The purpose of the mission was to help the poor with food, clothing and medical care and to improve their economic conditions. The mission was created by Grenfell and modelled after a Boston hospital founded and managed by Jessie Luther.
Grenfell Mission was famous for its burlap rugs, which were sold to hospitals in the United States and Britain. Encouraged and promoted by Dr.Grenfell, the rugmakers of the mission used designs created by Mrs. Grenfell. Beginning in the early 1900s, the International Grenfell Association (IGA) hired Jessie Luther of Providence, Rhode Island to set up and direct the Grenfell Industrial Department. Grenfell established retail shops in England and in several U.S. cities. These shops were staffed by volunteers and augmented by travelling salesmen. Following the death of Dr. Grenfell and the surge in machine-made rug production, the business gradually failed. Grenfell rugs remain highly prized by folk art collectors.
Each of these excellent books deals with roughly the same area--northern Newfoundland and coastal Labrador--and though they are very different works, they do provide three perspectives on the region's history.(Hopedale: Three Ages of a Community in Northern Labrador)(The Labrador Memoir of Dr. Harry Paddon, 1912-1938)(Lives and Landscapes: A Photographic Memoir of Outport Newfoundland and Labrador, 1949-1963 )(Book Review)
Jun 01, 2004; Hopedale: Three Ages of a Community in Northern Labrador by Carol Brice-Bennett Historic Sites Association of New-foundland and...