Delv­ing into his­tory

Stu­dents ‘Keep­ing our Sto­ries Alive’

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial - BY ADAM RANDELL THE BEA­CON

In mark­ing 20 years of her­itage fairs in the prov­ince, stu­dents pre­sented their way of “Keep­ing our Sto­ries Alive” at the Cen­tral Her­itage Re­gional Fair in Gan­der on May 15.

The event was open to Grade 4-12 stu­dents through­out the cen­tral re­gional area. In to­tal 40 stu­dents, pre­sent­ing 35 projects, took part in this year’s event.

Pre­sen­ta­tions ranged from fam­ily his­to­ries to New­found­land cur­rency and the sink­ing of the Ti­tanic.

Is­abella Cran­ford, a Grade 4 student from Holy Cross, used the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about her great-great-grand­fa­ther Arthur Turner.

While she had known about him pre­vi­ously, it was a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween her mother and grand­mother that peaked her in­ter­est in Arthur Turner as a her­itage project.

Is­abella learned that he had owned a sawmill and store, in which the store and fam­ily home are still stand­ing to­day.

“I thought it was re­ally in­ter­est­ing that he would have to go by boat to St. John’s to get sup­plies for the store,” she said. Grade 7 J.M. Olds Col­le­giate student Sam Stuck­less fo­cused on an in­ter­est he’s had since he was five-years-old, New­found­land cur­rency. Te­hya Paul, a Grade 12 student at Smallwood Academy, learned more about her fam­ily for the her­itage fair. Her great-grand­fa­ther – Ernest Joseph Stead – was a First World War vet­eran.

In tak­ing on the project, Is­abella said, “It was very cool way to find out about my fam­ily.”

He­len Tulk El­e­men­tary stu­dents Gra­cie Stand­ford and Ju­lia MacDonald looked into the Bishop’s Falls flood of 1983.

In do­ing so they in­ter­viewed rel­a­tives who re­mem­ber the or­deal.

The girls agreed if they didn’t take on the flood as a his­tory project it’s a piece of their com­mu­nity’s his­tory they wouldn’t have known about.


He­len Tulk El­e­men­tary Grade 6 stu­dents Gra­cie Stand­ford, left, and Ju­lia MacDonald, used the Cen­tral Re­gional Her­itage Fair as a jump­ing off point to learn about their com­mu­nity. They cov­ered the Bishop’s Falls flood of 1983.


Holy Cross student Is­abella Crand­ford stud­ied up on her great-great-grand­fa­ther Arthur Turner of Happy Ad­ven­ture. She holds a lan­tern from the sail­ing ves­sel that was used to trans­port goods from St. John’s to his store.



Call­ing upon the gen­er­a­tions of fish­ing in his fam­ily, Holy Cross student Devon Ma­her cre­ated an ex­hibit about the Ma­her’s fish­ing his­tory for the Cen­tral Re­gional Her­itage Fair in Gan­der on May 15.


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