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16 January - 11 February

Exhibit: “Civic Modern: Winnipeg’s Civic and Centennial Centre, An Architectural Exploration”

Where: ARCH 2 Gallery, Architecture 2 Building, University of Manitoba
When: 16 January to 11 February 2015, Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

“Civic Modern” examines the social, political and architectural history of Winnipeg’s Civic and Centennial Centres as they reach their fiftieth anniversary. In 1957 Winnipeggers voted by a wide margin for a new City Hall. Less than ten years later, the city witnessed the construction of not only a new City Hall, but a massive complex of civic and cultural facilities, one of the largest such ensembles in Canada. The exhibit includes original sketches, artefacts, and photos from noted architectural photographer Henry Kalen.

This exhibit is curated by Jeffrey Thorsteinson,Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, with financial support from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba.


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.

9 February

MHS History Book Club: Sigfusson’s Roads by Svein Sigfusson (1992)

Where: Dalnavert Visitors’ Centre, 61 Carlton Street, Winnipeg
When: Monday, 9 February 2015, 7:00 PM

Please confirm attendance with Judy at or 204-475-6666.

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.

16 February

Heritage Winnipeg 30th Annual Preservation Awards

Where: Via Rail Station (former Union Station) Rotunda, 123 Main Street, Winnipeg
When: Monday, 16 February 2015, 2:00 PM

This is a free community event with reception and Jane’s Walk (30 minute tour) to follow, in celebration of National Heritage Day and Louis Riel Day.

Public nominations are welcome and PDF fillable forms are available for Heritage Conservation Awards, Distinguished Service Awards, and Youth Category Awards. The deadline for nominations is 17 January 2015.

For more information about Heritage Winnipeg’s Annual Preservation Awards, visit their website at or the Heritage Winnipeg Blog at

25 February

MHS Film Night 2015: “Steamboats on the Red”

Where: Thompson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway, Winnipeg
When: Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 7:00 PM

Attend this FREE screening, sponsored by the Manitoba Historical Society, of the Prairie Public Television documentary which shines a spotlight on this little-known era of the prairie region. Ed Ledohowski, the film’s chief historical researcher, will be there to answer your questions and share more stories of the role steamboats played in Manitoba history.

27 February

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

More information is available here.

7 March

Daly House Fundraising Dinner and Annual General Meeting

Where: Ukrainian Reading Association Hall, Brandon
When: Saturday, 7 March 2015

In addition to a homestyle meal, they will be featuring a dramatic presentation entitled “Nellie McClung and the Woman’s Parliament.”

More details will be forthcoming.

9 March

MHS History Book Club: In Fear of the Barbed Wire Fence, Canada's First National International Operations and the Ukrainian Canadians, 1914 to 1920 by Lubomyr Luciuk

Where: Dalnavert Visitors’ Centre, 61 Carlton Street, Winnipeg
When: Monday, 9 March 2015, 7:00 PM

Please confirm attendance with Judy at or 204-475-6666.

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 or 204-475-6666.

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.

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

More information will be available here later.


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