Sunday, July 16th: Speaker Dr David Keenlyside – “The Island’s First Peoples”. David is an archaeologist and has made an extensive study of artefacts belonging to the Aboriginal People of Prince Edward Island. His talk will cover an astounding 12 000 years of history, focussing on technologies developed by the First People, as they adapted to the changes in landscape and ecosystems, in the Maritimes.
Sunday, July 30th: Dr Silé Post, “Macphail’s Homesteading Lifestyle: A Model for Modern Island Living”. Silé will talk about the local, rural, homesteading lifestyle, advocated throughout Macphail’s published works as a vision for Island living today. A tour of the Homestead’s Heritage/Heirloom Gardens will follow the presentation. Silé planned and helped plant the Homestead gardens and has used them to demonstrate some interesting ideas to help gardeners use nature to their advantage instead of being reliant on chemicals and fertilisers.
Sunday, August 13th: Deirdre Kessler, “Sir Andrew Macphail and L.M. Montgomery: The Emotional Textures of the Lives of Two Distinguished Islanders,” Deirdre, our Island’s current Poet Laureate will provide glimpses into the lives, poetry and the writings of Macphail and Montgomery. Both authors were of Scottish descent, and many parallels can be drawn from their upbringing, Montgomery by her strict Presbyterian grandparents, Alexander and Lucy Woolner Macneill and Macphail by his schoolmaster father William and his mother Catherine Moore Smith McPhail.
Sunday, August 27th: Dr Ryan O’Connor will present, “The 1971 National Farmers Union Highway Demonstration.”
On August 12, 1971, hundreds of PEI farmers boarded their tractors and proceeded to bring traffic to a halt on the province’s major roadways. Held during the peak of the tourism season, the demonstration continued for ten days. This talk examines the highway demonstration’s inspiration, context and consequences. Ryan’s PhD is in Canadian history, with expertise in the history of environmental activism in Canada and the United States.
We will start with a nutritious and delicious brunch (a loaded Island Breakfast with ham and bacon from Taylor’s meats, home-made baked beans, eggs etc. We can accommodate dietary restrictions.) Serving will begin at 11 am. Once you have dined, the talk will commence. The meal will be served in the room that once hosted Steven Leacock, Earl Grey, Lucy Maud Montgomery and John McCrea at the same time, as guests of Sir Andrew Macphail.
The cost is $25.00 ($20 for members and residents of Orwell and Kings County).
Please call the Macphail Homestead at 902-651-2789 to make your reservation.