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Archives Help Write Homegrown History

For the past few years I have been conducting research on the general history of my hometown, Lawn, Newfoundland and Labrador. It is my intention to write a short history on Lawn, something that has not been attempted before. That research has led me to the various archives here in our province where I have been conducting the vast majority of my research. I have used the Provincial Archives, the Maritime History Archives, as well as the Archives of the Roman Catholic church and have found them to be virtual treasure troves of historical information, much of which I am including in my book. The staff at these facilities has also been encouraging and I have always found them to be very professional. My book will only come to fruition if I am able to continue with the use of the archives mentioned and others in this province. I, therefore, am in full support of at least maintaining the present level of funding to the archival resources as they continue in their work enhancing the lives of all Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans through careful preservation of our unique and rich past.

Herb Edwards
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
September 20, 2004


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