Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Victoria Lodge Show and Tell Night, Fortune

July 15th, 2021

7pm at the Fortune Fire Hall

Victoria Lodge #1378 was constituted on July 17, 1871 in Fortune under Master James P. Snook, and predates the Masonic lodge in neighbouring Grand Bank, which was started as an offshoot of Victoria Lodge. Victoria Hall was home to the Masons from the time of its construction circa 1883 until 1996, when membership had declined and Victoria Hall was closed. 

Today, the future of Victoria Hall is uncertain, though we would love to see its history preserved and to find a new use for this historic building. To start things rolling, we are hosting a Show and Tell to share stories and memories of the lodge and its members, and to get your ideas on what you’d like to see happen to the building. 

How can YOU help?

We want you to come with your memories of activities in the hall such as dances, weddings and other events! Did you have wedding photos taken at the hall? Bring them along! Was your father, grandfather, or uncle a member of the Lodge? We’d love to scan any photos of them or any Lodge certificates or plaques you might have!  We’d also love to see any photos you might have of old Masonic parades or funeral marches. 

The staff of Heritage NL will be on site to scan your photos and documents to share online, or to take photos of any artefacts you might want to show off! Whatever you bring with you, you will take home at the end of the night, we’ll only be collecting digital copies! 

Come have a cup of tea and a chat about one of Fortune’s most historic properties.

Free event. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/victoria-lodge-show-and-tell-night-tickets-162332923143 

Did You Know?

The building was designed by Henry J. Haddon, a respected figure in Fortune’s history. Before the construction of Victoria Hall, meetings were held in his home. Haddon played an instrumental role in the social and cultural development of the community. He initially came to Fortune to pursue a teaching career but resigned in 1863 to become the town’s Justice of the Peace.

From: https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/image-image.aspx?id=5963#i1 

Please remember to wear a mask while at the event and to respect social distancing. 

Friday, July 2, 2021

Living Heritage Podcast Ep206 Cemetery Clean Up Tips and Tricks, with Andrea O'Brien and Robyn Lacy

Often well-meaning people clean or “restore” old gravestones in ways that actually damage them or hasten their deterioration by using the wrong methods. In this episode of the podcast we talk with Andrea O’Brien and Robyn Lacy about some tips and tricks for cemetery cleanups including headstone cleaning and repairs. We also learn more about the work happening in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Cape Broyle including some stories of local characters buried in the cemetery.

Andrea O’Brien is Heritage NL’s Municipal Outreach Officer and Provincial Registrar. A graduate of Memorial University, she has a BA focusing on folklore, history, Newfoundland Studies, and English, a Bachelor of Education, and an MA in folklore. She serves as Heritage NL’s Register of Historic Places, Municipal Outreach Officer, Heritage Places Poster Contest coordinator, Historic Commemorations Program coordinator, and web manager.

Robyn Lacy is a PhD student in Historical Archaeology at Memorial University, studying 17th century burial landscapes in North America. She is also co-director of Black Cat Cemetery Preservation which specializes in historic gravestone and monument conservation and restoration in Canada. Wife and husband team Robyn Lacy and Ian Petty, have a combined 20 years of experience in the heritage sector as archaeologists, gravestone conservators, and cultural heritage technicians.


Check out our two upcoming cemetery workshops: Headstones Cleaning and Basic TLC for Old Headstones. These workshops are offered by Heritage NL with support of the Labour Market Partnerships program, Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Living Heritage is about people who are engaged in the heritage and culture sector, from museum professionals and archivists, to tradition bearers and craftspeople - all those who keep history alive at the community level. The show is a partnership between HeritageNL and CHMR Radio.

Theme music is Rythme Gitan by Latché Swing.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

So, you want to clean up an old cemetery? A free webinar June 28th


When: Jun 28, 2021, 7:00 PM Newfoundland and Labrador

Topic: So, you want to clean up an old cemetery? 

Is there an old or abandoned cemetery in your community that you want to see fixed up? Does your town, parish group, or heritage committee have questions about how to go about cleaning up a cemetery that is overgrown? Tune in to this free webinar with Heritage NL folklorist Dale Jarvis about where to get started (and the things you should definitely Not Be At!).

There are two ways you can take part in the webinar:

Join on Zoom:


Watch on Facebook Live:


Monday, June 21, 2021

Resources on the history of blacksmithing and forges in Newfoundland and Labrador


"Douglas Pinkston owns the last forge in Brigus." circa 1986

Someone came looking for information on the history of blacksmith's shops, forges, smithies, whatever you wish to call them, so I figured I'd share it here! This is a list-in-progress, so if you come across other online resources that we can share, let me know - dale@heritagenl.ca 

Green Family Forge, Trinity:

Rendell Forge, Heart's Content

Littlejohn's Forge, Bay Roberts

Pinkston Forge, Brigus interview

Decks Awash article on Pinkston Forge:

Blacksmithing Living Heritage podcast

interview with Ian Gillies, NL Blacksmith

John Rodway House, Baine Harbour

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Heritage Update June 2021: Sticks, Stones, Hidden Shoes, and the Heritage of Poly Bond!

We've been busy at Heritage NL, researching heritage places and planning a fun series of workshops. In this edition of our Update, we've got a story about a headstone in a meadow, a preview of our cemetery conservation, fence making, and dry stone wall repair workshops, reports on heritage buildings (and hidden shoes) in Holyrood and Twillingate, and a short history of Halls Town, Conception Bay. We'll also explore the smell of auto body repair, and why it reminds one reader of Spring!

Download the pdf here.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Call for Photos and Info on the Placentia Convent

HeritageNL is doing research on the Our Lady of Angels Presentation Convent building in Placentia. Completed in 1864, this building is one of the oldest surviving stone buildings on the island of Newfoundland. The building was expanded several times throughout its history to add a school, a chapel, and connections to nearby buildings. 

If you, or anyone you know, has any photos, memories, or stories about the convent building and the nuns who lived there please reach out to our researchers by emailing michael@heritagenl.ca


Thursday, May 6, 2021

People, Places, and Culture of Twillingate - a workshop to share Twillingate memories!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 Meeting room, Anchor Inn Hotel  Path End, Twillingate 7 pm 

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/people-places-and-culture-of-twillingate-tickets-153801826403 

On May 19th, residents of Twillingate will tell some tales and start to map out what their heritage means to them, with a little help from Heritage NL and its “People, Places and Culture” workshop.

The living heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador is rich and diverse. It includes historic buildings and places, accordion playing, knitting, mummers and jannies, berry picking, boat building, life on the sea,and much more. We tell stories, make clothes, build stages,split cod, and spin yarn. We have a complex knowledge of place, the seasons, and the movements and patterns of animals from moose to cod fish. If communities lose these important parts of their living heritage, they will also lose important resources that can keep their communities going culturally, economically and socially. But where does a community start?

Heritage NL will be leading a community conversation about historic places, trails, old stories, place names, traditions, and local knowledge, and need local input from people of all ages and backgrounds to help document all this  important cultural information. 

“We’ll put on the kettle, and you come with your memories of growing up and living in Twillingate,” says folklorist Dale Jarvis, Heritage NL’s Executive Director. “Your stories will help us develop a plan for safeguarding the historic places and living heritage of this important place.”

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Meeting room, Anchor Inn Hotel 

3 Path End, Twillingate

7 pm 

The workshop is free to attend (wear your mask, please) and will respect social distancing guidelines. The event is a partnership between Heritage NL, Grow Twillingate, and the Town of Twillingate. 

For more info contact:

Dale Jarvis, Heritage NL, dale@heritagenl.ca

Wilma Hartmann, GrowTwillingate, info@growtwillingate.com

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Home Grown Knits in Red Cliffe, from Sheep to Socks



A flock of sheep in Frenchman’s cove (“Sheep on the Winterland Pasturelands.” Decks Awash. (1989). Vol. 18, No. 05: 18.)

Sheep have played an important role Newfoundland’s economy for centuries, with as many as 130,000 sheep living across the island at their peak in the 1930s. Sheep are a particularly versatile and easy animal to raise in Newfoundland, both because they can be raised both for meat and for wool, and because as hardy little animals they have an easier time adapting to boggy fields across the island and require very little oversight.

From February to April of 2021 HeritageNL researcher Maryssa Barras interviewed Hilda and Dorothy Quinton about the Quinton Premises. Throughout these interviews Hilda and Dorothy shared some interesting memories and facts about the Quinton premises, their work in the shop, maintaining the gardens, and cooking food, all centered around a general theme of sustainability and local living. As Dorothy put it, “there’s not much we had to buy really,” since most things could be grown or made locally, including the wool used to spin the yarn used to make people’s clothes. 

As conversations progressed, Dorothy and Hilda shared some interesting memories on their recollections of traditional spinning and carding, and the importance of sheep in outport Newfoundland life. Using the information they shared, and some research on shepherding, knitting, and spinning, heritage in Newfoundland this article explores the ‘farm to table,’ or better yet, ‘sheep to sweater,’ this new article walks through one aspect of the sustainable way of life people in outport communities led until very recently. 

To access this article, follow this link: https://heritagefoundation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/017-Home-Grown-Knits-in-Red-Cliffe.pdf

To access the three interviews conducted with Dorothy and Hilda Quinton, follow these links:

Interview 1 

Interview 2 

Interview 3 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Job Posting - ICH Researcher

The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HeritageNL) is a non-profit organization which was established in 1984 to stimulate an understanding of and an appreciation for the heritage of the province.

Heritage NL is hiring an Intangible Cultural Heritage Researcher, who will be working on projects to document untold histories, traditional skills, and the associated narratives of Newfoundland and Labrador’s historic places. 

The applicant must have excellent oral and written communication skills; a strong understanding of the 2003 UNESCO Convention on ICH and Heritage NL’s ICH Strategy; good knowledge of Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets; valid driver’s licence and use of automobile (if possible); availability to travel throughout Newfoundland & Labrador. Previous experience with a heritage organization is an asset, as is an educational background in public folklore, public history, or public archaeology. 

The applicant must have in place the practical and technical skills which will allow them to complete the following projects by the end of the contract:

  • Write, edit, and manage the formatting/uploading of a Virtual Museums of Canada project on the history of root cellars in NL;
  • Complete a community heritage booklet in cooperation with the Town of North River;
  • Complete and disseminate the 2021 Craft at Risk study;
  • Compile metadata for digital files for inclusion on Memorial University’s Digital Archives Initiative;
  • Assist with the editing and preparation of a community heritage booklet on the history of Lebanese businesses in NL;
  • Produce weekly episodes of the Living Heritage Podcast in partnership with CHMR Radio;
  • Provide social media support for HeritageNL programs and events;
  • Assist with other HeritageNL projects as directed by the Executive Director. 

This is a full-time 52 week contract, at a rate of $30/hour. Heritage NL values diversity in the work place and is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline for applications 5pm, Friday May 7th

Applications to: ich@heritagenl.ca