Another successful week at Them Days! Our #IDThemDays project is chugging along just fine! We’ve been digging in a lot of files this week, putting sheets of captions to photo collections and matching negatives. There’s no end to the work in sight, but we are definitely getting a TON accomplished!
This week, we invited a number of people from Rigolet in for our photo-identification session. We named a number of faces and places!
If you would like to be added to our phone list for more upcoming meetings (we’re having at least one a week), give us a call at 896-8531 or e-mail Terra at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what area you would be interested to see.
This week we launched our social media campaign for the Labrador Image Identification and Dissemination Initiative in earnest. We’ve shortened the name to IDThemDays for short.
Here are this week’s pictures.
We had a bit of a Cartwright theme this week, so we also had a small gathering for those who were interested in looking at Sandwich Bay photos.
Stay tuned for more photos in the weeks to come!
Our special issue on the Labrador Fishery, Floaters, Stationers & Livyeres is here!
It was put in the mail last week for our subscribers and our retailers, so if it’s not in your mailbox yet, it will be soon!
It’s the culmination of about a year’s worth of work. While working on this issue, we travelled to St. John’s (and area–Conception Bay North was a very good area for interviews!), the Straits, and Postville & Makkovik. Everyone who’s worked here in the past year has helped out with this issue in some way. I know I learned SO MUCH about the fishery and how to fish and all sorts of things. I met so many wonderful people; working on this project has been a real joy. (Also long and hard, but it was wonderful at the same time!)
This is a special double-size issue, but I still couldn’t squeeze everything in there! If there’s one thing I learned, it’s that fishermen love to talk!
If you don’t live near any of our retailers or you’re not a subscriber, you can get it online through our website: http://www.themdays.com/?product=vol-39-no-4-floaters-stationers-livyeres-the-labrador-fishery-in-them-days
On Friday afternoon we hosted our Tea with Terra event to kick off the Naming Labrador project which is partially funded by the Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program. This was an informal event to introduce the project, meet community members and identify some pictures. We hosted the tea in Them Days’ office on Courte Manche Street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and spent the morning doing some preparations.
I set off from the CNA Residence first thing Friday morning to head to the CBC studio to meet Bailey and Matt of Labrador Morning. I briefly explained the project including how many pictures and negatives we are hoping to identify (12000+), who we are looking to talk with, where the project will be heading (Nain, Cartwright, Natuashish, North West River, Sheshatshiu, Mud Lake), and our final project goals which include identifying as many pictures as possible and creating a searchable database. The goal is to make the photos and negatives searchable so they can be used by the public for genealogy or other forms of research and so the magazine can use the pictures in upcoming issues or events. CBC Here and Now also featured a little segment about our project on Monday evening January the 11th. It is great to see the project creating some interest and hopefully it means we will be able to identify as many pictures as possible!After lunch we set up our tea table with a tea pot and tea cups supplied by Shirley our acting Administrator who was also kind enough to bring in some homemade bread and cookies to go with the jam jams and tea. We also brought out our box labelled unknown places or people and arranged the pictures on our table in the reading room. Our new projector was set up with a slide show of some of the photo negatives in the lobby – but most everyone wanted to go to the reading room to see some of the physical pictures we are looking to identify. We had eight enthusiastic community members who were able to help partially identify over 100 photos. They also had a couple cups of tea and a few cookies and were lucky enough to get their subscription early for the newest edition of Them Days magazine which arrived in Goose Bay that afternoon. Shirley and I are currently packing, labelling and sealing the latest shipment of the magazine so subscribers should keep their eye out to the mail – it should be arriving shortly!
We will also be posting photos and negatives we need help identifying on our social media so keep an eye out and be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! If you think you can help identify any pictures to send an email to email@example.com
Today, we invite people to come and learn about our project and meet our new project researcher, Terra! Terra will be having lots of meetings with people throughout town and even Labrador at large, but this is the first time! Now’s your chance to look at some photos, suggest other people and resources, and give her advice about the project. Help us be detectives, give us clues…this is going to be a really fun project!
Hi all my name is Terra Barrett and I am a Memorial University Folklore Masters student from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. I am following the work term program which means I complete two work terms and final reports as opposed to completing a thesis on one particular topic. I joined Them Days yesterday to complete my second and final work term for my Masters of Arts. My main interests in folklore are foodways, customs, and material culture.
I am very excited to be working with Them Days this semester. This is my first time in Labrador and I am really looking forward to learning more about this part of the province. I have been hired with Them Days as a Project Researcher for 16 weeks for the Labrador Image Identification and Dissemination Initiative project, funded by Library and Archives Canada‘s Documentary Heritage Communities Program. This sounds like a mouthful but basically my job is to research, sort, and identify a number of photos and negatives which have little to no information about them. This will include field, archival and office work. I will be meeting with community members to help date photos and to find out who is in the photos as well as the location of the photos. This will involve travel along the coast of Labrador including Nain, Natuashish, and Cartwright. After the photos and negatives have been identified I will enter the information into a database and create a finding aid so researchers, public, and staff will be able to find and access the material.
I’m looking forward to getting started and also to meeting people in the community. If you are around on Friday afternoon drop down to the Them Days office for Tea with Terra on January 8th from 2-4pm to learn more about the project. We will also be posting photos and negatives we need help identifying so keep an eye out and be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! If you want to get in touch, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org