2011 NCA Historian Annual Report - Mary Jane Spackman
During 2011 I continued on the articles concerning our Honorary Members as well as some historical articles on our breed. At this point I continue to work on our Honorary members who are still alive, focusing on the how and why of their reason of their commitment to our breed and the NCA. Also this year I received a link, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ from a former NCA member, Tracy Warncke. This a site that chronicles the history of our country through newspapers. It states “Search America’s historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.” To explore the history of the history of the Newfoundland in our country, simply type Newfoundland Dog into the search box and the number of articles is incredible!
Once again I would like to thank you for the honor of serving as Historian for our breed and our club.
2010 Historian & Archivist Annual Report
by Mary Jane Spackman
Again this year I have focused on the contributions and legacy of our Honorary Members in my quarterly article. My initial hope was to complete this project in 2010, however as I turned the page from the members who are deceased to the ones still living, I felt that it was only right to ask them to write a short history of their love and journey with our breed. I would like to thank all those who have so willingly submitted their bios and don’t worry if I haven’t contacted you yet, I will!
Moreover, as a result of my research on our Honorary members, I submitted a request to the NCA Board to recognize the contributions of Mrs. Elizabeth Loring Powers, Waseeka Kennels, with an annual trophy to the winner of the stud dog and brood bitch class at the National Specialty. The Board approved this request, and thus, each year a trophy in her name will be awarded recognizing her contributions to our breed and the Newfoundland as we know it today in the United States.
In closing, if anyone has historical information, articles, pictures, or documents related to the breed, please contact me at email@example.com. I enjoy researching the history of our breed and the individuals who have made this breed what it is today. Thank you for privilege of serving as the NCA Historian.