Six­ties nos­tal­gia re­called at Lo­cal His­tory Week


‘‘If you re­mem­ber the ‘60s, you re­ally weren’t there’’ is a fa­mous quote about the era be­ing cel­e­brated in Palmer­ston North’s 2017 Lo­cal His­tory Week.

The ninth an­nual her­itage week pro­gramme will give those who weren’t ‘‘there’’ an op­por­tu­nity to be­come ac­quainted with a for­ma­tive decade in the city’s de­vel­op­ment, while those who were can re­call what life was like in Manawatu¯ dur­ing the 1960s.

The City Li­brary’s act­ing her­itage team leader Maria Shiva said Lo­cal His­tory Week will run from Satur­day, Novem­ber 4 through to Sun­day, Novem­ber 12 this year. ‘‘We re­alise that this is more than just one week, but we have so many events and ac­tiv­i­ties that we needed to spread them out.’’

Shiva said the grow­ing level of in­ter­est in his­tory was part of a wider trend. ‘‘There is a grow­ing thirst for knowl­edge about what has gone be­fore, and His­tory Week gives peo­ple a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the past.’’

The nine days of talks, walks, tours, pre­sen­ta­tions, pho­to­graphs, dis­plays and screen­ings will be of­fi­cially opened at Te Manawa on Mon­day, Novem­ber 6 at 11am by for­mer city mayor Jill White. Be­fore that Shiva said there was a new fea­ture event on Satur­day, Novem­ber 4 and Sun­day, Novem­ber 5 based on the her­itage open days held in Euro­pean coun­tries. ‘‘It’s where peo­ple can ex­plore the back rooms of some of the city’s in­sti­tu­tions’’

Among those back­stage ar­eas open over the week­end will be the City Coun­cil Civic Cen­tre, Te Manawa, City Li­brary, Square Edge and The Stom­ach record­ing stu­dio. Shiva said the Re­gent on Broad­way, The Globe and Cen­tre­point the­atres will also be open, and will fea­ture per­form­ers in cos­tumes from some of the pro­duc­tions.

Dress-up will also be promi­nent at Square Edge on Novem­ber 5 dur­ing the monthly Mak­ers’ Mar­ket. ‘‘Mar­ket-go­ers are en­cour­aged to wear their best 1960s-in­spired out­fit for a fash­ion pa­rade, and bring along an item to tie-dye.’’

An­other fea­ture of the week will be the Manawatu¯ Stan­dard neg­a­tive col­lec­tion that was re­cently do­nated to the Ian Mathe­son City Ar­chives.

Cov­er­ing 40 years from the late 50s to the late 90s, speak­ers Les­ley Court­ney and Heather Glas­gow will be look­ing at ways of mak­ing the most of this pho­to­graphic trea­sure at the Mon­day talk.

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