3 Court Manche Street
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Phone: (709) 896-8531
Them Days magazine and archives is dedicated to documenting, promoting, and preserving Labrador history and culture. Them Days conducts walking tours throughout the summer around Happy Valley-Goose Bay to introduce visitors to the early days of Valley life. The tour is about three kilometres in total, along roadways and dirt paths. Participants meet an experienced storyteller along the way, who will recount their experiences in the early days of Happy Valley.
Them Days began as a Labrador Heritage Society project in 1973 with the intention of producing a single publication. Retired trapper Isaac Rich conducted the initial research by tape recording his friends in the Labrador communities of Happy Valley, Rigolet and North West River. In 1975 an organization of seniors, the Old Timers League, applied to the New Horizon Program to obtain funding for the first publication. On March 15, 1975 Doris Saunders was hired as editor to compile the material collected by Isaac Rich into a book. That first edition of Them Days magazine was made available to the public in August of 1975. The publication went on to become a quarterly magazine.
In addition to the magazine, Them Days Labrador Archives began in 1984 with the arranging of researched material into an archive. This collection which continues to grow contains diaries, letters, reports, audio and video recordings, photographs, slides, maps and a reference library. The holdings in particular include such works as: the diary of Thomas Blake, a fisherman/trapper (1883-1890) from the Hamilton Inlet/Lake Melville; papers (1923 to 1979) of Monsignor Edward O’Brien, a Roman Catholic priest to the Innu; the field notes of William Duncan Strong, an anthropologist with the Rawson-MacMillan Field Museum Expedition of 1927-28; and the Moravian Periodical Accounts of the missionaries to the Inuit of Labrador from 1771 to 1937. Among the many and varied books of the collection are the Privy Council records concerning the Labrador/Quebec boundary decision of 1927; the three volumes of the journals of Captain George Cartwright covering 1770 to 1786; and the Goose Bay EIS from the Department of National Defence, an environmental impact statement on military flying activities in Labrador and Quebec, 1989. Much of the material organized has been donated by individuals, businesses and organizations interested in helping to preserve the rich cultural history of Labrador.