Heritage and Community in the Humber River Basin Region

Baehre, Rainer and Abbott, Roxanne (2013) Heritage and Community in the Humber River Basin Region. In: CU Expo 2013, June 12-15, 2013, Corner Brook, NL, Canada. (Submitted)

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My ongoing research has focused on the Humber River Basin Region of Newfoundland, initially as part of the Humber River Basin project at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, and now as an individual research project. Over the course of five years, I have been developing an environmental history of this region, including community histories and how these community histories relate to broader historical issues which have affected western Newfoundland in the past. In the course of this research, I have carried out a number of community case studies, in particular, the resettled community of Woods Island, the non-extant community of Crow Gulch, and others. I have engaged fellow scholars and researchers, university students, and community representatives in uncovering this collective history. Its main objective has been to make this regional history relevant as public history, develop an interactive website, disseminate this research in various scholarly venues, collaborate with specialists in other disciplines who are interested in similar issues of heritage and community sustainability, and welcoming its use by others including artists and writers. Based on my research and findings, my talk will focus on how one can develop an integrated understanding of a region's past, develop community history for purposes of both scholarly research and heritage tourism, and demonstrate why such studies enhance a sense of regional and community worth and identity. I would like to see my presentation shared by Roxanne Abbott, Woods Island Resettlement House and Historic Center in Benoit’s Cove, and Vice Chair of the Humber Arm South Historic Sites and Heritage Committee. She would describe how our collaborative effort has been taken up within the Town of Humber Arm South.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1780
Item ID: 1780
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > CU Expo 2013
Date: 13 June 2013
Date Type: Completion
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