|ICH development officer and members of the Witless Bay heritage committee.|
Left to right: Peter, Kevin, Dale, Bonnie, Mary.
This morning Dale and I drove out to beautiful Witless Bay on the Southern Shore to meet with several members of the heritage committee. In a couple of weeks time on June 23rd the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Witless Bay heritage committee are partnering with Memorial University for the second year to do a cemetery clean up as part of MUN’s Make Midterm Matter. This year students from MUN will have the opportunity to spend the day out of the classroom and in the graveyard engaging with the community while gaining volunteer experience.
|View from the Witless Bay cemetery.|
Cemeteries are an interesting part of our past with many stories to tell, however, older cemeteries are often forgotten and fall into disrepair. Taking care of cemeteries in this province is difficult with a climate which is rough on the gravestones. However, looking after these gravestones is important as they often offer information which is not found elsewhere. In order to show the students some of the information which can be learned from the graves we will be doing a couple of gravestone rubbings. Dale will also discuss the significance of the gravestone symbols and how reading these symbols can give us information about the people who are buried in the graveyard.
|Several symbols are displayed on this gravestone in the cemetery.|
A cross, an anchor, a harp, a plant and a sacred heart.
The students will be working together to clear brush, mow grass, paint and fix fences, clear garbage and generally tend to the cemetery grounds. The Witless Bay heritage committee is looking to restore the graveyard to its former glory and any and all volunteers are welcome. If you are interested in volunteering and wondering how you can become involved send me an email at email@example.com