Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 14, 2010 09:46 ET

Government of Canada Supports Cobequid Planters 250 Society

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament (Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley), today announced funding for the Cobequid Planters 250 Society.

This funding will enable this historical society to present All Dressed Up: Like the Planters, a celebration of the arrival of farmers from New England and Ireland who started their new lives in Colchester County, Nova Scotia, in 1761. All Dressed Up: Like the Planters will include presentations and workshops on local history, as well as a capital project for the creation of historical reproductions of Planters' costumes. These costumes will be exhibited in parades and displayed at the Colchester Historical Society Museum in Truro throughout 2011.

"Our Government is pleased to support the important work of the Cobequid Planters 250 Society," said Minister Moore. "Nearly 250 years ago, around 200 brave souls arrived in central Nova Scotia and helped establish the townships of Truro, Londonderry, and Onslow. Today, these are vibrant, thriving communities that contribute greatly to the local and regional economies."

"The Planters were among the earliest English-speaking settlers in this area," said Mr. Armstrong. "In 1761, they set about re-establishing their lives on this rich farmland, and we benefit to this day from their hard work. In the two and a half centuries since then, the soil has remained rich and our history has been even richer, thanks to the diligence and determination of the Planters."

"The support received from the Department of Canadian Heritage will enable the Cobequid Planters 250 Society to carry forward one of its key aims, namely the creation of a legacy project," said Ken Henderson, Society Chair. "In 2011, as we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Planters, all communities in the region will have the opportunity to reflect on, and honour, our shared history. Next year's anniversary events will be a celebration of how our region has developed over the last 250 years."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $8,500 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations