(Sept. 5, 2002, Gazette)
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
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.
Hes 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
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. Johns 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/