Based in Winnipeg, Canada’s National History Society was established in 1994 as part of the constellation of gifts made by the Hudson’s Bay Company to the province of Manitoba. As part of its mandate, the History Society publishes Canada’s History, which began as the HBC Company’s newsletter (The Beaver) in 1920 and has since grown to become Canada’s second oldest national consumer magazine, and the only magazine specifically devoted to Canadian history and heritage. Over the past 90 years, it has become a trusted and respected source for fresh and interesting perspectives about Canada’s history and heritage among historians and popular writers alike. It has a strong and devoted readership measured by PMB at 727,000 and a solid circulation base of 40,000. In addition to publishing Canada’s History, the Society produces Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids a bilingual, quarterly publications for children ages 7-12 with a total circulation of over 36,000 (French (30,000) and English (6,000) editions;) and a dynamic web portal CanadasHistory.ca. Annual unique visitors grew by 12% over the past year to a current estimate of 200,000 for 2012. It also celebrates excellence and achievement throughout the history community through the newly constituted Governor General’s History Awards, a suite of 11 new national honours that include earlier established prizes of the Society including, the Pierre Berton Award for promoting history in popular media; and the Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History.
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