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E-Bulletin | February 13, 2015


1. Announcing the 2014 Yukon Heritage Awards

The YHMA presents awards to individuals, organizations and businesses which have made a special contribution to the conservation or interpretation of some aspect of Yukon’s heritage.

The 31st annual Yukon Heritage Awards will be held in conjunction with a celebration of Heritage Day on Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Yukon Archives in Whitehorse. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the event will commence at 6:00 pm. Jim Mountain, Director of Regeneration Projects with the Heritage Canada National Trust, will deliver a keynote presentation to celebrate this year’s Heritage Day theme of  “Main Streets: at the heart of our communities.” This year's recipients include:

Kitty Sperling and the Ross River Bridge Society will receive the 2014 Annual Heritage Award for their successful efforts to save the Ross River suspension bridge from demolition.

The Watson Lake Historical Society has been awarded the 2014 Helen Couch Volunteer of the Year Award for their ongoing efforts to protect, conserve and share the history of Watson Lake.

Casey McLaughlin is the recipient of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding professional and personal contributions to the Yukon heritage field.

Leo and Marc Martel have been awarded the 2014 Heritage Conservation Project of the Year, sponsored by the Yukon Government Tourism and Culture Department, Historic Sites Unit, for the restoration of the Keno City Hotel.

YHMA ackowledges the support of YG Historic Sites Unit, the Heritage Canada National Trust and Holland America for this year's Heritage Awards. For more information on current and past recipients, please visit the YHMA website.

2. Call for Papers - 2015 Museums Alaska/AHS Conference


For details see the Alaska Historical Society website:
Individual presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, and presenters must register for the conference. Proposals are due May 1, 2015 and should be sent to Chris Allan, Program Chair,

Located at the center of the Gulf of Alaska, Cordova and its surroundings have been a destination for travelers over thousands of years. The Copper River delta is the homeland of the Eyak, who played a central role in the confluence of ancient trading among Alutiiq, Tlingit and Athabascan peoples. When Spanish ships passed this way in 1790, Salvador F
idalgo named the bay Cordova after a Spanish admiral. The fishing industry and the Klondike-Alaska gold rush produced new settlements in the region, and a copper bonanza in the Wrangell Mountains led to the founding of the town of Cordova in 1906 as a port and railroad terminus.

Although the copper eventually ran out and the Copper River
& Northwestern Railroad shut down in 1938, Cordova endured and became a center for world-class fisheries. This year the Cordova Historical Society is hosting the Alaska Historical Society-Museums Alaska annual conference, and we are calling on you to join us. This year’s theme—Trade Routes and Crossroads in the North Pacific—invites presentations on all topics related to Alaska history, with emphasis on trade, cultural interactions, and dynamic encounters at one of the world’s great crossroads.

The Alaska Historical Society’s keynote speaker this year will be Alaska State Writer Laureate Frank Soos of Fairbanks who will s
hare his ideas about writing as a craft and exploring archives to produce local history gems. This year the Alaska Historical Society is drawing special attention to the role of local historical societies and the practitioners of local history who dig deeply into our collective trove of stories and make Alaska history a vibrant scholarly field. Workshop sessions to help local societies improve their operations will be offered on topics like building membership, boosting volunteers, and raising more money. There will also be a celebration of the work of Patricia Roppel who did so much to document the history of Southeast Alaska.

3. 2015 Children in Museums Award

APPLY FOR 2015 CHILDREN IN MUSEUMS AWARD | Application deadline extended to Feb 28, 2015
The Children in Museums Award has been established by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums to recognise international excellence and innovation in exhibits designed for children within the museum sector. Applications are welcomed from children’s museums and from education, children and youth departments in museums and science museums, both long-established and recently opened.

The Jury is looking especially for the creative use of exhibitions and programmes with an innovative interpretative approach, which should be meaningful to the relevant age-group. Do you qualify?

The deadline for applications has been extended to February 28, 2015. Download the application form here.

More information is available on the Hands On! and European Museum Academy websites. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ann Nicholls, EMA Co-ordinator, at
4. Call for Submissions - Arctic Council Youth Art Contest
The Government of Canada, on behalf of the Arctic Council, wants to challenge the young people of the Arctic region to show off their artistic talents in the Arctic Council’s Youth Art Contest. Contestants are invited to create an original two-dimensional artwork in any medium, with the exception of photography. Work must be no larger than 61 centimetres by 61 centimetres unframed, weigh less than 2 kilograms, and be capable of being rolled into a tube for shipping. 

The theme of the contest is “Development for the People of the North”, in celebration of Canada’s Arctic Council Chairmanship (2013-2015). To learn more about the Chairmanship please visit: . Contestants can draw inspiration from the work of the Arctic Council by visiting its website at:

The contest will bring together up to three (3) pieces of artwork from each Arctic state and Arctic Council indigenous Permanent Participant for the Display Phase of the contest.  During the Display Phase, artwork will be shipped to Ottawa, Canada where it will be framed and exhibited at the Arctic Council Ministerial showcase events on April 23, 2015. Canada’s submissions will include one piece from each territory.

To be eligible, contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 25 as of 1 April 2015, and reside in one of Canada’s territories. If you intend on participating in the contest, please inform Robyn Farrow ( by February 16, 2015.  Photographs of eligible entries must be provided electronically by March 13, 2015 at the latest.  The photograph of the artwork should be a clear image, taken without flash, have a minimum resolution of 6 megapixels and be saved in a .jpeg file format.

The artwork selected for the Display Phase will be judged in Ottawa by a panel of up to three experts, based on its creativity, quality of artistic composition, and interpretation/clarity of the given theme.
A total of three (3) merchandise prizes, with a maximum total value of CAD 1,500, will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning entries.

All entries must comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Contest (see attached). Artwork shipped to Ottawa for the Display Phase of the contest will be shipped back to Canadian finalists before December 31, 2015 at no cost to the artist.   

Robyn Farrow
Communications and Outreach Officer - Agent de communications et du Programme de rayonnement
Circumpolar Affairs and Energy Division - Direction des affaires circumpolaires et de l'énergie
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