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February 21, 2006
For immediate release

New Heritage Posters Released

Community and Cultural Affairs

Both an urban and a rural building have been featured on two new heritage posters unveiled last night by Community and Cultural Affairs Minister, Elmer MacFadyen. The Heritage Day posters are part of an ongoing series aimed at developing a greater awareness of the importance of heritage places to Islanders.

The announcement was made at the annual P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation Heritage Awards held last night in Summerside. Minister MacFadyen said he was particularly pleased with the location of the announcement as one of the posters features a heritage building in Summerside and the other shows one of the P.E.I. Museum sites.

“These posters are an attractive and effective way of bringing the message of the importance of heritage to our citizens,” said Mr. MacFadyen. “We want to show that our built heritage is more than government buildings and monumental structures.”

One poster features the Bowness House in Summerside which was reputedly built using ballast stones carried by Island sailing vessels, while the other depicts the school at Orwell Corner. Both structures are protected by heritage designation, the Bowness House by the City of Summerside and Orwell School by the Province of Prince Edward Island.

The posters are based on paintings by Henry Dunsmore, an artist residing in Victoria. The poster series is part of the Historic Places Initiative Program, which is supported by the Federal Government and all of the provinces and territories, and is aimed at increasing awareness and protection of heritage places.

Copies of the posters will be widely distributed across the province and will be made available to the public without charge.

Media Contact: Harry Holman
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