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4 August -
June 2015

Exhibit: “The Great War, 1914-15”

The RCA Museum (CFB Shilo) will open an exhibit in commemoration of the centennial of The First World War at 5 PM on 4 August 2014, exactly 100 years to the minute since Canada found itself at war with Germany. The guest of honour for the opening ceremony will be renowned Canadian film director and author, Paul Almond, whose father was a Canadian Gunner in the Great War.

The exhibit will examine the causes of the war and its effects on Canada during the first year of the conflict. Visitors will be able to explore life on the home front and the experiences of soldiers overseas. Exhibit highlights will honour the centennials of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry formed in 1914 and of the writing of “In Flanders Fields” in 1915.

The exhibit will run until June 2015. Future exhibits to commemorate the Somme in 2016 and the battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017 are planned to build on the visitor experience in “The Great War 1914-15.”

The RCA Museum is open Mondays to Fridays, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed weekends and holidays, all year and is open 7 days a week, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Victoria Day to Labour Day.

11 September

Fundraising Dinner for the Brandon General Museum and Archives

Where: Sokol Hall, 33-11th Street North, Brandon
When: Thursday, 11 September 2014, 6:00 PM

The guest speaker will be Marc George, curator of the Royal Canadian Artillery Museum at CFB Shilo.

Tickets are $60 each and a $30 tax receipt will be issued with the purchase. Tickets are available at the Museum or by contacting or

27 September

MHS Stained Glass Church Window Tour

More information will be available here later.

4 October

Brant-Argyle School100th Anniversary Celebration: Brant-Argyle School

Everyone is welcome to celebrate this important milestone at the Brant-Argyle School:

11:00 AM

Opening Ceremony (front steps of the school)

12:00 to 3:00 PM

School tours and historic display (gym entrance)

1:00 PM

Entertainment starts

A vintage school transportation display will be shown.

Souvenirs, photos and snacks will be available for cash sale.

Did you know?

  • The Brant-Argyle is a rare surviving example of a consolidated school that is still in use today.
  • The Government of Manitoba declared the Brant-Argyle School a provincial historic site in 2003.
  • The school was built in two phases. The west and central tower were built in 1914; the east half was built in 1929.
  • The school yard once housed a barn for the school vans and horses. It had an outdoor bathroom too.
  • The spruce trees surrounding the school yard were planted in memory of Edward E. Stewart, a teacher who taught here in the 1930s.
  • The students of Brant-Argyle School received international attention when their science experiment was launched into space in 2014. They worked with CancerCare Manitoba to study how green tea can reduce the risk of cancer.

For more information, please visit or email

10 October

Concert: “The best of Ireland’s traditional, young artists”

Where: Manitou Opera House
When: Friday, 10 October 2014, 7:30 PM

Presented by the Manitou Opera House Foundation.

Tickets will be available in July from various sites in Manitou, including Sam’s Foods and the Coffee House Musicians, and by calling 204-242-2794.


27 February

Deadline: Nominations for 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Historical Preservation and Promotion

More information is available here.


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