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Two Days About Yesterday events celebrate local history and heritage

The Prince Edward Historical Society is presenting its second annual ‘Two Days About Yesterday’ event, a public exposition to promote the history and heritage of Prince Edward County and the Quinte region.

The Saturday-Sunday event June 24-25 follows the outline of 2016’s successful inaugural event, involving guided tours of local heritage sites; audio/video presentations by history and heritage experts and exhibitors at the Wellington Community Centre’s Highline Hall at 111 Belleville Street in Wellington, where the public can visit the booths of companies and organizations involved in the promotion and preservation of history and heritage.

For the first time, a broad range of local companies and organizations involved in history and heritage – both commercial and not‐for‐profit — will exhibit their products or services, promote memberships and explain their organizations’ activities to the public. Booth spaces are still available to exhibitors for $100 on a first‐come, first‐served basis. Public admission will be $5 per person and members of the Prince Edward Historical Society will be admitted free of charge.

This year’s event adds the presentation of the Prince Edward County Heritage Awards given to individuals in Prince Edward County who have played leading roles in the protection, preservation and promotion of local history and heritage. Winners will be announced at the Highline Hall on June 24th with awards presented by Mayor Robert Quaiff.

Also new this year is a panel discussion entitled “Heritage Property Designation: What You Need To Know” that will involve local experts discussing various facets of property designation including that the process involves and how to go about getting a property designated.

Other speakers include history re‐enactor, Wendy Daxon, also an expert in heritage textiles and clothing, who will speak about The Impact of Social Change on Costuming; and John Brebner, who will speak about the preservation of heritage materials through digital processes.

In addition to the activities in Wellington on June 24th, Two Days About Yesterday includes a number of local tours on Sunday, June 25th to various sites throughout Prince Edward County.

Due to its popularity in 2016, a tour of Camp Picton has been arranged that will allow participants to learn about the history of this remarkable one‐of‐a‐kind site, and see inside some of the buildings. In addition to Camp Picton, a tour has been arranged to the ca 1872 Glenora Fisheries Station adjacent to the Glenora Ferry dock. Visitors can also participate in a tour along Royal Road in South Marysburgh guided by David Bentley of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (Quinte Branch) who will explain the significance of the heritage properties on Royal Road.

The Prince Edward Historical Society welcomes local entrepreneur and heritage expert, Alex Fida, who will conduct a tour of three County properties including his own House of Falconer at 1 Walton Street in Picton from which the tour will begin.

Times and costs for tours vary and pre‐registration is required at Two Days About Yesterday’s website at  aboutyesterday.ca, by email to tday@kos.net, or by contacting Steve Ferguson, President of the Prince Edward Historical Society by telephone at 613.476.9104.

Founded in 1899, the Prince Edward Historical Society’s mission is to preserve, protect and promote the history and heritage of Prince Edward County. Additional information about the Society’s publications and its activities is available at our website at pehistsoc.wordpress.com.

At the Wellington Community Centre Saturday, June 24th:
Presentations (approximate timings)
10 am Doors open
10.30am Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee Heritage Awards presentation
11.30am Wendy Daxon ‘The Impact of Social Change on Costume’
12.30pm Heritage Lunch ($5)
1.30pm Panel Presentation by local experts ‘Heritage Property Designation: What you Need to Know
Plus: ‘Don’t throw it in the Dumpster! Presentation on digitizing your treasures
3 pm Doors close

Tours on Sunday, June 25th
10am tour of Glenora Fisheries Station at Glenora Ferry dock ($10: one hour)
11.30am tour of Camp Picton ($20: two hours)
1pm tour of three restored heritage properties in Picton and Demorestville with Alex Fida ($10: car required). Meet at 1 Walton Street, Picton.
2pm tour of Royal Road with David Bentley ($10: one hour). Meet at the Mariners’ Museum.

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