Vignettes of Nova Scotia
native-born sons & daughters,
notable immigrants, fascinating visitors
& significant historical events
Fascinating history in small bites: by A D Boutilier, ISBN 9781989564233 216 pp, -$21.95
Vignettes are short, significant, stories that focus on a single person, place, or event. Nova Scotians have longed for stories of their province’s past that came in smaller packages; most busy people don’t have time to devote to the three-hundred-page historical expositions that abound. Most assuredly, the work of scholars is important, but if history is going to have a broad appeal or reach beyond the academic world, the servings of Nova Scotia’s story must fit the times, and that often means smaller portions.
The author has sought history Nova Scotians may have forgotten, or perhaps have never known. Vignettes spans the development and growth of Nova Scotia from the earliest Colonial times (1606 in Port-Royale) to well into the 20th Century. Each of these stories is true, and each is relevant. And each one firmly connects us to the broader national story … and can be read with confidence that one is learning true Nova Scotia history and about those who contributed to it. We also hope everyone will read these short stories for personal enjoyment as well.
There are 71 stories in this publication; fifty-four are about individuals great and small; the rest are stories and events help create Nova Scotia as it is today – many very positive, others tragic, but all are important in their own way. This book also covers more than 30 distinct communities in Nova Scotia representing more than 15 separate counties and includes ample stories of famous women; and notable cultural groups: Mi’Kmaq, African-Nova Scotians and Acadians. The cover is worth exploring alone!