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Virtual Exhibit Receives Archival Excellence Award

The Beaton Institute has been recognized by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives as this year’s recipient of the Phyllis Blakely Award for Archival Excellence. The Beaton Institute received the award for the virtual exhibit "Through Her Eyes: Katharine McLennan."

The project steering committee consists of members from the project’s partner organizations: the Beaton Institute, the Cape Breton Regional Library, the Fortress of Louisbourg Association and Parks Canada. The exhibit features photographs, artworks, audiovisual materials and textual records related to the life of Katharine McLennan. The exhibit also provides educator’s resources to encourage the use of the site as a learning tool for students.

Katharine McLennan was a member of numerous local volunteer organizations, and volunteered as a nursing assistant during the First World War. She strongly advocated for the designation of the Fortress of Louisbourg as a National Historic Site. Her research and dedication played an important role in the eventual partial reconstruction of the Fortress site.

The Dr. Phyllis R. Blakeley Award is presented annually to a CNSA member institution or organization displaying outstanding accomplishments in the archival field. The award is intended to recognize exemplary projects focused on archival holdings; promoting the concept and value of archives; or displaying excellence relating to a specific archival function and have lasting archival value.

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