On July 23, she’ll perform her dozen-song musical “Living Titanic – A Musical Memoir Of Atlantic Canada’s Only Survivor: Hilda Mary Slayter Lacon” at the West Gore Disciple Church, as a fundraiser for the East Hants Historical Society.
The piece stems from a 2011 meeting with board members from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where she learned about Hilda Mary Slater Lacon in preparation for centenary observations of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic.
First recounted in Peppard’s song, “Ship of Dreams,” the Halifax woman was believed to be the only Atlantic Canadian survivor of the Titanic. Just as remarkable, she survived the Halifax Explosion of 1917.
Research led to interviews with family members and experts from as far away as England and Spain. She was invited by the Belfast Titanic Society to perform where it all began, in Belfast, at the International Titanic Convention, and Titanic Belfast, in 2015.
“It’s been awesome . . . a beautiful, humbling journey,” the eighth generation Nova Scotian said.
On display in East Hants is a unique piece of history, an embalmer’s table used in the somber process of taking care of the bodies of Titanic victims.
Peppard is the recipient of two Dr. Helen Creighton Folklore Research Awards and a Colchester Heritage Award for her work published on “No Place Like Home” (2001) and “Legacy” (2004).
The Mount Allison University graduate’s Laura Secord song in her “War Of 1812 Women” was featured throughout the Laura Secord Bicentennial Commemorative weekend.
It was also selected by the Friends Of Laura Secord in 2015 to be the first song to be added to the interactive Laura Secord Heritage Trail, part of the Canada Trail system.
Her song “Anna Swan” is regularly featured at the Anna Swan Museum at The Creamery in Tatamagouche.
Her “Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry Blues” opened the Wild Blueberry Festival in Central Nova and her “Voice Of Nova Scotia,” a medley from the Dr. Helen Creighton collection, opened the Canadian Convention of Traditional Music.
In concerts infused with the grit and glory of Maritime history, Peppard encourages attendees to document and share their own oral histories. Since 1999, she has used steel and classical guitars and mountain dulcimer and bow dulcimer as well as her voice to tell history.
She is currently writing a musical with Joy Laking.
The Truro native said she was raised by “strong but kind” Nova Scotia women, and was greatly influence by her mother-in-law as well.
Proceeds from the July 23 concert will benefit EHHS. Tickets are $20. There will also be a silent auction, refreshments and a meet-and-greet following the concert.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact: Kate Kirkpatrick, 902-758-2570
At the Aug. 12 Canadian Legion fundraiser in Great Village, there will be stories and songs of wars and the veterans who fought them. The event is at Faith Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, and veterans are admitted free. For tickets, call 902-668-2398 or email email@example.com.
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