Planning for the Historyboard Park began in 1995, with the introduction of the 'Community Historyboards Program (CHP). Fortune was one of 134 communities invited to participate. The goal of the CHP was to prepare and install a 'Historyboard' in each community that would highlight various aspects of its history, heritage and human interest stories.
Meanwhile, discussions were ongoing, with regard to a proper location for the Historyboard.
The site chosen was the location of the former South Coast Bakery - on the main highway, near the centre of town, and directly opposite the old Methodist Cemetery.
The program was initiated by 'The Johnson Family Foundation (JFF), in partnership with 'The Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers' Association (NLTA), The Museum Association of Newfoundland & Labrador (MANL) and Harry Cuff Publications Research & Editorial Services ('Cuffs').
Information for the Fortune Historyboard was gathered by a local committee consisting of Charles Penwell, Mayor; Jacob P. Thornhill, Town Manager; and Fay (Dominie) Herridge, Librarian. Materials were then reviewed, edited and formatted by the CHP and returned to the local committee for final approval. The final draft layout was approved on November 7, 1997.
A rectangular block, once part of the Bakery's concrete foundation - apparently where the baking ovens had been - was still intact, to the right and behind the Historyboard. Removal of this block was out of the question because of its historical significance. Councillor Derrick Reid devised a plan to further enhance the 'history and heritage' aspects of the site, with the addition of two ships' anchors and a ship's wheel, that would be erected on the concrete block.
The Historyboard was mounted on posts provided by the CHP. A flower box was later built around the base of the posts, as part of the 'Adopt-A-Spot' beautification program.
Two benches were installed on either side of the Historyboard and it does attract tourists. The entire area was covered with grass sods and several small trees planted. Finally, a plaque was attached to the concrete block in memory of the town's lost seamen.
Fortune Community Historyboard was officially unveiled in July, 1998 by Councillor Harvey Tulk, Fay Herridge - Librarian/Historian and Deputy Mayor Alec Noseworthy.