2018 MAS Awards Recipients
At a luncheon at the 2018 MAS Conference on Friday, June 7, MAS presented several awards to deserving museums and individuals. MAS would like to congratulate all the award winners in the following categories:
- Awards of Merit - Institution (Project Budget Under $100,000) - Fort Pelly Livingstone Museum Revitalization Project
After the devastating fire in 2015 which resulted in the complete loss of the original museum building and most of its contents the museum has literally risen from the ashes, the community of less than 300 people was adamant that the museum had to be rebuilt. Unable to rebuild on the original site due to the toxic nature of the debris and the costs it looked grim for the rebuilding efforts. However, the former RCMP building came available and with the assistance of the Village of Pelly and the hard work of innumerable volunteers, within two years the new fort Pelly Livingstone Museum was officially opened June 18, 2018. While they may not have as many objects as before the fire, they continue to tell the story of the community including the two forts - Pelly and Livingstone, the rich Indigenous heritage of the area in the new Aboriginal Heritage Room, the settlers and even the Garter Snakes!
- Award of Merit – Institutional (Project Budget Under $100,000.00) - Humboldt and District Museum for their Sharing Stories of the Land project
This project at the Original Humboldt site demonstrated how bringing together diverse groups to share stories engages the community in a greater understanding of the shared history from multiple perspectives. This project included an art installation, community engagement and programs of inclusion. On June 8, 2017 a special event entitled Sharing Stories of the Land took place at Original Humboldt. This was the first time since 1885 that representation of the decedents of those involved in the North West Resistance at Original Humboldt had all been together on the land. The Metis people, the Governor General’s Horse Guard and the Royal Canadian Dragoons, members of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation (Chief Whitecap had been held prisoner at the site after the fall of Batoche) all shared stories of their connections to the site at the site.
- Award of Merit - Institution (Project Budget Over $100,000) - Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame
The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame was recognized for their 50th Anniversary Traveling Sports Hall of Fame. No other Canadian Sports Halls created a semi-trailer housed traveling exhibit. The 50th Anniversary Travelling Exhibit involved as many Inductees as possible in the celebration of Saskatchewan’s rich sports history. The converted 53 foot semi-trailer featured 5 major sections – hockey, curling, football, Olympics and major competitions. It included approximately 50% of the Inductees and contained 174 artifacts and five interactive games. In 2016 the Traveling Exhibit visited 45 community in 58 days across the province covering a total of 10,304 km. in 2017 fewer communities were visited but the length of each stay was longer. The 50th Anniversary Travelling Exhibit was an ambitious project which was a tremendous success – providing over 11,000 people the opportunity to learn more about Saskatchewan’s sports heritage over the two summers it travelled the province.
- Award of Merit - Individual - Joe Miller - Melville Heritage Museum
Joe was born and raised in the Melville area. He and his wife Rose farmed and bought grain for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool at Cana, Fenwood and Melville. Joe has been a member of the Melville Heritage Museum Board of Directors for 30 years including in the role of President. Among many roles he has been an enthusiastic promoter of the museum – for example for many years he and his wife have represented the museum in the annual Melville parade driving his Model A. He always helps with the Museum’s booth at the Chamber of Commerce annual tradeshow. A man of many talents, when the museum’s steam boiler broke down one winter and it was discovered the necessary part was no longer being made, Joe got to work and made a new part and repaired the boiler. He has also, along with his brother, re-shingled the museum roof – no small feat given it’s the former Luther Academy and has rather steep peaks. Joe is also an active tour guide providing visiting groups of children, seniors and families with tours of the museum.
- Young Professional Award - Julie Jackson, Western Development Museum Corporate Office
Julie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Great Distinction, History from Brandon University and a Masters of Arts, Merit, Museums Studies form Newcastle University, UK. She began her career with the WDM in 2009 as a Museum Technician at WDM Saskatoon. She was responsible for ensuring the collections were organized and cared for, as well as, maintaining the exhibition installation, maintenance and evaluation. She was also involved in the training and supervision of staff and volunteers in the collections and exhibits areas at the branch. In 2016 Julie transferred to the WDM Curatorial Centre to take on the role of Collections Assistant where she managed the collections database, managed artefact donations including cataloguing and responded to both internal and external inquiries. In 2017 Julie became the WDM Collections Manager. She is now responsible for overseeing the care and management of the entire WDM collection. Through her work the WDM is able to achieve its Public Trust mandate to provide stewardship for the objects in its care. In her spare time Julie has taught MAS Certificate Program courses, sat on the MAS Board, worked as a preparator at the Remai Modern and become a parent.
- Honorary Lifetime - Achievement Award - Jennifer Fitzpatrick
Jennifer has been involved in the museum field since she began working at the Humboldt Museum as a summer student while taking her Anthropology degree at the U of S. She became the Curator of the museum in 1989, which has grown from a seasonal museum to a year-round multi-site institution. Along the way, Jennifer attained her Diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria. Upon becoming the Director of Cultural Services for the City of Humboldt she now manages the museum, along with the Original Humboldt site, the Humboldt Water Tower, the Art Gallery, and the Humboldt Public Art program. Jennifer serves as staff liaison for the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, and a member of the Humboldt Downtown Business Improvement District who recently launched their new vision for the downtown core. She is a member of the Humboldt Area Arts Council, bringing in visual and performing arts to the gallery, and is in her third term on the provincial Organization of SK Arts Council board. Jennifer is the author of the book “100 Interesting Stories about Humboldt” published in 2005.
Provincially, she has served on the Museums Association of Saskatchewan Board of Directors as well as being a Special Interest Group leader for the Museum Managers group and the Quill Plains Museums Networker. She served on the Board of the Saskatchewan Youth Heritage Fair program, as a member of the Saskatchewan Heritage Property Review Board, a member of the Family of Saskatchewan National Historic Sites Group, and Vice-Chair of the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation. Jennifer has served on committees for Heritage Saskatchewan, SaskCulture, Tourism Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Council of Archives and Archivists. Nationally, Jennifer has served on committees for the Canadian Museums Association, the Canadian Council of Archives and is currently a director of the Creative Cities Network of Canada. She was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her work in heritage and cultural activity.
- Honorary Lifetime - Achievement Award - Hugh Henry
Hugh began his museum career as a volunteer docent at the Mendel Art Gallery in the fall of 1985. In early 1986, he got a job as Educator and Public Programs Co-ordinator at the National Exhibition Centre in Swift Current. Hugh completed the MAS Community Museums Studies Program from 1986 to 1988. (only six courses then) In 1991-’92, he took a leave of absence for a year-long internship at the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature (now Manitoba Museum). He returned to his job at the art gallery, and a year later, was hired as Director/Curator of the Swift Current Museum. Hugh remained with the Swift Current Museum for 17 ½ years. During that time, he cultivated public support for a new facility, curated numerous temporary exhibits, started an archive, added two full-time professional staff, and increased the museum’s operating budget five-fold.
Over his 25-year career, Hugh was very involved with MAS. He was Special Interest Group (SIG) leader for Education and Public Programs from 1993 to ’96. He was also a member of the Conservation, Collections, Exhibitions and Managers SIGs.
Hugh has been involved with the Prairie Trails Museums Network since it was formed, and was Networker from 1995-‘97. After seeing an exhibit in an Alberta museum, he initiated a “Women of Influence” exhibit project for the Network, which was later adopted by MAS as their Saskatchewan centennial project. Hugh was on the MAS Board from 2002 to 2004. During that time, he initiated the idea and developed a framework for a multi-level allocation of Museum Grant Program funds, which was the basis for the tier 3 stream system that is in place today. As a volunteer, Hugh has been on the Board of Doc’s Town Heritage Village in Swift Current for fifteen years. For most of those years he was secretary and head of the collections & acquisitions and human resources sub-committees where his experience writing grants was very handy.
Since he retired in 2011, Hugh has remained involvement in the heritage community. He has been a Director of Sask. History & Folklore Society for seven years. He is president of the Southwest Sask. Archaeological Society. He assisted Prairie Wind & Silver Sage (Val Marie) with developing new exhibits and their eco-museum concept. He has transcribed diaries from the 1880s related to ranching history and military telegrams from 1885 for Sask. Archives Board.