September 21, 2009
For immediate release
The PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Announces a Gift to Acquire the Trueman Pate Lamp Collection
Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour
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“This group of lamps is thought to be the largest museum collection of its kind in the country and the Museum is proud to have it as part of the Provincial Collection,” said David Keenlyside, Executive Director of PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.
The Pate Collection was the lifelong passion of Trueman Pate from Summerside, PEI, who amassed a very large number of beautiful oil lamps over many years. It was Mr. Pate’s wish that the approximately 570 lamps stay together on PEI. After an exhibit of the collection at Eptek Art & Culture Centre in 2008, negotiations began investigating the possible acquisition of the entire lamp collection by the PEI Museum. It would not have been possible at all without the tenacious collecting spirit of Mr. Trueman Pate and his family’s kind offer to help make his lifelong interest a part of the Provincial Museum Collection for Islanders now and always.
Celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary, Hyndman & Company and The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company made a significant donation to the PEI Museum in order to assist in the acquisition of The Trueman Pate Lamp Collection. “Hyndman & Company Ltd. and Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company are pleased to fund the acquisition by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation of The Trueman Pate Collection of lamps and lanterns to become part of their permanent collection for the benefit of future generations,” said a company representative.
For more information on the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, visit their website at www.peimuseum.com.