Storytelling school

ANNE CROSSMAN: Elder Wisdom and Storytelling

CENTRELEA, N.S. — “The small rural churches are closing, the schools are being consolidated, and therefore only the halls that represent the community remain. »

The above statement was uttered by a good friend not too long ago. The halls replace what used to be in the neighborhoods of those churches and school gymnasiums years ago.

The fact that Annapolis County believes in this is a blessing to all of our neighborhoods. The county has supported roof repairs, stair repairs, painting, and even some events over the years. These halls are the glue that keeps rural people together for wedding receptions, funeral receptions, children’s birthdays, family reunions, Christmas potlucks, book sales and card parties.

And another important thing happens in these rooms – storytelling. Most people who volunteer are in the senior category. They know the history of the community and the families who have lived there. They know who went to college. They remember who married whom. They remember the storms that knocked out the power for days. They know the time spent on the Annapolis River, before the installation of the tidal power station, and the traffic on the river. Some even worked on this power plant project.

Annapolis Valley Register columnist Anne Crossman is a former journalist and media manager.  She now volunteers in her community of Centrelea, Annapolis County.  - Contributed
Annapolis Valley Register columnist Anne Crossman is a former journalist and media manager. She now volunteers in her community of Centrelea, Annapolis County. – Contributed

People remember when Ernest Buckler lived just down the street and wrote all these books and became famous.

They remember when the hall was something else – a one-room schoolhouse or a temperance hall.

They remember the days when almost everyone worked at the “elastic factory” – Britex. And they know that the dentist down the street bought the old plant and there have been conversations about what he’s going to do with it.

I understood what we call when we are closer to the end than the beginning. It’s our job to tell the stories of our communities, friends and loved ones. These are stories that can be passed on to the next generation.

This next generation will remember these stories when they reach a “certain age” and tell them to the next group and so on.

Storytelling is an important way to remember friends and the good things that happen in the places we live.


Anne Crossman is a former journalist and media manager. She now volunteers in her community of Centrelea, Annapolis County.

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