Chris Cameron’s debut book documents Maccan’s story for the enjoyment of present and future generations

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Chris Cameron’s Maccan Book was launched in 2011 at the Cumberland County Museum & Archives in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Photo courtesy of Biblio.com

by Jamie Heap,

Maccan: a glimpse of the past

Publisher: Chris F. Cameron (November 1, 2011)
Hardcover: 192 pages
ISBN-10: 0987670409
ISBN-13: 978-0987670403

Boxscore: EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada – July 4, 2021 – A native of Maccan and a resident of Edmonton, Alta., Chris Frederick Cameron hoped his first book “would serve a multitude of purposes” which ranged from “offering insights to arousing local interest and arousing in area residents. an appreciation of local history ”. The former military and federal public servant did it (and more) with his first book Maccan: A Glimpse into the Past.

Beginning with a chapter devoted to Maccan’s rich Mi`kmaw heritage, Cameron weaves his way through fourteen well-researched chapters that cover topics such as the arrival of Europeans; the evolution of Maccan into a village; the roads of the Maccan and the transport of vehicles; Maccan school days; the arrival of the railway at Maccan; Maccan coal mines, industry and other undertakings up to and including the closure of the Maccan power station.

Cameron also pays homage to the people of Maccan Village, the social fabric of the community. Maccan’s most famous son was Father of Confederation Jonathan McCully. According to Cameron, “” Jonathan McCully was born in the same year as Abraham Lincoln, learned law, taught law, was: called to the Bar of Nova Scotia; journalist; elected to the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia -Scotland; appointed Solicitor General of Nova Scotia and Commissioner of Railways; appointed to the Senate of Canada and appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. ”Cameron also includes primary source letters regarding Jonathan McCully in the appendix A of his well-written book of nearly 200 pages.

The architectural and religious heritage of Maccan consists of several historic churches. One of these churches is the Maccan United Baptist Church. “The style of Maccan’s United Baptist Church,” writes Cameron, “is generally found in New England with its medium-pitched gable roof, the absence of a steeple, and minimal decorative ornamentation. Pilasters flank both sides. exterior of the main entrance. ” Cameron’s Fourteenth Chapter offers readers some final photographic glimpses of Maccan and the region, both from the sky and from the ground (including one by YO of the mosquito / black fly infested Harrison Lake that I took). Captions from one of Cameron’s photos indicate that “cooking clams at Five Islands was a favorite excursion for many Maccan residents”; some things never change.

Currently available on EBay and Biblio.com while supplies last, Cameron’s Maccan: A Glimpse into the Past will surely be popular with Maccaners and non-Maccaners alike.

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