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Heritage and Community in the Humber River Basin Region

Lead Researcher and Department
Dr. Rainer Baehre, Historical Studies, Grenfell Campus

Collaborators and Students
Roxanne Abbott, Woods Island Resettlement House and Historic Center, Benoit's Cove, Vice Chair of the Humber Arm South Historic Sites and Heritage Committee

Funding Resources
Humber River Basin Project

Summary
My ongoing research has focused on the Humber River Basin Region of Newfoundland, initially as part of the Humber River Basin project at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, and now as an individual research project.

Over the course of five years, I have been developing an environmental history of this region, including community histories and how these community histories relate to broader historical issues which have affected western Newfoundland in the past. In the course of this research, I have carried out a number of community case studies, in particular, the resettled community of Woods Island, the non-extant community of Crow Gulch, and others. I have engaged fellow scholars and researchers, university students, and community representatives in uncovering this collective history. Its main objective has been to make this regional history relevant as public history, develop an interactive website, disseminate this research in various scholarly venues, collaborate with specialists in other disciplines who are interested in similar issues of heritage and community sustainability, and welcoming its use by others including artists and writers.

Keywords
CU Expo 2013

Locations
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Zone 8 - Humber

Thematic Categories
History (Social Science Research)
History (Arts, Culture & Heritage)
Arts, Culture & Heritage

Departments
Historical Studies, Division of Arts (GC)