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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Chapman Museum (Municipality of Riverdale)

This museum in southwestern Manitoba was established in 1967 as a Canadian centennial project by local farmer and municipal official Albert “Ab” Chapman and his wife Harriet. Among the many buildings at the museum were those for Harrow School No. 464 (the first building, since replaced by the present structure), Poplar Hill School No. 479, Pendennis School No. 920, Westwood School No. 1308, Robinville School No. 1392, and Roseville Church. There were also stores, residences, and railway buildings on site.

Later operated by Chapman’s daughter and son-in-law, Gordon and Lois Allen, the museum opened for visits during the summer, or at other times by prior arrangement. In 2014, the museum closed and its collections were dispersed.

Chapman Museum

Chapman Museum (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Poplar Hill School

The former Poplar Hill School building (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Harrow School

The original Harrow School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 266.

Westwood School

The former Westwood School building (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Robinville School

The former Robinville School building (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Pendennis

Among buildings at the Chapman Museum are ones from the nearby now-abandoned railway village of Pendennis (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Bricks

The museum featured a collection of bricks from various brickyards around Manitoba (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.95698, W100.14143
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pendennis Monument (Municipality of Riverdale)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pendennis School No. 920 (Municipality of Riverdale)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Poplar Hill School No. 479 (Municipality of Riverdale)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Robinville School No. 1392 (Municipality of Riverdale)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Westwood School No. 1308 (Municipality of Riverdale)

Sources:

“A museum piece in rural politics,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 1985, page 2.

“Farmer protects prairie history,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1992, page 16.

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 February 2016

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