Memorial researchers made a major contribution last year to a celebration of Labrador. Through its Access North - Labrador 2002 initiative, the provincial government highlighted the region through a series of exhibitions and events.
Dr. Hans Rollman, a Religious Studies professor with a long research interest in the Moravians in Labrador, was seconded by the province as an advisor on the Moravian 250 events and celebrations. Dr. Rollman worked on three events with the Special Celebrations Corporation of the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.
He developed and curated a photographic exhibit called Through Moravian Eyes: 250 Years of Art, Photographs, and Records. This exhibit, which consists of 26 panels and copies of 1,200 photographs from the Moravian Archives in Herrnhut, Germany, travelled in all communities on the north coast of Labrador and will be seen in 16 locations in Labrador and the island.
These photos will be available for scholars at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at Memorial.
He also organized a scholarly international symposium on Moravian beginnings in Labrador last August in Makkovik and Hopedale and will edit a book of the papers of the conference. Other Memorial scholars who took part in the symposium included Dr. John Kennedy, anthropology, and Dr. Jim Hiller, history. Dr. Rollman said the response of the people of Labrador to the touring exhibit was outstanding. “People were very excited about their old families and ancestors,” he said. “Some even recognized themselves in the most recent pictures.”
The exhibit was on display at the provincial museum on Duckworth Street in St. John's until September 2003 and then moved across the province before closing in early November 2003 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
For more information, and to view a selection of photographs, see www.gov.nf.ca/labrador2002/