Canada's National History Society
Canada's National History Society is a Canadian Winnipeg-based charitable organization founded in 1994 by the Hudson's Bay Company for the purpose of promoting greater popular interest in Canadian history principally through its publishing activities and outreach and recognition programs. The Society receives a core grant from the Hudson's Bay Company History Foundation annually, but operates as an independent entity. Its operating budget averages $2.7 million a year, and its largest share of revenues comes from its membership who in addition to subscribing to their magazines also contribute charitable donations. 66% of total annual revenues come from individual subscriptions and donations.
Its flagship product is The Beaver: Canada's History Magazine. Produced 6 times a year with a current paid subscriber/membership base of 44,000. In addition, the History Society launched Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids in 2003 which now published quarterly in English and in French as an insert to Quebec children's magazine Les Editions Les Debrouillards. Paid circulation for the English edition is just under 6,000.
The History Society has published three books: For The Love of History (Random House 2005) An anthology of the collected works of the first decade of Pierre Berton Award recipients; Those Earlier Hills (Heritage House 2007) A collection of R.M. Patterson's articles appearing in The Beaver magazine; and 100 Photos That Changed Canada (2009)celebrating Canada's most memorable photographs.
In addition to its publishing projects, the History Society produces Canada's History Awards, a national celebration of the country's top history honours including the Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History and the Pierre Berton Award for achievement in popular history. In 2008, the History Society established the National Forum on Canadian History as part of the annual Awards events as an opportunity to bring students, teachers, historians, museum specials, and history organizations together to discuss ways to improve formal and informal history education in Canada.
From 2007-2009 it partnered with Hbc to administer the Hbc Local History Grants Program which provided modest support to small community-based history projects. Today the History Society continues to support local history organizations through the Canada's History Awards program as well as its website's news and travel services.
Canada's History Awards
National honours included in awards program include:
- The Governor General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History
- The Pierre Berton Award
- Kayak Kids' Illustrated History Challenge (Kayak Magazine)
- The Begbie Canadian History Essay Competition (The Begbie History Society)
- Great Canadian Questions Essay Contest (Historica-Dominion Institute)
- The Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for academic writing (The Canadian Historical Association)
Pierre Berton Award
Established in 1994, the Pierre Berton Award is presented annually by the Society for distinguished achievement in presenting Canadian history in an informative and engaging manner. Canadian writer and historian Pierre Berton was the first recipient and agreed to lend his name to future awards. The award honours those who have introduced Canadian characters and events of the past to the national and international public.
- 2010 recipient: Desmond Morton
- 2009 recipient: Paul Gross
- 2008 recipient: Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History
- 2007 recipient: Brian McKenna
- 2006 recipient: Ken McGoogan
- 2005 recipient: Will Ferguson
- 2004 recipient: Jack Granatstein
- 2003 recipient: Charlotte Gray
- 2002 recipient: Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
- 2001 recipient: Canada: A People's History
- 2000 recipient: Peter C. Newman