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Woodland Echoes

A Symposium on the Forestry
Industry in Western Newfoundland

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

May 4-5, 2001

What kind of food was served in a typical Newfoundland logging camp?
What songs and stories can be attributed to the working lives of papermakers and loggers?
How did these hardworking people shape the history of our province?

These are a few of the questions that the Newfoundland Historical Society will answer through Woodland Echoes: ‘A Symposium on the History of the Forest Industries in Western Newfoundland,’ the latest in a growing tradition of regional symposiums sponsored by the Society.

Corner Brook is a fitting location for the event, given that the city was recently named Forest Capital of Canada for 2002 by the Canadian Forestry Association. The forest industry has been the mainstay of the Corner Brook economy since Newfoundland Power and Paper Company Limited celebrated its official opening in 1925.

Those attending the symposium will be swept into the past of the pulp and paper industry, whether scoffing down a meal of beans and homemade bread in a 1930s logging camp or listening to the songs that evolved through the culture of harvesting trees and making paper. Those attending the symposium will find themselves involved in a number of engaging activities with both an historical perspective and a local flavour – panel discussions, theme dinners, fascinating lectures and interactive lessons by presenters with a flair for bringing history to life. Not to mention a comprehensive tour of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year.

For more information on the programme, accommodations, registration etc.
please contact one of the following:

Sandra Wheeler, chair, organizing committee
Tel: (709) 637-6200, ext. 6433 or email

Linda White, chair, regional committee
Tel: (709) 737-4349/4074 or email


Draft Programme

Friday Afternoon, May 4, 3:00-5:00 pm

Place: Arts and Culture Centre, University Drive

Reception: Wine and Cheese

4:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker:
Rainer Baehre
“The Folk Art of Bond Penney: Logging and Working Class
History in Western Newfoundland during the 1940s”

Friday Evening, May 4, 7:00 pm

Place: Columbus Club

Dinner: Traditional Logger’s Dinner
Presentation of school essay contest prizes (tentative)
Presentation of NHS Heritage awards
Presentation of Plaques (tentative)

Guest Speaker: John Ashton
“Logging Songs”

Music: Logging and Other Songs (Friends of Rufus)

Saturday Morning, May 5, 9:00 am-1:30 pm

Place: Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
Book Display

9:00 a.m.
Speaker: James K. Hiller
“The Politics and Origins of Pulp and Paper”

9:45 a.m.
Speaker: James Candow

10:30 a.m.
Coffee and muffins
Visit to the Regional Heritage Fair (SWGC gym)

11:00 a.m.
Speaker: Neil White
“Corner Brook 1923-1955: A study in industrial paternalism”

12:00 noon
Lunch (SWGC)
Greetings from local dignitaries

Saturday Afternoon, May 5, 1:30-5:00 pm

1:30 p.m.
Mill Tour (Buses from SWGC to the Mill)

3:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion“Different Perspectives: Out and About the Mill”
Panelists: Jerry Cook, John Lee, Tom Murphy, Sophie Newman, Roy Foster
Chair: Contessa Small

Saturday Evening, May 5, 7:00 pm

Place: Blomidon Golf and Country Club

7:00 p.m.
Cash Bar

7:30 p.m.
Dinner (semi-formal)
Speaker: Kevin Sheehan
Entertainment: Traditional Newfoundland Music by the Lancers