The society was formed in 1977 to promote preservation of material relating to the history of the town and surrounding area including Hants Border, Mount Denson and Bishopville.
In addition to the series of regular meetings and lectures, the society hires student guides and researchers each summer to conduct tours of the McDade Heritage Centre and has been actively collecting artifacts and documents relating to the history of the area for their library and archives.
Hantsport: A Haven of Hospitality and History
Hantsport and area has a rich heritage encompassing the latter half of the 19th century when the Churchill and North shipyards were significant producers of square-rigged sailing ships for the world’s oceans. In the 20th century the Murray mill, the Jodrey enterprises, the gypsum shipping facility, and other businesses resulted in Hantsport being known as “the town of industries”. Other facets of the town’s rich history include the Lucknow Branch 109 of the Royal Canadian Legion (1946-2012) and the Shamrock baseball teams. The surviving records and memorabilia of the shipyards, the industries, the incorporated town, the Legion, the Shamrocks, and much more are now made accessible to the public, to school children, to tourists, and to researchers through the McDade Heritage Centre.
Membership brings the satisfaction of contributing materialy to the aims and objectives of the society. The fee is $10 per year.
The society meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from September through May, at 7 p.m. featuring speakers on a variety of topics. The meetings are held in St. Andrews Anglican Church Hall.