Month: November 2013

Gilbert Higgins Lecture

The Newfoundland Historical Society along with the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives

will be holding its annual Gilbert Higgins free public lecture on

Thursday, November 28, 2013

at 8 pm

at Hampton Hall Lecture Theatre, located at the Marine Institute on Ridge Road


This month’s lecturer will be Paul Smith, and his talk is titled:

“A Mesmerizing Miscellany of Marvelous and Majestic Mummers: The Marketing of a Newfoundland Christmas Tradition.”-Gilbert Higgins Lecture.

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.


Refreshments to follow


Parking is free and everyone is welcome to attend!

November 17-23 is Archives Week in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

November 17-23 is Archives Week in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador! Join us for a social night on Thursday November 21 at the Sundance bar and grill on George St, St. John’s. Friday, November 22 is ANLA’s 5th annual symposium with the theme of Archives and Community. Be a part of this group of folk dedicated to preserving and maintaining access to our province’s documentary treasures and join us at the Rooms, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. for a day packed full of insight and delight. Hear discussion from panelists such as Ted Rowe, John Cheeseman, Dale Jarvis, Heather Wareham, Dan Duda and many more! Our keynote speakers are Sandra Clarke (the Dialect Atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador) and David Trainor (giving an artist’s perspective of community informed by archival research). The cost is $25 with lunch included. See you there! A full programme will be available soon.