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.
"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.
The 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.
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.
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.