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SHDP Newsletter Summer 2018 edition
SUMMER GREETINGS everyone! Hoping you are able to take some time to relax and enjoy some nice weather, at your favorite summer getaway/happy place!
Do you have a photo or information you'd like to see included in the next newsletter? 
Please send it to info@shiphectordescendants.ca
Thank you
 
PIONEER CEMETERY, NEW GLASGOW

On a beautiful spring day in April I had the oppprtunity to tour the Pioneer Cemetery in New Glasgow with cemetery tour guide Lynn MacLean. Lynn has been providing tours of this historic cemetery for years and is a local historian. Her recent childrens book on the Halifax Explosion sold out.

At least 18 Ship Hector passengers are buried in this cemetery. A few years ago the Town of New Glasgow and committed residents invested time and money in this cemetery by upgrading the gate and fencing, and landscaping the property, which has made the cemetery a beautiful place to visit along the East River. 
You can borrow the key to the gate from the local Police station to gain access.  Worth a visit!!
I plan to visit several genealogy centres, archives and museums in Nova Scotia this summer to promote the Ship Hector Descendant Project and to find more descendants. Looking forward to a these “research road trips” in the weeks ahead.  (Will report back on where to find the best ice cream!)
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO LIKE & SHARE THE SHDP FACEBOOK PAGE. 
 
Hoping to surpass the 500 followers mark this summer. Please share with your relatives so they can be part of the project too!
 
Many of you who subscribe to this newsletter have been in contact to verify your connection to a Ship Hector passenger.  If you haven't I would love to hear how you are connected. 

Please send an email to hectorroots1773@gmail.com outlining your direct ancestral line back to a passenger or who you believe it might be.

Dates, location in Pictou County and spouses names are helpful.   Your info might solve a puzzle for another "unconfirmed" descendant.

Thank you for your assistance!
 
A FEW STATS  from
the SHDP genealogy
database (to date)



# Families: 4336
# Occupations: 179
# Places: 1787
# Individuals: 14135

 

The Hector Heritage Quay re-opened for the season in May, staffed by summer students, and with the assistance of volunteers and interpretive centre tour guides throughout the summer months.  Over 40+ tour buses are scheduled to tour the interpretive centre and replica ship this summer and fall, as well as a number of cruise ships visiting Pictou and area. 
If you are visiting Pictou, you will want to make time to visit the Quay and learn the story of the Hector.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING A VISIT TO PICTOU THIS SUMMER I’D RECOMMEND YOU STOP BY THE NEW SEASIDE MARKETPLACE WHICH WILL BE A FOCAL POINT FOR VARIOUS LOCAL VENDORS, BIKE RENTALS AND HISTORIC WALKING TOURS OFFERED BY MCCULLOCH GENEALOGY CENTRE.

For up to date info visit http://pictoumarket.ca


 



Featured Distinguished Descendant 
JAMES DANIEL BAIN FRASER,  1807-1869
The list of occupations for JDB Fraser, includes: druggist, dentist, merchant, researcher, Justice of the Peace, Commissioner of Health, Founder of Pictou Agricultural Society, inventor of choloroform, health warden, investor in stone quarries & mining, also an agent for the Eastern Stage Coach Company. 

He was the father of 8 children, and grandson of Hector passengers Roderick MacKay and Christiana Grant


 

Jacqueline Halsey of Dartmouth, NS recently launched her latest book, Piper, a children's novel about the Hector voyage.

Available at Chapters
 
I recently met Sandy MacKay who is a very talented man, and has spent countless hours writing a play about the Hector voyage called
Voyage: A Journey of Hope

In 1773, two courageous young Scots, Rory and Angus, chafing under the yoke of British oppression, consider making a perilous voyage to the New World on a ship named ‘Hector’. Will Rory find the courage to leave behind his family and the only life he has known? Will Angus’s wild temperament prevent him from making it aboard? There is also Mary, Rory’s beloved; will she opt for duty to family or choose a journey, expressly forbidden by her father? What trials and twists of fate might they encounter as they seek adventure and their ultimate destinies?

Alive with action, laughter, dance and drama, and defined by a spirit of adventure, Voyage: A Journey of Hope is a rich musical experience powered by an original score and featuring some of Pictou County’s finest talents. Come aboard as the ship Hector sails anew carrying the forbearers of present-day Pictou, embracing change and seeking a better life. A vivid portrayal of the long-celebrated tale of Highland perseverance, it is sure to bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.


Written, produced and directed by Sandy Mackay and Ron MacDonald.
The play will be showing at the deCoste Centre in Pictou on:
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 @ 2:30 pm


Ticket info at decostecentre.ca
If you'd like to get involved & contribute to the production,
visit the fundraising site for the VOYAGE

www.indiegogo.com

Check out the video on the site to learn how you can become involved in
this tribute to the "Voyage of the Hector". 

Thanks in advance!

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