P.G. Heritage Commission’s Special Centennial Website Goes Live
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 email@example.com.