Need a little pick-me-up during the afternoon slump? Check out some videos by the National Film Board (all under twenty minutes):
And for a bonus, here’s a longer video, but one that’s very good. It’s called Being Caribou.
Them Days will be closed on Friday, April 18 for Good Friday, and Monday, April 21 for Easter Monday. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope that you have a good long Easter Weekend with your family!
This is a bit of a guest post today…Alicia, one of our former co-workers here at Them Days (we miss you very much!) e-mailed me some photos of the grade eight Heritage Fair projects. Her daughter is in grade eight, so she got to see them all.
(Oh, if anybody involved with the Heritage Fairs is reading this, I would LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEE to be a guest judge for these sometime!)
Alicia says “There was a great mixture of projects there…All around, the kids did a great job with their research topics and it was evident that Them Days magazines was a big part of that!”
Awww…*blush* that is so great to hear!
I knew Heritage Fair time was coming up because we had some people come in to do research, including a couple of students who came here of their own volition–on a SNOW DAY!–and did some digging in the magazine back issues and archives. It’s rare to see students do their own research these days, so I was really excited when they came in!
So without further ado, here are a selection of projects from the 2014 Heritage Fair:
Alicia says the students were very knowledgeable and talkative, and it was a pleasure to be there and talk to them.
When I travel, I like to see if Them Days is around. For example, if I’m at a library, I’ll check out the magazines. Or if I’m in a different town, I’ll go visit our retailers and say hi.
I was pretty sure that the Churchill Falls library had a subscription, so I decided to take a peek into the library. Sure enough, it was there, and I had a great little chat with the librarian.
The library was a very friendly place, brightly lit and I wanted to take a look around (but we were waiting to go on the tour, so I popped in for only a quick visit). If that’s not a great way to feel in a library, I don’t know what is.
Them Days is not in as many libraries (especially school libraries!) as I would like, so I’m always happy to see it where people, especially young people/students, can access it. The school is in the same building, so students can easily read the magazine here. I forgot to ask if this library also functions as the school library (as they’re in the same building, I assume they are), but if that is the case, this is one of only two schools in Labrador that maintains a subscription to Them Days. A disappointing fact, for sure! (If you would like to have Them Days in your child’s school, ask them to get one, or ask the school board. Or sponsor one yourself!)
Thank you to Churchill Falls library for being a subscriber!
I had a chance to go on a trip to Churchill Falls out of the blue with one of my former Inuktitut classmates, Shannon. He was taking his annual leave from work and wanted to have a vacation at home, exploring local things around town. He had an invitation to go visit a friend in Churchill Falls, so he decided to go, on a whim. And then, I joined him, on another act of whim!
I was excited to go meet some new people in Churchill Falls, sniff out some good stories, and learn more about the building of the dam and of the town. Shannon and I were booked in for a tour of the hydro facility.
It had been awhile since I had been out on the Trans-Labrador Highway, and I was impressed to see that it was almost completely paved. Except for a 60-km stretch close to Churchill Falls, it was all paved and all clear, no snow at all. So we got out there in only a few hours! Even the unpaved portion was pretty good.
When we got there, we went to the main building in town, met up with Shannon’s friend, Frank, and had a bite to eat at Midway.
We were then picked up at the main building by our very friendly and very knowledgeable tour guide, Karen. She showed us around town, and we watched a video and were shown displays of how the facilities work. Then we suited up in safety gear, and drove over to the main facility.
Inside the entrance of that building is a display of the famed bottle at the falls. This bottle was left by Bowdoin College students back in 1891, and then other people added their own names to the bottle, people like trappers and explorers, and, in later years, mostly prospectors and people surveying the falls.
Then we headed to the elevator, and headed down about 1000 feet underground! (Even so, we were about 400-and-something feet above sea level–the elevators are marked in height above sea level, not feet–they don’t call this the Height of Land for nothing.)
The tour was everything I could have hoped for. We got an overview of the mechanics behind the facility, interesting trivia, historical background, a guide to emergency procedures, and more.
Underground, there are some holes in the wall, filled with money–an old miners’ superstition!
Pretty much everything there is impressive–the scale of the facility is huge, and you find yourself amazed at just about everything in this engineering marvel.
Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a better day in Churchill Falls. I met some really lovely people, learned a lot about Churchill Falls, and had a lot of fun. Thank you so much for taking me there, Shannon, and thank you to Frank for showing us a good time, and to Karen, for her very informative tour. (I used to be a tour guide myself, so I am very aware of the art of being a tour guide, and believe me, Karen is up there with the very best!)
And then it was back to Goose Bay. The unpaved portion of the road was a little rough by this time, because the day had been so beautiful and sunny, which softened the ground quite a bit. But all in all, it was again pretty good.
Yesterday I headed back to grade three for the afternoon. I visited Peacock Primary to talk about “getting the story behind the picture.” The grade three classes are working on a History Pin project, in which they have to collect one to three (or one, two, or three…hehe) photos and then interview somebody about them, to get the story behind the person or place in the picture.
The students were enthusiastic, well-behaved (SUCH good listeners…they’ll be good oral historians, I know!) and engaged. I explained my job, what they were going to do, and then how they could go about it to get the best stories from a picture. Then I had them do a little exercise where they asked me about some photos that I brought in. It was a ton of fun! We all had some good laughs about the pictures.
One of the pictures I brought in was a picture of Jessie Ford, from the time that I was stuck in Nain. I asked the students for their first impressions on the photo, what they thought it was. “Your nan,” they guessed. Well, then I got them to ask me questions. The first question: “Who is in the photo?” “That’s Jessie Ford,” I said. “And she’s not my nan.”
A hand shot up in the front row. “That’s MY nan!” The girl right in front of me exclaimed. That was pretty cool!
Today somebody came in (for an unrelated purpose) and upon seeing our shop full of magazines, he said that he’s been looking for old photos lately, because his son was working on a project where they had to find the story behind a picture.
“He must be in grade three,” I said.
“Yes, he is,” he said. “He came home very excited about this project yesterday.” That made me feel very good! I’m glad they seemed to get excited about what I was saying. I’m excited to go back again when the project is done and see what the students have accomplished.
P.S. Isn’t school equipment so cool these days? Smart boards! Amazing!