Special event in Halifax NS

Apr 16, 2008
The News Gets Worse and Worse: Halifax and the Titanic

“Interest–most intense–is centered about the awful wreck of the Titanic, which is a most terrible shock to everyone.” — Harry Piers, Halifax, April 17, 1912

On April 14th the Nova Scotia Archives is pleased to invite the public to a special evening commemorating Halifax's connection to the RMS Titanic. This exhibit will allow visitors to experience first-hand, never-before-seen material from the archives' vaults that explores how the Titanic touched Halifax–from the men who retrieved the bodies of its victims, to notable Haligonians reflecting on the disaster.

Diaries of businessmen, academics, and historians detail the emotional response Halifax had to the disaster, while photos and newsclippings document the retrieval of victims and the arrival of bodies in the city.

One of the most significant items on display will be the diary of Clifford Crease---a 24-year old mariner who was a crew member on the Mackay-Bennett---the ship that brought 170 bodies back to Halifax. Crease's granddaughters, Rabia Wilcox and Nadine Zuest-Wilcox, will be on-hand to discuss their grandfather's experiences and legacy.

Other featured items in this exhibit showcase the lives of two Haligonians who sailed on the Titanic, George Wright and Hilda Slayter.

Visitors will have to chance to explore this material with archives staff and discuss the Titanic with noted expert Garry Shutlak, Senior Reference Archivist at the Nova Scotia Archives.

This event scheduled to begin at 5PM and is free to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. The archives is located at 6016 University Ave, Halifax, NS.

For more information please write [email protected]

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