It's time to bring Cape Breton's Magazine back. Who is with me?
Cape Breton's Magazine is a timeless archive of Cape Breton culture. The magazine ran for 74 issues and touched on some of the more culturally important stories of Cape Breton. The stories focused on human interest articles and interviews of people about their way of life in Cape Breton communities - past and present. It is by far the best record of Cape Breton culture as a whole and how the island has taken elements of the past to build on a prosperous future. The magazine ran from 1972 to 1999, published by well known author Ron Caplan, who arrived on the island in 1971 from the U.S.. The hard copy magazines are coveted and can sometimes be found in local flea markets. The whole archive is now online thanks to a number of partners that provided funding and time. They can be found at http://capebretonsmagazine.com/ When I arrived on the island I was really taken by the breadth of stories. It really helped me to understand Cape Breton and its people. There are so many interesting tidbits - from making spruce beer to how the mail was delivered in the Highlands, to how to make rope - all genuinely told by those in the know. I haven't talked to Mr. Caplan, but I feel that there are still so many more stories to tell. Things are different today. People are so well connected through social media and the likes. Inspired by what has been written, I've taken as stab at a few articles myself, even though I'm writing based purely on interest and not experience. https://capebreton.lokol.me/the-last-schooner https://capebreton.lokol.me/disneyland-in-meat-cove-and-my-thoughts-on-history The process for me was interesting, as I was able to collect so many elements through the contributions of people on social media. People are so passionate here about sharing what they know. This, I feel, could be an avenue for resuscitating a beloved magazine and in a way that could be sustainable and accessible. There are so many writers in Cape Breton that are inspired by the culture that persists on the island. There are new generations, new perspectives and new interests. If the magazine itself is not something that is possible to bring back then perhaps something similar could be pursued. I feel that searching out more stories and sharing them with the greater reach we now have at our fingertips can be such a powerful way of promoting Cape Breton culture, putting an emphasis on the rich history that is here to the benefit of the people that live here and help to put Cape Breton on the map. Who is with me? I would be interested in talking to you to see what we might be able to accomplish for the greater good of Cape Breton. Chris Bellemore is a blogger from Ontario that moved to Cape Breton Island and is logging his experiences in this strange and wonderful place. Me: https://www.facebook.com/chris.bellemore Abandoned Places and Untold Stories of Cape Breton https://www.facebook.com/groups/518156224947471/915613581868398/?notif_t=like My music: https://soundcloud.com/crispbellemono
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