Monthly Archives: March 2009

A Big Post from Cartwright

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!)

Janet O'Regan, Susan Felsberg, me and Lee Ann Montgomery at the Manning Awards ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's.

Janet O'Regan, Susan Felsberg, me and Lee Ann Montgomery at the Manning Awards ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's.

This is me with the Manning family.  The award was started to honour the late Bill Manning, a Parks Canada employee who made a big impact on this province.  His family was was so kind and friendly!

This is me with the Manning family. The award was started to honour the late Bill Manning, a Parks Canada employee who made a big impact on this province. His family was was so kind and friendly!

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 ANLA archive course was held in this room for half the week.  Gorgeous!  This is actually the oldest library in St. John's - and some of the books date back to the 1500s!

The ANLA archive course was held in this room for half the week. Gorgeous! This is actually the oldest library in St. John's - and some of the books date back to the 1500s!

A look at downtown St. John's from the archive reading room at The Rooms.  Our own reading room does not have a view like this!  (we look at a ski-doo repair lot.)

A look at downtown St. John's from the archive reading room at The Rooms. Our own reading room does not have a view like this! (we look at a ski-doo repair lot.)

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.

The students of Mud Lake are hard workers!

The students of Mud Lake are hard workers!

Yani and I with Laura, a student at the Mud Lake School. (she's also a distant cousin of mine!)

Yani and I with Laura, a student at the Mud Lake School. (she's also a distant cousin of mine!)

To get to Mud Lake, you need to take a ski-doo!

To get to Mud Lake, you need to take a ski-doo!

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.

Kelly's birthday and Yani's last day at Them Days took place last week, while I was gone.  I couldn't miss the celebrations though, so I baked a cake for both of them

Kelly's birthday and Yani's last day at Them Days took place last week, while I was gone. I couldn't miss the celebrations though, so I baked a cake for both of them

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!

Issue 33.1 - Available now!

Issue 33.1 - Available now!

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!

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A big update!

It occurred to me today that I haven’t done an update on the construction lately. Also, you guys don’t know what has been going on around the office in general!

We now have a new administrator, Kelly Morrissey, and she is doing a fantastic job so far! She will start updating the blog too, but right now she’s been busy catching up and now getting ready for issue 33.1 to come back. (It should be soon!)

We have a new Katimavik volunteer, Yani Lauzon. She has been doing a terrific job in the few days that she has been here, and on Friday, we are heading over to the Mud Lake school for the next school visit! I will have her update the blog with photos afterward.

Construction is going well. We just got a kitchenette the other day, so the renovations in the older building are complete. (Except today they are fixing some problems with the ceiling in my office that were noticed during all of this – condensation!) The archive extension is very nearly complete. Apparently it’s only a week and a half away from completion! Crazy! I personally can’t wait to get everything in there.

I’ve been taking photos of the office (when I’ve been in town) but I haven’t had a chance to upload them until today. Here they are – hope you have a few minutes to look!

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Back from Nain!

I’m back now from the lovely community of Nain, always one of my favourite places to visit.

The students in Nain were great and engaged in the material. They were reading my Them Days stories out loud and some of them wanted to read their own to the class after writing them, which I always hope for but oftentimes the students are too shy. They even had lots of questions for me! Thanks for being such great classes guys! I had a lot of fun visiting. Plus your stories were great!

I took a couple of nice walks around town while there, and on Tuesday I brought my camera with me. The weather was gorgeous my entire time there, and you’ll see exactly what I mean when you see these photos!

Spring is on its way to Nain!

Spring is on its way to Nain!

A view of Mount Sophie

A view of Mount Sophie

Tuesday was a beautiful day for a walk in Nain.

Tuesday was a beautiful day for a walk in Nain.

Simone, a student at JHMS, writing her story during the workshop.

Simone, a student at JHMS, writing her story during the workshop.

I always feel sad leaving a community, but the fact that I’m usually on my way to arriving in another softens the blow a little. This time, however, it was back to Goose Bay once more. I mean, I love my hometown but knowing that another leg of my trip is over and not knowing when or if I’ll return to these communities bums me out.

I took the afternoon flight back from Nain yesterday, so the plane stopped in every community on the north coast (which also meant about three hours of flying!). It was nice to reflect on my experiences in each community during the stops and to think of all the wonderful people I’ve met and all the stories I’ve heard. It made coming back home a little easier. I’m sure the other people on the plane were wondering why the girl in the orangey-yellow coat was so happy to arrive in each town when she didn’t even get off until Goose Bay!

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A Beautiful Day in the Nain-bourhood!

Hello from Nain! It has been gorgeous here since I’ve arrived – clear skies and spring sun. It’s nice to see Nain in the winter, since I’ve only seen it in the summertime. It’s just as gorgeous as I remember, maybe even more so.

The students have been amazing too – they’ve given me some great stories so far.

This is only a quick note since I don’t really have much time on the Internet. I’ll have many pictures to share once I get back to Goose Bay.

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A Taste of Natuashish! (It tastes like cupcakes)

Hello from the beautiful and very creative community of Natuashish! I feel like this place is brimming with talent and creativity…from the moment you walk in the school, you see murals, murals and more murals…and in the store, you can see posters on the wall advertising local CDs…and at the band office, there are so many crafts on display.

The oh-so-energetic students at the school had lots of stories to tell and when they were done writing them, I was able to show them just how I put the magazine together using their stories, which was tons of fun. And there was a cupcake sale…you really can’t go wrong with a cupcake sale!

I’m really loving Natuashish and wish I could stay longer but it will soon be time for me to go on to Nain…

One of many murals on the wall at Mushuau Innu Natuashish School!

One of many murals on the wall at Mushuau Innu Natuashish School!

The grade 9 class were having an economics lesson on Friday that involved making cupcakes and then selling them...so I was happy to help out the learning process by buying a yummy cupcake!

The grade 9 class were having an economics lesson on Friday that involved making cupcakes and then selling them...so I was happy to help the lesson by buying a yummy cupcake!

As you may have noticed, I love dogs...so I've got to take a photo when I see one!

As you may have noticed, I love dogs...so I've got to take a photo when I see one!

Everywhere you look...mountains!  Hills!  Beautiful scenery!

Everywhere you look...mountains! Hills! Beautiful scenery!

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