Today was the first day of Annapolis Royal's Heritage Days for 2011. Personally, I could not have thought of a better way to start the festivities than with a presentation by Dr. Marc Lavoie from Universite Ste Anne and Robert Surette. Seeing as the national Heritage Day theme this year is Parks and Landscapes, the organizing committee decided that we wanted to feature a handful of our local historic landscapes. Tonight the Belleisle Marsh, which was a site of Acadian settlement until the 1755 deportation, was the topic. Mr. Surette, who was was part of the group who worked to have the site protected under the Nova Scotia Special Places Act, gave an introduction to the site and provided the audience with some background. I have been lucky enough to hear Dr. Lavoie speak on a number of occasions and I always enjoy the experience. He is decidedly passionate about what he does and he has a knack of presenting new and interesting information. Perhaps this is the role of the archaeologist. When you spend much of your time surrounded by history as I do, it is very nice to hear new information or a fresh take on a topic. There were a number of times tonight where I found myself thinking "I didn't know that". I could not ask for much more.
Dr. Lavoie is featured in the pictures at the top and bottom of this post. The other images are of Alan Melanson from our sister organization the Historical Association of Annapolis Royal and Robert Surette. On Saturday Heritage Days move to the Historic Gardens in the morning. Alan will be dressed in costume and interpreting la maison acadienne. In the afternoon from 2-4 there will be various outdoor activities at Fort Anne National Historic Site.
All for now,