Heritage NL Heritage NL (Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador) is a non-profit crown corporation mandated to preserve and promote Newfoundland and Labrador's architectural and intangible cultural heritage.

The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit organization established by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1984 to stimulate an understanding of and an appreciation for the architectural heritage of the province. The Foundation is the sole organization in the province mandated by the provincial government to preserve one of the most visible dimensions of Newfoundland and Labrador culture - its architectural heritage. The Foundation, an invaluable source of information for historic restoration, supports and contributes to the preservation and restoration of buildings of architectural or historical significance. The Foundation designates buildings and other structures as Registered Heritage Structures and may provide grants for the purpose of preservation and/or restoration of such structures. The Foundation also has an educational role and undertakes or sponsors events, publications and other projects designed to promote the value of our built heritage. In 2008 the Foundation was chosen to lead and implement the province's Intangible Cultural Heritage Strategy.

Mission: To conserve, protect and commemorate historic places and safeguard intangible cultural heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.

Colouring sheet number four! Thanks to the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust for giving us permission to use imag...
04/23/2020

Colouring sheet number four! Thanks to the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust for giving us permission to use images from their publications "Ten Historic Towns" and "A Gift of Heritage." Here's the Anglo American Telegraph Company Cable Office Registered Heritage Structure in Placentia. Follow this link to print out your colouring sheet https://heritagefoundation.ca/news-events/just-for-fun/.
And follow this link to learn more about the cable office and why it was designated https://heritagefoundation.ca/heritage-property/anglo-american-telegraph-company-cable-office-registered-heritage-structure/.

Sending our condolences to Mr. Charlie Pearcey's family and friends and recognizing the contribution he made to our cult...
04/22/2020
Charlie Pearcey, fixture of the Battery in St. John's, dies at 82 | CBC News

Sending our condolences to Mr. Charlie Pearcey's family and friends and recognizing the contribution he made to our cultural heritage.

In 2014, Mr. Pearcey was honoured as a Tradition Bearer under our Provincial Historic Commemorations Program. Born in 1937, Mr. Pearcey was a fisherman, tradition bearer and amateur archivist. In his family’s twine store in the Outer Battery he educated untold numbers of visitors about the inshore fishery. The twine store houses an amazing collection of inshore fishing artifacts, hand-carved folk art and historical photos of the fishing premises and fishermen on the Outer Battery. The Pearcey family has had a fishing premises in the Outer Battery since 1891. Mr. Pearcey learned the craft of fishing from his grandfather and his father. He had in intimate knowledge of the landscape and seascape, of marks for hand-lining places and trap berths, of how to make fish and of the traditional building techniques for stores, stages, wharves and flakes. Mr. Pearcey was a repository of all this knowledge and he enthusiastically shared it with others.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/charlie-pearcey-dies-1.5538883?fbclid=IwAR3V7PwTOoavtG2LK0uTnIldwgmM1mXKcfG69Q4maow5eMUvkHSfvlHspg0

In the heart of the Battery sits the bright red twine store overlooking the ocean and downtown St. John’s, dispensing decades' worth of history and heritage.

Another colouring sheet to help you pass the time! Thanks to the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust for giving us ...
04/21/2020

Another colouring sheet to help you pass the time! Thanks to the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust for giving us permission to use images from their publications "Ten Historic Towns" and "A Gift of Heritage." Here's St. Peter's Anglican Church Registered Heritage Structure in Twillingate. Follow this link to print out your colouring sheet https://heritagefoundation.ca/news-events/just-for-fun/. And follow this link to learn more about the church and why it was designated https://heritagefoundation.ca/heritage-property/st-peters-anglican-church-registered-heritage-structure/.

Here's another heritage word find to pass the time! If you have a printer, click on the link to access this one highligh...
04/17/2020

Here's another heritage word find to pass the time! If you have a printer, click on the link to access this one highlighting heritage carpentry tools. Words are spelled out forwards, backwards and diagonally. We will be posting new puzzles over the next few days. https://heritagefoundation.ca/news-events/just-for-fun/

Another colouring sheet to help you pass the time! Thanks to the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust for giving us ...
04/17/2020

Another colouring sheet to help you pass the time! Thanks to the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust for giving us permission to use images from their publications "Ten Historic Towns" and "A Gift of Heritage." Here's Heber John Abbott House Registered Heritage Structure in Bonavista. Follow this link to print out your colouring sheet https://heritagefoundation.ca/news-events/just-for-fun/.
And follow this link to learn more about the house and why it was designated https://heritagefoundation.ca/heritage-property/heber-john-abbott-house-registered-heritage-structure/.

We've designed colouring sheets of some Registered Heritage Structures to help you pass the time! Thanks to the Newfound...
04/16/2020

We've designed colouring sheets of some Registered Heritage Structures to help you pass the time! Thanks to the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust for giving us permission to use images from their publications "Ten Historic Towns" and "A Gift of Heritage." We will be posting more colouring sheets over the coming days. The first is the Stone Barn Registered Heritage Structure in Brigus. Follow this link to print out yours. https://heritagefoundation.ca/news-events/just-for-fun/. And follow this link to learn more about the barn and why it was designated https://heritagefoundation.ca/heritage-property/stone-barn-registered-heritage-structure/.

A new virtual exhibit is online today! This exhibition was a partnership between Heritage NL and the Town of Bay Roberts...
04/16/2020
Virtual Museum of Canada

A new virtual exhibit is online today! This exhibition was a partnership between Heritage NL and the Town of Bay Roberts. Exhibition produced by Terra Barrett, Dale Jarvis, and Natalie Dignam, Heritage NL.

Explore the history of Bay Roberts as a 20th century commercial town. This new online exhibit highlights historically significant sites, while showcasing lesser-known stories from local neighbourhoods. Heritage NL Town of Bay Roberts Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador #Newfoundland #Heritage #HistoricalSites

www.virtualmuseum.ca/community-stories_histoires-de-chez-nous/heritage-places-bay-roberts_lieux-patrimoine

Here's another heritage word find to pass the time! If you have a printer, click on the link to access this one highligh...
04/15/2020

Here's another heritage word find to pass the time! If you have a printer, click on the link to access this one highlighting heritage architecture. Words are spelled out forwards, backwards and diagonally. We will be posting new puzzles over the next few days. https://heritagefoundation.ca/news-events/just-for-fun/

How about some heritage word finds to pass the time? If you have a printer, click on the link to access our word find pu...
04/14/2020

How about some heritage word finds to pass the time? If you have a printer, click on the link to access our word find puzzle highlighting stages and stores. Words are spelled out forwards, backwards and diagonally. We will be posting new puzzles over the next few days. Check out the online version of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English if you're wondering what some of the words mean. https://heritagefoundation.ca/news-events/just-for-fun/

04/11/2020

Happy Easter from Heritage NL :)

04/09/2020
Where are the Looms? A Weavers Webinar

Textile artist and weaver Jessica McDonald is joined by Heritage NL folklorist Dale Jarvis to ask, "Where are the looms?" - a conversation with weavers and textile artists from across Newfoundland and Labrador, including in order of appearance: Katie Parnham; Joelle Blandford; Anna Murphy; Stephanie Stoker; Kailey Bryan; Renee Finlayson; Deidre Gillard-Rowlings; and Maria Kilfoil. Recorded on Zoom, 9 April 2020.

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting places connected to our medical history. Markland Cottage ...
04/09/2020

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting places connected to our medical history. Markland Cottage Hospital was built by the Commission of Government in 1935 as part of an experimental Land Settlement Scheme. Under the program, the government helped families establish farms and communities in uninhabited parts of the country. Markland was the first community created under the program. The hospital was built along with other necessary buildings such as schools and homes. Agriculture never really caught on in the area and the scheme was eventually abandoned. However, the hospital remained open to serve the surrounding region. It was phased out in the early 1980s and by 1985 it was closed when a new clinic was established at nearby Whitbourne.

Markland Cottage Hospital was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by Heritage NL in 2007.

For more information, visit https://heritagefoundation.ca/heritage-property/markland-cottage-hospital-registered-heritage-structure/

Reminder, tomorrow (Thursday, 11am) is our "Where are the Looms?" free webinar with Jessica Tamara McDonald, Kailey Brya...
04/08/2020
Where are the Looms? A webinar for weavers and textile lovers!

Reminder, tomorrow (Thursday, 11am) is our "Where are the Looms?" free webinar with Jessica Tamara McDonald, Kailey Bryan, Katie Parnham, Anna Murphy, Stephanie Stoker, and Joelle Blandford!

Pre-registration required at www.heritagecraft.ca

We want to start a conversation about weaving in Newfoundland and Labrador, both historic and contemporary!

04/06/2020

Where are the Looms?

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting places connected to our medical history. The Queen Victori...
04/06/2020

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting places connected to our medical history. The Queen Victoria Wing of the Old General Hospital in St. John's was built for the care of women and children through a fundraising drive spearheaded by the Cowan Mission (named for Nurse Agnes Cowan, former Matron of the Riverhead Hospital in St. John's and employee of the General Hospital). Donations poured in from individuals and organizations and the cornerstone was laid in June of 1897. The wing opened in August of 1898. It was named in honour of the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s coronation.

In 1903 Nurse Mary Southcott was appointed Superintendent of Nurses in Newfoundland. One of her first priorities was to start a local training school for nurses. After securing instructors, she oversaw the first nurse training program in the province at the General Hospital. The first graduates completed their training in 1906. Students were originally housed in the Alexander Ward of the Victoria Wing, until the opening of the nearby King Edward VII Nursing Residence in 1912.

For more information, check out this building report which was compiled around the 100th anniversary of the Wing.https://heritagefoundation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/general-hospital.pdf

The Queen Victoria Wing has been designated a municipal heritage building by the City of St. John’s.

Last month we digitized and shared a Lodge Report first published in 1993. The report was completed 27 years ago and muc...
04/03/2020
Lodge Information Submission

Last month we digitized and shared a Lodge Report first published in 1993. The report was completed 27 years ago and much has changed: groups, buildings, and the way we gather information. Now we're looking for your help!

Do you have information on any of the lodges included in our report? Do you know of lodges we've missed? Can you recall a lodge that's still active or a building that's been lost?

Use our lodge info form to share your knowledge and help us keep our record of lodges up-to-date: https://forms.gle/J4np1VwoYM95ykbz5

To see the data from the Lodge Report in spreadsheet form visit https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Y__OI0ClnYYs5_PhMb8cMs0RNbhWjihFe2n4Pa_xeBE/edit?usp=sharing

Use this form to contribute information on historic lodges and lodge buildings in Newfoundland and Labrador. Before completing this form please check our inventory of historic lodges to see if we already have information on your lodge: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Y__OI0ClnYYs5_PhMb8cMs0R...

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting places connected to our medical history. Bonne Bay Cottage...
04/02/2020

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting places connected to our medical history. Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital was one of several cottage hospitals established by the Commission of Government (1934-1949) to provide public health services in rural Newfoundland. Construction began in 1939 on a budget of ten thousand dollars. The hospital opened that same year, though some construction continued into 1940. The facility served communities from Belburns to Trout River until its closure in 2001, making the Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital one of the longest serving hospital facilities of its era and type in the province.

In 2018 Heritage NL conducted a memory mug-up at the old hospital. What resulted was the oral history project "One Big, Happy Family: Memories of Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital." Click on this link to see the full booklet.https://www.mun.ca/ich/resources/OHR_booklet_007_WEB2.pdf

Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital was designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Norris Point in 2001.

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting places connected to our medical history. The International...
04/01/2020

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting places connected to our medical history. The International Grenfell Association (IGA) built a hospital and boarding school in Mary’s Harbour, Labrador (earlier known as St. Mary's River) in 1930. The Grenfell Shed and Wharf were used by vessels carrying supplies and patients to and from the hospital. Mary's Harbour had mostly been a seasonal community before the IGA became established there. Fishing families would spend summers further out on the coast and move up to Mary's Harbour in the winter to hunt and trap. With the establishment of the hospital and supporting infrastructure, Mary’s Harbour became a regional centre for IGA services. By 1935, it had 18 year-round residents, most of whom were connected to the operation of IGA facilities. The Grenfell Shed and Wharf were designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Mary’s Harbour in 2006.
https://heritagefoundation.ca/heritage-property/grenfell-shed-and-wharf-municipal-heritage-site/

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting local health care trailblazers. Peter O’Mara was a foundin...
03/31/2020

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting local health care trailblazers. Peter O’Mara was a founding member of the Newfoundland Pharmaceutical Society. He opened a drugstore at 486 Water Street, St. John's in 1890 but by 1922 he felt he needed a new building for his operation - and Apothecary Hall was built at 488 Water Street for this purpose. The building was owned and operated by the O’Mara family under the name “Peter O’Mara’s Drugstore” from 1922 until it closed in 1986. The building now operates as the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Museum. Apothecary Hall has historic value as an intact example of an early 20th century drugstore. The interior of the building has been relatively unaltered and retains its original style as an early 20th century drugstore. Apothecary Hall was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by Heritage NL in 1988. https://heritagefoundation.ca/heritage-property/apothecary-hall-registered-heritage-structure/

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting local health care trailblazers. Missionary and  philanthro...
03/30/2020

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting local health care trailblazers. Missionary and philanthropist Sir Wilfred Grenfell came to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1892 as a part of the National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. The levels of poverty and lack of medical services shocked him. The next year, he returned with two doctors and two nurses. This was the beginning of Grenfell’s lifetime of service to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. He established the first hospital on the Labrador coast at Battle Harbour. In St. Anthony he supervised the construction of a hospital that opened in 1905. Grenfell's creation of co-operatives and participation in fund-raising tours brought him into conflict with the National Mission. In 1911, a preliminary study of a new organizational arrangement was completed and in 1912, various articles in Among the Deep Sea Fishers – the newsletter of the National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen – reported that a new association was being organized. The International Grenfell Association (IGA) was formally incorporated in 1914. By 1914 the IGA administered the affairs of four hospitals and six nursing stations in Labrador and northern Newfoundland. Grenfell modified his home in St. Anthony and allowed it to become a staff house and dormitory for the IGA. By the time of Grenfell’s retirement in 1935, the IGA had established five hospitals and seven nursing stations. Grenfell House in St. Anthony was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by Heritage NL in 1986. https://heritagefoundation.ca/heritage-property/grenfell-house-registered-heritage-structure/

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting local health care trailblazers. Many residents of Makkovik...
03/27/2020

In light of our current global situation, we are highlighting local health care trailblazers. Many residents of Makkovik can trace their own personal history to the White Elephant Building as it was sometimes used by midwives when delivering babies. Several local women were often called upon for this service. Susan (Aunt Susie) Andersen was one. Susie, maiden name Flowers, was born in Flowers Bay, which is north of Hopedale. At age 17 she moved to Hopedale when she was hired on as a servant girl by the Reverend and Mrs. Sach at the Moravian Mission complex there. The couple moved to Makkovik and Susie went with them, continuing to work in their household. Mrs. Sach was a trained nurse and she taught Susie the skills of midwifery. Over 20 years, Aunt Susie delivered 50 babies in Makkovik and other communities along the coast. The White Elephant Building was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by Heritage NL in 2000.
https://heritagefoundation.ca/heritage-property/white-elephant-building-registered-heritage-structure/

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Heritage NL (Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador) is a non-profit organization established by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1984 to stimulate an understanding of and an appreciation for the architectural heritage of the province. Heritage NL is the sole organization in the province mandated by the provincial government to preserve one of the most visible dimensions of Newfoundland and Labrador culture - its architectural heritage. Heritage NL, an invaluable source of information for historic restoration, supports and contributes to the preservation and restoration of buildings of architectural or historical significance. Heritage NL designates buildings and other structures as Registered Heritage Structures and may provide grants for the purpose of preservation and/or restoration of such structures. Heritage NL also has an educational role and undertakes or sponsors events, publications and other projects designed to promote the value of our built heritage. In 2008 Heritage NL was chosen to lead and implement the province's Intangible Cultural Heritage Strategy.

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