A Thousand Miles of Prairie, the new collection of 15 articles from early MHS transactions edited and introduced by Jim Blanchard, was officially launched on November 27 at McNally Robinson Booksellers in the Grant Park Winnipeg store. The transactions have been chosen for their interest to modern readers and because their authors were prominent in the early history of the province. The collection includes papers by Dr. John Schultz, Archbishop Matheson and John Dafoe as well as MHS presidents Dr. George Bryce and Charles Napier Bell. One of the Challener Murals from Winnipeg's former Royal Alexander Hotel is displayed on the cover. This attractive paperback, priced at $19.95, is available at the MHS office, Dalnavert's Carlton Lane Gift Shop and the bookstores just in time for Christmas. Publisher: University of Manitoba Press.
You are invited to the Manitoba Archives Building on Sunday, January 26, 2003 from 2- 4 p.m. to attend a reading from Undelivered Letters edited by Judith Hudson Beattie and Helen M. Buss. Some of the undelivered letters from the Hudson's Bay Company Archives will be on display. This will also mark Judy's retirement as Keeper of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives after almost twenty-two years with her colleagues at the Provincial Archives of Manitoba, so please come and join the celebration. For those who may wish to buy the book, UBC Press is offering the hardcover at half price for this occasion only.
The University Women's Club will be offering a six week course "Canada's First Literary Ladies" beginning Tuesday morning, January 18. The cost of the course is $50. To register, or for further information, please call Janice MacDonald at the Club 954-7880.
This course will look at women such as Francis Brooke, Elizabeth Simcoe, Anna Jameson and Susanna Moodie who are an important part of our literary heritage and whose writings give many interesting insights into life in Canada in the early days of settlement. The instructor is Céline Kear, past president of the MHS.
Many people contributed to this autumn's Cook Book Sale. Unfortunately it coincided with the strike at the Winnipeg Free Press that limited the amount of publicity that could be achieved on the event. It is this factor that resulted in an unexpectedly low turn out and consequently poor sales. However the committee is not despairing; we still have an excellent stock of Cook Books and are planning to coordinate the selling of the remaining cook books in either another cook book sale in the new year or perhaps as part of another fundraiser.
Currently the main emphasis around Dalnavert is the preparations that are being made for the upcoming Christmas season. Visiting Dalnavert Museum in December has become a Christmas tradition for many people. Many of the images, which we relate to Christmas, were popularised in Victorian England, such as the Christmas tree, glass ornaments and Christmas cards. All of these can be seen in their original context at Dalnavert Museum, the restored Victorian home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald.
December 4th from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the School of Scottish Arts will be presenting "Highlights of a Scottish Christmas and Hogmanay". Come learn the traditions surrounding the most important season of the Scottish calendar then sample some traditional holiday foods. The cost is $15 each and reservations are required. Please call (204) 943-2835.
December 8th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. there will be the "Festive Celebration of Christmas" at 61 Dalnavert. There will be carollers and festive treats in the attic including our popular Apple Ambrosia. The cost is Adults $5, Senior Citizens and Children $4 and/or Families $15.
December 13th to 22nd there will be the fourteenth annual presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Each performance is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $12 each plus GST. Advance tickets are required.. Please call (204) 943-2835 for reservations.
Through a visit to Dalnavert you can surround yourself in an old-fashioned Christmas feeling. During most of December the museum will be operating at its normal times. Following Boxing Day the museum will be open December 27, 28, 29, 30, January 2, 4 and 5 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. The cost of admission includes a guided tour.
As of January 4, 2003 Dalnavert will be reverting to its mid-winter hours of operation. At that time tours will be available Saturday and Sunday only, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Our Carlton Lane Gift Shop is now stocked with a variety of gift-giving solutions. Recent arrivals include a selection of attractively packaged tea, fancy teaspoons and glass Christmas tree ornaments in traditional shapes. Also we have an interesting selection of books, china headed dolls, Christmas tree tinsel - tin icicles, stocking stuffers and a whole lot more. Oh yes, we have glass pickles too! Come early before the stock is reduced.
Did you know?
In 1848 the first glass ornaments were made by a company in Germany. These were solid glass balls however it was not very long before hollow glass ornaments became available including some in fanciful shapes. The most unusual is perhaps the glass pickle. It was traditional that the first child to spot the glass pickle on the tree received an extra gift.
In 1984 when Ross House Museum was moved from Higgins Avenue to its present location in Joe Zuken Heritage Park (at the corner of Euclid and Meade) interpretation panels were created to assist visitors in obtaining an overall perspective of the lives of the Red River peoples. In the intervening years since then the approaches to interpretation have evolved. In wishing to update the interpretation of the Museum, the Ross family and the Red River Settlement a pair of consultants (Aimm North Heritage Tourism Consulting and Cultural Visions Consulting) have been hired by the Society. The cost of this project is being supported by funds on hand, a grant from the Manitoba Heritage Grants Advisory Council and two Bingos allocated by the Manitoba Lotteries Foundation.
As part of the Bingo allocation we are required to provide volunteer staff. In this instance the time requirement is approximately 3 hours per volunteer per occasion. We have not been informed of our Bingo dates but volunteers will be required to staff them. Would you like to assist for one or more Bingos? If you would be willing to help to staff a Bingo, that will help to pay for improvements to Ross House, please call Tim Worth at 943-2835.
The winning schools in the 2001 MHS Young Historians competition are listed below in alphabetical order. Teachers' names and the abbreviated form of the school name used in the winners' lists are included.
Arborg Collegiate (AC), Arborg
Balmoral Hall (BH), Winnipeg
Deloraine Elementary School (DE), Deloraine
Ecole Morden School (EM), Morden
Grant Park School (GP), Winnipeg
Holy Ghost School (HG), Winnipeg
Manitou Elementary School (ME), Manitou
Pineland Colony School (PC), Pineland Colony
Portage Collegiate Institute (PC), Portage la Prairie
Ruth Hooker School (RH), Selkirk
St. Francis Xavier School (SF), St. Francis Xavier
B. A. Tiltman
St. Mary's Academy (SM), Winnipeg
Strathmillan School (SS), Winnipeg
West Kildonan Collegiate (WK), Winnipeg
Willerton School (WS), Neepawa
Level A (grades 5 - 7)
Grade 5 Awards
Johnathon Bogoslowski (SF), My Grandfather's Life
Holly Penman (BH), My Family's Past
Megan McCullough (SS), Diary of Emily Gibson
Brianna Hicks (SS), Ivy Gibson's Journey to Winnipeg
Jennifer Schroeder (EM), Dear Diary, it's me, Emily Carr
Grade 6 Awards
Grace Boyd (BH), Henry Hudson's Diary
Claire Lefevre (BH), The Great Depression Diary
Ashley Adams (DE), The Long Awaited Railroad
Nora Fien (BH), Thomas Clement Douglas
Krystie Seymour (HG), Catherine Schubert
Travis Kemp (DE), International Peace Gardens
Marfisia Bel (BH), The Fort Garry Hotel
Karlen Prendiville (BH), The Forks
Teresa Kennedy (BH), The North West Company
Melissa Dayton (SF), History of Schools in St. Francis Xavier
Award of Merit
Grade 6 class (RH), Historic Sites of Manitoba
Keri Guenther (SF), Prairie Giants - Canadian Grain Elevator
Jamie Slivinski (HG), North West Coast Indians
Michelle Weber (EM), Klondike Goldrush
Posters/Paintings (Grade 5)
Zack Clark (SF), Effects of the Fur Trade of Western Canada
Posters /Paintings (Grade 6)
Natasha Zloty (BH), NWMP
Susan Kim (HG), Nellie McClung
Erika Kasper (BH), Red River Settlement
Stephanie Caldwell (ME), Manitoba Legislative
Level B - Grades 8, 9 (S1) & 10 (S2)
Jolene Gross (PC), My Family's History
Caitlin Puchniak (SM), History of O'Conner/Downey Farm
Vlado Batarilo (GP), Family History
Jenna Stacey (BH), Family History Project
Bria Sharkey (SM), Klondike Chronicles
Jamie Rosin (BH), Property of Angela O'Ryan
Erika Rae Pinga (SM), Japanese Internment Camps
Nadveep Grewal (SM), The Letters of Peter Pond
Jill Richot (SM), A War at Home
Danielle Dubois (SM), The Red River Rebellion
Christine Nolting (BH), Nellie Mclung: Life of a Remarkable Woman
Laura Horosko (SM), The People of the Canadian Prairies and the Great Depression
Kathryn Patrick (SM), The Formation of the HBC
Posters / Model / Dioramas
Tiffany Walker (SM), The Trial of Louis Riel
Kendall Row (SM), Japanese Internment
Tegan McNabb (SM), The Iron Link
Level C - Grades 11 (S3) & 12 (S4)
Richelle McCullough (BH), Harry Harmon McCullough's Farm: a Family History
Joel Fridfinnson (AC), Joel Fridfinnson's Family History
Christy Young (WK), Overland by Cart
Manon Gamache (BH), Letters
Lisa Wicklund (PC), Leaves from a Lost Diary
Catherine Quirk (SM)¸Willow Weep for Me
Laura Penner (BH), Rose Shepak
Holly Yeo (PC), Research
Karissa Wollmann (WS), Japanese Canadian Internment Diary WWII
Nathanea Van Kuik Fast (BH), Winnipeg, a History of Immigrant Exploitation
Jane Polak Scowcroft (BH), The Exchange District
Melissa Grapentine, Christina Caliguin & Jackelyn Tsouras (SM), The University of Manitoba
Carmen Hui (BH), Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Nutcracker
School Group Project
Award of Merit
Centennial Oral History Project, Balmoral Hall School
MHS Young Historians Awards Reception: Manitoba Archives, November 17, 2002
A large crowd for the awards presentations
Dr. T. Kenneth Thorlakson presents grade 5 awards
Some of the grade 6 projects
The St. Vital Historical Society operates a museum located at room 17, 900 St. Mary's Road, on the same site as the Louis Riel School Division Offices. In addition to the various articles on display there is a large collection of photographs and written material highlighting the history of St. Vital. The museum, which is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is operated by volunteers. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Two special exhibits mark the 100th anniversary of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface. One exhibit, "Once Upon a Time in My Little Corner of the World", highlights the services and collections of the Society through museum artifacts, photographs, letters, maps and books. The display will visit various centres in rural Manitoba for about two years. The second exhibit, "Cherished Memories - Treasures Revealed," will be shown until September, 2004 at the Salon Empire of the Centre du patrimoine at 340 Provencher Blvd in the Centre culturel franco-manitobain. Early records from the first parishes of the St Boniface Diocese, photographs of early French Canadian pioneers and a Belcourt French-Ojibway dictionary are displayed.
The St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Arbakka near Vita will be moved with most of its historical contents to Fort La Reine Museum in Portage la Prairie before the end of 2002. The Ukrainian Connection group in Portage la Prairie took possession of the historic building and raised funds to move it to a new concrete foundation at the museum.
The expanded Northwest Regional Library in Swan River has a room specifically designed for archives with proper temperature and humidity controls and a separate entrance. Archival material formerly stored in the museum building is being moved to the new facility. A local person is being hired to begin developing an archive that would meet the needs of the community. Gwen Palmer, secretary of the Swan Valley Historical Museum said that training and ongoing support for the new staff person and for volunteers will come from the Association of Manitoba Archives.
Teulon United Church on September 14th and 15th celebrated 100 years worshiping in its present building, first as a Methodist congregation, then joining with the Presbyterians in 1912 as a Union Church and finally as part of the United Church of Canada in 1925.
The town of Ste-Elizabeth, founded in 1898, belongs to the Municipality of Montcalm and borders the Municipality of De Salaberry. It is approximately 50 miles South East of Winnipeg, off Highway #23. At one time, this town spanned over an area of twelve sections long by eight sections wide. The parish erected its first Roman Catholic Church and Rectory in 1901, but unfortunately, a devastating fire destroyed it in May 1951. Shortly after the loss, a new Church was built, which is the building that still stands to this day.
The Church served as a place of worship until 1989 after which it was sold to an individual.
In May 2002, a group of descendants and former parishioners had the opportunity to purchase the Church and the land it sits on. Gabriel Collette of St. Malo spearheaded this project, with the encouragement of his father, Marcel. The Ste-Elizabeth Historical Committee was then formed and negotiations soon started to purchase this landmark, with the help of the Archdiocese of St-Boniface. Shortly after the purchase was finalized, the task of repairing the building and cleaning the debris around it was undertaken by the committee and a group of dedicated volunteers. The purpose of this project to the committee and volunteers is to transform this landmark into a historical monument, dedicated to their ancestors.
Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation towards this project can send a cheque, payable to "The Archdiocese of St-Boniface", to:
Ste-Elizabeth Historical Committee
Attn: Michelle Gratton
25 Cherry Crescent
Other fundraising events include a 2003 Calendar and a recipe book. If you're interested in purchasing a calendar, please call Michelle at (204) 257-5466. The recipe book should be ready by the summer 2003.
A descendant from Ste-Elizabeth, Yolande (Dupuis) Rheault, is working diligently on a history book to commemorate this town's centennial. If you have any information or pictures that could enhance this book, please contact Yolande at (204) 233-4735 or e-mail email@example.com. For more information, visit our website: http://groups.msn/com/SteElizabethManitoba.
The MHS field trip committee is rescheduling the field trip to Ukrainian settlements in eastern Manitoba that had to be cancelled last June. It will be held in June 2003. People who registered last time will have first choice of tickets. See details in next Keywords.
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