SUMMERSIDE, PEI — The Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce celebrates the discovery of historic business records dating back to the 1900s.
The documents date back to January 24, 1900, and detail the organization of the chamber, known at the time as the Summerside Board of Trade.
The documents, which are written in clear handwriting, detail the activities of local business people in Summerside over the years and contain notable Summerside names such as Robert Holman, JE Lefurgy and Neil McQuarrie.
Additionally, the book contains records of partnerships with local government, fur exports and other markets and the thoughts of businessmen during this time.
The Chamber, the McNaught History Center and the City of Summerside Archives coordinate to ensure the information in the records is preserved.
House Speaker Blake Doyle said the records provide an invaluable window in time, providing insight into some of the decisions that shaped Summerside.
“As you read, it becomes apparent that these decisions were not always hard and fast, but often debated and contested and hard-won victories,” Doyle said.
“It reminds us of the great courage, creativity and cooperation needed for entrepreneurs to succeed, no matter how long they work.
To celebrate, the chamber is hosting an 1980s and 1990s-themed DJ dance party.
The dance will take place in the Sunset Room on Thursday, September 29 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Tickets can be purchased online.