Many places and people have made this project possible.
A Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant funded this project as did a Nova Scotia Museum Cultural History Research Grant.
ACEnet, the Atlantic arm of Compute Canada, hosts the website on their server and has provided financial support and expert guidance through the project. Dr. Chris Geroux—ACEnet consultant and a partner on this project—and I were first connected through Compute Canada’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) Scholarship in 2016; I also received a scholarship from DHSI that year to build this project’s foundations. This project would not exist without Chris’ ideas and technical support. Thanks for all you’ve done and for providing back-up when needed—thanks also to Michele Fash, Sergiy Khan, and Mat Larade at ACEnet. Roger Gillis, Dalhousie’s Copyright and Digital Humanities, provided valuable guidance in the project’s early stages.
I was fortunate indeed when Christopher Shalom, then a master’s student in English at Dalhousie, became a Research Assistant on this project. Together, Chris and I did much of the research, writing, and conceptualization for the project. Thanks also to Michaela Wipond, an English student and research assistant at the University of Prince Edward Island. In Halifax, David Walker was a research assistant on the technical side of the project, as was Nayeema Lail, who continues to lend her expertise. At Dalhousie, Sarah Deller did voice acting when we tested audio recordings of the landmarks’ early drafts.
Halifax Literary Landmarks was born, fittingly, in Halifax while I was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in Dalhousie’s English department. The department welcomed me with open arms, providing an intellectually stimulating and collegial atmosphere as I navigated the precarity of early career academia. Special thanks to Dr. Judith Thompson, my mentor, and Dr. Julia M. Wright, who was then the Associate Dean of Research in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Arts and who encouraged me to apply for a SSHRC grant in the first place. Gratitude also to Dr. Marjorie Stone, who actively supported my postdoc application and helped me build a scholarly network at Dalhousie, and to Dr. David McNeil, who helped me explore the Digital Humanities.
The project changed homes when I became the Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies and Assistant Professor in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture at the University of Prince Edward Island. Here I’ve received incredible support from Dr. Lisa Chilton, Director of ACLC, Dr. Philip Smith, chair of the L.M. Montgomery Institute steering committee, and Dr. Elizabeth Epperly, LMMI founder. I’m fortunate to work so closely with Dr. Josh MacFadyen and Dr. David Hickey in ACLC and with the LMMI steering committee. Ross Dwyer is the project manager you want on your team; on this project alone, he has processed contracts, helped with budgets, done voice-acting, and provided advice. It’s always a pleasure to work with Kristy McKinney, who recorded and edited scripts; thanks also to Donald Moses, University Librarian, and all the wonderful staff at UPEI’s Robertson Library, especially Simon Lloyd, University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian.
As a website lacks the formal peer review of more traditional scholarly outlets and since I am (at least originally) a scholar of British literature, I am particularly grateful to the experts in Halifax and Nova Scotia history and literature who have reviewed and commented on sections of Halifax Literary Landmarks. Your input has led to my deeper understanding and allows me to launch this website with greater confidence. Mistakes or omissions remain mine. Deepest gratitude to Dr. Claire Campbell, Professor of History, Bucknell University; Dr. Gwendolyn Davies, Professor & Dean Emerita, University of New Brunswick; Dr. Sylvia Hamilton, Nova Scotian filmmaker, writer, and Assistant Professor, Rogers Chair in Communications, University of King's College; Dr. Martin Hubley, Curator of History, Nova Scotia Museum; Roger J. Lewis, MA, Curator of Ethnology, Collections and Research, Nova Scotia Museum; Karen Smith, Special Collections Librarian, Killam Library, Dalhousie University; Marianne Ward, editor and member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS), the Atlantic Book Awards Society, and the Halifax reading circle for Project Bookmark Canada; Dr. RHW, Curator Emeritus in History, NSM. As well as reviewing project material, Dr. Martin Hubley, Curator of History, Nova Scotia Museum, has been a source of guidance, advice, and enthusiasm throughout this project.
Thanks to the Friends of the Public Gardens, especially Henri Paratte and Judith Cabrita, for interest in the project; I look forward to future collaborations. A delight of this project has been connecting with so many experts and enthusiasts of Halifax stories and places.
I’m grateful for conversations following my presentations on this project at: UPEI’s L.M. Montgomery conference (2018), ACCUTE’s annual meeting (2018), the L.M. Montgomery Society of Ontario’s annual event (2017), and the Speakers’ Series in Dalhousie’s English department (2017).
Thanks to Kate Macdonald Butler, Sally Keefe Cohen, and the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery for their ongoing support. L.M. Montgomery is a trademark of Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.
-Dr. Kate Scarth / UPEI / November 2019