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July 26, 2013
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Green Park Shipbuilding Museum and Historic Yeo House celebrate their 40th anniversary

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Thousands of Islanders and visitors alike have learned about the shipbuilding industry on Prince Edward Island by visiting the Green Park Shipbuilding Museum which turns 40 years old on Sunday, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.

“There was a time when shipbuilding was one of the most important industries on Prince Edward Island and at that time it was vital to the economic development of the province,” said Minister Henderson. “The Green Park Shipbuilding Museum and Historic Yeo House give Islanders and visitors alike insight into the industry’s importance to the province and how it helped shape the provincial identity. I encourage everyone to join us for the celebrations on Sunday.”

The Yeo House, which is on the same site, is the former home of James Yeo Jr. who was a highly successful shipbuilder and was considered one of the richest men in the colony in the late 1800s. It has been open to the public, along with the museum, since 1973. It gives visitors a look at restored Victorian design and architecture.

“Since the opening of Green Park Shipbuilding Museum and Historic Yeo House, much has changed including the renovation and redesign of the interpretive centre and the addition of the Port Hill School House,” said Sarah Maynard, Site Director for the Museum. “These changes not only modernize the displays and add value to the overall experience, but they also give visitors a better glimpse at what life was like in the early days of the province.”

Islanders and visitors alike are invited to join the 40th anniversary celebrations at the museum Sunday, July 28, beginning at noon. There will be an open house, refreshments and entertainment until about 4 p.m. It will be a great opportunity to tour the museum and learn about the shipbuilding industry on Prince Edward Island.

Media Contact: Andrew Sprague
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