Series PR-017-3 - Woman on the Waterfront project

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Woman on the Waterfront project

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  • 2007, 2012-2020 (Creation)
    Nova Scotia Women's History Society

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60 cm of textual records, graphic materials, and 1 object

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The Nova Scotia Women’s History Society (NSWHS), formerly known as the Halifax Women’s History Society (2013-2021), aims to promote the visibility of women’s history in Nova Scotia. Founded in 2013, the NSWHS has organized conferences, speaker series, lectures, events, a monument, and written materials pertaining to women’s history in Nova Scotia.

One of the NWSHS’ major initiatives was the “WOW, A Woman on the Waterfront” project (2013-2017), which culminated in the installation of “The Volunteers/Les Bénévoles,” a monument on the Halifax waterfront dedicated to the thousands of women who volunteered their time and labour during World War II.

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Series consists of records relating to the Nova Scotia Women’s History Society’s (NSWHS) Woman on the Waterfront (WOW) project (2013-2017) which involved planning and installing a monument on the Halifax waterfront honouring the volunteer work and labour of women during World War II.

Series includes Annual General Meeting notes referring to the WOW project (2015-2017), budgets for the commission and installation of the monument, the project’s Request for Proposal, records documenting the formation of the artist committee (2014-2017), notes from the committee’s jury deliberations and selection process of the successful candidate (2014-2017), and Marlene Hilton Moore’s maquette of the monument.

Series also includes promotional brochures, cards, pamphlets, media releases, and newspaper clippings referring to the design and unveiling of the monument (2013-2017), records relating to fundraising events and initiatives including “100 Women Donors” and “We’ll Meet Again: North End Services Canteen Re-enactment and Fundraiser,” and primary source research and notes compiled by NSWHS members on women’s volunteer activities during World War II and on art and statues in Canada.

Series also consists of donor agreements and correspondence, CN’s donation pledge, correspondence and agreements with the Halifax Port Authority, as well as grant applications and agreements, including those from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Halifax Regional Municipality.

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Donated by the Nova Scotia Women’s History Society in 2022.


Some oversized pieces were removed for preservation purposes and placed in 202208-004.

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  • English

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  • Arabic

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Some records in the series contain personal information and are restricted under section 20 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Copyright Mount Saint Vincent University Archives unless otherwise noted.

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Accession number: 2022-08

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Created: 2023-10-24 LMORRISON

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