The Terms of Reference of the Portugal Cove St. Philips Heritage Committee states the following:
1. To identify areas of natural historical significance with a view to developing plans and action for preserving them, reconstructing them, or utilizing them for recreational or tourism purposes.
2. To identify built historical sites with a view to using these for recreational or tourism purposes.
3. To advise which built historical sites might be declared heritage sites.
4. To advise on events which may highlight Town history and culture and to promote such events.
In response to the above the Heritage Committee is developing a Heritage Strategic Plan. Phase one of the strategic plan process involves researching, identifying and writing a narrative and selecting digital pictures on the built, natural, and intangible heritage of the twin communities of St. Philips and Portugal Cove.
Much of the information required to carry out the above task has been gathered but may need some further research to bring it to a point where its value can be fully appreciated. Members of the Heritage Committee researched and presented their preliminary findings to citizens of PCSP at a Heritage Forum at the Legion in Portugal Cove, February 2011. The forum was attended by some 100 people who made many suggestions that added to the findings of the Committee. All of the above information has been documented.
The above material now needs to be gathered together and written-up for presentation in an information booklet. The booklet would be used as pre-reading for a second Citizens Heritage Forum scheduled for Feb 20, 2012. The pre-reading would prepare citizens to discuss priorities and options for restoring, preserving, recognizing, and utilizing our heritage assets. Subsequent to the Forum, the booklet would also be utilized as a handout or sold to citizens and tourists to enhance their understanding of the heritage of the town.
The content of the booklet would include maps, colour pictures, and a narrative of the following:
Significant historical events in the life of the two communities.
The natural heritage with special emphasis on the coastal areas, lakes and ponds, rivers and streams, walking trails, and lookouts (gazes).
The built heritage including churches, houses, lodges, cellars, harbours, etc.
People who have made a significant contribution in serving their community, the province, the country, and the world or otherwise deserve special recognition in sports and other fields.
The families that settled and built the community
The towns Intangible heritage including:
o Stories and legends
o Traditions e.g. mummering
o Knowledge e.g. fishing grounds
o Skills e.g. boat building or knitting
o Music e.g. accordion tunes or songs
o Dance square dance, step dancing,
o Stories e.g. giant squid
o Legends e.g. the Fanny Goff story
o Traditional Medicines
The researcher/writer will gather the information collected, enhance it where needed and feasible, and ready it for printing. He/she will present periodic progress reports to the heritage Committee and discuss with them specific research findings. Members of the Heritage Committee and the Heritage Officer will be available to assist in providing relevant information on request. The above would need to be completed by Jan 30, 2012 in order to print and distribute it to citizens in advance of a Public Forum planned for Feb 20th.