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All regular lectures at the Marine Institute at Ridge Road are suspended due to COVID-19. We are working to provide online lectures for the 2020-21 season, the first of which can be viewed below. Please check back for updates.
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The King George V Institute: An American Building in St. John’s and Ground Zero for Emergency Services in the City, 1912-18 (Lecture online only)

Dr. Heidi Coombs

On 15 July 1912, Dr Wilfred Grenfell officially opened the King George V Seamen’s Institute in St John’s. Its primary purpose was to provide “wholesome” temporary accommodations for fishermen, sealers, and naval reservists visiting St. John’s and the “daughters of fishermen and seamen” who came to the city for work. Grenfell hoped to improve the… Read More


Past “Aspects” – New Article

A new addition has been made to the Past “Aspects” page,  which contains our “Aspects” articles from past issues of the Newfoundland Quarterly and is located under our Publications Page. This new posting, by Margot Duley, is an examination of the career of Martha (Mona) Isabel Loder, the first Newfoundland nurse to arrive on the… Read More


New Page – Past “Aspects”

We’re excited to announce that we will be posting our “Aspects” articles from past issues of the Newfoundland Quarterly on our website, which will be on the Past “Aspects” page located under our Publications Page. The first posting is a history of the King George V Institute by Dr. Heidi Coombs, which was an emergency… Read More


Lectures Postponed

Please be advised that the lectures scheduled for March 26, 2020 (“Traditional Newfoundland Food: An Entirely 19th Century Invention”) and April 30, 2020 (George Story Lecture and AGM – The Return of History? Newfoundland & Labrador after the Oil Boom and the Hydro Bust) have been postponed to a later date TBA in adherence to… Read More


Newfoundland Kitchen

“Traditional Newfoundland Food: An Entirely 19th Century Invention”

Dr. Roger Pickavance

When Roger Pickavance arrived in Newfoundland from Wales in the 1960s, he was fascinated by foods he had never heard of before. Traditional Newfoundland dishes sparked Roger’s life-long habit of poking his nose into kitchens across the island, asking questions and taking notes. Dr. Pickavance will argue that, far from being a centuries-old tradition, what… Read More


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