Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Scanning St. John’s!

St. John's Harbour. IGA photograph collection. VA 94-105.1. June 1934. Photo courtesy of The Rooms.

Scanning St. John’s!

Are you a townie? Do you want to share family photos on Mother’s Day? Did you grow up in Georgestown or Rabbittown? Did you hang out on Ropewalk Lane, or shop at W.J. Murphy’s? Did someone in your family own a shop? If you did, and have photos of any of those things, Heritage NL’s Intangible Cultural Heritage office would love to see your snaps!

Of interest are old photos of St. John’s, anywhere from the 1880s to the 1980s. Photos could be family snapshots, old photos showing parties, games or sporting events, cars decorated for weddings, or of any of the old shops and stores that once dotted the town.

“We want to see those photos Nan kept in the old biscuit tin in the closet,” says folklorist Dale Jarvis with Heritage NL. “Sometimes photographs from the 1970s and ‘80s include things like storefronts or shop signs that are now long gone, so even if they aren’t ancient, they can still help us document changes to the neighbourhoods.”

Heritage NL will be hosting two scanning parties in St. John’s. The first on Sunday, May 12th in the Community Room at the St. John’s Farmers’ Market at 2pm, and the second on Tuesday, May 14th at the Lantern at 7pm.

Heritage NL staff will be on site to scan the photographs and ask questions about who or what is in the photo. If you bring your own USB flash drive, you can take home a digital copy as well as your original photographs.

Photos will also be shared online with the owner’s permission, and a copy will be uploaded to Memorial University’s Digital Archives Initiative, which is indexed and archived for history buffs everywhere.

Questions? Call Dale Jarvis at 1-888-739-1892 x 2 or email

Sunday, May 12th at 2:00 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market
245 Freshwater Rd, St. John’s, NL A1B 1B3

Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Lantern 35 Barnes Rd, St. John's, NL A1C 3X1
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