Depart­ment stores, a fea­ture of Lo­cal His­tory Week

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

The Palmer­ston North City Li­brary and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices are hold­ing their ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated Lo­cal His­tory Week for the ninth year, from 31 Oc­to­ber to 6 Novem­ber. The fo­cus of the week is to make lo­cal his­tory ac­ces­si­ble and to high­light the rich his­tory of Palmer­ston North and Manawatū.

All are wel­come to at­tend the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony for Lo­cal His­tory Week which be­gins at 11am on Mon­day 31 Oc­to­ber on the Sec­ond Floor at the Cen­tral Li­brary. Pop­u­lar lunchtime talks will be held from Mon­day 31 Oc­to­ber through to Fri­day 4 Novem­ber at 12pm, with the first speaker Rus­sell Poole, editor of the Manawatu Jour­nal of His­tory, speak­ing on Palmer­ston North’s quests for min­eral wealth. A spe­cial event will pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to share their mem­o­ries of Palmer­ston North’s depart­ment stores of yes­ter­year. Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to bring along their sto­ries and any pho­to­graphs or mem­o­ra­bilia from the stores. Guided walks of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est in­clude Te Kōrari - a walk through The Square high­light­ing Te Marae o Hine, the stone sculptures and the Peeti Te Awe Awe memo­rial; and around Lethenty, a his­toric homestead in Bulls. For the op­por­tu­nity to learn about the his­tory of Ash­hurst, walk around the Woodville Gorge ceme­tery. A visit to the Hoff­man Kiln, Palmer­ston North Elec­tric Power Sta­tion and Cac­cia Birch are all of­fered on Sun­day 6 Novem­ber. Te Manawa Mu­seum will also be host­ing a num­ber of events to cel­e­brate Lo­cal His­tory Week. Full pro­grammes are avail­able from the Palmer­ston North Li­braries & Com­mu­nity Ser­vices and on the Li­brary web­site www.cityli­brary.pncc.govt.nz.

Photo cour­tesy of Manawatū Heritage.

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