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Send a short description, along with your event’s date and time, to webmaster@mhs.mb.ca. There is no charge for listings.

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26 January - 30 April

Exhibit Opening: “Gowen’s Brandon: Then & Now”

Where: Daly House Museum, 122 Eighteenth Street, Brandon
When: Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 7:00 PM

All are invited to an opening reception for a new exhibit, jointly presented by Daly House Museum and the S. J. McKee Archives, and funded by the Manitoba Heritage Grants Program. This exhibit showcases historic photographs taken by Frank Gowen side-by-side with modern day images of the same locations, to contrast Brandon during a period of unprecedented development (circa 1911) to the Brandon we see today.

The exhibit can be seen concurrently at:

Exhibit Gallery (Second Floor)
Daly House Museum
122 Eighteenth Street, Brandon

Tommy McLeod Curve Gallery
John E. Robbins Library
Brandon University
270 Eighteenth Street, Brandon

An excerpt from this exhibit will be published in the Winter 2015 issue of Manitoba History.


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.


17 March

Brown-Bag Roundtable: “The Future of Archives in Canada? Responses to the Royal Society of Canada Report”

Where: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, 330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
When: Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 12:00 to 1:00 PM

This brown-bag roundtable will address issues of archival collections in light of deteriorating budgets, limited services and access, and new pressures to collect digital records as well as paper and other records. Our speakers from the University of Manitoba, the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections and several academic departments at the University of Manitoba will address issues from varied perspectives focusing on the grave difficulties in maintaining access, ensuring robust collections, and pressing for adequate funding for archives.

Severe problems have beset Canadian archives, particularly the national archives, in recent years. These problems have become so widespread that the Royal Society of Canada engaged an expert panel to conduct hearings across Canada that led to a major report, “The Future Now: Canada's Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory”. This report calls for immediate action to prevent further deterioration of archives, starting with Library and Archives Canada, and to ensure a future for public memory. Similar strong concerns were heard at the Canadian Archives Summit held at the University of Toronto and in a recent report of the Canadian Council of Academies, “Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions.”

This roundtable will address issues of archival collections in light of deteriorating budgets, limited services and access, and new pressures to collect the digital record well as paper and other records.

Our speakers will address issues from several perspectives, focussing on the grave difficulties of maintaining access, ensuring robust collections, and pressing for adequate funding for archives. Each speaker will talk for 5 minutes, with the remainder of the session open to the audience and panelists for a broader discussion of the crisis and future of archives as crucial institutions.

Speakers:
Scott Goodine, Archivist of Manitoba
Greg Bak, History & Archival Studies Programme, Department of History, University of Manitoba
Barry Ferguson, Departments of History & Political Studies, University of Manitoba
Tom Nesmith, History & Archival Studies Programme, Department of History, University of Manitoba
Andrea Rounce, Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba
Shelley Sweeney, University of Manitoba Archivist

Co-sponsors:
Duff Roblin Chair of Manitoba Government
University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

For more information, please contact the Archives at archives@umanitoba.ca or on 204-474-9986. Information about parking can be found at http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archives/location.html


17 March

Free Presentation: “Behind the Scenes at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Where: Multipurpose Room, Asper Jewish Community Campus, 123 Doncaster, Winnipeg
When: Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 7:00 PM

by Jodi Giesbrecht (Manager, Research & Curation) and
Jeremy Maron (Researcher/Curator)

Reception to follow. This presentation is sponsored by the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada Inc.

For further information, please contact Stan Carbone at 204-477-7467 or scarbone@jhcwc.org.


20 March

Free Lecture: “The Empire Strikes Back: The Fall of the USSR and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine”

A lecture by Serhii Plokhy (Harvard University)

Where: Archives & Special Collections, 330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba
When: Friday, 20 March 2015, 6:30 PM

The talk will focus on the current situation in Ukraine, in the context of the USSR’s breakup in 1991 (based on his recent book, The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union). Dr. Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian History (Department of History, Harvard University), and is the Director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. He has written extensively on the histories of the Russian Empire, the former Soviet Union, and Ukraine. Copies of The Last Empire The Final Days of the Soviet Union will be available following the lecture.

For further information, please contact the U of M Archives & Special Collections at 204-474-9986.


2 April

Manitoba History #77: Meet the Authors

Where: Multipurpose Room, Asper Jewish Community Campus, 123 Doncaster Street, Winnipeg
When: Thursday, 2 April 2015, 7:00 PM

Hear some of the authors featured in the soon-to-be-published Manitoba History #77 (Winter 2015) discuss their articles and ask them questions at a free “Meet the Authors” event hosted by the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada and the Manitoba Historical Society. A reception will follow.

Authors in attendance will include:

Stan Carbone - Winnipeg Jews and the Garment Industry

John Burchill - Crime Comics in Manitoba

Gerald Friesen - The Norquay Papers


11 April

Free Presentation: “Winnipeg’s Visual History in the Golden Age of Postcards

Where: Cornish Library, 20 West Gate
When: Saturday, 11 April 2015, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

As Winnipeg boomed in the first two decades of the 1900s, postcard images captured the people, places, and events of the day and spread those images throughout the world. Local postcard collector Rob McInnes will present an entertaining and educational visual tour of early Winnipeg.

More information is available here.


13 April

MHS History Book Club: Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Romance of Canada by Laurier LaPierre (1996)

Where: Dalnavert Visitors’ Centre, 61 Carlton Street, Winnipeg
When: Monday, 13 April 2015, 7:00 PM

Please confirm attendance with Judy at jhbval@mymts.net or 204-475-6666.


18 April

Genealogy Workshop and Heritage Dinner: “The Nuts & Bolts of Genealogy”

Where: Knox United Church, 18th Street and Victoria Avenue, Brandon
When: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The event is sponsored by the South West Branch of the Manitoba Genealogical Society. Registration is $45 per person before 1 April or $50 per person after 1 April. Spouses are half-price. For more information, go to www.swmanitobagenealogy.ca. In the evening (6:00 PM) will be a Heritage Dinner with guest speaker Oriole Vane Veldhuis.

Speakers will include:

  • Elizabeth Briggs: “Ethics & Legalities of Genealogy” & “These are our Ancestors: Writing our Family History”
  • Sheila Shearer: “The Confident Beginner: I’ve got started…now what?”
  • Gordon McBean: “Using Technology in our Genealogical Research”
  • Christy Henry: “Archiving/Preserving Pictures & Genealogical Documents”

21 April

MHS Multicultural Dinner

Where: Irish Association of Manitoba, 654 Erin Street, Winnipeg
When: Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 5:30 PM

This year, the MHS Multicultural Dinner will feature Manitoba’s Irish community. The event will be held at the Irish Association of Manitoba, located at 654 Erin Street. Parking is available along Erin Street after 5:30 PM and in the Piston Ring parking lot across from the street from the Association’s clubhouse on Erin Street after 5:30 PM. There is an elevator which can be accessed by driving to the back of the building, after asking someone inside to bring the elevator down to greet you.

Doors open at 5:30 PM, cocktails start at 6:15 and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM. The guest speakers will talk about differences between immigrating to Manitoba in the 1970s and now. Musical entertainment will feature traditional instruments. Enjoy potato leek soup, home-style Irish stew, colcannon, Irish soda bread and bread pudding. Choose Guinness on tap, Irish whisky or Irish coffee.

Cost per person is $23 for MHS members and $25 for non-members. Space is limited at this venue. Make your reservation by calling the Manitoba Historical Society at 204-947-0559 between 1 and 17 April. Payment must be made at the time of booking by Visa, Mastercard, cheque or in person at MHS Visitor Services, 61 Carlton Street. The office is open Wednesday to Friday 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Leave a message if there is no answer, and your call will be returned. Tickets will NOT be available at the door.

For more information, please call Carl James at 204 233-4776.


6 June

MHS Annual General Meeting

Where: to be announced
When: Saturday, 6 June 2015

More information will be provided here later.


10 June

MHS Field Trip: “Agriculture, Settlement and Society Along the Assiniboine”

This field trip, organized by Dr. John Lehr of the Manitoba Historical Society in association with the St. Francois Xavier Historical Society, will take place on Wednesday, 10 June 2015. The cost will be $92 for MHS and St. Francois Xavier Historical Society members, and $98 for non-members. To reserve your place on this trip, please contact Jean Owchar at 204-864-2304.

More information is available here.


7-8 August

Third Annual Carberry Heritage Festival

More information will be available here later.


11-13 September

MHS Field Trip

More information will be available here later.

 

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