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The Newfoundland Historical Society, founded in 1905, is the oldest non-profit, independent heritage organization in the province.

Its mandate is to promote knowledge and public discussion of the history and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador, which it does through free public lectures, publications, public symposia, heritage awards, and advocacy work.

  • The society has permission to use the provincial Coats of Arms as its logo.
  • The Society’s objective is to promote knowledge and public discussion of the history and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The Newfoundland Historical Society is a registered charitable organization supported by membership fees, donations, and sales of its publications.
  • Offers a fall/winter series of free public lectures.
  • Publishes books and bibliographies on Newfoundland and Labrador history.
  • Gives annual Heritage Awards.
  • Membership includes a subscription to Newfoundland Quarterly, in which the Society has its own section, “Aspects”.
  • Plays an important advocacy role in issues concerning history and heritage
  • Sponsors public symposia such as:
    • Cabot and His World (1997)
    • History of Sealing (1998)
    • Encounters With the Wolf [Confederation with Canada] (1999)
    • History of the Bank Fishery (1999)
    • Amulree’s Legacy: Truth, Lies and Consequences (2000)
    • Woodland Echoes: Forestry Industry in Western Newfoundland (2001)
    • Newfoundland & World War II (2002)
    • Exploring Bob Bartlett: The Legacy of an Arctic Adventurer (2009)
    • ‘Faire Woodes and Freshe Rivers’: Settling Cupids 1610-2010 (2010)
    • Capt. James Cook Symposium (2012)
    • The British Empire at War – Mobilizing Newfoundland, 1914 (2014)
    • Newfoundland and Labrador Book Symposium (2015)
    • Heart’s Content Cable Conference (2016)
    • 1916: Beaumont Hamel and Beyond (2016)
  • Maintains an office in the RC Episcopal Building in St. John’s, with access to its archival, vertical file, and library collections, and offers reference service by phone, fax and e-mail.
  • Has Regional representatives on its executive.