Celebrate Heritage Day 2018

Published: Friday, February 2, 2018 - 3 years, 8 months ago

Monday February 19th, 2018 is Heritage Day in Nova Scotia! This year the Province honours Mona Louise Parsons.

“Mona Louise Parsons, actress, nurse, resistance fighter (born in Middleton, Nova Scotia on 17 February 1901; died in Wolfville, Nova Scotia on 28 Nov 1976). Mona Parsons was the only Canadian woman to be imprisoned by the German army, yet her story is unfamiliar in Canada.” (Canadian Encyclopedia Online)

There are many ways to participate in Heritage Day this year, and to learn more about Parsons and the dangerous times in which she lived. Here are just a few suggestions:

From Home

View the Heritage Minutes on Mona Louise Parsons produced by Historica Canada by clicking here.

Read about the history of Heritage Day in Nova Scotia (click here), and how the Province is commemorating Ms. Parsons online (click here).

Scroll through the Canadian Encyclopedia Online for articles, images, maps, and more relating to World War II.

Visit NovaMuse.ca to explore images and objects related to Mona Louise Parsons.

Canada’s History Magazine has a wonderful article on Parsons and her life in the Nazi Resistance in Europe. Read it here.

On the Road

The Annapolis Valley MacDonald Museum in Parson’s hometown of Middleton will be hosting a celebration of the life of Mona Parsons! Her biographer, Andria Hill-Lehr will be sharing readings and a presentation on the life of Mona from the Valley to Europe and back again. Click here to visit the museum’s Facebook page.

Ross Farm Museum is currently hosting the Vanguard 150 exhibit which features the men and women throughout history who have made a difference in Nova Scotia. 

The Army Museum at the Halifax Citadel has a number of exhibits which feature the actions of Canadian soldiers during World War II.