Historical & Literary Personations
Peter Pacey has been working in the field of Heritage Interpretation for over 25 years and has developed a unique approach to first person interpretation which he has dubbed Personations. These are characterizations or impersonations of important historical figures who can make personal appearances at all kinds of special events and historical re-enactments.
Pacey has an interesting array of characters in his cannon including: John James Audubon, the noted bird painter; Sir Howard Douglas, early Governor of New Brunswick; Sir William Cornelius VanHorne, Canadian Pacific Railway magnate; Abraham Gesner, inventor of kerosene; and Lord Beaverbrook, benefactor and financial wizard. Pacey has also developed personations of noted Canadian poet Bliss Carman, and Edward Winslow, an eye-witness to history and key leader of the Loyalist cause.
Personations are a great way to bring "pomp and circumstance" to events, and the appearance can take on a formal air with a podium speech or it can take the form of an informal mingling with guests in-character. Fees for such appearances depend on the nature of the appearance, the size of the audience and the duration of the performance.