Funding for the Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum’s display on the province’s involvement in the War of 1812 has been announced by Gail Shea, minister of national revenue and MP for Egmont.
The museum has developed a number of initiatives commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 as part of the Provincial Heritage Fair. Such initiatives include permanent and travelling exhibits and the launch of a book about the Glengarry Light Infantry.
“I invite all Islanders to participate in the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and to learn more about our role in shaping Canada,” said Shea. “Incorporating this theme in various educational activities will help us better understand how our ancestors came together to defend our land and build the independent and free country we know today.”
Lt.-Col. Glenn Moriarity, director, Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum, says the funding is particularly important in order to strengthen and nurture the interest in the historical past, raise awareness, and address the knowledge gap regarding the Island’s participation in what he termed a defining moment of Canadian history.
“It is our mandate to tell those stories that illustrate the rich military history of the Birthplace of Confederation for both our residents and visitors alike.”
The museum, located in Charlottetown, has the mandate to collect, preserve, research and exhibit artifacts that illustrate the history and heritage of military forces in Prince Edward Island. Ottawa has provided funding of $37,450 through Canadian Heritage’s 1812 Commemoration Fund.