“Gibson Woods: A Testimony to Resilience”
This is the first exhibit curated “solo” by Kings County Museum’s own Kate MacInnes Adams. In the 1970’s a newly married Kate MacInnes Adams moved into her first house, which just
happened to be the former home of Mrs. Ethel D. Gibson; thus began a story that continues until this day and provided the idea for this exhibit. “Miss Ethel”, as Kate refers to her with great respect, left a few mementos in her former home such as her iron, silverware tray, and the kitchen cabinets which she made by hand, these touching reminders have found their way into this exhibit.
Any exhibit is a collaboration and to this point special thanks is extended to Aileen
Johnston, cousin of Ethel Gibson, who was kind enough to share stories and artifacts from
Ethel Gibson’s life. Garnet Meisner, a local genealogist and historian, has provided countless hours of research and time in helping unearth the facts that provide the basis for the maps and genealogy shared in this exhibit. Anna Osburn contributed the digital copies of A. F. Church Maps, which has provided the geographical basis for telling this story. The staff of the Black Cultural Centre in Dartmouth have provided exhibit panels that will be showed from August 22 to September 19th. Summer student Ellen Lewis has provided a steady hand in crafting labels and helping breath life into the story.
Before Mrs. Ethel D. Gibson passed away at the venerable age of 103, Kate had the
opportunity to meet her, albeit very briefly, at a community reunion in Gibson Woods.
How appropriate that a community reunion afforded the opportunity for these to spirits to
connect… women who in their own time and own way have both respected the tangible
aspects of community, and perhaps more importantly the intangible connections woven through love of place and family. For Kate, this journey into the life and times of
“Mrs. Ethel” has been a truly personal one and this is reflected in this touching exhibit to
the life of Mrs. Ethel D. Gibson and the community that was her home for much of her long and resilient life.
OUR HERITAGE HEARTH
“Our Heritage Hearth: From Field to Farm ”
Exploring The Roots of Valley Cooking From Garden to Table.
until Mid-December 2018
Before the rise of the “Farm to Table” Movement there was our Heritage Hearth. Even with the dramatic changes to food processing and storage in the middle part of the last century traditional gardening techniques and methods of preparing and serving food remained very much alive in Valley kitchens. Recipes for favourite dishes were kept and shared and passed down from generation to generation in cherished handwritten cookbooks. This exhibition celebrates those traditions and the people that utilized them.
Visitors will be able to “step back in time” while visiting a country kitchen (c. 1930-40’s) viewing where our mothers or grandmothers prepared the meals which sustained future generations. In the pioneering days of cooking over the hearth cooking information and techniques were passed from one generation to the next by word of mouth but as changes in technology and preparation evolved so to did the growth of the publication of cookbooks. In a part of the exhibit entitled, “ A Recipe for Success: Cookbooks Which Preserved Our Culinary Traditions “different types of cookbooks will be shared including the standards found in every kitchen to examples of promotional cookbooks.
A private collection of crockery and items reflective of the tradition of pickling and preserves will sit cheek to jowl with “Harvesting the Bounty From the Fields” which will feature gardening tools from the collection of Allison Magee. The grounds of the museum were turned into a garden of heritage flowers and vegetables over the summer in preparation for this exhibit and the eye catching array of bounty earned the museum the “David White Visions of Kentville Award” from the Kentville Business Community in July.
The Kings Historical Society is pleased to partner with the Devour! The Food Film Fest to feature a number of short films curated by them which will be shown throughout the duration of the exhibit. The official launch of the exhibit is scheduled for Monday October 22nd with a planned showing of Aube Giroux’s film “Modified”. Film to be introduced by author Jenny Osburn. Join us for this celebration of our founding culinary history.