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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… 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


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