UWinnipeg History Book Shortlisted for Award

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Historical Society has shortlisted The University of Winnipeg’s ‘resident’ historian Dr. Gerald Bedford’s book The University of Winnipeg Volume II: The First Forty Years (1967-2007) for the prestigious Margaret McWilliams Award. He recently launched the book at UWinnipeg’s Homecoming and 40th birthday celebrations on Sept. 15, 2007.

Bedford is a legendary historian on The University of Winnipeg and is a United College/UWinnipeg graduate. He is also a renowned professor of English who taught for more than four decades at UWinnipeg. His recent book is a continuation of his first book The University of Winnipeg – A History of Founding Colleges that was published in 1976. It earned him his first Margaret McWilliams Award.

“Thirty years ago I was fortunate to win it for my first book [The University of Winnipeg – A History of Founding Colleges], said Dr. Bedford. “It’s a surprise and a real privilege to be shortlisted again.”

Dr. Bedford will be reading from his shortlisted book on Tuesday April 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue.

The awards and winners will be announced at the Manitoba Historical Society’s Awards on Sunday April 27, 2008 at 1:00 pm at St. John’s College, University of Manitoba.

The Margaret McWilliams Award honors laudable work relating to Manitoba and its history, in scholarly, popular and local history books, University theses, short articles, audio-visual media and web sites. The award is to encourage the study and interpretation of the history of Manitoba.

The Manitoba Historical Society was founded in June 1879 by an Act of the Manitoba Legislature, and is the oldest organization in western Canada devoted to the promotion of public interest in, and preservation of, the region’s historical resources.

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Naniece Ibrahim, Marketing & Communications Officer, University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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