The Placentia Area Historical Society has just completed rebuilding its website because the program on which it is built (Joomla) has come out with a new version and no longer supports the old one. There are no major changes and it looks much the same.

Read more: New website for PAHS

costumes at Tea Party

Although the weather forecast was not great, Saturday, Aug. 3, turned out to be a satisfactory day for the Annual Tea Party of the Placentia Area Historical Society (PAHS).

Read more: Tea Party 2013

Floyd Edison goes high for museum

Floyd Edision of Edison Security has come to the rescue to repair a flag rope for the historical sociey.  Recently a pulley that keeps the flag rope up wore through and dropped off the 25 foot flag pole next to the museum. The pole is too heavy to lower without special equipment and it is dangerous work from a ladder.  Mr. Edision has a bucket truck for installing video camers in high places for his security business.  He donated the equipment and his time to repair the ropes and the flag can now fly again.

Floyd Edison replaces ropes on museum flagpole. -Flag

 

chaloupe  locationThe French Chaloupe built for the 2004 Anniversary of the French in Newfoundland, as a project between the Placentia Area Development Association and a celebrations committee set up by the Town of Placentia, has been temporarily located to a small park next to the O'Reilly House Museum while a new bridge is being built across the Placentia Gut. The boar was formerly located near the bridge.  It was constructed under the direction of Jerome Canning. For more information about the chaloupe go here:

The Archaeology Lab for Placentia is now open for public viewing and information. You will see examples of the many artifacts that have been dug up at Fort Louis/New Fort site.

Read more: Artefacts on display

An important historical event occurred on June 22 when the Red Bay Whaling Site in Labrador was given World Heritage designation by the World Heritage Committee of UNESC0. This decision was made by the United Nations committee on Saturday. Red Bay is being recognized for its Basque history.  This is a history it shares with Placentia as was noted by the recent celebration in Spain of the writing of a will by a Basque sailor in 1563 asking to be buried in Placentia.

The O'Reilly House Museum will open on July 2  and will be open 7 days a week.  The opening hours are 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 5 pm seven days a week. We don't yet know the closing time but are trying to extend it into late September.

The media in Span has recently been covering information about the will of Domingo de Luca, a Basque sailor, who wrote his will while on a ship, the Maria del Juncal, visiting Placentia in 1563. CBC's On The Go Show also did aninterviewwith Dr. Michael Barkham about the will and there was a report onCBC-TV.

May 15, 2013 was the 450th. anniversary of the writing of the will. One of the interesting things about this two page will is that Domino, who was ill, requests he be laid to rest in the place at Placentia "where those who die are buried." It is likely this was a Basque graveyard in or near the site of the prsent Anglican graveyard in Townside, Placentia. This is thought to be also the site of the first Catholac church in Nwewfoundland and it is where other Basque gravestones have been found.

The will of Domingo de Luca is believe to be the oldest original civil document existing from North America, north of Mexico.  The Placentia Area Historical Society is presently seeking to raise funds to get the will translated and for other ralated research to tell its story.

May 15, 2013 was the 450th. anniversary of the writing of the will. One of the interesting things about this two page will is that Domino, who was ill, requests he be laid to rest in the place at Placentia "where those who die are buried." It is likely this was a Basque graveyard in or near the site of the prsent Anglican graveyard in Townside, Placentia. This is thought to be also the site of the first Catholac church in Nwewfoundland and it is where other Basque gravestones have been found.

The will of Domingo de Luca is believe to be the oldest original civil document existing from North America, north of Mexico.  The Placentia Area Historical Society is presently seeking to raise funds to get the will translated and for other ralated research to tell its story.