Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Museum Highlights: What's inside a book?

I am a bit of a bibliophile, and one of the first things I noticed when I first arrived at the Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove Museum to start as the museum coordinator was all of the books. Some of the are associated with a library that was once run out of this building, and some are associated with the book club (if you're interested in the book club contact April Kenny at the Town Council Office at 709.726.7930 Ext. 23), but many are donations and are scattered throughout the exhibits.

Taking a look through some of the books, there are many interesting things written on the inside cover. Of course there are many interesting things written between the covers, but that's not as interesting in terms of the people from Logy Bay, Middle Cove and Outer Cove.

It started it a boarding pass sticking out of a book...
I hope they had a good trip!
Which turned into a scavenger hunt throughout the books.

Math calculations in an English grammar text
Is this the Kinsella home?
These books were donated by a number of different people and are on different subjects. In the School section of the museum we have some old text books, many of which were used here in the community.
Some of the school books
Names and money. Were they owed or owing?
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Words of warning in Joan's Vitality English book

In Lifestyles, there is another collection of books. These mostly come from the collection of Ethel Noseworthy. There aren't many inscriptions in these books, but there is a wonderful cookbook donated to the town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove.

Donated books housed in the Lifestyles section of the museum
I'd almost like to borrow it to try some of the recipes... but of course I won't

Finally, some of the older books in the collection are stored in a case in Kitchen (also where we have our group activities such as Archaeologist for a Day).
It must have been an important meeting with the priest.
Robbie suggests How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn. I believe I will have to add this to my "to read" shelf as well, although I will look for a newer copy.
Adding to the interest is that Walter is Private Walter O'Brien and is stationed at the Battery.

And our newest book is a historical fiction about the legendary Outer Cove Crew from the 1901 St. John's Regatta. The inscription might not be as odd or as interesting as some of the others, but meaningful nonetheless. You'll find this book in Sports, or find your own copy at your local retailer.

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