(July 25, 2002, Gazette)
Memorial University opened its doors and dining halls to
student history buffs from across the country during the Historica National
Heritage Fair on July 8-15.
Over 200 participants, including student attendees, alumni students and
chaperones plunked down their luggage and historical wares at Memorials
residences as they prepared to participate in the week-long national heritage
fair, held in Newfoundland for the first time.
The National Heritage Fair is an initiative of the Historica Foundation,
a charitable organization dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding
of Canadian history.
Memorial collaborated with fair organizers on many fronts to create an
Olympic-style village on campus for the fairs attendees.
Memorial was really good in making sure that our every need was
attended to, says Barbara Bartlett, village mayor. They readily
made classroom and meeting spaces available to us and rescheduled dining
times to suit the students schedule.
Students and their chaperones stayed in Blackall and Barnes residences,
took their meals in the dining hall and made full use of the computers
and office equipment at Petes Place in Hatcher Hall.
Memorials Office of Student Recruitment and Promotion made its tour
program available to all participants, and provided bilingual campus information
for student orientation kits. Event and classroom spaces were also made
available for the fairs exhibits, a Saturday-night dance and workshops,
two of which were hosted by folklore graduate students, Kristin Harris
and Jessica Grant.
Ms. Harris conducted a workshop on step-dancing, while Ms. Grant held
one on traditional recipes, including the finer points of pan-frying cod
tongues, to which there were reportedly mixed reviews.
Bill Jamieson of Memorials STEM-Net helped the fairs alumni
studentsthose who had attended a historic national fair in the pastcreate
a news e-zine, www.histori.ca, which
reported on daily happenings.
The Historica National Heritage Fair encourages children to present history
in a personal way. The 165 student attendees were selected from 110 local
and regional fairs held across the country in which 140,000 students vied
for a spot at the national fair.