July, 2004 News

03 July, 2004 - Ocean Limited is 100 Years Old   
    The Ocean Limited, from Halifax to Montreal return, is 100 years old this summer and for anyone who follows train history, this is a great milestone.
    It is the longest running, regularly scheduled passenger train in Canada.
    It was named in a pubic contest in 1904 as a summer replacement for the old Intercolonial Railway’s Maritime Express.
    You can read about the Ocean Limited on “The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame” at <http://railfame.ca> and at <http://collections.ic.gc.ca/cnphoto/english/int3_ang.html>.


01 July, 2004 - Place-Names and Places of Nova Scotia
    Nova Scotia Archives and Record Management has released a notice that announces the new online digitized “Place-Names and Places of Nova Scotia.”
    This resource is available at <http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/cap/places>.
    First published in 1967, over 2,400 communities are listed in alphabetical order and are “accompanied by a brief, concise entry describing community highlights such as first settlement, first churches, first schools, primary industries, significant events and notable citizens.”
    The online version is completely searchable by community name or by county, and is accompanied by postcards taken from the archive’s holdings.


23 June, 2004 - Canada Honours Canadian Founders of Hollywood at Toronto’s Walk of Fame
    Four Canadians - Mary Pickford, Louis B. Meyer, Mack Sennett, and Jack Warner - will be honoured on 23 June, 2004 as four Canadians who helped in the startup of Hollywood in the first half of the 20th century.
    Mary Pickford (1892-1979) was “America’s Sweetheart,” starred in numerous films, and
started United Artists with her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, and her friend, Charlie Chaplain. She was born in Toronto.
    Louis B. Meyer (1885-1957) moved to Massachusetts from New Brunswick, and from there went out to Hollywood to start MGM Studios.
    Mack Sennett (1880-1960) moved from Danville, Quebec to the United States when he was 17 years old. He produced the Keystone Kops from 1912 to 1917.
    Jack Warner (1892-1978) and his brothers (Harry, Albert, and Sam) moved from London, Ontario to the United States and started Warner Bros. He produced the Jazz Singer in 1927, the start of talking pictures.
    Go to <http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com>.


21 June, 2004 - Indian Residential School Museum Announced
    On Aboriginal Day, 21 June, the announcement was made that t
he Indian Residential School Museum of Canada will be built at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
    From 1883 to 1996, 80,000 school children attended residential schools across the country.
    The museum will have dormitories, a commemorative garden, and archived photos and stories from former students, and will cost $4 million to build.
    For more information, please go to <http://www.mhs.mb.ca/news/residentialschools.shtml>.




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