Friday, November 25th, 2011

On Friday, November 25th, Sheilah Roberts will be speaking about life in early modern Newfoundland.

Life in the colonies was no picnic, but despite that, the early settlers seemed to have had access to sufficient food and, for the most part,  were hardy enough to have survived the brutal winters of the time.  This presentation will look at life in Newfoundland in the 17th century: the foods colonists might have eaten, the health care of the time and the general patterns of day to day life.  Written reports and archeological evidence add flesh to the ancient bones of  a people that lived on our soil 500 years ago.

Sheilah Roberts is a writer and history lover, presently working at the Music Resource Centre at Memorial University.  She was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and has a BA in German Language and Literature, a B. Ed. from Memorial University, and an ARTC in voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music . She has published one book, For Maids Who Brew and Bake, a historical look at 17th century Newfoundland. With excerpts from old English manuscripts and Newfoundland letters, descriptions of 17th century towns, recipes and old cures, this book paints a vivid picture of how Newfoundland’s earliest settlers might have lived.

In 2004, “Maids” was one of five books from across the country nominated in the special interest category of Cuisine Canada National Culinary Book Awards. The second edition of For Maids Who Brew and Bake was printed in spring of 2010.

The presentation will begin at 5:30, in the expanded Bar of the Spirit of Newfoundland’s Masonic Temple, downtown on Cathedral Street.   Click here for directions.

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