Nova Scotia Heritage Fair

What is a Heritage Fair All About?


 A Heritage Fair is an opportunity for students to explore a subject area of their own choosing and create a project that develop their interest in the subject.

The Nova Scotia Heritage Fair is a two day learning event held in Halifax at Saint Mary's University. Each school board can send up to 8 students. Each student (and one chaperone) is provided with one night's accommodation in the university's residence, and a travel stipend. Curators, archivists, librarians and interpreters along with professors from Saint Mary's Faculty of Arts collaborate to provide workshops and judging.

There are no winners, but students who excel are recognized in a variety of areas.

Every student goes home with a certificate of participation and an NSM family pass.

Heritage Fair Organizing Committee 

Emily Anderson, Faculty of Arts B.A. Program Advisor, Saint Mary's University 

Emily has a BA in Anthropology and an MA in International Development Studies. Before joining the Faculty of Arts Advising Office, Emily worked in the SMU International Activities Office and is currently Senior Program Coordinator for Peaceful Schools International. 

Kirrily Freeman, Associate Professor, Department of History, Saint Mary's University 

Kirrily completed her PhD at the University of Waterloo and has taught European history at Saint Mary's for 10 years. Her research and teaching focus on the relationship between war and culture. She wrote a book about bronze statues that were melted down for the Nazis, and curated an exhibition about lost medieval church bells. She really likes spending time in libraries, archives and museums.  


Kayla Williams

Kayla is a first year student at Saint Mary's University majoring in Biology. Her interest in history sparked early on, growing up with a father who was an avid reader and had a passion for learning about World War II. Having participated in Heritage Fair herself, she is excited to have the opportunity to help organize the event and to be able to interact with students who share her love for history.