MacNaught History Centre & Archives
The MacNaught History Centre and Archives at 75 Spring Street is at the heart of Summerside’s celebration of heritage in documents and monuments. It is a gateway to discovering family connections and Island ancestors and is open year round to local residents and visitors.
Fans of history are able to travel back in time courtesy of friendly staff guiding you through a selection of PEI newspapers on microfilm, transcribed census and gravestone records, and other valuable resources. The facility has comfortable reading and microfilm rooms and a reference library of published and unpublished community histories and genealogies, all available free of charge.
Staff will introduce you to online resources on the PEI Ancestry website created and managed by Wyatt Heritage Properties. Membership is available on a yearly basis and can open the door to a variety of databases that will enhance your research. Visit www.peiancestry.com to browse.
The MacNaught History Centre is also the starting point for interpretive tours of the Wyatt House Museum and includes a small exhibit space. Displays include a gold pocket watch that belonged to Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, a collection of historical paintings and sketches by Summerside artist John Gothard Baker, and an 1867 tintype of loyalist descendant Peter Schurman displayed with the unique cane that he was leaning on for the photo.