Kings County Museum, Kentville, NS

The museum is housed in the old courthouse which was built in 1903, and since 1980 has been run as a museum by the Kings Historical Society.

The original courtroom and furnishings are maintained as one of the museum’s outstanding permanent exhibits. Visit our Exhibits page to learn more about our other permanent exhibits.

The Kings Historical Society has a very active genealogy committee. Our Community & Family History page describes the impressive archive of family and community history and other resources for genealogists.

Our Book Shop contains a wide variety of general interest publications and some specialized materials of interest to genealogists.

If you would like to help the museum financially, you can do so on-line using PayPal.


Museum Hours and Contact Information

Normal opening hours are Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.

The Kings Historical Society
c/o The Kings County Museum
37 Cornwallis Street
Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada
B4N 2E2

Phone: (902) 678-6237
Fax: (902) 678-2764
e-mail: museum@okcm.ca


On-line Resources

Explore our collection online at NovaMuse
Click here to take a virtual tour of the museum's four main exhibit areas.
Explore our collection of historical photos by A.L. Hardy.
Follow us on FaceBook
Routes to Your Roots video, produced by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives highlighting some of our museum's resources.

Newsletter

View our latest newsletter HERE

Meetings

KHS Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, September 30th, 7.30pm at Kings Courthouse Museum. The meeting will be followed by Clara’s Rib book talk and signing.

Clara's Rib is the true story of a young girl coming of age in a tuberculosis hospital in the 1940s and '50s. Clara's story focuses mainly on her years growing up in 'the San' in Ottawa, Canada. Readers of all ages will be drawn into the evolving seasons of Clara's life of courage, faith, pranks, laughter, first love, despair and hope from the time she enters the San as a pre-teen until her departure as a young woman in her mid-twenties. Clara, the fourth eldest of ten children, was forced to exchange the daily camaraderie of her big, close-knit family for an even larger family in a hospital filled with TB patients. Discover why, when Clara left the San for the last time, one of her own ribs was packed in her suitcase.

Learn more about the book at www.clarasrib.ca


Events

Book Launch

Thursday, September 18th, 7.00pm at Kings Courthouse Museum.

The book will be available for the opening at a reduced price of $20.00 but will sell after the event for $25.00. Compilers Linda Hart and Nelson Labor will be on hand to autograph copies for the public. For more information please contact the museum at 902-678-6237.

Exhibits

A Soldier’s Story

Explore the lives of young men training at Camp Aldershot before going overseas to fight in World War 1.

The exhibit will run from mid-September to December.


Museum Projects

”The Big Reveal”
On June 19, 2014 conservator and KHS president, Kelly Bourassa, opened a time capsule recovered from the recently-demolished Kings County Academy. The contents appeared to have survived their 85 year interment but Kelly deemed it wiser to resist the temptation to immediately extract everything from the box. As he works on this project he will provide updates on his progress on his website, Kelly’s Conservation Corner

The Irish in Kings County A committee of our Genealogy and Family History department is seeking information in order to compile a history of Irish settlers in Kings County. The history of the Acadians and the New England Planters is well known but there was a sizeable immigration of Irish settlers about whom we know very little.

The committee has prepared a questionnaire which you can download HERE if you have any information which might be useful.

CLICK HERE to visit the "Irish in Kings Co., Nova Scotia" web page.


Conservation in Action

Visit Kelly's Conservation Corner, Kelly Bourassa's blog describing his conservation work at the museum.

The Leon Barron Project

Visit our new web page to learn more about this amazing collection of photos, documents, newspaper clippings, maps and artifacts bequeathed to the museum by Leon Barron.


Nova Scotia - New England Planters Registry The Nova Scotia - New England Planters Registry Committee of the Kings Historical Society has been formed to recognize the descendants of the New England Planters who came to Nova Scotia from 1760 to 1774. Some 8000 people migrated from the New England Colonies to Nova Scotia after the proclamations of 1758 and 1759.

To obtain further information and a downloadable application form PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Cost is $50.00 for the first certificate (one direct line) and $10.00 for each additional direct line certificate such as children and grandchildren. Cheques should be made payable to the Kings Historical Society. We also accept Paypal payments.


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