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This article was published 26/1/2018 (1127 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Anyone with interest in local history should get a copy of the North East Winnipeg Historical Society’s recent book, North East Winnipeg History — Elmwood, East Kildonan, North Kildonan, a comfortably sized book that interweaves stories with little-known facts about locations you’ve probably driven by many times without knowing their significance.
Well researched and full of revealing details and anecdotes, it tells the tales of the area’s first settlers and their challenges and aspirations as Winnipeg residents of previous centuries.
For example, in 1880, after establishing himself as a respected community organizer, William Fraser took up residence in what is now known as Fraser’s Grove with his wife Annie and their three adopted children.
The original Fraser family home was built in 1880 at what is now 116 Fraser’s Grove, but replaced in 1912 by a larger home built by Fraser’s son-in-law on the same site.
Plans were made for two avenues — Rossmere and Layden — and 50 acres of land set aside for a University of Manitoba, though later changes redirected the university’s home to Fort Garry where it has remained ever since. The book retells many details of these stories, and notes hidden historic landmarks that are an often unknown part of Winnipeg’s history.
North East Winnipeg History — Elmwood, East Kildonan, North Kildonan is available at McNally Robinson bookstore.
The North East Winnipeg Historical Society meets monthly and hosts historic walking tours, guest lectures and other events throughout the year. They’re a friendly group and always welcoming to new members.
In an effort to further preserve local history, the provincial government recently announced $5 million for a new Heritage Trust program for small and medium-sized museums and archives. With three-quarters of Manitoba’s nearly 250 museums and archives in rural areas, it is my hope that funds like Heritage Trust and others will preserve Manitoba’s history here in Winnipeg too, so future generations can learn about those who went before them and appreciate their own past.
The North East Historical Society is a fine example of local people taking interest in our shared history. Check out its new book, visit www.newpghs.com, attend a lecture or walking tour, and consider becoming a member.
Information about funds or grants for historical initiatives can by obtained from my office at Unit 3-935 McLeod, by calling 204-289-4545, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting us online at www.andrewmicklefield.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
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Andrew Micklefield is PC MLA for Rossmere.