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P.G. Heritage Commission’s Special Centennial Website Goes Live

Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 12:13 PM

pg100iconsPrince George, B.C.-Want to  know  what  makes  Prince George  special?  The Prince George Heritage Commission  has  100  different  ideas.

The Prince George Heritage Commission’s centennial project “100 Iconic Prince George People, Places, and Objects” is a web page  on the Exploration Place’s web site that  presents  images and notes of  each and  every one of the 100  people,  places and things that are special  to  Prince George.

“Working on this project has been fascinating. We wanted to tell the story of our City using captivating images with short descriptions to make our history interesting and accessible,” says Jeff Elder, Chair of the Heritage Commission. “We couldn’t include everything – the web project focuses more on Prince George’s first 50 years, but we also included significant recent events like the 2015 Canada Winter Games and the opening of UNBC.”

From  Six Mile Mary,  the Little Prince steam train, reaction ferry at Miworth and the 2400 year old elk fossil found during the dig to build the Parkwood  centre ,the  website offers  images and information for visitors to discover.

The website also notes plenty of firsts for Prince George,  from the first plane to land (it landed on what is now highway 97 and Central),  the first train to arrive, and the first apartment building that was built.

Elder says  work on the project started late  last year ” We got the idea from  something the Royal Museum of B.C. did with a 100 objects,  so we broadened it to people places and objects.  We knew  there were a lot of fascinating objects in the Exploration Place archives, many which people hadn’t seen, so we  had a professional photographer photograph them as well.”

Some of the objects were particularly special says Elder “Things like the trumpet which belonged to Jack Aiken. He  had played (the trumpet) between the World Wars  and was killed in  World War II  and  seeing that leather  case and the worn strap, and  so on,  it was really a poignant object.”

But the work is not over says Elder  as he knows  there will be other ideas of people places and objects which  helped shape Prince George ” We do hope to  include other items, I am  sure there are other things that should be on there and that’s the nice thing, we  can update and keep the site fresh as well.”

You can   access the site by clicking here,  or by clicking on the image  at the top of this story.

You can submit your ideas  for  future  inclusion   to  pg100@princegeorge.ca.




I like some of the early Prince George pictures. I have seen them before, but the quality is better than then they used to be on the Exploration Place site.

I noticed once reference to Fort George Park. There might be others. I do not remember where that park is or was.

It would be great if they could one day move Saint Pius X Catholic Church, to downtown, as a museum for this city. It’s a big part of the native history here as well, perhaps they could kick in money one day to help restore that building. (That , of course, will never happen)

Put it beside exploration place. How on earth that building is still standing, with the the local hillbillies running around with gasoline, ammunition and banjos, is amazing.

gopg2015… funny… fort george park is the one that was recently hijacked by Krause with no input from us voters.. I am sure that rings a bell to you now :)

Also I think just a little attachement stating of the name change is sufficient to let anyone know about it.

That was a tongue-in-cheek remark I wrote. I should have posted a picture of me with tongue clearly in cheek. LOL

PG101 > so, we rename a park and in return we get to steal a church. Interesting proposition.

How about we give the First Nations some money form the local Casino to restore the Church and bring the stained glass that is held by the Exploration Place back to the church.

You are not related to Murray Krause by any chance, are you?

I think it is time for the Lheidli T’enneh to visit the Lummi Indian Band reservation in Whatcom county and learn from them how it is done.

In fact we all should. It is an eye opener for sure.

BTW, the good father Coccola spent tons of government money on this monument for his flock instead of providing better quality building materials for their houses.

Here is the Lummi Indian Band’s church which was built around the same time and they still use > seattlearchdiocese.org/Directory/ParishDetail.aspx?ID=16

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