Past Symposia

2016 Sep 9 - 10 The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (HSA) and the Mizzen Heritage Society (MHS) are pleased to announce the Heart’s Content Cable Conference, taking place September 9th and 10th in Heart’s Content. Hear's Content
2016  Jun 17 -18 

The Newfoundland Historical Society is a sponsor of Memorial University’s June 17-18, 2016 symposium on the First World War. Click here to view the program.

LOCATION: All the symposium sessions will be held in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation (former Inco Innovation Centre; former TSC)  in the Innovation Hall auditorium, St. John's campus, Memorial University.

Registration is free of charge but organizers ask you to register so they have an idea of the numbers coming for coffee breaks and such. Please email

As part of the university's WW100 Commemoration Program, Memorial is proud to present the symposium 1916: Beaumont Hamel and Beyond.
A highlight will be the screening of a new full-length documentary, Newfoundland at Armageddon on the Friday night, June 17.
For this production, direct descendants of the men who fought in Beaumont Hamel and the women who served as nurses and ambulance drivers were recruited and trained to recreate the 22-minute battle. The film also focuses on the role that women played in the war effort on the home front.
A Quebec/Newfoundland and Labrador co-production, the film is directed by Brian McKenna, written by Michael Crummey, produced by Arnie Gelbart, GalaFilm (Montreal) and Barbara Doran, Morag Loves Company (St. John's) and is narrated by Alan Doyle.
The screening takes place Friday, June 17, from 7-9:30 p.m. in Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, on the St. John's campus.

On June 18, the symposium continues with a day-long program offered in partnership with the Royal Newfoundland Regimental Advisory Council and the Newfoundland Historic Society. Participants will follow the Newfoundland Regiment from Gallipoli to Beaumont Hamel and will receive a virtual tour of the battlefield. The symposium will also explore other major events of the First World War, including the Battles of the Somme, Verdun and Jutland.

The symposium is dedicated to the memory of local historian Dr. W. David Parsons.

The symposium runs from 9:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m., at Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre.
Admission is free of charge; however, registration is required by emailing Parking is available in areas 1A and 18.
For more information, please visit

Media are welcome to attend the symposium; please note, media are not permitted to record video or audio during the screening of the film.

For more information, please contact David Sorensen, communications, Memorial University, (709) 864-2143, cell (709) 685-7134,

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St. John's
2015 May 7 - 8 St. John's
2014 Oct 2 - 4 “The British Empire is at War!” – Mobilizing Newfoundland, 1914 St. John's
2012 Sep 26 - 29 Capt. James Cook Symposium
John Robson's Lecture
St. John's
2010 Sep 24 - 25

FAIRE WOODES AND FRESHE RIVERS’: Settling Cupids 1610 - 2010

Cupids Cove Chatter

St. John's and Cupids
2009 May 21 - 23 Exploring Bob Bartlett: The Legacy of an Arctic Adventurer. St. John's and Brigus
2008 May 30 - 31 Symposium:"To Each His Own "William Coaker and the 100th Anniversary of the Formation of the Fishermen's Protective Union Port Union
Interview with FPU member
2006 Oct 19 - 21 War and Remembrance Symposium St. John's
2006 Jun 2 - 3 Trinity Symposium on Beaumont Hamel and WWI Trinity
2005 Apr 21 - 23 Responsible Government St. John's
2004 Sep 16 - 20 Entente Cordiale St. John's and Corner Brook
  Jun 5 Down on the Labrador Bay Roberts
  Mar 25 - 27 History of Health Care in Newfoundland & Labrador St. John's
Mar 27 - 29
The Idea of Newfoundland: Nationalism, Identity & Culture from the 19th Century to present. St. John's
2002 Mar 22 - 23 The Impact of World War II on Newfoundland St. John's
  Oct 4 - 6
History in the Public Sphere.
In Cooperation with the Atlantic Association of Historians
St. John's.
2001 Mar 23-24 17th Century Newfoundland: The English Shore. St. John's
  Apr 26 - 29 French Shores Conference Placentia
  May 4 - 5 Woodland Echoes Corner Brook
2000 Mar 24 - 25 Amulree's Legacy: Truth, Lies & Consequences. St. John's
1999 Mar 19 - 20 Encounters With the Wolf. St. John's
  May 28 - 29 History of the Bank Fishery. Grand Bank
1998 May 22 - 23 History of Sealing Newtown
1997 Jul 14 - 17 Cabot & His World St. John's and Bonavista.
1986 Oct 16 - 17 Newfoundland History 1986 St. John's