Valerie Giles

NOTICE: The Bob Harkins Branch downtown is closed for the remainder of the day (Wed June 29), due to a power outage affecting multiple businesses in the area. The Nechako Branch remains open.

Publication Award

Valerie Giles received the 2008 Jeanne Clarke Local History award for her book Harold Moffat and the Northern Hardware: Prince George Icons, released in April 2007. The book captures stories of three generations of the pioneering Moffat family and the history of the Northern Hardware, a Prince George institution for 89 years.

The business and civic careers of Harold Moffat and the history of Prince George are inextricably linked. Moffat served for nearly a quarter century on the school board in Prince George and as mayor of the city for almost a decade. The book captures the story of his family and business along with the history of the City of Prince George, which was incorporated in 1915 – the year Harold Moffat was born.

The author spent hours conducting personal interviews as well as research at the library, City archives, school board and the Northern Hardware. This is the second Jeanne Clarke award for Valerie Giles, who won in 1999 for her column Remembering… which appears in the Prince George Citizen.