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.
The 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 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.