“THE CENTENNIAL OF THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION” MATT KERRIGAN, SPEAKER
On December 6, 1917 in Halifax, Nova Scotia Harbor, a French cargo ship, packed with war munitions, blew up, causing the largest man-made explosion before the advent of nuclear weapons. Thousands were killed. Boston made extraordinary efforts to relieve the suffering, forming a bond between the two cities symbolized by the annual official Boston Christmas Tree given by Nova Scotia.
In a joint program with the St. Andrew’s Society of Massachusetts, we will present the story of that tragedy and of the humanitarian response. Matt Kerrigan, our guest speaker, is a long-time educator in Nova Scotia and for 12 years was an assistant to the Mayor of Halifax.
Quincy Historical Society programs are supported in part by Massachusetts Cultural Council and Quincy Arts Council.