- Three New National History Awards Announced -
LONDON, ON, April 13 /CNW/ - Canada is defined by the diversity of
languages, cultures and histories within our communities. Every
community across this country has a unique story to share about its
proud heritage, whether it's the birthplace of Louis Riel in the
historic French community of St. Boniface, Manitoba; the oral histories
of Chinese Canadians during the exclusion period; or the ghostly tales
of Huggabone's Hill in London, Ontario that are still recounted more
than 150 years later.
In order to recognize innovative efforts to present history in our
community, and to enrich our national history with more of Canada's
storied people and events, Canada's History Society in partnership with
the Canadian Museums Association is launching three new history awards
The first award, "History Alive!", will be presented annually by the
Canadian Museums Association for programs and presentations developed
by museums and art galleries across the country. Details for this new
award will be announced at the Canadian Museums Association's annual
conference in London, Ontario.
"We are pleased to participate in the Canada's History Awards program.
Our cultural institutions play a vital role in preserving, presenting,
and commemorating our history. This new award will bring well-deserved
recognition for the many ways our dedicated professionals give
relevance and meaning to the past in our communities today," noted John
McAvity, Executive Director of the Canadian Museums Association.
"Teachers, historians, and popular writers and producers of history
will also benefit from having an annual opportunity to learn more about
our activities, and explore more ways of working with us to strengthen
public history programming."
Two other community history awards that celebrate programming developed
by volunteer-led heritage, community and cultural organizations at the
grassroots level have also been created by Canada's History Society.
Deborah Morrison, President and CEO of Canada's History Society, says,
"Canada's national history can only resonate with Canadians when they
are able to see themselves in our stories, stories that are brought
vividly to life within the social and geographic communities in which
they live every day."
Morrison adds, "So much of Canada's national story is discovered and
remembered through initiatives that take place beyond the classroom.
Canada's History Awards can now celebrate the full range of ways our
history is brought to life for Canadians. This is a win-win for
Museums and Art Galleries interested in nominating one of their
initiatives for the History Alive! Award will be able to submit their
application online at CanadasHistory.ca/MuseumandCommunityHistoryAwards or Museums.ca, by email, or by regular mail. Watch these websites for details
Submissions to the Community History Awards can be made online at CanadasHistory.ca/MuseumandCommunityHistoryAwards or by regular mail to: Canada's History, Main Floor, Bryce Hall, 515
Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2E9. For complete information on
eligibility, criteria and nomination forms, please visit CanadasHistory.ca/Awards.
About Canada's History Society
Canada's History Society is a national charitable organization founded
by the Hudson's Bay Company to promote greater popular interest in
Canadian history. The organization publishes Canada's History magazine and Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids. Canada's History Society also produces Canada's History Awards featuring the Governor General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History and The Pierre Berton Award for achievement in popular media.
About the Canadian Museums Association
The Canadian Museums Association is the national organization for the
advancement of the Canadian museum sector. Canada's 2,500 museums and
related institutions preserve our collective memory, shape our identity
and promote tolerance and understanding. Each year, more than 59
million visitors attend Canadian museums and a further 60 million visit
Canada's historic sites and national parks. These institutions employ
over 24,000 staff and are supported by more than 55,000 volunteers and
300,000 friends. They host 7.5 million visits from school children
SOURCE Canada's National History Society
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