Canada 150 Chair
Canada 150 Chair


Made by the hands of our ancestors it has supported Nova Scotians for 150 years and now it is time for this little chair to travel throughout the length and breadth of our beloved Province to take a front row seat in the places that we collectively cherish/chairish.

The Kings County Museum is asking local photographers to record the places that inspire them and include you in the picture because this chair is your chair, this chair is my chair, from 1867 until 2017 this chair represents both you and me.

A chair with history
This chair is believed to have been made by a local craftsman around the time of Confederation. In 2016 it was rescued from the spring clean-up in Gaspereau, Nova Scotia. Kings County Museum Volunteer Bill Naylor passed it along to craftsman Bill Zinck who restored it. With the approach of Canada 150 Celebrations in 2017 Kings County Museum Curator Bria Stokesbury asked local artist Victoria Marston to transform this little chair into a contemporary symbol to commemorate this historic year in the life of our country. Local photographers than began to create a visual celebration of the chair in locations of importance to them, and hopefully to all Nova Scotians. Those images are being uploaded to this website to be enjoyed by all.

Want to take part?
The chair marks your spot! Pick a place, building, event that means something of importance to you, and that others can relate to. Photograph the chair in that location and then send a copy of that image, along with the date and location that it was taken to the Kings County Museum (curator@kingscountymuseum.ca). Select images will be uploaded to the Canada150Chair.ca location and shared with all Nova Scotians. An exhibit of some of the images will be on display at the Kings County Museum in Kentville Nova Scotia (www.kingscountymuseum.ca) throughout the 2017 season. The museum may even create a calendar from some of the images so by submitting an image for the project it is with the understanding the Museum may use that image to help fund projects for the museum.

Think you would like to take part? Contact us at: info@kingscountymuseum.ca


Celebrate why we “Chairish” Canada




Created by Kings County Museum



   
The chair was in Aylesford for the Bishop Family Reunion. They are direct descendants of Peter Bishop of Tangled Roots fame. (Patti O'Neill)




   
Aylesford - Celebrating Mr. Donald Bishop's 93rd birthday. Mr. Bishop is a WW2 veteran and grew up in Somerset, Kings Co. on the family farm. (Patti O'Neill)




   
King Seaman Schoolhouse Museum, Minudie, Cumb. Co., NS. (Patti O'Neill)




   
Interior of St. Denis Church, Minudie, Cumb. Co., NS (Patti O'Neill)




   
Seaman's Family Pew, St. Denis Church, Minudie, Cumb. Co., NS (Patti O'Neill)




   
Visited Old Burial Grounds, Amherst Pt., Cumb. Co., NS (Patti O'Neill)




   
Visiting Fort Beausejour, Aulac, NB. Pre confederation this area was part of Nova Scotia. "Beaubasin" or also known as the Chignecto Isthmus. This area now lies on the border of NS/NB. (Patti O'Neill)




   
On the grounds of Fort Beausejour Museum (Patti O'Neill)




   
Canada 150 chair has Family Reunion on the grounds of Fort Beausejour Museum. (Patti O'Neill)




   
Chainsaw Sandpiper carvings at Aulac, NB. (On the NS/NB border) (Patti O'Neill)




   
“What’s the scuttlebutt on this chair anyway?” The Gaspereau Gang (Chris Gertridge)




   
“Oh Well” It’s always a refreshing day in Gaspereau (Chris Gertridge)




   
“The Canada 150 Chair on the road again with a chorus of heavenly voices and bovine beauties in the background”, Gaspereau (Chris Gertridge)




   
“A cavalcade of cows ...make way for milking Canada 150 Chair!”, Gaspereau (Chris Gertridge)




   
“Neither rain, nor snow, nor a stampede of cows will keep photographers from capturing the Canada 150 Chair... and that ain’t no Bull (oh yes it is)”, Gaspereau (Chris Gertridge)




   
“A cavalcade of cows ...make way for milking Canada 150 Chair!”, Gaspereau (Chris Gertridge)




   
Chantal Peng in the blue of the evening beside Wolfville Harbour (Wendy Elliott)




   
Actors from Grand Pre National Historic Site at Riviere aux Canard (the Canard River) (Wendy Elliott)




   
Mayor Jeff Cantwell and the Canada 150 Chair near the Wolfville Harbour at Low Tide in the background (Wendy Elliott)




   
The Canada 150 Chair visits Hazel’s Hand Picked Clothing, Port Williams, Nova Scotia (Justine MacDonald)




   
The Canada 150 Chair visits Hazel’s Hand Picked Clothing, Port Williams, Nova Scotia (Justine MacDonald)




   
The Canada 150 Chair visits Wood “N” Hive, Port Williams, Nova Scotia (Justine MacDonald)




   
The Canada 150 Chair visits Planter’s Ridge Winery, Port Williams, Nova Scotia (Justine MacDonald)




   
Debbie Roza-Mercier attempts a chair toss at the Look-Off north of Canning, Nova Scotia (Justine MacDonald)




   
Wentworth Valley (Jessica Kinnear)




   
Masstown Market (Bria Stokesbury)




   
Canada 150 Chair sits in on talk on historical gardening by Allison Magee at Valley Gardeners Horticultural Show. (Ericka Crowell)


   
Canada 150 Chair sits in on talk on historical gardening by Allison Magee at Valley Gardeners Horticultural Show. (Ericka Crowell)


   
There's a wonderful serendipitous story behind this photo. When first setting up the 150 chair, hat and fishing rod, I stepped back a couple of paces to take a look. As I turned around this lovely little bird hopped out of the tree, took a moment to stop where the chair was resting and surveyed the scene. I snapped a photo just before he flew away. I researched what kind of bird it is and found it is a White-throated sparrow, who's song, it turns out, is likened to "Oh sweet Canada"! Lake Echo (Delaine Carlson)


   
When My fathers grandparents lived in Lake Echo which is outside of Dartmouth and my father spent his summers their playing, growing up and fishing the river. When he married he and my mom settled down to raise their family in Lake Echo, so I spent much of my childhood playing, growing up and fishing the river. My father passed away seven years ago and his memorial spot, where we the family think of, visit and cherish is back river road. Thank you to the Kentville museum staff for lending their 150 chair, with me, and the spirit of my father it has gone back river road where we can imagine him “Gone Fishing” near Lake Echo (Delaine Carlson)


   
Canada 150 Chair with Ross Farm Costumed Interpreter Hannah Smith. (Paul Illsley)


   
Canada 150 Chair with the Ambassador for African Nova Scotian History in Kings County the legendary Mrs. Geraldine Browning. (Paul Illsley)


   
“Heritage and Culture Family Day” held on July 29th at Prescott House Museum, joint event created by the Kings Hants Heritage Connection and the Sunrise Rotary Club of New Minas. Canada 150 Chair and the interactive portion of the afternoon entertainment with African Drummers. (Paul Illsley)


   
Canada 150 Chair in front of the School house, Ross Farm Museum. (Matthew Gates)


   
Canada 150 Chair on the front porch of Rosebank Cottage, Ross Farm Museum. (Matthew Gates)


   
Rosebank Cottage Interpreters and visitors in front of the cottage, Ross Farm Museum. (Matthew Gates)


   
Canada 150 Chair in front of the piano in Rosebank Cottage, Ross Farm Museum. (Matthew Gates)


   
Staff of Ross Farm Museum and visitors (Matthew Gates)


   
Bridgetown's Riverfest (Lynn Main)


   
Bridgetown's Riverfest (Lynn Main)


   
Bridgetown's Riverfest with Premier Stephen McNeil (Lynn Main)


   
Port Royal (Lynn Main)


   
Port Royal (Lynn Main)


   
Port Royal (Lynn Main)


   
Delapse Cove (Lynn Main)


   
Confederation Dissenter (William Henry Chipman) welcomes attendees of Obed Fest (Obediah Benjamin Family Reunion) to the Kings County Museum (Bria Stokesbury)


   
The Canada 150 Chair meets an Uncommon Art Installation, Wolfville (Paul Illsley)


   
Kings County Museum, Kentville (Jen Gerrits)


   
Grafton (Paul Cameron)


   
Grafton (Paul Cameron)


   
Grafton (Paul Cameron)


   
Gaspereau Valley (Vickie Marston)


   
On the lawn of Haliburton House Museum in Windsor (Paul Illsley)




   
"Forever Young Fiddlers" at the annual Strawberry Tea on the grounds of the historic Prescott House Museum (Bria Stokesbury)




   
French Cross, Morden (Patti O'Neill)




   
Graves Family Cemetery, Aylesford (Patti O'Neill)




   
Black Rock Light (Andy Dean)




   
French Cross, Morden (Andy Dean)




   
Lancaster Bomber, Greenwood (Andy Dean)




   
Miners Marsh, Kentville (Andy Dean)




   
'Canada150chair' proudly sits by Acadian Room hearthstone fireplace, Old Orchard Inn, Greenwich (Sally Wallace)




   
'Canada150chair.' on sundeck with awe-inspiring view of Blomidon, Old Orchard Inn, Greenwich (Sally Wallace)




   
Cast of Wedding Belles at Centre Stage Theatre, Kentville (Nancy Henry)




   
"Perez Coldwell" memorial stone (Gaspereau) (Lana Ashby)




   
Horton Landing (Lana Ashby)




   
Grand Pre National Historic Site (Lana Ashby)




   
Robinson Cemetery (cared for by the Burial Grounds Care Society) (Lana Ashby)




   
Mosquito Point on Long Island (North Grand Pre) (Mark Davidson)




   
Mosquito Point on Long Island (North Grand Pre) (Mark Davidson)




   
Morden, Nova Scotia (Ashley Bird)




   
14 Wing, Greenwood, Nova Scotia (Ashley Bird)




   
New Hope Wesleyan Church, Alton, Nova Scotia (Ashley Bird)




   
"Canada 150: West Novas in Peace and War" exhibit, Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum, Middleton, Nova Scotia (Paul Illsley)




   
"Canada 150: West Novas in Peace and War" exhibit, Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum, Middleton, Nova Scotia (Paul Illsley)




   
"Canada 150: West Novas in Peace and War" exhibit featuring staff members Bonnie Ward and Sherry Griffin of the Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum in Middleton, Nova Scotia (Paul Illsley)




   
Harbourville (Cape Chignecto in the background), Nova Scotia (Anna Osburn)




   
Donnellans Brook Waterfal, Harbourville, Nova Scotia (Anna Osburn)




   
Harbourville (Isle Haute in the background), Nova Scotia (Anna Osburn)




   
Harbourville, Nova Scotia (Anna Osburn)




   
Gaspereau River (Gertridge Fishnet), Nova Scotia (Chris Gertridge)




   
Gaspereau River (Gertridge Fishnet), Nova Scotia (Chris Gertridge)




   
Tremont Community Cemetery, Tremont, Nova Scotia (Pam Muise)
Taken with our most prestigious resident being that of Rev. Charles Tupper, D.D. who was the minister of the original Baptist Church when the cemetery was first created and who wrote many of the obituaries for those who are buried there. Rev. Tupper was the father of Sir Charles Tupper who was the 6th Prime Minister of Canada.




   
Tremont Community Cemetery, Tremont, Nova Scotia (Pam Muise)
View from the top of the cemetery overlooks the burial tier of Rev. Tupper and also includes the grave of Deacon Calvin Baker who is attributed as the founder of the Old Tremont Cemetery along with another stone which is apparently a poke stop.




   
Tremont Community Cemetery, Tremont, Nova Scotia (Pam Muise)




   
Image of Caleb Miles, Ryan Hupman and Scot Hupman by Colleen Dagnall taken October 18, 2009 at Bearly's House of Blues bar in Halifax. Post Production: Bob Federer.
Image of Ariana Nasr taken December 2nd, 2011 at the Al Whittle Theatre during the War Child concert in Wolfville. Post Production: Bob Federer.
Image of the Canada 150 Chair taken by Bob Federer, May 5th, 2017 in Berwick, NS. Post Production: Bob Federer.




   
South West Nova Scotia Curators’ Group, Kings County Museum, Kentville, Nova Scotia (Kelly Bourassa)




   
Prescott House Museum, Nova Scotia (Paul Illsley)




   
Ridge Road near Greenwich, Nova Scotia (Paul Illsley)




   
Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia (Paul Illsley)




   
Middleton, Nova Scotia (Cass Moon)




   
Wilmot, Nova Scotia (Cass Moon)




   
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Neil Clarkson)




   
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Neil Clarkson)




   
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Neil Clarkson)




   
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Neil Clarkson)




   
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Neil Clarkson)




   
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Neil Clarkson)




   
Annapolis Valley MacDonald Museum, Middleton, Nova Scotia (Karen-Ann Neate)




   
Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, Nova Scotia (Karen-Ann Neate)




   
Memory Lane Railway Museum, Middleton, Nova Scotia (Karen-Ann Neate)




   
Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, Nova Scotia (Karen-Ann Neate)




   
Memory Lane Railway Museum, Middleton, Nova Scotia (Karen-Ann Neate)




   
14 Wing CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia (Karen-Ann Neate)




   
14 Wing CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia (Karen-Ann Neate)




   
Martinique Beach, Nova Scotia (Bria Stokesbury)




   
Fort Edward, Nova Scotia (Bria Stokesbury)




   
Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia (Paul Illsley)




   
Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia (Vickie Marston)


Created by the Kings County Museum