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Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner 2008

Saturday, 19 January 2008
Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg
Reception: 6:00 p.m., dinner: 7:00 p.m.

The 43rd annual John A. Macdonald Dinner of the Manitoba Historical Society will be held this year on Saturday, 19 January 2008 at the Fort Garry Hotel at 6:00 p.m. Jim Ingebrigtsen will be master of ceremonies and the after dinner address will be given by the Honourable Roland Penner. Roland is the son of a distinguished and politically active North End family who has had a fascinating career, ranging from bookseller to provincial Attorney-General at the time of the Meech Lake accord. He has just published his memoirs, copies of which will be available for sale and autographing at the dinner. There will be a silent auction.

Because of a number of comments that the ticket price was preventing some members from attending this gala event, the MHS Executive this year has decided to reduce the price to $55 per person, roughly the cost of the meal. We hope that members will welcome this significant change, and that the attendance at this year’s dinner will both justify the change and create a positive experience on the night. No gratis wine can be provided at this price, and of course, no charitable tax receipt can be issued for the $55 ticket. Many members are accustomed to making donations to the Society at this time of year, however, and such donations are an important part of the Society’s revenue. All donations above the $55 cost of a ticket will be most gratefully received, and tax receipts will be issued for them, as usual.

Important Note: After the Dinner, why drive home in the cold when you can relax in the splendor of this magnificent hotel? We have arranged a special overnight rate of $139 (double occupancy) which includes a sumptuous room and the hotel’s legendary Sunday brunch. Please call the Fort Garry Hotel (204-942-8251) to reserve your room & brunch. Be sure to ask for the “Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner” rate when calling - they may not find the rate under any other variation of the name.

Three ways to obtain tickets for the 2008 Sir John A. Macdonald Fundraising Dinner

1. Send e-mail to the MHS office at with your name, telephone number, and ticket order. We will call you back to complete the financial details.

2. Call the MHS office at 204-947-0559 during office hours (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 to 5:00 PM) and speak to Jacqueline Friesen (MHS Office Manager).

3. Call the MHS office at 204-947-0559 anytime and leave a message. We will call you back to complete the details.

Roland Penner will be the featured speaker at the
43rd Annual Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner,
to be held on 19 January 2008.

Born in Winnipeg in 1924, Roland Penner became involved after his return from active service during World War II with the communist Labour Progressive Party and later with the New Democratic Party of Manitoba. He practiced law for 15 years and, in 1972, was the first Chairperson of Manitoba’s new legal aid system. In this position, he helped lay the basis for a system that is still considered one of the best in Canada. In 1981, Penner was elected to the Manitoba Legislature and appointed Government House Leader, Chair of the Treasury Board, and Attorney General in the NDP government of Howard Pawley. Penner served as Attorney General, Minister Responsible for Constitutional Affairs and, for a brief period, as Minister of Education. He was Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, where he still teaches Constitutional Law. Penner was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000, being cited for his contribution to legal aid and human rights.

A Glowing Dream: A Memoir, published in October 2007 by Winnipeg’s J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing, is a tumultuous history that journeys with the Penner family from Russia where the threat of exile loomed, to Winnipeg’s North End, and leads up to Roland’s expansive political career.

The evening will include a silent auction. Proceeds of this fundraiser, held in the historic Fort Garry Hotel, benefit the work of the Manitoba Historical Society, western Canada’s oldest historical society, founded in 1879. The Society owns and operates Dalnavert Museum, the magnificent 1895 home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, the only son of Sir John A. Macdonald.

Please contact the MHS office at 204-947-0559 or if you would be willing to sponsor the Sir John A. Macdonald Fundraising Dinner. Tax receipts are issued for the value of donated items.

Silent Auction





Matted poster “Summer Suite” by Ivan Eyre

Ivan Eyre


Matted poster “White Plain” by Ivan Eyre

Ivan Eyre


Busts of Sir John A. Macdonald and John G. Diefenbaker, by sculptor Josef Randa

Bill Neville, Mrs. Randa


Two matted antique prints, Upper Fort Garry and Lower Fort Garry, circa 1869

Harry Duckworth


Custom-made scarf by Judith Hudson Beattie

Judith Hudson Beattie


Autographed copy of Undelivered Letters to Hudson’s Bay Company Men, and eight hours of research at the Hudson's Bay Company Archives, by former HBCA Keeper Judith Hudson Beattie

Judith Hudson Beattie


Costume Museum passes, tshirts, hats, two Manitoba Museum passes, two tickets to Theatre Projects Manitoba

Costume Museum of Canada, Manitoba Museum, Theatre Projects Manitoba


Two collector plates: Canada 1867-1967, and old legislative building

Carl James


Mariaggi Hotel gift certificate, two tickets to Prairie Theatre Exchange, two tickets to Theatre Projects Manitoba

Mariaggi Hotel, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Theatre Projects Manitoba


Political history book bundle: A Glowing Dream by Roland Penner, Dancing Backward by Sharon Carstairs and Tim Higgins, A View From the Ledge by Herb Schulz

CBC Radio Manitoba, Heartland Associates


Gift basket

Pavilion Gallery


Gift basket

Joyce Wawrykow


Nature book bundle: Pelicans to Polar Bears, Watching Wildlife in Manitoba by Catherine Senecal, Naturescape Manitoba by Manitoba Naturalists Society, Little Trees, Big Sky by Tim Hauf and Conger Beasley Jr., The Land Where the Sky Begins by Dennis Fast and Barbara Huck, Watchable Wildlife Calendar 2008

Manitoba Conservation


Wine basket (2 red, 2 white, 1 ice wine)

Premier Consulting


Cologne basket, Edward Carriere Salon gift certificate, Closet Chick Clothing Boutique $25 gift certificate

Emerson Duty-Free, Edward Carriere Salon, Closet Chick Clothing Boutique


Parks bundle: Forged iron candle holder by blacksmith at Lower Fort Garry, and mounted poster of Ukkusiksalik National Park

Parks Canada


Road warrior bundle: Laptop bag, portfolio, travel mug, Mozart, A Meditation on His Life and Mysterious Death by Stefan Carter

Association of Manitoba Municipalities, Heartland Associates


Poster of “Bird’s Eye View of Winnipeg, 1884”, fleece jacket, touque

Burton Lysecki Books, Winnipeg Free Press, CBC Radio Manitoba


Gift basket: Art cards, Beaver bow tie, Gabrielle Roy by Andre Vanasse, The New Buffalo, The Struggle for Aboriginal Post-secondary Education in Canada by Blair Stonechild, one-year Kayak subscription, Cats I Have Loved by Pierre Berton, three Kayak issues, one-year Beaver subscription, one Beaver issue, Macdonald by Roy Macskimming

Canada’s National History Society


Bust of Pierre E. Trudeau, by sculptor Josef Randa

Mrs. Randa


Gift basket: bird feeder, bird seed, Birds of Manitoba book

Fort Whyte Alive


Quest For The Bay DVD set, Keepers of the Record: The History of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives by Diedre Simmons

Frantic Films, Hudson's Bay Company Archives (Maureen Dolyniuk)


Collectibles bundle: two ceramic hand-painted mugs circa 1960, one small Depression glass plate, three medicine bottles late 1800s

Jennifer Brown


Nature bundle: Manitoba maple syrup, art print “Blue Heron” by Heather North

Delta Marsh Field Station (University of Manitoba)


Gift basket, stained glass, picture frame

Councilor Jennie Gerbasi, Dennis Butcher, Ross Metcalfe


Local history book bundle: Rural Life, Portraits of a Prairie Town, 1946 by James Giffen, Winnipeg 1912 by Jim Blanchard, Influenza 1918, Disease, Death and Struggle in Winnipeg by Esyllt Jones, Musical Ghosts, Manitoba’s Jazz and Dance Bands 1914-1966 by Owen Clark, Emerson history book

University of Manitoba Press, Esyllt Jones, Owen Clark, Wayne Arseny


Queen Victoria coronation commemorative broadsheet

Manitoba Historical Society


Windbreaker, shirts, hats

Winnipeg Realtors, Ross Metcalfe


Wine-lovers bundle: Wine tool kit, wine, wine glasses

Wellington West Holdings, Carl James, Ross Metcalfe


Costume Museum of Canada passes, tshirts, hats

Costume Museum


Biography book bundle: Alien Heart, The Life and Work of Margaret Laurence by Lyall Powers, Travelling Passions by Gisli Palsson, William Barker VC by Wayne Ralph

University of Manitoba Press, CBC Radio Manitoba


Thriller book bundle with wine: Break No Bones by Kathy Reiches, A Rare Interest in Corpses by Ann Granger, Stripped by Brian Freeman, In At The Death by David Wishart

Whodunit Books


Souvenir piece of Empire Hotel, three-hour heritage consultation by architect Wins Bridgman

Giles Bugailiskis, Bridgman Collaborative Architecture


Eight-inch digital picture frame, CBC touque

Lawton Partners, CBC Radio Manitoba


Fireside book bundle with hot chocolate: Dying To Be Thin by Kathryn Lilley, The Fright of the Iguana by Linda Johnston, The Chocolate Jewel Case by Joanna Carl, Tapped Out by Natalie Roberts, Some Like It Hot Buttered by Jeffrey Cohen

Whodunit Books


Early Manitoba history book bundle: A Good and Wise Measure, The Search for the Canadian-American Boundary, 1783-1842 by Francis Carroll, Voices From Hudson Bay by Flora Beardy and Robert Coutts, The Road to the Rapids, Nineteenth Century Church and Society at St. Andrew’s Parish, Red River by Robert Coutts, Crossroads of the Continent, A History of the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers by Barbara Huck

Francis Carroll, Robert Coutts, Heartland Associates


Fun and games bundle: NHL Collectors Game Set, Winnipeg On Board game, Notre Dame Cathedral puzzle

Jock Lehr, Toad Hall Toys


Closet Chick Clothing Boutique $25 gift certificate, Forks book, calendar, tote bag, Canadian Heritage Rivers calendar

Closet Chick Clothing Boutique, Wayne Arseny


Poster of “Bird’s Eye View of Winnipeg, 1884”, Winnipeg panorama poster, circa 1913

Burton Lysecki Books, Giles Bugailiskis


Road warrior bundle: Laptop bag, portfolio, travel mug, Saults and Pollard to Pollard Banknote, A Century in Print by Dave Williamson

Association of Manitoba Municipalities, Lawrie Pollard


Night out bundle: Mariaggi Hotel gift certificate, Edward Carriere Salon gift certificate

Mariaggi Hotel, Edward Carriere Salon


Social history book bundle: Bienfait, The Saskatchewan Miners’ Struggle of ’31 by Stephen Endicott, The Musical Strike by Danny Schur and Rick Chafe, The Canadian Crucible by Frances Russell, Saults and Pollard to Pollard Banknote, A Century in Print by Dave Williamson

CBC Radio Manitoba, Heartland Associates, Lawrie Pollard


Art print “The Pigeons” by Sheldon Sveinson

Simon Lucy


Two Royal Winnipeg Ballet tickets

Royal Winnipeg Ballet


Encyclopedia of Manitoba by Great Plains Publications

Friesen History Books (Ted Miller)

MHS News Archive

MHS YouTube Channel

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