Margaret Mulrooney, left, curator of the Colchester Historeum, presented an award to Robert Byers during last year's Heritage Night event. This year's event will see a number of individuals recognized on Feb. 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Submitted photo

TRURO – Heritage Night will be celebrated at the Colchester Historeum on Feb. 22.

The Colchester Historical Society is hosting the event, which will begin at 7;30 p.m. at the facility on Young Street. The celebration began in 1979 to recognize the 25th anniversary of the society, as well as the third anniversary of the opening of the Colchester Historical Museum.

 The purpose of the event is to recognize the work of area heritage enthusiasts who have completed projects such as books of local history, restoration of historic structures, or using social media to celebrate local heritage.

The Town of Truro will also present its Architectural Heritage Award, administered through the Truro Heritage Advisory Committee during the celebration.

Among those to be recognized at the event are authors Janet Maybee, for her book ‘Colchester to the Rescue’, detailing the efforts of Colchester residents in the aftermath of the Halifax explosion, and Stacey Culgin for her ‘Historical Miscellany of Debert’.

Two members of the society will be celebrated for their long-time commitment to its work, Nan Harvey, archivist, and Dale Ells, newsletter editor.

Other nominees include genealogist and historian Glen Matheson for his work in chronicling the village of Earltown through his “Earltown HeritageTidbits” blog, Nevin Jackson and Francis Collins for their work in celebrating the contributions of African-Nova Scotians to Colchester hockey, the Colchester Highland Games Society for their event last summer and their creation of an official tartan for Colchester County, and Dr. Beau Blois for the restoration of the round barn on Old Barns.

The public is invited to join society members at this event (in historic costume, if desired).