Category Archives: Everything Was Once New

Opening Doors to the Past

Tony Gallant is a freelance photographer with a keen interest in documenting local history. He has lived most of his life in Prince County at the western end of Canada’s smallest province and birthplace of Confederation, Prince Edward Island.


In 2012 Tony began documenting properties that have been abandoned – and continue to disappear from the landscape. He describes these dilapidated old houses, barns and buildings as “little time capsules dotted all across our Island.”

Tony and his wife Judy live on a three-acre woodlot in Brockton and have raised four children: Cory, Jamie, Amy Lynn, and Tyler.

Mr. Gallant’s show Door to the Past opens at The Guild on August 10th.

From Sea to Shining Sea (On Dry Land)

‘From Sea to Shining Sea’ Historic Vignette

Location: Richmond Street side of Province House, Rain location: Confederation Chamber exhibition located in the Upper Foyer of Confederation Centre.

Hours of Operation: Daily historic vignette runs at 12:50 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.


In addition to the daily historic vignette, the Confederation Players will be offering guided walking tours, beginning July 2nd. See schedule and details below:

(Departing from the Visitor Information Centre, 178 Water St.)

· 10 a.m.-11 a.m. – Tuesday to Saturday – Historic Great George Tour

· 2 p.m.-3 p.m. – Wednesday to Saturday – Visite guidée de la rue Great George

· 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. – Tuesday to Saturday – Historic Great George Tour

(Departing from the 1864 sculpture beside Province House)

· 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – Friday to Saturday – La place historique Queen

· 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. – Tuesday-Saturday – Queen Square Tour


Experience the Confederation Players

Confederation Chamber Experience

Location: Confederation Centre Upper Foyer
Hours of Operation:
June: 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Mon. to Sat.; Closed Sunday
July and August: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon. to Sat.; 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday


Cost: free of charge. The Chamber visitor experience includes the following:

A stunning replica of the historical Confederation Chamber where the Fathers of Confederation met during the Charlottetown Conference; Parks Canada’s new 20-minute film ‘Building of Destiny’ which transports viewers back in time to the first eight days in September 1864 when history was made at Province House that would change the face of North America. This film also showcases related themes, including the First Nations context at the time of Confederation and the role of women in Victorian society.

A short film about the role of Confederation Centre of the Arts as Canada’s national living memorial to the Fathers of Confederation.

Historic vignettes from the Confederation Players.

Guided interpretation of the exhibition, which includes a few original artifacts from the Confederation Chamber.

The Story of Confederation is Back

While Province House is closed and as we lead towards the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Parks Canada and Confederation Centre are committed to telling the story of Province House. This year again, The Story of Confederation program will be back on the historic grounds surrounding Province House and at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

This program offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Province House National Historic Site and the 1864 Charlottetown Conference while Province House is closed for conservation work.

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This year, The Story of Confederation features some new programming, including a new Parks Canada Explorers booklet which is always popular with kids, and the return of the popular Confederation Players who make regular Chamber visits throughout their day.

The Parks Canada film ‘A Building of Destiny’, which tells the story of Province House and the Charlottetown Conference, won second place in the Interpretation Canada Awards of Excellence this year. This film may be purchased at The Showcase Gift Shop here at the Centre.

21st Century Tintypes Capture Time and Place

Many visitors to last year’s Art in the Open festival will remember Karen Stentaford‘s travelling photo studio, which was located at Government Pond. The Sackville-based photographer, an instructor at Mount Allison University, spent eight hours demonstrating the 19th century tintype technique and took pictures of dozens of visitors using a now-rare photographic process. The results of this work will feature as part of a survey of Stentaford’s photography at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery entitled Island Types, now open in the Entrance Gallery as part of the RBC Emerging Artist Series.


“The response to Karen Stentaford’s work was incredibly positive in Charlottetown,” says Gallery Curator Pan Wendt, “and we decided to give her a show that demonstrates the range of her practice. It will not only give insight into the various experiments that the artist is making with photographic techniques, but it will be exciting to now see on the gallery walls what she produced here on P.E.I. last summer.”

Stentaford, originally from Newfoundland but now teaching photography at her alma mater in Sackville, N.B., is interested in using archaic and experimental techniques to capture a sense of place. The work on display in Island Types is culled from her travels to various islands – Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and Iceland – and combines portraiture and landscape. Stentaford’s work uses a variety of techniques and materials ranging from archaic tintypes to digital photography to glass-based negatives. She will even be displaying a series of photographs developed in salt water.

The Art Gallery is open Monday-Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.