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Memorable Manitobans: Nettie J. Siemens (1911-2008)

Educator, librarian.

Born in a valley of the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia in 1911, daughter of Jacob J. and Eva Siemens, she came with her family to Canada in 1923, settling at Winkler. She graduated from the Winkler Collegiate then, after a year at Normal School, she taught at Blumstein School, Arran School, and Niverville School. In 1947, she received a BA degree from the University of Manitoba then, the following year, she received a Bachelor of Library Science degree from the University of Toronto. She joined the staff of the Winnipeg Public Library in 1949 and, after holding a series of position, she became Assistant Chief Librarian in 1959, succeeding to Chief Librarian in 1975. She retired in 1976 but remained as a consultant for another year. She served as President of the Altrusa Club of Winnipeg and Manitoba Library Association. She died at Winnipeg on 21 August 2008.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 2008.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 January 2018

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