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Colchester County’s role in the Halifax Explosion’s aftermath the subject of Historeum exhibit

Agnes Evans, like others at the exhibit, took in the showcase one story at a time, reading about the efforts put forth by Colchester residents, with medical relief and rebuilding assistance.
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Agnes Evans, like others at the exhibit, took in the showcase one story at a time, reading about the efforts put forth by Colchester residents, with medical relief and rebuilding assistance. Cody McEachern/Truro Daily News

TRURO, N.S. – A new historical exhibit showcasing the stories and tales of Colchester County’s relief efforts after the Halifax Explosion has opened in Truro.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, the Colchester Historeum opened the exhibit, Colchester to the Rescue on Saturday, which details how Truro and surrounding communities aided those affected by the 1917 blast.

“Its the story of how Truro and Colchester County stepped up to the plate when the Halifax explosion happened,” said Elinor Maher, secretary of the Colchester Historeum.

“It’s about the outpouring of generosity from the community, both in setting up hospitals, staffing them, and sending people to help in Halifax.”

The exhibit features stories about prolific Colchester residents who aided in the relief efforts in Halifax, as well as a number of items and books related to the explosion.

From setting up relief funds and supplying nurses, to rallying communities and sending them to help rebuild the city after the explosion, Colchester County’s involvement was significant, but rarely remembered.

“Very few people in Colchester County were aware of the huge contribution that was made from our local people,” said Maher.

“Its our job to tell Colchester Countys stories, and this is an important one.”

Maher expects the exhibit to be on display until January. It will be open to the public during regular museum hours with a $5 admission fee.

 

cody.mceachern@trurodaily.com

 

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