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Province House 200th Anniversary

On February 11, 2019, the province will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Province House.

To celebrate the anniversary a number of public events and activities are being planned and a new logo has been designed that represents Province House’s architecture and unique details. Information about the logo and upcoming events will be posted on the NS Legislature website as it becomes available.

Information will be posted online as it becomes available at, https://nslegislature.ca/about/province-house-200 .


News Releases

Nova Scotia Schools to Receive Book Highlighting Provincial History

SPEAKER'S OFFICE--Nova Scotia Schools to Receive Book Highlighting Provincial History

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Students across the province will soon be able to unlock a significant piece of Nova Scotia's history through the donation of a new book on Province House in Halifax.

 

Nova Scotia's Province House, published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the building, is being donated by the House of Assembly to school libraries supporting grades 7 to 12. The book focuses on the building's design, including little known facts about the rooms, artifacts and historic events.

 

It features an illustrated tour of Province House and includes both historic and modern photos of Canada's oldest legislative building.

 

"This book captures many of the most significant moments in Nova Scotia's history," said Speaker of the House, Kevin Murphy. "It is a special publication and I'm pleased to see it will be available in school libraries which will allow students to explore the rich history of their province."

 

Nova Scotia's Province House is available at stores across the province.

 

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"Province House is an important part of Nova Scotia and it's important for students to have access to materials that reflect the shared history of our diverse student population. This book will be a welcomed addition to our library."

- Colleen Smith, library technician, Whycocomagh Education Centre

 

Quick Facts:

-- the book, published in partnership with Formac Publishing Limited, is edited by Legislative Librarian David McDonald

-- a series of public events, including ceremonies, musical performances and art showcases, have been held throughout the year to mark the 200th anniversary

-- Province House was officially opened on Feb. 11, 1819, by Lord Dalhousie and at that time was home to all three levels of government: judicial, executive and legislative

-- Province House used to be the home to both the Legislative Council, Nova Scotia's upper house which was abolished in 1928, and Nova Scotia's Supreme Court

 

Additional Resources:

For more information about the book, visit: http://www.formac.ca/Book/3125/Nova-Scotias-Province-House.html

 

For more information about the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Province House, visit: https://nslegislature.ca/about/province-house-200

MLA Biographies Now Online

SPEAKER’S OFFICE--MLA Biographies Now Online

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Biographies of every member of Nova Scotia’s legislative assembly since its founding are now online.

As part of the 200th anniversary of Province House, where elected members of the House of Assembly meet, biographies of all members since 1984 were just posted. This complements the 1984 print edition of biographies, edited and compiled by Shirley Elliott, which is also online and the 1958 edition by Bruce Fergusson.

“Now, academics, researchers, and all Nova Scotians have access to biographies of all MLAs since 1758,” said David McDonald, legislative librarian.

The biographies include information such as terms of office, positions they held, occupations, birth and death dates, political party affiliations, and family connections to other MLAs.

The new posting also includes lists of premiers, speakers, and ministers since 1984.

The information is available at, https://nslegislature.ca/sites/default/files/pdfs/people/mlabios.pdf.

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Biographies of every member of Nova Scotia’s legislative assembly since its founding are now online.

Biographies of members since 1984 were just posted, completing the list.

Legislative Librarian David McDonald says people now have access to biographies of every MLA since 1758.

The new posting also includes lists of premiers, speakers, and ministers since 1984.

The information is on the House of Assembly website.

 

Media Contact:
David McDonald
902-424-5658
Email: David.McDonald@novascotia.ca

Nova Scotians Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of Province House

On Feb. 11, Nova Scotia will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Province House in Halifax.

Province House has been the permanent home of the House of Assembly since 1819. As the oldest legislative building in Canada, it has long served as a cultural asset for its rich history and unique architecture.

"Province House is the symbolic home for all Nova Scotians and the centre of our democratic process," said Speaker Kevin Murphy. "The 200th anniversary of Province House allows Nova Scotians to reflect on our shared values and achievements as a province, both past and present."

To celebrate the anniversary, public events and activities are being planned through the year. The first event will take place on Feb. 7 when Symphony Nova Scotia premières a specially composed Province House fanfare. This debut will occur at Symphony Nova Scotia's Faure and Ravel concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax. Tickets for this concert can be purchased at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

Nova Scotians are also invited to attend the Province House Concert Series, which begins on Feb. 13 with Old Man Leudecke. Other concerts will include Karen Myatt, Daniel Matto and Holly Arsenault in March, Rhapsody Quintet in May, and Danbee Ko (piano), Mark Lee (violin) and Shimon Walt (cello) in June. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Chamber.

For more information about upcoming events, including how you can attend, visit https://nslegislature.ca/about/province-house-200/events .

FOR BROADCAST USE:

On February 11th, Nova Scotia will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Province House in Halifax.

To celebrate the anniversary, public events and activities are being planned through the year. The first event will take place on February 7th when Symphony Nova Scotia premières a specially composed Province House fanfare. This debut will occur at Symphony Nova Scotia's Faure and Ravel concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax. Tickets can be purchased from the Dalhousie University Arts Centre.  Nova Scotians are also invited to attend the Province House Concert Series. The first concert, taking place on February 13th, will feature Old Man Leudecke.

For more information about upcoming events, please visit the legislature website.