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        Tuesday, July 26, 2022

        Burgess Property Plaque Unveiling and Open House

        On Sunday, July 17th, Heritage NL presented several historic plaques to the Burgess Property in Whiteway, which was followed by an open house of the property.

        Several Burgess Property Outbuildings

        The Burgess Property was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by Heritage NL in 2020 due to its historic and aesthetic value, and for its connection to the Burgess family, who were the first permanent settlers in Whiteway (then Witless Bay, Trinity Bay). Following the recent restoration of the Burgess Property structures, Heritage NL was proud to present them with a historic plaque.

        Burgess Root Cellar with historic tools

        The new plaque reads: “Burgess Property is a collection of structures built and operated by the Burgess family over six generations. The arrangement of the property’s component buildings speaks to settlement patterns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, while the structures themselves are good examples of the diversity of residential and working buildings of the period.

        Charles (1818-1898) and Sarah (1828-1894) Burgess arrived in Whiteway (then Witless Bay, Trinity Bay) from Carbonear with their three children in 1862. By 1871 the Burgess family comprised eight of the community’s twelve inhabitants. Though early Burgess men were recorded as fishermen, the family was active in several lines of business including sail-making, sawing lumber, boat-building, and barrel-making. Naomi Burgess (1850-1934), daughter-in-law to Charles and Sarah, was a midwife who practiced from the property.

        Historical barrel-making artifacts
        were on display at the open house.

        The Burgess buildings are located between Jimmy Rowe’s Pond and Trinity Bay, the former a source of fresh water and ice and the latter a source of income. The cluster of related buildings speaks to the diverse functions of outport family premises and the sources of income they often drew on. The structures are largely utilitarian with no decorative trim. The house is differentiated from the outbuildings by the use of clapboard rather than wood shingles. The form of each speaks to its function and evolution over time. The large door of the mill indicates use for loading material while the store addition to the stable has a lower roof slope and different roofing material. The present house was built circa 1902 for Naomi and Henry Charles (1852-1915) Burgess after the previous house was destroyed by fire, though exact dates of construction for the outbuildings are unknown.”

        New Burgess Property Plaque

        Each building of the Burgess Property is also being presented with an individual plaque include the stable and store (built by 1897), the root cellar (built during late 1800’s), the fishing stage (built circa 1900), the house (built 1902-1903), and the saw mill (built 1916-1919). 

        Burgess Stable

        The event was opened with a speech by the chair of Heritage NL's board, Dr. Lisa Daly and a ribbon cutting completed by the youngest generation of the Burgess family.

        Dr. Lisa Daly 

        Numerous members of the Burgess family were present to answer questions and historic artifacts associated with the property and community of Whiteway were on display.

        Heritage NL like to extend a special thanks to the Burgess family for allowing the public a chance to explore the outbuildings of the Burgess Property.

        Learn more about the Burgess Property here and here.



        Thursday, July 21, 2022

        Heart’s Content Rendell Forge Opening Hours July 27 – Aug 5, 2022

        Rendell Forge

        Heart’s Content Rendell Forge Opening Hours July 27 – Aug 5, 2022
        Our blacksmith for this summer, Sarah MacAulay, is currently doing training in Ontario and will be opening the forge July 27, just in time for Come Home Out Of It activities in Heart's Content. Please see the following schedule and share with friends!

        Sarah MacAulay, Blacksmith Apprentice.

        (Note: The Rendell Forge, Main Road, Heart’s Content, has been recently restored by the Heart’s Content Mizzen Heritage Society and Heritage NL with financial assistance from the provincial government’s Come Home Year 2022 funding. It will be closed from July 2-26 for blacksmith training and will be open to the public during the following times. Watch for more openings for later in August.)

        July 27, 2-6 pm

        July 28, 10-3 pm*

        July 29, 10-1pm

        July 30, closed

        July 31, 2-6 pm (3-4 pm demo basic hooks and points) 

        August 1, 9-4 pm (11-1 pm demo one prong fire poker) *

        August 2, 11-1 pm (demo basic knife blade)

        August 3, 11-1 pm (demo scroll work/decorative spiral work)

        August 4, 11-1 pm (demo fire poker)

        August 5, 11-1 pm (demo fine work- hair pins)

        *The forge will be closed from 1-2 pm for lunch each day

        To learn more about the history of the Rendell Forge, and the Rendell family of blacksmiths read our fieldnote about the forge here!

        Ian Gillies and Sarah MacAulay. 

        Ian Gillies, Blacksmith Mentor.

        Friday, July 15, 2022

        Headstone Cleaning in Blackhead Cemetery

        Yesterday our team headed out to the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Blackhead for a little introduction to headstone cleaning. We were joined by some volunteers from the Blackhead One Room School and Church Building which is just next door to the cemetery. To learn more about the St. Joseph's Chapel and it's heritage designation click here!

        First we wet the headstones with water. Here Dale is using a garden sprayer to make sure to cover the whole stone with water before starting. 

        Dale spraying a stone with water.

        Next we mixed up a mix up a sprayer with 50% water and 50% D2 Biological Solution. D2 is biodegradable and safe to use on a range of surfaces including headstones to remove stains from mould, mildew, algae, lichens, and air pollutants. We also found out yesterday that it works well to remove bird poop as well! Here Lara is spraying a stone with the D2-water mixture. 

        Lara spraying a headstone with D2 and water.

        Next up we used *soft* bristle brushes (never metal) to make soft circular motions to clean the stone. We are extremely careful with the amount of pressure we place on the stone so we don't move or break the base. Lara is doing a demonstration for the group here.

        Lara is carefully brushing the stone.

        Here is a photo of the group hard at work!

        Group cleaning headstones in the Blackhead cemetery.

        Here are some before and after photos from our first headstone cleaning workshop in July 2021. This workshop was led by Robyn Lacy and Ian Petty of Black Cat Cemetery Preservation. You can see how the cleaning has brightened the stone and removed lichen. Over time the D2 will continue to work to brighten the headstone in the sun and deter further growth on the headstone. 



        Wednesday, July 13, 2022

        Plaques to be Unveiled for the Burgess Property Registered Heritage Structure in Whiteway

        Dr. Lisa Daly, Chair, Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (Heritage NL), invites you to celebrate the designation of the Burgess Property as a Registered Heritage Structure and the unveiling of several heritage plaques.

        Please join Heritage NL for the ribbon cutting followed by an open house, Sunday, July 17, 2022 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Burgess Property on Burgess Lane in Whiteway.



        In 1862 Charles and Sarah Burgess and their children moved to Whiteway, becoming the community’s first permanent residents. The Burgess property consists of a house, a stable and store, a sawmill, a root cellar, and a fishing stage which were built between 1860-1900. The Burgess family were involved with several industries including fishing, producing lumber for building houses and boats, and Naomi Burgess was a midwife who practiced from the property.

        The Burgess Property was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by Heritage NL in 2020 due to its historic and aesthetic value. Restoration of the house and several outbuildings was recently completed, in part through funding from Heritage NL’s Restoration Grant Program.

        Learn more about the Burgess Property here and here.

        Tuesday, July 5, 2022

        Heritage Underground - A History of Root Cellars in Newfoundland and Labrador

        Spence root cellar, Brigus.
        Heritage NL, 2011.

        In their travels, visitors to Newfoundland and Labrador might be surprised to see numerous little doorways peeking out of hillsides across the province. These are our root cellars. While they are not unique to this province, they are a part of our history and are a familiar sight in many communities.

        Today, a selection of stories about the history, archaeology and folklore of root cellars go online as part of Heritage Underground - A History of Root Cellars in Newfoundland and Labrador. This exhibition was developed by Heritage NL, with an investment from Digital Museums Canada.

        Root cellars are insulated structures built above ground, or wholly or partly buried in the ground. They are used to preserve vegetables and protect them from frost and rot. Root cellars were a crucial part of a subsistence lifestyle, giving fishing families the ability to preserve the food they grew, in order to survive the long winters along the rugged coastlines of the province.

        Little Harbour root cellar.
        Photographed by Otto Samsome, 2008.

        “This website is a great opportunity to share stories about this traditional food storage method,” says Heritage NL Executive Director Dale Jarvis. “Some of the history may be well known, while some of the subterranean folklore about boo-darbies, babies, and silver shovels might be specific to certain communities or regions. All of the information, including five common root cellar styles, is available in both English and French.”

        This online project was developed with the support of the Digital Museums Canada investment program. Digital Museums Canada is managed by the Canadian Museum of History, with the financial support of the Government of Canada. This investment program helps build digital capacity in Canadian museums and heritage organizations and gives Canadians unique access to diverse stories and experiences.

        Come with us, and explore the fascinating underground heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador’s root cellars.

        English:
        Heritage Underground - A History of Root Cellars in Newfoundland and Labrador


        Fran?ais:
        Patrimoine souterrain - Petite histoire des caves à légumes à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador


        For more information or photos, contact:
        Terra Barrett
        Heritage NL
        terra@heritagenl.ca
        709-739-1892 x2

        Change Islands root cellar.
        Heritage NL, 2021.

        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, June 14, 2022

        Public meeting: Restoring the Pouch Cove SUF Hall


        The Pouch Cove Heritage Society in partnership with HeritageNL, the Dept. of Tourism, Culture, Arts & Recreation and the Dept. of EIT (Social Enterprise) invites Pouch Cove area residents to a public meeting regarding the restoration of the SUF Hall in Pouch Cove.

        Register at this link:

        https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/public-meeting-restoration-of-the-pouch-cove-suf-hall-tickets-366779857427

        Wed. June 29th
        7:30 - 9:30 pm
        Anglican Church Hall
        Pouch Cove

        Thursday, June 9, 2022

        Saving Endangered Crafts: Introducing Heritage NL's Newest Batch of Mentor-Apprentice Participants

        Mentor and apprentice pair Jennifer Morgan and Virginia Stoddart in Jennifer's printing studio. 

        From birch brooms to beading, traditional skills at risk of being lost in Newfoundland and Labrador just got a boost from Heritage NL.

        Twenty new projects from all across the province that pair a learner with an experienced craftsperson have been given the green light by Heritage NL, the provincial agency that deals with historic places and living heritage. This adds to a set of partnerships established earlier in the year.

        The Heritage NL Mentor-Apprentice Program is a one-on-one immersion program that provides funding up to $10,000 to support the teaching of endangered crafts and skills from an established mentor to an apprentice craftsperson or tradesperson.

        “The traditional craft sector is an important part of our contemporary economy, especially in rural areas,” says folklorist Dale Jarvis, Executive Director of Heritage NL. “We are excited to support these tradition bearers and entrepreneurs in learning and promoting skills and crafts that otherwise might fade away.”

        The participants will have up to a year to work together, teaching and learning a variety of skills including spruce root basket making, blacksmithing, coopering, and sealskin work. Applications for this pilot program are now closed. For more information about the Heritage NL Craft at Risk List or Mentor-Apprentice Program see heritagenl.ca/programs/craft-at-risk/.

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

        The approved mentor/apprentice projects are as follows:

        Beadwork
        Mentor Bonnie Miller, Norris Arm North, with apprentice Starlynn Shears-Osmond, Grand Falls-Windsor.

        Blacksmithing
        Mentor Ian Gillies, Conception Bay South, with apprentice Sarah MacAulay, Mount Pearl;
        and
        Mentor Dennis Flood, Change Islands, with apprentice Timothy Penton, Joe Batt’s Arm.

        Coopering
        Mentor Lester Cooper, Trinity, with apprentice Darren Hookey, Trinity.

        Bodhran making (Irish frame drum)
        Mentor Paddy Mackey, Flatrock, with apprentice Bryan Poirier, St. John’s.

        Komatik building (winter sled with runners)
        Mentor Adam Greening, Port Blandford, with apprentice Joey Efford, Port Blandford;
        and
        Mentor Walter Fowler, Capstan Island, with apprentice Peter Fowler, South Branch;
        and
        Mentor Alfred Winters, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, with apprentice David Chaulk and Francine Winters, Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

        Letterpress printing
        Mentor Duncan Major, St. John’s, with apprentice Katie Butler Major, St. John’s;
        and
        Mentor Jennifer Morgan, St. John’s, with apprentice Virginia Stoddard, Bay Bulls;
        and
        Mentor Marnie Parsons, Tors Cove, with apprentice Abigail Hann, Port Blandford.

        Mi’kmaq style moccasins
        Mentor Loretta John, Conne River, with apprentice Kevin Drew, Conne River.

        Millinery
        Mentor Charlotte Reid, St. John’s, with apprentice Erica Dawe, St. John’s.

        Running birch brooms
        Mentor Richard Park, Gillams, with apprentice Michelle Park, Corner Brook.

        Sealskin work including slippers and mittens
        Mentor Barb Rumbolt, Mary’s Harbour, with apprentice Niki Greeley, Mary’s Harbour.

        Spruce root basket making
        Mentor Eileen Murphy, Corner Brook, with apprentice Sandi Yates, Gillams.

        Weaving skills
        Mentor Morgaine Parnham, Bonavista, with apprentice Sylvie Mitford, Bonavista.

        Window/Door Making
        Mentor David Winsor, Broad Cove, with apprentice Ben Marx, St. John’s.

        Wriggle fence building
        Mentor Guy Barnable, Ferryland, with apprentice Eric Escudero, St. John’s;
        and
        Mentor Jody Chaulk, Bloomfield, with apprentice Gracie Russell, Lethbridge.


        For more information or photos, contact:

        Dale Jarvis
        Heritage NL
        dale@heritagenl.ca
        https://heritagenl.ca/programs/craft-at-risk/ 

        Stay tuned to Heritage NL's social media for updates on our Mentor-Apprentice program!

        Photo submitted by Niki Greeley.
        Niki is an apprentice in sealskin work including slippers and mittens. 

        Tacking the skin on a bodhran drum. Photo submitted by Paddy Mackey.
        Paddy is a mentor for instrument making, specifically bodhran drums. 

        Ian Gillies with an anvil in Rendell's Forge in Heart's Content.
        Ian is a blacksmith mentor.

        Thursday, April 28, 2022

        Heritage NL Revitalization Grant - Pilot Project for community heritage projects involving Registered Heritage Structures




        Heritage NL has redeveloped its restoration grant funding to better provide a suite of services to owners of Registered Heritage Structures. The Board is looking for projects that blend the restoration of a designated property with community planning workshops, architectural history research, and opportunities for transmission of traditional skills related to conservation of the site or the site’s history. The grant is intended to direct funding to projects that demonstrate community value as well as a need for material conservation. Project proposals in the $30,000 to $50,000 range will be considered, and successful projects will be funded on a 50/50 cost shared basis. In addition, grant recipients will work with Heritage NL staff to determine what other in-kind supports would benefit the project.


        Example: The Salvage Fishermen’s Museum was approved for a grant for exterior restoration of the structure. In addition to the grant itself, Heritage NL worked with the local committee to: run a community People, Places, and Culture workshop; compile a comprehensive architectural history of the structure to aid in the conservation process; conduct research on family names and neighborhoods and develop a map; write a heritage report for the town with recommendations and suggestions for future work; teach a workshop on headstone digitization and facilitate a cemetery cleanup; assist with grant writing to help the museum hire a summer coordinator position; and work with the local committee to organize an official plaque unveiling ceremony at the end of their project.


        Owners of any previously-designated Registered Heritage Structure may apply for restoration funding. An easement on the property must be in place to be eligible. Priority will be given to small to medium sized projects that:

        • Clearly demonstrate broad community involvement and support;
        • Will benefit from the provision of advice, research, and training from Heritage NL staff and the organization’s related training or Intangible Cultural Heritage programs;
        • Are located in areas that have been under-represented in previous grant cycles, including Western and Central Newfoundland, and Labrador;
        • Address or represent themes that have been under-represented in previous grant cycles, including Indigenous history, women’s history, and multi-ethnic heritage;
        • Represent outstanding examples of the built heritage of the Modern/Industrial period or agricultural sites;
        • Represent sites which include significant cultural landscapes as part of the designation.

        Applications will be juried in a competitive process by the Board of Directors of Heritage NL. Funding is limited, and application does not guarantee funding. Approved grants are good for two years from the date of a signed Grant Contract agreement, and work must abide by the conditions of the Contract and follow the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. Grants are paid following the successful completion of work and submission of a Final Project Report and all required documentation.


        Deadline to apply: 27 May 2022