Promoting the diverse folk culture of the Maritimes

About the fund

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Fund was established to support the work of the Society which is named in honour of folklorist Helen Creighton (1899-1989), who collected and published traditional music, stories and lore of Maritime Canada. Creighton was born and lived most of her life in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and her home, Evergreen House, is now a part of the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. Over the course of her career, Creighton collected over 4,000 songs, ballads and stories. She authored thirteen books of traditional songs, ballads and stories, of which her Bluenose Ghosts is the most widely known. She received many awards, including six honorary doctorates and the Order of Canada. Today the Society’s mandate is to encourage and promote work that reflects the diverse traditional and emerging folk culture of the Maritimes as exemplified by the work begun by Dr. Helen Creighton. Annual proceeds from the Fund are given to The Helen Creighton Folklore Society a charitable organization dedicated to promoting the folkloric culture of Maritime Canada. The Society continues to support research and programs in the folklore field.


  • To honour the work of local folklorist Helen Creighton (1899-1989)
  • To encourage and promote work that reflects the diverse folk culture of the Maritimes
  • To support the activities of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society

Donate to this fund

If you would like to donate to this fund, donations of up to $500 can be made by clicking on the button below to go to the CanadaHelps donation page. 

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For donations over $500, please contact the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia office at