The preservation of peace country history was celebrated over the weekend with the annual presentation of the Isabel Campbell Award. This year City Councillor Dwight Logan was the recipient. He says history has always been part of his life.
“I was a prolific reader as a young child. When I learned to read, I read everything in sight. History dominated my readings after I got a little bit more discerning about what was good and what wasn’t. Stories of history and following history, that’s fit exactly with museums.”
The award was created in 2001 by the Grande Prairie museum and the Pioneer Museum Society of Grande Prairie & District. It is given to someone who puts in significant hours into organizations that preserve the heritage in the area. Logan thinks his dad was the reason he dove into involvement with the museum.
“Our dad was the kind of person that collected artifacts. After he passed, we had to try to figure out what we were going to do with some of those artifacts.”
He adds that many of them ended up at the Grande Prairie Museum.
The award’s namesake Isabel Campbell was the first secretary of the Pioneer Museum Society when it launched in 1961.