Heritage Awards

Francis Collins, Bob Taylor, and Nevin Jackson, 2018

Heritage Awards are presented annually to individuals and groups in recognition of their contributions to preserving county heritage.

For a nomination form, click here.

Awards are presented at the Heritage Night Celebration, typically the third Thursday in February. The Heritage Night Celebration for the coming year  of 2021 will be announced soon.

Stacey Culgin and Joanne Hunt, 2020          County Mayor Christine Blair presenting to the Earltown Community Centre Society, 2020

Past Recipients:

Heritage Awards 2020

Michael Boulton for his volunteer service with the Colchester Historeum Museum & Archives.

Stacey Culgin for her research and publication of An Historical Sketch of Belmont and Area.

Bob Taylor for his research and publication of Municipal Awareness: An Insider View

Dr. Margot Roach & Mr. Ian Glass for their work towards A Chronicle of the Roach Family, an exploration of life in Tatamagouche and the medical practices there of generations of the family.

Allan C. Bonnyman for his volunteer service with the Creamery Square Musuem and North Shore Archives.

The Earltown Community Centre Society for the preservation and reuse of the community schoolhouse, which was built in 1865 and is now in use as a community centre.

The Robert Hilchey Memorial Heritage Award was presented to the restoration project by U-Haul at 34 Court St., in Truro, NS.

Heritage Awards 2019

Gladys Otterson, for her outstanding years of volunteering at the Historeum and the wonderful achievements she has made for the fundraising efforts of the Society.

Elinor Mahar, for her contribution to the research, support, and execution of exhibits and events at the Historeum.

James Smith and the late Carol Campbell, for their 2018 publication, The Provincial Normal School: A Biographical Record.

Kenneth Cox, for his self-published book The Riversdale Book, 1820-1930

Joe Ballard, for his publications, Fairy Dells & Rustic Bowers: The Creation of Victoria Park, Truro, NS and Historic House Names of Nova Scotia.

Douglas Boyce, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his considerable contribution to the Village of Bible, including positons as member and chair in many boards and committees.

Charlotte MacQuarrie, for her dedication to the organization and preservation of the archives of the First United Church.

The St. James Church, Great Village, Preservation Society, as recognition for the work the Society has done to ensure the registration of the Elizabeth Bishop House as a Municipal Heritage Property in the County of Colchester in June 2018.

Heritage Awards 2018

Nan Harvey for her work as Archivist of the Historeum for 30 years.

Stacey Culgin for her volunteering, researching, and publication of An Historical Miscellany of Debert & Area.

Francis Collins and Nevin Jackson for their work in researching African-Nova Scotian hockey players in Colchester County.

Linda and James Finnie for their work for the Colchester Highland Games Society, the official tartan of Colchester County, and the Highland Games and Gathering.

Janet Maybee for her work in researching the Halifax Explosion and Colchester County’s contribution, and publication of Colchester to the Rescue.

Glen Matheson for his work in researching, preserving the history of Earltown area.

Dr. Beau Blois, owner of the “Round Barn”, historically known as the Yuill Barn, on the Round Barn Farm, for their work on restoring the barn.

Dale Ells for his work dedicated to the Society’s newsletter, Heritage Revealed.

The Town of Truro Architectural Heritage Award was presented to Kate Ward and John Kennedy for their restoration at 24 Lansdoon Place, Truro, NS.

Heritage Awards 2017

The Town of Truro Award was presented to Jon Keddy for his work restoring Carriage House, 64 Pleasant Street, Truro, NS.

The Architectural Preservation Award was presented to the Town of Truro for the restoration to the Provincial Normal School.

Contribution to Heritage in Colchester County was presented to the Colchester Historeum’s Exhibits Committee.

Recognition for local history publications include the following:
o A Simpler Time – Cottage Life from Marshville to Bayhead by Linda Byers 2015
o Draw The Circle Wide – Historical Overview of St. Andrews Church, Truro, NS by Rev. Robert Latimer
o Cobequid Meguma & Acadian Villages by Norris Whiston 2016
o The Milk Can Age by Bob Taylor 2016
o Byers Corner’s /West New Annan: A Brief History by Robert A. (Bob) Byers 2015
o Middle Stewiacke, Birch Hill, Cloverdale & Mosquito Cove – History of Four Communities in Southern Colchester County, NS, by Dianne Geddes 2016
o A Historical Stroll Though Tatamagouche by Donald A. Beeler 2015

4 thought on “Heritage Awards”
  1. I see an announcement of a 2019 award to Kenneth Cox for his self-published book
    The Riversdale Book 1820-1930. On the assumption that it is a history of the village of Riversdale a few km from Truro, I would like to purchase a copy. My grandmother was raised in Riversdale.
    Thank you

    1. Hello, unfortunately we do not have this book in stock. I have researched where to purchase it I am unable to find a location to order from. This book may be out of print.
      Thank you

  2. I would like to obtain a copy of Stacey Culgin’s book “an Historical Sketch of Belmont and Area”.

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