Confederation Chamber replica 'engaging people in new way'

A new replica of Province's House's Confederation Chamber is proving a popular attraction.

Exact copy of room where Fathers of Confederation first met drawing many visitors

A replica of the Confederation Chamber is popular with Island visitors. (Emily Baron Cadloff/CBC)

A new replica of Province's House's Confederation Chamber is proving a popular attraction.              

The Confederation Chamber is where the Fathers of Confederation first met in 1864. For the next few years, the national historic site is closed for renovations, so a replica has been set up in the upper foyer of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

And it's bringing in as many people as visited Province House.

Visitors love the fact they can actually sit around the table instead of staying behind a velvet rope, says Sean Young, the Story of Confederation's heritage content manager.

"This space is really intended to bring to light the conference in a new way. So we can have guests sitting around the table, filling in the chairs that the Fathers of Confederation might [have] sat in, and sitting around the space and really enjoying it and engaging in a new way," he said.

Many guests are relieved the replica is available for viewing, says exhibit interpreter Emma Stetson.

"Some people come especially to Prince Edward Island to see Province House and learn more about that history. So, seeing that Province House is closed, they're really happy that this space is available. They can learn more and they can learn it from a different angle as well," she said.

"Usually after my interpretation, I encourage them to go and look around the grounds of Province House. You're still able to see the outside of the building, and there are also information panels around the grounds as well."

A video presentation there about the Charlottetown Conference is also available.

The federal government spent $1 million on the project. Officials say it's important to keep telling the story of Confederation, especially with Canada's 150th anniversary coming up in 2017.


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