The Voices of Placentia Bay Exhibit was officially opened on Friday afternoon, July 31, in the Art Centre to an audience of about 150 people. Actor Darren Ivany was the emcee. While introducing the speakers he played different historical characters representing the French, English and Irish. After a welcome by the emcee the events started with Lucas White singing O'Canada and Ode to Newfoundland.
The Placentia Area Historical Society (PAHS) is partnering with the Atlantic Charter Foundation of Ship Harbour to assist with the celebration of the 75 Anniversary of the Atlantic Charter in 2016. The Atlantic Charter Foundation Inc. (ACF) is made up of a local Board of Directors and an advisory committee of people from mainland Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador. Honorary Patron is His Honour Frank F. Fagan, CM ONL Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. Tom O’Keefe, president of PAHS is acting as an advisor to the Board of Directors.
In order to prepare for the celebrations the Board of Directors was recently reorganized with Nicole Walsh becoming the chairperson. Tony Meade is vice-chair, Debbie Meade is secretary and Anita Murray is treasurer. The group has indicated it will be seeking the help of many volunteers during the celebrations next summer.
The new multimedia exhibition known as The Voices of Placentia Bay is now complete and can be viewed in the cultural intrepretation centre next to the Placentia Town Hall. It is a chance to experience the musicians, singers, story tellers and poetics of Placentia Bay. An official opening ceremony will be held on Friday, July 31, at 2.00 pm in the Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Centre and the public is welcome to attend this opening. This exhibition is a partnership between the Placentia Area Historical Society and the Town of Placentia. It is funded by the federal and provincial governemts.
The Placentia Area Historical Society have appointed two of its members to be ambassador for the United Kingdom. They are David and Anne McKerrow who have been members of PAHS for almost five years. and live in Kirkliston, Scotland, near Edinburgh. As ambasadors they will represent the historical society in their area and help spread knowledge of Placentia's history and the work of the historical society. Anne's father comes from Southeast, Placentia and went to Scotland to joined the overseas forestry to help out the war effort.
In November of this year (2014) physical construction began on an exhibit to celebrate the Voices of Placentia Bay. This will be a highly interactive multimedia exhibition for which research and development has been going on for several months.
In order to effect repairs to the O'Reilly House Museum the Placentia Area Historical Society is holding a sale of tickets. The prize will be a 49 inch flat screen smart TV and will be drawn on December 18 at the Lions Bingo. Prices are $5.00 for 3 tickets or $2.00 for 1. They will be on sale at Sobeys and in the Placentia Mall starting on October 15 and also by members of PAHS.