Department stores, a feature of Local History Week
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.