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Exhibits 2012

From Rural Roots to Runway:

The Suttles & Seawinds Story

Suttles Seawinds Exhibit

From May 26th to September 2nd

This summer at the Mahone Bay Settlers we have an exciting new exhibit that's sure to appeal to people of all ages. Vicki Lynn Bardon of Mahone Bay started out as an interior design student in New York, and upon her return to Nova Scotia, she started a women's quilting group. What started out as a way for women to make money out of their homes soon turned into a huge success. Their products became players in the fashion business and started selling across North America. We are proud to present the story of Suttles and Seawinds and the amazing journey of Vicki Lynn Bardon.

The designs of Vicki Bardon and the story of her company, Suttles & Seawinds, are rooted in Lunenburg County. Starting with local craft and the idea of quilting, Suttles & Seawinds grew to enjoy an international clientele -- from Margaret Trudeau, to Katherine Hepburn, to Rudolph Nureyev. This exhibit has been primarily drawn from the Suttles & Seawinds collection and archives. Visitors will be captivated by examples of excellence in design dating from 1974 to the present day.

Image left: Balmoral Castle, Vicki Bardon / Suttles & Seawinds design, 1989. Photography by Lord Snowden for Viyella Fabrics and Vogue magazine.

Recently, the work to digitize the vast archives of the Suttles & Seawinds collection began and these archives are available online through the Community Access Program (C@P) at

Remembering Harry:

Harry Aulenbach of Blockhouse

This past winter, the Mahone Bay community lost a very influential member. Harry was an extremely involved member of the community as shown through his volunteering and dedication to various organizations in the area. Harry was also known for his friendly personality and sense of humor. His love for the community and its inhabitants were the driving factors in his thoughts and actions. This exhibit is in tribute to Harry's life and the wonderful things he's done for Mahone Bay.

From Daguerre to Digital:

Cameras Through Time

Experience the evolution of cameras through time, how the technology has changed and how very different the entire photo taking experience has changed. This exhibit will take you back to the 1700's when the idea of being able to take a picture was first conceived. The museum is exhibiting a large collection of cameras this summer. The Blair Combination is the earliest camera in the exhibit, from 1885, and the most recent is the Sony Mavica from 2000.

Royal Commemorative China:

Kings, Queens and Royal Heirs

This exhibit features China from our Inglis/Quinlan collection. Following the theme of Royal Events throughout the years. Each piece of china was created for the sole purpose of commemorating the important events in the lives of the Royal Family, such as weddings and coronations.

Heritage Fair Projects:

by local students

Each week the Mahone Bay Settlers Museum features a new heritage fair project created by local elementary school students. The topics of these projects range from The Oak Island Mystery to The Canadarm, and all pertain to our local heritage. We are very pleased to offer the students a chance to present their outstanding projects in our museum.

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