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February 20, 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.

Recipients must be residents of the City of Peterborough or Peterborough County. Nominations will be considered for accomplishments or projects completed in the past three years.

There are six award categories:

  • Samuel Armour Award for the development and/or delivery of programs, activities or curriculum-based local history material that engages young people in exploring the diverse history of the region.
  • J. Hampden Burnham Award for completion of a major project that promotes public awareness of local history, using any media such as the visual and peforming arts, web design, print and audio materials.
  • George Cox Award for the preservation, conservation and/or restoration of significant cultural resources such as artifacts, manuscripts, historic gardens or cultural landscapes.
  • F.H. Dobbin Award for publication of a major work, either fiction or non-fiction, that focuses on Peterborough’s past.
  • Martha Ann Kidd Award recognizes the preservation or restoration of heritage buildings or new construction that is respectful of its historic surroundings. This includes commercial, residential and institutional buildings in the City of Peterborough and Peterborough County.
  • Charlotte Nicholls Award recognizes a substantial donation either financial or in-kind services towards the commemoration of a historic structure, artifact or cultural landscape.

If you are interested in nominating someone for the Heritage Award, you can download and fill out an Awards Nomination Form or pick up a printed form at the PHS Office at 270 Brock Street..
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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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