Citizen archive project receives award

The Prince George Newspapers Digitization Project was honoured with the Jeanne Clarke local history award for service on Sunday night at the Bob Harkins branch of the Prince George Public Library.

There were also two winners of the award for a publication, with The Recorded History of the Liard Basin: Where British Columbia joins the Yukon and NWT, by Anthony Kenyon, and Jonathan Swainger for his local history book, Aspiration: A History of the University of British Columbia, sharing the prize.

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The awards are presented each year to individuals or groups for outstanding contributions in the preservation and promotion of local and northern history.

The Digitization Project has several contributing partners including the library, The Prince George Citizen, the College of New Caledonia, the University of Northern B.C., the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC and the Friends of the Prince George Public Library who have worked specifically on the digitization of the Prince George Citizen for nearly 10 years.

The searchable newspaper database features issues of The Citizen dating back to May 17, 1916.

The Citizen was also a partner on Swainger's book, handling the editing, design and printing of Aspiration.

The Board of Trustees of the Prince George Public Library presents the service award and the publication award, which is usually only awarded to one recipient each year.

This was the third time in its 32-year history two books were recognized with a publication award.

The awards are named to honour the memory of long-time Prince George resident Jeanne Clarke, a founding member of the local history committee of the library.

For more information on the Jeanne Clarke Awards and the list of recipients visit www.pgpl.ca/history.

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