WINNIPEG, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's History Society is pleased to
confirm today that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston,
Governor General of Canada will present the Governor General's History
Awards, a newly expanded set of national honours in the field of
Canadian history, on December 12, 2011 in Ottawa at 10 a.m. at Rideau
Since 1995, Canada's History Society has presented the Governor
General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History and the
Pierre Berton Award for popular history. Over the past two years,
Canada's History Society has been working in partnership with the
Canadian Museums Association, the Canadian Historical Association,
Historica-Dominion Institute and the Begbie History Society to
establish an expanded set of Vice-Regal awards to bring greater profile
and recognition to the value of historical research, education and
"We are honoured by the Governor General's decision." said Deborah
Morrison, President and CEO of Canada's History Society. "History is a
key component of our national culture and identity. These awards
reflect the value and importance Canadians have for their history and
provide an opportunity to recognize those who work so hard to help us
improve our understanding of it."
The new eleven Governor General's History Awards will honour exceptional
achievements in five areas: academic research, museums, community
programming, as well as classroom teaching and popular history. In
addition, six national student awards highlighting annual achievements
of youth ranging from age 10-24 will also be presented at the ceremony.
The Canadian Historical Association's Sir John A. Macdonald Prize is a
key award being integrated into the new Vice-Regal Awards program as
the Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Achievement. For the past 33 years, the association has presented the prize to the
non-fiction work of Canadian history publishing in the last year judged
to have made the most significant contribution to an understanding of
the Canadian past. Manulife Financial generously provides the $5,000
cash prize that accompanies the award.
"We are most grateful to the Governor General and Canada's History
Society for helping the CHA give scholarly research greater exposure,"
said Michel Duquet, Executive Director of the Canadian Historical
Association. "Well-researched and well-written Canadian history can
educate and inspire Canadians. And I can't think of a more worthy
setting than the Governor General Awards to recognize the valuable work
Three new awards are being created and will be presented for the first
time this year. They include the newly unveiled Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums - History
Alive! Award which will be presented to the Centre des sciences de Montréal for their
exhibit titled, 'All Hands to Battle! Life in the Port of Montreal'.
Their virtual exhibition yielded never before released images of the
untold story of the importance of the port of Montréal during the
Second World War.
"We are very proud to award this first Governor General's History Award
for Excellence in Museums to the Montréal Science Centre for its
innovative project Branle-bas de combat. This unique project brings to life the people that lived and worked
in the old port of Montréal during the Second World War in a very
dynamic way," says John G. McAvity, Executive Director of the Canadian
Museums Association. "Thanks to the close collaboration between the
centre's personnel and the Montréal community, the stories presented in
this interactive exhibition are now accessible to a whole new
Two Governor General's History Awards for Excellence in Community
Programming will also be awarded to recognize the initiatives of volunteer-led
heritage, community and cultural organizations. The inaugural
recipients are the St. Joseph and Area Historical Society for a
community theatre production entitled 'Narcisse: The Father of the St.
Lawrence Seaway' and the Société d'histoire de Saint-Basile-le-Grand
which organized a community seniors oral history project that sparked a
summer long festival of local history presentations and photo exhibits
of public story-telling. The recipients and their respective
organizations will be receiving cash prizes totalling $3,500 as well as
a medal and artistic plaque provided by Canada's History Society.
Announcements of the students and teacher recipients continue throughout
the coming weeks and profiles of all the recipients will be available
at CanadasHistory.ca/GGAwards by December 5, 2011.
The Governor General's History Awards bring together museums, community
organizations, writers, historians, students, teachers, and media
producers to celebrate as well as learn from each other. The day prior
to the award ceremonies, recipients will participate in a public
history forum at Library and Archives Canada. This year's Canada's History Forum - 'Speaking of History: How History is Explored
Beyond the Classroom' is presented by Enbridge Inc. It is open to the public to attend for
free onsite or online by registering at CanadasHistory.ca/HistoryForum2011.
About Canada's History Society
Canada's History Society is a national charitable organization devoted
to popularizing Canadian history. In addition to presenting the
Governor General's History Awards, it publishes Canada's History (formerly The Beaver) magazine, and Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids. The Society also produces a number of educational and online programs
to encourage more discovery, celebration, and understanding about our
rich history and culture. More details can be found at CanadasHistory.ca.
About Canadian Historical Association
Founded in 1922, the Canadian Historical Association/Société historique
du Canada is a bilingual scholarly organization dedicated to research
in all fields of history; it is the largest association of its kind in
Canada. The CHA/SHC oversees a vigorous publication program; it
lobbies governments, archives, and museums in Canada and elsewhere on
issues relating to the preservation and availability of historical
records; it organizes an annual conference in which historians showcase
their research; it supports graduate students pursuing degrees in
history; and it offers a number of prizes to recognize and promote
excellence in historical scholarship.
About Canadian Museums Association
The Canadian Museums Association is the national organization for the
advancement of Canada's museum community. The CMA works for the
recognition, growth and stability of the sector. Canada's 2,500
museums and related institutions preserve our collective memory, shape
our national identity and promote tolerance and understanding.
In total, twenty-one Canadians will be honoured at Rideau Hall as part
of the Governor General's History Awards presentations. Recipients and
Honourable Mentions for five of the eleven awards were announced
today. They include:
The Governor General's History Award for Popular History - The Pierre Berton Award - 'J'ai la memoire qui tourne' - produced by Guylaine Maroist and Eric Ruel, two filmmakers from
Montréal, for their multi-media project about the history of Quebec.
The Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Achievement - The Sir John A. Macdonald Prize - Michel Ducharme, a professor from the University of British Columbia,
who authored Le concept de liberté au Canada a l'epoque des Revolution atlantiques
Honourable Mentions for the 2011 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize include:
Shelagh Grant (Trent University, Peterborough, ON) - Polar Imperative: A
History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America.
Sean Mills (Toronto, ON) - The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and
Political Activism in Sixties Montreal.
Joy Parr (University of Western Ontario, London, ON) - Sensing Changes:
Technologies, Environments and the Everyday, 1953-2003.
Joan Sangster (Trent University, Peterborough, ON) - Transforming
Labour: Women and Work in Postwar Canada.
The Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums - The History Alive! Award - Centre des sciences de Montreal for their exhibit entitled 'All Hands
to Battle! Life in the Port of Montreal'.
Honourable Mentions for the 2011 History Alive! Award include:
Canadian Museum of Civilization for their Expedition: Arctic exhibition at the Canadian Museum of
Civilization (Gatineau, QC). This project revisits the triumphs and
tragedies of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1918 and added
immensely to the understanding of Canada's Western Arctic and the
cultures of its First Peoples. It features over 250 artefacts and
Grey Roots Museum and Archives for The Good People Know Our Stories, Know Us (Georgian Bluffs, ON).
This exhibit highlights 15 traditional Anishnabek stories, each of
which contains morals, lessons and insight into what it means to be
Strathcona County Museum and Archives for 100 Years Ago in Strathcona County Historical Vignettes (Sherwood
Park, AB). The goal of this multimedia project is to enhance the
promotion of the County's history and heritage to students, parents,
educators and the community by stimulating their interest with brief
stories about local heritage.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum for Voices from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (Ottawa, ON). This
project is a documentary series that set out to bring back the
spotlight on and capture the first hand accounts of the exploits of
some of the men who left their mark on Canada's aviation history.
The Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community
Programming - St. Joseph and Area Historical Society for a community theatre
production entitled 'Narcisse: The Father of the St. Lawrence Seaway'
and Société d'histoire de Saint-le-Grand for 'Les Grands Basilois'.
Honourable Mentions in Community Programming were awarded to:
Herstories Café - a series of public lectures presented in the Toronto
Fort McLeod Museum - an education program 'The Redcoats are Coming'.
Les Fouilles - an archaeology-based public interpretation program.
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