The Society


The mandate of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society is to encourage and promote work that reflects the diverse folk culture of the Maritimes as exemplified by the work begun by Dr. Helen Creighton.


The Helen Creighton Folklore Festival was launched in 1989 to honour Dr. Creighton at her 90th birthday celebration. The Festival, created through the efforts of her friends and the city of Dartmouth, celebrated the life and work of “Canada’s First Lady of Folklore.” The event was held each fall at the Alderney Gate Public Library in Dartmouth until 1993, and then at the Halifax Citadel from 1994-6. It featured music, dance, demonstrations of traditional crafts, and storytelling. The Festival sponsored a national competition for a commissioned piece of work based on folk music from the Helen Creighton collection. It also co-sponsored, with the Alderney Gate Public Library, a ghost-story writing contest for young people.

The Helen Creighton Folklore Festival Society of Dartmouth changed its name in 1997, and was registered as The Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Also in 1997, The Helen Creighton Folklore Society merged with The Dr. Helen Creighton Memorial Foundation. The Foundation had been established by the Province of Nova Scotia in 1990 at the University of King’s College.

In 1999, The Fred Redden Society for Traditional Music was also incorporated into The Helen Creighton Folklore Society.

In 2013, the Nova Scotia Community Foundation created the Helen Creighton Folklore Society Fund.

It is the annual endowment from this fund that allows The Helen Creighton Folklore Society to provide annual grants to folklore researchers and awards to Provincial Music Festivals. Other activities depend upon donations and volunteer support.

Board Updates

The HCFS has an active Board and volunteers. The Board meets on a regular basis and has various committees. A few of our latest projects in development are…

  • Researching material in the Helen Creighton Collection for possible publication.
  • Seeking out vocal, choir, musical arrangements of Helen’s collected materials.
  • Working with partners such as The Dartmouth Heritage Museum and Big Turnip Records.
  • Outreach to Schools:
    • Provincial History Fair,
    • Workshops and Presentations on folklore, songs, stories, Helen Creighton.
  • Assisting with the online organization of the Helen Creighton Collection in the Nova Scotia Archives.


Current Committees to tackle ongoing jobs are:

  • Education Committee: finding ways to connect with schools and museums.
  • Website Committee: transitioning from an old website to a new one.

Want to learn more or get involved? Contact Us.

Annual General Meeting:

The Society’s AGM is in March. Date for 2022: TBA

Board Members 2022-2023

Jon Stone – Chair
Cindy Campbell-Stone – Vice Chair, Social Media, Storytellers Liaison
Margo Carruthers – Secretary
Pat Dickson – Treasurer
Clary Croft – Past Chair, Archives
James Morrison – Chair of the Grants-in-Aid Committee
Joleen Gordon – Traditional Craft, Ghost Story Writing Contest
Mickie Zinck – Creighton Family Representative
Bob Williamson – Music Festivals
Martha Healy – Education-schools
Rosalee Peppard Lockyer – Heritage Ambassador
Dylan Jewers – Concerts
Emma Lang – Education-museums
Linda Nicholl – Member-at-large
Joe Pitre – Member-at-large

Greer Kelley – Member-at-large