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History

No. 87


War
Memorials
in Manitoba


This Old
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Abandoned
Manitoba


Memorable
Manitobans


Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Preservation and Promotion

This award, presented by the Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba in consultation with the Manitoba Historical Society, recognizes people who have rendered prolonged, meritorious service in the preservation and promotion of Manitoba’s history and heritage. In May 2011, the first group of recipients were presented at a ceremony at Government House.

Recipient

Year

Community

Citation

Lorna Feilberg Annell

2015

Ste. Anne

Since the 1980s, she has been active in the preservation of local history in southeastern Manitoba. She researched and edited a comprehensive book on the history of the communities of East Braintree, Glenn, and McMunn. She has been an enthusiastic volunteer at the Midwinter Museum, housed at East Braintree in the former Midwinter one-room schoolhouse, and prepared an historical booklet for its 100th birthday celebration last August. As a member of the East Braintree Cemetery Board, she has mapped the graves of pioneers for this area of the province.

Margaret Ashcroft

2011

Birtle

Work at the Birdtail Country Museum, preparation of history books, commemoration of historic sites, and development of a walking tour.

Jacqueline Blay

2017

Winnipeg

Depuis plus de 30 ans, Jacqueline Blay se consacre à la sensibilisation à l'histoire francophone du Manitoba, à titre de membre de la Fédération des aînés franco-manitobains, de journaliste et directrice à Radio-Canada, ainsi que de présidente de la Société historique de Saint-Boniface, de La Maison Gabrielle-Roy et de la Société franco-manitobaine. Elle a publié de nombreux articles et livres sur des sujets historiques dont la série en plusieurs volumes intitulée Histoire du Manitoba français. Son œuvre littéraire exceptionnelle lui a mérité nombre de prix dont la Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la reine Elizabeth II, le Prix Riel, le Prix Champlain et le Prix de la fête du Manitoba.

For more than 30 years, Jacqueline Blay has been an advocate for understanding of Manitoba’s francophone history, as a member of La Fédération des aînés franco-manitobains, a journalist and director at Radio-Canada, a President of la Société historique de Saint-Boniface, a President of Maison Gabrielle Roy, and a President of la Société franco-manitobaine. She has published numerous articles and books on historical topics, including the multi-volume series Histoire du Manitoba français. Her outstanding literary work has been recognized with several awards, including a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, the Prix Riel in 2014, the Prix Champlain in 2014, and the Manitoba Day Award in 2016.

Ernest Braun

2014

Niverville

For over 20 years, he has strived to document the Mennonite heritage of southeastern Manitoba. He has compiled an inventory of early aerial photographs of the region, was active in the restoration of a pioneer church at Chortitz, and has catalogued historic sites for the Rural Municipality of Hanover. He has been a long-time member of the EastMenn Historical Society, Hanover Steinbach Historical Society, and Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society. He is a regular presenter at a Family Roots Day held annually at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, and he has edited and written numerous reports and articles on Mennonite history. Last summer, he assisted in the deployment of markers at the site of 21 former one-room schoolhouses in his municipality.

Shayne Campbell

2016

Argyle

Shayne Campbell has been preserving historic artifacts and buildings in the Argyle area since he was 14 years old, and he was the driving force behind the Settlers Rails and Trails Museum, established in 2010. He has done extensive research to clarify many aspects of local history; created drawings of lost buildings; written articles for the local newspaper; and prepared special exhibits on themes such as the Argyle Curling Club. His large collection of World War I artifacts and uniforms, and information he collected about local war veterans, have kept the memory of the veterans green, and have been a special source of interest for local students. His gift for promoting heritage events has allowed him to play a key role in Argyle district heritage celebrations, most recently the Brant-Argyle School Centennial celebration in 2014.

Gerald “Gerry” Clark

2018

Flin Flon

Originally from Ottawa, Gerald Clark moved to Flin Flon in 1969 where he was a teacher at Hapnot Collegiate until retirement. Since the early 1970s, he has been the city’s unofficial historian, being a founding member and chair of the Flin Flon Historical Society, and helping to write the book Flin Flon: A History. He gives presentations on historical themes at senior citizen homes, conventions, and schools. He has developed history-themed walking tours of Flin Flon, and he chaired a committee to recognize the role of Indigenous trapper David Collins in the discovery of the Flin Flon ore body, resulting in a commemorative plaque on the city’s main street. He has conducted interviews for a neighborhood revitalization project, and conducted tours of the downtown area.

Pat Eyolfson

2016

Arborg

Pat Eyolfson has been a driving force in the Arborg and District Multicultural Historical Association since it was founded in 1999. Her leadership skills have been very important in the creation of the Heritage Village site, recognized as a Manitoba Star Attraction last year. At the site, historic buildings and artifacts, illustrative of the rich variety of ancestral cultures of the Interlake, have been brought together and made available for examination and study. Ms Eyolfson has been a source of new ideas for the Heritage Village, but also does much of the hard work needed to identify funding sources, organize volunteers, and write grants. The Heritage Village involves everyone -- it uses students as interpretive staff, and local seniors assist in the revival of traditional skills like soap making and wool spinning.

Rudy Friesen

2011

St. François Xavier

Organization of school essay contests, commemoration of historic sites, and preparation of historical displays, tours, and books.

Marc George

2015

Shilo

For over 11 years, he has shared his extensive historical knowledge as Curator and Director of the Royal Canadian Artillery Museum at CFB Shilo near Brandon. Under his direction, the facility has become one of the nation’s pre-eminent military museums, second in size only to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. He was instrumental in advancing archeological work at the Camp Hughes training site on the edge of the Carberry sandhills, and at the Whitewater Prisoner of War Camp in Riding Mountain National Park. Recently, he collaborated in producing a powerful trilogy of documentary films, entitled WarPaths, in which he explored connections between men from his hometown of Boissevain and their valiant service during the First World War. Major George has supported numerous historical projects, speaking to schools, service clubs, and Legions, where he has demonstrated his expertise with good humour and enthusiasm.

Les Green

2011

Portage la Prairie

Service on a local heritage advisory committee, writing of a newspaper column, and distribution of information from a personal archive.

Diane Haglund

2014

Winnipeg

Over the past 30 years, few have done more to preserve Manitoba’s documentary heritage. As a volunteer advisor for the Association of Manitoba Archives, she has travelled the province to help community archives to improve their facilities, to foster the care and control of their documents, and to serve as a mentor for local archivists. She has been extremely active, as an archivist for the United Church of Canada, in providing information to such groups as the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, bringing a sense of honour, dedication, and goodwill to the process. And she has found time to serve on numerous advisory groups, including the Manitoba Heritage Council, the Manitoba Historical Society Council, and the City of Winnipeg Museums Board.

Robert Holliday

2017

St. Vital
(Winnipeg)

A life-long Winnipegger and former journalist at the St. Vital Lance and Winnipeg Sun, Bob “Doc” Holliday still contributes regularly as St. Vital correspondent to the Canstar Community News. In the historical realm, he has served as President of the St. Vital Historical Society for more than 10 years and edits its monthly newsletter. He fundraises for the St. Vital Museum, coordinates pancake breakfasts and barbecues, and has been an enthusiastic tour guide and exhibit developer. In 2016, he presided over its re-opening into renovated and expanded space in the old St. Vital Fire Hall, a 102-year-old building formerly occupied by the Winnipeg Paramedic Service. In addition, he is the editor for the Manitoba Police Association’s yearbook. In 2012, his community work was recognized by a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Wallace “Wally” Johannson

2018

Gimli

Wally Johannson was a high school history teacher before entering political life as a member of the Manitoba Legislature for St. Matthews for eight years. From 2006 to 2015, he was a member of the Manitoba Heritage Council, the senior advisory body on history and heritage matters to the provincial government, and was its Deputy Presiding Member for a time. Since 2007, he has chaired the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee for the Rural Municipality of Gimli which has prepared numerous books on the history of Gimli, selected municipal heritage sites, and installed commemorative markers.

Robert “Bob” Jordan

2015

Darlingford

For over 25 years, he has been the Curator and Director of the Darlingford School Heritage Museum, based in an 105-year-old, two-storey brick school building in Darlingford, Manitoba. He was a driving force in the community behind the opening of the museum in 1992, assisting with fundraising, training, acquisition and curation of artifacts, and construction of exhibits. He even donated his own extensive collection of military insignia and uniforms to its collections, and still volunteers regularly to maintain and open the museum to visitors. In addition, he served on committees that prepared two local history books for the Darlingford area, in 1970 and an update in 1999.

Frieda Jorheim

2014

Inwood

She is a role model for local historians, having shared her time and talents with her community for over 47 years. She has welcomed numerous visitors into her home and helped them to trace their family roots in the Interlake region of Manitoba. She has helped to take an overgrown pioneer cemetery at Union Prairie and make it a source of local pride. She maintains the former Rondeau one-room schoolhouse for community gatherings, children’s day camps, and an annual picnic. She was active in Inwood’s centennial celebrations in 2006. And she has contributed to two permanent records of community history: a book published in 1980 and another just recently finished.

Christopher Kotecki

2018

Winnipeg

A native Winnipegger, Chris Kotecki has worked at the Archives of Manitoba for 34 years where, among other duties, he mans the reference desk in the public reading room where he said to have “the patience of granite.” Known for his friendly demeanor, eagerness to help, and extensive knowledge of archival collections, evidence of the high esteem in which he is held can be seen in the numerous acknowledgements he receives in books and other publications by amateur and professional historians. Beyond the archives, he has nominated 23 historical works for recognition with awards from the Association for Manitoba Archives, has given presentations at local, national, and international conferences, and has published articles on noted historical topics.

Margruite Krahn

2013

Neubergthal

The pioneer Mennonite village of Neubergthal, designated as a Site of National Historic Significance, is a vibrant community that cherishes its roots. She owns a restored 1928 Gambrel Roof barn as her home and art studio, and is presently renovating the only example of a Mennonite Herdsman Cottage still standing. She is actively encouraging the use of historical buildings at Neubergthal for educational purposes, and has helped with restoration, curation, and fundraising activities of the Neubergthal Heritage Foundation.

Maria Lodge

2018

Winnipeg

She has worked as a corporate lawyer, author, biographer, essayist, columnist, and historian. From 2009 to 2016, she was a board member for the Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society and was Editor of its newsletter, Heritage Posting, for five years. Since 1992, she has written over 1,200 columns in a series called “Tales from the Gravel Ridge” for Steinbach’s The Carillon newspaper, excerpts of which have been re-published in two books of the same name. Her columns have highlighted the contributions of women and the suffrage movement, the development of early mental health care in Manitoba, and numerous other topics. She has helped to preserve memory of the Mennonite community of Rosengard, that existed in southern Manitoba from 1875 to the 1920s, through presentations, articles, and booklets.

John Francis “Jack” Mavins (1932-2016)

2014

Anola

As head of the Springfield Municipal Archives since 2006, he has dedicated countless hours to the preservation of local history by taking thousands of municipal records dating back to the 1880s and carefully cataloguing them for storage in a new, accredited archival facility at Dugald. He has been the Treasurer of the Anola District Museum Board for 30 years, during which time the facility has grown in size five-fold. As a founding member and Chairman of the Springfield Municipal Cemetery Committee since 1988, he has enthusiastically transcribed all four municipal cemeteries on behalf of the Manitoba Genealogical Society, and has developed a special skill as a “grave-witcher” to locate long-lost burials. His enthusiasm for genealogy has led to the writing of three family history books (with a fourth on the way) and the establishment of the Springfield Genealogy Club.

Mary McCallum

2011

Boissevain

Work at the Beckoning Hills Museum, cataloguing of local cemeteries, and development of local history books and pamphlets.

Gordon McGill

2016

Clearwater

For well over 30 years, Gordon McGill has been involved in the restoration and development of the Boundary Commission North West Mounted Police Trail. In 1991, he organized a re-enactment of the historic trail ride, the original of which brought the rule of law into the Canadian west. In 1998 he became Chair of the Boundary Commission North West Mounted Police Trail, and has been a dominant force ever since. He has seen to the improvement of facilities along the Trail, including several local museums; located and shared various historic resources; and made sure that local governments are aware of the tourism opportunities that the Trail provides. The reach of the Trail, and Mr. McGill’s energy in understanding and promoting it, have made him a powerful influence in regional heritage efforts all across south Manitoba.

Janis McMorran

2016

Riding Mountain National Park

Janis McMorran, the volunteer Museum Curator at the Pinewood Museum at Wasagaming, has been involved in local heritage activities for almost 40 years. In the summer she runs the Museum, located in a handsome 80-year old cottage, and operated by the Riding Mountain Historical Society. Apart from preserving, displaying and cataloguing the collections, she takes responsibility for the building itself, ensuring that maintenance and repairs are consistent with its historic features. In the winter she does research, takes courses, and locates artifacts and photos to enrich the collections. She has completed a formal program of study leading to a Certificate in Museum Practice. One of her references calls her “the heart and soul of the Riding Mountain Historical Society”, and another calls her “a gift to the museum and the community.”

Barry McPherson

2015

Winnipeg

He is widely and justifiably renowned for his expertise and innumerable contributions to the promotion and understanding of Manitoba’s rich history. His research of original documents has taken him from the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives here in Winnipeg to the libraries and archives throughout the United Kingdom. As a teacher and educational administrator of long standing, Barry has been active at writing books and articles about the Red River Settlement in a way that is never stuffy or boring. His meticulous attention to detail can most especially be seen in his authentic reproductions of historical costumes, prepared in close collaboration with his wife Judy. Both of them, as members of the Manitoba Living History Society, are stalwart participants in Heritage Fairs, Festival du Voyageur, New Year’s Levees at Government House, Selkirk Settler Bicentenary functions, museum events and displays, and numerous other places where they bring history alive: by sight, sound, and touch.

Bette Mueller

2013

Manitou

Served on numerous boards and committees to preserve buildings, sites, documents, and memories. She was instrumental in developing an historic walking tour and conducts audio and video interviews to capture the memories of local seniors.

Doreen Oliver

2015

Selkirk

Since at least the 1970s, she has been active at the local and provincial levels in promoting awareness of history and heritage. As Chair of the Selkirk Heritage Advisory Committee, she has organized walking tours, planned events, developed an archival collection, offered historical names for streets in new subdivisions, developed interpretive signage for the City’s historic waterfront, and advocated for the preservation of heritage buildings such as the Stuart House and Bunn Cottage. She is also a member of the heritage committee for a wider area including the municipalities of St. Clements and St. Andrews. At the provincial level, Ms. Oliver was active in Community Heritage Manitoba, an association representing municipal heritage groups that promoted education and awareness, and she was for many years the Secretary of the Archives Committee for the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land.

Donald Peake

2018

Flin Flon

Donald Peake is a native of Flin Flon where he worked for 34 years for the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company. Described as a “tireless and unselfish volunteer,” he was a founding member of the Flin Flon Heritage Project, a group of past and present Flin Flon residents that is organizing and cataloguing archival materials collected at the Flin Flon Public Library, including 45 years of minutes for city council meetings. He has become Flin Flon’s unofficial archivist, working on his own time with his own equipment to transfer over 10,000 photos and documents to digital form, and working with other group members to make them freely available online.

Barbara Pettinger

2012

Shoal Lake

Preparation of history books for the communities of Pierson and Shoal Lake, transcription of local cemetery records, and devoted work on behalf of Shoal Lake’s Mounted Police Museum.

Raymond Philippot (1932-2016)

2016

St. Claude

Raymond Philippot, President of the Historical Society of St. Claude, has been involved in heritage activities since retiring from dairy farming, 25 years ago. He soon became President of the Historical Society, inheriting responsibility for an existing local Museum and small collection of historic buildings. He has seen to the refurbishing of the Museum, the former train station, and added four more buildings. He has created a new museum, The Dairy Museum of Manitoba, the province’s most important source of knowledge for the history of dairying. He has also organized the creation of a local Archives centre, with a secure, acclimatized vault for the proper storage of documents from public and private sources. He has done historical writing. He has been very successful in publicizing the St. Claude heritage resources, including forging a strong link with Tourism Québec, which leads to many visitors, particularly Francophones.

Robert “Bob” Porth

2012

Whitemouth

Service on the board of the Municipal Museum, preparation of a municipal history book, development of a military cenotaph and commemorative cairn for an early local physician, organizing the cleanup and record-keeping for a local cemetery, and work for the Whitemouth Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee.

Randy Rostecki

2013

Winnipeg

Has written meticulously researched reports, articles, and books. He has been a passionate and courageous advocate for the preservation of important sites and buildings. And he has selflessly offered information and advice to generations of students, librarians, archivists, researchers, and academics.

Linda Shewchuk

2013

Gardenton

The driving force behind the Ukrainian Museum and Village at Gardenton. Involved in every aspect of its operations, she has organized festivals, curated artifacts, maintained the grounds, conducted tours, even cooked perogies and holubtsi for hungry visitors. She is admired for her enthusiasm, boundless energy, and intimate knowledge of the area and its residents.

Jan Sirski

2017

Dauphin

In addition to being a school principal and mother of three children, Jan Sirski of Dauphin has, since 1999, been the Chair of the Preservation Committee for the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection, a provincially- and nationally-designated historic building in Dauphin that is now operated as a museum and music festival venue. Her active involvement with the committee goes back over 26 years and she has been involved in all facets of fundraising, event planning, community campaigns, tour coordination, and hiring summer employees. In addition, she has served for over 20 years with Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival, and is presently its First Vice-President.

Kenneth Smith

2013

Hamiota

Directed the publication of two local history books, was instrumental in establishing the Hamiota and District Archives, led the town’s centennial celebrations, developed pictorial displays, catalogued and organized archival materials, chaired and expanded the Hamiota Pioneer Club Museum, designed a range of historical booklets, and wrote fictional works based on events and places from western Manitoba’s past.

Bernice Still

2012

Isabella

Participation in the preparation of three volumes of the Isabella history book, documentation of local historic sites and buildings, and operation of the Isabella Museum.

Kathleen Stokes

2017

Winnipeg

Kathy Stokes of Winnipeg has been an active member of the Manitoba Genealogical Society since 1976, having served as its President twice, and the Chair of its Special Projects Committee since 1980. Among her many activities on behalf of the Society, she was instrumental in the creation, preservation, and public presentation of transcription records for over 1,300 cemeteries throughout Manitoba, and is now helping to transfer this information into an online computer database. She gives regular seminars on genealogy and has written numerous columns for the Society’s newsletter, as well as several books on family history in Manitoba. She has also worked with the Fort Garry Historical Society and the Manitoba Heritage Federation. In 2013, her work was recognized with the Lieutenant Governor’s “Make a Difference Community Award.”

Jack Templeman

2012

Winnipeg

Service on behalf of the Winnipeg Police Museum and the Naval Museum of Manitoba, and preparation of a comprehensive book on the history of the Winnipeg Police Service.

Allan Thorleifson

2017

Manitou

Al Thorleifson of Manitou is a retired high school English teacher who has been active on the Pembina Manitou Culture and Heritage Committee for over 20 years, working to identify heritage buildings around the town and place interpretive plaques on them. As the President of the Manitou Opera House Foundation, he fundraised over $1 million to build an addition on the Opera House that opened in 2016. He is presently working on a project entitled “Bring Nellie Home,” which entails moving two houses lived in by Nellie McClung into Manitou to become a permanent museum. He has created an extensive website for the Pembina Manitou Archive containing digitized local newspapers, history books, obituaries, and cemetery transcriptions, and established a physical archive in the Manitou Opera House.

Len Van Roon

2011

Charleswood (Winnipeg)

Work at the Charleswood Museum and in local schools, commemoration of historic sites and events, and preparation of history books.

Joan Wheeler

2012

Crystal City

Founding the Star Mound Historical Society and her active involvement in all facets of the operation of the Star Mound School Museum.

Gary Wowchuk

2014

Swan River

Since 1972, he has promoted greater awareness of the archaeological heritage of Manitoba. An energetic volunteer with a professional level of competence, he has been President of the Swan Valley Historical Museum, the Swan Valley Historical Society, and the Swan Valley Archaeological Society. He is an acknowledged expert on paleo-Indian colonization of the Lake Agassiz basin, and especially the tools and ceramics of the pre-fur-trade period. His special skills have enabled him to produce exacting replicas of ancient stone tools for display at the Duck Mountain Forest Interpretive Centre, Manitoba Children’s Museum, Healing Site Interpretive Display, and University of Winnipeg Archaeology Lab. He has shared an extensive collection of artifacts with the Manitoba Museum. He has given numerous workshops and presentations for school and university students, First Nations groups, and such organizations as the Manitoba Archaeological Society and Association of Manitoba Archaeologists.

See also:

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Manitoba Inductees to the Order of the British Empire

Manitoba Recipients of Knighthoods

Manitoba Recipients of the Canadian Centennial Medal

Manitoba Recipients of the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal

Manitoba Members of the Order of Canada

Members of the Order of Manitoba

Members of the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt

Recipients of the Manitoba Centennial Medal

Members of the Manitoba Order of the Crocus

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Preservation and Promotion

Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame

Sources:

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 May 2018

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