The Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society is a non-profit provincially registered society (# 2429150) with federal charitable organization tax status (# 892899568RR0001).
Our mission is to inspire an enduring appreciation for the heritage of the Eastern Shore in both residents and visitors.
The Society shall fulfill its mission by:
The Society’s vision and values are articulated in the Society’s Strategic Plan, a documents revised every four years using a consultative process involving staff, volunteers, members and the general public. Click Here to view the most recent strategic plan outcomes.
The Society believes that our mission is best achieved by identifying and adhering to best practices in museology, heritage tourism and archival standards. In the area of museology we will use the guiding principles and practices of the Canadian Museums Association and the Association of Nova Scotia Museums. In the area of archives we will use the guiding principles and practices of the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. In the area of heritage tourism we will use the guiding principles and practices of the United States National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The National Trust believes that linking tourism and preservation can do more for local economies - and for tourism and preservation - than promoting them separately. The core idea of heritage tourism is: save your heritage, share it with visitors, and reap the economic benefits of tourism. This idea has been further elaborated on as five basic principles:
The Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society was founded in 1995 by community members primarily from communities around the "Loop": Lake Charlotte, Ship Harbour, DeBaie’s Cove, Owls Head, Little Harbour, Clam Harbour and Clam Bay, as well as Upper Lakeville, Oyster Pond and East and West Jeddore.
The Society recognized a need for preserving the heritage of these communities, and its creation was spurred on by imminent loss of significant heritage buildings in the area, such as the Hosking General Store. Since its founding in 1995, the Heritage Society has broadened its mandate to serve the communities from the Eastern Halifax Regional Municipality, basically from Lawrencetown to Ecum Secum, following the coastline. We work with other heritage organizations along the Eastern Shore to preserve the social, economic and natural heritage of the area.
The Heritage Society is overseen by a volunteer board of directors, a year-round part-time Executive Director, seasonal & project specific staff, and over 150 volunteers.
Keiver Read (Brentwood) Chair
Lantz Siteman (Ship Harbour) Vice Chair
Linda Marks (Dartmouth) Secretary
Darlene Meade (Ship Harbour) Treasurer
Jim Livingston (DeBaie's Cove) Director
Dolores Wilmshurst (West Chezzetcook) Director
Nancy Russell (Head Jeddore) Director
Christine Mitchell (Oyster Pond) Director
Fraser Kennedy (Dartmouth) Director
Mansel Eisan (Ship Harbour) Director
Alison Froese-Stoddard (Musquodoboit Harbour) Director
Geraldine Dooks (West Jeddore) Director
Tim Lambert (Ship Harbour) Director
Darrell Boutilier (Jeddore) Director
The Executive Director is Thea Wilson-Hammond.