Take a look at some of the projects the Heritage Association is working on.

  • We are currently sponsoring 1784: (Un)Settling Antigonish, a historical pilgrimage exploring the foundation of Antigonish. For more information on the performances please follow the link.
  • The Antigonish Memory Project is a project we have run since 2012. It is an inititive to preserve the stories of Antigonish through collecting oral histories from elders in the community. If you or someone you know may want to participate in the Memory Project, or if you would like to learn more about the inititive please click on the respective link.

 1784: (Un)Settling Antigonish

A participatory theatrical and musical pilgrimage that will transport you back to 1784 and the first permanent European settlement of Antigonish - the landing of Colonel Timothy Hierlihy and his company of United Empire Loyalists at Antigonish Harbour, homeland of the Mi'kmaq.


Pilgrims all, we will resound to Mi'kmq and Irish songs and rituals, featuring the harp music of the Hierlihy family's native Ireland. In the way of the pilgrims, we will settle - or unsettle - for ourselves the past and the present of the place we call Antigonish.


Tickets available at Antigonish 5c to $1 and the Antigonish Heritage Museum


Stage production July 29, 7 pm

Claire Marie Auditorium, Audult $20; Seniors and Unwaged: $15


On-site pilgrimages to the Town Point site

Sat July 4, 2015, 1:30 pm

Sat Sept 5, 2015, 10:30am, 1:30pm

Sat Sept 26, 2015, 10:30am, 1:30pm

Sat Oct 24, 2015, 10:30am, 1:30pm


Space strictly limited! Entry fee, including shuttle service to the sit from the Antigonish Heritage Museum: Adult $25; Seniors and Unwaged: $20

 The Antigonish Memory Project

Beginning in the spring of 2012, the Heritage Association of Antigonish created a new project designed to document the memories and experiences of elders living in Antigonish town and county. The project was the brainchild of Heritage Association and Museum board member, Fraser Dunn. Fraser, along with other members of the Heritage Association, has been interviewing seniors across Antigonish for years. The Antigonish Memory Project is simply a streamlined, focused approach to capturing these stories.  

To help accomplish the goals of the Antigonish Memory Project a summer student was hired in May 2012 to conduct and record interviews with a variety of seniors throughout the area. The list of seniors is constantly growing and reflects the diversity of the peoples who make up Antigonish, from local business owners and politicians, to Dutch immigrant farmers and Mi’kmaq elders. Through this project, we hope to contribute to the public’s understanding of Antigonish’s history through learning about the individual lives and experiences of the areas citizens.

If you of someone you know might be interested in participating in the Antigonish Memory Project please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (902) 863-6160. While our Memory Project students only interview during the summer we would love to receive your suggestions all year round.

All interviews conducted for the Antigonish Memory Project will be made available at the Antigonish Heritage Museum in visual, audio or transcribed form. We believe these interviews will provide a valuable resource to a variety of community members, from a student conducting research for a paper to a descendant looking to listen to stories told by an ancestor. Please visit the following link;


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