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Joel Zemel

Joel Zemel resides and works in Halifax. He was awarded the prestigious 2016 John Lyman Book Award (U.S.A.) in the category of Canadian Naval and Maritime History for his book Scapegoat, an in-depth examination of the legal proceedings following the 1917 Halifax Explosion. He was the historical and design consultant for Canada Post Corporation's stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion and is included in HRM Archives's "List of Professional Researchers."

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Recent Work by Joel

<b>HalifaxYesterday:</b> Aileen Meagher, Canada’s Flying Schoolmarm <b>(8 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday: Aileen Meagher, Canada’s Flying Schoolmarm (8 photos)

Aileen Meagher was an Olympic athlete, a school teacher, and an accomplished artist
<b>HalifaxYesterday:</b> Janet Kitz: Historian, Educator and Leading Authority on the 1917 Explosion in Halifax Harbour <b>(8 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday: Janet Kitz: Historian, Educator and Leading Authority on the 1917 Explosion in Halifax Harbour (8 photos)

Were it not for decades of dedicated work by Janet Frame Kitz, an incalculable amount of knowledge concerning the Halifax Explosion would have been forever lost
<b>HalifaxYesterday:</b> Alexander Johnston, the Man Who Brought Wireless Communication to Canada <b>(8 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday: Alexander Johnston, the Man Who Brought Wireless Communication to Canada (8 photos)

R. Fraser Alexander Johnston (1867-1951) was a native of Red Islands, Richmond County in Cape Breton
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b> : Commander F. Evan Wyatt - The Unlikely Halifax Explosion Victim <b>(11 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday : Commander F. Evan Wyatt - The Unlikely Halifax Explosion Victim (11 photos)

Prior to the catastrophic 6 December 1917 explosion in Halifax Harbour, Acting Commander F. Evan Wyatt and his second wife, Dorothy Brookfield, were the darlings of the city’s social elite
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b>: The 1919 Anti-Chinese Riots

HalifaxYesterday: The 1919 Anti-Chinese Riots

At least ten shops were damaged or completely destroyed from the Gottingen Street area to Barrington and Sackville Stree
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b>: Carrie M. Best - Journalist, Publisher and Human Rights Advocate <b>(6 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday: Carrie M. Best - Journalist, Publisher and Human Rights Advocate (6 photos)

Carrie Best (1903-2001) knew all too well about the damaging effects of racist policies
<b>HalifaxYesterday: </b> Solving the Mysteries of Halifax Explosion Photographs <b>(11 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday: Solving the Mysteries of Halifax Explosion Photographs (11 photos)

I believe it is safe to say with a high degree of certainty that numerous unsolved mysteries surrounding the 6 December 1917 Halifax Explosion still exist
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b> : James Robinson Johnston, Barrister At Law <b>(9 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday : James Robinson Johnston, Barrister At Law (9 photos)

James Robinson Johnston was the first Black person from Nova Scotia to earn a Bachelor of Letters degree, the first to graduate from any university, and the first to practice law in Nova Scotia
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b> : The 1915 Artillery Shelling of Lucknow Street <b>(5 photos)</b>

HalifaxYesterday : The 1915 Artillery Shelling of Lucknow Street (5 photos)

People reported hearing a whistling sound just before the shell landed atop a Victorian-style double house in the South End
<b>HalifaxYesterday</b> : The Zoological Garden of Andrew Downs

HalifaxYesterday : The Zoological Garden of Andrew Downs

In 1847 Halifax, one man’s vision of opening a zoological garden became a reality
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