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This article was published 7/2/2020 (389 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Wayne Chan is writing a history of Pembina Highway and is interested in hearing stories that could be included in the book. The focus of the book is on the commercial strip of Pembina and the businesses and other establishments that were there between the 1920s to 1980s.
Chan works as a data analyst for the University of Manitoba. Historical research and writing are his hobby. His publication history includes writing for The Sou’wester as a community correspondent and publishing several articles in the journal Manitoba History; his last book was an anthology of Christmas memories in Manitoba, called Manitoba at Christmas, which was self-published in 2016.
He also gives lectures on local history, most recently in November at the University of Manitoba; the topic was on espionage during the Winnipeg General Strike.
"After the Christmas book, I was looking for another major writing project," Chan says. "Years earlier, I had read a couple of Russ Gourluck’s local history books. The first was about the downtown Eaton’s store, but he also wrote one about the history of Portage Avenue and documented many of the businesses that used to exist downtown."
Chan hit upon the idea of compiling a similar book on Pembina Highway. "After looking into it, I found that nothing much has been written about the history of Pembina Highway beyond what was published in books by the Fort Garry Historical Society and an older history of the community by Nan Shipley in 1970."
Chan invites readers to contact him with memories of working at, or frequenting some long-gone establishments on Pembina, such as the old drive-in theatre. He would like to know more about the toboggan slide on the riverbank in the early 1960s — located approximately where Pony Corral is today.
There are also some mysteries he would like solved — like why the addresses south of the underpass were renumbered in the 1950s.If you or someone you know has stories or memories of Pembina Highway between the 1920s to 1980s, please contact Chan at Pembina.firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Lepp Friesen is a community correspondent for Fort Garry. You can contact her at email@example.com