Heritage and History Book Award - 2018 Shortlist

Local Authors Shortlisted for Heritage Award

The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (HSA) is proud to announce the 2018 shortlist for the Heritage and History Book Award.

  • Gerhard P. Bassler, Escape Hatch, Newfoundland’s Quest for German Industry and Immigration, 1950-1970, Flanker Press, 2017.
  • Stan Dragland, Gerald Squires, Pedlar Press, 2017.
  • Anna Kearney Guigné, The Forgotten Songs of Newfoundland Outports: As Taken from Kenneth Peacock’s Newfoundland Field Collection, 1951-1961, Canadian Museum of History and University of Ottawa Press, 2016.
  • Pam Hall, Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge: Excerpts from Chapters I and II, Breakwater, 2017.
  • Jenny Higgins, Newfoundland in the First World War, Boulder Publications, 2016.
  • Roger Pickavance, The Traditional Newfoundland Kitchen, Boulder Publications, 2017.
  • Harvey B. Richer, Gold Coins of Newfoundland, 1865-1888, Boulder Publications, 2017.
  • J. C. Roy, Terra Magna: Labrador, Breakwater, 2017.

The eight titles selected for the 2018 shortlist represent an eclectic exploration of Newfoundland and Labrador’s history and heritage, with topics covering art, local knowledge, music, industry, war, food, and money.

The shortlist represents outstanding work of non-fiction published in 2016 or 2017 that enriches the knowledge of the general public of the heritage and history of Newfoundland and Labrador. The winning title will be announced on March 7, 2018 at the ceremony for the HSA’s Manning Awards for Excellence.

Award Committee Commentary

Anna Kearney Guigné
The Forgotten Songs of Newfoundland Outports: As Taken from Kenneth Peacock’s Newfoundland Field Collection, 1951-1961
Canadian Museum of History and University of Ottawa Press (2016)

"Kearney Guigné extends the work of Folklorist Kenneth Peacock who published a major collection of Newfoundland folksongs in 1965. She rescues unpublished songs and their histories from obscurity and connects the songs to popular and folk music in North America and Europe. Folklorists, musicians and the general public with an interest in the musical heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador will find this a practical and interesting resource."

J. C. Roy
Terra Magna: Labrador
Breakwater (2017)

"Roy’s paintings of Labrador capture the heritage of place through the eyes of a visiting artist. The images of Labrador: the sky, the landscape and the communities are complemented by the occasional but effective use of text pieces by three people born in and of Labrador: Boyd Chubbs, Gary Baikie and Tshaukuech (Elizabeth) Penashue. Reflecting the diverse and rich heritage of Labrador, the text is presented in four languages: Innu-aimun, Inuttitut, French and English."

Harvey B. Richer
Gold Coins of Newfoundland, 1865-1888
Boulder Publications (2017)

"In this small volume, Richer gives a detailed historical account of how the colony of Newfoundland came to possess its own mintage of gold coins during a short period of the 19th century. He places story of the Newfoundland gold coin in the context of Newfoundland and Labrador history and also outlines its place in global coin collecting circles. The high production quality of the book with a hardcover, glossy pages and crisp illustrations suits the gold value of the subject matter."

"Bassler documents the efforts of Joseph R. Smallwood to industrialize Newfoundland and Labrador, particularly by utilizing German expertise. Escape Hatch is organized by industry and compactly documents the story of the people, the ambitions, the challenges and the disappointments involved with each venture."


Gerhard P. Bassler
Escape Hatch, Newfoundland’s Quest for German Industry and Immigration, 1950-1970
Flanker Press (2017)


Pam Hall
Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge: Excerpts from Chapters I and II
Breakwater (2017)

"Hall records local knowledge collected from Bonne Bay and the Great Northern Peninsula and from Fogo Island and Change Islands in a highly original visual and artistic format. She catalogues local knowledge of survival - of the home and the sea and the woods. Knitting, rughooking, boatbuilding, hunting, trapping, fishing, foraging, preserving, navigating, mapping and more are all aspects of local knowledge that Hall sources and documents from local people. The knowledge is shared through beautiful illustrations and diagrams accompanied by appropriate text"

Roger Pickavance
The Traditional Newfoundland Kitchen
Boulder Publications (2017)

"This is not an ordinary cookbook. It is a history of food sources and preparation in Newfoundland and Labrador homes with traditional recipes, all tried and tweaked by Pickavance. The inclusion of historical photographs as well as advertisements for food and food related products from local newspapers enhance the reader’s experience."

Jenny Higgins
Newfoundland in the First World War
Boulder Publications (2016)

"Higgins creatively uses archival materials such as letters, telegrams, service records and photographs to tell the story of Newfoundland and Labrador in World War I. This book is an accessible and tactile introduction not simply to the events of World War I, but to the roles played by the military, by institutions, by governments and, most poignantly, by ordinary people, the women and men of Newfoundland and Labrador."

"This book is a retrospective of the life and art of Gerald Squires. Dragland describes his book as a “companion to the art of Gerald Squires.” Drawing on Squires’ writings, and the recollections of Squires’ family, friends and associates, Dragland illuminates Squires as a man and as an artist. Pervasive through the discussion of the man and his art is the influence of Newfoundland and Labrador:  the place, the landscape, the people, the culture, the struggle, and the heritage."

Stan Dragland
Gerald Squires
Pedlar Press (2017)

The Heritage and History Book Award

As part of the HSA’s mandate to preserve and present the province’s heritage and history, the Association also celebrates the hard work of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who strive to keep our stories alive. The Heritage and History Book Award was established in 2004 to recognize authors publishing written works that exemplify excellence in the interpretation of the heritage and history of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The biannual award is administered by the HSA and overseen by a committee comprised of volunteers from the Association’s Board of Directors and Emeritus Members. The Heritage and History Book Award Committee compiles the shortlist and carefully considers each selection before choosing the final recipient. The committee is comprised of dedicated heritage volunteers, historians, historical authors, history educators, and specialists in Newfoundland and Labrador studies.

Sixteen outstanding literary works in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children/young adult have previously been recognized with the award. From 2004 to 2016 the Heritage and History Book Award was a joint initiative of the HSA and the Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL). The award is now specifically for non-fiction works and will be awarded biannually by the HSA.