Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Co-operator Rural Buildings Series
Barns, Churches & Others
In early 1981, the Manitoba Co-operator newspaper, in collaboration with staff of the Manitoba Historic Resources Branch, began publishing a series of short articles on rural buildings around the province. Over the course of two years, the paper profiled over 130 buildings, often based on suggestions from readers. Buildings had to be over 50 years old and could include farm houses, barns, town halls, commercial buildings, schools, and other agricultural structures. In 1985, a collection was subsequently published by Co-operator Editor Bob Hainstock in the book Barns of Western Canada: An Illustrated Century for which he received a Margaret McWilliams Award.
The Manitoba Historical Society is attempting to determine how many of the buildings featured in the original Co-operator series are still standing today. If you have information on any of the following buildings, please contact Gordon Goldsborough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Buildings that could not be found at the location stated in the Butterfield (1994) report are identified here as “Not found.” If you know their location, please contact the MHS Webmaster.
The series “This Old Elevator” started in the Manitoba Co-operator in January 2016 and grain elevators featured in the series up to December 2019 are shown below.
We thank Ed Ledohowski for providing copies of the above profiles, and Bernice Still, Jean Ammeter, Glenn Elliott, David Gervin, Amy Cotton, Tod Rudge, Bernadine Brown, Madeleine Tone, Joyce Williamson, Elizabeth Martin, and Doug Irwin for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 October 2021