• THE ICE AGE AND THE FORMATION OF THE ISLAND

    When I planned the content of this blog it was to include, after a number of introductory and biographical posts, a chronological and thematic overview of PEI Heritage, prehistory and architecture as I knew it and had presented it in my lectures over the past forty years. Lectures are ephemeral things and dissipate with the audience. I want now, at this late time in my life, to record the contents of those lectures – the result of so much work and time and passion – so that it will survive in a more tangible way after I am gone.   HOW DID WE GO FROM THIS TO THIS? The word…

  • A LITERARY DIGRESSION: ANNE, EVANGELINE AND MARGARET THEODORA

    Prince Edward Island has a number of heroes and heroines that appeal to different segments of the population. However, one heroine – Anne of Green Gables – appeals not only to Islanders but to untold thousands all over the world. She came into the world of print in 1908, and in no time at all, took over the countryside on the North Shore where the stories take place, and made it her own. She changed the Island topography and therefore its heritage. Anne has her own anthem (or doxology?) that galvanises audiences and sends them into a trance of nostalgic joy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D-33ywGQEg The Acadians preceded the English-speaking Islanders in finding…