NL Her­itage Foun­da­tion re­leas­ing book­let on Port Bland­ford’s old shops

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL -

The third book­let in the Her­itage Foun­da­tion of New­found­land and Labrador’s (HFNL) Oral His­tory Road­show Se­ries is be­ing launched in Port Bland­ford.

This book­let fo­cuses on the old shops of Port Bland­ford and the mem­o­ries peo­ple have of those places.

It’s called “Ev­ery­thing Was Wrapped in Brown Pa­per: The Old Shops of Port Bland­ford.”

Katie Har­vey, a re­searcher with the HFNL, said the Port Bland­ford Her­itage So­ci­ety con­tacted the or­ga­ni­za­tion to help doc­u­ment the old shops that once ex­isted in the com­mu­nity.

“There are only a few shops re­main­ing, so it is im­por­tant to pre­serve these mem­o­ries while it is still pos­si­ble,” she said in a news re­lease.

Regi­nald Pen­ney was one of sev­eral res­i­dents of Port Bland­ford in­ter­viewed as part of the oral his­tory project.

“The face-to-face re­la­tion­ship that you had with the clerks by go­ing into the store was much more per­sonal than it is to­day,” he said.

“The store it­self had a dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere. There were no aisles, as you would see in the su­per­mar­ket type places we have to­day.

“Most gro­ceries were in shelves built in the back or on the sides of the store, and in the back there might be some dry goods ar­ti­cles, nails, screws and things like that.”

The book­let launch, which is open to the public, is at the Angli­can Church in Port Bland­ford on Thurs­day, Oct. 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

New­found­land and Labrador Her­itage Foun­da­tion.

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