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History Moments launch at the Regent Friday

As part of Flashback February celebrations of Heritage Week in Prince Edward County (Feb.17 – 25th), History Lives Here Inc. will launch its seventh series of the popular History Moments vignettes.

The series launch will be part of a film fest event Friday, Feb. 23rd starting at 1 pm at The Regent Theatre in Picton showcasing three County-made productions on local heritage themes.

House of Falconer is a short documentary by Mark Staunton, of Crow Street Films in Bloomfield, about the efforts of local resident Alex Fida, to restore the historic Downes-Falconer House in Picton.

Excerpts from the feature documentary, Sponsorland by Toronto filmmaker Michele Hozer of The Cutting Factory, will also be shown. This documentary explores the experiences of a Syrian family of refugees and their local sponsors as the family begins a new life in Prince Edward County.

This year’s edition of The History Moments features 10 more short stories including the tale of Jennie Creighton of Cressy who journeyed to Watertown, New York in the late 1860s to take a dressmaking course. She met a young drug store clerk named Frank Woolworth, and together they started the Woolworth chain of five and dime stores.

The series also tells the story of Mohawk leader Molly Brant of Kingston, the shipbuilding industry in Trenton during the Second World War, and the World War One aviation training camp at Deseronto, Camp Rathbun.

A tribute to the late Grant Howes, the founder of The County Cider Company is also included in the series.

There is also a feature drawn from producer Peter Lockyer’s own family, which tells the story of a collection of letters kept within his family for more than100 years to remember a relative who died at age nineteen at the battle of Hill 70 in France in August 1917.

“There is history all around us,” said Lockyer. “It’s important to capture this history before it is lost to time. It’s also useful to be able to learn from the past when we face contemporary issues such as our involvement in new conflicts and our relationships with each other and the rest of the world. History isn’t a static thing. We believe our series, the works of other accomplished local producers, and this year’s celebration of County heritage will contribute to valuing history as another mainstay of the community’s appeal as a very special place.

Click here to visit Lockyer’s History Lives Here website for a look a vignettes from previous years.

Tickets are $15 (plus tax) and can be purchased at The Regent Box Office or online at www.theregenttheatre.org |
Click here for information on events during Flashback February.

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