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.

Soft Cover, Colour Illustrations, 178 pages. ISBN: 978-0-919735-16-3 (2013)

Soft Cover, Colour Illustrations,
178 pages.
ISBN: 978-0-919735-16-3 (2013)

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 boat to the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Ingstad 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 summers (1961-1968) excavating the only known Viking settlement in North America.

Soft Cover, Colour Illustrations, 128 Pages. ISBN: 0-919735-09-6 (2006)

Soft Cover, Colour Illustrations,
128 Pages.
ISBN: 0-919735-09-6 (2006)

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’Anse 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.


Activity Book, B&W Illustrations,
19 Pages.
ISBN: 0-919735-08-8, (2005)

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.

Soft Cover, Colour Illustrations, 144 Pages. ISBN: 0-919735-06-1 (2003)

Soft Cover, Colour Illustrations,
144 Pages.
ISBN: 0-919735-06-1 (2003)

: 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.


Hardcover, 465 Pages.
ISBN: 0-919735-07-X (2003)

Vinland Revisited

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.


Soft Cover, Colour Illustrations,
64 Pages.
ISBN: 0-919735-05-3 (1999)

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.


Soft Cover, Color Illustrations,
36 Pages
ISBN: 0-919735-04-5, (1997)

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.


Soft Cover, B&W Illustrations,
34 Pages
ISBN:0-919735-03-7, (1996)

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.

Softcover, B&W Illustrations, 44 Pages ASIN: B001L13TCS, (1992)

Softcover, B&W Illustrations,
44 Pages
ASIN: B001L13TCS, (1992)

Wineland Voyages

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..."


Soft Cover, B&W Illustrations,
257 Pages.
ISBN: 978-0660129389 (1989)

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.

Also Available in French.


Soft Cover, B&W Illustrations,
48 Pages
ISBN: 0-920502-50-4 (1985)

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."

Also Available in French.


Soft Cover Booklet, Color Illustrations, 10 Pages (1985)

Fish Stages

By Shannon Ryan

Informative booklet on the history of the Newfoundland fishery and the method and tools which were used.

Also Available in French.


Soft Cover, Color and B&W Illustrations, 47 Pages.
ISBN: 0-919735-02-9 (1982)

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 Site of Canada.

Also Available in French.


HSA Supported Publications

Soft Cover, B&W Illustrations, 160 Pages. ISBN: 978-1-55266-672-2

Soft Cover, B&W Illustrations, 160 Pages. ISBN: 978-1-55266-672-2

Cantwell's Way

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, making  lightkeepers and their families the vanguard of technological change in their communities. 

Softcover, B&W Illustrations, 250 Pages (2011) ISBN:   978-1-897174-71-5

Softcover, B&W Illustrations, 250 Pages (2011)
ISBN: 978-1-897174-71-5

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.


Hardcover, B&W Photos/Diagrams, 1561 Pages, 5 Volumes, (2007),
ISBN: 978-0-660-19652-7

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.