Do you remember going to a show at the Capitol Theatre, grabbing an ice cream at Garden City, or shopping at Tweel’s Gift Shop?
Perhaps you recall picking up a new 45 at Sam the Record Man. For those who do, or wish they did, The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with Downtown Charlottetown Inc., and the merchants of Great George Street, is offering the chance to relive those days and introduce citizens to the Great George Street and University Avenue of yesteryear.
The outdoor exhibit, A Walk Through the Past: Great George Street to University Avenue and Back will feature historic photos, ads and interpretation. It will be held in the windows of participating merchants on Great George Street from the cenotaph to Euston Street and run from February 16 to 29. This section of Great George Street became University Avenue in 1971, however the original name, honoring George III, was returned in May 2015.
The exhibit will be unveiled at the annual Heritage Awards Ceremony taking place at 12 p.m. (noon) in the Parkdale Room at City Hall on Tuesday, February 16. Attendees can also enjoy an indoor sneak peek of the exhibit.
"These exhibits and events that celebrate our heritage are so important. We can’t protect and restore our history without a collective effort, which means we all have a role to play in recognizing our rich history and celebrating it together," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "I encourage everyone to check out the exhibit and join us for the Heritage Awards."
The annual City of Charlottetown Heritage Awards honour citizens or organizations in the community who have worked hard to preserve and celebrate municipal heritage. All are welcome to attend.
"When we get busy with the day-to-day, it can be easy to take for granted our heritage," said Councillor Greg Rivard, Chair of the City’s Planning and Heritage Committee. "These events are a great reminder to all of us to take a moment and enjoy the heritage, culture and architecture in Charlottetown. We look forward to welcoming people downtown for the exhibit and all that the downtown has to offer."
For more information about the exhibit or the Charlottetown Heritage Awards, contact the Planning and Heritage Department at: 902-629-4158.
Photo cutline: Great George Street from the cenotaph north, c. 1930. One of the many images depicting scenes of Great George Street that will be featured in the City of Charlottetown’s outdoor exhibit, A Walk Through the Past: Great George Street to University Avenue and Back. The exhibit will be unveiled Heritage Day, February 16 and run until February 29 in the storefront windows of participating Great George Street merchants.
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