MUNFLA in the Media

March 23, 2024

Nicole Penney, Assistant Archivists, of Memorial University's Folklore and Language Archive, and Nik Sexton, skateboarder and film maker, talk about the significance of the 1990s St. John's skateboarding scene on CBC's Weekend AM program with Heather Barrett. Click here to listen online.

 March 21, 2024

Paranormal NL (podcast) talked with Nicole Penney, Assistant Archivists, on various topics of Newfoundland folklore including, The Hag, evil Fairies, old weird remedies, surnames of NL, audio oral history recordings, contemporary urban legends, cultural traditions, and more. Click here to listen to the podcast online.

 January 14, 2024

Caroline Hillier with CBC Atlantic Voice visited MUNFLA to speak with Nicole Penney, Assistant Archivist, about the Newfoundland and Labrador accent and dialect. Listen to the podcast entitled "Is Newfoundland and Labrador English dying? No b'y, but it is changing". 

October 19, 2023

Abigail Butler, a student journalist studying at the College of the North Atlantic, stopped by the archive to learn more about the ghost lurking in MUNFLA's vault. Read more about her conversation with Pauline Cox, MUNFLA's Archivist, and Meghan Webb, folklore masters program graduate, on their ghostly encounters at the archive in Abigail's article entitled "A haunting in the vaults."

October 2023

Heidi Wicks, LUMINUS Magazine, wrote on the establishment of MUN Folklore and Language archive by Herbert and Violetta (Letty) Halpert in 1968. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Halpert family, MUNFLA has become a valuable resource for students, scholars, and the general public. Read more about our roots and role in preserving Newfoundland and Labrador heritage in Heidi’s article entitled "Founding Folklore".

September 17, 2023

Arlette Lazarenko, CBC journalist, met with Nicole Penney, Assistant Archivist, to dive deeper into the archive's #MissusMonday social media campaign. The campaign was launched in 2019 in hopes of recognizing the “nameless” women informants of the past by identifying their forename. Read more about the history and success of Missus Monday in Arlette's article entitled "MUN archivists are on a mission to identify the mystery women who shared their wisdom for decades".

September 11, 2023

Anthony Germain, CBC On the Go, sat down with Nicole Penney, Assistant Archivist, to discuss MUNFLA's #MissusMonday campaign to give women their name. Listen to the broadcast here.

July 26, 2023

Lindsay Alcock, Librarian at the Health Sciences Library and a visual artist, used anecdotes of folk remedies from MUNFLA's collection and natural materials as inspiration to create art during her sabbatical. Read more about this project in The Gazette article by Kristine Power.

Ms. Alcock's art will be on display starting September 2023 in the First Space Gallery located in the Queen Elizabeth II Library, St. John's Campus. Visit the gallery's Facebook page for more information on this upcoming exhibit.

June 22, 2023

Chad Feehan, Saltwire Network Inc., met with MUNFLA's Nicole Penney, Assistant Archivist, to do an updated article on the archive's weekly #MissusMonday social media post. This campaign aims to identify the first names of women who were previously only identified by their husbands' names. View the full article here.

February 16, 2023

Nicole Penney, Assistant Archivist at MUNFLA, was quoted on "weather lore" in The Independent article, Both Sides NowFrom up and down, science and folklore offer two different vantage points on the weather, and still–it remains unpredictable, written by Melissa E. Wong. Read the article here.