The Grenfell Mission
This exhibit recognizes the contribution of Dr. Grenfell and the International Grenfell Association to the development of North West River and the Lake Melville region. Sir Wilfred Grenfell first came to Labrador as a doctor on a mission to deep sea fishers in the 1890s. He quickly recognized the need for education and health services in Labrador and began raising money to bring these services to the region.
Dr. Harry Paddon worked under Dr. Grenfell and the first hospital was built in North West River in 1916. The International Grenfell Association also raised funds from Yale University to build the Yale School in 1928. The museum exhibit includes some of the medical equipment used in the first hospital.