The Historic Sites Association has published or helped fund local books that are significant to the culture and history of Newfoundland and Labrador. Many are available for purchase at the Heritage Shops or our online store.
The New Land With The Green Meadows
By: Anne Stine Ingstad
Anne Stine Ingstad takes us on a fascinating journey of discovery, connections, and change. This book begins with an expedition to the Norse settlements in Greenland and then onward by boast to the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. She recounts the challenging and delightful journey and the many magical moments of discovery. In many ways her diary is also a tribute to the people of L’Anse aux Meadows whom she grew to love and depend on during her eight summers (1961-1968) excavating the only known Viking settlement in North America.
Westward Vikings, The Saga of L'Anse aux Meadows
By Brigitta Linderoth Wallace
For a brief period, around the year 1000 AD, a sizable Norse settlement existed at L’Ance aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland. Lavishly illustrated with artifacts, photographs and up-to-date maps, archaeologist Birgitta Wallace tells the story of how the site was discovered, excavated and interpreted.
Adventures in Archaeology Newfoundland and Labrador
By Historic Sites Association of NL
Workbook for children to explore archaeology in Newfoundland and Labrador. Features word searches, crossword puzzles, mazes, matching and more activities. Includes information on: Newfoundland and Labrador's ancient history, artifacts, archaeological tools, dig sites, prehistoric, historic and marine archaeology, and conservation and protection of artifacts.
Three Ages of a Community in Northern Labrador
By Carol Brice-Bennett
Brice-Bennett explores the evolution of Hopedale through three major historical periods and three major names Arvertôk for the Early Inuit-European Contact, Hoffenthal for the late eighteenth century to the start of the twentieth, and modern Hopedale. Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly researched this is an excellent work on the changing nature of Aboriginal life in Labrador.
The Norse World at the Turn of the First Millennium
Edited By Shannon Lewis-Simpson
Selected papers from the Viking Millennium International Symposium held in Newfoundland and Labrador. In September 2000 more than 300 Norse experts and enthusiasts gathered for a symposium to celebrate the Viking millennium and revisit Vinland. The ten day symposium traveled from St. John's to L'Anse aux Meadows and the Labrador Straits. Although the magic and camaraderie of those two weeks cannot be re-created, this volume gathers together some of the papers that were presented.
Ancient Cultures, Bountiful Seas
The Story of Port au Choix
By M.A.P. Renouf
Renouf draws upon a formidable body of archaeological and historical research to tell the story of 4,500 years of habitation at Port au Choix. Beautifully illustrated Ancient Culture – Bountiful Seas makes this remarkable history both accessible and enjoyable.
Newfoundland: A Place Called Home
Special Memories of Joan Parson Woods in Clay
Photographs of Joan Parson Woods' clay sculptures depicting memories of Newfoundland. Each photographed sculpture is accompanied by the artists own words. For more information about the Newfoundland: A Place Called Home collection, which was purchased and displayed by the HSA, please click here.
But Summer Will Come
A Structural History of Hawthorne Cottage
By James E. Candow
Explores the structural history of the Brigus, Newfoundland home of arctic explorer, Captain Bob Bartlett. Hawthorne Cottage is known as one of the finest remaining examples of cottage ornee building type in the architectural tradition known as picturesque. This booklet focuses on the history of Brigus, the Bartlett's and the history, design and layout of the cottage itself.
Location of Helluland, Markland & Vinland
By W. A. Munn
Reprint of 1946 6th edition of Wineland Voyages with added preface by Michael Harrington. In 1914 W. A. Munn, of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland published a booklet in which he predicted L'Anse aux Meadows as a site visited by the Vikings. He based his suggestion on careful reading of Icelandic Sagas. As he stated in his pamphlet "I am pointing out the localities where I believe some of these old records are most likely to be found and the man that does find them will make a name for himself..."
Of Men And Seals
A History of the Newfoundland Seal Hunt
By James E. Candow
The Newfoundland seal hunt was based on the harp and, to a lesser extent, hood seal species. The harp and hood are hair seals valued for their skin, fat, and hair. This document presents information on the harps and hoods. It examines the origins and early development of the hunt among Native peoples and the Europeans. It looks at the seal hunt, 1793-1861 and 1862-1939; the vessel-based hunt 1862-1939; the seal hunt since 1939; and the vessel-based hunt since 1939. It also provides an update to January 1988.
Viking Discovery: L'Anse aux Meadows
By Joan Horwood
Describes the discovery and colonization of North America by the Vikings using supportive evidence uncovered at L'Anse aux Meadows, a site in northern Newfoundland that is "the first authenticated Norse site in North America."
Signal Hill: An Illustrated History
By Amy Zierler and Cam Mustard
Contains information on Newfoundland topics such as its discovery, military history and fishing industry. Signal Hill specific information includes it's past uses as a signaling location, hospitals located there. miltary history and fortifications, Marconi's transatlantic transmissions, Cabot Tower and it's current status as a National Historic Sites.
HSA Supported Publications
A Natural History of the Cape Spear Lighthouse
By James E. Candow
In Cantwells’ Way, James E. Candow examines the relationship between people, place and technology at the Cape Spear Lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador. Modern lighthouses and fog alarms were products of the new understandings of light and sound that emerged from the Scientific Revolution, so lightkeepers and their families were therefore in the vanguard of technological change in their communities.
The Lookout: A History of Signal Hill
By James E. Candow
"The Lookout - A History of Signal Hill" provides a meticulous chronicle of this Newfoundland icon. Its colorful military history, its seminal toleas a signaling station and a center of international communication and the politics of building Cabot Tower.
HSA has contributed $6500 to the publishing and indexing of "Cantwell's Way" and $7000 towards "The Lookout". James Candow is a huge supporter and has generously donated all royalties from these books to the HSA.
The Underwater Archaeology of Red Bay
Edited By: Robert Grenier,
Marc-Andre Bernier & Willis Stevens
In 1978 Parks Canada underwater archaeologists discovered the wreck of a 16th-century Basque whaling vessel in Red Bay, Labrador. This five-volume publication is the culmination of over 25 years of research by associates and members of Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Service. It describes not only the underwater archaeology as practiced at Red Bay but also 16th-century ship construction, whaling and material cultural studies.
The HSA contributed $25,000 towards the translation of these volumes.