The Lunenburg Heritage Society was established in 1972 as a non-profit society with the intent of preserving and promoting the character, ambiance and old world charm of the community of Lunenburg as reflected in its architecture, waterfront and the evolution of its economic activity.

Today, the Society can look back with pride on many accomplishments in which it has either taken the lead role or been actively involved. Significant among these are:

•  The establishment of the public library, which today is a flourishing and expanding institution

•  The establishment of a public Art Gallery , which now operates as a separate organization

•  The establishment of the Lunenburg Craft Festival in 1975 which is now independent from the Society

•  Support to the Lunenburg Academy Foundation in the preservation of that National Historic Site

•  Support to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in its presentation of the evolution of the fishing industry

•  Support to the South Shore Genealogical Society which operates today as an excellent resource centre for research on early settlers

•  Construction of the Heritage Bandstand which today operates as a key site for many community events

•  The publication and marketing of several books, pamphlets, posters, and note cards of historical interest

•  Creation of the Lunenburg Heritage Quilt in 2003 by Laurie Swim to commemorate Lunenburg’s 250th Birthday (displayed at Lunenburg’s Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital - 3rd Floor)

•  Financial support to the erection of the Fisherman's Memorial

The Society now has many members, many of whom render not only financial support, but also give substantial amounts of their time and talents to operate many fund-raising activities from which the Society draws its life

.In 2000 the Lunenburg Heritage Society purchased an 18th century residence in order to establish and operate a House Museum dedicated to the portrayal of the life and history of the early settlement of the Town of Lunenburg. This residence is now known as the Knaut-Rhuland House Museum and is open to the general public during the summer months.

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