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Architectural Lecture Series
Every Monday in January

The Institute for Architectural Studies and Conservation would like to invite everyone with an interest in older homes to their lecture series at 7 pm on Monday evenings to January 29 at Beaconsfield Carriage House, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. 

This year under the heading “Greening the Heritage Home” they consider why architectural conservation is important and show how heritage homes can be made energy efficient without damaging their charm or well-being.

Upcoming lectures are as follows: January 22, The Window Project: Surprising things you don't know about heritage windows; and January 29, Energy Efficiency in Older Homes. Info: 902-368-6603

Clyde River History Lecture Series
January 27, February 10 & 24

Clyde River will host their 6th annual history lecture series on select Saturdays beginning January 27 at Riverview Community Centre, 718 Clyde River Road. All are welcome. All presentations will be followed by refreshments and a social time. These events are a great chance to get out in the winter to learn about and discuss our interesting local history. The museum will be open to view Clyde River artifacts and heritage photos. For more information on this series, please contact Vivian Beer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On January 27 from 1:30–3:30 pm, Dr. David Keenlyside will present "An overview of the work of the PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation." The Foundation manages seven PEI museums (Elmira Railway Museum, Basin Head Fisheries Museum, Orwell Corner Historic Village and Agriculture Heritage Museum, Beaconsfield Historic House, Eptek Art & Culture Centre, Acadian Museum, and Green Park Shipbuilding Museum & Yeo House) and is responsible for more than 90,000 artifacts. The Foundation also manages the PEI Museum & Heritage Awards and publishes Island Magazine. David will offer an update on the current work of the Foundation and some guidance on how you can help preserve Island history.

On February 10 from 1:30–3:30 pm, JoDee Samuelson will present "Watermills in PEI, especially those in Clyde River." For her Master of Arts in Island Studies from UPEI, JoDee wrote her thesis on water-powered mills on Prince Edward Island and Gotland Island, Sweden. Her interest in mills began while she lived in Clyde River, across the river from the Dixon/Scott Mill and down the road from the Beer's Sawmill on the Bannockburn Road. JoDee will pass along her research on the mills on the Clyde River that at one time provided flour, oatmeal, and sawn lumber for a prosperous ambitious community.

On February 24 from 1:30–3:30 pm, Dr. Lewis Newman will present "Changes and Improvements in Medicine & Medical Technology in my Time." Dr. Newman's presentation will reference vaccines, Small Pox, Malaria, Polio, artificial limbs, artificial joints, organ transplants, thermometers, endoscopies, CT/MRI/PET scans, blood glucose monitoring, insulin pump, cataract surgery, key-hole surgery, artificial insemination, oral contraceptives, and gene therapy. He will also touch on the Tuberculosis pandemic that affected almost all Island families in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Irish Heritage Short Courses
Beginning February 5

The Benevolent Irish Society is sponsoring a series of Irish Heritage related short courses. Beginning on Monday, February 5, and continuing for 4 consecutive Mondays, those interested in Irish history and heritage will have an opportunity to delve a little deeper into their area of interest. No tests are involved and no previous knowledge of the subject is required. This is learning for the love of learning in an informal and fun atmosphere. Cian O Morain will present an Overview of Traditional Irish Music. Cian has a Masters Degree in Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland. Patrick Fitzgerald will lead a group in Exploring Celtic Spirituality. Tony Dolan will present his course on Irish Family Names. This short course explores the origins, history, and meaning of Irish family names. The final course will be Irish History (1500–Present) led by George O’Connor. Courses run from 7–9 pm at the Hon. Edward Whelan Irish Cultural Centre at 582 North River Rd, Charlottetown. Everyone is welcome. Info/register: with course leaders; George, 902-566-3273, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summerside's Role in Ban The Automobile: Instrument of Death
February 20

Author Rudy Croken will present a noon hour talk on the role that Summerside residents played in the uprising against, and the eventual acceptance of, that “Instrument of Death” known as The Automobile. Two of the first internal combustion automobiles to come to Prince Edward Island were brought to Summerside in 1905 by J. A. MacMillan, president of the Merchant Bank and T. B. Grady and Frank Compton who together owned a 1903 Ford. By 1908 there were only 7 automobiles on PEI, but farmers and their businessmen supporters resisted the automobile with great vigour, demanding and getting a complete province-wide ban. This was followed by a partial ban as the inevitable loomed. Eventually Town Council asked the Provincial Government to allow the running of automobiles on its streets 7 days a week. Summerside newspapers weighed in, choosing sides in this bitter struggle. Find out which Summerside families supported the Automobile and which families were opposed and how that changed over the course of a few years. The author will have copies of his book, Ban The Automobile: Instrument of Death, on hand for anyone wanting the rest of the story. The talk will take place at Lefurgey Cultural Centre, 205 Prince Street in Summerside on February 20 from 12–12:45 pm. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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