Discover the fascinating connection between Lucy Maud Montgomery and the postal service

July 4, 2012


For immediate release

 Gatineau, Quebec, July 4, 2012 — Are you planning on visiting the world of Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island this summer? If so, you don’t want to miss the exhibition Yours sincerely, L. M. Montgomery presented on the first floor of the Cavendish Post Office, Cavendish, PEI.  

Produced by the Canadian Postal Museum at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and in collaboration with Canada Post, Yours sincerely, L. M. Montgomery invites visitors to discover the fascinating connection between this illustrious Canadian writer and the postal service. Taking advantage of her job at the family’s post office, Lucy Maud Montgomery discretely mailed the manuscript of her famous novel to several publishers. In 1908, L .C. Page & Company of Boston, Massachusetts printed the first edition of Anne of Green Gables.   

This recently updated exhibition invites visitors to follow the writer’s manuscripts as they travelled through the postal system. Many objects from the Canadian Postal Museum’s collection illustrate Lucy Maud Montgomery’s work as an assistant postmaster.  

“The Canadian Postal Museum is proud to partner with Canada Post to provide visitors to the Cavendish Post Office with a unique look into the life of one of Canada’s most beloved authors”, said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. “The presentation of these unique objects, as well as the story they tell and in the setting where this story unfolded, helps us to reach out to Canadians wherever they may live.”  

Despite its distinctly Canadian setting, Anne of Green Gables has fascinated readers the world over. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novels have captivated, in particular, the imagination of the Japanese. Since 1952, Montgomery’s works have been included in the school curriculum. Every year thousands of Japanese tourists visit Anne’s fictional home, the famous Green Gables.  

Still planning your holidays? You can get a sneak peek of Yours sincerely, L. M. Montgomery online! View the video explaining the fascinating connection between Lucy Maud Montgomery and the postal service. 

The Canadian Postal Museum, located within the Canadian Museum of Civilization, has a mandate to collect, research and interpret the material heritage of postal communications for Canadians young and old. It is the only museum in Canada dedicated solely to this subject. Canada Post is the Presenting Sponsor of the Canadian Postal Museum.  

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