Fonds MHCA0020 - City of Summerside Elders Circle fonds

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City of Summerside Elders Circle fonds

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  • 1999-2001 (Creation)
    City of Summerside Elders Circle

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27 videocassettes
.01 m. textual records
1 computer diskette

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City of Summerside Elders Circle (1999-2001)

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The City of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, in co-operation with the Summerside Cultural Advisory Committee chaired by D. Allan Savidant prepared a proposal in May 1999 for submission to the Canada Millennium Partnership Program. One component of the program approved for the City was the creation of a series of videotapes featuring senior citizens recounting memories about their early lives in Summerside, or the villages of St. Eleanors or Wilmot, which were incorporated into the city in 1998. Reginald “Dutch” Thompson was contracted as an interviewer and arrangements were made with Island Cablevision Ltd., a division of Eastlink Cable Systems to become the major sponsor by providing free studio production. Twenty-eight people were interviewed between November 1999 and March 2001. Each participant received a copy of his or her interview. Island Cable edited the tapes into half-hour segments for broadcasting on its Cable 10 series called “Our Island Past.”

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The fonds consists of twenty-seven unedited videotapes of varying lengths. They were professionally produced using the facilities of Island Cable. The tapes each feature one person, with the exception of conversations with: father and son Charlie and Peter Tanton; brothers John and Tanton MacNeill; and sisters Sally Basler and Hilda (Basler) Folland. The interviews with Herb Schurman and Wylie Barrett required two videotapes. The diskette was created by interviewer Dutch Thompson to record by time code the topics covered on seventeen of the videotapes. The interviews range in time from 46 minutes to 3 hours and 37 minutes. The subjects discussed were generally of broad interest. The fonds also contains a folder containing papers relating to the creation of the tapes.

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The Historic Summerside fonds MHCA0018 describes another component of the Canada Millennium Partnership Program

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  • English

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