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  • Sound recording
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Accession number: 2012.001

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  • 1983- 1997 (Creation)
    Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society

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12 audio cassette tapes
2 folders of textual records

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The Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society (MHHS) operates the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum, located on Highway #7 in the former Canadian National Railway Station in Musquodoboit Harbour. Constructed in 1918, the building serves as a wonderful example of the architectural heritage of 20th century railway stations. Today the museum exhibits railway memorabilia, photographs, maps, artefacts, posters, tickets, and library materials. There are also exhibits for children, tourist information, and a gift shop. In addition to the station, the museum grounds also include three railway cars. Its mandate is to encourage the preservation of buildings, artefacts, and information related to the development and history of the railway. The museum was founded in 1971 by local school teacher, David Stephens and was taken over by the Board of Trade in 1981. Shortly thereafter, the Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society was formed and assumed operation of the museum. The first president of the MHHS was Ruby Kelly and John Verlinden served as president from ca. 2005 to 2013.

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Series forms part of the Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society collection and consists of transcripts and cassette tape recordings of personal interviews conducted by the Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society with various local residents. Interviewees include Etta Mae (Gault) Hilchie, Gladys Ritcey, Lowell Gaetz, Debbie Marks, Awilda Connors, George Slaunwhite, Annie Young, Elliott Slade, Arthur Mannette, Stewart and Dorothy Rowlings, Blanche Baker, Mae Pettipas, Eva Fahie, Dollie Mosher, Clive Monk, Florence Baker, Cora Mason, Gertie Mannette, Lillian Bellefontaine, and Florence Colbert. The interviews were conducted with the goal of gaining information about the community and local residents.

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  • English

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Contents of original audio cassette tapes have been transferred to audio disc and digital formats.

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Researchers accessing sound recordings are asked to refer to digital files as opposed to original cassettes.

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Sound recordings have been copied to audio disc and digital files in order to reduce the usage of original cassette tapes.

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