Jim St. Clair to be recognized for Cape Breton heritage preservation
Educator, author and broadcaster dedicated to community heritage and culture
Well-known Cape Breton educator and historian Jim St. Clair has been recognized by the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia for his "contributions to built and cultural heritage" on the island.
He will be presented with the Award of Excellence in Supporting Heritage Conservation later this year, according to a news release from Heritage Trust.
Those who nominated St. Clair for the award spoke about his dedication.
"Jim has been an ardent champion for heritage in Nova Scotia since the 1970s," wrote Rodney Chaisson, director of the Nova Scotia Highland Village in Iona, N.S.
St. Clair was the driving force behind having two historic buildings moved the highland village site, Chaisson said.
The first was the historic Malagawatch Union Presbyterian Church, which was transported on a flatbed truck by road. Then there was the MacQuarrie-Fox house, which was moved by truck and barge from Troy in Inverness County.
He was also instrumental in preserving the Orangedale Train Station, Chaisson said.
Catherine Arseneau, director of the Beaton Institute at Cape Breton University, said she was deeply inspired by St.Clair when she took a museum studies course from him at CBU.
"Jim brought to the classroom an enthusiasm for community heritage and culture that challenged his students to apply their learning and take action in their community," she said.
St. Clair, who is also an author and newspaper columnist, is a regular on CBC radio's Then & Now, speaking with Information Morning Cape Breton host Steve Sutherland every Wednesday.