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The Historic Sites Association, in partnership with other organizations and the Department of Education, is proud to manage and promote the Heritage Fairs across Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Heritage Fair Program encourages students to explore Canadian heritage in a dynamic, hands-on manner. Students use the medium of their choice to tell stories about their heroes, legends, milestones, and achievements – and present the results of their research in projects at a public exhibition held in their school. Selected students and their projects advance to one of the nine regional fairs in different parts of their province.
Various activities are developed nationally to recognize outstanding projects from each province. This national initiative is supported by Canada’s National History Society and can be seen online at www.heritagefairs.ca.
In 1993 the Bronfman Foundation launched a Heritage Fair Program to enhance appreciation for history. In 1999 the program moved to the Historica Foundation. Historica’s mandate was to provide new tools, resources and perspectives to help teachers in their mission to bring history to life. Expert historians, education specialists, business people and students formed the National Council.
In Newfoundland and Labrador many schools hold fairs and select representatives to participate in 1 of 7 Regional Fairs across the province. In 2011 eight thousand students participated in the program. Their projects, which range from personal family histories to major Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian history events, reach over 40,000 people each year.
Major Partners of the Heritage Fairs in 2013
Brief history of Heritage Fairs: