The Fort Sackville Press released two new monographs, “Arthur Lismer: The Bedford Years” by Pat Leader, and “The Willis Family Home,” edited by June Boswell, during a Heritage Month gathering of region local historical societies held at Scott Manor House on February 4, 2019. The new monographs were also presented to the Bedford Public Library, adding to their local history resources. A large collection of Fort Sackville Press monographs covering a variety of Bedford history topics can be viewed in the Reading Room at Scott Manor House. Check our seasonal hours; contact us for purchase information.

Willis Family Home—Moved during reconstruction of the Bedford Highway. Based on a presentation by Olga Willis Fox, edited by June Boswell (M77)

Olga Willis Fox tells of her time growing up in Bedford, particularly in 1939, when the Willis family home was moved during the widening of the Bedford Highway. Includes images of the highway construction.

Arthur Lismer: The Bedford Years by Patricia Leader (M78)

While Lismer is widely known as one of the leaders of the Group of Seven, this monograph outlines his working and social life in Bedford. During the First World War years, he was instrumental in resurrecting the old Victorian School of Art and Design (now NSCAD) and improving the contents of the art gallery. He provided immediate sketches of the Halifax Explosion in addition to his work as an official war artist. Lismer formulated fresh ideas on childhood art education as well as that of the public. The tranquility of Bedford and supportive friends like Cobb and Roy allowed Lismer to leave a legacy of his work to Canada.