Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Heritage Update Summer 2019 - Heritage colours, crafts, and candy!

In the Summer 2019 edition of Heritage Update: Executive Director Jerry Dick on the revision of Heritage NL's historic paint chart and the evolution of paint in the province; painting and decorating fishing buildings with Andrea O'Brien; intern Patrick Handrigan proposes some adaptive reuses for the Hant's Harbour Post Office Building; craft researcher Rachael Green on the craft-at-risk survey; Terra Barrett on the ladies of the Adler Chocolate Factory; and Terra and Dale Jarvis look at some of the earliest examples of red ochre paint in the province. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

My Summer Work Term 2019!

I've had an exciting summer working for the Heritage Foundation and the Craft Council of NL! I have worked on 2 major projects- the 275 Duckworth Report and our Craft at Risk project. We held a 275 Duckworth Reunion at the building to meet past workers, and 2 Craft at Risk public sessions at the Anna Templeton Center and the Wooden Boat Museum in Winterton to chat about crafts in the province.

Along with this, I got the chance to attend events and outings including Sheep Shearing in Clarkes Beach, Heritage Craft Show-And-Tell in Spaniard's Bay, Tors Cove to visit Running the Goat print shop, Brigus to visit Kent Cottage at Landfall, and a Cemetery Transcription Workshop at St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Outer Cove. I also got to visit communities such as Hearts Content and New Perlican!

Although I am sad that my work term is coming to an end, my time here has been amazing! I have met some great people and have learned so much. I appreciate all the great help and support from everyone along the way!

Next, I will be continuing my last year of studies at MUN. Im excited to see whats in store for the future!

Bye for now! -Rachael Green

Friday, August 16, 2019

Photographing and geo-locating tombstone data at St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery

Today, we were back at the St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, continuing on our cemetery transcription project in partnership with the Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove museum. For the past two summers, we've been working with the museum to run headstone transcription workshops in the cemetery. The information gathered to date has been entered into a publicly-accessible Google spreadsheet for anyone interested in the data.  If you are doing genealogical research involving that cemetery, you can view all those records here:

This morning, a team of four (myself, LBMCOC museum manager Katie Crane, Terra Barrett, and Rachael Green) returned to test out the free app. The app, available for both Apple and Android systems, allows volunteers to photograph headstones, and then upload the photos of those memorials to the website. It is free to register and upload photos. You can transcribe photos on-site, or you can upload them without transcriptions, either for you to fill in later, or to be transcribed by website volunteers.

Each headstone creates a record, which we can then include as a link on the spreadsheet. In addition, the app geo-tags each photograph, creating a clickable map of the cemetery accessible both online and through the app itself.

As an example, here is the headstone of Seaman Thomas Kelly, which I photographed and uploaded earlier this summer:

That stone now has a record on the site:

If you look at the spreadsheet data link above, check out Marker #3, and you can see we've now included a live link to his headstone photo.

Future researchers or family members can create a free account, and add additional photos, documents, memories, or link Thomas Kelly to other family members captured on the website. If you want to visit the cemetery in person, the app/website also shows you a pin on a satellite photo of the cemetery, to help you locate it amongst the other stones.

In about 30 minutes, the four of us were able to photograph over 400 memorials, and quickly upload them. The longer work of transcribing each stone and linking them to the spreadsheet will come later, but it was impressive to see how quickly a small group of researchers can photograph and create a digital record of the cemetery and the placement of the markers.

This is where you, dear reader, can help!

The cemetery photos are all located right here. Once you log in, you can click that link, then the "volunteer" tab, and then the yellow "transcribe images" button to the right of the volunteer tab. Then, you can help out by entering the Given Name, Family Name, and birth and death dates shown in the photograph!  Help us out!

If you are involved with a cemetery documentation project, and want advice on how you could start a similar initiative in your community, give me a shout at All you need are some smartphones and volunteers! You don't need to worry about data charges either, as you can upload all the photos once you are back home, or somewhere with wifi.

- Dale Jarvis

Friday, August 9, 2019

Craft At Risk Public Session at the Wooden Boat Museum

The Craft At Risk Public session on Wednesday August 14th, has been moved to the Wooden Boat Museum in Winterton!

If you are an interested craftsperson please stop by and share your thoughts on Heritage Craft in NL.

The public sessions are as followed:

Monday, August 12th
7pm, Anna Templeton Centre, Duckworth St, St. John's

Wednesday, August 14th
7pm, Wooden Boat Museum, Winterton

You can register here:

Monday, August 5, 2019

Heritage Craft at Risk Public Sessions

Calling all people with heritage craft skills!

We want to talk to you about heritage crafts in the province. We welcome all interested makers and craft practitioners!

Heritage NL and the Craft Council of NL are worried about the loss of traditional know-how when it comes to making heritage crafts, and are working together to create a list of makers, craft producers, and skills in decline.

If you make (or used to make) something that you feel is traditional, or made in a traditional way, we would love to speak with you. Come share your thoughts about endangered crafts and skills in the province, and learn more about our Craft At Risk Survey!

Monday, August 12th
7pm Anna Templeton Centre, Duckworth Street, St. John's

Wednesday, August 14th
7pm Wooden Boat Museum, Winterton

Register for the public sessions online at:

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Heart’s Content in Pictures - The Old Time Photo Show!

Heart’s Content in Pictures 
The Old Time Photo Show!

Heart's Content Regional Centre for the Arts
(the former Hayfield United Church)
251 Main Rd, Heart's Content, NL

August 13th, 7pm

Join us as we present historical photos showcasing the fascinating history of Heart’s Content.  Many of these are rare old photos that  have been recently digitized as part of an ongoing project to scan the photographic collection of the Town of Heart’s Content archives.   You’ll see some places you remember, and some long gone.  Celebrate the history of the town in photographic form!

Sponsored by Hearts Content Mizzen Heritage Society

Free Event
Coffee, tea and cookies to follow.

Facebook event listing here:

Placenames and Neighbourhoods of Carbonear Afternoon Tea - Aug 6th

Placenames and Neighbourhoods of Carbonear Afternoon Tea

Tuesday, August 6th
Princess Sheila Senior's Club Building
163 Water Street, Carbonear

Do you have a memory of Harbour Rock Hill? Did you grow up on Valley Road? Where does Irishtown begin and end? If you can answer any of these questions, Carbonear’s Green Team wants to meet you!

On August 6th, Heritage NL and the Town of Carbonear Summer 2019 Green Team are hosting an afternoon tea and conversation based around old Carbonear place names, neighbourhoods, trails, rocks, and coves. The groups want to collect and record old names and memories about local areas and landmarks.

Dale Jarvis is the provincial folklorist with Heritage NL, and says there is value in bringing back the use of these historic names as Carbonear continues to evolve.

“People had very different local knowledge based on which neighbourhoods they grew up in,” says Jarvis. “We want to collect this information, which could be the foundation for future town signage, trails, or even new street names.”

The celebration of local places is free open to the public, and will include refreshments. The organizers extend a special invitation to any seniors who grew up in Carbonear.

“We want to make sure their knowledge is passed on to the next generation,” says Jarvis.

Facebook event listing here:

For more information, contact:

Kerri Abbott
Economic Development & Tourism Officer
Town of Carbonear
P.O. Box 999, 256 Water Street
Carbonear,  NL  A1Y 1C5
Tel: (709)596-3831 Ext. 235
Fax: (709)596-5021

Monday, July 29, 2019

Tea with Hookers!

Placentia West Mat Makers hooker rug
On July 24, 2019, Dale and I drove to Boat Harbour on the Burin Peninsula to chat with four hookers about their experience with the Placentia West Mat Makers. This group was developed in 1979-1980 by Lois Saunders, who was working as a rural development officer at the time. She helped the local community women organize the Placentia West Mat Makers Association as a craft business. The goal was to earn wages through the traditional practice of rug hooking. Lois Saunders connected with Colleen Lynch who came to Baine Harbour to give workshops on rug hooking.

Former Placentia West Mat Makers
The four women discussed their own experience with rug hooking. Some had hooked before the Mat Making Association while others learned to hook as part of the rug hooking workshops. Traditional mats made by their mothers, and grandmothers included designs of geometric patterns, or flowers while the Placentia West Mat Makers hooked rugs with outport scenery including harbours, kitchens, and bedrooms. Traditionally mats were made for the floor, however, the mats these women created often ended up on the walls and in galleries. The women discussed some of the shows which displayed the Placentia West mats and described how several members had traveled to England, and Germany to accompany the mats to their shows.

Traditional pattern style with geometric designs, and flower in centre
Unfortunately due to a number of factors including low wages the Placentia West Mat Making Association disbanded in 2015. Thankfully, the Placentia West Heritage Committee, which has been around since 1983, has established the Livyers' Lot Économusée in Boat Harbour. The Économusée includes a reception, workshop, reading room, boutique, museum, restaurant, and interpretation of traditional and contemporary skills. This space allows the communities to keep rug hooking, and other traditions from the region alive and ensure they are passed on through workshops and events like this hooker tea.

Poked mat for sale at Livyers' Lot.
Poked mats were traditional to the area but not part of the Placentia West Mat Makers Association's business.
If you would like to learn more about the Livyers' Lot Économusée read our Living Heritage Economy Case Study or visit their Facebook page. If you would like to learn more about the development of hooked rugs in the province during the 1970s-2000s check out this article by Paula Flynn. 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Haul B'ys Haul - A Traditional Boat Launch this Saturday!

Haul B'ys Haul - A Traditional Boat Launch
Heart's Delight- Islington.

On Saturday, July 27th, join the folks of Heart's Delight-Islington for the traditional boat launch of local heritage boatbuilder Edwin Bishop's new wooden motorboat. We'll sing the Johnny Poker, and help Edwin in launching his boat the way they did back in the day. Also, if you have a boat that was built by Edwin Bishop, we'd like you to bring it out, and have it in the harbour for the launch on that day.

The launch will take place at 2pm on the South West Side  of Heart's Delight, between George Reid's wharf and Richard Hebbes wharf. Cross your fingers for good weather!

Facebook event listing (with more pictures):