Lt.-Gov. Philip S. Lee today announced a new award program, in consultation with the Manitoba Historical Society, to recognize Manitobans who have provided prolonged, meritorious service in the preservation and promotion of the province’s rich history and heritage.
“I am pleased to acknowledge Manitobans who have worked tirelessly on behalf of Manitoba’s history, whether by operating community museums and archives, publishing books and other documents, raising public awareness through advocacy and education, preserving historic sites, or in many other ways,” said Lee.
Founded in 1879, the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is the oldest historical organization in Western Canada. It offers awards commemorating businesses, farms and organizations that have operated for over 100 years, recognizes important historical books with its Margaret McWilliams Awards and encourages school children to learn about Manitoba’s past through its Young Historians Awards.
MHS president Harry Duckworth notes, “It is appropriate for the lieutenant-governor, as the MHS’s patron, to work with us in recognizing those who are helping to preserve and promote the history of Manitoba.”
The MHS will receive nominations from the public and will recommend up to five people to receive awards each year. Nominations to be considered for 2011 must be received by March 31. The first group of award recipients will be honoured at Government House on May 17.
Further details of the award program, along with a nomination form, are available on the Manitoba Historical Society website at http://www.mhs.mb.ca/ and can also be accessed through the website of the lieutenant-governor at www.lg.gov.mb.ca.