Touchstones Phase Two

Published: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 4 years, 6 months ago

Exciting news! We have now entered the second phase of Touchstones: Exploring Nova Scotia’s history in 150 years of Confederation.

Are there museum records from your community on NovaMuse that you fancy? Do they tell a great story? Are you a Canadian History 11 teacher in Nova Scotia looking for new content? 

Then Touchstones is for you!

During the initial phase of Touchstones, ANSM and its member museums asked the public to select their favourite items from museum collections on NovaMuse. The public voted for over 600 artifacts that helped shape Nova Scotia’s role in confederation and the evolution of Canada. 

During the second phase, ANSM is partnering with Canadian History 11 teachers and students across Nova Scotia. Narrowing down the list of 600+ objects, students will select and curate the final 150 artifacts that they feel best fit the project's theme. The final artifacts will be featured in a virtual exhibit on NovaMuse. Each class will submit their top 30 artifacts for consideration via email: by May 18, 2017.

We have been busy promoting Touchstones! Be sure to follow us on social media for project updates:

1. We have been releasing YouTube tutorials to help guide students through NovaMuse site navigation. So far we have released tutorials on 1) contributor map 2) browse options and 3) timeline search. These tutorials will help both students and teachers find artifacts for the virtual exhibit on NovaMuse. There are more tutorials coming your way, so keep watching Facebook and Twitter for updates!

2. Touchstones can be found on Pinterest! Select boards feature artifact images that students and teachers can use for project inspiration. These will help guide them throughout the curation process.

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3.  We have shared a blog post, which contains project updates and lesson plan ideas for teachers! 














Ensure that your community is well represented in Touchstones by participating! Share the news with friends, family and colleagues so that museum treasures from your area are chosen for the virtual exhibit on NovaMuse!

There’s more! Schools participating in the Touchstones initiative may be selected as venues for an interactive presentation, which will utilize audio-visual techniques to engage and educate students. The 150 student-curated artifacts will inform the presentation, and Harry Bruce's book titled, "An Illustrated History of Nova Scotia" will frame the narrative. 6 schools will be chosen to participate in the interactive presentation through a lottery, which is scheduled to take place in May 2017.

Interested in learning more? Or, have you and your class decided to participate? Please contact Sandi Stewart via email: or by telephone: 902-423-4677