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Operation Overlord (D-Day)

Presented by: Gen. Willem Hekman (Ret.)

On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day (1944-2019), the McCulloch House Museum & Genealogy Centre presents "Operation Overlord (D-Day) 75th Anniversary" by retired General Willem Hekman.


The Home of Cricket: The Sport of Cricket In Pictou County to 1914

Presented by: Prof. John G. Reid

Prof. John G. Reid of Saint Mary's University talks the leading sport of Cricket in Pictou County presented by the McCulloch House & Genealogy Centre.


The Battle of Vimy Ridge

Presented by: Gen. Willem Hekman (Ret.)

To present an understanding of the importance of remembering the Canadians who served and died during the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the First World War, McCulloch House & Genealogy Centre presents "The Battle of Vimy Ridge," a Darby Lecture by retired General Willhem Hekman.


The MacKays of Haliburton

Presented by: Sandy MacKay

After an exhibit that explored the luxury of bobbin lace c.1890s-1900s belonging to Mary MacKay Pitts, the daughter of one of Pictou's earliest pioneers and her niece Mary MacKay, MacKay relative, Sandy MacKay of Lyons Brook presents a Darby lecture about the lives of the Two Marys and the discovery of their belongings in the family attic.


The Waldren Studios Photographs Collection

Presented by: Michael Mooseberger

University Archivist and Associate Univeristy Librarian for Archival Special Collections at Dalhousie University, Michael Mooseberger presented at McCulloch House & Genealogy Centre "The Waldern Studio Photograph Collection," a collection of photographs that share additional stories to the history of Pictou.


The Life & Times of John Ross & The Hector

Presented by: Malcolm Bangor-Jones

Malcolm Bangor-Jones, a speaker from North West Scotland spoke about the story of a Recruiting Agent, John Ross who had searched high and low for settlers willing to emigrate to Pictou from Scotland in 1773 on the Ship Hector, with the promise of a farm, a year provisions and free passage to the New World. The Darby lecture tells the story of those same passengers who followed Ross and how their lives founded Pictou, and eventually the province of Nova Scotia.


Mi'kmaq Culture in Nova Scotia

Presented by: Trevor Sanipass

Trevor Sanipass is a Mi'kmaq educator from Eskasoni and an arm wrestling champion and coach, and has a passion to educate Canada about Mi'kmaq culture and heritage.

In July of 2019, Halifax hosted the North American Indigenous Games debuting a new column that educated people about Mi'kmaw culture in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes with Sanipass guiding the way. The new column in the Games was called, Aknute'n, which translates to "tell us a story."

In this Darby lecture, Sanipass shared his passions and knowledge toward a better understanding and respect for Nova Scotia's Mi'kmaq heritage. 


Edward Cornwallis: Hero or Horror?

Presented by: Jon Tattrie

In March of 2018, the McCulloch House & Genealogy Centre presented Darby lecture "Edward Cornwallis: Hero or Horror?" by Jon Tattrie. Tattrie is a freelance journalist in and around Halifax and is a reporter and writer for CBC and other maritime news journals. He teaches at the University of Kings College and Dalhousie University. He has written several non-fiction books, one of which was on Edward Cornwallis from which he draws an interesting Darby lecture topic.


I Thought I Heard a Drum Last Night

Presented by: Raymond Gregory

McCulloch House & Genealogy Centre presented a celebratory and appreciation lecture on the topic of the Battle of Vimy Ridge during the "From Vimy to Juno" exhibit by Pictou local, Raymond Gregory.

Raymond "Labman" Gregory has lived in the town of Pictou for 74 years, and even "In the same house!" From early on in his life, he has always been interested in war-time history. During the celebration and anniversary of the Canadian Armed Forces participation in the battle of Vimy Ridge during the Battle of Arras in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France in 1917 during the First World War, Gregory shares his memories and stories in the Darby Lecture, "I Thought I Heard a Drum" from Vimy to Juno: Canada in France.


Nigerian Culture

Presented by: Rev. Moses Adekola

McCulloch House & Genealogy Centre presented a Darby lecture as a special cultural appreciation lecture for African Heritage Month, "Nigerian Culture" a talk by Rev. Moses Adekola on his traditional cultural background and his transition to Canada.

Rev. Adekola was born and raised in Nigeria and later immigrated to Canada in 1995. He has been the lead-pastor at New Glasgow's Second United Church since 2005 and studied Theology at Acadia University. Ever since graduating, he has been a guest preacher and pastor at various churches in Alberta before returning to the East Coast with his wife and family. In this lecture, he tells his story.


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