L.M. Montgomery Institute of U.P.E.I.
Tourism Region: Charlotte's Shore
The L.M. Montgomery Institute was founded in 1993 and is located on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). The L.M. Montgomery Institute promotes scholarly inquiry into the life, works, culture, and influence of L.M. Montgomery and encourages the informed celebration of one of Canada's most famous and beloved authors.
The L.M. Montgomery Institute is the only place in the world that possesses a complete collection of North American, British, and Australian first editions of Montgomery's works. The Institute also has a growing collection of international Montgomery books, first and early edition publications of L.M. Montgomery's novels as well as letters, a bedspread, photos and other Montgomery ephemera.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: several hundred
We are gradually creating an archive of articles and photographs related to Montgomery research and events.
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Currently we own two objects: a large knitted and crocheted bedspread made by L.M. Montgomery; and Montgomery's Japanese kimono.
The University of Prince Edward Island would qualify here, but the LMMI really would not.
Services & Activities
The Institute will assist individuals in their research and study of Montgomery in any way they can. We also offer assistance through biennial international conferences and through scholarly publications and multi-media projects, such as our Virtual Museum of Canada partnership exhibition on L.M. Montgomery which is available from August 2002 until August 2007.
The L.M. Montgomery Institute is happy to respond to research questions and general inquiries about Montgomery's life and works. We answer inquiries through the mail, by telephone, and through the internet. We support research publications and research projects and may participate in the launching of appropriate Montgomery programs.
Other: We created an information-rich CD-ROM to assist research and study concerning Montgomery. We are partners in the VMC exhibition on Montgomery's Personal Scrapbooks and Book Covers, meant to stimulate interest in Canadian history and life as well as Montgomery specific life, times, and imagination.
Online courses in literature, writing, and grammar are offered through the L.M. Montgomery Institute. A credit course on Montgomery is also available through UPEI every year. The CD-ROM "The Bend in the Road" was designed to be used in classrooms at all levels; the VMC web site is intended for cultural tourists and for all ages of students. We offer international biennial conferences on Montgomery and encourage the publication of scholarly articles and books.
Classes or Workshops
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Other: June 2002 saw the first course focused on creative writing through the LMMI. This creative writing course/workshop features an intensive in-person week-long workshop and two weeks of on-line follow-up with instructors. We have offered ESL workshops for Japanese, using Montgomery works and sites as aids for learning English. Each spring we encourage senior Island high school students to enter a writing contest on Montgomery; we select a winner; the winner receives a 1000 dollar Avery Scholarship (privately donated) to enter UPEI as a possible English major (the scholarship is named after the one Anne won in Anne of Green Gables but was unable to take up).
Most of our work is done through the internet, in classrooms, in public lecture spaces, through publications, and in conferences. Those who come to see us find display cases and some Montgomery treasures. We work in co-operation with the Robertson Library of UPEI to create displays of Montgomery materials and we house very rare books in their climate-controlled environment for use by readers from the public.
Accessible by Public Transportation
Other Guided Tours: Any of the few visitors who visit us in person in the office would be guided by our Director or Research Assistant.
The LMMI does not offer food services itself. Instead, it directs people to UPEI campus services, as outlined below.
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Publications & Products
CD-ROM (2000) The Bend in the Road: An Invitation to the World and Work of L.M. Montgomery (over 300 screens, 200 photographs, 30 video clips, 100 pages of text, interviews and more)--this multiple-award-winning CD-ROM is available through our web site; U of Toronto Press (1999) L.M. Montgomery and Canadian Culture--a book of critical essays (more than two thousand sold); support for a new collection: U of T Press (fall 2002) Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture; the LMMI founder is curator for the Virtual Museum of Canada exhibition: Picturing a Canadian Life: L.M. Montgomery's Personal Scrapbooks and Book Covers, to be launched on 30 August 2002 (LMMI offered administrative assistance, research, permissions for special footage, data wrangling, design elements, script); in our new web site, we plan to create some virtual exhibition space and feature acquisitions and discoveries.