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  • "The old city of St. John's about 1900", published in Newfoundland Quarterly.

  • Photo by S.H. Parsons, from the Canadian Press National Archives of Canada (1926)

  • Two Inuit kayakers in Unity Bay, photographed by Christian Schmitt, circa 1901.

  • Labrador Women at Work (Fred Sears photograph, The Rooms)

  • Inuit at Hopedale (Fred Sears photograph, The Rooms)


Founded in 1905, the Newfoundland & Labrador Historical Society is the oldest non-profit, independent heritage organization in the province.

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Linden MacIntyre

Communal Narrative as History

Linden MacIntyre

Much of the standard Canadian record provides too few voices of people in the front lines of daily, ordinary survival, whereas much of the NL historical record/consciousness is embedded in the story-telling tradition. Linden will speak about what he found in Newfoundland while working on his latest project – a wealth of material from eye-witnesses,… Read More


Latonia Harvey

The Bartlett Lecture: Newfoundland as Part of the North

Dr. Latonia Hartery

Dr. Hartery discusses Newfoundland as a gateway to the Arctic, as well as the critical role it played in Arctic exploration during the 1900s. The lecture also tackles the question: could the island be considered the southernmost extension of the North? Dr. Hartery illustrates her points using the adventures of Captain Robert Abraham Bartlett, her… Read More


Larry Dohey

Larry Dohey 1959 – 2019

The Newfoundland and Labrador Historical Society is deeply saddened to hear of Larry Dohey’s sudden passing. Larry was Past President of the Society and contributed to the preservation of NL history and heritage in immeasurable ways. He was knowledgeable, charismatic, and passionate about NL history and heritage, and he was a connector — connecting people… Read More


George Story

George Story Lecture and AGM

Shane O’Dea

Shane O’Dea will talk about the George Story he knew and about George’s central role in the development of the Newfoundland preservation movement. The lecture will reach from the first glimmerings of concern for our built heritage up through the trials and triumphs of the sixties and seventies into the present. The Newfoundland and Labrador… Read More


Joseph Smallwood

Gilbert Higgins Lecture

Raymond B. Blake

Raymond B. Blake presents “An Eighty-Five Year Odyssey: The Voter and Newfoundland’s Rocky Road to Confederation, 1864–1949”. This paper considers the issue of Confederation in Newfoundland politics from the early 1860s when, like the other British North American colonies, it too seriously turned its focus to union, to 1949, when it became a province of… Read More


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