The Newfoundland Historical Society Heritage Fellowship Award was instituted in 1976, when Paul O’Neill, in his annual President’s Report, stated that it was to be presented to the person or persons who, in the judgement of the Council has contributed significantly to the preservation and/or dissemination of the written record of the history of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Nominations may be made by any member of the Society. The winner is chosen by the Executive and Council from the nominees. It is hoped in this way to sometimes honour contributions to the written history of Newfoundland by persons who otherwise might be ignored.
The first recipient was the Society’s own Office Secretary, and staunch supporter, collector, preserver and disseminator of Newfoundland history, Bobbie Robertson. It has been awarded annually, with a few exceptions, since then, and in recent years to multiple recipients.
Heritage Award Recipients
2019 – 20
Trinity Historical Society
James K. Hiller
William F. Coaker Heritage Foundation
Baccalieu Trail Heritage Society
William J. Kirwin
Ena Farrell Edwards
Raymond W. Guy
Encyclopedia of Newfoundland & Labrador
Frederick W. Rowe
Joseph R. Smallwood