Charlottetown Celebrates Heritage Day

Charlottetown Celebrates Heritage Day
Posted on 02/19/2019
The City of Charlottetown celebrated Heritage Day on Tuesday, February 19 with an event that included an awards ceremony to honour individuals and organizations in the community who have worked hard to preserve and celebrate the city’s heritage, and the unveiling of an outdoor exhibit celebrating the history of post-secondary education in Charlottetown.

“Heritage Day is one of those special days during the year when we stop and reflect on our history – celebrating the stories and people of our past, those who have helped shape our city into the great place that it is today,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “The Heritage Awards acknowledge the special accomplishments, projects and efforts that further our collective goal of heritage conservation.”

The Heritage Awards were presented to the following individuals and groups:

• The University of Prince Edward for the sympathetic renovation of historic, Dalton Hall;
• The Thomas Alley House Group for its restoration work on 62 Prince Street, Thomas Alley House;
• Quentin Bevan for conducting sensitive renovations to the Blake House, 100 King Street;
• Terry Hennessey for his efforts to sympathetically renovate 25 Hillsborough Street;
• Steve and Nancy Godkin, for the restoration of 267 Richmond Street;
• Jim Hornby for his extensive work in celebrating and documenting Charlottetown’s historic Black Community;
• The Roman Catholic Cemetery Committee for its work in restoring and making improvements to the Roman Catholic Cemetery on Longworth Avenue.

This year, the Catherine G. Hennessey Award was presented to Kathy and Kevin Murphy. 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.

“Kevin and Kathy Murphy have a strong belief in the value of heritage preservation and recognize it as an important element in their work,” said Councillor Greg Rivard, Chair of the City’s Planning and Heritage Committee. “Following their work on the Great George Hotel, they have continued to acquire and renovate historic buildings, many neglected and in need of revitalization. We thank Kevin and Kathy Murphy, and all of the Heritage Award winners, for their contributions to these properties and to Charlottetown as a whole.”

During the Heritage Day event, history professor, author and historian, Dr. Edward MacDonald, gave a brief talk on the history of higher education in Prince Edward Island. An exhibit, entitled "On Saints and Welshmen: The Evolution of Post-Secondary Education in Charlottetown" was also revealed. The exhibit will be featured in the storefront windows of the Planning and Heritage Department at 233 Queen Street. Historic images from the City of Charlottetown’s Archives and the University Archives and Special Collections, University of Prince Edward Island, as well as individual donors will be on display in the space until March 22. The exhibit offers the public an opportunity to learn about the city’s history, while enjoying all that the downtown has to offer. Watch for other exhibits in the space throughout the year. Excerpts from the exhibit will be featured on the City’s Facebook page and twitter feed beginning February 19.

For more information about Heritage Day 2019, contact the Planning and Heritage Department at: 902-629-4158.