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Home Stretch, Home Rule!: Diaspora, Comparison, and Responses to the Irish Question in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Portland, Maine, 1880-1914

Dr. Patrick Mannion

Drawing upon research from his recently-published book, A Land of Dreams: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Irish in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Maine, 1880-1923, Dr. Mannion’s talk will focus on local responses to the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Irish Home Rule movement in Portland, Halifax, and, especially, St. John’s. By investigating Irish nationalism in the diaspora… Read More


George Story Lecture and AGM

Dr. Philip Hiscock

Dr. Philip Hiscock presents “Ballycater and Other Frozen Water – Present Past in Current Folklore.” The folklore of ice (and other near-frozen water) in Newfoundland and Labrador has been, and continues to be, an important part of contemporary images of the province. Likewise, ice folklore provides important identity markers for many residents. It is part… Read More


Wordsworth’s Nephew in Labrador 1853-1867

Marie Wadden

In 1853 George Hutchinson left England to become an Anglican minister at Battle Harbour, Labrador. He was stationed there for 14 years, and came to love the place and people so much, it took his St. John’s fiancé, Selina Hayward, four years to convince him to leave “his people.” In England, Hutchinson had come to… Read More


The Journals of George Simms, J.P., and the Untold Story of the Labrador Court, its Origins, Operations, and Demise

Augustus G. Lilly, Q.C.

The Labrador Court of Civil Jurisdiction was a short-lived experiment in long-distance justice delivery. Each summer, from 1826 to 1833, the Court departed from St. John’s for the Labrador in an ice-reinforced vessel that cruised the Coast for two or three months, stopping at numerous coves and harbours from Blanc Sablon in the South to… Read More


Behind Barb Wire – Newfoundland POW’s in the Great War

Jessie Chisholm and Dan Duda

An estimated 8 million men became prisoners during the Great War. Our presentation explores the international legal status of POWs under The Hague Conventions while focusing on the experiences of the 170 Newfoundland POWs, revealed through first-person narratives, family letters, photographs and post-war claims for pensions and reparations. Themes include “reprisal camps”; the diverse experiences… Read More


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