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‘Faire Woodes and Freshe Rivers’: Settling Cupids 1610–2010

*source: Henry Crout’s weather diary ‘Occurrents in Newfoundland’ for September 4, 1612 – “In the morning we proceeded Farther through verie faire woodes passing faire lakes and freshe rivers”

Symposium jointly sponsored by the Newfoundland Historical Society and Cupids Historical Society, with support from Cupids 400 and The Rooms Provincial Museum Division. All events open to the public free of charge. Tickets required for transportation to/from Cupids and lunch/banquet events in the community.

Pictures from the symposium

Preliminary Program

Friday, September 24th , 2010. Evening Session. Opening Lecture

Location: The Rooms, St. John’s Receptin (upper level)
greetings:   – Provincial Museum Division (Anne Chafe)
                   – Newfoundland Historical Society (Larry Coady)
08:00 PM Peter Pope:“The Consumer Revolution of the Late 16th Century and the Beginnings of European Colonisation in North America.”

Saturday, September 25th Transportation to Legacy Centre Cupids.

Location: Churchill Square, St. John’s
08:45 AM bus departs St. John’s (Churchill Square) for Cupids (pre-purchased ticket required; $20 for round trip)

Saturday, September 25th Morning Session, Legacy Centre Cupids

Coffee/tea and Symposium Programs will be available for attendees.
10:30 – 10:45 Proclamation Delivered by: – John Guy (Clarence Barnes)
Greetings: – Newfoundland Historical Society (Larry Coady).
– Cupids Historical Society (Harold Akerman)
10:45 – 12:10 Two Papers: 35 minutes each with 15 munutes Qs/As to follow. Session Chair (CHS)
William Gilbert:“‘To dwell in this Country and Live here’:Historical Archaeology in Cupids, Newfoundland.”
Gordon Handcock,Chesley Sanger:“John Guy of Bristol and Newfoundland”.

Saturday, September 25th Lunch

12:10 – 1:30 Lunch: (Cupids Community Centre; pre-purchased tickets required; $15 per person
Greetings – Cupids 400 (Roy Dawe)
– Cupids Mayor (Ron Laracy)

Saturday, September 25th Afternoon Session, Legacy Centre Cupids.

1:30 – 2:55 Two Papers, 35 minutes each with 15 minutes Qs/As at the end. Session Chair (NHS)
Laurie McLean:“Beothuk – European Interactions: Acknowledging the Good Within the Bad.”
Robert Cuff:“‘Date of this Entry’ : John Guy, George Dawe, Charles Garland and the Conception Bay Plantations book of 1806.”
2:55 – 3:25 Refreshment Break.
3:25 – 4:50 Two Papers, 35 minutes each with 15 minutes Qs/As at the end. Session Chair (NHS)
Philip Hiscock:”The Legend of Sheila Na Geira: The 20th Century Looking Back.”
Hans Rollman:“‘A Tale of Two Cities’: The 1910 John Guy Tercentenary at Cupids in the Crossfire of Harbour Grace and St. John’s.”
4:50 – 5:55 Speaker’s Corner (Legacy Centre)

Saturday, September 25th. Supper Legacy Centre Cupids.

6:00PM BANQUET- Cupids Community Centre@ 6:30 PM (ticket required; $38 per person)
Speaker: Patrick O’Flaherty: “Cupids Men at the National Convention”.
Symposium concludes.

Transportation to St. John’s.

09:30 PM bus departs Cupids for St. John’s
*Contact the Newfoundland Historical Society for tickets – Phone: 722-3191 or Email: