Showing posts with label L.M. Montgomery. Show all posts
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June 26, 2024

Royal Canadian Mint Unveils New Coin Celebrating L.M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables

Royal Canadian Mint Unveils New Coin Celebrating L.M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables

Today, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a new $1 coin that celebrates L.M. Montgomery as Canada's literary icon. The unveiling took place in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island at the Green Gables Heritage Place, the location that inspired L.M. Montgomery's most famous novel Anne of Green Gables. The release celebrates the 150th anniversary of L.M. Montgomery's birth in 1874.

This coin is the first circulation coin to honor an author. The new loonie will be entering circulation across Canada tomorrow June 27, 2024.

Royal Canadian Mint Unveils New Coin Celebrating L.M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables

The Royal Canadian Mint launched a beautiful webpage today to announce the coin. It includes biographical information on L.M. Montgomery, the beautiful collages featured in this post, as well as information on the coin's artist and design.

According to the Royal Canadian Mint website:

"Not many Canadian authors have captured the hearts and imaginations of readers quite like L. M. Montgomery. Through her beloved stories and characters, the creator of the internationally-acclaimed Anne of Green Gables has transported millions of readers, over many generations, to the little province she called home.

One of Canada’s most enduring and endearing cultural figures, Montgomery is an icon who continues to impart a lasting impression. This year, we honour her brilliant imagination and exceptional talent with a commemorative $1 circulation coin—a tribute to her life’s work."

The coin's artwork is by Brenda Jones. She's an artist from Prince Edward Island who has a connection to Anne of Green Gables. According to a "fun fact" posted on the Royal Canadian Mint website, her grandparents owned the Green Gables house.

The coin features an image of L.M. Montgomery holding a fountain pen, with a manuscript and inkwell nearby. Below her portrait is her signature and cat icon. To the left is an image of Anne Shirley looking towards patchwork quilt fields representing Prince Edward Island.

Royal Canadian Mint Unveils New Coin Celebrating L.M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables
It's a beautiful coin. I can't imagine they'll remain in circulation long. Anne fans might just pocket them all.


Official Websites:
L.M. Montgomery Literary Icon at the Royal Canadian Mint
Behind the Design: L. M. Montgomery Commemorative $1 Circulation Coin

Image credits:
Images and collages by the Royal Canadian Mint.

Created June 26, 2024.
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July 17, 2007

Confederation Centre of the Arts

Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

The Confederation Centre of the Arts is a cultural arts center located in downtown Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The Centre includes a performing arts theater and a visual arts gallery, and many of its exhibits and productions focus on Canadian identity and heritage. In 1964, Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Centre to the public. Since 1965, the Centre has hosted the annual Charlottetown Festival each summer. The Confederation Centre of the Arts holds the Guinness World Record for presenting the longest running annual musical theatre production, Anne of Green Gables — The Musical, a musical based on the novel Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

Poster for Anne of Green Gables — The Musical outside the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

Anne of Green Gables — The Musical was performed at the Confederation Centre of the Arts every summer from 1965 until 2019. In 2020, performances of the musical paused during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the musical returned to the stage in 2022. Beginning in 2024, Anne of Green Gables — The Musical will be performed every two years instead of annually.

I saw the musical at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in 2006. While I was in Charlottetown, I enjoyed waking through the main hallway of the Centre where there were several displays relating to the long-running musical. I especially liked this model of the Anne of Green Gables — The Musical set.

Anne of Green Gables — The Musical Model Set at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

There was a display with costumed mannequins depicting a scene from the musical.

Costumed mannequins depicting a scene from Anne of Green Gables — The Musical at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

The displays included several drawings of costumes designed for actors performing in the musical, such as this dress for Mrs. Sloane.

Drawing of a costume for Mrs. Sloane for Anne of Green Gables — The Musical at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

There were several posters from prior productions of Anne of Green GablesThe Musical.

Poster for production of Anne of Green Gables — The Musical at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

There was also information about the writers and musicians who brought Anne of Green Gables to the stage.

Information about how Anne of Green Gables — The Musical was brought to the stage at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

In addition, there was a display on L.M. Montgomery, the creator of Anne Shirley. Many of L.M. Montgomery's manuscripts are held by the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Display on L.M. Montgomery at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

Official Website:
Confederation Centre of the Arts

Location:
Confederation Centre of the Arts
145 Richmond St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 1J1, Canada.

Image credits:
Photographs by World of Anne Shirley.

Reference:
Longest running annual musical theatre production. Guiness World Records. Retrieved from: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/114132-longest-running-annual-musical-theatre-production

Created July 17, 2007. Last updated July 9, 2024.
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The L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island

Bronze Sculpture of L.M. Montgomery by Claude Patrice Roussel at the L.M. Montgomery Institute, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

The L.M. Montgomery Institute was founded in 1993 to promote research on the life and writings of L.M. Montgomery. It is part of the University of Prince Edward Island, a public university in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The L.M. Montgomery Institute is located in the Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island, which houses a large collection of publications and artifacts about L.M. Montgomery.

From 1893–1894, L.M. Montgomery attended school at Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. In 1969, Prince of Wales College was amalgamated with St. Dunstan's University to form the University of Prince Edward Island. The former Prince of Wales College buildings from L.M. Montgomery’s time are now part of Holland College in downtown Charlottetown.

During my visit to Prince Edward Island, I visited the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the Robertson Library. The librarian there was very kind and helpful. There was a bronze bust of L.M. Montgomery in the library by Claude Patrice Roussel.


Official Websites:
L.M. Montgomery Institute
Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island

Location:
L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Ave, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3, Canada.

Image credit:
Photograph by World of Anne Shirley.

Created July 17, 2007. Last updated July 2, 2024.
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Cavendish Cemetery

Cavendish Cemetery, grave of Lucy Maud Montgomery Macdonald and Rev. Ewen Macdonald in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

The Cavendish Cemetery is a historic cemetery in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The cemetery is the final resting place of L.M. Montgomery. She is buried alongside her husband, the Reverend Ewen Macdonald.

The entrance to the Cavendish Cemetery has a large metal archway reading, "Resting Place of L.M. Montgomery, Cavendish." The cemetery is located in walking distance from the Green Gables Heritage Place and the site of L.M. Montgomery's Cavendish Home. It is open to the public, and visitors can enter and pay their respects at L.M. Montgomery's grave.

Entry arch of the Cavendish Cemetery in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

L.M. Montgomery's mother, Clara Woolner Macneill Montgomery, is buried nearby in the Cavendish Cemetery. Clara died of tuberculosis in 1876 when L.M. Montgomery was 21 months old.

L.M. Montgomery grieved the loss of her mother throughout her life. On December 29, 1921, L.M. Montgomery wrote in her journals, "Somehow, I have an odd feeling that mother is very near me as I write. Does human personality survive death? And is it possible that when we think of our dead it summons them irresistibly to us?"

Grave of L.M. Montgomery's mother, Clara Woolner Macneill Montgomery, in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

After the death of her mother in Cavendish, L.M. Montgomery remained there with her maternal grandparents, Alexander Macneill and Lucy Woolner Macneill, who raised her at the Macneill homestead. Alexander Macneill died in 1898, and Lucy Woolner Macneill died in 1911. L.M. Montgomery's grandparents are buried next to L.M. Montgomery's mother.

Gravestone of L.M. Montgomery's maternal grandparents, Alexander Macneill and Lucy Woolner Macneill, in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley
Location:

Cavendish Cemetery
PE-13, Cavendish, PE C0A 1M0, Canada.

Image credits:
Photographs by World of Anne Shirley.

Reference:
Montgomery, L.M. The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery, Volume III: 1921-1929. ed. Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston. Oxford University Press, 1992. page 33.


Created July 17, 2007. Last updated June 28, 2024.
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Lucy Maud Montgomery Lower Bedeque School

Lucy Maud Montgomery Lower Bedeque School in Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

The Lucy Maud Montgomery Lower Bedeque School is a historical museum located in Central Bedeque, Prince Edward Island.

L.M. Montgomery taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Lower Bedeque from 1897–1898. This was her third and final teaching position. She enjoyed her time in Lower Bedeque, finding it a lively and friendly place with many young people. During L.M. Montgomery’s year in Lower Bedeque, she boarded with Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Leard. She fell in love with their son, a young farmer named Herman Leard, and wrote about him in her journals. In March 1898, L.M. Montgomery’s grandfather Alexander Macneill died, and she returned home to live with her grandmother in Cavendish.

Lucy Maud Montgomery Lower Bedeque School in Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

The Lower Bedeque School that L.M. Montgomery taught in was restored. It represents a typical one-room, country schoolhouse in Prince Edward Island in the late 1800s. You can stand at the front of the class at the podium and imagine teaching a class of students. The original desks are more than a century old and so are the slates. There are displays of old books, educational materials, and school supplies.

Lucy Maud Montgomery Lower Bedeque School in Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

There were several replica dresses on display that were worn at performances of Anne of Green Gables: The Musical. The school was registered as a Heritage Place by the province of Prince Edward Island in 2005.

Lucy Maud Montgomery Lower Bedeque School in Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

The Lower Bedeque School was originally located on Route 112. I visited the museum at its original location in 2006. In 2019, the museum was closed due to a lack of volunteers. In 2021, the entire building was moved to a new location in Central Bedeque to a park across from the Bedeque Area Historical Museum.

The Bedeque Area Historical Museum currently maintains and manages the school museum. There are several exhibits in the Lower Bedeque School, namely: Introduction to the Schoolhouse, Lucy Maud Montgomery's Time in Bedeque, Maud's Secret Bedeque Romance, Saving the Lower Bedeque School, Early Education in Prince Edward Island, and Montgomery's Loyalist Roots.

Official Website:
Lucy Maud Montgomery Lower Bedeque School at the Bedeque Area Historical Museum

Location:
Lucy Maud Montgomery Lower Bedeque School
950 Callbeck St, Bedeque, PE C0B 1C0, Canada.

Image credits:
Photographs by World of Anne Shirley.

References:
School museum where L.M. Montgomery taught forced to close its doors. (2019, June 24). CBC News. Retrieved from: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-bedeque-schoolhouse-lucy-maud-montgomery-1.5187652

P.E.I. school where L.M. Montgomery taught being moved to new site. CBC News. (2021, June 9). CBC News. Retrieved from: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-lower-bedeque-school-montgomery-moving-1.6059539

Lower Bedeque School Gets a New Home. (2021, June 1). Bedeque Area Historical Museum. Retrieved from: https://www.bedequemuseum.ca/historical-society/lower-bedeque-school-gets-a-new-home


Created July 17, 2007. Last updated June 27, 2024.
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Bideford Parsonage Museum

The Bideford Parsonage Museum in Bideford, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

The Bideford Parsonage Museum is a historical museum located in Bideford, Prince Edward Island.

L.M. Montgomery lived in this parsonage with the Reverend and Mrs. Estey from 1894–1895 while she taught in Bideford. This was L.M. Montgomery’s first teaching position after leaving Prince of Wales College. Montgomery’s early experiences as a teacher at Bideford’s one-room schoolhouse were later reflected in her portrayal of Anne Shirley’s experiences as a new teacher at the Avonlea School in Anne of Avonlea. During her time in Bideford, Montgomery wrote a great deal, but she continued to receive rejection letters for her stories.

One of the most memorable scenes from Anne of Green Gables originated from an event at the Bideford Parsonage. In chapter XXI, titled “A New Departure in Flavorings,” Anne accidentally flavors a layer cake with anodyne liniment instead of vanilla and then serves it to the minister and his wife.

L.M. Montgomery wrote about the real event that inspired Anne’s tea-time mishap in her autobiography The Alpine Path:

“The notable incident of the liniment cake happened when I was teaching school in Bideford and boarding at the Methodist parsonage there. Its charming mistress flavoured a layer cake with anodyne liniment one day. Never shall I forget the taste of that cake and the fun we had over it, for the mistake was not discovered until tea-time. A strange minister was there to tea that night. He ate every crumb of his piece of cake. What he thought of it we never discovered. Possibly he imagined it was simply some new-fangled flavouring.”

The Bideford parsonage served as the home to many clergy members until it passed into private hands. In 1999, members of the local community came together to obtain provincial government funding to purchase, preserve, and carefully restore the parsonage. The museum opened in the year 2000, after which restoration of the building continued to return the structure to its appearance in the late 1890s.

The museum is now filled with information on the culture and lifestyle of the era, and it holds many artifacts contributed by the community. Along with learning about the time period, you can view L.M. Montgomery’s old bedroom (pictured below) and look out the window, which faces the bay.

L.M. Montgomery's old bedroom at the Bideford Parsonage Museum in Bideford, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

Here's the lovely view of the bay from the yard of the Bideford Parsonage Museum:

View of the water from the Bideford Parsonage Museum in Bideford, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

Official Website:
Bideford Parsonage Museum

Location:
Bideford Parsonage Museum
North Cape Coastal Drive, 784 Bideford Road, Rte 166, Bideford, PE C0B 1J0, Canada.

Image credits:
Photographs by World of Anne Shirley.

Reference:
Montgomery, L.M. The Alpine Path. Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited, 1997. pages 74–75.

Created July 17, 2007. Last updated June 26, 2024.
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Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace

Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace in New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

The Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace is a historical museum located in New London, Prince Edward Island.

L.M. Montgomery was born in this house on November 30, 1874. Her parents, Hugh and Clara Montgomery, lived here after their marriage and during L.M. Montgomery’s infancy. Sadly, Clara died of tuberculosis when L.M. Montgomery was just 21 months old. After her mother’s death, L.M. Montgomery was raised by her maternal grandparents, Alexander and Lucy Macneill, in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

At the time of L.M. Montgomery’s birth, the town of New London was called Clifton. Her birthplace overlooks the New London Harbour and sand dunes, which feature in Montgomery's writings. L.M. Montgomery described her first home in her journals as a yellowish-brown house, but it is currently painted white and green, similar to Green Gables.

The house is now a small museum where visitors can explore Montgomery's first home, including the bedroom she was born in (shown below).

The bedroom where Clara Montgomery gave birth to her daughter Lucy Maud Montgomery at the Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace in New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

The house has been furnished with non-original Victorian pieces to give visitors a sense of what the home might have looked like at the time of Montgomery’s birth. There are quilts, flowers made from human hair, and a stove and cooking utensils from the time period.

The special exhibits include a replica of L.M. Montgomery's wedding dress, veil, and shoes from her marriage to Ewen MacDonald.

Photograph of a replica of L.M. Montgomery's wedding gown and accessories at the Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace in New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

The Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace also displays her personal scrapbooks from the time when she was a student at Prince of Wales College and from her years as a teacher and writer. The scrapbooks contain copies of her stories and poems, mementos, and personal treasures that she saved.

Photograph of L.M. Montgomery's scrapbooks at the Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace in New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada, photograph copyright World of Anne Shirley

Throughout the museum, there are articles, rare books, dolls, press clippings, photos and memorabilia related to L.M. Montgomery’s life and legacy.

Official Website:
Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace

Location:
Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace
6461 PE-20, New London, PE C0A 1M0, Canada. At the intersection of Routes 6 and 20.

Image credits:
Photographs by World of Anne Shirley.

Created July 17, 2007. Last updated June 25, 2024.
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