Delving into history
Students ‘Keeping our Stories Alive’
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.