The City of Charlottetown invites the public to participate in celebrating Heritage Day on Tuesday, February 16. The event will include the unveiling of an outdoor exhibit celebrating the history of the recently renamed Great George Street and an awards ceremony to honour individuals or organizations in the community who have worked hard to preserve and celebrate municipal heritage.
"We have a growing number of people in this city who not only recognize our rich history but who are both passionate and proud of it," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Preserving and restoring our history is a collective effort. We encourage everyone to join us for this event to help us celebrate, share and continue to appreciate our heritage."
Mayor Lee will present the annual Heritage Awards at 12 p.m. (noon) at City Hall, as part of the Heritage Day events on February 16. Awards will be presented to the following individuals and groups for their hard work promoting the city’s history and for the restoration and renovation of historic properties:
• Chris Tweel – The extensive renovation of the historic 141 Kent Street/The W.E. Dawson Building
• Downtown Charlottetown Inc. - The restoration of the name ‘Great George Street’ and the promotion of the area from the cenotaph to Euston Street
• Harry T. Holman - The creation of the blog Sailstrait.wordpress.com which explores the history of Charlottetown’s waterfront and harbour
• John Andrew – The promotion and restoration of the Wright’s Creek Watershed, and generosity with his collection relating to the history of East Royalty and Wright’s Creek
The Heritage Day exhibit, entitled "A Walk Through the Past", is an outdoor gallery featured in the storefronts of Great George Street. More than 100 historic images and ads will be shown at 18 different sites from February 16 until February 29. The pop up exhibit offers the public an opportunity to learn about the City’s history, while enjoying all that Great George Street has to offer.
For those who prefer to view the exhibit indoors, the City will offer a preview on Heritage Day at the Heritage Awards ceremony. It will also be made available online after the exhibit is over.
"Heritage Day is an opportunity for us to thank those who have invested time into helping us preserve and celebrate our history," said Councillor Greg Rivard, Chair of the City’s Planning and Heritage Committee. "I’d also like to thank our Planning and Heritage staff for doing their part. Their dedication is what makes our exhibits and our celebrations a success each year."
The Honourable David H. Jenkins, Chief Justice of PEI and son of the founder of Jenkins Pharmacy, a business that operated on the corner of Great George and Kent Street from the 1930s, will give a brief talk on his recollections of Great George Street as part of the Heritage Day events.
Mayor Lee will also present the Catherine G. Hennessey Heritage Award, which was established in 2011 in honour of the City’s long-time historian, author, and heritage activist. It is presented annually to an individual or organization whose efforts have increased the appreciation of Charlottetown and whose views have stimulated love for the community.
For more information about Heritage Day 2016, contact the Planning and Heritage Department at: 902-629-4158.
Attached below is a map illustrating the exhibit location.
City of Charlottetown