The 22nd Manning Awards for Excellence in the Presentation of Historic Places were presented March 17th, 2016 at a ceremony held at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. Through the Manning Awards, the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (HSA), recognizes and celebrates the work of individuals, communities, and organizations in preserving and presenting Newfoundland and Labrador’s history and heritage.
The Manning Awards were established in 1993 as a tribute to the late Bill Manning, for his outstanding contribution to the preservation and development of the National Historic Sites of Canada located in the province, and for involving local communities in the process.
Those in attendance at the ceremony included: patron of the event, His Honour, The Honourable Frank F. Fagan, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, who was accompanied by Her Honour, Mrs. Patricia Fagan. Also in attendance was past patron of the Manning Awards, The Honourable John C. Crosbie. They were joined by family members of the late Bill Manning, board and emeritus members of the HSA, volunteers and others representing this year’s award recipients, heritage leaders from the community, and federal, provincial and municipal government representatives.
Six awards were presented in distinct categories for outstanding achievement in heritage presentation:
- Community Category: The Basilica Heritage Foundation for “Fleming”, a theatrical performance presenting the history of the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the historical figure Bishop Michael Fleming.
- Community Category: The Pouch Cove Heritage Society for the book “Pouch Cove: Our Home by the Sea”, capturing the history, heritage and stories of their local community.
- Provincial Category: David and Christine Boyd for Prime Berth Fishing Heritage Centre, a private museum sharing the history of the in-shore fishery and engaging visitors in first-person experiences.
- Provincial Category: Home from the Sea Foundation for Home from the Sea Sealers Memorial, commemorating the 1914 Sealing Disaster and sharing the province’s sealing heritage.
- International Category: Nunatsiavut Government, for the Hebron Mission Restoration, preserving the story of the Moravian mission at Hebron and its effects on the Inuit people though restoration of the main mission building.
- Outstanding Heritage Supporter: Dr. Jo Shawyer, for her great personal contributions to presenting Newfoundland and Labrador heritage by improving the quality of our province’s museums and our understanding of our agricultural heritage.
During the ceremony, the 2015 and 2016 Dr. Paul O’Neill Scholarships for Excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador Studies was presented to Mr. Daniel Rees, who is studying archaeology at Memorial University.
The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (HSA) is a non-profit organization with a mandate to preserve and present the province's history and heritage. Through a partnership with Parks Canada, the HSA also encourages full public enjoyment of Newfoundland & Labrador culture as presented at the National Historic Sites.
The HSA supports its work by operating nine Heritage Shops across the province. These shops also support their mandate by presenting the province’s history and heritage thorough a wide variety of local art, craft, gifts, and books.