With Old Home Week just around the corner, the City of Charlottetown extends an invitation to the public to take a stroll back in time and explore how citizens of yesteryear passed the lazy, hazy days of summer. This is the latest installment of the Picturing a City Historic Photo Exhibit Series which focuses on an aspect of the City’s history or traditions and displays photos from its archive in the windows of the Planning and Heritage Department (233 Queen Street).
Planning and Heritage staff have sifted through the City’s archival collection to feature some fascinating historical photos from many different eras and locations all over Charlottetown. The images depict the summer activities and long held traditions of the City residents including Old Home Week and "the Exhibition", backyard camping – Victorian style, a day at the beach in the Edwardian era, and swimming lessons in the 1950s off Victoria Park when Queen Elizabeth Drive was still cottage country.
The Planning and Heritage Department thanks all of the individuals who generously donated images to make the exhibits possible. The exhibit runs until Labour Day (September 4), after which a new exhibit entitled, Back to School, celebrating the history of the City’s educational institutions will be launched in the space.
All exhibits will be posted online at https://charlottetownstories.wordpress.com/.
For more information on donating photos, or allowing us to scan your images for future generations, please contact us at 902-629-4051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo cutline: Councilor Greg Rivard, chair of the Planning and Heritage committee and Natalie Munn, Heritage Researcher and Collections Coordinator, hold a photo of a group swimming off of Victoria Park and Queen Elizabeth Drive in the 1950s - just one of the images included in the City’s latest exhibit "Picturing A City: Summertime" that explores the history of Charlottetown’s summer traditions.
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