Charlottetown Celebrates Heritage Day

Charlottetown Celebrates Heritage Day
Posted on 02/18/2020
The City of Charlottetown celebrated Heritage Day today (Tuesday, February 18) with an event that included an awards ceremony to honour individuals and organizations in the community who have worked diligently to preserve and celebrate the City’s heritage, and the unveiling of an outdoor exhibit celebrating the history of the business community in Charlottetown.

“We are so pleased to take this time to honor the citizens in our community who work so hard to preserve the heritage of the amazing buildings in the Birthplace of Confederation,” said Mayor Philip Brown. “We can’t continue moving the City of Charlottetown forward without recognizing those who contributed in the past.”

The Heritage Awards were presented to the following individuals and groups:
• Lori Pendleton, for conducting historically sensitive rehabilitation work at 93 Pownal Street, the Duffy House;
• Paul Coles for his extensive and sympathetic renovations to 15 Hillsborough Street;
• Mark and Sharon Rostad for developing a compatible, contemporary new design within an historic neighbourhood, 1 Brighton Road;
• Dave McGavin for constructing a historically sensitive, new home within a heritage area, 56 Weymouth Street;
• Reginald “Dutch” Thompson for his recent publication The Bygone Days: Folklore, Traditions & Toenails, which along with his other work documenting the stories of a past generation, has made a significant contribution to our collective heritage.

This year, the Catherine G. Hennessey Award was presented to historian, Reg Porter for his extensive work in documenting and promoting the history of the capital. His publications on Trinity United Church, Methodist architecture in Charlottetown, Government House and many others, will provide accurate and authoritative information on these important buildings for generations to come.

The award was established in 2011 to honour the long-time historian, author, and heritage activist, and is presented annually to an individual or group whose efforts have increased the appreciation of Charlottetown, stimulated love for the community, or helped shape the city.

“On behalf of Mayor and Council, I want to congratulate Reg Porter on this well-deserved award,” said Councillor Greg Rivard, Chair of the City’s Planning and Heritage Committee. “Mr. Porter’s many historical and architectural themed lectures have captivated and educated audiences since the 1980’s and his work in the restoration of numerous buildings has ensured historical accuracy and quality.”

During the Heritage Day event, T. Daniel Tweel, lawyer and member of the Tweel family who have been in business in the City since the early 1920’s, shared some of his recollections of the business community in Charlottetown.

An exhibit, entitled "Down to Business: The History of Charlottetown’s Oldest Businesses" was also unveiled. The exhibit is featured in the storefront windows of the Planning and Heritage Department at 233 Queen Street. Historic images from the City of Charlottetown’s Archives, as well as artefacts from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, and individual donors, will be on display in the space until March 23. The exhibit offers the public an opportunity to learn about the city’s history, while enjoying downtown Charlottetown. Watch for other exhibits in the space throughout the year. Excerpts from the display will be featured on the City’s Facebook page and twitter feed beginning February 18.

For more information about Heritage Day 2020, contact the Planning and Heritage Department at: 902-629-4158.