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.