Tweedsmuir Community History Books Receive Recognition

The Women's Institutes and the significance of the Tweedsmuir Books have won accolades over the years:

  • Prizes for the best Tweedsmuir History Books have existed since 1947 when Lady Tweedsmuir provided a silver cup to be awarded annually. Academic historians and the members of the Ontario Historical Society acted as judges in the competitions.
  • In 1949, Tweedsmuirs won a prestigious prize from the American Association for State and Local History.
  • The Honourable Vincent Massey included Tweedsmuir histories as part of the Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences in 1950.
  • In 1962, the Canadian Historical Association, Canada's national organization of professional historians, awarded a certificate of merit to the Women's Institute for their efforts in preserving local history.
  • Realizing the significance of Tweedsmuir Books, the Archives of Ontario entered into an agreement with the Department of Agriculture and Food in the 1960s to have the Books preserved on microfilm.
  • In 2004, the WI Tweedsmuir Coordinators were awarded the Scadding Award of Excellence by the Ontario Historical Society. This award recognizes a historical or heritage group "which has made an outstanding contribution to the field of history".