Provincial Government Proclaims Museum Day

  • Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

22 July 2019

Sarah Stoodley, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, recently joined members of Bell Island’s Heritage Society at the Miner’s Museum to proclaim July 20 as Museum Day.

Through the Cultural Economic Development Program, the Provincial Government contributes over $892,000 to support community heritage organizations such as museums, archives, and historical society organizations. As part of this support, the Provincial Government announced $16,390 to the Bell Island Heritage Society, to assist with operational support and programming at the Bell Island #2 Mine and Community Museum.

A complete list of funding support can be found in the backgrounder below.

Located in every region of the province, museums are an integral part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s cultural fabric. Museum Day is an initiative by the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, which supports and promotes its members through training, communication, advocacy and standards of excellence.

As part of The Way Forward, the Provincial Government released a new Cultural Action Plan to help set priorities and key actions towards supporting and sustaining the cultural sector. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at

“Our tangible and intangible heritage are touchstones of community identity, and anchors of community pride – and museums are one of the essential vehicles for this purpose. Number Two Mine on Bell Island is a significant part of the island’s heritage, and our government is pleased to support its operations and programming.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“Museums protect, preserve, promote and present our tangible and intangible heritage and culture. They tell our stories in ways that help the visitor understand the legacy of our forefathers and foremothers who were strong, courageous and determined people. These stories are remembered through the amazing ability of the staff in our museums, throughout the province, who bring smiles and laughter to the listener, as well as tears. Museums are an economic engine in communities because they generate new dollars through tourism. They hold memories for our children today and generations to come. Museums matter whether big or small. ”
Teresita McCarthy
President of Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MANL)

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Bell Island #2 Mine and Community Museum

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Sarah Stoodley, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation recently joined Teresita McCarthy, President of the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador to proclaim July 20 as Museum Day in the province.


Media contacts
Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655

Teresita McCarthy
Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
709-488-2880, 691-8143


Heritage Operational Support from the Provincial Government

Organization District Total
50 Centuries Cultures Society St. Barbe-L’Anse aux Meadows $3,140
Admiralty House Museum and Archive Mount Pearl North $9,770
Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese St. John’s East – Quidi Vidi $4,300
Arnold’s Cove Heritage Foundation Placentia West – Bellevue $2,640
Avondale Heritage and Conservation Foundation Harbour Main $1,160
Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $26,420
Baie Verte Peninsula Economic Development Association Baie Verte – Green Bay $2,480
Banting Historical Trust Fogo Island – Cape Freels $1,000
Battle Harbour Historic Trust Cartwright – L’Anse au Clair $50,430
Bay de Verde Heritage Committee Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $5,720
Bay Roberts Heritage Society Harbour Grace – Port de Grave $2,490
Bell Island Heritage Society Conception Bay East – Bell Island $16,390
Bishop’s Falls Heritage Society Exploits $1,340
Bonavista Historical Society/ Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation Bonavista $36,520
Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation Humber – Gros Morne $1,340
Botwood Heritage Society Exploits $7,890
Brigus Historical and Conservation Society Harbour Main $2,270
Burin Heritage Tourism Association Burin – Grand Bank $16,200
Cape Freels Heritage Trust Fogo Island – Cape Freels $40,150
Cape Random Trust Bonavista $15,890
Carbonear Heritage Society Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $5,960
Champney’s West Heritage Group Bonavista $3,000
Chapel Restoration Committee – Blackhead, Cape Spear Waterford Valley $1,000
Clarenville Heritage Society Terra Nova $2,030
Colony of Avalon Foundation Ferryland $70,940
Conception Bay Museum Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $2,120
Cow Head Conservation and Heritage Committee Humber-Gros Morne $3,380
Corner Brook Museum and Archives Society Corner Brook $7,750
Cupids Historical Society Harbour Main $3,270
Cupids Legacy Harbour Main $32,960
Dorset Eskimo Carving Committee Bay Verte-Green Bay $5,150
Durrell Museum Corporation Lewisporte-Twillingate $2,650
Ferryland Historical Society Ferryland $2,210
Fishermen’s Museum – Musgrave Harbour Fogo Island-Cape Freels $1,000
Fisherman’s Museum – St. Vincent’s Placentia-St. Mary’s $1,000
Flambro Head Heritage Society Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $1,000
Fogo Island Heritage Advisory Committee Fogo Island-Cape Freels $12,400
French Rooms Cultural Centre St. Barbe-L’Anse aux Meadows $1,410
French Shore Historical Society St. Barbe-L’Anse aux Meadows $10,090
Gateway Labrador Labrador West $7,140
Glenwood Heritage Society Gander $1,000
Glovertown Museum Association Terra Nova $1,160
Grand Bank Heritage Society Burin-Grand Band $3,300
Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society Exploits $1,960
Greenspond Historical Society Fogo Island-Cape Freels $410
Hant’s Harbour Willow Tree Heritage Society Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $1,000
Heritage Fortune Burin-Grand Bank $1,000
Heritage New Perlican Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $1,000
Heritage Society of Peterview Exploits $1,000
Hibbs Hole Fishermen’s Museum Harbour Grace-Port de Grave $1,000
Home from the Sea Bonavista $12,600
Humber Valley Heritage Society Humber-Gros Morne $2,470
Jackson’s Arm Heritage Society Humber-Gros Morne $1,280
King’s Cove Historical Society Bonavista $1,000
King’s Point Heritage Society Bay Verte-Green Bay $3,520
La Scie French Shore Connection Society Bay Verte-Green Bay $1,000
Labrador Heritage Society Lake Melville $3,310
Labrador Straits Historical Development Corporation Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair $7,470
Labrador Straits Museum and Craft Shop Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair $2,020
Landfall Trust Harbour Main $1,600
Lewisporte and Area Heritage Society Lewisporte-Twillingate $7,220
Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove Museum Cape St. Francis $1,000
Long Island Heritage Society Bay Verte-Green Bay $1,000
Marystown Heritage Museum Corporation Placentia West-Bellevue $6,220
Matthew Legacy Bonavista $18,590
Mistaken Point Cape Race Heritage (formerly Cape Race – PCS Heritage Inc.) Ferryland $15,360
Mizzen Heritage Society Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $1,500
Municipality of Spaniard’s Bay Heritage Society Harbour Grace-Port de Grave $360
Newfoundland Pony Society Pan-Provincial $1,420
Norris Arm Heritage Society Exploits $3,800
Norris Point Heritage Committee Humber-Gros Morne $2,300
Norstead Village Inc. St. Barbe – L’Anse aux Meadows $18,000
North Atlantic Aviation Museum Gander $11,090
Nurse Myra Bennett Foundation Humber-Gros Morne $1,680
Old Perlican Heritage Committee Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $1,000
Over the Top Museum Lewisporte-Twillingate $1,280
Petty Harbour Maddox Cove Heritage Museum Association Ferryland $1,000
Placentia Area Historical Society Placentia-St. Mary’s $2,980
Placentia West Heritage Committee Placentia West-Bellevue $3,550
Point Leamington Heritage Council Exploits $1,320
Pouch Cove Heritage Committee Cape St. Francis $730
Presentation Congregation Archives St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi $3,630
Railway Coastal Museum Waterford Valley $45,920
Railway Society of Newfoundland Humber – Bay of Islands $2,870
Red Indian Lake Heritage Society Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans $2,450
Rose Blanche Lighthouse Burgeo-La Poile $8,150
Signal Hill Tattoo Association St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi $43,320
Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell Historical Society St. Barbe-L’Anse aux Meadows $24,930
Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation Bonavista $29,410
Smallwood Era Development Corporation Gander $8,170
South Dildo Whaling and Sealing Museum Placentia – St. Mary’s $1,000
South West Coast Historical Society Burgeo-La Poile $2,250
St. Lawrence Historical Advisory Committee Burin-Grand Bank $1,610
Sunny Cottage Heritage Centre Fortune Bay-Cape La Hune $2,460
Them Days Lake Melville $50,000
Tourism Elliston Bonavista $21,650
Trinity Historical Society Bonavista $33,220
Trout River Heritage Committee Humber-Gros Morne $3,050
Turks Gut Heritage Conservation Harbour Main $1,060
Twillingate Museum Association Lewisporte-Twillingate $6,410
United Church of Canada/ Newfoundland and Labrador Conference Archives St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi $1,670
Veteran’s Interpretation Centre Royal Canadian Legion Placentia-St. Mary’s $1,000
Waterloo Orange Museum Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $1,000
Whitbourne Heritage Society Placentia-St. Mary’s $1,000
White Elephant Museum Torngat Mountains $1,000
Whiteway Heritage Society Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $1,000
Witless Bay Heritage Committee Ferryland $1,000
Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde $18,430
Total Support $892,160.00
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