Reg Porter was presented the Gilbert Buote Award at Government House in November at a ceremony attended by her Honour Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of PEI.

Porter received the award for his research of early French maps of PEI that he published on his blog “Reg Porter’s Prince Edward Island Heritage Blog.” The Sister Antoinette DesRoches Historical Committee, a committee of the Association of the Acadian Museum of PEI, presents the award annually to recognize projects of merit in the fields of Acadian history and heritage in the province. In the course of his research, Porter discovered an impressive number of maps of Île Saint-Jean in major North American and European archives, many of which were unknown to historians of Acadie and PEI. In this blog, Porter analyses maps from the 17th and 18th centuries. He gives the political, economic, and social context of each map and, whenever possible, provides information on the cartographer who created the map. He also comments on the content of the maps and pays special attention to the toponymy, transcribing the place names and indicating the present-day names.