Showing posts with label update. Show all posts
Showing posts with label update. Show all posts

Monday, April 29, 2024

Heritage Update - Wood Windows and Energy Efficiency, Sawmilling, and Three New Heritage Designations

A man with grey hair inspects a wooden window from inside a brick building.

In the April 2024 heritage update, we share news about three new Registered Heritage Structures in Burin, Indian Cove, and Heart’s Content. We look back at 75 Years of Co-operative Heritage in the province, and look forward investigating energy efficiency of wooden windows, and an ongoing project to build new double-glazed wooden windows using traditional techniques. We finish with the story of sawyer Moses Drover and his Whiteway, Trinity Bay, sawmill. 

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Heritage Update January 2024: Presentations, plaques, photographs, and a ribbon cutting!

In the first edition of the Heritage Update for 2024:

  • Heritage NL is the recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming for its Craft at Risk project; 
  • updating property plaques for Registered Heritage Structures to include the stories of the women who lived there, with a note on Lambert and Johanna Greene House and Outbuildings, Tilting, Fogo Island; 
  • Heritage NL visits the Eastport Peninsula to host scanning parties in Salvage and Eastport, to document, preserve and share old photographs for the communities; 
  • looking back at Heritage NL’s Skills Training and Mentor-Apprentice Program, with a peek inside the heritage window workshop of Neil Hammond; 
  • and the City of St. John's and Heritage NL cut the ribbon on the official reopening of the Bowring Park Cantilever Bridge. 

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Heritage Update for June 2023 - New plaques, old memories, and a herd of Lop Chops invades Centreville

Howard House Registered Heritage Structure, St. John's

In the Heritage Update for June 2023: Heritage NL and the St. George’s Indian Band unveil a new bilingual English and Mi’kmaq plaque for the St. George’s Courthouse; as part of the 2023 Winter Carnival in Centreville-Wareham-Trinity and Indian Bay, Heritage NL was asked to lead a Memory Mug Up afternoon at the Wareham church hall; Heritage NL's exhibition proposal for The Early Lebanese Community in Newfoundland receives funding as part of Digital Museums Canada; a herd of Lop Chops and Horsey Chops take over Centreville; and several of our Registered Heritage Structures receive funding through Heritage NL's Maintenance Grant program. 

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Friday, November 25, 2022

New Fieldnotes Article about St. George's Courthouse

Original building plan for the exterior of the St. George's Courthouse
(Scan courtesy of the Rooms)

Learn more about the early history of the Bay St. George region and the St. George's Courthouse in Heritage NL's most recent fieldnote.

View Fieldnote here

Additional publications on NL's historic places available here. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Heritage Update: Berry Barrels, Killicks, Courthouses, and #TwineLoftTuesday!

Photo: Henry Charles Burgess (1922-1995) standing in Burgess Lane with a cow that provided milk and butter. Courtesy Burgess Family. 

In this edition of our heritage newsletter, we have an update on the Fowler House restoration in Brigus; a story about our recent killick-making workshop in Torbay; research on the historic St. George's Courthouse; and an article from Robert Burgess on food production and storage traditions at the Burgess Heritage Property, Whiteway, NL.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

June Heritage Update - Historic Paint Colours, Craft Mentorships, and more!


  • Historic Paint Colours
  • Placentia Area Historical Society's birthday
  • Funding approved for craft at risk mentorships
  • The Story of the First Trans-Atlantic Telegraph Cable
  • Heart and Hand LOL (Loyal Orange Lodge) #9 in Green’s Harbour
  • Jenkins House in Twillingate, and
  • St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Trinity, Trinity Bay

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Heritage Properties, Exceptional Women, Ice Cutting, and more! The March 2022 Heritage Update

In the March 2022 Heritage Update: Heritage NL designates four properties as Registered Heritage Structures; Outport Girls and Women in Domestic Service to be recognized as Exceptional People from the Past; the hunt for a mill basket maker; Ice Cutting and Salmon Fishing; and the New Perlican Scanning and Technology Party!

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Craft at Risk, New Knitters, Research in Change Islands and Harbour Grace, and Heritage Polaroids!

In the November 2021 edition of the Heritage Update: Heritage NL and Craft Council of NL launch the Craft at Risk project; a group of new knitters learn some skills in Torbay; Michael Philpott of Heritage NL gets ready to teach you how to research your historic home (from home); we give an update on our recent People, Places, and Culture workshop on Change Islands; our intern is busy scanning hundreds of Polaroids from the Town of Trinity; we visit with the postmaster of North River; explore the heritage of the Parsons/Collis building in Harbour Grace; and announce a new job opening for a social media coordinator! We've been busy!

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Heritage Update 085 - September 2021: Root Cellars, Research, and Rita Remembers Labrador!

In this edition of the Heritage Update newsletter: our new intern Sarah Roberts brings you up to date on our Digital Museums of Canada project tracking the history and evolution of root cellars in the province; Michael Philpott shares a summary of the research we've been doing on St. George's Anglican Church in Brigus; Lara Maynard has a report on our workshops and training program; Andrea O'Brien documents the work we've been doing with the Town of Fortune to reimagine a purpose for the old Victoria Hall Masonic Lodge #1378; Terra Barrett visits with  Rita Fitzgerald in North River (photo above) and reminisces about life on the Labrador; while Dale Jarvis fanboys about a historic potato. 

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Heritage Update - New Designations, Virtual Museums, and Heritage post Covid-19

In this edition of the Heritage Update, Jerry Dick discusses Post-COVID-19 and Economic Stimulus – An Opportunity for Heritage; Michael Philpott introduces the new heritage designations; Dale Jarvis takes you on a virtual heritage tour of historic Bay Roberts neighbourhoods; and Andrea O'Brien gives an update on what's happening during the pandemic shutdowns.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Heritage Update Newsletter: Good Design, Ruins, Skills, and Christmas Memories

In this edition of the Heritage Update Newsletter: Executive Director Jerry Dick on good design, and the heritage of ruins; Michael Philpott on bringing heritage trades education to NL; our Memory Mug Up returns to Marjorie Mews Library for Christmas; and the Heart's Delight-Islington Christmas carolers will visit The Rooms in St. John's.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Heritage Update Summer 2018 - Documenting Traditional Places and Skills

In this summer edition of the Heritage Update newsletter, we are focusing on traditional skills and knowledge around our historic places. Jerry Dick writes about an oral history project to document the knowledge of traditional artisans and carpenters; Terra Barrett writes on “Remembering the Merchants of Main Street" -- a Windsor-based project which is part of the Virtual Museum of Canada’s Community Stories investment program; and summer intern Keith Burgess writes on the designated St. James Anglican Church in Battle Harbour Labrador.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Heritage Update Dec 2017 - exploring NL's tangible and intangible heritage

PF-357.0072 Richard Stoker Slide Collection 26 July 1960

In the September-December issue of the Heritage Update: a look at the Romanesque churches of Bishop Ronald MacDonald; two generations of memories from downtown St. John's collected as part of the Collective Memories program; notes on the Pilley's Island United Church graveyard; an invitation to the Basic Folklore and Oral History course we'll be running in January; the Booklet Launch of  "Down in the Sands: Boyhood Memories of Salmon Cove"; our 13th Annual Heritage Places Poster Contest; notes on a birch broom made by Nigola “Nickly” Jeddore, of Conne River; Czech gingerbread for St. Nicolas Day; and an invite to learn cross stitching!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

A history-packed edition of the Heritage Update for May/June 2017.

In this month's Heritage Update:
  • The Oral History Roadshow is hitting the streets;
  • Digitization of the 35mm slide collection from the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Archives;
  • Commemorating the St. John’s Great Fire of 1892;
  • The Goats of New Perlican;
  • A call for Modern memories;
  • Hooked rugs in Cupids;
  • Recognizing the Legacy of World War Two on Our Province’s Built Landscape; and,
  • Finding the profit in heritage.
Also, an invite to our Historic Places & Folklore of Bay Roberts event on June 8th, 7pm, at the Shearstown Community Centre, Bay Roberts.

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Photo: Ambrose and Maude Squires of St. Philip’s,
standing in front of a yellow house, July 4th, 1962.
Allen and Pearl Squires Fonds (028) courtesy of the
Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Archives. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Heritage Update: Grants, Conferences, & Red Cliff and Random Head Memories

In Heritage Update Number 070 for March-April 2017: we introduce some changes to our Designation and Grant Programs; share memories from the former Red Cliff Base; announce the grant deadline for the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program 2017; meet the Coopers, the lighthouse family of Random Head in a special article from the Clarenville Heritage Society; and ask you to save the date for the "Adapting our Heritage Conference" in St. John’s, October 25 – 28, 2017. We also take a trip to look at the archival material of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, seek your help with our survey of historical churches, and announce the Greenspond Courthouse Call for Expressions of Interest!

Contributors: Lucy Alway, Terra Barrett, Stephen Bonnell, Jerry Dick, and Kelly Drover.

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photo: "Home Sweet Home" - The Lighthouse - Random Head. Courtesy Clarenville Heritage Society.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Heritage Update - Special edition on Heritage & Municipalities #NLheritage

In this edition of the Heritage Update, we celebrate Heritage Week by focussing on the special role that municipalities have to play in safeguarding the heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • What Municipal Governments Can Do To Foster Their Heritage Resources;
  • Documenting and Digitizing Intangible Cultural Heritage in Municipalities;
  • Municipal Stewardship of Heritage Structures;
  • Designating Municipal Heritage Sites; and,
  • How Towns Can Run a "Memory Mug Up" Event
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Heritage Update for October/November 2016

In this month's edition of the Heritage Update, we explore the value and meaning of heritage places, look at photogrammetry as a tool for recording buildings, document the legacy of the merchants of Windsor in Central Newfoundland, take a peek at the Methodist Central School in Bonavista, announce the 12th Annual Heritage Places Poster Contest, and share the story of the Melita Hynes’ House in Harbour Breton. We also want your input on rethinking Heritage Foundation NL’s programs and services.

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photo: Melita Hynes’ House in Harbour Breton, courtesy Doug Wells.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Heritage Update for August 2016

In the August edition of the Heritage Update, learn about how Dale Jarvis ended up as "folklorist-in-residence" as part of The Friendly Invasion 2016 in Stephenville; our Chinese folklore intern Xingpei Li talks about built heritage conservation in China; Terra Barrett talks about an ongoing project to document historic Chinese graves in the Old General Protestant cemetery in St. John's; and our Conservation Corp summer student Sarah Hannon brings us news from our Collective Memories project with the Mews Centre volunteers and her interview with Ruby Hann.

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Contributors: Dale Jarvis, Xingpei Li, Terra Barrett, Sarah Hannon

Photo: Ruby Hann holding a plaque that says “Alice Noseworthy Volunteer of the Year Award, the city of St. John’s Dept. of Recreation, Presented to Ruby Hann for her outstanding contribution to the Seniors Outreach Program, April 24th, 2013.”

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Fisheries Heritage, Oral History, Salvation Army Citadel in Elliston, and more

For this month's update, we are showcasing more of our built heritage work, with updates on work related to our fisheries heritage program, and an expansion of our documentation work on our registered heritage structures, including the newly designated Salvation Army Citadel in Elliston. Also, we have more information on our ongoing project to digitize oral history collections in Grand Falls-Windsor, and notes on the recent Canadian Declaration on Intangible Cultural Heritage in support of Canada ratifying the 2003 UNESCO convention on ICH.

Contributors: Dale Jarvis, Terra Barrett, Andrea O'Brien, Michael Philpott, and Celeste Billung-Meyer.

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photo credit: The Rooms Provincial Archives Division, 
Grand Falls Academy Series , Item, 1944.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Intangible Cultural Heritage Update - ICH and Youth vs. ICH at Risk

In the April edition of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, we have an article on the very successful Youth Heritage Forum, and a final report on the ICH at Risk research completed by our office. It is two very different views on the state of heritage in Newfoundland and Labrador!

Contributors: Stephanie Micikyan, Meghan Mills, and Dale Jarvis

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