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1855 St. Dunstan's College opens near Charlottetown to educate young Catholic males for the professions and the priesthood. Total enrollment: 18.
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PEI Heritage News



PEIMHF was saddened to learn of the passing of Betty Howatt. Betty was a former Chairperson of the PEI Heritage Foundation.
 In 2003, she published her own book entitled Tales from Willowshade Farm: An Island Woman’s Notebook (Acorn Press). In 1981, she published “History Begins at Home”  in The Island Magazine (Number 9).  She was also a contributor to CBC’s “Mainstreet”.

Sir Andrew MacPhail Homestead

The MacPhail Homestead is adjacent to Orwell Corner Historic Village.
For information about Macphail Homestead call (902) 651-2789 or



Island Matters New Horizons Project


Volunteers from Island Matters and other rug hooking groups are travelling across PEI to offer instructions in the traditional craft of rug hooking and give workshops in the care of hooked mats.

Again from September to November, 2017, volunteer rug hookers will set-up in different communities to share their expertise. As with many traditional crafts, there is always a fear that the activity may die out. Luckily, interest in rug hooking is still high in PEI and enthusiastic volunteers are keen to share their passion for the craft.

Thanks to the funding through New Horizons for Seniors, there is no cost for seniors to participate in learning sessions. The rug hooking classes and/or care of hooked mat workshops will take place in different locations.

If your senior citizen group would like to host this programming offered in your community, contact:

Paula Kenny
Volunteer project co-ordinator
Call: (902) 629-0340

An easily accessible public space (one large room or two smaller rooms) is all that is required.

Volunteers are also working to expand the PEI Rug Registry.

If you own a vintage hooked mat that is at least 25 years old, no matter how little information you know about its maker, please check for the location of an upcoming registry event nearest you. SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave