Gaelic language and culture have been an important part of Nova Scotia since the arrival of the ship Hector at Pictou Harbour in 1773. Records of Gaelic communities and culture can be explored through both primary and secondary sources held at Nova Scotia Archives.
Visit our expanded Gaelic Resources site to explore the newest section - the Maclean, Sinclair family papers, one of the finest collections of original Gaelic material in Canada.
Remember 'Don Messer's Jubilee'? Back in the 1960s, it was one of the most popular programs on CBC Television. Come now for a stroll down Memory Lane! Read about Don Messer, view lists for his personal papers and his rich library of recordings and sheet music and tour a virtual exhibit presenting 'Don Messer and His Islanders' as Canadians remember them best. ''Goin' to the Barn Dance tonight' ....
Over 900 black-and-white photographs taken by pioneer folklorist Helen Creighton have now been digitized and added to the existing online resource exploring her life and career. Taken between 1914 and 1951, these images cut a wide geographic path from small communities throughout Nova Scotia to Toronto, Trinidad and Mexico, and reveal a life filled with family, friends and meaningful work.
Nova Scotia Archives — https://archives.novascotia.ca/virtual/
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