Events & Exhibits

For ease of planning, events are listed in chronological order below.

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September – October 2014

North Hills 2014 Fall Salt Box Talks

This program is designed for those who would like to discover and appreciate North Hills Museum and the surrounding community. In keeping with the 250th anniversary of the building, as well as the 50th anniversary of Robert Patterson purchasing North Hills, we offer a selection of topics which are inspired or directly related to these celebrations. Each session will include a PowerPoint presentation on a selected theme, a guided tour of the collection where applicable, refreshments and baked treats. Each lecture is $8.00 per person. A great way to spend fall Tuesdays! Registration required: call 902-532-2168. Email: northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

Tapestries – Painting in Thread
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Visiting lecturer Paul Paquette will present a captivating survey of the history of European tapestry; from the 8th century B.C. through the medieval age and the Renaissance. Its demise as an art form due to stylistic changes between the 17th – 19th centuries will be investigated. Finally, its rebirth by 20th century hobbyist will be examined.

Great Collectors & Patrons of the Arts
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Join us as we examine the history of collecting and its relevance to museums and galleries. We will focus on great Canadian patrons and their contribution to national and provincial culture and heritage. Central to this discussion will be the story behind Robert Patterson’s collection at North Hills, and his gift to the province of Nova Scotia.

The The British are Coming!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10 am – 12 pm or 1:30 – 3:30 pm

In 1763 British Captain Benjamin Rumsey was granted 1000 acres of land, on which, North Hills was built in c. 1764, making it the oldest house in Granville Ferry. Dr. Barry Moody, Professor Emeritus Acadia University shares his expertise on the 18th century arrival of the Planter and Loyalists in Granville Township.

Groups: If your group is interested in having its own “Salt Box Talk” at North Hills Museum, please call us for our list of themes 902-532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

North Hills Anniversary Garden Party

Join us in celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the house now known as North Hills Museum. First known as Rumsey Farm, then as the Amberman house, this 1764 Salt Box home was purchased 50 years ago by retired antique dealer Robert Patterson. Mr. Patterson bequeathed the house and contents to Nova Scotia Museum in 1974.

The afternoon will feature special guests, live music and wonderful food. This event will take place from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, September 7.

For more information please call 532-2168 or email northhillsmuseum@gmail.com.

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October 5–11, 2014

North Hills Fourth Annual North Hills Revisited: Family Workshop Exhibition

At ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal:

The public is invited to attend a display of artworks created by the young participants in the Family Workshop Series at North Hills Museum.

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 5, 2014, 1 – 3 pm

Birthday Workshops: choose one of our many workshop themes for an exciting and unique birthday party at the museum. Call for details 532-2168.

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October 17–31, 2014

O'DellSinclair Ghost Town 2014

Ghost Town   Ghost Town is coming back to Annapolis Royal October 17-31, 2014. Join us for the Sinclair Inn Haunted House and Hidden Hauntings at the O’Dell House Museum October 17-19 and 24-26. 

Be sure to visit... if you dare! For more information please visit http://exploreghosttown.wordpress.com/.

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Currently showing

O'Dell From a Humble Block of Wood – The Eugene “Bud” Hamm Wood Carving Collection

Hamm carvings The Annapolis Heritage Society has recently been gifted with the extraordinary collection of wood carvings created by Eugene “Bud” Hamm of Clarence, Nova Scotia. A self-taught carver and great lover of language, Mr. Hamm enjoyed creating beauty with both wood and words. (In addition to his carvings and plaster bas-reliefs, Mr. Hamm also published 21 volumes of poetry.)

Hamm carving - bird From a Humble Block of Wood showcases Mr. Hamm’s interest in the natural world as well as his connection to his fellow man. This charming exhibit of the carvings of a lifetime is on display at the O’Dell House Museum from late July to the end of the year.

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Currently showing

O'Dell Age of Sail in Annapolis County

Goes To Sea

A perennial favourite, our exhibit The Age of Sail in Annapolis County features shipbuilding artifacts from our own Wagstaff and Hatfield collections. The ship’s painting was found in 1967 in the attic of the O’Dell House Museum, and the half models in the collection were used by shipbuilders as scale references during vessel construction.

It is open at the O’Dell House Museum now until the end of the year.

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