Have you decided to make a pre-1960 house your “forever home?”

These historic homes are an integral part of our streetscape. They’ve been around “forever” and we hope they’ll continue to endure.

I know owning one of them has its share of challenges. That’s why I’ve partnered with Culture Summerside and Holland College to offer a series of lectures and a workshop to help you preserve, maintain and heat your historic house.


Tuesday, October 29 – Heating an Historic Home in a Modern Era – Heating older homes is a hot topic. We’ll discuss energy audits, making your home more energy efficient, prioritizing your work list, and getting the best return for your dollar. And
leave lots of time for questions!
Josh Silver, Instructor, Heritage Retrofit Carpentry Program and Blair Arsenault and Daryl Hardy, Instructors, Energy Systems Engineering Technology Program, Holland College

Tuesday, November 5 – Planning Ahead to Manage Your Home’s Health – How do you make home maintenance manageable? Starting with a backgrounder on how your historic home was designed and constructed, we’ll talk about identifying problem areas, routine maintenance, budgeting, etc. You’ll come away with the beginning of a maintenance plan for your home!
Trevor Young, Trevor Young Carpentry Services Inc. and Josh Silver, Instructor, Heritage Retrofit Carpentry Program

Tuesday, November 12 – Your House’s “Skin”: Wooden Shingle and Clapboard Siding – The exterior cladding of your house is designed to protect it from the elements. Learn about maintenance, detecting issues, repair, and when and when not to D.I.Y.!
Brian MacIsaac and Donnie Brown, Instructors, Carpentry Program, Holland College

All lectures will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lefurgey Cultural Center, 205 Prince Street, Summerside.

Cost for each lecture is $25 individual or $40 couple. Registration is required as space is limited.



Saturday, November 2 – Window and Entranceway Restoration – This hands-on workshop is designed to give homeowners the skills needed to perform basic repairs to wooden windows and doorways. Perfect for the do-it-yourself type!
Trevor Young, Trevor Young Carpentry Service Inc. and Brian MacIsaac, Instructor, Carpentry Program, Holland College

Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the carpentry shop, Holland College Waterfront Campus, 98 Water Street, Summerside. Cost is $50 per individual. Registration is required as space is limited to 12 participants.

Register in advance on Eventbrite – http://foreverhomeseries.eventbrite.ca/

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Rev. Dr. Keir’s Malpeque

I held the minute book of Rev. Dr. John Keir’s church in my hands today. Very reverently. Which is fitting for a record of a man of faith who had such a huge influence on his community, the Island and the Maritimes.

Let me back up a bit. I’m researching the history of the community of Malpeque Bay. Rev. Dr. Keir served over 50 years as minister of Princetown Presbyterian Church, from 1808 to 1858. I’m holding in my hands the minute book of his congregation during his pastorate. This is old. This is exciting. I hadn’t expected to find any records from his time here.

So why is Rev. Dr. Keir so special?

John Keir came as a Presbyterian missionary to British North America in 1808 and accepted the call of a settlement of Scottish Presbyterians on the eastern shore of Malpeque Bay. They had started settling there nearly 40 years previous, in 1770. Rev. Keir was the first Presbyterian minister ordained on PEI and he soon became a leader of the Presbyterian Church on the Island and in Nova Scotia. He was a professor of theology from 1844 to 1858 and awarded an honourary doctorate in divinity in 1852.

But he was more than a religious leader.

Rev. Dr. Keir was largely responsible for the health and prosperity of his community in the early 1800’s. An advocate for education, he set up a library for his parishioners and established the “Princetown Literary and Scientific Society,” the first on the Island. He was instrumental in founding the first school in Princetown, Fanning School, in 1822, and campaigned the colonial government in the 1830’s to have lands that were set aside for the use of the Church of England appropriated for the support of education in general on the Island. He was even president of the Princetown Agricultural Society.

He cared not only about the spiritual wellbeing of his congregation but about the material wellbeing of his community as well. If Rev. Dr. Keir had not accepted the call to Princetown, would Malpeque have become such a thriving community?

So I pray you’ll understand if I have a few goosebumps. I’m holding history in my hands.

Re-published from http://www.historicalmalpeque2014.com/weekly-blog—our-research.html

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Malpeque Area Plans 2014 Celebrations

I’m pleased to be part of the 2014 celebrations in Malpeque!

Press Release: Malpeque Area Plans 2014 Celebrations

The Historical Malpeque (Makpaak) 1864-2014 is a project sponsored by the Princetown United Church through the PEI 2014 fund.  The committee is appealing to members of the community to share their history.

The project will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference and the Birthplace of Confederation, and the rich cultural history and heritage of Malpeque and the surrounding communities of Baltic, Darnley, Hamilton, Indian River, Sea View and Spring Valley.

Local artist Robert Milner has been commissioned to paint three murals depicting the history of the communities and of the Princetown United Church.  The festivities, planned for July 18, 19 and 20, 2014, include the unveiling of the murals, an 1864-themed festival and social tea, a cemetery tour highlighting the stories of early residents, and a tour of local landmarks.

The committee hopes that residents and former residents of Malpeque Bay will come forward with photographs of local history (including those lost over time), people and events, historic documents, and family and community stories.

“We hope that new photographs and information about the Malpeque area’s history will come to light as a result of this project,” said Natalie Hashie, researcher for the project.

The committee encourages people to share their information by August 20, 2013, so it can be considered for use in the murals and other celebrations; however, submissions will be welcomed after that date as well. The documents will be scanned and returned to their owners.

Anyone wishing to share documents or photographs is asked to contact the committee at historicalmalpeque2014@gmail.com or call committee members, Joyce Bryenton at 836-3965 or Norma Pasatieri at 836-3134.

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History is Marketing

People Want to Know Where You Come From

Whether you’ve been in business for five years or 50 years, your business has a story that is unique.

In today’s world, people are hungry to feel connected to other people. Doubt it? Look at the soaring popularity of social media in the last decade. So what does that mean to a business person? Our customers want to feel that they are connected to us. They want to be emotionally engaged. So how do we get connected?

It’s simple. What’s the first thing you do when you meet someone new? You ask who they are and what they do. And then how they got there. It’s the starting point of any relationship. Your customers are no different. They want to know who you are and where you came from.

Sharing where you came from – your business’s history – can be integral to attracting potential clients to your business. Customers choose where to do business based on how you make them feel and by your reputation. Your history is your reputation.

So put your history to work for you! Make it part of your marketing strategy. Here are some ideas to get started:

• Use your website. Add a webpage outlining your company’s history. If you’re a sole proprietor or small business, include your history in your personal bio. People love photographs and images, so be sure to include lots of meaningful ones.

• Create an historical display in your office. Again, people love photographs, so use them!

• Celebrate your anniversaries. Make sure to include it in your newsletter, on your website, in all your promotional materials. And notify the press. They’re always looking for stories; make sure you’re one of them.

• Use social media. Update your Facebook status or tweet significant events in your business’s history.

• Be real. It’s scary, but consider sharing some of your failures (the ones you’ve learned from!) as well as your successes. Just as people who share their true selves are more appealing, so are businesses.


[Natalie’s note: I wrote the above blog for Insight Marketing in Charlottetown. Check out their website at www.insightmarketingpei.com!]

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Welcome to my website!

I am so pleased to launch my site, which outlines some of the services I offer to government, business, non-profits, museums, archives, art galleries and individuals. I hope that you will find the information you need in my Services and FAQ pages.

Keep checking my blog for updates on projects that I’m working on and things happening in the arts, culture and heritage world.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to send me an email or use my contact form. I appreciate your comments and feedback!


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