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Colchester County's role after Halifax Explosion explored at local museum


TRURO - A special presentation on Colchester County's assistance following the horrific Halifax Explosion in 1917 will be shared this week.

The Colchester Historeum, on Young Street, will welcome guest speaker Steve Laffoley on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Laffoley was born in Massachusetts and came to Nova Scotia to attend Saint Mary's University in 1982. He is currently Head of Middle School at the Halifax Grammar School and has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years, writing numerous essays and seven books, many of which received awards.

During the museum presentation, Laffoley will revisit what it was like in this area just after the Halifax Explosion in December 1917. For example, the Colchester County Academy was used as an emergency hospital for casualties. Other casualties were cared for in the 25-bed Ainslie hospital on Prince Street. In addition, housewives all over Colchester County prepared food and donated clothing for those in distress.

These highlights, and others, will be discussed further and the presentation is open to everyone.

* With information from Wikipedia

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