The City of Charlottetown extends an invitation to the public to explore the history of the railway through historic photos in the windows of the Planning and Heritage Department (233 Queen Street).
The Railway Exhibit is just one of the planned exhibits that will be featured in the space bi-monthly, throughout the year, as part of the "Picturing a City" series. The series is an opportunity to show selections from the City’s photographic collections that consist of donated images from the public. The City encourages those with historic images of Charlottetown to visit the Planning and Heritage Department. Heritage staff will scan submitted photos to preserve for generations to come.
The impact of the railway on the city, and indeed the whole of Prince Edward Island, is unimaginable today. All that remains of the industry are a few buildings, the Confederation Trail and the memories of those of a certain age. In 1871, when the bill responsible for the railway on Prince Edward Island was passed, there was rejoicing in the streets. In the age before reliable roads, the railway revolutionized transportation and touched the lives of every Islander. In fact, the crushing debt from its construction would lead Charlottetown to join Confederation on July 1, 1873. Sadly, a little over a hundred years later, in 1989, the last train would leave the province for good.
All are welcome to come and view the storefront windows of 233 Queen Street and learn about our City’s past through photos from our archival collections. The exhibit runs until the end of May and will be replaced on June 1 with a new display celebrating 200 years since the invention of the bicycle.
All exhibits will be posted online at https://charlottetownstories.wordpress.com/
Photo cutline: Councilor Greg Rivard, chair of Planning and Heritage committee and Natalie Munn, Heritage Researcher/Collections Coordinator, pose with Canadian National Railway kerosene caboose marker lamps outside of the Planning and Heritage Department (233 Queen St), where the exhibit "Picturing a City: The Railway" is featured.
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