Red Bay designated world heritage site

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.

Museum opening in July

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.

Anniversary of Basque will

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.

PAHS year-end

On Sunday, May 5th. the Placentia Area Historical Society (PAHS) concluded the business of the Annual General Meeting with the election of an executive.  Re-elected to their positions were President Tom O’Keefe, Vice-president Chris Newhook, and Secretary Winnie Barry.  The group elected a new member, Daisy Stuckless, to be the treasurer.

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Museum Acquires Models

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAHS has managed to acquire the models, built by Bernard Penney, of the former railway station and cottage hospital after our fund drive in 2012. We thank the many people and organizations who assisted this including Husky Energy who gave us a very generous donation. We raised just over $2,000 on a ticket draw for which the prize was donated by Helen Griffin, Wayne Power, Rachelle Connors Anita O'Keefe and Winnie Barry. PAHS donated $1500 from its operational funds which we will seek to replenish this year by additioal fund raising. Donations are welcome.

The prize of a Christmas Basket was won by a worker at Long Harbour, Blair Mombrorguette. Thank you to all who help make this possible.

Symposium delayed

The Placentia Area Historical Society (PAHS) will not be able to host  the Heritage Symposium that it had been planned for October 26thto the 28thin partnership with Placentia 350 Inc. as part of the 350thAnniversary Celebrations. The cancellation is due to the unavailability of resource people. However, to help celebrate the history of the Placentia area the PAHS will be welcoming two speakers, on the 8thand the 29thof November as the Discover Placentia Speaker Series, who will speak on the early history of Placentia.

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Royal couple visits museum

The Placentia Area Historical Society welcomed a visiting Royal couple to the O'Reilly House Museum on September 14, 2012, as part of their four day visit to Placentia. They are the Earl and Countess of St Andrews and have ties to the British Royal family.  Lord St Andrews is the grandson of King George V and is the eldest son and heir to the Duke of Kent. They were in Placentia as it is the birth place of Lady St Andrews. 

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Tea Party 2012 held

The Annual Tea Party and Heritage Award of the Placentia Area Historical Society went ahead on the grounds of the O’Reilly House Museum, August 12, under beautiful sun.  Fortunately those who wanted it had shelter from a tent that had been erected by the Placentia 350 Inc. workers led by Robin Collins.

 

The group was welcomed by the PAHS President Tom O’Keefe who introduced the program for the day.  This was followed by the Placentia Bay Community singers singing the National Anthem and the Ode to Newfoundland.  The cake was then cut by Retired Deputy Chief Gary Browne RNC, who had helped organize the medal repatriation ceremony and parade in Placentia last year.  This was followed by serving of tea and refreshments and socializing while Sarah Murphy provided background music. Preparation and service of refreshments was assisted by Winnie Barry and members of the Festival of Flags.

 

The next event was the presentation of the Heritage Award.  This year the Royal Canadian Legion, Placentia Branch #33 was presented with the award because of it efforts in remembering the role of our veterans.  The Award was accepted on behalf of the legion by Ian Walsh.

 

During the Tea Party, and after, many took advantage of the free tours of the museum that were offered.

 

The event was held this year on grounds that had a brand new fence and concrete walk installed by the Placentia Area Development Association.  Construction of the concrete walk was assisted by Hynes Construction and a new gate was designed by Christopher Newhook. Mowing and trimming the lawn had been done by the Placentia 350 workers and PAHS student employees.See morephotos.