Terrence M. Punch, C.M., M.A., D.Litt., F.I.G.R.S., C.G.©

1937 – 2017

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Annual Dinner 2017

Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Annual Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 — 6:00 for 6:30
Dalhousie University Club
6259 Alumni Crescent located just off South Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lecture: “Nebooktook — In the Woods” by Mike Parker

A richly illustrated presentation focusing upon an eclectic mix of history,
heritage, and nostalgia that celebrates the traditions, natural beauty, and
intrinsic values of Nova Scotia‘s woods and waters.


Tangled Thai Salad:

Shredded Napa cabbage, julienne of cucumber, carrot, daikon radish finished with
peanuts, quinoa, fresh lime and a peanut coconut cilantro dressing (Vegan and GF)

Moroccan spiced Lentil, Kale, Sweet Potato Cassoulet with fresh cherry tomatoes,
mint, turmeric and ginger served with University Club rice (Vegan and GF)


Tuscan Chicken stuffed with Fontina, Roasted Red Peppers and Sage
served with chef’s choice of potatoes and vegetables

Chocolate decadent brownie plated with berries (GF)

Tea and coffee

$47 per person payable in advance before Thursday, 13 April.
Maximum seating for
50 people.

Cheques or money orders should be made payable to “Royal Nova Scotia Historical
Society” and mailed to:

Rosemary Barbour, RNSHS Membership Secretary
6016 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1W4

For reservations contact Rosemary Barbour at rosemary.barbour@novascotia.ca
or Telephone: 902-424-6070, with choice of menu option (Moroccan cassoulet or Tuscan chicken).

Please note that cancellations can not be accepted after 13 April.

Bruce MacDonald

Bruce MacDonald

Born at Antigonish, NS, attended Antigonish High School, St. Francis Xavier University (Bachelor of Arts, Honours History, 1973; Bachelor of Education, 1976; Master of Education, 2003) and the University of New Brunswick (Masters of History, 1978). Taught public school in the Antigonish school system from 1976 to 2011. Also former sessional instructor, School of Education program, StFX.

Mike Parker

Mike Parker has been researching and writing about his native province of Nova Scotia and its people for thirty years. The best-selling author and historian is an experienced affiliate with various heritage interpretive mediums including past research associate status with the Nova Scotia Museum, educator with the Writers in Schools program, and guest speaker for organizations and agencies including the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Parks Canada and Halifax Regional School Board. He once operated a wilderness canoe tripping business guiding back country tours along traditional Mi’kmaw water routes. Mike has made numerous radio and television appearances and been consulted for documentaries. An oral historian, he interviewed scores of men and women whose memories and musings of lived events formed the basis for three of his books. Born and raised in Bear River, a village steeped in lumbering, ship building and guiding history, he is a graduate of Acadia University and a long-time resident of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Sara Beanlands

Sara Beanlands

Sara Beanlands is a Principal and Senior Archaeologist with Boreas Heritage Consulting Inc., specializing in cultural resource management. Completing a Master's degree in History at Saint Mary's University in 2010, Sara has undertaken a wide range of historical research and archaeological projects throughout Atlantic Canada. Her work has been published in the Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, the International Journal of Maritime History and the University of Edinburgh Journal. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary's, President of the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society and a Vice‐President of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society.

Courtney Mrazek

Courtney Mrazek

Courtney Mrazek is a doctoral candidate in the department of History at the University of New Brunswick. She currently holds a SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship and is working under the supervision of Sasha Mullally studying the history of medicine. Her dissertation will examine eugenic mentalities and how they influenced education and health policies in the Department of Indian Affairs in twentieth century Nova Scotia. This presentation draws on research from her master's thesis “‘Our Nation is like a withering leaf on a summer's day’: The Mi'kmaq and British Agricultural Policies in Colonial Nova Scotia,” which she wrote at Saint Mary's University under the supervision of John G. Reid.

Andrew Steeves

Andrew SteevesAndrew Steeves was born in Westmorland County, New Brunswick. After taking
degrees in Criminology and English, he settled near Kentville, Nova Scotia, and
founded Gaspereau Press in 1997 (with Gary Dunfield). He spends his time
reading, writing, editing, designing, typesetting, printing, binding,
marketing, selling and talking about books. As an author, his most recent
publication is Smoke Proofs: Essays on Literary Publishing, Printing and

Appreciation of two eminent members of the RNSHS


Both Brian Cuthbertson, editor of the Society JOURNAL, and Henry Roper, Associate editor, have decided to step down after almost two decades of service. The members of the RNSHS will express our profound appreciation for their service to the Society at our next meeting, October 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. This will be followed by the scheduled Society lecture by Barry Cahill. All Welcome.

Julian Gwyn

Julian Gwyn is Professor Emeritus of the Department of History of the University of Ottawa and a gentleman farmer. His fields of academic interest include the history of the British Isles 1680–1980, American Colonial, and pre-Confederation Canadian history. He has published extensively and earned recognition from his colleagues and awards from a variety of learned societies.

Dirk Werle

Dirk Werle

Dirk Werle graduated from McGill University in 1984. He taught air photo interpretation and environmental remote sensing at several universities in Germany and Canada during the 1980s and early 1990s. Over the past three decades he has contributed as a researcher, lecturer and advisor to the Canadian RADARSAT Earth observation satellite program, mainly involving environmental monitoring and resource analysis issues. He served as president and officer of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society for several years; he is a senior member of the international Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and currently chairs the Board of the International Oceans Institute (IOI-Canada), an NGO located in Halifax and in Malta. His personal interest in “the view from above” goes back to his days as teenager when he learned to fly gliders. It has since broadened his horizons from professional, geographical and historical points-of-view.