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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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Volunteer nurses at the King George V Seamen’s Institute in St. John's during the Spanish influenza pandemic.

The Spanish Flu in Newfoundland, 1918-19 (Online Lecture)

Dr. Ean Parsons, Professor Terry Bishop Stirling and Dr. Heidi Coombs

In September 1918, the second wave of the global influenza pandemic reached the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador. The pandemic, colloquially known as the Spanish Flu, became one of the deadliest outbreaks of infectious disease in world history. Join us as Dr. Ean Parsons, Professor Terry Bishop Stirling and Dr. Heidi Coombs present the history… Read More


Keeping Our Boatbuilding Tradition Alive (2020 10 29) (003)

Keeping our Boatbuilding Tradition Alive through Heritage Experiences (Online Lecture)

Jerome Canning and Jim Dempsey

When our only sustenance came from the seas that surround us, boats were crucial to survival. For generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians whose lives depended on the water, a boat was a veritable vessel – to security, to safety, and to survival. Being resourceful, resilient people, our forebearers fashioned their floating survival kits from the materials… Read More


KGV Institute (003)

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


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