December 9, 2014
In June of 2014 we opened a time capsule that held three newspapers, two business cards and seven handwritten pages. These handwritten pages found in the Kings County Academy (Kentville, Nova Scotia) time capsule from 1929 have been transcribed by a volunteer at the museum. Most pages have faded or missing letters or words. In some cases these can be inferred via context but the transcription author acknowledges it does introduce the possibility of errors in transcription. As you will see he has marked in red those places where he had to make a judgement call on what was written. Sadly there are a few passages where it is unknown. On the other hand, this document is a priceless record of the state of the school district from 1888 until 1927 (earliest and latest dates mentioned).
The original author is unknown since it was not signed. But by not signing we can infer the intent was to give an overview rather than a personal account. Certainly, it does give an overview of the changes to the school including the names and terms of the Principals, changes to curriculum, classes offered, library initiatives, staffing changes and so on.
We are grateful for the considerable time and effort on the part of our transcriber who continues to selflessly devote many hours to all things historical. It is just such volunteers who are the mainstay of our community museum.
Previous posts related to the Time Capsule in this blog have had photographs of some of the handwritten pages which show the faded lettering and water staining. All of these entries and additional related information may yet become part of an exhibit on the history of education in Kings County.
I have attached a link to the transcription in PDF form below. Anyone who may have additional information on this important educational history can let us know at the museum. See our website Kings County Museum for contact details.
NOTE: the abbreviation ms in this document refers to the handwritten pages as manuscript.
KCA Time Capsule Handwriting Transcription