THE BAY ROBERTS CULTURAL FOUNDATION -
COMMUNITY STORIES AND FOLKLORE
The Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation seeks to find and preserve stories and folklore to pass on the future generations. The work has been carried out in a number of ways including: the Holdin' Ground Project with Seniors, Story Telling Events, "Hauntings - Ghost Stories and Fairy Stories," Stories Enacted during "Toutons and Tunes," "Heart of Heritage" and "Cellars and Songs," and the development of the booklet "Folk Belief and Legends of Bay Roberts and Area" in cooperation with Dale Jarvis and Lisa Wilson of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
VOICES FROM THE ARCHIVES - THANK YOU TO DALE JARVIS
Recorded oral history interviews conducted with current and past residents of Bay Roberts. Interviews are arranged by last name of the person interviewed.
Most interviews are recordings, but the last three with Betty Jerrett, Eric Jettett, and Eileen Starr are videos. Many are about Cable Avenue, but a number are about other parts of the town and other parts of the province.
Memorial University graduate students in folklore experienced Newfoundland culture in Bay Roberts as part of an International Folklore Field School. The exerience began in June, 2017 when Dale Jarvis and his team led animated discussions during a planning night to identify places that hold special meanings, stories, and memories in the different neighbourhoods of Bay Roberts. There was lots to talk about at the Shearstown Community Centre.
This meeting was followed with a field school. Nine students - Alina Sergachov (Belarus and Israel), Aida Dalvand (Iran), Maeghan Chassé (Northern Ontario), Wyatt Shibley (Maine & Connecticut, US), Abigail Crocker (Maine,US), Amy Richardson (Nebraska, US), Naomie Barnes (Arizona & Idaho, US), Natalie Dignam (Massachusetts, US), and Sarah Shultz (Pennsylvania, US)- spent three weeks in the community learning about the culture and traditions of the province. For the first week a visiting professor from China, Fandong Kong, joined them. (Dr. Kong teaches at Qingdao University in China’s Shandong Province and is visiting the Folklore Department at Memorial for the semester.) They all learned about the history of Bay Roberts – straight from the mouths of people who have spent nearly their entire lives living there. MUN faculty members Diane Tye, Jillian Gould and Dale Jarvis worked with the students.
September 28th - “Closing Presentation" by International Folklore Field Students
The International Bay Roberts Folklore Field School students made their closing presentation to the community. They learned and uncovered many stories and a great deal of local knowledge in their three weeks in Bay Roberts
Thursday, at 7:00pm
SUF Lodge, Patterson Street, Bay Roberts Photos and activities from the International Bay Roberts Folklore Field School >>
Folk Beliefs and Legends of Bay Roberts and Area - edited by Lisa Wilson and illustrated by Graham Blair.
In 2013 the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation entered into a contract with the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador to supply an Oral History Researcher, Lisa Wilson, to document some of the intangible culture of the Bay Roberts area with particular attention to oral history, folk belief, and supernatural traditions. A number of seniors were interviewed in the summer of 2013 and these recorded stories were placed on Memorial University’s Digital Archives Initiative and copies of recordings given to the BRCF on DVD. A couple of visits to Ascension Collegiate by Lisa and Dale Jarvis also produced some great stories from students. Both the interviews and the school visits resulted in development of the booklet "Folk Belief and Legends of Bay Roberts and Area". It is hoped that the information collected will be used by the BRCF in further development of
cultural heritage programming in the town.
The Foundation is working with individuals in the community to develop materials about local culture. Mike Flynn, author of "Bay Roberts - Not Your Typical Small Town," is currently researching and writing a play about the Mummer Murders in Bay Roberts.
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