu­si­as­ti­cally they re­ceived us.

Mem­ber Walt Jones wrote the play “Our Four Fathers of Con­fed­er­a­tion” which was well re­ceived by nu­mer­ous au­di­ences in 2017. See it on Tues., Mar. 27 at 11:00 at Holy Fam­ily Church.

Dick Beswick’s ”Beaubassin Tav­ern”, per­formed for the Tantra­mar Se­niors Col­lege, can be seen on Wed., April 18 at 7:00 at the Oc­tag­o­nal House at 29 Queen’s Road in Sackville.

We wel­come new mem­bers to our monthly meet­ings at the Ar­mouries, usu­ally the sec­ond Wed­nes­day at 7 p.m. Check Face­book or call me at 902-661-6400.

To buy my pub­li­ca­tions, in­clud­ing my new Read More About Amherst, a col­lec­tion of my last forty col­umns, go to the Ar­ti­sans’ Gallery, Amherst Cen­tre Mall; Mar­itime Mo­saic, Dayle’s, Vic­to­ria Street, Amherst; Fly­ing Colours, Mac­can; and Main and Sta­tion, Parrs­boro.

Coles car­ries My dear Alice. For my seven self-pub­lished books and book­lets, go to the Cum­ber­land County Mu­seum and Ar­chives and to the YMCA Amherst.

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