All regular Lectures are at the Marine Institute at Ridge Road.
Hampton Hall is through the main front door at the Marine Institute and to the left. All lectures start at 7:30 pm. Free parking is available in front and to the west of the building.
Lectures are held on the last Thursday of the months of September, October, November, January, February, March and April. Please contact the office for symposia venues.
Please check the NEXT SYMPOSIUM page on this site for symposia information.
Lectures are now at 7:30 pm
"Kicking Against the Pricks - The Words and Wisdom of Newfoundland's Ray Guy,"
|Nov 30||2017 Gilbert Higgins Lecture
Renatus' Kayak: The Story of a Labrador Inuk, an American G.I. and a Secret WWII Weather Station
Renatus' Kayak was a story waiting to be told. The book's origin lies with a model sealskin kayak made by Renatus Tuglavina and given to Woody Belsheim in 1944 when Woody served as a radio operator at a secret American weather station in Hebron, Labrador. Knowledge of the weather station and Renatus' life was lost to time until Junker began her quest, seventy years later, to discover what had happened to Renatus and his family, whose kindness had made Woody's year-long posting in the sub-Arctic an adventure.
Renatus' Kayak is a true story that seamlessly melds military history, Inuit culture, religion, politics and love. We learn about the rebellion against the Hudson's Bay Company led by Renatus in 1933, his trial presided over by Abram Kean and the work by British naval Lt Cmdr Buck Baker to free him. We learn about the Ferry Command and the transfer of over 10,000 military aircraft to Europe during WWII. We follow Renatus' family after relocation from Hebron to discover whether his daughter, Harriot, is still living. Moravian missionaries, Hudson's Bay Company employees and Newfoundland Rangers all have a supporting role in this uniquely compelling history.
NOTE: This lecture will also include the Book Launch of Renatus' Kayak: The Story of a Labrador Inuk, an American G.I. and a Secret WWII Weather Station
|Rozanne Enerson Junker|