Press Release: Gottingen 250

For Immediate Release
Halifax, Nova Scotia – April 7th, 2014 – The North End Business Association, in partnership with several organizations in the North End and with support from Canadian Heritage’s Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program, are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the naming of the Gottingen region.

In 1764 the German settlers of the North End of Halifax, known at that time as Germantown, petitioned the Governor in Council to rename the near north suburbs of the Halifax settlement “Gottingen” rather than “Germantown.” This occurred on April 6th, 1764. This is a notable event in the evolution of Halifax and one of the first signs of democratic government in Canada.

The 250th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the special and significant history of the North End Halifax, and specifically the Gottingen region.

The celebrations will contain three key components:

  1. A Music, Art & Heritage Festival scheduled for September 11th – 14th, 2014. The festival will include an all-day Saturday free outdoor concert at 2183 Gottingen Street (the former MET site), an open-air street market along Maitland Street, and kid and family festivities on the field next to St. Patrick’s Alexandria. Sunday, a free community barbecue, and multi-denominational service will be held as a continuation of the celebrations.
  2. Storytelling & History Curation Events – Throughout 2014, Gottingen 250 contributors including iMOVE, Bus Stop Theatre, and Co*Lab, will be hosting a series of events in the Gottingen region, aimed at collecting photos, archives, and stories to be preserved in perpetuity in an exhibit on Gottingen Street, as well as online.
  3. A Mobile History App – In order to preserve and present the history of the Gottingen region in as accessible and modern format as possible, an innovative new web app will be developed that will allow for both formal and informal (stories) histories to be presented together and plotted where they occurred.

A robust tagging system will allow people to pull out stories from particular time periods, prominent communities, or other key themes. The app will be geocoded, allowing people to walk through the neighborhood, stop at buildings and pull up historical photos, key dates and prominent tenants, and listen to
the stories of those who had memorable experiences at that location.

“Gottingen 250 will be a great opportunity for the community to celebrate, and collect its history in many voices, while at the same time explore its future” says Michelle Strum, chair of the North End Business Association. “We’ve assembled an advisory committee that spans across the community and encourage others who wish to contribute to reach out and be part of this significant event.”

For more information, visit over the coming weeks as more details are announced.

About the North End Business Association

The North End Business Association is the business improvement association for Halifax’s North End.
Representing over 350 businesses, it advocates and invests in initiatives to promote Halifax’s North
End as the best place to live, work and play.

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David Fleming
Executive Director
North End Business Association

(902) 293-0701

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