Thursday, December 16, 2021

Wanted: Digital Archives Intern for the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation

Wanted: Digital Archives Intern

The Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation (BTHC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting the heritage of the Baccalieu Trail Region.  The BTHC is hiring a youth intern to create and manage digital files related to their regional folklore collection, which includes filmed oral histories and a large number of photographs, many digitized from the Corporations 35mm slide collection. As part of the project, digitized files will be uploaded to the BTHC collection on Memorial University’s Digital Archives Initiative website.

Work will take place at the BTHC office in Carbonear, NL.  Duties include organizing digital materials to be placed online; processing collected data and electronic files; digitizing, compiling metadata and uploading records for Memorial University’s Digital Archives Initiative;  and performing other related duties as required.


  • Applicants should have knowledge of computers, and Google/Excel spreadsheets.
  • Experience compiling metadata for archival collections is a bonus.
  • Must have a strong ability to work independently, and excellent organizational skills are a must.

Work experience related to the management of online inventories, editing of digital data (audio, photographic, video), or cataloguing of materials would be a plus. Applicants should have a background in folklore, history, or library and archival work, or an equivalent combination of experience and training.

Applicants must be aged 15-30 and legally entitled to work in Canada.

One of the goals of the Youth in Heritage Program is to diversify and strengthen the cultural heritage sector. We encourage individuals who face barriers to employment to apply.  

This is an 8 week position, starting in January 2022. Salary:  $20/hour.

Interested individuals should send their contact information and resumes to:

Deadline to apply: January 8, 2022

This position is funded as a partnership between ICOMOS Canada’s Youth in Heritage initiative and Heritage NL. 

Monday, December 6, 2021

Wessex Lecture this Wednesday: “Christmas Wonder with Wendy”

“All is calm, all is bright…” Is it? Was it? The well known and loved Christmas carol Silent Night holds a special place in the hearts of many of those who hear it. It’s one of those tunes that invokes memories of Christmases past and instills hope for a better tomorrow. But how did it come to be written and why is its message of peace so timeless? 

 As a seasonal offering, through use of dramatic monologues, Wendy Woodland will present an exploration of Silent Night that may just have you thinking about the carol with new perspective and renewed interest. 

7:30pm, Wednesday, November 8th

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!

Download the pdf at:

Job posting - Heritage NL Social Media Intern - deadline Dec 6th

Do you like geeking out over heritage online?  Are you passionate about people and their stories? Are you curious about the stories behind our historic places in Newfoundland and Labrador?  We are looking for a Social Media Intern that is passionate and is looking to support the understanding of an appreciation for the built and intangible cultural heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador. The ideal applicant will be energetic, self-motivated, and will have strong organizational skills. One of the goals of the Youth in Heritage Program is to diversify and strengthen the cultural heritage sector. We encourage individuals who face barriers to employment to apply.

The Social Media intern will be responsible for assisting in day-to-day operations and management of content of the Heritage NL Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts. This position will be responsible for planning, creating, scheduling, and posting content for various heritage projects such our designation program for historic places, and for our Craft at Risk Mentor/Apprentice programs and internships. 

Must be aged 15-30 and legally entitled to work in Canada. $20/hour - 35 hrs per week. 

Start date: 1/10/2022

End date: 3/31/2022

Responsibilities for Social Media Intern

  • Work alongside the Heritage NL team to create a plan for social media strategies 
  • Aid in the daily aspects of promoting historic places and Craft at Risk Mentor/Apprentice projects
  • Monitor postings to ensure brand message is constant, from the terminology used to images posted
  • Interact with followers by communicating and answering questions through the Heritage NL’s social pages
  • Assist in implementing plans to increase followers on popular social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn
  • Brainstorm/offer ideas for social media projects/opportunities, and help create digital content 

Send your resume and cover letter to by December 6th. 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Some photos from the Hant's Harbour Post Office (and revisiting an interview with the postmaster)

Heritage NL was in Hant's Harbour last week, and we had a quick look at the old post office/telegraph office. This small building has an intriguing history, but the elements have not been kind to it lately. Dale Jarvis took the opportunity to take a few photos, which you can see below.

For more on the building, you can see an adaptive reuse study we did in 2020: 

or you can listen to our interview with telegrapher and former postmaster, Clarence Snook:

Friday, November 19, 2021

Living Heritage Podcast Ep209 Dry Stone Walling with Ken Tuach

Ken Tuach. September 2021.
Photo by Harnum Photography.

In this episode of the Living Heritage Podcast we talk with Ken Tuach about dry stone walling in Newfoundland and Labrador, his family's history in stone work, and the dry stone craftsman certification process. We also hear snippets of audio from the stone wall workshops Ken led as well as a short clip from Lara Maynard with Heritage NL on the importance of Heritage Skills.

Dry stone wall workshop at Lakeview, Brigus.
September 2021. 
Photo by Harnum Photography.

Ken Tuach is the owner and operator of NL Flagstone, a quarry in Pynn's Brook, NL. NL Flagstone produces quality masonry and landscaping stone and has been operating since 1994. The also create stone installations including outdoor living spaces, patios, paths, seating, stairs, etc. Ken is a certified level three dry stone craftsman and led two dry stone workshops for Heritage NL in Brigus this fall.

Dry stone wall workshop at Kent Cottage. 
October 2021. 
Photo by Harnum Photography. 


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.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

History of Lebanese Businesses in NL - Help tell the story!

 (ad for J. Basha's Corner Glass Shop, Curling, 1957, Western Star)

Heritage NL is working on a project to document and share historical information about the establishment of Lebanese businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador, and we'd love your input. If you have relatives who worked with or for a family-run Lebanese enterprise, let us know! We're looking for memories and stories, old family photos we might be able to scan, or people who might be willing to sit down for a cup of tea and do an oral history interview. Or maybe you just want us to keep in touch about the information we gather! Help us tell this fascinating story!

Fill out the survey here: 

Join us at The Rooms on November 25 for a photo presentation on NL's Lebanese heritage: 

Friday, November 5, 2021

Penton Forge, Joe Batt's Arm

Penton Forge, October 2021.

During the first week of October, Andrea and I were on the road. We visited Change Islands to do a People, Places and Culture workshop and Fogo Island to do some fieldwork. During our visit we stopped in to the Penton Forge in Joe Batt's Arm.

Penton Forge, circa 1970s.

This forge was built in the 1930s, and used until the 1970s. We met with Madonna Penton who had reached out about the forge. Her late husband Leo, and his younger brother Tim worked on getting the forge back up and running.

Leo with some of his grandchildren digging up horseshoes from the ash bed.

Tim is continuing the work on the forge including installing clapboard on the outside. Leo and Tim's grandfather Peter Penton who was trained by another local blacksmith, Jimmy Besso.

Peter Pentons certificate dated in 1940.

This short video shows some older photos of Penton Forge, and shares some of the memories of the blacksmith shop.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Heritage NL Craft at Risk

Two of the province’s leading cultural bodies are worried about a decline in traditional craft skills.

Newfoundland and Labrador is known for its traditions and culture, heritage skills, arts, and crafts. Some of those, like rug-hooking, have seen a resurgence in interest. Others, like birch broom making or Indigenous basket-making traditions, face an uncertain future.

Concerned about the loss of traditional know-how, Heritage NL and the Craft Council of NL are working to document these crafts at risk and developing a new funding program to encourage the sharing of heritage skills.

The Heritage NL Craft at Risk List 2021 features 55 crafts, 10 of which are listed as critically endangered. These include things such as bark tanning, harness making, and the fabrication of tin flat-bottom kettles. An additional 32 crafts are listed as endangered, while 12 crafts are listed as currently viable. One craft, rope making, is listed as having become extinct in the last generation.

Heritage NL Craft at Risk List 2021

“The promotion and support of craft producers in the province is a vital part of maintaining and developing the cultural diversity that makes Newfoundland and Labrador unique,” says Rowena House, Executive Director of Craft Council of NL. “This furthers the preservation of traditional craftsmanship while pushing the boundaries of fine craft among the provincial producers.”

Recognizing the importance of tradition-bearers to the transmission of craft, Heritage NL has developed a new grant program designed to pass on these skills at risk. The new Mentor-Apprentice program has funds of up to $10,000 per grant, split between a teacher/learner pair, to help maintain those crafts which the organizations have listed as either critically endangered or endangered.

Heritage NL Mentor-Apprentice Program

“One possible project could be a master boatbuilder taking on an apprentice during the construction of a regionally-specific boat type, for example,” says Dale Jarvis, Executive Director of Heritage NL. “Our staff will work with the mentor-apprentice team to help focus their final product, and to record and photograph their work for posterity.”

There are three deadlines for the pilot granting program, in December of this year, and February and April of 2022.

The project is supported by the Labour Market Partnerships program, Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Information on both the list and the granting program are available through the Heritage NL website -


For more information contact:

Dale Jarvis, Executive Director
Heritage NL
709-739-1892 x1