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