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Annual Jeanne Clarke history awards set to be handed out February 21

The Prince George Public Library Board announced the nominees for the 36th annual Jeanne Clarke Awards today.  The Jeanne Clarke Local History Award was established by the Library Board in 1985, in memory of former library board chair Jeanne Clarke.

The nominees for the 2021 publication award are:

  • Highballer: True Tales from a Treeplanting Life by Greg Nolan
  • Service on the Skeena: Horace Wrinch, Frontier Physician by Geoff Mynett
  • Crossing the Divide: Discovering a Wilderness Ethic in Canada’s Northern Rockies by Wayne Sawchuk
  • Stagecoach North: A History of Barnard’s Express by Ken Mather
  • Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid by Cecil Paul, as told to Briony Penn
  • Following the Good River: The Life and Times of Wax’aid by Cecil Paul, as told to Briony Penn
  • Cataline: The Life of BC’s Legendary Packer by Susan Smith-Josephy with Irene Bjerky
  • In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott
  • The Brideship Wife by Leslie Howard

The award is presented annually to individuals or groups for outstanding contributions in the preservation and promotion of local and regional history in the categories of publication and service.

The awards will take a different format in 2021. Rather than an in-person event, the awards show will air on CKPG TV on February 21st at 6 p.m., and can be streamed online at

Past winners of the publication award include the Prince George Retired Teachers’ Association, Jessica McDiarmid, and Aaron Williams.

Past winners of the service award include The Exploration Place and Mary Gouchie, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, and Trelle Morrow. 

Jeanne Clarke was a founding member of the Prince George Public Library’s Local History Committee, and played a key role in establishing the Prince George Public Library’s local history collection.

For more information on the Jeanne Clarke Awards visit:


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