2023 Osprey Heritage Awards recipients recognized at city hall
The 2023 Municipal Heritage Awards were hosted at City Hall on December 7 with members of council, staff, and individuals from the local heritage community in attendance. These awards celebrate the outstanding contributions to the preservation and promotion of heritage within Kawartha Lakes.
These bi-annual rewards, returning next in 2025, recognized individuals and groups in three categories: publication and research, community heritage, and heritage restoration/adaptive reuse.
The Publication and Research category celebrates non-fiction work about Kawartha Lakes archeological, built, cultural and/or natural heritage. Councillor Mike Perry presented this award to Sara Walker- Howe for her newly released publication titled Historic Citizens of Kawartha Lakes.
Sara’s book captures and showcases 20 unique stories of local women; the first woman from Kawartha Lakes to become a doctor or the first woman doctor to establish a practise in Lindsay, the woman from Verulam township who became a spy and ran a trading post in Siberia during the Russian Revolution, the woman who parachuted out of hot air balloons only to be shot in the back and yet carried the bullet next to her lung until the day she died, and so much more.
The Community Heritage category celebrates a volunteer-based organization or individual that promotes and/or protects heritage in Kawartha Lakes. Deputy Mayor Tracy Richardson presented this award to the Manvers Township Historical Society, which was represented by Teresa Jordan.
Manvers Township Historical Society celebrates 40 years of hard work in honouring the heritage of the former township of Manvers this year. This group has in the past few years opened a research center at the Old Post Office in Bethany, had both the buildings that they own or operated registered as heritage sites and have created a vibrant website and Facebook page. We can not mention all of the community outreach events hosted by the historical society, however to mention a few- in 2021 the society began a project to honor the veterans of Manvers with banners in the three villages, Families sponsor banners and the society has them printed and displayed, the society is expanding its display opportunities to the library space in Bethany, and the society continues to publish a newsletter.
The Heritage Restoration/ Adaptive Reuse category celebrates a residential or commercial property owner that has completed preservation, rehabilitiation or restoration work to the historic place.
Deputy Mayor Tracy Richardson presented this award to Paulette Sopoci for the heritage restoration and adaptive reuse on Primrose Hill Manor, locally known as the Doctors House in Janetville.
Thanks to Paulette, this 1880 home underwent extensive restoration over the last two and a half years. Interior restoration began behind the walls to ensure the bones of the home were updated and functioning so the home was safe for decades to come. This included complete electrical wiring, a new plumbing stack, a new hot water tank, two air conditioners (a first time for this home), a new furnace and ensuring that after decades, the bats were finally removed from the attic.
Paulette hired skilled tradesmen to meticulously restore walls and ceilings in each room, with special attention given to the grand hallway and double parlour. Medallions, corbels and crown mouldings were all respected and the end result is perfection. New bathrooms and an updated kitchen were added to bring the home to 2023 standards, while respecting the heritage look of the home.
In addition to the Osprey Heritage Awards, the Municipal Heritage Committee introduced the first Heritage Milestone Award, which acknowledges the dedication of heritage organizations in Kawartha Lakes, in 25 year increments. Deputy Mayor Tracy Richardson presented the municipality’s first Milestone Heritage Award to the Boyd Heritage Museum, celebrating 25 years.
Built in 1889 as The Boyd Lumber Company, later the Trent Valley Navigation Company, and now the Boyd Heritage Museum, the museum has been collecting and preserving not only artifacts and records that relate to Mossom Boyd, his family and businesses, but also for the Village of Bobcaygeon and surrounding areas for 25 years.