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Manitoba Historical Society: Events: Neepawa and Polonia, The Cultural History and Physical Geography of a Scenic Region

DATE: Wednesday, 19 July 2023, 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
PICKUP and DROPOFF LOCATION: Walmart Supercentre, 1000 Taylor Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3M 3A3

Join the Manitoba Historical Society Tour guides as we examine the physical geography and cultural history of one of Manitoba’s most picturesque areas, which lies at the foot of the Manitoba escarpment.

Leaving Winnipeg at 8 am, our first stop will be in Portage la Prairie for a coffee break before proceeding to Neepawa. Here we visit Knox Presbyterian Church (1891), one of the oldest churches in the district, whose congregation reflects the massive social changes that the town has experienced in recent decades. Our lunch stop will be at the adjacent Brew Brothers Bistro. We'll then board the bus and enjoy a brief driving tour of the town (passing the Margaret Laurence House) before heading to Polonia. In Neepawa, Dr. Rod McGinn, Professor Emeritus in the Geography Department of Brandon University, will join us and be our guide to Polonia. Dr. McGinn will explain the fascinating history behind the physical geography of the area. At Polonia (formerly known as Huns’ Valley) local guides will be on hand to introduce us to the settlement history of the community. Polonia Church, and the nearby cemetery have arguably the most picturesque settings of any in Manitoba.

Following our visit to Polonia the tour heads back to Neepawa and then our day will conclude with a delicious supper provided in Portage la Prairie at the Herman Prior Centre. The tour is scheduled to return to Winnipeg by 8 pm.

The tour fee includes transportation by air-conditioned, washroom-equipped motor coach, morning coffee and snack, lunch, dinner, and all fees and taxes.

Pick up will be at the Walmart Parking Lot on Taylor Avenue. Drop off at the end of the day will also be at this location.

Our lead guide will be John "Jock" Lehr, Professor Emeritus and retired University of Winnipeg Professor of Geography, former MHS Executive Board Member, and longstanding MHS member!

MHS Members: $115 each
Non-Members: $130 each*

*Purchase an MHS Membership and get the members rate!

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Page revised: 5 June 2023

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