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A very happy Celebration of 125 years of History, the first event of an exciting year! On a cold Saturday in evening on January 17th, many Manitoba Historical Society members and their friends dined together in the warm elegant ambience of the Provencher Room of the magnificent historic landmark, the Fort Garry Hotel.
On behalf of the Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner Committee, I would like to thank you all for attending. Your enthusiastic support of the Annual Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner is very much appreciated. We are indebted to our many sponsors and contributors who added to the success of the evening.
The amusing reminiscences of their time in office given by the Hon. Howard Pawley and the Hon. Gary Filmon added a lighthearted touch to the evening. The traditional music of the 1800s provided so charmingly by Simpson’s Folly took us back to that historic time in Manitoba history. Our keynote speaker, Jake MacDonald, engaged his audience in a fascinating accounting of the role of Sir John A. Macdonald and the development of the province of Manitoba.
Congratulatory messages were received from her Excellency, the Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the Hon. Paul Martin, and the Hon. Peter Liba. Greetings from the Provincial Government were given by Hon. Peter Bjornson, Minister of Education, and from City Council represented by Councillor Garth Steek.
Arrangements were made by Céline Kear to have members of the press present, and coverage was received in both the Sun and the Free Press.
In closing I would like to thank MHS President, Steven Place and his wife Liza for their assistance at the event; it is very much appreciated. Thank you also to the Dinner Committee members for all of their support and advice, in planning the event and their participation during the evening. Also, my appreciation is extended to Carl James and Tim Worth for assisting with the raffle, almost $700.00 was collected in raffle proceeds alone; and for Bill Fraser for photographing the event. Thanks are also extended to Judith Hudson Beattie and Corinne Tellier for arranging the Society display, which enhanced the main stage.
Finally, I am extremely grateful to Jackie Friesen, the Office Manager, for her very pleasant assistance over the past four months, and for overseeing details during the dinner. It is very difficult to find adequate words to express my thanks.
Margaret Morse, Chair
Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner Committee
Manitoba Historical Society
An article in the January 8, 2004 Manitoba Co-operator raises this question. To comply with the new civic addressing standards, some rural municipalities are already putting up new road signs. Each grid road is to be named by a numbering system based on its location from the prime meridian, if it runs north or south or from the international border, if it runs east and west. This system will make 911 emergency response much easier but road names commemorating pioneer families and one-room schools may be forgotten within a generation. For more information on the new addressing standards go to the Association of Manitoba Municipalities web page www.amm.mb.ca and search "Civic Addressing Standards."
In March 2004 our popular annual Multicultural Dinner will celebrate ... The Manitoba Historical Society.
Manitoba Historical Society members and friends are invited to help celebrate our 125th anniversary by attending a gala evening featuring
Will the dinner include pemmican and bannock? Not a chance! By 1879 the young city of Winnipeg was striving to become a sophisticated urban centre. Roast beef was the principal item on menus of the day, as it will be on ours.
Period attire will be appreciated, but is not required.
Cost per person: $25.00
Lower Hall, St. John's Cathedral
135 Anderson Avenue
Tour of Cathedral 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p. m.
Note: Street parking only. Driveway may be used to drop off and pick up passengers at the door but no parking in the churchyard please.
Transit Route 18 stops at Main and Anderson, one block west of the cathedral.
Please phone the MHS office at 947-0559 by March 10, 2004 for more information or to make reservations. We accept Visa.
Information from On Track, the Official Newsletter of the Inglis Elevators National Historic Site, Fall 2003.
Elevator #1 UGG - The elevator was raised and straightened, new cribbing, shiplap, siding, shingles and windows installed. Siding was painted. A 20" slab and a 20" grade beam were poured. The driveway was raised and straightened.
Elevators # 3 & 4 Reliance - Work on these elevators was completed and Reliance logos were painted on the front of the elevators.
Elevator # 5 Paterson - The front of the elevator was painted and the Paterson logo almost completed.
Paterson Annex - New bottom and upper floors were installed.
More information is available on the web page: www.ingliselevators.com.
The elevators are closed for the winter but will be open again next summer. Basic fees to become a member of Inglis Elevator National Historic Site are $30.00 for an individual or $50.00 for a family. To purchase a membership or make a donation contact:
Inglis Area Heritage Committee Inc.
P.O. Box 81
Inglis, MB R0J 0X0
Tax receipts are provided.
A special exhibition is on display until March 4: Reshaping Memory, Owning History: Through the Lens of Japanese Canadian Redress. This is a travelling exhibit produced by the Japanese Canadian National Museum and Archives in Burnaby, B.C.
A special program is presented on Sundays in the Parkland/Mixed Woods Gallery:
Commercial Fishing in all Seasons on Lake Winnipeg - Join a commercial fishing family to learn about net-making, jigging and the use of fishing equipment on one of Manitoba's great lakes.
Cree Stories from Red River and Loon Straits - Ruth Christie shares tales of growing up on Loon Straits and other Cree Legends.
Ojibway Stories - Presenter to be announced.
Ukrainian Traditions and Folklore - Roman Yereniuk and Hanna Tarasuik bring the Ukrainian culture alive in front of the Ukrainian Rye Farm Diorama.
Mennonite Stories and Traditions from Southeastern Manitoba - Listen to tales from the Kehler family as they share stories of their past in Neuberghtal. Learn about authentic objects presented in a display from the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach.
Stories from St. Andrews - Join storyteller Marc Kuly and his father Barry as they recount tales from the St. Andrews area.
Icelandic Stories - Presenter to be announced.
Nellie McClung (1873-1951)
Manitoba Archives photo
Members of the Manitoba Legislature voted unanimously to pass Bill 202, a private member's bill - The Nellie McClung Foundation Act. The act creates a foundation empowered to raise funds for the creation, erection and maintenance of a statue on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building to commemorate Nellie McClung.
A board of no fewer than five trustees appointed by the Manitou-Pembina Cultural and Heritage Committee will manage the foundation. The foundation is expected to conduct fundraising and to manage and invest the funds in the best interest of the foundation.
Nellie McClung was born Helen Letitia Mooney in Chatsworth, Ontario in 1873. She moved to Manitoba in 1880 and attended school in Brandon from age 10 to 15. She completed Normal school and took a teaching position in Manitou in 1890. There she met and married her husband Robert Wesley McClung. In 1911 they moved to Winnipeg where Nellie McClung became one of the founding members of the Political Equality League and began lobbying for women's suffrage. She is perhaps best known for her role in the women's mock parliament at the Walker Theatre In 1916, partly as a result of her efforts, Manitoba was the first province to give women the right to vote.
In 1929 Nellie McClung was one of the "famous five" who successfully petitioned he Federal Government to have the legal definition of "person" expanded to include women. She wrote 16 books. In 1938 she represented Canada as a delegate to the League of Nations.
February 21 at the Bay Polo Park
February 22 at the Bay Downtown
Make your own "Genuine Hudson's Bay Company Point Blanket Capote" made from real HBC Point Blankets. You will be given the patterns and instructions to walk away with a complete blanket coat.
From the backs of the early fur traders to the knees of the royal family, Hudson's Bay blankets have long been part of Canada's national identity. This unique, one day workshop includes storytellers, a presentation on the history of the blankets, lunch and all the materials needed to complete your very own capote.
Multi-coloured blankets and other colours are available to choose from.
For further information or to register, please contact Kimberly Sabad (Polo Park) at 204-9753228 or Rita Diapolo at 204-926-0670 or Ivanka Dmytryshyn at 204-926-0998 (Downtown location). The workshop will be conducted by Suzan Lagrove of the Hudson's Bay Company's Heritage Department. Suzan can be reached at 250-385-1311 local 503 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $200 plus GST
Fees include all supplies including blanket, sewing supplies, lunch and guest speaker Judith Hudson Beattie.
Length: 1 day 10:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M.
Click here for information on this new MHS program.
Click here for an updated list of Centennial Farms.
Bruce G. Donaldson
Mr. & Mrs. Dave Dueck
The Manitoba Historical Society would like to thank and acknowledge the following contributors and sponsors:
Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner
Fort Garry Hotel
Winnipeg Free Press
Mrs. W. Steward Martin
Meyers Norris Penny
A Channel Big Breakfast
Judith Hudson Beattie
Keith Burr, ANAF, Vets Unit 60, Pipes & Drums
CBC Radio - Ron Robinson
Senator Douglas Everett & Mrs. Everett
Great Plains Publications
Hon. Justice Ben Hewak
Dr. John C. Lehr
Manitoba Naturalist Society
Randolf Koes, Illustrator
Hon. Justice Nathan Nurgitz
Prairie Theatre Exchange
George T. Richardson
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
University of Manitoba Press
Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg
Hon. Justice Scott Wright
Mary Louise Zorniak
MHS-Dalnavert Visitors Centre "This Old House" Campaign
Hon. Duff Roblin
Margaret Lynne & James Astwood
Evelyn H. M. Sawyer
Brian J. McKenzie
Miles H. Pepper
Betty Jo Johnston
W. L. Wardrop
R. Allan Patterson
M. E. Frances Mills
Jean G. Campbell
A. D. Brady
Céline & Alan Kear
G. A. McMurray
Dr. T. K. Thorlakson
Tim & Jean Worth - in memory Of K & P. Worth
Beverly A. Jackson
Marilyn De Von Flint
K. R. Brown
Carl James & Sandra Mott James
Lisa Hardess & Rodney Macdonald
Len & Joan Goldsborough
William J. Fraser
MHS - Dalnavert Visitors Centre Capital Campaign
Estate of Ed. Nix
The Bank of Nova Scotia
George T. Richardson
B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd.
The Murphy Foundation Incorporated
R. A. N. Bonnycastle
Contributions - Manitoba Historical Society
Estate of Edwin P. Nix
Shirlee Anne Smith
Ernst Hansch Foundation
Contributions - Dalnavert
Contributions - Centennial Farms Program
Contributions - MHS Heritage Trust Fund
Manitoba Historical Society Executive 2003-2004
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