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Teachers and Students

The Public Archives has a number of resources which may be of interest to teachers and students.  Some of these resources include:


A Living Archives

In 2007-2008, the Public Archives participated in A Living Archives, a major project involving Grade 7 and 8 students doing "hands-on" historic research and using archival materials and artifacts to learn about life in PEI ca. 1900. This was a joint project between the Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island, the University of Prince Edward Island, the provincial Department of Education, the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, SMART Technologies, and the Eastern, Western, and French school boards.  Funding for the project was provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Program and through in-kind contributions from project partners.  The resulting website consists of an electronic textbook created by the students, a digital repository containing digitized photographs, maps, architectural plans, newspaper advertisements, and textual records, a "virtual Island", and much more.  The site also contains how-to videos and lesson plans.

To learn more, please visit the project website at  You can also read a press release from the official launch of the project website.


Heritage Fair Guides

The purpose of the Heritage Fair is to develop and increase awareness and interest in Canadian history. Below you will find a "Guide to Sources for Heritage Fair Projects" developed by the staff at the Public Archives and Records Office. The guides are in PDF format.


Family History

Family history or genealogy research can be a meaningful way to get students engaged in historic research.  Please consult the guides below for more information to help you get started on your PEI Family History research.



Online Exhibits 

Our online exhibits can provide a great introduction to a variety of topics in Island history such as immigration, lighthouses, the railway, and fox farming.  To view the Public Archives' collection of online exhibits, please visit the Online Exhibits page.


Note to Teachers: The Public Archives has a wealth of primary source material that can support or supplement your classroom teaching.  Photographs, diaries, correspondence, court case records, and newspapers are just some of the many resources available to you.  If you would like to learn more or to arrange a class visit to the Public Archives, please contact us.


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