Past Exhibits

 

Pleasantville: From Recreation to Military Installation

Pleasantville: From Recreation to Military Installation
Display Time: 
10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 
Level 2, Museum Vitrines

Pleasantville was where St. John’s played cricket—until, in 1914, war turned the site into a tent city, home to the storied “First Five Hundred” as they began their military training. This exhibition depicts some activities of the Blue Puttees before they embarked on the SS Florizel for overseas service.

Image credit: The Rooms Provincial Archives Division, E 36-47, Tents at the Royal Newfoundland Regiment training grounds, Pleasantville [between Sept. and Oct. 1914], Provincial Archives photograph collection