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12 December

Nomination Deadline: 2014 Margaret McWilliams Awards

The purpose of the Margaret McWilliams Award, one of the oldest literary prizes in Canada, is to encourage the study and interpretation of the history of Manitoba. It was instituted in 1955 by the Manitoba Historical Society as a memorial to Margaret S. McWilliams.

More information is available here.

23 December

Historic Designation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Where: Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 380 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg
When: Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 12 noon

All are invited to attend a ceremony of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada commemorating the national historic significance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.


17 January

50th Annual Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner

Where: Fort Garry Hotel
When: Saturday, 17 January 2015, 6:00 PM

Guest speaker: Richard Gwyn, author of an award-winning biography of Sir John A. Macdonald

More information is available here.

26 January

Book Launch: “Cultivating Connections: The Making of Chinese Prairie Canada”

by Alison Marshall

Where: Pembina Trails Library, 2724 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg
When: Monday, 26 January 2015, 6:30 PM

In the late 1870s, thousands of Chinese men left coastal British Columbia and the western United States and headed east. For these men, the Prairies were a land of opportunity; there, they could open shops and potentially earn enough money to become merchants. Cultivating Connections tells the story of Chinese prairie Canada and focusses on 1920s Winnipeg. Drawing on thousands of previously unpublished rare Chinese and English documents and photographs and a decade of interviewing, it profiles some of Manitoba's and Saskatchewan’s earliest Chinese women and men, including Winnipeg’s first Chinese Presbyterian minister, Ma Seung, long-time Chinese community leader Charlie Foo, Chinese United Church member Jessey Lee, and Brandon’s Quongying Wong who created a Daoist altar in her closet with magical swords and coins.

Dr. Marshall will talk about her book and research, and display a slideshow with unpublished photographs documenting Winnipeg’s earliest Chinese community member involvements in the United Church, Chinese Nationalist League, Sun Life Assurance Company, University of Manitoba, and Chinese Dramatic Opera.

13 February - 13 March

Exhibit: “50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada”

This multi-media exhibit, developed by the Settlers, Rails & Trails Museum at Argyle, will be displayed in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building.

25 February

MHS Film Night

More information will be available here later.

27 February

Deadline: Nominations for 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Historical Preservation and Promotion

More information is available here.

20 June

MHS Field Trip

More information will be available here later.

7-8 August

Third Annual Carberry Heritage Festival

More information will be available here later.

11-13 September

MHS Field Trip

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