Darby Lecture Series

The Darby Lecture series began in 2012/2013.  The idea resulted from receiving the bequest to the Pictou County Genealogy & Heritage Society (PCGHS), in memory of Mr. Darby's parents, Joseph and Marion Darby of Abercrombie, N.S  The Society was directed to use the funds for the preservation of Scottish heritage in Pictou County.  

John Darby was an architect who practices much of his life in Bedford, N.S where he died in 2008. Our Society is very indebted to the late Mr. Darby for his kind generosity.

Renowned Genealogist, Terry Punch, was very helpful in providing background information about Mr. Darby to our Museum:

Darby Introduction


The first phase of the series features pre-eminent Nova Scotians. We are sure you will both enjoy and learn from their presentations.





DAL 200

Dalhousie University & Its Role in the 200th Anniversary Celebrations

Presented by: Michael Moosberger

January 28 2018


Presented by: Chief Andrea Paul

October 22 2017



My Pictou County Ancestry

Presenter: Vice Admiral, Bruce MacLean

June 11 2017

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Pictou County Connections with Anna Swan

Presenter: Dale Swan

May 28 2017

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No.2 Construction Battalion

The Story Through Family & Community Eyes

Presented By: Sylvia Parris & Brian Parris

November 13 2016

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Pictou Spirits

Ghostly Stories of Pictou's Past

Presented by: St. Clair Prest

October 30 2016

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PA Petticoat Protests

The Pictou Academy Centenary - The PA Petticoat Protest and Public Commemoration:  1816 - Present

Presented by:  Dr. Paul Bennett

July 10, 2016

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"Brigh an Orain" - A Meaning in Every Song

Presented by:  Fiona MacKenzie

May 8, 2016

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The Many Adventures of Peachie Carroll

Presented by: Nancy Muzzatti, Author and Storyteller

April 24, 2016

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Dig to Discover

Presented by Darryl Kelman, Kelman Heritage Consulting

November 22, 2015

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Thomas McCulloch's 19th Century Bird Collection

Presented by: Eric Mills, Vice President - Nova Scotia Bird Society

October 25, 2015

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