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(Sept. 5, 2002, Gazette)

Access Labrador

Memorial researchers have made a major contribution to a celebration of Labrador.

Through its Access North – Labrador 2002 initiative, the provincial government is highlighting 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 has been working on three events with the Special Celebrations Corporation of the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.

He’s 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.

Dr. Rollman is also writing a coffee-table like book of the exhibit, which will appear in print in early October.

He also organized a scholarly international symposium on Moravian beginnings in Labrador, which took place on August 9-10 in Makkovik and Hopedale. He will edit a book of the papers of the conference. Other Memorial scholars taking 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 is on display at the provincial museum on Duckworth Street in St. John’s until Sept. 8. From there it will move across the province before closing in early November in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

For more information, and to view a selection of photographs, see www.gov.nf.ca/labrador2002/