Who we are
In 2017, The Kentville Historical Society was created to help keep Kentville’s rich history alive and to preserve the heritage of the once “Shire Town of Kings County”.
Since the opening of our Heritage Centre in May of 2019, we’ve been fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers help to operate seasonally from May through to October each year. The Centre is the headquarters for the Society and houses many photographic displays and artifacts from Kentville over the past century.
We host a bi-monthly General Membership meeting that’s open to the public, that includes guest speakers who share insights into local historical events in and around Kentville. Meetings are typically held at Kings Riverside Court, an accessible seniors-assisted living complex, on Webster Street.
We’ve had several successful projects over the past several years. One was the production, in collaboration with Acadia University, of five historical interpretative boards. We’ve also featured the MacKay Car, the Sanatorium, and the Sand Hill of Kentville. Another project has been interviews with longtime residents who shared their stories and memories of life as it once was in Kentville. These interviews are available in printed form at our Heritage Centre. Additionally, we also feature boards on Kings County Academy and the Dominion Atlantic Railway. These boards will be on display outside of the Heritage Centre from May through to November.
Last summer, we created a Masonic Commemorative Garden adjacent to the Heritage Centre, thanks to a generous donation from the Masonic Lodge to celebrate their 150th Anniversary of being in Kentville. A historical Interpretative Board will be unveiled on this site in the Spring!
Our Executive and Board Members
Chair: Stephen Pearl
Co-Chair: Erik Deal
Treasurer: Brian Pulsifer
Secretary: Lynn Pulsifer