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The Manitoba Legislative Library is richer today thanks to a treasure trove of rare books that document local history in Manitoba.
Manitoba Heritage Minister Ron Lemieux announced the donation of 27 books, a gift of the Manitoba Historical Society, at the downtown Manitoba Archives.
"The ability to preserve history is essential to ensure future generations see first-hand how our ancestors lived," Lemieux said in a statement.
"Through the preservation of these local histories in one of Manitoba's oldest libraries, we are keeping our collective history accessible to Manitobans and others interested in our diverse and vibrant past," he said.
Since 2009, the MHS has worked closely with the Legislative Library to make copies of local histories available to researchers around the world through the website Manitobia.ca. More than 300 local histories of towns and municipalities have been digitized and made available for free online.
Several hundred more local histories are to be added over the next five years.
"The Manitoba Historical Society has a proud tradition of collecting historically significant objects, and we are pleased to entrust these books to the care of the province," said Harry Duckworth, MHS president.
"Our books and artifacts help document and chronicle the history of our province, and we are pleased to see that history will be preserved and available for future generations to study and learn from," the historical society president said.
These latest additions to the Legislative Library, published between 1910 and 2005, include histories of communities such as Winnipegosis, Minto, Oakburn and Riverside, as well as histories of Winnipeg communities, including St. Norbert and East Kildonan-Transcona.