Past Recipients

Honouring contribution to the preservation and promotion of Ontario’s heritage.
2021-22 Honours and Awards Recipients


President’s AwardGraeme Bachiu, Canfield Roots

Cemetery Preservation AwardPotter’s Field Monument

Dorothy Duncan Public History AwardMississippi Valley Textile Museum, Millworkers’ Staircase and Riverwalk

Heritage Conservation AwardFriends of Mindemoya Old School

Indigenous History AwardDr. Helen Olsen Agger, Dadibaajim: Returning Home Through Narrative

Carnochan Lifetime Achievement AwardDr. John Sabean


Fred Landon AwardDr. Jamie Benidickson, Levelling the Lake: Transboundary Resource Management in the Lake of the Woods Watershed

Alison Prentice AwardDr. Ian Radforth, Jeannie’s Demise: Abortion on Trial in Victorian Toronto

Joseph Brant AwardDr. Jason Wilson, King Alpha’s Song in a Strange Land: The Roots and Routes of Canadian Reggae

J.J. Talman AwardDr. Dale Barbour, Undressed Toronto: From the Swimming Hole to Sunnyside: How a City Learned to Love the Beach, 1850–1935

Huguenot Society of Canada AwardDr. Julie Macfarlane, Going Public: A Survivor’s Journey from Grief to Action

Donald Grant Creighton AwardDr. Suzanne Evans, The Taste of Longing: Ethel Mulvany and Her Starving Prisoner of War Cookbook

Riddell AwardDr. Robert K. Barney and Riley Nowokowski, “A Canadian Distinction of Note: London, Ontario’s Labatt Memorial Park, Baseball History’s Oldest, Continuously-Operating Baseball Precinct,” Ontario History

2020-21 Honours and Awards Recipients



President’s Award: Ontario Black History Society

Indigenous History Award (Two Winners):

Janice Forsyth, for Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport, (University of Regina Press, 2020)

The Harmony Collaboration & The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, for First

Dorothy Duncan Public History Award: The Craigleith Heritage Depot, for REEL History

Russell K. Cooper Public Programming Award: Myseum of Toronto, for “Black Railway Porters and their Historic Fight for Equality on and off the Tracks.”

Heritage Conservation Award: Sedgwick Marshall Heritage Homes Ltd. 

Cemetery Preservation Award: The Cemetery Guardians, Wilson’s Hill Cemetery

Carnochan Lifetime Achievement Award: Dave Lemkay

Cruikshank Medal: Carolyn King (Award to be Presented)


Fred Landon Award: Dr. Barry Boothman, for Corporate Cataclysm: Abitibi Power & Paper and the Collapse of the Newsprint Industry, 1912-1946, (University of Toronto Press, 2020)

Alison Prentice Award: Karin Wells, for The Abortion Caravan: When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle for the Right to Choose, (Second Story Press, 2020)

J. J. Talman Award: Dr. Scott Rutherford, for Canada’s Other Red Scare: Indigenous Protest and Colonial Encounters during the Global Sixties(McGill-Queens University Press, 2020)

Huguenot Society of Canada Award: Natasha Bakht, for In Your Face: Law, Justice, and Niqab-wearing Women in Canada (Delve Books, 2020)

Joseph Brant Award: Dr. Heidi Bohaker, for Doodem and Council Fire: Anishinaabe Governance Through Alliance, (University of Toronto Press, 2020)

Riddell Award: Dr. Owen Temby, for “Control and Suppression in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley during the 1960s,” Published in Enterprise and Society. Volume 21 Issue 2 , June 2020 , pp. 380 – 412

2019-20 Honours and Awards Recipients



President’s Award: Friends of Grain Elevators

Indigenous History Award: Lake of the Woods Museum and Partners’ Shiibaashka’Igan: Honouring the Sacred Jingle Dress

Dorothy Duncan Public History Award: Champlain Society Podcast: “Witness to Yesterday/Témoin d’hier”

Cemetery Preservation Award: Ed Janiszewski: Lakeshore Asylum Cemetery

Cruikshank Medal: Thorold Tronrud


Fred Landon Award: Dieter K. Buse and Graeme S. Mount, for Untold: Northeastern Ontario’s Military Past, volumes 1&2 (Latitude 46 Publishing, 2019)

Alison Prentice Award: Kate Armstrong, for The Stone Frigate: The Royal Military College’s First Female Cadet Speaks Out (Dundurn Press, 2019)

J. J. Talman Award: Stacie Burke, for Building Resistance: Children, Tuberculosis, and the Toronto Sanatorium (McGill-Queens University Press, 2019)

Huguenot Society of Canada Award: Suzanne Methot, for Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing (ECW Press, 2019)

Donald Grant Creighton Award: Dan Robson, for Bower: A Legendary Life (Harper Collins Canada, 2019)

Riddell Award: Gwen Reimer, for “British-Canada’s Land Purchases, 1783-1788: A Strategic Perspective,” Published in Ontario History, Spring 2019.

2018-19 Honours and Awards Recipients

President’s Award: Canadian Clock Museum

Indigenous History Award: Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall

Dorothy Duncan Public History Award: Oxford Remembers Oxford’s Own

Russel K. Cooper Public Programming Award: Not Just Numbers: Representation in the Canadian Census 

Heritage Conservation Award: The Petrie Building Restoration

Cemetery Preservation Award: Rev. Dr. Donna Mann

Cruikshank Medal: Diane Clendenan

Carnochan Lifetime Achievement Award: Barry Penhale and Jane Gibson

Fred Landon Award: Steven High, for One Job Town: Work, Belonging, and Betrayal in Northern Ontario (University of Toronto Press, 2018)

Alison Prentice Award: Tarah Brookfield, for Our Voices Must Be Heard: Women and the Vote in Ontario (University of British Columbia Press, 2018)

J. J. Talman Award: Edward Butts, for Wartime: The First World War in a Canadian Town (Lorimer, 2017)

Huguenot Society of Canada Award: Judi Rever, for In Praise of Blood: Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (Random House Canada, 2017)

Riddell Award: Mark Kuhlberg & Scott Miller, for “‘Protection to the Sulphur-Smoke Tort-feasors’: The Tragedy of Pollution in Sudbury, Ontario, the World’s Nickel Capital, 1884-1927.” Published in The Canadian Historical Review, Volume 99 Issue 2, Summer 2018, pp. 225-257. 

2017-18 Honours and Awards Recipients

Scadding Award of Excellence: Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior

Dorothy Duncan Award: Clarendon Miller Community Archives

Russel K. Cooper Award: Fort William Historical Park

President’s Award: Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury Films)

Cemetery Preservation Award: Cooley-Hatt Pioneer Cemetery

Cemetery Preservation Award (Honourable Mention): Lapp Family Cemetery

Cruikshank Medal: Pamela Cain

Carnochan Award: Richard Thomas

Fred Landon Award: Brian D. McInnes, for Sounding Thunder: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow (University of Manitoba Press, 2016)

Alison Prentice Award: Ma-Nee Chacaby (with Mary Louisa Plummer), for A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder (University of Manitoba Press, 2016)

J. J. Talman Award: Karolyn Smardz Frost, for Steal Away Home: One Woman’s Epic Flight to Freedom – And Her Long Road Back to the South (Harper Collins, 2017)

Donald Grant Creighton Award: Donald A. Wright, for Donald Creighton: A Life in History (University of Toronto Press, 2015)

Huguenot Society of Canada Award: Carol Off, for All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others (Random House Canada, 2017)

Joseph Brant Award: Robert C. Vipond, for Making a Global City: How One Toronto School Embraced Diversity (University of Toronto Press, 2017)

2016-17 Honours and Awards Recipients

Scadding Award of Excellence: Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield

Dorothy Duncan Award: Thunder Bay Public Library

President’s Award: Township of Oro-Medonte

Cruikshank Medal: Geoff and Edith Geduld

Cemetery Preservation Award: Don Weaver

Carnochan Award: Maurice Smith, Paul Carroll

Russel K. Cooper Award: Museum Windsor

Fred Landon Award: Richard White, for Planning Toronto: The Planners, The Plans, Their Legacies, 1940-80 (University of British Columbia Press, 2016)

Fred Landon Award (Honourable Mention): Jennifer Grainger, for Early London, 1826-1914: A Photographic History from the Orr Collection (Biblioasis, 2016)

Alison Prentice Award: Deborah Gorham, for Marion Dewar: A Life of Action (Second Story Press, 2016)

J. J. Talman Award: Sarah Bassnett, for Picturing Toronto: Photography and the Making of a Modern City (McGill-Queens University Press, 2016)

Riddell Award: Jeffrey McNairn, for “The common sympathies of our nature: Moral Sentiments, Emotional Economies, and Imprisonment for Debt in Upper Canada,” published in Histoire Sociale/Social History (2016)

Donald Grant Creighton Award: Steve Paikin, for Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland After All (Dundurn Press, 2016)

Huguenot Society of Canada Award: Mohamed Fahmy and Carol Shaben, for The Marriott Cell: An Epic Journey from Cairo’s Scorpion Prison to Freedom (Penguin Random House, 2016)

Joseph Brant Award: Keith Jamieson and Michelle Hamilton, for Dr. Oronhyatekha: Security, Justice, and Equality (Dundurn Press, 2016)

2015-16 Honours and Awards Recipients

Scadding Award of Excellence: Wolfe Island Historical Society

Dorothy Duncan Award: Port Maitland on the Grand Historical Society

President’s Award: Ivanhoe Cambridge

Cruikshank Medal: John Rae

Carnochan Award: Elise Harding-Davis, Charles Garrad

B. Napier Simpson Jr. Award: Town of Tecumseh Heritage Committee

Museum Award of Excellence: Guelph Museums

Fred Landon Award: Craig Heron, for Lunch-Bucket Lives: Remaking the Workers’ City. (Between the Lines Press, 2015)

Alison Prentice Award: Joan M. Roberts, for Cracked: How Telephone Operators took on Canada’s Largest Corporation…and Won! (Dundurn Press, 2015)

J. J. Talman Award: Ryan O’Connor, for The First Green Wave: Pollution Probe and the Origins of Environmental Activism in Ontario (University of British Columbia Press, 2015)

Riddell Award: Owen Temby and Ryan O’Connor, for “Property, Technology and Environmental Policy: The Politics of Acid Rain in Ontario, 1978-1985,” published in The Journal of Policy History (2015)

Donald Grant Creighton Award: Hugh Grant, for W.A. Mackintosh: The Life of a Canadian Economist. (MQUP, 2015)

Huguenot Society of Canada Award: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, for The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, The Arctic and the Whole Planet (Penguin Random House, 2015)

Joseph Brant Award: Wab Kinew, for The Reason You Walk (Penguin Random House, 2015)

2012-13 Honours and Awards Recipients
The 2012-13 Honours and Awards recipients gather for a photograph inside the newly opened Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Community Centre in Hagersville, Ontario.

This year’s awards were presented at the Society’s Honours and Awards Ceremony on June 22nd, 2013 at the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN) Community Centre in Hagersville, Ontario. The Ceremony was part of the joint OHS-MNCFN event, including the grand opening of the community centre and the 125th Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Historical Society.

Dr. Ian Radforth, Chair of the Honours and Awards Committee of The Ontario Historical Society, is pleased to announce the recipients for 2012:

Scadding Award of Excellence: Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery Committee

Dorothy Duncan Award: Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie & McKay Historical Society

President’s Award: Unterman-McPhail Associates

Cruikshank Medal: Dr. Gabriele Scardellato

Carnochan Award: Janie Cooper-Wilson and Joyce C. Lewis

Joseph Brant Award: Dr. Allan Sherwin for Bridging Two Peoples: Chief Peter E. Jones, 1843-1909 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)

Alison Prentice Award: Dr. Katrina Srigley for Breadwinning Daughters: Young Working Women in a Depression-Era City, 1929-1939 (University of Toronto Press)

Fred Landon Award: Justice Robert J. Sharpe for The Lazier Murder: Prince Edward County, 1884 (University of Toronto Press, for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History)

J. J. Talman Award: Dr. Stuart Henderson for Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s (University of Toronto Press)

Riddell Award: Dr. Owen Temby for “Trouble in Smogville: The Politics of Toronto’s Air Pollution during the 1950s,” Journal of Urban History

Donald Grant Creighton Award: James FitzGerald for What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son’s Quest to Redeem the Past (Random House of Canada)

Huguenot Society of Canada Award: Jennifer Lanthier for The Stamp Collector (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

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2011-12 Honours and Awards Recipients

This year’s awards was presented at the Society’s Honours and Awards Ceremony on June 9th, 2012 at the Waterloo Region Museum as part of the joint OHS-Waterloo Historical Society-Waterloo Region Museum 2012—A Year of History Conference.

Dr. Ian Radforth, Chair of the Honours and Awards Committee of The Ontario Historical Society, is pleased to announce the recipients for 2011:

Scadding Award of Excellence: York Pioneer and Historical Society, Ontario’s oldest historical society

Dorothy Duncan Award: Beaverton Thorah Eldon Historical Society (Beaverton)

President’s Award: Kirk Howard, President, Dundurn

Cruikshank Medal: James Fortin, Curator, Greater City of Sudbury

Carnochan Award: Wayne LeBelle

Joseph Brant Award: Dr. Jack Lipinsky for Imposing their Will: An Organizational History of Jewish Toronto 1933-1948, McGill-Queen’s University Press

Fred Landon Award: Dr.Royce MacGillivray for Dictionary of Glengarry Biography, Glengarry Historical Society

Alison Prentice Award: Maria Meindl for Outside the Box: The Life and Legacy of Writer Mona Gould, the Grandmother I Thought I Knew, McGill-Queen’s University Press

J. J. Talman Award: Dr. Ged Martin for Favourite Son? John A. Macdonald and the Voters of Kingston 1841-1891, Kingston Historical Society

Riddell Award: Gregory Wigmore for “Before the Railroad: From Slavery to Freedom in the Canadian-American Borderland,” The Journal of American History (Vol. 98 No. 2), September 2011

Donald Grant Creighton Award: Dr. Wesley B. Turner for The Astonishing General: The Life and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock, Dundurn

Huguenot Society of Canada Award: Chris Alexander for The Long Way Back: Afghanistan’s Quest for Peace, Harper Collins Publishing

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2010-11 Honours and Awards Recipients
The 2010 OHS Cruikshank Medal was presented to Dr. John Carter (middle) for many years of volunteer service to the Society. On hand to present the award to Dr. Carter was MPP Michael Prue (Beaches East York) and Dr. Sharon Jaeger, Chair, OHS Honours and Awards Committee.

The awards were presented at the Society’s Annual General Meeting and Honours and Awards Ceremony on June 4th, 2011, in North York. Dr. Sharon Jaeger, Chair of the Honours and Awards Committee of The Ontario Historical Society, is pleased to announce the recipients for 2010:

Scadding Award of Excellence: Ontario Jewish Archives (Toronto) for their exhibit Ontario’s Small Jewish Communities

Museum Award of Excellence in Community Programming: Lake of the Woods Museum (Kenora)

Russell K. Cooper Living History Site or Heritage-Based Museum Award: Wellington County Museum and Archives (Fergus)

President’s Award: Ontario Power Generation

Cruikshank Medal: Dr. John C. Carter

J. J. Talman Award: James E. Elliott for Strange Fatality: The Battle of Stoney Creek, 1813, Robin Brass Studio

Riddell Award: James W. Paxton for “Merrymaking and Militia Musters: Mohawks, Loyalists, and the (Re)Construction of Community and Identity in Upper Canada”, Ontario History Vol. CII, No. 2 (Autumn 2010), The Ontario Historical Society

Fred Landon Award: Heather Robertson for Walking into Wilderness: The Toronto Carrying Place and Nine Mile Portage, Heartland Associates, and John S. Long for Treaty No. 9: Making the Agreement to Share the Land in Far Northern Ontario in 1905, McGill-Queen’s University Press

Donald Grant Creighton Award: Dave Mullington for Charlotte: The Last Suffragette, General Store Publishing House

Huguenot Society of Canada Award: L. D. Cross, for The Underground Railroad: The Long Journey to Freedom in Canada, James Lorimer & Company

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2009-10 Honours and Awards Recipients

Museum Award of Excellence in Community Programming: Grey Roots Museum and Archives

Russell K. Cooper Living History Site or Heritage-Based Museum Award: John R. Park Homestead

B. Napier Simpson Jr. Award of Merit: Oro-Medonte History Association

President’s Award: Rob and Doug Shouldice of Shouldice Designer Stone

Cruikshank Medal: Chris and Pat Raible

Carnochan Award: Joy Ormsby

Fred Landon Award: Françoise Noël for Family and Community Life in Northeastern Ontario, The Interwar Years, McGill-Queen’s University Press

Certificate of Merit: Christine Cowley for Butchers, Bakers & Building the Lakers: Voices of Collingwood, LifeGems Personal Histories

Alison Prentice Award: Susan Butlin for The Practice of Her Profession Florence Carlyle, Canadian Painter in the Age of Impressionism, McGill-Queen’s University Press

J. J. Talman Award: Jean Morrison for Labour Pains, Thunder Bay’s Working Class in Canada’s Wheat Boom Era, Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society

Riddell Award: Dennis Carter-Edwards for “Promoting a ‘Unity of Feeling’ The Rebellions of 1837/1838 and the Peterborough Region”, Ontario History (Vol. CI, No. 2 Autumn 2009), The Ontario Historical Society

Donald Grant Creighton Award: Alan D. Butcher for Unlikely Paradise: The Life of Frances Gage, Dundurn Press

2008-09 Honours and Awards Recipients

Russell K. Cooper Living History Site Award: Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Dorothy Duncan Award: Sunderland and District Historical Society

Cruikshank Gold Medal: Marjorie Stuart (Toronto)

Carnochan Award: Brian Winter (Pickering)

Certificate of Merit: Margaret Boyce (Pickering)

President’s Award: Barry Penhale, Natural Heritage Books

Joseph Brant Award: James Bartleman, for Raisin Wine

Fred Landon Award: Gerry Boyce, for Belleville: A Popular History

J. J. Talman Award: Catharine Anne Wilson, for Tenants in Time: Family Strategies, Land, and Liberalism in Upper Canada, 1799-1871

The Donald Grant Creighton Award: A.B. McKillop, for Pierre Berton