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Sa­muel Hol­land book launch set for Mon­day in Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/ENTERTAINMENT -

Hol­land Col­lege will host a lunch time launch and book sign­ing for Sa­muel Hol­land: His Work and Legacy on Prince Ed­ward Is­land, writ­ten by Earle Lockerby and Doug Sobey on Mon­day, July 6, at noon in the Cen­tre for Ap­plied Science and Tech­nol­ogy on the Prince of Wales Cam­pus in Char­lot­te­town. Re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided.

The book, a co-pub­li­ca­tion of Is­land Stud­ies Press at UPEI and Hol­land Col­lege, is the de­fin­i­tive work re­gard­ing the 18th cen­tury surveyor’s map­ping of Prince Ed­ward Is­land, said Ed Mac­Don­ald, pro­fes­sor of history at UPEI.

“Sa­muel Hol­land changed the course of P.E.I.'s history with this map. This book tells us how."

This year marks the 250th an­niver­sary of the com­ple­tion of Hol­land’s sur­vey of the Is­land, and the book is be­ing re­leased to co­in­cide with sev­eral events tak­ing place the first week­end of July, in­clud­ing the open­ing of Im­pe­rial De­signs: Sa­muel Hol­land’s 1765 Map and the Mak­ing of Prince Ed­ward Is­land at Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts. Hol­land cre­ated the first truly mod­ern, ac­cu­rate map of the Is­land.

The map is housed and was re­stored at The Na­tional Ar­chives in Kew, United King­dom, and is re­turn­ing to Prince Ed­ward Is­land for the sum­mer for the first time in 250 years.

Hol­land Col­lege vice pres­i­dent Michael O’Grady said the cop­ub­li­ca­tion of the book, the first time the col­lege and UPEI have col­lab­o­rated on such a pro­ject, was one way for Hol­land Col­lege to pay trib­ute to its name­sake.

“Hol­land Col­lege has al­ways been proud to bear the name of such an ac­com­plished tech­ni­cian and teacher. This year, we have been pleased to strengthen the as­so­ci­a­tion we have to Sa­muel Hol­land."

Co-Au­thors Earle Lockerby and Doug Sobey have strong ties to the Is­land. Lockerby was born and raised in Hamil­ton, P.E.I., and spent his work­ing life as a chem­i­cal engi­neer in the nu­clear power in­dus­try, pri­mar­ily in On­tario.

Since his re­tire­ment in 1996, Lockerby has been spe­cial­iz­ing in 18th-cen­tury Mar­itime history, par­tic­u­larly that of Prince Ed­ward Is­land. He is pub­lished in many jour­nals and his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­od­i­cals, and pub­lished De­por­ta­tion of the Prince Ed­ward Is­land Aca­di­ans in 2008. He is also co-au­thor of Jeremiah Ban­croft at Fort Beauséjour & Grand-Pré, which was short­listed for an At­lantic Book Award in the cat­e­gory of schol­arly writ­ing.

Doug Sobey, born and raised in Summerside, is re­tired from the Univer­sity of Ul­ster, where he spent his teach­ing ca­reer spe­cial­iz­ing in en­vi­ron­men­tal bi­ol­ogy and ecol­ogy at var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tion in North­ern Ire­land.

Sobey’s re­search in­ter­ests are in the field of for­est ecol­ogy and for­est history, and since 1992 he has been re­search­ing the present forests of the Is­land and their past history. This has in­volved ex­ten­sive study of early de­scrip­tions of the forests and of early sur­vey records and maps. His re­search has been pub­lished in Cana­dian jour­nals and in The Is­land Mag­a­zine, and P.E.I. gov­ern­ment publi­ca­tions. He is a re­cip­i­ent of the J. An­gus Ma­clean Award from the Is­land Na­ture Trust and the Nat­u­ral Her­itage Ac­tiv­ity Award from the P.E.I. Mu­seum and Her­itage Foun­da­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about this year’s cel­e­bra­tion of the Hol­land Map, visit www.samuel­hol­land250.ca.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Sa­muel Hol­land: His Work and Legacy on Prince Ed­ward Is­land, writ­ten by Earle Lockerby, right, and Doug Sobey will be launched on Mon­day, July 6, at noon in the Cen­tre for Ap­plied Science and Tech­nol­ogy on the Prince of Wales Cam­pus in Char­lot­te­town.

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