Winter Lecture Series Continues with Lighting the Way: History, Form and Function in Lighthouse Conservation of PEI

Moonlight North River

Moonlight North River c.1895

Sincere thanks to Harry Holman for providing us with a fascinating and educational lecture on the Charlottetown Harbour last Monday evening at Beaconsfield Carriage House. Join us this Monday evening, January 14, when Carol Livingstone, President, PEI Lighthouse Society and Josh Silver, Red Seal Carpenter and Learning Manager, Heritage Retrofit Carpentry Program, Holland College, will present Lighting the Way: History, Form and Function in Lighthouse Conservation of PEI. Together, they will explore these iconic forms of coastal architecture and the close relationships between their architectural features and their varied designs.

The following Monday, January 21, Parks Canada Historian, Dr. Monica MacDonald, will visit us from Halifax  to speak about one of the most stately seaside summer residences of PEI, and national historic site, in her illustrated presentation, Dalvay-by-the-Sea: A Historical Overview.  She will look into the many lives of this former retreat of American industrialist, Alexander McDonald.

Completing the series on January 28, Boyde Beck, popular historian, author, and Curator of History, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, tells the fascinating story of Green Park and Beaconsfield, the former houses of shipbuilders, James Yeo (Jr.), and James Peake (Jr.), and the industry that made them in his talk, Green Park and Beaconsfield — Two Shipbuilding Stories.

Saltwater Heritage: The History and Conservation of Our Coastal Architecture, runs on Mondays in January 2013 (7, 14, 21 and 28) from 7 pm, at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House. Admission is open to the public by donation. Storm dates to be announced via local media.

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