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Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!

Nomination deadline: July 15, 2018

Click here for the nomination form

Award Description

The Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! is a partnership between the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) and Canada’s History Society (CHS). This award was presented for the first time in December 2011 by the Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall.

Canadian history is comprised of many histories.  It is kept vibrant and meaningful by the roles and activities of smaller community-based initiatives, led largely by Canada’s museums, archives, and local heritage institutions.  Their efforts ensure there is an enduring repository of valuable research information for future generations, as well as provide important interpretive programs that give greater personal relevance and connection for Canadians to the later national story.

The goal of the History Alive! award is to honour significant achievement in the historical field and encourage standards of excellence specifically in the presentation, preservation and interpretation of national, regional or local history.

The award recognizes individuals or institutions that have made remarkable contributions to a better knowledge of Canadian history.

Past winners of The Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!

Eligibility

Selection Criteria

Nominees are considered on the basis of the quality of their research, presentation, preservation and interpretation of history, as well as the overall contribution and impact of their work to fostering a better understanding of our past.

Nominations will be assessed against the following:

Selection Process

An independent jury will review the nominations and choose the award recipient.

Award Presentation

The award will be presented in the Fall each year by the Governor General during the Award Ceremony at Rideau Hall.

Nominator

The nominator must be an individual or an organization involved in museums, art galleries and related heritage institutions and who is a CMA or Canada’s History Society member.

Submissions Guidelines

1. Complete and submit the PDf form available here.

2. Add:

3.Submit by email to [email protected]

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