Lunenburg's 260th Anniversary

Lunenburg's 260 the Birthday Event

Settler's Day and Community Concert on Saturday June 8:

The heavy rain forced a change of venue for today's events.  Instead of everyone gathering in a tent set up on the waterfront, all activities were moved to the united Church in Lunenburg.

The German-Canadian Cultural Association set up a display booth, decorated with their yellow banner and German and Canadian flags.  They distributed gummies, German-Canadian pins and neckbands.  Dr. Paul Huber, editor of "European Origins and Colonial Travails", was present to discuss his book, and explain how he and his wife Eva Huber traveled to all the villages and towns in Germany where the original settlers came from.  Their many photographs and descriptions were used in the book, along with mention of many of the settlers' names.

Also for viewing was "Journal and Letters of Colonel Charles Lawrence", borrowed from the Lunenburg Heritage Society.  The Colonel described to his Governor in Halifax the difficulties in organizing the settlement in Lunenburg.

The German-Canadian Cultural Association also had a display of maps, including one of Germany showing where the settlers came from, and the old town Lunenburg, with the "Diversions" in which the settlers got their new properties.  The "Proclamation" of Agent John Dick in Rotterdam was also on display, showing the promises of what would await the settlers if they journeyed to Nova Scotia

The Program began with the announcement of the Town Crier of Lunenburg, then

Dieter Hintze read in German the German Settlers Day Act, Chapter 32, of the Acts of Nova Scotia 2001, as on June 7th is the "Settlers Day".   MLA Pam Birdsall read the same in English and explained her heritage from Germany.

The Lunenburg Kinderchor received  the neck bands and name tags for every child, from the German-Canadian Cultural Association, which they were wearing during their performance of two German and two Nova Scotia songs.

After the "Midlife Crisis" played for half an hour, the  Mayor Rachel Bailley  and Dieter Hintze presented the plaque for the best decorated window of the Lunenburg Businesses to the Himmelmann's Gift shop. The German-Canadian Cultural Association of Lunenburg County donated this plaque, which will be used for many years to come, plus and a single plaque for the winning business.

The previous Mayor of Lunenburg Dr. Lawrence Mawhinney honoured and presented prominent Lunenburgers.

A number of musical groups entertained for the rest of the afternoon.

The turnout of the visitors was quite good, although the weather influenced the event.

Those present from the German Canadian Cultural Association were:

Denton Conrad, David Baker, Doug Whynot, Kaye  Countway, Jo and Albert Skinner, Bob Murphy, Dr. Paul Huber, Ursula Hintze-Brooke and Dieter Hintze

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