BRAESHORE – In order to save the future, Sally Fraser sees benefits in looking back at the past.
That’s what Fraser and more than 50 registered delegates will be doing over the next three days during the annual Nova Scotia Heritage Conference.
The focus is on industrial heritage, and includes a tour of the Musuem of Industry, a panel with local industry leaders, and a talk from historian John Ashton about Trenton’s industrialization.
“I think it’s very timely for us to be doing it in Pictou County,” said Fraser, a Municipality of Pictou County councillor and chair of the conference planning committee, adding that there is a focus on economic development right now.
Fraser attended the conference last year at White Point, and noticed a lot of diversity in the topics on the agenda: the history of the Mi’kmaq in Kejimkujik, cultural landscape designation, and an archaeological site, home to remains of both the Acadian and Planter settlements, to name a few.
“When I attended last year, one of the things that grabbed me was the eclectic group,” she said, adding that the delegates included people interested in everything from graveyards to industry.
She was approached while at the conference and asked if Pictou County would be interested in hosting, as they never had before.
The county and the five towns have all been involved in the planning process for the conference, which begins today (Wednesday).
Based out of Pictou Lodge, the attendees will spend Wednesday at the Museum of Industry, hear from David Rollingson, chair of Industrial Heritage N.S., and learn about the transformation of Hope Iron Works to DSME.
On Thursday, University of New Brunswick professor Lee Jolliffe will provide the keynote address on the value of built industrial heritage, senior archaeologist Laura de Boer will discuss the archaeology of standing buildings, and delegates will hear from three panelists, Stirling MacLean on WearWell Garments, Brad Murray on Trenton Works and DSME, and Nick MacGregor on MacGregors Industrial Group, exploring the beginnings of each industry and its adaptation over the years.
They’ll also tour the Hector Heritage Quay and the Lobster Hatchery before travelling to Durham for the provincial and municipal heritage designation of “Thornbank” on Sylvester Station Road.
Friday will feature an address from Kevin Barrett, co-ordinator of the heritage property program with the provincial Department of Community, Culture and Heritage, regarding issues affecting heritage in the province as well as a workshop on the reuse of industrial heritage sites.
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