Located on 48 Orcan Drive in Townside, Placentia, the O’Reilly House Museum is open for a new season. Hours of operation are 10 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 6 pm, seven days a week. Admission price is $2.00 for ages 14 and up, $1.00 for 6 to 13 years and under age 6 is free. Staff for this summer includes Bradley Budden as Event Co-ordinator and three guides: Grant Payne, Jason Murphy and Brittany Young.
Bernard Penney of Jerseyside has constructed models of two building that were once important in the lives of people in the Placentia Area but these buildings have since disappeared, the Cottage Hospital and the Railway Station. The models have been up for sale for some time. When no one else locally showed an interest in buying them the Placentia Area Historically Society decided to take up the challenge for fear that the models may be sold outside the community. PAHS has now launched a campaign to raise six thousand dollars and hopes residents and former residents as well as businesses and organizations will join the campaign to save these models.
On August 13 the Placentia Area Historical Society sponsored a successful Tea Party and Heritage Awards event. As usual many people were in period costume, refreshments were served, and music provide. This year because it was the 70th. Anniversary of the Atlantic Charter the Tea Party was dedicated to that event.
The president of PAHS was please to be one of the people at a "brunch" in Placentia on August 5th. to welcome a group of Basque people here on a sailboat, the "Pakea Bizkaia."
Hosted by the town the sailors also visited Castle Hill National Historic Site and the O'Reilly House Museum where they saw evidence of early vists by the Basque. They also took part in celebrations going on at this time. The boat they are sailing is part of a project to promote environmental care, encourage education in values, popularize sailing and use it as a teaching tool, build a relationship with other cultures, and promote Bizkaia to the world. Bizkaia is a small province in the North of the Iberian Peninsula.
The crew on this 20 meter long sailboat each specialize in a different area such as: health, education, kitchen area, maintenance, etc. They are visiting Newfoundland because of its long history with the Basque. The first Basque were in Placentia back in the 1500s.
The O'Reilly House Museum recently opened for another season. Student employees this year are: Nick Batten, Erica Haley and Grant Payne as guides and Rebecca Cahill as database administrator. Open hours for the museum are 10 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 6 pm, seven days a week. Admission: $2.00 for adults, 6 to 14 years $1:00 and under six free.
On July 1, 2011 a wreath will be laid at Beaumont-Hamel in France to remember our fallen soldiers on behalf of people in the Placentia area. This is being arranged by two members of the Placentia Area Historical Society who reside in Scotland, David and Anne McKerrow. Anne, daughter of Bill Kelly of Southeast, Placentia, will place the wreath. A card will be attached with a message provided by Ian Walsh of the Royal Canadian Legion, Placentia branch. To read the message click on the link below:
On June 21 the Placentia Area Historical Society teamed up with Castle Hill National Historic Site to celebrate the summer solstice. This resulted in an evening of entertainment at the interpretation centre on Castle Hill. A number of youth and adult performers entertained the approximate sixty people who attended. This included singing, musical presentations, story telling and visual arts displays. The group also enjoyed tea coffee and sweets during a brief break.Solstice_on_Castle_Hill.
The Placentia Area Historical Society (PAHS) is always seeking to augment and improve the collection of artefacts that are part of the exhibits at the O’Reilly House Museum. Nonetheless, since its inception in 1989, the museum has been acquiring a wide array of artefacts for display from local residents. And in order to ensure the organisation of this collection, paper copies that detailed relevant information about the artefacts, have been meticulously maintained.