The historical society held it's Annual General Meeting on Sunday, March 5 in the PATH building. Returned to the executive were President Tom O'Keefe, Treasurer Ann Devereaux and Secretary Winnie Barry. Anita O'Keefe replaced Helen Griffin as vice-president.
The President gave a review of activities for the past year and said it was a very successful one with the outstanding event being repairs to the outside of the O'Reilly House Museum. The treasurer's financial report indicated the committee is in a healthy financial position. It was agreed to spearhead the setting up of a community committee to encourage further archaeological digs in the area. Ann Devereaux will spearhead that effort and anyone interested in joining should contact her. PAHS looks forward to the visit of a Basque cruise ship in June and the visit of a group from St. Pierre in July when a group will start rowing a Basque chaloupe back to St. P:ierre from Placentia.
A member of PAHS has received an award for the promotion of French language and culture. Rachelle Connors has received the Roger Champagne Award for her efforts that including teaching French, intreprtation, culture promotion by organizing French meals and displays and setting up a local French organization to assist known as the La Association francophone de Plaiasance. She was also recognized for here protest when the Town removed French from its logo and entrance signs. The award was presented by president Cyrilda Poirer of La Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador and is for people who have shown involvement in the development of the provincve's French community. Rachelle is the first non-member of that association to have received the award. (Photo: Rachelle on right)
The Rooms has a new database online listing people who died in World War One. It is their complete war history accompanied by pictures. It was prepared by Alistair Rice over several years and donated to the rooms. When you open the full name and number click on the name to be carried to the other information. While this started as an inhouse database the PAHS encourage putting it online and is now delighted to see it is there. Go here to see the database: Military Database..
Three people connected with Placentia received Heritage Awards at the Annual Tea Party held on the grounds of the O’Reilly House Museum. The awards are given to people or organizations that have promoted or helped maintain the history of the Placentia Area.
The Placentia Area Historical Society has announced that this year's Tea Party and presentation of Heritage Award will be held on Saturday, August 13, starting at 2 p.m. This is a day to celebrate the diverse history of the Placentia Area, which goes back over 450 years. This event will be a social afternoon with period costumes, entertainment, refreshments and the presentation of the Heritage Awards to Edward Lake, William Barron and Lee Everts for their support of the Placentia Area’s history. The event is open to the public and there is no charge. All are welcome. During the day tours of the museum are free. Come, enjoy and learn about Placentia's history.
A diverse group of organizations and agencies met in Argentia on July 7 to discuss developing a park to be a memorial to the Americans who were association with the Argentia Military Base. It will also celebrate over fifty years of history and a friendship between the visitors and local people. Represented at the meeting were: Town of Placentia, Argentia Port (former AMA), Placentia Area Development Association, Festival of Flags, Placentia Area Historical Society, Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, and Parks Canada,
A milestone was reached Friday, May 29th. in the Placentia Public Library when a new history book of Placentia was launch for author Lee Everts. Titled "The Placentia Area -A Changing Mosaic" it chronicles the history of Placentia from millions of years before anyone visited to right up to current days. During her comments author Lee Everts told how she was impressed by the land and the people who occupied or visited over the years. The event was sponsored jointly by the Placentia Public Library and the Placentia Area Hisatorical Society (PAHS). President Augusta Whelan of the Library Board acted as MC for the event and passed along congratulations from her group. President Tom O'Keefe of PAHS expressed congratulations from his group and thanked Lee for all her support to the historical society sine coming to Placentia about nine years ago. Deputy Mayor Keith Pearson passed along greeting and congratulations from the Town.