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February 25, 2008
For immediate release

PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation Announces Heritage Award Winners for 2007

Museum and Heritage Foundation

During recent Heritage Day celebrations, the PEI Museum once again honoured those who preserve our heritage buildings, use the written word to describe our rich history and those who give endless hours to a wide variety of heritage related activities across the province.

Lieutenant Governor, Barbara Hagerman, officially proclaimed Monday, February 18, 2008 as Heritage Day and presented 2007 Awards at Eptek Art & Culture Centre in Summerside.

There are three general categories of awards: architecture, activities, and writing. Multiple awards can be presented in each of the three categories.

2007 awards were presented as follows:

Architectural Preservation

Holy Trinity Church Committee, Holy Trinity Church, Alma

Robert and Martha Carnie for Silas Sewell Robertson House, Kingsboro

Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery Committee, Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery

St. Elizabeth Church Committee, St. Elizabeth Church, Springfield

City of Summerside and Wyatt Heritage Properties, Bishop's Foundry, Summerside

Tim and Helen Ashford, Scales house, Freetown

Maurice Roy, Rusticoville house


William Fong, Sir William C. Macdonald: A Biography

Charles McMillan, Eminent Islanders

Marshfield Pioneer History Book Committee, Marshfield and Area: A Grand Legacy


Errol Thompson, contribution to transporting remnant of sunken vessel from French River to Green Park Shipbuilding Museum grounds

Summerside and Area Historical Society, Holman's Store Sesquicentennial events

Summerside and Area Historical Society, Cahill Stadium/Steele Arena event

Institute of Island Studies, Consultations on the PEI Museum System

Georges Arsenault & Douglas Sobey, Lectures and research on Capt. Samuel Holland and the Holland Map

Three Oaks History Students, presentation on William Esty MacKinnon, Island veteran of Vimy Ridge

Joyce Phillips, contributions to Lest We Forget Committee, resource person Three Oaks student projects, scripts for various history projects (Christmas in the Trenches, D-Day Invasion, The Year of the War Bride, The Devil's Brigade)

Three Oaks Drama Class, The Devil's Brigade vignettes

In addition, outstanding contributions in the areas of architecture, genealogy and performance-related activities may be recognized with awards presented in memory of Irene Rogers, Mary Cornfoot Brehaut and Wendell Boyle, respectively. This year, only the Mary Cornfoot Brehaut prize for genealogy was awarded. An individual may also be recognized each year with the Award of Honour.

Mary Cornfoot Brehaut Award (Genealogy)

George Sanborn, contributions to genealogy resources of Islanders in New England

Award of Honour

Allan Graham, for a lifetime of support for cultural and heritage activities, community history projects in West Prince area, provincial heritage organizations and contributions to history of the railway on PEI.

For more detailed information on any one of the above listed projects, or award recipients, or for further information on additional activities, please call the PEI Museum at 368-6600 or visit our website at

Media Contact: Nora Young
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