For 18 years Marlene Campbell has been bringing historical events and stories to life for Prince Edward Island residents and tourists.
As the cultural programming coordinator at Culture Summerside she has used her considerable gifts as a writer and organizer to promote culture in that city.
Working with small budgets, a small staff and groups of volunteers, Marlene creates and stages programs and events that transport people back in time, filling their senses with the sights, sounds, and stories of the people and events that have contributed to our culture.
She has been a driving force behind the annual Summerside Historic Ghost Walk, an event that has been attracting people for 21 years.
Her accomplishments include the creation of the radio dramas on the Culture Summerside website and the staging of the Old-Fashioned Carnival hosted on the lawn of the Wyatt Heritage Properties each June.
Marlene has also written two plays, both of which were produced at the Harbourfront Theatre. The Dressing Room told the story of Summerside hometown hockey hero Paul McWilliams, while The Power of Five told the story of five island women who simultaneously held the five most powerful political positions on the Island.
She produces special events for Flag Day, presents historical dramas for the Mayor of Summerside’s annual Heritage Tea, and recently wrote a 100-year history of the Summerside Electrical Company which was published by the City of Summerside.
It’s been said that Marlene presents history in a way that is exciting, dramatic, educational and entertaining.