Past Lectures



Jan 25

"Behind Barb Wire - Newfoundland POW's in the Great War"

An estimated 8 million men became prisoners during the Great War. Our presentation explores the international legal status of POWs under The Hague Conventions while focusing on the experiences of the 170 Newfoundland POWs, revealed through first-person narratives, family letters, photographs and post-war claims for pensions and reparations. Themes include "reprisal camps"; the diverse experiences of the officers and other ranks (ORs); cultural and linguistic isolation; near-starvation, inadequate medical care, and harsh labour conditions. POWs frequently suffered life-long physical disabilities and emotional trauma ("barbed wire disease"). By incorporating statistical analysis, mapping, and archival sources, hopefully this collaborative work and subsequent discussion will provide new insights into the Great War.


Jessie Chisholm Dan Duda

The Labrador Court of Civil Jurisdiction was a short-lived experiment in long-distance justice delivery. Each summer, from 1826 to 1833, the Court departed from St. John's for the Labrador in an ice-reinforced vessel that cruised the Coast for two or three months, stopping at numerous coves and harbours from Blanc Sablon in the South to Rigolet in Esquimaux Bay (now Hamilton Inlet), and occasionally West to Kinnemish in Carter Basin and North West River. The Court's activity in Esquimaux Bay played a significant role in the decision of the Privy Council in 1927, which set the boundary between Labrador and Canada. The Court's Clerk, George Simms, a Justice of the Peace and merchant from Trepassey, kept a journal of these voyages, of which four, from 1830 to 1833, are known to have survived. This lecture is based on The Journals of George Simms, J.P., and the Records of the Labrador Court, 1826-1833, 2 vols., edited by Augustus G. Lilly and Christopher P. Curran, St. John's: The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2017, which contains Simms's Journals, the complete Court Records, and a selection of archival documents, all of which add to our knowledge of legal, commercial, and indigenous activity in Labrador. These materials, most of them published for the first time, are supplemented by an Introduction which traces the history of the delivery of justice on the Labrador Coast from 1809 to 1863. There are identifications for some 225 persons and places mentioned in the publication, extended biographical sketches of the Court's Judge, Captain William Paterson, and Simms, and contemporary illustrations, showing people and places on the Coast and the politicians, administrators, and lawyers who were instrumental in setting up the Court.

video of lecture THE JOURNALS OF GEORGE SIMMS, J.P. Part 1
video of lecture THE JOURNALS OF GEORGE SIMMS, J.P. Part 2

Augustus G. Lilly, Q.C.
Mar 29 "Wordsworth's Nephew in Labrador 1853-1867"

In 1853 George Hutchinson left England to become an Anglican minister at Battle Harbour, Labrador. He was stationed there for 14 years, and came to love the place and people so much, it took his St. John's fiancée, Selina Hayward, four years to convince him to leave "his people."

In England, Hutchinson had come to expect certain privileges as the nephew of William Wordsworth, one of the country's most famous poets. Coastal Labradorians would not have been impressed, however, since most of them were illiterate. He had to earn their respect the hard way.

We have the Wordsworths to thank, however, for documenting so much of Hutchinson's early life. Marie Wadden has been able to piece together remarkable detail about his childhood, and education, from the diaries, letters, and poems of his aunts Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary and Sara Hutchinson. More valuable still are the 5 volumes of letters preserved at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere that George Hutchinson wrote home from Battle Harbour. Marie has recently finished typing up all 100,000 words of those letters, and will tell us what she's learned about Hutchinson, and his times.
Marie Wadden
Apr 26


“Ballycater and Other Frozen Water - Present Past in Current Folklore.”

The folklore of ice (and other near-frozen water) in Newfoundland and Labrador has been, and continues to be, an important part of contemporary images of the province. Likewise, ice folklore provides important identity markers for many residents. It is part of a constellation of seemingly "old stuff" and of a pool of cultural resources for creativity, identification and commerce. Words like ballycatter, copying, lolly, sish and silver thaw provide not just practical nuance to activity and survival in this climate, but also aesthetic pleasure and esoteric support within contemporary local culture. Philip Hiscock discuss these and other words, and the related phenomena in our annual George Story Lecture.
Dr. Philip Hiscock
Sep 27 "Home Stretch, Home Rule!: Diaspora, Comparison, and Responses to the Irish Question in St. John's, Newfoundland, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Portland, Maine, 1880-1914"

Drawing upon research from his recently-published book, A Land of Dreams: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Irish in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Maine, 1880-1923, Dr. Mannion's talk will focus on local responses to the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Irish Home Rule movement in Portland, Halifax, and, especially, St. John's. By investigating Irish nationalism in the diaspora comparatively, we can gain clearer insight into the strength, depth, and variety of Irish identities overseas. The lecture will examine the Newfoundland Irish from a transnational perspective, highlighting the complex combination of local, regional, national, and international factors that affected understandings of "being Irish" here and in two other communities on the prow of northeastern North America. It will focus particularly on the complex relationship between "Irish", "Catholic" and "imperial" identities; on the incorporation of the Irish Question into local political debates; and on assessing Newfoundland"s unique place within the global Irish diaspora.
Dr. Patrick Mannion
Oct 25 Labrador Boundary Case Presentation

In March 1927, the Privy Council in London issued a decision that settled the dispute between Newfoundland and Canada over the boundary between Labrador and Quebec, bringing an end to over a hundred years of boundary movement and legal wrangling. Join us as members of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador recreate the arguments in this historic case and a Privy Council of their peers rule on the matter. Retired judge and legal historian, John Joy, will act as moderator and introduce the event, describing the background of the case; Michael Crosbie Q.C. will present the Newfoundland case; and Ian Kelly Q.C. the case for Canada. The Privy Council will be a group of law students, who will then provide their decision. Whatever the outcome, John Joy will provide a summary of the actual 1927 Privy Council decision. Audiences in St. John's and Happy Valley-Goose Bay will then have the opportunity to ask questions or make comments.

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Hon. John Joy, Ian Kelly Q.C. Michael Crosbie Q.C.
Nov 29 The "Spanish Flu" in Newfoundland, 1918

In September 1918, the second wave of the global influenza pandemic reached the shores of Newfoundland. The pandemic, colloquially known as the Spanish Flu, became one of the deadliest outbreaks of infectious disease in history.

This panel presentation focuses on the history of the influenza pandemic on the Island of Newfoundland specifically and its impact on military personnel. Dr. Ean Parsons will present the medical basics of influenza and provide an overview of the origins of the 1918 pandemic and its spread through the military. Dr. Parsons will review the effects on Newfoundland military personnel both in Europe and in Newfoundland, using examples of individual stories. Professor Terry Bishop-Stirling will highlight the Spanish Flu on the Island, how communities large and small were affected by the Flu, and how the country's doctors and government responded to the crisis. And finally, Dr. Heidi Coombs will discuss the role of the Grenfell Mission's King George V Seamen's Institute as a temporary emergency hospital during the pandemic and the tragic fate of a local nursing aide volunteer, Ethel Dickinson.

Please note that the history of the Spanish Flu in Labrador will be the topic of our January 2019 lecture, which will be presented by Anne Budgell.

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Prof. Terry Bishop-Stirling, Dr. Ean Parsons, Dr. Heidi Coombs


Jan 26
Fathoming the Depths for the First Trans-Atlantic Cables.

Abstract: In the 1850s when the first transatlantic telegraph cable was envisioned very little was known about the deep ocean and its seabed. However, hydrographic information was considered essential to determine the practicality of the project. This presentation will discuss the hydrographic surveys completed for the transatlantic cable project, the hydrographers who did them, how the survey's data contributed to the project’s success and a scientific controversy related to the surveys.

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Charles H. Stirling  
Feb 23

- Observing the Outports, the foundation of our understanding of Newfoundland society in an era of modernization.

In Dr Webb’s lecture he will draw upon his recent book “Observing the Outports: Describing Newfoundland Society and Culture.” Parallel to the cultural revival that occurred in the 25 years after confederation, there was a Newfoundland Studies Movement at the university. Anthropologists, folklorists, historians and others developed active research in an effort to document Newfoundland culture. At a time when Resettlement was reshaping the outports, groups of scholars strove to understand cultural change.


Jeff Webb  
Mar 30

“The impossible dream".

A lecture about how and why the Janeway Hospital, St. John’s was opened in 1966. The opening of a Child Health Centre in the Old Pepperrell Hospital in 1966 against enormous opposition from the medical community was a remarkable story.

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Rick Cooper
Apr 27


“On Gerry Squires.”


Stan Dragland is originally from Alberta and now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Western University. He has taught creative writing at the Banff Centre and at Los Parronales, Chile. He was founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books, and is still active with the latter. Between 1994 and 1997, he was poetry editor for McClelland & Stewart. Peckertracks (1979) was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award; Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9 (1994) won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian literary criticism: 12 Bars (2002) was co-winner of the bp Nichol Chapbook Award; Apocrypha: Further Journeys (2003) won the Newfoundland and Labrador Rogers Cable Award for non-fiction; Stormy Weather: Foursomes (2005) was shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award. SD has also published Journeys Through Bookland and other Passages (1984) and The Bees of the Invisible: Essays in Contemporary English Canadian Writing (1991). 2008 saw the publication of The Drowned Lands, a novel. Deep Too, a prose oddity, appeared in 2013. The Bricoleur and His Sentences was published in 2014, Strangers & Others: Newfoundland Essays (shortlisted for the BMO Winterset Award) in 2015, Strangers & Others 2: The Great Eastern in 2016.


I was invited to discuss my research for the long essay in Gerald Squires, the book timed to appear alongside Squires’ 2017 retrospective, and my lecture makes that subject its armature. It goes into the many sources now available—not only the pictures and sculptures, the criticism and interviews, but also the wealth of archival material preserved by Gail Squires and held in Holyrood. Especially important are Squires’ own eloquent writings, many of them never published, some of them chosen to grace the lecture. I explore the painter’s passionate grasp of archetypal impulses—heaven and hell contending in his personal cosmology—and try to suggest how such tensions are embodied in his pictures. An important sub-theme is Squires’ deep-seated ecological consciousness, more relevant and valuable than ever in the context of accelerating threats to the biosphere. Lecture and illustrations will present a Squires well-known and well-loved, but also with dimensions that are not common knowledge. The viewer/listener may also expect to see and hear about some surprising images that came to light only when access to the Squires archive became available after his death. 

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Stan Dragland  
Sep 28

"Kicking Against the Pricks - The Words and Wisdom of Newfoundland's Ray Guy,"

Ron Crocker’s lecture will focus on Ray Guy, the Newfoundland journalist and satirist with whom he worked at the Evening Telegram in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This lecture will survey Guy’s early and formative influences as a writer, his legendary career as columnist at the Evening Telegram, and his famed satirical send-ups of former Premier Joey Smallwood and other political antagonists. Ron will also discuss Guy’s intense connection to Newfoundland and Labrador, which he regards as the writer’s primary motivation and his muse.

“Kicking Against the Pricks - The Words and Wisdom of Newfoundland’s Ray Guy” is also the proposed title for a forthcoming biography of Ray Guy which Ron is currently writing.


Ron Crocker
Oct 26

No NLHS lecture this month but see Memorial University's First World War Symposium Nov 3 - 4


Nov 30 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.
Rozanne Enerson Junker


28 Jan "How things get forgotten: An example from Newfoundland. The 17th century Welsh colonizers." Cabot Martin
25 Feb "Cuffs, Vamps, Trigger Mitts and Drawers: The Knitted Heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador"

As in other spheres of culture, Newfoundland and Labrador has its own distinctive seat at the worldwide knitting table. Our saucy weather has always demanded warm clothes in all seasons. Some items made here today are rooted in European knitting traditions. Other curious inventions came straight from the clever minds of industrious Livyers who needed to keep warm while working. This talk and slideshow will fill you in on why and how we knit what we knit today.

Shirley Anne Scott, sometimes known as "Shirl the Purl" is a retired librarian who spends most of her waking hours knitting or thinking about knitting, and she has done so for more decades than you have fingers on your gloves. After writing Canada Knits: Craft and Comfort in a Northern Land in 1989 she became known as Canada's Knitting Historian, a title to which there have been remarkably few claimants. She has written patterns for The Rooms Grey Sock project, based on items in the provincial collection. Presently she is collaborating with Christine LeGrow on publishing Some Warm Mittens, a collection of printed instructions for our traditional mittens.

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Shirley Scott
31 Mar The West in the East: The Early Years of the Hudson’s Bay Company in Labrador

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Kurt Korneski
28 Apr
"Margaret Duley (1894-1968) as a critic of the Great War."

The writings of Margaret Duley, Newfoundland's first novelist and one with an international readership, can be read as romances but they also contain biting social critiques. The Great War prompted little overt criticism in Newfoundland. Duley's work stands as an exception. Historian, Dr. Margot Duley, will examine the familial, personal and historical context of her aunt's views on World War One.


Margot Duley
Sep 29 “Archbishop’s Mullock’s rare book library” Agnes  Juhász-Ormsby and Anne Walsh
Oct 27

“The Basques in Newfoundland and other finds from Fort Louis in Placentia”.

An illustrated lecture.

Basque fishers and whalers were among the earliest Europeans to exploit the waters off Newfoundland, Labrador and eastern Canada.  Their presence in the region began in the 1520s, or probably earlier.  Being neither French nor Spanish the Basque had to contend with political woes in Europe while boldly expanding their fisheries beyond eastern Newfoundland, to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and up the St. Lawrence River.  They were also among the first Europeans to trade with the Natives in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and beyond where their trade goods have been found as far west as the Great Lakes. 
The Basque left an indelible mark in our province, both in the ground and in our place names.  Over the past 10 or so years we are beginning to realize that evidence of their presence stretches well beyond southern Labrador, to Placentia where archaeologists have found hundreds of fragments of Basque red clay roof tiles in deposits associated with French planters from the mid-seventeenth century and the migratory fishery.  Basque tombstones and sixteenth-century documents related to Placentia also speak of their association with Placentia. 
This presentation will illustrate the history of the Basque presence in our province and eastern Canada and also some of the exciting finds from excavations at Jerseyside where archaeologists found over 40,000 artifacts related to the Basque, French and English/Irish presence going back to the seventeenth century.



Steve Mills
Nov 24 "One Child's Book History in St. John's in the 1950s"  An extensive study of the materials that made the speaker a literate child, growing up in St. John's, NL, in the 1950s and 1960s. Margaret Mackey


29 Jan Two Episodes in the Parliamentary History of Newfoundland and Labrador: The Rise and Fall of the House of Assembly, 1832 and 1933.

The Parliament of Newfoundland is unique in the history of parliaments in the Westminster tradition in that it was both created and abolished within a century. Based on the author's forthcoming history of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland, this illustrated lecture will explore the circumstances surrounding the creation and the early days of the House of Assembly, and the remarkable circumstances which led to its demise in the era before confederation with Canada.

 John E. FitzGerald. 
26 Feb

Death of the National Dream: Fred Alderdice and his default plan

In October 1932, the newly elected Prime Minister of Newfoundland made a dramatic plan known to the British government. Fred Alderdice told the Secretary of State for the Dominions that the government had little choice but partially default on more than $5 million a year in debt payments. Britain reacted angrily. Its subsequent offer of a lifeline to pay a share of the year end interest on the debt, and the appointment of a royal commission to examine the future of Newfoundland and its financial situation and prospects, put the Dominion on a path that would see its constitutional status irreversibly changed.

Could Alderdice have played his cards differently? Could he have preserved Newfoundland’s constitutional independence? Did Newfoundlanders let down the dream and promise of a nation?

Author Doug Letto poses those questions and challenges a common view of how Newfoundand went from Dominion status to province of Canada.

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Doug Letto.
26 Mar

Trading and Raiding: Understanding Early French/Inuit Relationships in in Southern Labrador

Between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries the social and economic life of the Labrador Inuit was increasingly entwined with French fishermen and settlers.  While crew on French fishing ships traveled annually to southern Labrador to make use of good harbours, French settlers from Quebec began to develop large concessions of land for the purposes of sealing, furring and trading.  As a result of these activities, French-Inuit interactions became increasingly commonplace.  The Inuit had settled in southern Labrador by the sixteenth century, likely as a deliberate strategy to obtain European materials, which they re-purposed to suit their own cultural needs.  This presentation elaborates on recent archaeological findings that illuminate the nature and extent of these complex interactions

Lisa Rankin
30 Apr

2015 George Story Lecture

“The Pirate Who Never Was? Eric Cobham and Invention in History” 


Those who ventured into the Newfoundland fishery and trade during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were confronted by many risks – hazards of navigation, uncertain conditions in the fishery, unpredictable markets. The frequent wars of the period could bring attacks on shipping and shore stations by hostile warships and privateers, while piracy could become a problem in peacetime. Unfortunately, piracy is one of those topics which generates a truly enormous volume of poor (if not outrightly bad) history. Too much of the literature is driven by sensational and fanciful, even outrageously erroneous, works which pander to readers whose understanding of piracy is governed by works of entertainment. This is as true for piracy in Newfoundland waters as it is for piracy in the Caribbean and elsewhere. I will explore this theme by examining one particular period in Newfoundland history – the twenty or so years immediately following the conclusion of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713 – when piracy did flare up in Newfoundland waters, yet I shall also argue that one of the more notorious pirates of the period – Eric Cobham – probably never existed. In short, while piracy was real, the same cannot be said of all pirates.

OLAF JANZEN (PhD, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON) is Professor of History at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in Corner Brook. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and member of several organizations, including the Navy Records Society, the International Maritime Economic History Association, the Canadian Nautical Research Society, the Society for Nautical Research, and the Newfoundland Historical Society. Dr. Janzen’s research specialization is the trade, society and defence of eighteenth-century Newfoundland, and he has published frequently on those themes in peer-reviewed journals, including Newfoundland & Labrador Studies. He contributed the chapter on the eighteenth century to A Short History of Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John’s, 2008). In 2013, a collection of many of his previously published articles was released by the International Maritime Economic History Association under the title War and Trade in Eighteenth-Century Newfoundland as No. 52 in the Association’s series, “Research in Maritime History.” He is the author of an on-line “A Reader’s Guide to the History of Newfoundland and Labrador to 1869" at

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Olaf Janzen
24 Sep "A Beautiful Sight: Stories from the Port of St. John's" Allan Byrne
29 Oct

"Lives Lived: Person and Place in Newfoundland Biographical Writing." A Panel in partnership with the Dictionary of
Canadian Biography.

The Panelists:
Jeff Webb (Department of History) "Rethinking the Individual: Biographies of
Collaborative Circles"

and Vicki Hallett (Department of Gender Studies)  "Life Narrative, People, and Place: Why I Didn't Write a
Biography of a Newfoundland Poet."

Patrick Mannion, chair.

In partnership with the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the Newfoundland Historical Society presents “Lives Lived: Person and Place in Newfoundland Biographical Writing”: a panel discussion on biography in Newfoundland and Labrador. Examining the past through the prism of the individual provides us with a unique perspective on our history and culture. Biography, though, is a tremendously varied sub-genre of historical writing, bringing together historians, literary scholars, folklorists, geographers, anthropologists, and others. How has biography contributed to our understanding of Newfoundland’s history? What are some of the key features that define biographical research? What sort of challenges does a focus on the individual present to the researcher, and how do interpretations of person and place contribute to our overall understanding of our past?


14 Nov

One Day symposium on WWI Gallipoli

This event takes place at:

Bruneau Centre for Innovation and Science, nnovaion Hall (IIC-2001) St. John's Campus,
Memorial University of Newfoundland Nov 14, 2015

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26 Nov

No lecture tonight. See you in January.




30 Jan

'The Silver Highway - a brief history of the exploration of Labrador's Grand (Churchill) River'

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Anne Budgell
27 Feb

Habitants, Soldiers, Sailors, and Servants: The History and Archaeology of the French in Placentia Bay, 1662-1714

The French establishment of a colony in Newfoundland would fundamentally alter the nature of the French presence on the island. Prior to the colony's founding, the French presence in Newfoundland had been a seasonal one only, in which the French fishers who had come to the island's shores stayed for the summertime only. Any overwintering was likely unintentional. But with the advent of colonization, in Plaisance (now Placentia) in 1662, the French presence changed substantially. Colonization continued to bring seasonal fishermen to Plaisance, but they now shared space in the harbour with the permanently-resident owners of fishing plantations (or habitants). Colonization brought an administrative presence to the colony as well, and so Plaisance was home to the first garrisoned fortification in Newfoundland, as well as civilian colonial administrators. Plaisance quickly grew to be the largest settlement in French Newfoundland, as well as the most important administrative, economic, and military centre for the French on the island. Settlement outside of the colony grew after 1662, and we see the spread of small, family-based fishing settlements into Placentia Bay in particular after this time. Though small, and poorly documented, these settlements were nonetheless an important part of the French experience in Newfoundland. French permanent residence was more or less brought to an end with the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, as the French were subsequently prevented from living on the island permanently. This presentation will explore what we know of the history and archaeology of the resident French in Newfoundland-- the habitants, soldiers, sailors, and servants, who all made Placentia Bay their home-- and what happened to them after they were forced to leave.

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Amanda Crompton
27 Mar

"James Vey: photographic journalist/artist"

 Robert Edwards Holloway (1850-1904), Simeon Henry Parsons (1844-1908), and James Vey (1852?-1922) were all photographing life in Newfoundland at the turn of the last century.  Much has been written about Holloway and Parsons, but Vey's story is not as well known. Vey was very much a "journalistic photographer," a man of the streets; and, his work reflects a Newfoundland which existed from the 1890s to the 1920s. The talk will look at the work and life of a man whose photographs appeared in the Illustrated London News, McClure's Magazine, Scientific American, and Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, as well as in George Allan England's Vikings of the Ice.

Pictures from the lecture click here.

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Suzanne Sexty
1 May

The George Story Lecture:On Record: Toward A Social History of Audio Recording in Newfoundland and Labrador

(NOTE: this lecture was not recorded because of laws concerning permissions.)

Dr. Beverley Diamond
25 Sept No September lecture this year. Instead we are having our Symposium on October 2-4  
30 Oct "These ignorant and excited fishmongers": Popular Resistance to Bishop Feild in Transatlantic Newfoundland and Labrador. Calvin Hollett
27 Nov "An Irish-Nationalist resurgence in St.John’s? The Self- Determination for the Ireland League of Newfoundland, 1919-1922". Patrick Mannion



31 Jan

 ‘A Calamity from which No Relief Can be Expected’:
Civilian Responses to the French Occupation of Newfoundland, June-September 1762

Mark Humphries
28 Feb

City Seen: Artists' Views of St. John's 1785-2010

Patricia Grattan
28 Mar “Patchwork Patient”: Among the Deep Sea Fishers – Promoting the Grenfell Mission, 1903-1981. Heidi
25 Apr

Annual General Meeting and George Storey Lecture: Natanael Illiniartitsijok – Inuk Composer

Tom Gordon
26 Sep "Thrift and the Good Child Citizen: The Junior Thrift Clubs
in Confederation-Era Newfoundland"
Karen Stanbridge
31 Oct "Ructions in Heart's Content: Dispute Resolution in a Newfoundland Outport" Ted Rowe
28 Nov The Gilbert Higgins Lecture: A Mesmerizing Miscellany of Marvelous and Majestic Mummers: The Marketing of a Newfoundland Christmas Tradition.

    This illustrated presentation explores the ways in which commodification of nostalgia has become the focus of some sectors of the market place.
The marketing of tradition is by no means a new phenomenon and it has been far more extensive than we perhaps realize.  This underestimation possibly stems from the fact that, while we perceive today that marketing is facilitated through some form of corporate broker or entrepreneur, in reality this is not always the case.  Instead performers have often taken on this role themselves.  Similarly, at the grass roots level local artists and crafts people seeing performances of traditions such, as mummers, have turn those experiences into marketable wares.
Paul Smith


Jan 26 Newfoundland Modern: Architecture in the Smallwood Years, 1949-1972. Robert Mellin
Feb 23 Gilbert Higgins Lecture for 2011-2012:  Mirror Islands: The Colonial Histories of Tasmania and Newfoundland. Fiona Polack
Mar 29 The Trial of Catherine Snow. NHS Panel
Apr 26 George M Story and the Study of Newfoundland at Memorial
(AGM and  George Story lecture).
Jeff Webb
Oct 25

Gilbert Higgins Lecture for 2012-2013: Trinity’s John Clinch (1748/9-1819): Missionary, Medical Man, Magistrate and Much More.
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Jim Connor
Nov 29 The Rise and Fall of the 20th Century Whaling Industry in Newfoundland and Labrador Anthony Dickinson



Jan 27 Cancelled (Weather)  
Feb 24 Born on the Wrong Side of the Water: Newfoundland Nativism in the Nineteenth Century. Carolyn Lambert
Mar 31 George Story Lecture: 'Newfoundland's Material Culture and the Rise of Heritage'. Gerald Pocius
Apr 28 AGM and Lecture: From Uapamekushtu to Tshakashkue matshiteuieau: Place Names, History and the Labrador Innu. Peter Armitage
Sep 29 A Reflection of Ourselves: Nationalistic Theatre in Newfoundland, 1965-1983 Mekaela Mahoney
Oct 13 Some Day the Sun Will Shine: Oil and the End of Newfoundland History Jerry Bannister
Oct 27 ‘The History of Salmon Conservation in Newfoundland’. Don Hustins
Nov 24 Cancelled (Weather)



Jan 28 The MacDermotts of Fortune Bay: Their Three Missions, 1904-1934 Garfield Fizzard
Feb 25 The Response of the FPU to the Sealing Disasters of 1914 – an Illustrated presentation Jessie Chisholm
Mar 25 The Grandchildren of Fogo: The Ripples of the Fogo Island Films of 1968 Susan Newhook
Apr 29 Tracing our Linguistic Roots: Mapping Regional Diversity in Newfoundland and Labrador English [George Story Lecture] Sandra Clarke
16 Jun "Bristol, Cabot and the New Found Land: 1496-1500."  Dr. Evan Jones University of Bristol
Oct 28 Buried Treasure: Newfoundland’s Pre-Confederation Mining History as Captured in Postage Stamps, Picture Postcards, Stock Certificates and Other Ephemera Bruce Ryan
Nov 25 Braving the Flag [Higgins Lecture] Christopher Pratt



Feb 26 The First Gilbert Higgins Lecture: British Imperial Identity and the Newfoundland Irish Threat, 1740 - 1800 Allan Dwyer
Mar 26 "Smallwood, Pearson, and the Power Corridor Through Quebec." James Feehan
Apr 30 AGM and Story Lecture: Concise History Panel Several Speakers
Sep 24 Pre-Confederation Women Writers and Mythologies of Empir Heather O’Brien
Oct 29 Lee Wulff, Stanley Truman Brooks and the Newfoundland Tourist Development Board, 1925 to 1946 Allan Byrne
Nov 26 A.P. Low’s 1893-94 Expedition Through Labrador: A Tale of Iron and Irony [Gilbert Higgins Lecture] Derek Wilton



Feb 28 "Nursery of Seamen: Naval Impressment and the British Newfoundland Fishery, 1699-1815" Keith Mercer
Mar 27 "A New Schooner for the Captain from Newfoundland" Raoul Andersen
Apr 24 AGM and Gorge Story Lecture. Neil Rosenberg
Sept 25 Oscar Lieber’s trips to Labrador and observations of the 1860 eclipse Derek Wilton
Oct 30 An Environment of Cooperation and Conflict: The Military Presence in Newfoundland and Labrador from the Cold War to the War on Terror Whitney Lackenbauer
Nov 27 The Voice of Newfoundland - a history of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland (book launch) Jeff Webb



March 22 "Isolation and Degeneracy: Rethinking the study of Newfoundland Methodism". Calvin Hollett
Sept 27 "Nutakuanan – the parable of Herman J. Koehler and his 1931 disappearance". Peter Armitage
Oct 25 "A Postal History of Labrador Before Confederation" Kevin O'Reilly
Nov 29 "High Tech and High Times - Life at the Heart's Content Cable Station 1866 - 1885. Ted Rowe



Jan 29 "Hesketh Prichard in Labrador" Larry Coady
Feb 26 "Rule of the Admirals: Law, Custom and the Naval Government, 1699-1832" Jerry Bannister