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Nova Scotia Schools to Receive Book Highlighting Provincial History

Students across the province will soon be able to unlock a significant piece of Nova Scotia’s history through the donation of a new book on Province House in Halifax.

Nova Scotia’s Province House, published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the building, is being donated by the House of Assembly to school libraries supporting grades 7 to 12. The book focuses on the building’s design, including little known facts about the rooms, artifacts and historic events.

It features an illustrated tour of Province House and includes both historic and modern photos of Canada’s oldest legislative building.

“This book captures many of the most significant moments in Nova Scotia’s history,” said Speaker of the House, Kevin Murphy. “It is a special publication and I’m pleased to see it will be available in school libraries which will allow students to explore the rich history of their province.”

Nova Scotia’s Province House is available at stores across the province.


Province House is an important part of Nova Scotia and it’s important for students to have access to materials that reflect the shared history of our diverse student population. This book will be a welcomed addition to our library. Colleen Smith, library technician, Whycocomagh Education Centre

Quick Facts:

  • the book, published in partnership with Formac Publishing Limited, is edited by Legislative Librarian David McDonald
  • a series of public events, including ceremonies, musical performances and art showcases, have been held throughout the year to mark the 200th anniversary
  • Province House was officially opened on Feb. 11, 1819, by Lord Dalhousie and at that time was home to all three levels of government: judicial, executive and legislative
  • Province House used to be the home to both the Legislative Council, Nova Scotia’s upper house which was abolished in 1928, and Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court

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