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“Faire Woods and Fresh Rivers” : Cupids

Posted by Crout On October - 16 - 2010

Photos and information were provided by Michael Wilkshire, Memorial University.
The Symposium, which was jointly sponsored by the Newfoundland Historical Society and Cupids Historical Society, with support from CUPIDS 400 and The Rooms Provincial Museum Division, continued on September 25th in Cupids.

The title of the symposium is basted on Henry Crout’s weather diary ‘Occurrents in Newfoundland’ for September 4, 1612 – “In the morning we proceeded Farther through verie faire woodes passing faire lakes and freshe rivers.”

The Symposium, which began at the The Rooms, continued the following day in Cupids. Delegates were greeted by John Guy who declared the Symposium open. Newfoundland Historic Society President Larry Coady and Harold Akerman of the Cupids Heritage Society gave opening comments.

Morning Session

Kathi Stacey, Cultural Tourism Officer for Cupids 400, was chair of the morning session and introduced the first two presentations.  William Gilbert, chief archaeologist with the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation, shared part of his vast knowledge of local archaeology with his talk “To dwell in this Country and Live here”: Historical Archaeology in Cupids, Newfoundland.  Next was a two-part presentation by Chesley Sanger and Gordon Handcock (Professors Emeritus, Dept. of Geography Memorial University) with the title John Guy of Bristol and Newfoundland . They discussed their work in finishing the manuscript of the late Alan Williams on John Guy; they hope to have the book ready in the near future. Chesley Sanger presented, while Gordon Handcock answered a question from the audience.
William Gilbert - Chief Archaeologist, Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation
William Gilbert – Chief Archaeologist, Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation

Monument to Commemorate  the 1910 Tercentenary

During the lunch break, photos were taken beside the monument created to commemorate  the 1910 tercentenary. The monument displays a plaque from the city of Bristol and the Society of Merchant Venturers of Bristol containing the shield of the city of Bristol and the Society of Merchant Venturers.
Plaque from the city of Bristol and the Society of Merchant Venturers of Bristol
Plaque from the city of Bristol and the Society of Merchant Venturers of Bristol

Afternoon Session

During the afternoon sessions, which were chaired by Mekaela Mahoney and  Suzanne Brake, a number of presentations were made. Roy Dawe, Chair of Cupids 400 Inc. (left), and Harold Akerman (right) of the Cupids Historical Society made a presentation to Ruth Baker. Access to the property belonging to Ruth and the late Garland Baker was critical to the Cupids dig. The presentation was a small token of appreciation for their enthusiastic co-operation in the excavations.
The mayor of Cupids, Ron Laracy, presented his greetings and best wishes to the symposium.  a paper from Laurie McLean, Archaeologist, Burnside Heritage Foundation Inc,   Beothuk – European Interactions: Acknowledging the Good Within the Bad. This was followed by “Date of this Entry” – John Guy, George Dawe, Charles Garland and the Conception Bay Plantations Book of 1806 by Robert Cuff. Philip Hiscock,  Philip Hiscock, Associate Professor, Dept of Folklore, Memorial University, spoke on The Legend of Sheila Na Geira: The 20th Century Looking Back. Hans Rollmann,  Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, Memorial University, presented A Tale of Two Cities: The 1910 John Guy Tercentenary at Cupids in the Crossfire of Harbour Grace and St. John’s.
Philip Hiscock, Associate Professor, Dept of Folklore, Memorial University
Philip Hiscock, Associate Professor, Dept of Folklore, Memorial University

Evening Session

A banquet, catered by Skipper Ben’s , was held in the Cupids Legacy Centre. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Ross Dawe, first president of Cupids Historical Society and Deputy Mayor of Cupids. Joan Ritcey, Head, Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University,  introduced the guest speaker, Guest speaker Patrick O’Flaherty,  Professor Emeritus, Memorial University, who gave a presentation entitled  Cupids Men at the National Convention.
Defensive Wall Corner from Earliest Settlement in Cupids
Defensive Wall Corner from Earliest Settlement in Cupids

More photos of Symposium in Cupids on Flickr > >

“Faire Woods and Fresh Rivers” at The Rooms

Posted by Crout On October - 15 - 2010

“Faire Woods and Fresh Rivers” was a symposium jointly sponsored by the Newfoundland Historical Society and Cupids Historical Society, with support from CUPIDS 400 and The Rooms Provincial Museum Division. The opening session was held at “The Rooms” in St. John’s where Anne Chafe, Director of The Rooms brought greetings. Dr. Peter Pope, who was introduced by Larry Coady, President of the Newfoundland Historical Society, presented: “The Consumer Revolution of the Late 16th Century and the Beginnings of European Colonization in North America”

Photos and Information: Michael Wilkshire
Memorial University of Newfoundland

More photos on Flickr from the Symposium at The Rooms > >

Faire Woods and Freshe Rivers. Settling Cupids 1610-2010

Posted by Crout On September - 13 - 2010

FAIRE WOODES AND FRESHE RIVERS – Settling Cupids 1610-2010

A Symposium jointly sponsored by the Newfoundland Historical Society and Cupids Historical Society, with support from Cupids 400 and The Rooms Provincial Museum Division.

All events open to the public free of charge. Tickets required for transportation to/from Cupids and lunch/banquet events in the community.

Friday, September 24th

Evening Session. Opening Lecture – Location: The Rooms, St. John’s Reception (upper level)

Greetings: – Provincial Museum Division (Anne Chafe) and – Newfoundland Historical Society (Larry Coady)
08:00 PM Peter Pope: “The Consumer Revolution of the Late 16th Century and the Beginnings of European Colonisation in North America.”

Saturday, September 25th

Transportation to Legacy Centre Cupids – Location: Churchill Square, St. John’s

08:45 AM bus departs St. John’s (Churchill Square) for Cupids (pre-purchased ticket required; $20 for round trip)

John Guy in Legacy Hall

Morning Session Location:  Legacy Centre Cupids  – Coffee/tea and Symposium Programs will be available for attendees.

10:30 – 10:45 Proclamation Delivered by: – John Guy (Clarence Barnes)

Greetings: – Newfoundland Historical Society (Larry Coady) and Cupids Historical Society (Harold Akerman)

10:45 – 12:10 Two Papers: 35 minutes each with 15 munutes Qs/As to follow. Session Chair (CHS)

William Gilbert: “‘To dwell in this Country and Live here’: Historical Archaeology in Cupids, Newfoundland.”
Gordon Handcock, Chesley Sanger: “John Guy of Bristol and Newfoundland”.

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch:  Cupids Community Centre; pre-purchased tickets required; $15 per person

Greetings – Cupids 400 (Roy Dawe) and  Cupids Mayor (Ron Laracy)

Afternoon Session, Legacy Centre Cupids.
1:30 – 2:55 Two Papers, 35 minutes each with 15 minutes Qs/As at the end. Session Chair (NHS)
Laurie McLean:”Beothuk – European Interactions: Acknowledging the Good Within the Bad.”
Robert Cuff:”‘Date of this Entry’ : John Guy, George Dawe, Charles Garland and the Conception Bay Plantations book of 1806.”

2:55 – 3:25 Refreshment Break.

3:25 – 4:50 Two Papers, 35 minutes each with 15 minutes Qs/As at the end. Session Chair (NHS)
Philip Hiscock:”The Legend of Sheila Na Geira: The 20th Century Looking Back.”
Hans Rollman:”‘A Tale of Two Cities’: The 1910 John Guy Tercentenary at Cupids in the Crossfire of Harbour Grace and St. John’s.”

4:50 – 5:55 Speaker’s Corner (Legacy Centre)

6:00PM BANQUET- Cupids Community Centre@ 6:30 PM (ticket required; $38 per person)

Speaker: Patrick O’Flaherty: “Cupids Men at the National Convention”.
Symposium concludes.

Transportation to St. John’s. 09:30 PM bus departs Cupids for St. John’s

*Contact the Newfoundland Historical Society for tickets – Phone: 722-3191 or Email: nhs@nf.aibn.com

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