It was December 6, 1917 at 9:05am when a munitions ship blew up dockside in Halifax, Nova Scotia, creating the largest man-made explosion until the first atomic bomb was detonated over Hiroshima.
The rest of the story about this historical event, complete with photos, is available on a new online exhibit recently posted on the Library’s Reflections Web site.
The exhibit, “From One Moment to the Next: The Halifax Explosion,” focuses not just on the events leading up to the disaster and the direct aftermath, but also on relief efforts. The earliest U.S. public emergency response unit,
the Massachusetts Committee on Public Safety,
had its first test in Halifax and was only one of
many contributors of aid.
Check out other online Reflections exhibits including neurasthenia, screens and public health, hand washing, corsets and fashion, and drowning and resuscitation.
The new exhibit, Every Breath You Take: Tuberculosis Fresh-Air Treatments, opens Wednesday, April 1 in the lobby of the Health Sciences Library (through May 12).
For More Information
Contact Janet Pearson, Historical Collections Assistant (434) 982-0576