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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sipiweske Museum (Wawanesa)

The name of this country museum, pronounced “Sip-i-wisk-ee”, is an Aboriginal word that was the original town name, before local clerics argued—incorrectly—that it referred to consumption of alcohol. The collection is subdivided into expertly arranged vignettes portraying pioneer life in the Wawanesa area. Some of the displays include notable residents of the areas, Nellie McClung, the Criddle/Vane family, and a large room displaying the history of the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company from its humble roots to its present position as one of the largest Canadian-owned insurance companies. The building is a municipally designated historic site.

Behind the museum is the St. John the Divine Anglican Church (1882) which was moved here from near Rounthwaite and is still used for special services.

Sipiweske Museum (2003)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.59364, W99.68413
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company Building, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Maria Zbigniewicz.

Page revised: 4 September 2012

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