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August 5, 2020



PHS Heritage Awards Announced at Ceremony at Canterbury Gardens in June

The Peterborough Historical Society honoured the annual Heritage Awards for 2018 at a ceremony held at Canterbury Gardens on 19 June, with noted Peterborough personality Graham Hart as master of ceremonies.
The F.H. Dobbin Award for a publication that focuses on Peterborough was presented to Rosemary McConkey for her extensive work on local family genealogies.
The George Cox Award, which recognizes excellence in respectful restoration of cultural resources such as heritage buildings, was presented to Trent University for the recent restoration of the Bata Library and its commitment to a comprehensive heritage plan for the ongoing maintenance of the campus. Dr. Michael Eamon received the award on behalf of Trent.
The Samuel Armour Award was awarded to Gale Fewings for her dedicated work as curator of Hutchison House Museum in delivering high quality education programs for two decades.
The Martha Kidd Award was awarded to David Nelson for his work of more than twenty years with the Lang Pioneer Village Advisory Committee.
The 2017 Martha Kidd Award also was presented at the ceremony, by Paul Lumsden, to Paul Millard for the tasteful conversion of the former Knox United Church into affordable community housing. The project took more than two years but saw the preservation of key architectural elements such as the stained glass windows and exterior woodwork.
The J. Hampden Burnham Award which recognizes a major research project that sheds new light on Peterborough’s history was given to the History #3351A students of Trent University for the development of their online history project of World War I soldiers.
There were no successful candidates for the Charlotte Nicholls Award for 2018.
Congratulations to all the winners!


PHS High School History Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 High School History PHS Award winners!

The awards are announced for the three schools with their commencements in the spring. Awards for schools with commencements in the fall will be announced at a later date.

  • Liam MacDonald and Cameron McQuaid, Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute
  • Alexis Tompson, Adam Scott Collegiate Vocational Institute
  • Megan Foley, St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School
  • Andrea McDermid Boue, Crestwood Secondary School.

We wish them every success with their future studies.

Linda Lumsden, Chair, Awards Committee


Annual Heritage Awards

Each year the Peterborough Historical Society recognizes the contributions and efforts made by community members in exploring, celebrating and preserving the rich cultural and architectural history of the Peterborough area.

Except for the Tom and Christine Symons Award, recipients must be residents of the City of Peterborough or Peterborough County, and nominations will be considered for accomplishments or projects completed in the past three years.

There are seven award categories:

The Thomas H.B. and Christine Symons Heritage Award for an outstanding one-time or ongoing contribution to local, regional, provincial, national or international heritage causes made by residents, former residents, groups, businesses or organizations from or to the Peterborough region.

The Samuel Armour Award recognizes the development and/or delivery of programs, activities or curriculum based local history material that engages students in exploring the diverse history of the region.
The J. Hampden Burnham Award recognizes the completion and presentation of a major project in any media such as a painting, video, web design, newspaper articles, etc that promotes awareness of the history of the region. 

The George Cox Award recognizes the sympathetic redesign or sensitive new construction that respects the existing character of significant cultural resources, such as buildings, cultural landscapes, period gardens or the preservation of manuscripts, photographic collections, etc.

The F.H. Dobbin Award recognizes the publication of a major work, either fiction or non-fiction that focuses on Peterborough’s past. 

The Martha Kidd Award honors the memory of Martha Kidd, historian of architecture and of Peterborough’s built heritage, and recognizes outstanding work in the preservation of our region’s built heritage.

The Charlotte Nicholls Award recognizes a substantial donation, either financial or in kind or services, towards the commemoration of a historic structure, artifact, cultural landscape, etc.

2020 Heritage Awards Nomination Form


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For more information about PHS Awards or the nomination process, please contact us.

Student History Awards

PHS presents an award to the graduating student who achieves the highest mark in history at each Secondary School in Peterborough. The awards are presented at the school's graduating ceremony.


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