Hbc Launches Local History Grant Program to Promote History in Communities Across Canada

    - Announces first grant recipients -

    OTTAWA, March 28 /CNW/ - Hudson's Bay Company (Hbc) and Canada's National
History Society today announced a new $50,000 funding program to help promote
Canada's rich history at the local level. The Hbc Local History Grant Program
will offer $1,000 to individuals and organizations that promote greater public
awareness of Canadian history, particularly among young people. The first
eleven grants were awarded today.
    "Communities across Canada are defined by the history of their
residents," said Jerry Zucker, Governor and CEO, Hbc. "We are proud to
continue with our commitment to promote and preserve Canadian history through
our new Hbc Local History Grant Program. These projects are meant to breathe
life into Canadian history at the local level."
    The announcement came today as part of the opening ceremonies of the 60th
annual Canadian Museums Association conference being held in Ottawa from
March 28-31.
    "Today, museum and heritage staff from across Canada are meeting in
Ottawa to share ideas designed to tell Canada's story," said McAvity. "The Hbc
Local History Grant Program will help put ideas shared this week into practice
in communities all over the country."
    "Canadians have amazing ideas about how to explore their past and it
often takes very little to get them started," stated History Society CEO,
Deborah Morrison. "Every day the History Society and The Beaver magazine
receive letters from passionate readers with great ideas. Hbc has now provided
a means to get these projects off the ground. We know this funding will make a
real impact in the communities that need it most."
    The grants announced today include:

    -  Seager Wheeler National Historic Farm (Hague, SK)
        -  Creating an exciting summer program for local children that will
           help them experience everyday life at the beginning of the
           twentieth century.
        -  Contact: Janice Penner djpenner@sasktel.net

    -  The Fort McMurray Historical Society (Fort McMurray, AB)
        -  Updating their exhibition spaces to meet the challenges of a new
           curriculum in Alberta.
        -  Contact: Roseann Davidson execdirector@fortmcmurrayhistory.com

    -  The Arthur Child Heritage Museum (Gananoque, ON)
        -  Will share the story of their town founder through an engaging
           comic book for children.
        -  Contact: Tim Compeau tcompeau@gmail.com

    -  The Heritage Days Outreach Program (Chatham, ON)
        -  Reaching out to schools with a new program about the war of 1812
           and Tecumseh.
        -  Contact: Sheila Gibbs sgibbs@ciaccess.com

    -  Sipiweske Museum Inc. (Wawanesa, MB)
        -  Working with local high school students to create an audio visual
           presentation of their town history.
        -  Contact: Marguerite Cory gmcory@mts.net

    -  La Musée de la Gaspésie (Gaspé, PQ)
        -  Creating a new exhibition about local artist Tennyson Johnson and
           his artwork which depicts the history of the area.
        -  Contact: Suzie Hudon collections@museedelagaspesie.ca

    -  Michael Layland (Victoria, BC)
        -  A retired map maker, he has reached into the history of the Hbc
           Company to reproduce the original map of Victoria.
        -  Contact: Michael Layland baytext@islandnet.com

    -  The Craik Oral History Society (Craik, SK)
        -  Will involve the local high school in creating a digital history
           presentation for the 100th anniversary of the town.
        -  Contact: Violet Spencer spencerva@sasktel.net

    -  Sunderland and District Historical Society (Sunderland, ON)
        -  Creating a new directory of resources for teachers, as well as
           recording history from local seniors to document the changes in
           the area over the past century.
        -  Contact: Larry Doble lndoble@sympatico.ca

    -  Tim Whalley (Toronto, ON)
        -  A recently graduated student who is currently exhibiting his new
           project East Toronto Greats. The project uses new art forms to
           tell the history of personalities that have shaped Toronto's past.
        -  Contact: Tim Whalley tim.whalley@utoronto.ca

    About the Hbc Local History Grant Program

    The Hbc Local History Grant Program is designed to assist applicants
involved in history and heritage commemoration. Grants up to an amount of
$1,000 are available to spark new initiatives that promote greater public
awareness of Canadian history, particularly among young people. The program is
funded by the Hbc History Foundation and coordinated by Canada's National
History Society.

    About the Hbc History Foundation

    The Hudson's Bay Company History Foundation is a private charitable
foundation controlled by Hudson's Bay Company. Hbc established the Foundation
to advance knowledge of, and interest in, Hbc's role in Canadian history
through financial assistance to qualified recipients.

    About Canada's National History Society

    Canada's National History Society is a Winnipeg-based charitable
organization devoted to popularizing Canadian history. In addition to
publishing The Beaver magazine, and the children's magazine Kayak: Canada's
History Magazine for Kids, the Society also honors innovative classroom
teachers through the Governor General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching
Canadian History.

    About the Canadian Museums Association

    The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is the national organization for
the advancement of the Canadian museum sector, representing Canadian museum
professionals both within Canada and internationally.

For further information:

For further information: on this event please contact: Joel Ralph,
Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, Canada's National History Society,
1-800-816-6777 ext.21, jralph@historysociety.ca; Katherine Raso, Hbc Corporate
Communications, (416) 861-6691, katherine.raso@hbc.com

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