ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Manning Awards for Excellence, recognizing heritage preservation and presentation in the province, were presented during a ceremony in St. John’s on March 7.
Seven projects were awarded in all.
In the community category, the recipients were:
- The English Harbour Arts Association for the English Harbour Arts Centre and their project preserving the built-heritage of the All Saints Anglican Church, and using the restored building as a thriving centre fostering the arts and traditional culture of the Trinity Bight area.
- Marystown Heritage Museum Corporation for the Marystown Heritage Museum, and their work presenting the heritage and shipbuilding past of Marystown and Mortier Bay, and in engaging the community in this rich history.
- St. Gabriel’s Hall Inc. for the St. Gabriel’s Hall Event Centre, and their commitment to restoring Marystown’s St. Gabriel’s Hall to its original historic design and continuing its cultural role in the community.
- The Mizzen Heritage Society for the Heart’s Content Regional Centre for the Arts, and their work restoring the historic Heyfield Memorial Church, and continuing their many projects preserving Heart’s Content’s unique history.
Winners in the provincial category were:
- The Trails Tales Tunes Festival Committee and festival founder Shirley Montague for the Trails Tales Tunes Festival, and their 10-day festival showcasing the culture and heritage of the province through guided group hikes, family experiences, traditional workshops, and musical performances.
- Artist Leslie Noseworthy for his Preservation of Lightstation Heritage, and his personal project creating original paintings of the lightstations in the province, successfully capturing this rapidly disappearing heritage so it may be shared with future generations.
Archivist Linda White also received the Outstanding Heritage Supporter award in recognition for her personal contributions to preserving the history of Greenspond.
The association also presented the Dr. Paul O’Neill Scholarship and the Heritage and History Book Award during the ceremony.
The Dr. Paul O’Neill Scholarship was awarded to Memorial University student Jacob Elyk, who is completing a bachelor of arts with a major in political science and a minor in history.
The Heritage and History Book Award was presented to Pam Hall for her book “Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge: Excerpts from Chapters I and II.”
The Manning Awards were created in 1993 in honour of the late Bill Manning for his role in the preservation and development of the National Historic Sites of Canada located in the province, and for involving local communities in the process.
More photos from the ceremony are available online at http://www.historicsites.ca/blog/2018/3/9/23rd-manning-awards-for-excellence.