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For immediate release
Nov. 14, 2008

Mount Royal faculty receive Pierre Berton Award

(CALGARY – Nov. 14, 2008) Two faculty members from Mount Royal were honoured in Toronto by Canada’s National History Society with the Pierre Berton Award last night. Mount Royal’s Department of Humanities Chair, Jennifer Pettit and Aviation Chair, Kori Street received the prestigious award for their work on one of 12 websites that make up the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History project.

Pettit and Street’s website, Heaven & Hell on Earth: The Massacre of the Black Donnellys, chronicles the brutal demise of a family that emigrated from Ireland in the 1840s and earned a bad reputation in their Ontario community of Lucan.

About the Pierre Berton Award:
The Pierre Berton Award, established in 1994 by Canada’s National History Society, celebrates those who have brought Canadian history to a wider audience. Canadian writer and popular historian, Pierre Berton, was the first recipient and agreed to lend his name to future awards. The award continues to honour those who, like the award’s namesake, have introduced Canadian characters and events of the past to the national and international public.

About Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History:
The "Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History" project provides engaging, high-quality materials to schools and universities for the teaching of historical methods and Canadian History. The project has created a series of instructional websites based on the premise that students can be drawn into Canadian history and archival research through the enticement of solving historical cold crimes.

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