winter solstice performers
Michael Power (left) and William Neville were two performers helping to ring in the winter solstice at a celebration at St. Luke’s Anglican church in Placentia. Hosted by the Placentia Area Historical Society (PAHS), the evening featured storytelling, music and a visual art slideshow that together, celebrated the end of fall, beginning of winter and the shortest day of the year. Participants and performers included Christopher Newhook, Michael Collins, Jane Hynes, Wayne Power Jr., and Denise Batten.

Lee Everts making presentationThe Placentia Area Historical Society partnered with the Placentia Public Library in October to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Public Libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Women’s Institute also participated with a display of hooked rugs.

At an event in the Placentia Library on October 28,  Chairperson of the Placentia Public Library Board, Augusta Whelan, welcomed the public and acted as master-of-ceremonies.

Read more: PAHS and Library partner.

A Tea Party celebrating Placentia’s rich history was held in the garden of the O’Reilly House Museum, August 7th. During the event, held by the Placentia Area Historical Society, framed Heritage Awards were presented to Mrs. Patricia Power and Mr. Kenneth Flynn by President Tom O’Keefe.  Both recipients are past presidents of the Society who have spent several years promoting our history.

Read more: Tea Party 2010

Doors Open, which gives the public an opportunity to freely visit curturally and historical significant buildings and sites. was a success in Placentia for 2010.  Sponsored by the Placentia Area Historical Society in partnership with the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, the  event was held from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, August 29.
 

The O'Reilly House Museum had approximately fifty visitors during the six hour period.  Castle Hill National Historic Site had about twice the visitors it had on the previous day even though that was a day the East Coast Ferry operates. Besides those two historic sites, visitors were welcomed at local accommodations, government agencies, artist's studios, churches, archaeological digs and displays, etc. For information on the individual sites visitopendoorsdays.com

Doors Open was organized by PAHS Director Lee Everts with assistance from staff Supervisor Ellen McGrath and other staff and society members.

Hilda O'Keefe in uniformThe Historical Association has been saddened to hear of the passing of Hilda O'Keefe, a charter member, who joined in 1972 and maintaned her interest and commitment as long as she could. Hilda O’Keefe also known as “Nurse O’Keefe,” was formerly of Placentia.  She has a long history of nursing in Placentia and on the Cape Shore. Predeceased by her husband Gerard E. (2002), daughter Carolyn (1977), and grandson Shanon (2000), brothers George (2001) and sister Aletha (2005). Leaving to mourn and celebrate her long life son Paul (Jean) (Stephenville); daughter Eithna (Tony Richardson) (Torbay) and three much loved grandchildren Michael (Jaclyn Aucoin)(St. John’s), Matthew (Gander), and Mark (Stephenville). She also leaves a number of relatives and friends and her extended family of Fairhaven unit at the Agnes Pratt Nursing Home.

The Placentia Area Historical Society considers Hilda to have been a devoted member, a great volunteer in the community and an outstanding citizen. May she rest in peace.

The Board of Directors of the Placentia Area Historical Society held its regular monthly meeting in the PADA building on March 21, 2010.  All PAHS directors plus four PAHS members were present.

Read more: PAHS elects new Executive

The Placentia Area Historical Society held its Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at the PADA building.


Guest speaker for the occasion was Ken Flynn, Executive Director of the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.  He gave an overview of the work of MANL and what assistance is available to members.  He also told about training opportunities available.

President Cyril Bambrick gave a report on activities for the year and presented the financial report, which showed a healthy balance. Members approved a new set of by-laws that incorporated material from other such documents used in past with some new additions.

An election was held for a new Board of Directors and elected the following members: Cyril Bambrick, Lee Everts, Christopher Newhook, Elizabeth MacDonald, Ann Devereaux, Helen Griffin, Jeff Collins, Rachelle Connors and Jennifer McCarthy.

A Board of Directors meeting was set for March 21, after which the meeting adjourned to be followed by a brief social.