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Keeping a record of Manitoba’s historic sites

Municipalities asked to send in information on local sites

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St. Paul’s Anglican Church in the RM of St. François Xavier is a designated municipal historic site. Gordon Goldsborough, secretary for the Manitoba Historical Society, is asking municipalities in the province to send him information on their municipal historic sites.

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St. Paul’s Anglican Church in the RM of St. François Xavier is a designated municipal historic site. Gordon Goldsborough, secretary for the Manitoba Historical Society, is asking municipalities in the province to send him information on their municipal historic sites. Photo Store

Gordon Goldsborough is looking for help with a project to compile a thorough list of Manitoba’s historic sites.

"I’m mapping historical sites around the province," said Goldsborough, secretary for the Manitoba Historical Society, adding that sites can be designated by the federal, provincial or municipal governments.

In recent years, the federal and provincial governments haven’t designated many new sites, but Goldsborough knows that Manitoba’s 197 municipalities may have done so, and that’s the information he’s collecting.

He said he received a list of municipal historic sites about six years ago, but wants to update it.

"It’s quite a bit out of date," he said.

He’s asking municipal officials to send him a list of the sites in their areas.

He will add the information to the Historical Society’s database, where it will be available for anyone wanting to research the history of a specific part of the province. As well, it can be used by municipalities to promote their local tourist attractions.

"I’m hoping that over time, they (municipal officials) will contact me," said Goldsborough.

He can be reached at 204-782-8829 or by email at webmaster@mhs.mb.ca

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