January 4, 2021

Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon is encouraging the public to nominate a worthy Manitoban who has provided prolonged and meritorious service in the preservation and promotion of Manitoba history for an award, presented in consultation with the Manitoba Historical Society.  

“Since 2011, this award has recognized individuals from cities and towns throughout Manitoba, who are passionate about preserving and promoting the history of this great province for the benefit of us all,” said Lt.-Gov. Filmon.  “History is the memory of a community, and we owe our gratitude to those who ensure the memory remains intact for future generations.”

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Preservation and Promotion is presented to those with experience in such endeavours as:

  • the writing of historical publications and documents; 
  • stewardship of museums and archives;
  • raising of public education, advocacy and awareness; 
  • committee or community service; 
  • preservation of historic sites / buildings; and 
  • art and media.

As the oldest historical organization in Western Canada, founded in 1879, the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) presents awards to businesses, farms and organizations that have operated for over 100 years, recognizes important historical books with its Margaret McWilliams Awards and encourages schoolchildren to learn about Manitoba’s past through its Young Historians Awards. It publishes the Prairie History The Journal of the West and operates a comprehensive website with information on all facets of Manitoba history and heritage.

The MHS will receive nominations from the public and will recommend up to five people to receive awards this year. Nominations to be considered for 2021 must be received by Friday, Feb. 19.  Pending COVID restrictions, the selected award recipients will be presented at Government House in the spring, 

Nomination forms and further details of the award program are available on the websites of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba ( and the Manitoba Historical Society (

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Contact:  Kate Gameiro, 204-945-2752 or Gordon Goldsborough, 204-782-8829