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Discover More Manitoba History

Monday, Jan 06, 2020 at 10:25am

May 2020 will mark 150 years since what is now Manitoba became Canada's fifth province, and we think this anniversary is a great opportunity to look back at different aspects of our province's history. To that end, the Community Classroom is pleased to present our Local History Series—ten classes between January and May that give you the opportunity to learn more about some of the diverse groups of people, stories and developments that made Manitoba what it is today. 

Click on any of the classes below to learn more and to register!

Categories: Winnipeg, History, Community Classroom, Regional Interest

The Winnipeg General Strike Centennial Anniversary

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:02pm

The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 was one of the most famous and influential strikes in Canadian history, and became the platform for future labour reforms. Almost 30,000 workers left their jobs and even essential public employees such as firefighters and police went on strike. The RCMP were called in and the strike came to a violent end on what is referred to as "Bloody Saturday." This year marks the 100th anniversary of the strike, and there are plenty of new books on the subject to explore.

Winnipeg 1919 edited by Norman Penner. Following the strike, union leaders published an account of the events leading up to and during the strike. This book offers the full document in its original format along with an introduction to the 1974 edition by labour historian and activist Norman Penner. This volume also includes a new introduction by historian Christo Aivalis discussing how the lessons learned in 1919 remain relevant today, and key documentary photographs of strike events, including a minute-by-minute sequence showing the final RCMP fatal assault on the strikers.

Find more titles after the jump...

Categories: Winnipeg, History


Excerpts from Ted Barris' Fire Canoe

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 at 4:10pm

Ted Barris' Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited tells the history of Canadian steamboats, captained by seafaring skippers who'd moved inland and piloted by indigenous peoples who knew the intricacies and dangers of the waterways. These boats, named "fire canoes" by aboriginal people, helped to form the Canadian West, and Barris brings the tales of them alive in this new book.

We will have the pleasure of hosting Barris for a book launch in both our Saskatoon and Winnipeg stores. The Winnipeg launch will take place on October 13th, 2015, followed by the Saskatoon launch the next day.

After the jump you will find two excerpts from Fire Canoe, the first featuring a Winnipeg angle and the second with a touch of Saskatoon.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases, History


Magna Carta and Its Gift to Canada: An excerpt

Thursday, Aug 06, 2015 at 5:02pm

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, one of history's most important documents and one that set the groundwork for many concepts that continue to define democratic life today. To commemorate this anniversary, and to spread knowledge of the Magna Carta's impact on the world, the document is being toured across Canada over the course of 2015.

Between August 15th and September 18th, 2015, the Magna Carta will be in Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Along with the exhibition, Magna Carta expert and author Carolyn Harris will be in town for events at the Museum, as well as a discussion and signing of her book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, at our store on Friday, August 14th.

For a preview of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada, look after the jump. The book is available now in our Canadian History section for $24.99 -- and don't forget to mark the August 14th discussion and signing on your calendar!

Categories: Winnipeg, History


World War One: A Century Later

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 3:22pm

During the summer of 1914 and after a century of peace, Europe, armed to the teeth with the destructive power of weapons created during the Industrial Revolution, blundered its way into a war that consumed the Western World.

The how and the why of World War One, its campaigns and tactics have been written about and discussed ever since. One indisputable fact remains. When the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, the world that had come to define itself by the optimism of the Victorian Age with its assumptions of endless advancements, from the spiritual to the material, was shattered.

This is no more effectively demonstrated than in the literature that came to prominence in the wake of the "war to end all wars."

Read more after the jump . . .

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, History


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