Take a look at some of the projects of the Heritage Association

Antigonish Memory Project

The Antigonish Memory Project has been on-going since 2012.  It is an initiative to preserve the stories of Antigonish through collecting oral histories from elders in the community. The project was the brainchild of Heritage Association member Fraser Dunn.  He, along with other members of the Heritage Association have been interviewing seniors across Antigonish for years.  The Antigonish Memory Project is simply a streamlined focused approach to capturing these stories.

To accomplish the goals of the Antigonish Memory Project a summer student was hired in May 2012 to conduct, record interviews with a variety of seniors throughout the area.  The list of seniors is constantly growing and reflects diversity of the peoples who make up Antigonish, from local business owner and politicians, to Dutch immigrant farmers and Mi’kmaq elders.  Through this project we hope to the public understanding of Antigonish’s history through learning about the individual lives and experiences of the area’s citizens.

If you, or someone you know may want to participate in the Memory Project, or if you would like to learn more please contact us 902-863-6160

All interviews conducted for the Antigonish Memory Project will be made available a the Antigonish Heritage Museum in visual, audio or transcribed form.  We believe these interviews will provide a valuable resource to a variety of community members, from a student conducting research for a paper to a descendant looking to listen to stories told by an ancestor.

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Antigonish Cenotaph Project

As a tribute to those Antigonish service personnel who lost their lives during World War 1, a biographical sketch of the individual and their military service will be published on the 100th Anniversary of their death.

1784: (Un)Settling Antigonish

A historical pilgrimage exploring the foundation of Antigonish.

A participatory theatrical and musical pilgrimage that will transport you back to 1784 and the first permanent European settlement of Antigonish – the landing of Colonel Timothy Hierlihy and his company of United Empire Loyalists at Antigonish Harbour, homeland of the Mi’kmaq.

Pilgrims all resound to Mi’kmq and Irish songs and rituals, featuring the harp music of the Hierlihy family’s native Ireland. In the way of the pilgrims, we will settle – or unsettle – for ourselves the past and the present of the place we call Antigonish.

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