A record of our past

Whether you’re a journalist researching a story, or you’re naturally curious, Halifax Public Libraries has the resources to help you discover the history of the Bedford community. In our branches and online, here are three resources to help you get started.

Fort Sackville Press

At the Bedford Public Library, we’ve had plenty of interest from residents and visitors curious about the Bedford Basin, the Mi’kmaq Petroglyphs (images carved into the rock in an area known as the Bedford Barrens), and the charming Rotunda at Prince’s Lodge. Our Fort Sackville Press publications cover these local history topics and many others, and are produced by researchers and authors from the community.
You’ll also find a history of The Chickenburger, profiles of artists from Bedford, broad photographic histories and heritage walks, and information about Scott Manor House. These titles are in our reference collection and are always available.
There are several notable primary sources from this collection that capture day-to-day life in historic Bedford, including Marion Christie’s Growing Up in Bedford and George A. Christie’s The Barrens of Bedford: Reminiscences and Memories of Railways in Bedford. Having these first-person accounts of local history is invaluable in bringing history to life.

Vertical files and the non-fiction collection

Want to browse through a selection of clippings related to Bedford history and news? Our small vertical file collection at Bedford Public Library includes newspaper clippings and articles on Prince’s Lodge, the petroglyphs, and miscellaneous articles on the library and Bedford’s incorporation as a town in 1980. Our non-fiction collection also has many useful resources on local history. A great starting point is Elsie Church Tolson’s The Captain, the Colonel and Me: Bedford, N.S. Since 1503, a resource we refer to a great deal at our information desk.
Staff as Guides
As always, you are in good hands with library staff. They will help you find the information you need, whether in this branch or any library systems across Canada. We offer a great interlibrary loan system, knowledge of other institutional collections, and access to a current community database through our catalogue.
Wherever you are, you have the support of our team at Halifax Central Library, which houses a large reference collection. You’ll find online guides to the collection by clicking the research tab on our website.
For genealogists, we offer access in branches to Ancestry—Library edition, along with orientation for users. Finally, we regularly feature programming that addresses research and historical themes as well.
Watch our most recent program listings at on our website.
Did we pique your interest? We love a challenging research question, so bring us your best! We’ll see you in the branches for a glance into Bedford’s history and beyond.
Hannah Colville is the manager at the Bedford branch of the Halifax Public Libraries. www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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