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:

Dear Fallen Soldiers

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.

Summer Solstice Copy

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.

Read more: Museum and technology

The Placentia Area Historical Society (PAHS) held its annual meeting and election of officers on March 20 at the Placentia Area Development Association building. Two new board members were welcomed: Helen Griffin and Lorraine Kaczmarczykz. Lee Everts gave a report on the new computer program being used to record acquisitions at the museum.  She also outlined the benefits of being a member of the Canadian Museum Association which PAHS has decided to join.

Read more: PAHS AGM and elections


Library eventLibrary speakers

"Growing Memories" was a highly a successful event in the Placentia Public Library on Saturday, March 12, when Jim Wyse, Marina Gambin and Patricia Power told of their memories growing up in Placentia, Branch and Jerseyside. This was part of the Speaker Series conducted by the Placentia Area Historical Society in various locations in the community. This one, done in Partnership with the Placentia Public Library Board drew a capacity crowd that expressed its appreciation for all the presentations. Refreshments were provided by Library Board and a drawing was held for copies of books published by two of the speakers, Patricia Power and Marina Gambin. Another presentation is being planned for the spring.

On, Friday, February 4, PAHS President Tom O'Keefe attended  a meeting  held in the Placentia Bay Arts Centre.  The purpose was to discuss the holding of a ceremony in June for the repatriation of medals belonging to WW1 Veteran, Lance-Corporal Martin P. Kent, and to remember all the veterans in that war from Placentia. Martin was the son of a police constable James Kent who served in Placentia for 25 years.

Read more: WW1 Medal Repatriation in June