On­line ex­hibit fea­tures his­tor­i­cal Forteau

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY THOM BARKER

The in­ter­net has changed many things, in­clud­ing ac­cess to his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­facts pre­vi­ously only avail­able in mu­se­ums and gal­leries.

Re­cently, The Rooms, which touts it­self as New­found­land and Labrador’s largest pub­lic cul­tural space, re­leased an on­line ex­hibit of pho­to­graphs from Forteau, Labrador taken be­tween 1906 and 1955.

“Pho­tog­ra­phy is one of the most im­por­tant meth­ods of doc­u­men­ta­tion of peo­ple, events, and feel­ings, both his­tor­i­cally and in the present day,” said Larry Do­hey, direc­tor of pro­gram­ming and pub­lic en­gage­ment for The Rooms.

“I have al­ways sub­scribed to the think­ing of Arthur G. Doughty, Do­min­ion Archivist, who said in 1924: ‘Of all na­tional as­sets, ar­chives are the most pre­cious. They are the gift of one gen­er­a­tion to an­other and the ex­tent of our care of them marks the ex­tent of our civ­i­liza­tion’.”

The new vir­tual ex­hibit fea­tures 49 items, mostly black and white pho­to­graphic prints that cap­ture the rugged land­scape and fron­tier life­style, par­tic­u­larly the ac­tiv­i­ties of the In­ter­na­tional Gren­fell As­so­ci­a­tion (IGA).

The prints are from the IGA col­lec­tion, which es­tab­lished the first Labrador nurs­ing sta­tion, Den­ni­son Cot­tage, at Forteau in 1907.

“More than a hun­dred miles from the clos­est hospi­tal, Den­ni­son Cot­tage pro­vided med­i­cal care in the form of emer­gency ser­vices and the de­liv­ery of chil­dren,” Do­hey wrote in his blog, “Archival Mo­ments.”


This photo is of Forteau some­time be­fore 1949.

Forteau school chil­dren with their teacher.

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