Three receive heritage awards at Placentia tea party
Three people were recognized at the Placentia Area Historical Society’s Annual Tea Party and Heritage Awards.
Held last month on the grounds of the O’Reilly House Museum, the awards are given to people or organizations that have promoted or help maintain the history of the Placentia area. Receiving awards this year were Edward Lake, William Barron and Lee Everts.
A retired nurse now living in St. John’s, Edward Lake has demonstrated an interest in history since he was a young man by documenting and researching it and collecting artifacts related to the history of the Placentia area, especially Argentia.
He has published two books and has an unpublished 1,000page encyclopedia of Argentia. His award says, “For his lifelong dedication to the Argentia and Placentia area history, an activity that has been strongly guided by a deep-seated commitment to both comprehensive and conscientious research and writing. He has also been eager to support the Placentia Area Historical Society, as well as its members.”
William Barron received the award for his interest in maintaining and restoring a local graveyard for several years. His award say, “For his willingness to dedicate both his time and energy towards the preservation of the headstones and grounds of Mount Carmel Cemetery, a place that retains a unique place in the history of the Placentia area.”
The third award went to Lee Everts from Ontario, who has been living in Placentia for about eight years and for most of that time has been a member of the Placentia Area Historical Society. She has been very active in looking after displays in the O’Reilly House Museum and other activities of the society.
This year she published a book on the history of Placentia. Her award says, “For her dedication to the research and promotion of the history of Placentia, highlighted by the publishing of her book ‘The Placentia Area – A Changing Mosaic’ and for her ongoing support of the O’Reilly House Museum and to the Placentia Area Historical Society.”
The tea party at which these awards were presented was held on Aug. 13 and included entertainment by Sadie Ennis, Dermott O’Keefe and Bill Carroll, refreshments and period costumes.
After a brief welcome and introduction by society present Tom O’Keefe, Mayor Wayne Power, who complimented the society for its efforts, declared the function officially open.
MHA and cabinet minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh also extend her congratulations and later cut a cake for the event. A message of congratulations was also read from MP Ken McDonald. The event lasted for about two hours.
Winners from the Placentia Area Historical Society’s Heritage Awards this year were, from the left, Lee Everts, Edward Lake and William Barron.
Placentia-St. Mary’s MHA Sherry Gambin-Walsh, third from the right, posed with a few folks associated with the Placentia Area Historical Society for the groups Annual Tea Party. From the left are Darlene Lockyer, Dominique Viscount, society president Tom O’Keefe, Gambin-Walsh, Emily Whittaker and Marcus O’Reilly.