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Frequently Asked Questions: MHS and Preservation of Manitoba’s Historical Landmarks

Since its incorporation in 1879, the Manitoba Historical Society has had a concern for the built heritage of this province.

In the early 1880s, the original Fort Garry was demolished in order to allow Main Street to run straight to the bridge spanning the Assiniboine River near The Forks. The north gate of the old fort stands today because of actions of MHS members. The Society has had a hand in preserving Ross House, Riel House, and more recently, the Bank of Hamilton, the Bank of Commerce on Main Street, and the Grand Rapids Tramway road-bed. It is important that significant sites and buildings remain and are protected so that our past is not just words in books.

The MHS has a Historical Preservation Committee through which it continues its role in preserving Manitoba’s historical landmarks. Please contact the MHS office if you would like to become active in this or any other MHS committee.

Page revised: 19 March 2006

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