Charlottetown Celebrates Heritage Day with Awards

Charlottetown Celebrates Heritage Day with Awards
Posted on 02/12/2019
The City of Charlottetown invites the public to participate in celebrating Heritage Day at 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, February 19 at City Hall (199 Queen Street).

The annual event will include an awards ceremony to honour individuals or organizations in the community who have worked hard to preserve and celebrate the City of Charlottetown’s heritage. The theme of this year’s Heritage Day celebrations is the history of post-secondary education in the City and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the formation of the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Edward MacDonald, well-known author and professor in the History and Classics Department, University of Prince Edward Island, will provide a brief lecture entitled, The Road to UPEI: Some Thoughts on Higher Education in Prince Edward Island.

The City’s Heritage staff have created an historic exhibit entitled, On Saints and Welshmen: The Evolution of Post-Secondary Education in Charlottetown, that features photos from the City’s Archives as well as other organizations and private individuals. The display will chronicle the history of the two institutions that came together in 1969 to form the University of Prince Edward Island – Prince of Wales College and Saint Dunstan’s University. The exhibit takes the public back to the early to mid-1800s when the schools were first founded and discussed milestones in their histories, the campus buildings, student life and the personalities that shaped the growth of what would become two universities.
The exhibit will be launched on Heritage Day and run until March 22, in the storefront windows of the Planning and Heritage Department (233 Queen Street). An electronic version of the exhibit will be also shown at City Hall during the Heritage Awards.

The Heritage Day celebrations on Tuesday, February 19 are open to the general public and light refreshments will be served.

For those who would like to learn more, but like to stay indoors, photos and excerpts from the exhibit will be featured on the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown/  and Twitter account beginning on Heritage Day, Tuesday, February 19.

For more information about the exhibit or Charlottetown’s Heritage Awards, contact the Planning and Heritage Department at 902-629-4158.