Regiment museum earns funding for 1812 display

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Egmont MP Gail Shea

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.

Organizations: Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum, Egmont.The museum, Canadian Heritage Commemoration Fund

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Canada, Charlottetown Ottawa

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  • don
    November 19, 2012 - 07:03

    JKSEYMOUR. they are both the same.

  • upwest proud
    November 19, 2012 - 06:41

    The whiners commenting on this website are incredible, never a positive comment about anything, according to this paper Minister Shea was at UPEI, Holland College and the Potato Board addressing issues last week as well. How can anyone call that hiding. With all the wise people on here commenting I expect there to be a lot of candidates in the next election, we really need your guidance in running the province and country.

  • Robot Gizz
    November 19, 2012 - 01:23

    Oh my my.What planet are these MPs living on anyway. We haven't enough money to provide proper health care for all,education that all can afford,or assistance for our elderly(that have to choose to"eat or heat")but we can p!$$ away money on something that happened 200 years ago? If it is that important teach more about it in schools.Why worry about the past?We have more than enough issues to get busy solving right today . If we don't our children may have NO future!!!

  • don
    November 18, 2012 - 20:22

    simple "patronage"

    • LA
      November 19, 2012 - 14:55

      If you are the same Don who somehow imagines that the Kensington legion was not "helped by Gail Shea" even though they did not present a project or ask for a piece of this fund (which she personally has nothing to do with), then I know you are unable to explain how it is patronage and whom it is patronizing. But go ahead, give us the details that you made up. It would be interesting to hear. Really interesting. Go for it.

  • Garth Staples
    November 18, 2012 - 18:02

    The PEI Regimental Museum is a very deserving recipient . I guess some Islanders without any sense of heritage only think of themselves and not those who have given more than most----their time and their lives.

    • Questioning
      November 19, 2012 - 09:53

      I am wondering if anyone could tell us how many gave their time and lives in the war of 1812. I am also wondering why it rarely was discussed in the classrooms when people of my vintage were studying Canadian History books. I thought Laura Secord (an American) told the Canadians they were going to be attacked and that resulted in 3 days of surprise attacks, then Amen...we stayed colonists of the British Crown. Maybe I need to see a museum here on PEI to teach me what really happened if I am wrong.

    • SAP
      November 19, 2012 - 14:15

      I would rather see taxpayer money go towards actually HELPING out those of whom you speak. And nothing about this money is "earned" Also, to honour their sacrifice, we should not be putting the future generations they fought for into so much debt.

  • SG
    November 18, 2012 - 17:26

    I would wager a bet that the next Provincial and Federal Elections on PEI will both go NDP! It will be a VERY LONG time before I ever Vote Liberal or Conservative again Federal or Provincial. I think all Canadians including Islanders have had Enough of Liberals and Conservatives.

  • jkseymour
    November 18, 2012 - 12:44

    whoop de do. Shea shows her face now. Where is she when the EI changes come up, never to be found. Typical of the conservatives. All for themselves.What a joke this government is....

  • Church Lady
    November 18, 2012 - 11:55

    Well now....isn't THAT special.

  • justanotherislander
    November 18, 2012 - 11:49

    Really?!? Feds and province just keep coming up with ideas to waste our tax dollars! The War of 1812 has been used to waste incredible amounts of money, all this while so many are unable to heat their homes, put food on the table and clothes on their backs. There will always be those willing to take this example the museum! Disgraceful!

  • don
    November 18, 2012 - 11:44

    what a shame gail does not help the museum in k'town belonging to the legion. btu i guess ch'town takes priority.

    • LA
      November 18, 2012 - 15:02

      Don: I don't think you quite understand how it works. Why don't you find out before complaining.

  • Gerard
    November 18, 2012 - 10:50

    Why are taxpayer dollars going to support a museum for something that happened 200 years ago, P. E. I. was not even a province 200 years ago, anyway, who cares what went on then, we have more pressing things going on in the country now that need funding, such is jobs and a better standard of living for the poor.

    • LA
      November 18, 2012 - 15:11

      In that case Gerard, we should cut funding to every single program that has a remote connection to heritage and history. Very intelligent of you. You may have valid reservations about the particular federal War of 1812 fund, but to complain about those who ask for a share of what the government is giving out anyway is beyond ridiculous. Did you think if they didn't ask, it would automatically go into your pocket? No, it wouldn't. It would go to another person who asked for it. Your take on the importance of history shows your level of intellect in any case. As for "justanotherislander", if you care to explain how a museum that has been operating on donations and volunteerism for the last twenty years is disgraceful for asking for a piece of this funding that won't be going to your pocket in any case, feel free to tell the curator so. If you feel his selfless dedication this museum is disgraceful, tell him in person. I'm sure that will cause the federal government to give the money to you for your oil bill LOL. Bitch about the federal fund itself all you like. But to attack those who ask for some if it for local projects is idiotic. If you can't figure out why, nobody can help you.

    • statler
      November 19, 2012 - 03:41

      While i am not sticking up for shea (i never would) if this war ended up the other way around all or at least some of us would be taking orders from Obama instead of that tyrant we have in Ottawa

  • SG
    November 18, 2012 - 10:16

    (Funding for the Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum’s display on the province’s involvement in the War of 1812 at a price of $37,450 ) Where are our Government's priorities? Many on PEI can't find employment, don't know where their next meal is coming from many Veterans' can't afford medications or food and soon will only have contact with VA via Telephone! What is there to Smile About?

    • LOTS
      November 18, 2012 - 15:19

      And a beautiful smile it is, regardless. So nice to see a genuine one, and it's from PEI!