Summer Solstice

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

Museum and technology

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.

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PAHS AGM and elections

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.

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Growing Memories Event


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.

WW1 Medal Repatriation in June

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.

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PAHS in NHS newsletter

The Placentia Area has been highlighted in the winter edition of the Newfoundland Historical Society's newsletter with an article about the Placentia Area Historical Society on the front page.  The 400 word article tells of the history of PAHS, its membership and activities.  
In addition to the article there is a pre- 1901 picture of Placentia on page 4 of the newsletter. The newsletter can be found here.

Winter Solstice

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.

PAHS and Library partner.

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.

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