Her­itage and cre­ativ­ity come to­gether for stu­dents at re­gional her­itage fair


TRURO, N.S. – Ella Rogers learned a lot about her own fam­ily while work­ing on her her­itage fair project. The Grade 5 stu­dent from Chiganois Ele­men­tary School chose rail­road­ing in the Truro area as her sub­ject.

“I wanted to find out more about trains be­cause my great­grand­fa­ther and my great-great­grand­fa­ther worked for the rail­way,” she said. “I’ve learned more about what they did when they were work­ing, and my un­cle had arte­facts he let me bor­row.”

Ella was one of the stu­dents who took part in the Chignecto Cen­tral Re­gional Her­itage Fair, which was held on the Truro cam­pus of the Nova Scotia Com­mu­nity Col­lege on May 3. Her project in­cluded pho­tos, a lantern, first-aid box, wa­ter­proof match con­tainer and switch keys to move the track – the same as her great-grand­fa­ther would have used while work­ing as a brake­man.

Although her fam­ily has a close con­nec­tion with the rail­way, Ella hasn’t been on a trip by train yet but she hopes to do that some day.

One of the facts she found most un­usual was that there were sep­a­rate rooms for women and men wait­ing for trains.

Carter Win­ter, a Raw­don District Ele­men­tary stu­dent, did a project on ap­ple farm­ing and brought a bas­ket of ap­ples and ap­ple juice for peo­ple to try.

“We have ap­ple trees at home and I like ap­ples a lot,” he said. “Some­thing I learned while do­ing the project was how to pick an ap­ple the right way. You hold the ap­ple and twist. If the stem doesn’t snap, it’s not ripe.”

Madi­son Allen, a Grade 7 stu­dent at Pug­wash District High School, chose the Wal­lace and Area Mu­seum as her sub­ject.

“My mom used to work there and it’s in­ter­est­ing,” she said. “One of my favourite things is a chest full of let­ters that Mary Kennedy and her hus­band wrote to one an­other when they were sep­a­rated. It’s cool that they wrote so many let­ters.”

Hunter Dou­glas, an­other PDHS stu­dent, chose Anna Swan as his topic, partly be­cause he’s re­lated to her. Swan’s brother is one of his an­ces­tors.

“I heard about Anna when I was re­ally young, and I’m in­ter­ested in gi­ants in gen­eral,” he said. “I’d say it would be quite ter­ri­ble to be a gi­ant. It would be hard to do things, and a lot of them have health prob­lems. With that much weight, you’d have to be care­ful not to hurt other peo­ple too.”

Hunter said he got a lot of in­for­ma­tion through Dale Swan, Anna’s great-grand-nephew, who works at the Anna Swan Mu­seum.

One of the most eye-catch­ing out­fits at the fair was worn by Tessa Blades, who dressed to match her project on war brides. The Ox­ford Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­tre’s great-grand­mother was a war bride and the stu­dent’s of­ten been told she looks like her.

The her­itage fair in­cluded stu­dents in Grades 4 through 9. Those who at­tend the re­gional fair are cho­sen dur­ing school­based fairs.


Carter Win­ter shared in­for­ma­tion on ap­ple grow­ing, as well as ap­ple juice, with peo­ple dur­ing the Chignecto Cen­tral Re­gional Her­itage Fair. Carter is a stu­dent at Raw­don District Ele­men­tary School.


Tessa Blades chose war brides as the sub­ject of her her­itage fair project. The Ox­ford Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre stu­dent kept the theme go­ing in her dress for the day.


Ella Rogers, a Chiganois Ele­men­tary School stu­dent, used items her fam­ily had saved to put to­gether her her­itage fair project on the his­tory of trains in the Truro area. The fair was held at the NSCC on May 3.


Pug­wash District High School stu­dent Madi­son Allen was at the re­gional her­itage fair with her project on the Wal­lace and Area Mu­seum. Allen lives in Wal­lace and has of­ten been to the mu­seum.


Tessa Blades has had many peo­ple tell her she looks like her great grand­mother, who was a war bride.


Hunter Dou­glas, a Grade 7 stu­dent at Pug­wash District High School, chose Anna Swan as the topic of his her­itage fair project. Hunter is re­lated to the gi­ant­ess.

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