Government of Canada commemorates Leaskdale Manse, once home to Lucy Maud Montgomery

    LEASKDALE, ON, June 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda,
Minister of International Cooperation and local Member of Parliament for
Durham, today unveiled an Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque
commemorating Leaskdale Manse as a National Historic Site.
    "As the home to Lucy Maud Montgomery during a prolific period of her
writing career, Leaskdale Manse symbolizes an important part of Canada's
history," said Minister Oda. "Our Government is proud to commemorate and
preserve its place in Canada's vast and rich cultural heritage as part of the
centenary festivities of the Lucy Maud Montgomery most famous work, Anne of
Green Gables."
    Built circa 1886, Leaskdale Manse became the first of three homes lived
in by L.M. Montgomery after her marriage to Ewan Macdonald, a Presbyterian
minister. Her new home in Ontario was the centre around which her personal and
professional world pivoted for years. It was the place where her children were
born and spent their early years; the place where she wrote 11 of the 20 books
she had published during her lifetime; and where she wrote in her journals of
people, events and situations, vividly documenting an era.
    In 1993, the Township of Uxbridge purchased the Manse and is presently
restoring it to present the years of L. M. Montgomery's residency.

    Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises
the Minister of the Environment regarding the national historic significance
of places, people and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement
of a commemorative plaque represents an official recognition of historic
value. It is one means of informing the public about the richness of our
cultural heritage, which must be preserved for present and future generations.

For further information:

For further information: Colin Old, Communications Officer, Central
Ontario Field Unit, Parks Canada, (705) 687-4261, extension 24; Peter Frood,
Superintendent, Central Ontario Field Unit, Parks Canada, (705) 750-4919;
Joanna Bailey, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of International
Cooperation, (819) 953-6283; (Also available on the Internet at
under Media Room.)

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