As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Summerside heritage and cultural treasures, the Wyatt House and the Lefurgey House, Culture Summerside will host an open house as part of the nationwide culture days held the last week-end of September.
Culture Days is a leading national voice for an active and engaged cultural life. Over the three days, September 29, 30 and October 1st, millions of Canadians from coast to coast engage in thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations and municipalities in communities across Canada.
Culture Summerside will participate on the final day, Sunday, October 1. Both houses will be open to the public from 2 pm to 5pm with an offering of activities. Guided tours of the Wyatt House, which has served as a house museum since 2000, will be offered at 2, 3 and 4pm. The museum is considered one of the most unique house museums in Canada in that the house and its entire collection came as one in a gift to the city by the foundation of the late Doctor Wanda Lefurgey Wyatt. The house is also interpreted through the lives of the Wyatt women. People wishing to take the tour should arrive at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre, ten minutes prior to tour time.
The Gothic Revival Lefurgey House, once the home of Wanda’s grandparents, has served the Summerside community as a cultural center since the mid-1960s, again thanks to Wanda Wyatt. Since May it has housed the 150th anniversary exhibit. Twenty local artists were invited to interpret through a visual work, an artifact in the Wyatt collection for an exhibit that will draw to a close following Culture Days. Over the summer visitors to the Wyatt House have enjoyed viewing the exhibit and then searching for the inspiring artifacts during a house tour.
Island artist Maurice Bernard who has had an art studio in Lefurgey since 1984 will welcome visitors to tour and chat about his art. The Lefurgey Cultural Centre is located at the corner of Granville Street and Prince Street (205 Prince) in Summerside. The Wyatt House, located at 85 Spring Street, shares the same lawn.
Lori Ellis, manager of Culture Summerside, encourages both locals and visitors to come discover one component of Summerside’s rich cultural content. “Thanks to the foresight of people such as Wanda Wyatt, the citizens of today have the opportunity to be part of a thriving cultural community. We want them to immerse themselves in the offerings.