Thursday, March 5, 2009

4480 Walks on Water

Last Friday, George Chalker, Executive Director of HFNL, and I took Jillian Gould's Memorial University Folklore 4480: Folklore and Oral History class for a walk down memory lane, otherwise known as Water Street, St. John's. We stopped at various points along the way, talking about the changes to the street, and sharing tales of what used to occupy various buildings, different fires, and local characters.

The walk was part of an ongoing class project to document the oral history of St. John's main downtown street. Students will be collecting and recording stories about the street, and will eventually be placing some of their research online as part of an online exhibit about Water Street. The result will be posted on the class blog, still a work in progress. Stay tuned!

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