This event is fully subscribed. Registration is now CLOSED for the fifth event of the Fall 2017 Series of Evenings @ Government House on 14 November 2017 featuring a Halifax Explosion historical presentation by Dr. Roger Marsters.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

To commemorate the centenary of the Halifax Explosion, Dr. Roger Marsters, Curator of Marine History with the Nova Scotia Museum, will give a talk on the cultural landscapes of Halifax Harbour at the time of the 1917 Explosion.

The Narrows of Halifax Harbour channels the productive capacity of the North American continent through an enduring indigenous landscape to the global maritime world.  When the Belgian Relief ship Imo crossed The Narrows on December 6th, 1917, striking the explosives-laden Mont-Blanc, worlds collided.  Roger Marsters draws on his experience curating the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic’s 2017 special exhibit, Collision in the Narrows: The 1917 Halifax Harbour Explosion, to reflect on what this collision means, for those who suffered it and for the world today.

Dr. Roger Marsters is the Curator of Marine History with the Collections Unit of the Nova Scotia Museum. His academic work examines the role of indigenous maritime knowledge in the development of northeastern North American societies.  His current museum research projects examine the region’s coastal, riverine, and lacustrine cultural landscapes, focusing particularly on historical Mi’kmaq and African-Nova Scotian maritime experiences, and on the region’s small-craft traditions.

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