MHS Field Trips: Fall 2017 - “Ukrainian and Romanian Settlement on the Southwest Slopes of the Riding Mountains”

Friday, 15 September to Sunday, 17 September 2017

Led by Dr. John Lehr and Ed Ledohowski

This field trip will leave Grant Park Mall at 5.00 pm on Friday, 15 September and return to the point of departure at 7.00 pm on Sunday, 17 September. On Friday evening, we will proceed to Russell, Manitoba, where we will stay at the Russell Inn for two nights. En route to Russell we will break our journey near Brandon for dinner at Shady Lane Tea House. On Saturday we will explore the south slopes of the Riding Mountains and learn about its settlement by Ukrainians in the 1890s, visiting communities such as Angusville, Olha, and Dolyny and historic sites such as Marconi School and the site of the mass grave at Patterson Lake near Horod. The day will conclude with a traditional Ukrainian meal at Dolyny. After dinner, we return to the Russell Inn. The following morning, we will visit the Skinner Arboretum, the Inglis Grain Elevators National and Provincial Historic Site, the Romanian Orthodox Church and Romanian pioneer house at Lennard, and Asessippi Provincial Park and the Shellmouth dam. After lunch, we return to Winnipeg, with a “coffee and cake” stop near Brandon. The tour will end at Grant Park at approximately 7.00 pm.

The cost of the tour for MHS members is $325.00 per person, double occupancy. For single occupancy add $100.00. There is a $30.00 surcharge for non-members. The tour cost includes transportation by an All Road Tours air-conditioned washroom-equipped bus, two nights’ accommodation at the Russell Inn, two dinners, two full breakfasts, two lunches, refreshment breaks, a light afternoon snack on Sunday, all admissions, taxes, and gratuities.

To reserve your place on this tour please contact Gordon Clarke at the MHS office. Phone: 204-947-0559 or email at


John Lehr

Dr. John Lehr

John is a retired Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Winnipeg, specializing in Ukrainian settlement in western Canada and South America, communal settlements in Canada and Israel, and provincial parks in Manitoba.

He was President of the Manitoba Historical Society from 1998 to 2000, and he has organized numerous popular and informative field trips for the society.

Ed Ledohowski

Ed is a retired Municipal Heritage Consultant, formerly employed with the Historic Resources Branch of the Manitoba Department of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport, and Consumer Protection. He has done historical research on a wide range of subjects, including settlement in the Interlake region of Manitoba. He served as a consultant on a recent television documentary about steamboats on the Red River during the 19th century.

Page revised: 11 July 2017