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Celebrate history and heritage with ‘living room’ edition of Flashback February

Celebrate Prince Edward County’s history and heritage from the comfort of your home next week with virtual talks, games and tours.

The County Museums are celebrating Heritage Week with the fourth annual Flashback February events Feb. 15-20 with a full program of activities participants can enjoy from their home.

“We’ve moved everything online so our community can still enjoy quality heritage-focused experiences from the comfort and safety of home,” said Jessica Chase, Assistant Curator with the County Museums.

Flashback February kicks off Family Day (Monday, Feb. 15) with an online mystery “A Timeless Gathering at Macaulay House.” Participants will interact with costumed characters through their screens to identify clues and unravel riddles in an effort to solve a mystery. There are four presentations: 11 am and 1 pm are family-friendly, while 3 pm and 7 pm are for ages 16+.

Chase will host a live-streamed edition of the popular Graveyard and Gallows tour in partnership with the Prince Edward Historical Society Feb. 19. An experienced guide will take participants on a virtual winter walk through the graveyard at the former St. Mary Magdalene Church and through the Picton Courthouse to view the exercise yards, jail cells and gallows while hearing the story of Peter Lazier’s murder and the infamous double hanging of the accused.

The Flashback February schedule also includes:
The Arrow’s Secret – A limited edition play-at-home escape game from Escape Camp Picton, available for home delivery.
Six unique Facebook Live events from the Seventh Town Historical Society, including a tour of impressive County homes, a history of the local Women’s Institute, and a primer on how to do effective detective work when researching the history of your County property.
A conversation with Melissa Mikel from the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies about post-Second World War Canadian connections to the Holocaust.
Author and esteemed gardener Lorraine Johnson will present on the value of including native plants in one’s garden.
The Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee presents Kendra Fry of the National Trust, who will discuss how people can (and must) re-imagine heritage spaces to ensure their survival.
The South Shore Joint Initiative presents a walk with local architect Edwin Rouse regarding the philosophies and principles related to the restoration of heritage properties.
Local naturalist Terry Sprague will speak on Prince Edward County’s natural wonders, presented by The Friends of Wellers Bay.

Many of the events are free of charge, while signature events are minimal cost and are best viewed with the Flashback Pass as an option for those interested in exploring multiple events. For $40, passholders have access to four signature events: A Timeless Gathering at Macaulay House, In Conversation with Melissa Mikel, Lorraine Johnson: Native Plants for Your Garden, and the Livestreamed Graveyard and Gallows Tour.

For tickets and event information, visit FlashbackFebruary.com. Advance reservations or ticket purchases are required for some events.

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