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1853 Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences announces the acquisition of the fossil skull of Bathygnathus borealis. It's an Islander -- about 285 million years old. Found by well- diggers in French River, it was once a 7-9 foot, sail-backed reptile, older even than the dinosaurs.
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PEI Museum Heritage Award Winners 2015

The Heritage Awards Committee: Anne Richard (Chair), Catherine Hennessey, Ed MacDonald, Claire Nantes and Ian Scott, with Boyde Beck serving as staff liaison, met on 20 January, 2016, and recommend to the Board the following Heritage Awards for 2015:

Heritage Activity

  • Roy Campbell and Robert Gelineau, for Nathanial Wright House, Bedeque
  • Geoff Hussey, for Charlie of Île Saint Jean
  • Knutsford Women’s Institute, for programming and community history panels
  • Peggy Hammill and Marlene Campbell, for More Than I Expected: The Story of Peggy McIver Hammill
  • Geoffrey Paton, for his work on Samuel Cunard
  • Reg Porter and Richard Campanaro, for Government House Guidebooks
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlottetown, for 1843-1883 cemetery restoration/renovation
  • Gretha Rose, for Bourke House, Charlottetown
  • SilverOrange, for 84 Fitzroy Street, Charlottetown
  • Victoria Historical Association, for various activities

Natural Heritage Activity

Robert Harding

Volunteer of the Year

Wayne and Janice Trowsdale

Publication of the Year

Earle Lockerby and Doug Sobey, for Samuel Holland, His Work and Legacy on Prince Edward Island

Mary Cornfoot Brehaut Award

Port Hill Women’s Institute

Irene Rogers Award

Sterling Stratton

Wendell Boyle Award


Award of Honour
Reg "Dutch" Thompson

Heritage Award Citations