Hello Them Days friends!
I’m writing this post from beautiful Cartwright, where my grandmother grew up. It’s my first time here though, so everything is new to me! I’ve started the first south coast leg of my trip, and so far it’s great! I haven’t uploaded the pictures to my computer yet, so you’ll have to wait for those – maybe I’ll get another chance to update the blog from Black Tickle (my next stop). For now, let me update you on the past week because that’s already a big post within itself!
If you read The Telegram, you might have noticed on Thursday’s paper that a familiar face was smiling out from page A3! Them Days was honoured with a Manning Award from the Historic Sites Association and I was out in St. John’s to accept it! Susan Felsberg, our former chair, was also there with me and Bob Simms, a current board member, was also able to make it to the ceremony because he was in town for other business. I was so excited, it’s all a big blur to me (I even made a speech!). I met so many new people, and I was so glad to hear that they are all friends of Them Days! Thanks go out to the Historic Sites Association for the honour, to Air Labrador who got Susan and me out there, and to all the friends and family that housed me for the week I was there. It was pretty much a perfect afternoon. (Let’s not talk about the weather, though!)
A week, you say? Yes, I had another reason to be in St. John’s! The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives (ANLA) held their annual Basic Archives course the same week of the Mannings, which was a very good coincidence indeed! The course was held at the Basilica Museum and we also travelled around to archives in the city for field trips. We also went to an exhibit opening at The Rooms comprised of archive documents about Bob Bartlett, the Arctic explorer. The course was very informative and I learned lots. It’s going to come in handy as I put the archive back together again when the construction is all said and done! (I took a peek on Sunday as I was preparing for this trip, and it’s looking good!)
The day before I left for St. John’s was a busy day at work as well. Yani and I went to Mud Lake to visit the school there for the School Days at Them Days tour. I was very excited to visit Mud Lake as I knew it was a very small school and I couldn’t wait to see it in action. Laura and Stephanie, the junior high students in Mud Lake (the third student was out), worked very hard on their stories and they turned out great! Thanks go out to Stella and Theresa for the help in getting out there.
We also took a little break in the morning to have some cake because I was going to be missing Kelly’s birthday and Yani’s last day at Them Days while I was gone.
Bye Yani! We will miss you!
So there you have it…my life has been a whirlwind lately…somebody said to me yesterday that they were glad to see Them Days still going – boy, is it ever going! Oh, and the new issue is out – probably in your mailbox as you read this!
Also, Them Days is open for business once more! We still have only a small display out front, but if you come by, we (well, just Kelly right now!) will be more than happy to help you find what you need!