Lecture 1 – Introduction to Meacham’s 1880 Atlas
Monday April 29 at 7:30 PM, Carriage House at Beaconsfield
Meacham’s Atlas is a huge folio volume of nearly 200 pages, packed full of maps and various illustrations. In this lecture Reg Porter will explore the contents of the Atlas and with illustrations identify many of the varied ways the volume can be used to study PEI history and the evolution of its topography. The nature of the 67 Lot maps will be explored to show the vast amount of information they contain about individual properties, harbours, railways, schools and churches.
Image cf. www.islandimagined.ca
Lecture 2 – Studying PEI Architectural History in Meacham’s Atlas.
Monday May 13 at 7:30 PM, Carriage House at Beaconsfield
There are over 125 fine lithographic prints, often in bird’s-eye view format, of homes, both urban and rural, across the Island. These pictures are not only of interest as works of art but they also contain a vast amount of information about the evolution of domestic architecture on the Island as well as the physical arrangement of many kinds of farms scattered throughout the countryside. Using these lithographs and supplementing them with modern photos of the buildings that still exist, the lecturer will trace the evolution of architecture on the island from colonial times to 1880.
Sample image from inside Altas.
Lecture 3 – The Church Illustrations in Meacham’s Atlas.
Monday May 27 at 7:30 PM, Carriage House at Beaconsfield
Among the nearly 150 illustrations of buildings found in Meacham’s Atlas only seven of them are churches and this presents something of an enigma. Why are all of them Catholic churches and why is one of them not yet constructed? Why are they all in the remote countryside and why are a number of very fine urban churches ignored? Using the lithographs from Meacham Reg Porter will identify these churches, discuss their significance and show contemporary photos of those buildings that yet remain.
Sample map from inside Atlas - Lots 17