The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
THE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION OF ANNAPOLIS ROYAL
Founded in 1919 as an association of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal is a recognized leader in Canada in the preservation and presentation of heritage. Operated by a volunteer Board of Directors, the organization was presented the prestigious Parks Canada Heritage Award in 1996 by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien as one of the Top Ten Organizations in Canada for the Preservation and Presentation of History.
AWARD-WINNING TOURS & PROGRAMS
The area's rich cultural mosaic is brought to life through The Historical Association's award-winning guided tour program. The Candlelight Graveyard Tours, National Historic District Tours and Acadian Heritage Tours won the first place "Hometown Pride Event of the Year" title from Nova Scotia Tourism's Festivals and Events Council in 2005. The Acadian/Mi'kmaq Tour was featured in 2014 on CBC-TV's popular "Land and Sea" program and in episodes shot by Rediscovering Canada TV.
CLICK BELOW ON ROSE FORTUNE MONUMENT POSTER FOR OUR VIDEO TRIBUTE
In 2017 we were proud to honour Rose Fortune, Canada's first female police officer, with a video and lovely monument in the Garrison Graveyard at Fort Anne. One of her descendants, Daurene Lewis, became the first Black female Mayor in Canada. Her story is told nightly on our Candlelight Graveyard Tours.
PRESERVATION OF OUR BEAUTIFUL ANNAPOLIS ROYAL LIGHTHOUSE - WE WON 1ST PLACE!
The Annapolis Royal Lighthouse, owned and operated by The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal, was built in 1889 and needed significant structural work in order to preserve it. The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal entered it in the THIS LIGHTHOUSE MATTERS CONTEST in 2015 in hopes of winning the funding needed for repairs. We were in competition with 26 other lighthouses, and with 27,048 votes WE WON 1ST PLACE AND $40,000 towards our preservation efforts. The work was done in 2016 at a cost exceeding $50,000, but this major restoration project ensusres that our beautiful lightouse will continue to shine brightly for future generations. THANK YOU to everyone who voted to help save this important Canadian treasure! Click on the link below to see a video about our historic Annapolis Royyal Lighthouse and on the "Please Help Us" poster that we used in the competition (below the video) to learn more about this project, our lighthouse and others throughout Nova Scotia.
HERITAGE PLAQUING & HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE
Heritage buildings are appropriately recognized and preserved for future generations through The Historical Association's ongoing plaquing program. With over 135 registered heritage properties, Annapolis Royal is one of the largest National Historic Districts in Canada. The Historical Association also owns and maintains the Town's historic lighthouse. The Historical Association is proud to share Sketches by Ross MacIntosh of some of these magnificent Heritage Properties.
We realize today's youth hold the key to success of tomorrow's world heritage preservation movement. Private tours for school groups are offered and encouraged. The Historical Association is also proud to present an annual college scholarship to a deserving high school graduate. Other fun-filled learning activities for children with international recognition are provided through The Historical Association's A Colourful History of Annapolis Royal colouring book program. CULTURAL SPONSORSHIPS
Other heritage projects include occasional sponsorship of historical productions at Kings Theatre and contributions to various worthy heritage causes such as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's purchase of the magnificent watercolours of Annapolis Royal painted in 1775 by Lt. Richard Williams.