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April 25, 2005
Scarborough Historical Museum wins prestigious Ontario Historical Society Award of Excellence in Community Programming
The City of Toronto Culture Division is proud to announce that Scarborough
Historical Museum has been awarded the Ontario Historical Society’s prestigious
Museum Award of Excellence in Community Programming. Madeleine Callaghan,
Curator of the museum, will receive the award at the ceremony that will take
place in Kingston, Ontario on May 7, 2005.

Scarborough Historical Museum was nominated for its commitment to outstanding
community programming, encompassing programs and events celebrating Scarborough’
s heritage, as well as activities that develop partnerships within the
community. Madeleine Callaghan said, "We are thrilled to receive an award that
celebrates local achievements. It affirms our vision that working at the grass
roots level results in exciting and relevant public programming." The museum
was nominated for the award by the Scarborough Historical Society.

The nomination also acknowledged the museum for responding to community needs
by developing a dynamic Youth Mentoring Program that provides training and
leadership opportunities to students at a pivotal time in their lives. Its
success is evident in the volunteer recognition awards several of the
participants have received for their outstanding contributions.

Scarborough Historical Museum’s current Oral History project, "Bendale: About
Place" will celebrate a community that, in a short span of time, has evolved
from rural to suburban to multicultural urban hub. The exhibit, created from
combined local memories and images, will be placed online on the Virtual Museum
of Canada’s Web site,, as part of its "Community Memories"
program, and will be linked to the City of Toronto’s Culture Division Web site,

In 2003, the museum received the Oral History Association Award of Merit for
its "Agincourt: A Community History" exhibit. This international award
recognized the museum for its grass roots approach in involving residents from
all walks of life and backgrounds.

Established in 1967, The Ontario Historical Society’s Awards Programme honours
individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the
preservation and promotion of Ontario’s heritage. The O.H.S. was formed in

One of the 11 museums operated by the City of Toronto’s Culture Division,
Scarborough Historical Museum is located in Thomson Memorial Park at 1007
Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence Avenue East in Toronto. Call 416-338-8807
or e-mail

Media Contact:
Madeleine Callaghan
Scarborough Historical Museum



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