© Geraldine Brophy
Helen Lundrigan attended the Corner Brook Museum and Archives public consultation session on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The session was held to gain input into the development of a 10-year strategic plan for the museum.
CORNER BROOK — One thing Helen Lundrigan finds missing from the Corner Brook Museum and Archives is more information about families like hers.
The namesake of the Corner Brook resident’s family is renowned for essentially building many pieces of major infrastructure throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
Currently, all there is at the museum is a book containing some information about some of the enterprises that came from the work of her grandfather, W.J. Lundrigan, and carried on by her father, Max Lundrigan, and other members of the family.
Those businesses are gone now, but Lundrigan said it would be nice to make sure as much detail about them as possible is not forgotten.
“Even though they are not here now, their contribution was huge at the time,” Lundrigan said during a public consultation on the future of the Corner Brook Museum and Archives held at the downtown facility Wednesday evening.
“It’s hard to sum up what those contributions were. I try to tell my children about it, but it is hard.”
Lundrigan and the other dozen or so people in attendance at the meeting discussed how there could be exhibits that also show the contributions of other prominent families in Corner Brook history, such as the Colemans and Fishers. There could also be work done on the several Lebanese families who came to Corner Brook and set up businesses that helped build the city up decades ago.
One idea suggested would be to have a computer terminal that featured archival information, stories and photographs from these families so that more physical space could be left for other exhibits.
Other ideas brought forth during the session including engaging children more so they are better aware of their past and also ensuring the museum reflects the surrounding region and not just the city of Corner Brook.
“If you isolate it to just the city, that’s a pretty confined mandate ... I would think visitors coming here from elsewhere will want to know about the whole area and not just West Street,” said Bruce Stevenson.
One person suggested the museum establish more partnerships with local theatre groups to do skits that tell the area’s history and explain the local culture.
The museum is in the process of developing a 10-year strategic plan for the facility and is using the feedback it got from the public to create that vision. Wednesday’s public consultation was the second such session, with the first being held last weekend.
The museum’s board plans to next engage specific stakeholders in private consultations in mid-October to get input from those people and organizations. It will also take into consideration electronic submissions via email at email@example.com or even ideas provided through social media.