Tantramar Yorkshire Yorkshire


The Legacy : Publications and Ongoing Studies

A Yorkshire 2000 Legacy Committee under the Board of the Tantramar Heritage Trust worked on a series of projects as a legacy of the Yorkshire 2000 gathering held August 3-10, 2000.


Publishing the Yorkshire Conference Proceedings

Proceedings from the two day conference "Immigration and Impact: The Yorkshire Settlers from 1772 to 1820" held at Mount Allison University August 4-5, 2000 were published as Yorkshire Immigrants to Atlantic Canada: Papers from the Yorkshire 2000 Conference, August 4-5,2000, edited with a Foreword by Paul A. Bogaard, Introduction by William B. Hamilton, Sackville: Tantramar Heritage Trust, 2012. To order online please go to our Publications section.

Audio files of the entire conference proceedings are also available in MP3 format. These can be accessed at YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Other publications relating to Yorkshire Studies, currently available from the Tantramar Heritage Trust, are also listed in our Publications section.

Yorkshire Studies Presence at Mount Allison University
During the winter of 1999/2000 the Tantramar Heritage Trust, via a young Canada Works International Internship with Heritage Canada Foundation, developed a comprehensive document "Towards Yorkshire Studies at Mount Allison". A continuing series of meetings with administration and faculty at Mount Allison have been held in attempts to advance the concept.

The proposal is to establish a Yorkshire Studies presence at Mount Allison initially using existing faculty in several academic disciplines and possibly later to consider a formal unit such as the Planter Studies Centre at Acadia University. There is a unique opportunity to establish international linkages as there are several researchers in Yorkshire England keenly interested in liaising and a small liberal arts University (Trinity and All Saints College in Leeds) is very interested in exchanges of research associates.

Unfortunately to date there has not been a "champion" for the cause from within the University community, however, a Yorkshire Studies Focus Group has been proposed to include a faculty member from: Geography - Rob Summerby Murray, Religious Studies, Music - Nancy Vogan, English- Carrie MacMillan, Canadian Studies - Bill Cross, History - Bill Godfrey, Philosophy - Paul Bogaard, Library - Margaret Fancy, and probably Andrew Nurse, David Bruce and Terry Craig along with Bill Hamilton (Professor Emeritus).

Another focus will be to try to organize an open seminar or symposium and hopefully get a notable speaker like Jed Martin, Bruce Elliot or Marg Conrad. We need to show that there is faculty and student interest in such a topic area as Yorkshire (or early settlement history) studies. The Yorkshire Conference organized by Paul Bogaard in August 2000 in conjunction with Yorkshire 2000 was very successful, but it was outside the academic year and consequently few faculty and no students attended.

Marg Conrad was a guest speaker with the History Department at Mount Allison for a week in January 2002. She addressed the development of Planters Studies at Acadia University and the concept of Yorkshire Studies at Mount Allison. Discussions with the university are ongoing.

William Chapman Notebook
A transcription of William's notebook is in progress. The notebook, located at the Fort Beaséjour Museum, has been scanned and digital images placed on a disc. Those images are being used to transcribe the text and hopefully the transcription may eventually get published.

Yorkshire Settlement Pamphlet
The Committee would like to see if there is any interest in partnering with the Trust to produce a pamphlet: The Yorkshire Settlers in Nova Scotia. Such a pamphlet would be similar to The Planters in Nova Scotia, or The Acadians brochures currently available for sale at the Fort Beausejour Bookstore. It might be possible to restyle the pamphlet done by Parks Canada (Barb Schmeisser) for Yorkshire 2000. The Legacy Committee has had discussions with Parks Canada and it does not look as though this proposal is feasible.

Pioneer Cemetery Guide to Tantramar
The development of such a guide would be a nice addition if done in conjunction with a series of "day trips" guides currently available from the Tantramar Tourism Association. The Committee hoped to partner with the TTA to have a pamphlet style guide prepared and printed.

Family History Centre Proposal
Genie Coates is leading a separate sub-committee under the Tantramar Heritage Trust Board that has been charged with developing a feasibility study for the possible establishment of a Family History Centre for Sackville and area. The Committee has been struck and they are currently gathering information on such centres in communities elsewhere in the Maritimes. Pending the results of the feasibility study, a Family History Centre could be located within the Trust's Boultenhouse Heritage Centre - and open some time after 2005.

Wry Family Artifact Collection
A descendant of Yorkshire settler John Wry (1774) has expressed interest in donating a large number of family possessions, some dating back to 1817, to the Tantramar Heritage Trust. The trust did a videotape inventory, including descriptions of historical context by the owner, during the summer of 2001. Transcription of the 600+ artifact inventory is nearly complete. Hopefully these artifacts will be the centrepiece in a future Yorkshire Settlement exhibit within the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre.


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