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Today in Island History
24 June 1866 Father George Belcourt debuts his horseless carriage at a St. Jean Baptiste Day picnic in Rustico, thus becoming the first Canadian motorist, the first to buy a car, and the first to import one. He is also the first to have a car accident when he fails to negotiate a turn and goes off the road. The machine is retired.
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Heritage Awards

The PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Heritage Awards are presented each year to individuals or groups in recognition of architecture, writing, architectural preservation, genealogy and general heritage activities.

The 2016 awards were handed out by His Honour, Leiutenant Governor Frank Lewis on February 21, 2017 in Beaconsfield's Carriage House.

2016 Award Recipients

Heritage Activity
  • City of Charlottetown for Fort Edward Magazine stonework restoration
  • Clara Jean Howard and Craig Clark for former Rose Valley United Church restoration
  • Culture Summerside for Journal Pioneer and 105th Regiment anniversary programming
  • Estelle DesRoches for One Man’s Family
  • Tiber Falzett for various activities
  • Hughie Graham for various activities
  • Jean Jans for various activities
  • Larry and Jane Dugdale for restoration of former Cape Traverse Masonic Hall
  • King George Hall Committee for restoration of King George Hall
  • Ed MacDonald, Irene Novaczek and Josh MacFadyen (editors) for Time and a Place
  • Paige Matthie for Caroline Daly research and exhibit
  • Panmure Island Lighthouse Association for restoration of Panmure Island Lighthouse
  • Stacy MacInnis for restoration of Elliott's Train Station

Natural Heritage Activity Award

Jackie Waddell

Volunteer of the Year Award
Lois Brown

Mary Cornfoot Brehaut Award
Arlene Morrison

Publication of the Year Award
John Cousins for New London: The Lost Dream

Irene Rogers Award

Ken and Jenny Meister

Award of Honour
Ed MacDonald



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