Event planned to ‘Heat the Hi­s­toreum’

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The Colch­ester Hi­s­toreum is an out­stand­ing part of down­town Truro.

Heat­ing the build­ing that houses this valu­able as­set sees the an­nual en­ergy cost ex­ceed $17,000. Hop­ing to get the pub­lic’s sup­port to help cover costs, an im­por­tant day is be­ing planned. It was good to hear first­hand from peo­ple in­volved, about the plan.

Ken Hen­der­son, a for­mer mu­sic and so­cial stud­ies teacher of 30 years at Truro

Ju­nior High School, is the con­duc­tor of both the Truro Con­cert Band and Pic­tou

County Orchestra. The lo­cal mu­si­cian has also had a lengthy in­volve­ment with the Bar­ber­shop Choir. But in ar­rang­ing to meet with Hen­der­son late last week, it was not about mu­sic or his play­ing the clar­inet; it was about his in­volve­ment with the Colch­ester Hi­s­toreum.

“We are pro­mot­ing an event ‘Heat The Hi­s­toreum’ as part of Giv­ing Tues­day,” said Hen­der­son, 70, of Truro, and a mem­ber of the plan­ning com­mit­tee. “Fund­ing is needed for the Hi­s­toreum; heat­ing is an im­por­tant is­sue with the mu­seum stay­ing open all 12 months.”

Hen­der­son ex­plained the im­por­tant day is Tues­day, Nov. 28 at the Hi­s­toreum, with the event run­ning 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. What prom­ises to be a fun-filled day will have en­ter­tain­ment, re­fresh­ments and special guests. Per­for­mances will in­clude the Happy Har­monies, the Flir­ta­tious Five, Bob & CJ and other en­ter­tain­ers.

“I be­lieve there’s an im­por­tant mes­sage to get out there,” said Hen­der­son. “The Hi­s­toreum is an im­por­tant com­mu­nity as­set on many lev­els – ed­u­ca­tion, recre­ation and tourism re­lated. It’s a place where the com­mu­nity gets to­gether. The re­cent book­let by

Janet Maybe, Colch­ester To The Res­cue, wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the re­sources here at the mu­seum.”

Hen­der­son said the Hi­s­toreum sees it­self as part of a com­mu­nity of down­town in­sti­tu­tions such as the Farm­ers’ Mar­ket and the Truro Pub­lic Li­brary and the op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by the Civic Square.

“Mayor Bill Mills will pro­claim November 28, 2017 as Giv­ing Tues­day in Truro. This is indige­nous of the im­por­tance the Town of Truro at­taches to the pres­ence of the Hi­s­toreum down town.”

There is free ad­mis­sion to tie in with Giv­ing Tues­day the an­nual national giv­ing day, part of the Cana­dian move­ment for giv­ing, vol­un­teer­ing and col­lec­tively ask­ing peo­ple to do some­thing for their com­mu­nity. It’s a day when com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als join to­gether and rally for im­por­tant causes.

Do­na­tions can be made to the Hi­s­toreum, as vis­i­tors can pick up vol­un­teer ap­pli­ca­tion forms. Con­tri­bu­tions will be ac­cepted, with a do­na­tion box near the en­trance.

“There are many ways to sup­port the Hi­s­toreum,” cu­ra­tor Mar­garet Mul­rooney said.

“One way is pur­chas­ing an an­nual mem­ber­ship and you can take ad­van­tage of our great pro­gram­ming ex­hibits and archival re­sources.”

Terry White, who taught his­tory at CEC from 1970 un­til 1997, has been vol­un­teer­ing at the Hi­s­toreum for 44 years, and is pres­i­dent of the lo­cal His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

“Giv­ing Tues­day will give us the chance to con­tinue the great work in his­tory and genealogy year round for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple of Colch­ester,” White said. “We think we are a good fit for the Civic Square and a per­fect fit for our new li­brary next door. The li­brary has been built on his­tory and we’ve done that too, by breath­ing life into the old Nor­mal Col­lege Science Build­ing.

“The His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and mu­seum is a great source of in­for­ma­tion — his­tory, sports, genealogy, pol­i­tics, ar­chi­tec­ture and so on. Events big and small, it’s been great these 40 plus-years.” Long­time, ded­i­cated vol­un­teer Beth John­son is also pos­i­tive.

“This past sum­mer we had vis­i­tors from the Western United States, Dublin, Ire­land and Scot­land. This was def­i­nitely en­cour­ag­ing; we are pro­ceed­ing in the di­rec­tion we al­ways wanted to go. We want to get the word out there about Tues­day, November 28; work­ing to­gether we can heat the Hi­s­toreum.”

Cu­ra­tor Mul­rooney said a high­light of 2017 was hav­ing a group of stu­dents from CEC re­search­ing and putting to­gether a mini ex­hibit called “Truro Then And Now.”

“We hope to have that part­ner­ship again in the spring,” Mul­rooney said. “We will also have other school pro­grams.”

Vis­i­tors to the Hi­s­toreum can en­joy the ex­hibit “Colch­ester To The Res­cue” on the third floor, un­til Jan. 26. The main gallery features the core ex­hibit. “Colch­ester -Life In The Heart Of Nova Sco­tia.”

More than 300 mem­bers be­long to the Colch­ester Hi­s­toreum and there are more than 60 ac­tive vol­un­teers.

Dis­play­ing a poster for Heat The Hi­s­toreum are, from left, Mar­garet Mul­rooney, Terry White, Ken Hen­der­son and Beth John­son.

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