Heritage Day Celebrations

City Invites the Public to Participate in Heritage Day Celebrations
Posted on 02/10/2020
The City of Charlottetown invites the public to participate in celebrating Heritage Day on Tuesday, February 18 at 12 p.m. 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 municipal heritage. The theme of this year’s Heritage Day celebrations is Bringing the Past Into the Future and the City’s Heritage staff have created an historic exhibit entitled, Down to Business: The History of Charlottetown’s Oldest Businesses.

The exhibit features photos from the City’s Archives as well as other institutions and private individuals. The display will share the history of some of Charlottetown’s oldest still-operating companies, whose stories are as varied as the services and products they offer. Businesses like Taylor’s Jewelers, founded in 1879 by Englishman, G.H. Taylor and although the location has moved slightly, the business is still operating under the Taylor name 151 years later. As well as, Currie’s Shoe Repair, which celebrates 117 years in operation this year and began when shoe factory worker, Frank Currie struck out on his own to open the Shoe Doctor on Queen Street. Currie’s Shoe Repair is still thriving 117 years later with Frank’s descendant, David, practicing the art of repairing shoes on the same block.

The exhibit will be launched Heritage Day and run until March 23 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. For those who are interested in learning more, photos and excerpts from the exhibit will be featured on the City’s Facebook page and Twitter account beginning on Heritage Day, Tuesday, February 18.

Following the awards ceremony, the Old Protestant Burying Ground Committee will be offering a screening of the short film directed by Joscelynne Bordeaux entitled, The City Under the Ground. The film celebrates the history of the Old Protestant Burying Ground on University Avenue.

The Heritage Day celebrations on Tuesday, February 18 are open to the general public and light refreshments will be served.
For more information about the exhibit or Charlottetown’s Heritage Awards, contact the Planning and Heritage Department at 902-629-4158.