Wednesday, 26 November 2014

William E. Milner House at 51 Balmoral Street

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.


Front facade. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.
Front facade. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.

Brief History

1865 - William Edwin Milner is born in Brampton, Ontario, where he would eventually serve as mayor for four years prior to his move to Winnipeg.


1893 - William H. Milner, eldest son of William E. and Charlotte Milner, is born in Brampton, ON.

1903 - Land originally granted to James Spence is subdivided into 63 lots along the south side of Balmoral and the east side of Spence Street.  James Spence was an ex-Hudson's Bay Company employee who had farmed the property for many years. 


North facade. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.
North facade. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.


1907 - William E. Milner moves to Winnipeg as the new western manager of the Maple Leaf Flour Mills Company, bringing his family along with him.  

1909 - A house is built for William E. Milner and family at what is now 51 Balmoral Street. The work was completed by local contractor George W. Ford for a cost of $8000. It is constructed based on a revival of the Dutch Colonial style (1905-1912) that was originally used in the 18th century Dutch colonies of present-day New Jersey and New York. Common elements of these homes were a gambrel roof, spacious verandah, exterior chimney, and four distinct sides. 

1916 - William E. Milner becomes the director of the Maple Leaf Flour Mills Company, as well as the president of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange.

1921 - William E. Milner is appointed managing secretary of the Winnipeg Board of Trade.

July 1, 1942 - William E. Milner dies, leaving behind his wife Charlotte and their two sons, William and Roy. The house remains under the care and ownership of Charlotte.



Milner House from the south, 1992. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.
Milner House from the south, 1992. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.


1952 - Charlotte sells the family home to her eldest son, William H. Milner.

1970s - Many of the other homes along the east side of Balmoral are demolished as part of an expansion by Great West Life Assurance. 

1990 - William H. Milner passes away and Milner House is sold to the Great West Life Assurance Company, who initially intended to demolish it to make way for a parking lot.

June 1992 - The Historical Buildings Committee evaluates 51 Balmoral at the request of the owner to determine heritage status. The house is deemed worthy of heritage designation (Grade III at the time), but official designation is not pursued.

1994 - Great West Life receives approval for a conditional parking lot along the east side of Balmoral Street, from Broadway to Mostyn Place. All remaining properties in this area are demolished, save Milner House, which could not receive approval due to its ambiguous heritage status. As such, the 1992 recommendation to heritage status went forward. Records note strong objection to demolition by community members as well as owner opposition to listing the building.

August 9, 1995 - The house receives heritage designation from the city of Winnipeg, prohibiting its demolition. Numerous uses for the building are explored but none deemed satisfactory by the owner. There is talk of relocating the structure but nothing material comes of these discussions.


West facade of Milner House, 1992. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.
West facade of Milner House, 1992. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.

1999 - A detached garage at the rear of the building is demolished.

2011 - An engineering report states that while the vacant building has continued to deteriorate, there do not appear to be new structural concerns and ongoing issues are primarily cosmetic ex: the roof, foundation movement due to lack of heating, cracking plaster, etc. Heritage Winnipeg speaks in opposition of a plan to de-list the property (remove its heritage designation). Winnipeg Free Press articles:  
End near for historic home?
Milner House keeps its heritage designation
Heritage House saved, for now

June 27, 2013 - CBC News: Debate over Milner House's future resurfaces

September 16, 2014 - Winnipeg Free Press article: GWL given extension to repair home on Balmoral Street

Sources & Links

City of Winnipeg Historical Report (Short)
City of Winnipeg Historical Report (Long)
Heritage Winnipeg on Milner House
Manitoba Historical Society on Milner House
MHS Memorable Manitobans: William E. Milner
West End Dumplings Blog article including Milner House 

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

10 More Places to Visit in Addition to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, as seen from a Muddy Waters boat tour.
 With the recent opening of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, we thought we would do a post about the Winnipeg heritage and museum experience. The CMHR represents an awesome opportunity to attract tourists and international attention to the city of Winnipeg, as well as its vibrant heritage community.
The last post like this was such a success, we decided to do a second one! Here are some other places you should check out in the city that we missed: 

** NOTE: Some of these were not included in the previous article because they are only open during the summer. As always, please be sure to do your own research to ensure that the information posted here is still accurate at the time of your visit. We recommend doing this by checking the website or otherwise contacting the organization. 
 

1. Le Musee de Saint-Boniface/St. Boniface Museum


St. Boniface Museum/Le Musee de St. Boniface
494 Tache Avenue/avenue Tache

The St. Boniface Museum is housed in Winnipeg's oldest building, built in 1844 as a convent for Grey Nuns (les Soeurs Grises). It is an excellent example of Red River frame construction and displays arti­facts from the lives and cul­ture of the Fran­coph­one and M├ętis com­mu­ni­ties of Man­i­toba, includ­ing a spe­cial exhibit about Louis Riel.

Hours:
April 2 to September 30
Monday-Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm to 4:00pm


October 1 to April 1 
Monday-Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm to 4:00pm
CLOSED Sundays
Admission:
$6 Adults
$5 Seniors
$5 Students
$4 Youth (6-17 Years)
Children 5 and under are free with an adult.
$15 Family (2 adults)
Prices are for self-guided admission and are subject to GST.
Guided tours are also available by appointment at an additional cost.
Source/Website: http://msbm.mb.ca/
Doors Open Page: http://doorsopenwinnipeg.ca/stboniface-museum.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/msbm_mb_ca

2. Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia

Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia
3180 Portage Avenue

This museum focuses on the history of the St. James-Assiniboia district and is in fact made up of three buildings. The first is an authentic Red River frame log house built in the 1800s by William Brown and his Metis wife, Charlotte Omand. It is furnished to fit the period and is accompanied by the 1911 Municipal Hall building and a modern display building. The museum also offers interactive theatre and educational programming to promote the history of the late 19th century pioneers.

Hours:
Regular Season: May to September long weekend
Off-Season: September to early May

Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (regular season)
closed (off-season)
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (regular season)
closed (off-season)
Admission:
By Donation

3. Western Canada Aviation Museum 


(photo from WCAM Facebook page. Be sure to be logged in to Facebook to view!)
958 Ferry Road

The Western Canada Aviation Museum tells the story of Canada's relationship with the skies. From bush pilots and military aviation to the glamour of the early passenger planes and Canadian innovators, this museum has it all.

Hours:
Monday through Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Admission:
Adult: $7.50
Seniors & Students: $5.00
Children (ages 3-12): $3.00
Family rate (2 adults / 3 children): $18.00
Source/Website: http://wcam.mb.ca/

4. St. Andrew's Rectory National Historic Site/St. Andrew's Heritage Centre

Photo courtesy of the St. Andrew's Heritage Centre website
 374 River Road (St. Andrew's)

Designated as a national historic site in 1962, St. Andrew's rectory was built as the home for the minister of the nearby St. Andrew's Anglican Church. The site features exhibits about Red River architecture, the roles of the Church Missionary Society and the Church of England in the settlement of the Red River and the nearby St. Andrew's Anglican Church and Cemetery are key points. Grounds are open to visitors year round.

Hours:
Grounds open year round.

  July and August (Interpreters available)
Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays Noon to 5:00 p.m
Admission:
None

5. Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site 

Photo courtesy of the Parks Canada website below.
A half-hour drive 32 km (20 miles) north of downtown Winnipeg and a few minutes south of Selkirk on Highway #9 (Main Street)
While technically outside the city of Winnipeg, this site in St. Andrew's, Manitoba, is worth mentioning. The only stone fort from the fur trade era to be restored in North America, this site helps tell the story of Winnipeg's beginning. This fort is also mentioned in our blog post about Upper Fort Garry.
Hours:
May 12 – June 30, 2014
Monday to Friday 9:30am-5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday - Grounds open to visitors but buildings closed
    July 1 (Canada Day) – September 1 (Labour Day), 2014
    Open 7 days a week, 9:30 am–5:00 pm 

    September 2, 2014 – May 10, 2015
    The regular seasonal visitor program is closed for the winter.
    Enjoy a stroll through the historic grounds at no charge. (Historic buildings are closed.)
    Admission:
    Adult $7.80
    Senior $6.55
    Youth $3.90
    Family/Group $19.60

    6. Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre

     184 Alexander Avenue East
    This centre is the largest Ukrainian Cultural Centre of its kind in North America, right here in Winnipeg. Purchase Ukrainian souvenirs in the gift shop, admire art work in the gallery, find folklore and children's books in the library, or explore the history of the Ukraine in the museum.
    Hours:
     Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm
    Admission:
     None
    Source/Website: http://www.oseredok.org/ (under construction)
     http://oseredok.blogspot.ca/ (their blog)

    7. Seven Oaks House Museum 

     
    50 Mac Street


    Named after a nearby creek where seven large oak trees once stood and where the famous battle in 1816 took place, this house was the residence of the Inkster family until 1912, when it became the property of the city of Winnipeg. It is one of the oldest surviving residences in Manitoba and now contains a museum, which seeks to promote community pride and understanding of the early history of Manitoba.
    Hours: 10am-5pm from Victoria Day to Labour Day; 
    Museum closed for Fall/Winter season but Grounds and McGowan Park are open year-round.
    Admission: By Donation
    Doors Open Page: http://doorsopenwinnipeg.ca/seven-oaks-museum.html# 

    8. Ross House Museum   

     
    140 Meade Street North


    Ross House was the first post office in Winnipeg, contained within the home of the first postmaster, William Ross. The house has been relocated multiple times to save it from demolition and it now serves to share the stories of the Ross and Coldwell families, the history of the Red River Settlement, and the historic North Point Douglas community where it is now located.

    Hours: June 1 to August 31
    10am - 4pm Wednesday through Sunday
    Admission: Free - Donations Welcome
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ross-House-Museum/138765029479630?fref=ts

    9. Riel House National Historic Site 

    330 River Road
    Home of the Riel family, it is this home where the body of Louis Riel was held in state for two days after his execution in 1885. Learn about Louis Riel and his participation that helped to make Manitoba a province of the newly-formed country of Canada.
    Hours:
    July 1 - September 1
     7 days a week, 10am-5pm
    Admission:
     Adult $3.90
    Senior $3.40
    Youth $1.90
    Family/Group $9.80 

    10. The Manitoba Museum 


    Post by The Manitoba Museum.
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    190 Rupert Avenue
    Last but certainly not least, is the Manitoba Museum. Explore the history of Manitoba through the galleries, have fun in the science gallery, view relevant short films in the planetarium, or enjoy one of the rotating special exhibits, such as the Real Pirates exhibit currently open. Don't forget to check out the gift shop for cool Manitoba souvenirs on your way out!
    Hours:
    WINTER HOURS (September 2, 2014 – May 15, 2015)
    Tuesday to Friday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Saturday, Sunday & Holidays – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Closed non-holiday Mondays
    Admission:
    For one Area:
    Adult $9.00
    Youth/Student/Senior $7.50
    Child $6.50   
    Admission varies depending on the number of areas you intend to visit and whether or not you are attending a special exhibit. For complete details, see the charts on their website here 


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    Wednesday, 12 November 2014

    Annual Preservation Awards: Celebrating 30 Years

    Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
    To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.

    2014 Annual Preservation Award recipient, Studio 511 at 511 River Avenue
    2014 APA recipient, Studio 511 at 511 River Avenue
     
    Do you know of an individual or project that should be recognized? 
    Be sure to nominate them using the forms below!

    What are the Annual Preservation Awards?

    2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Heritage Winnipeg's Annual Preservation awards. Since 1985, Heritage Winnipeg has sponsored an annual awards program that seeks to recognize those people in our community who are dedicated to the protection, restoration, and conservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. Awards are also given to the owners of heritage structures who seek to sensitively restore their buildings so that they become a productive element of the economical, cultural, and social fabric of the community. 

    2005 Annual Preservation Award recipient, Klinic/the Wilson House at 545 Broadway
    2005 APA recipient, Klinic/the Wilson House at 545 Broadway

    Awards are presented in three basic categories:

    1. Distinguished Service Award

     This award recognizes the special contributions of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a concerted effort and leadership in protecting, conserving, promoting, or communicating the historic and/or architectural values of Winnipeg's built heritage.

    2. Youth Category

    This award recognizes the special contribution of non-professionals under the age of 25.

    2010 Annual Preservation Award (Distinguished Service) recipient Gordon Sinclair, speaks after the presentation
    2010 APA (Distinguished Service) recipient Gordon Sinclair, speaks after the presentation.

    3. Heritage Conservation Award 

    This award recognizes the special efforts and excellence in specific projects to protect, conserve, and reuse structures of high historic value. Heritage Conservation Awards may be given specifically for commercial, institutional, or residential projects that involve the sensitive and adaptive reuse of these structures and provide for their long-term protection.

    Heritage Conservation Awards may be given to the owners of commercial, institutional, or residential structures with historical and/or architectural value and who provide long-term protection and conservation of key architectural elements for these structures and their sensitive adaptive use. Special recognition may also be given to consultants and contractors of the project selected for an award.

    In the case of a successful residential project, a special award will be given in the honour of C.W. Chivers, a well-known Winnipeg architect who designed buildings such as All Saints Church, Balmoral Hall, and the Assiniboine Park Pavilion. 

    2009 Annual Preservation Award recipient Manoir de la Cathedrale at 321 avenue de la Cathedrale
    2009 APA recipient, Manoir de la Cathedrale at 321 avenue de la Cathedrale

    Nomination Form: Conservation

    Nomination Form: Distinguished Service

    Nomination Form: Youth


    Nominations may be made in more than one category. If possible, please enclose photographs or email digitized photos. 

    Questions relevant to the requirements for a nomination may be directed to Ms. Cindy Tugwell, Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director, by phone (204-942-2663), fax (204-942-2094), or email (info@heritagewinnipeg.com). 

    The deadline for nominations is January 17, 2015

    Completed nominations can be mailed to:

    Heritage Winnipeg Corporation 
    #509-63 Albert Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    R3T 1G4

    Winners will receive a framed certificate recognizing their efforts at a ceremony to be held on National Heritage Day - the third Monday in February.  

    2008 Annual Preservation Award recipient The Manitoba Blue Cross Building at 599 Empress
    2008 APA recipient, The Manitoba Blue Cross Building at 599 Empress

    Recipients from 2014

    Commercial Conservation:  

    Workers Compensation Board Building at 333 Broadway 
    - - The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba,Owners; 1 X 1 Architecture Inc., Architects of Record; Smith Carter Architects & Engineers Inc., Design Architects; Alpha Masonry Ltd., Masonry work; Crosier Kilgour and Partners Ltd., Structural Engineers and Building Envelope Specialists; Akman Construction Ltd., Construction Manager

    Canada Building at 352 Donald Street 
    - - Public Capital Company, Owners; Prairie Architects Inc., Architects

    Scott Block at 272 Main Street (blog article on this property here)
    - - Mark and Shelley Buleziuk, Owners (facade unveiling)

    Institutional Conservation: 

    Laura Secord School at 960 Wolseley Avenue
    - - Winnipeg School Division; Public Schools Finance Board; Syverson Monteyne Architects (Heritage Roof Replacement Project)

    Residential Conservation: 

    Ryan Brothers Building at 110 James Avenue
    - - Streetside Development Corporation, Owners; 701 Architecture

    Special President's Award:  

    Studio 511 at 511 River Avenue 
    - - Stonebridge Development Group, Owners; GW Architecture Inc., Architects (residential conversion of First Church of Christ Scientist to Studio 511)

    Distinguished Service:

    Heritage Saint Norbert, Board of Directors
    - -  For over 33 years of service to the heritage community, their pivotal role in advocating for the preservation of many historic buildings in Saint Norbert, and the immensely successful Farmers Market.


    For a more complete archive of past recipients of Heritage Winnipeg's Annual Preservation Awards, check out the website here

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    Wednesday, 5 November 2014

    Dalnavert Museum & Visitors' Centre (Sir Hugh John Macdonald House)

    Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
    To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.

    Dalnavert Museum & Visitors' Centre (Sir Hugh John Macdonald house)

    "Built in 1895, Dalnavert is a fine regional example of the Queen Anne Revival style, popular from about 1880 to 1914. Its asymmetrical composition in brick, varied massing and rich interior decoration are typical of this eclectic style, which is loosely based on late medieval and early Renaissance British models. The expansive verandah, common to the style in Canada and the United States, unites the house and its setting. Designed by Charles H. Wheeler, Dalnavert was built for Sir Hugh John Macdonald, premier of Manitoba 1899-1900." ~ text from plaque installed by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (1995) ~
      

    Brief History of 61 Carlton Street

     

    Photo of Dalnavert from the provinicial archives (courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report)
    Dalnavert - Photo from the Provincial Archives, Courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.


    1893 - Hugh John Macdonald purchases the land at what is now 61 Carlton Street.

    1895 - The house at 61 Carlton Street is built for Hugh John Macdonald and his family for a cost of $10 500 by architect Charles H. Wheeler (the average house at this time was built for about 
    $1 000). The house is named "Dalnavert" after both his father's home in Toronto and his maternal grandmother's birthplace in Scotland. The house is outfitted for one of Canada's most prominent political families with modern conveniences such as central heat, full plumbing, and electricity.


    A recent Dalnavert brochure.
    From a recent Dalnavert brochure.


    1929 - Sir Hugh John Macdonald passes away after a recurring illness and Dalnavert is sold and converted into a rooming house. The majority of the house's contents are sold at auction and Lady Macdonald moves to the Roslyn Court Apartments. Over the next 40 years, many changes are made to the house to suit its new purpose.

    1970 - After being owned by four separate individuals, the building is once again sold and slated for demolition to make way for a high-rise development. The Manitoba Historical Society purchased the house and over the next four years, spent $559,000 restoring Dalnavert to its 1895 appearance. Most of this money was raised through the private efforts of the Manitoba Historical Society, through the Manitoba Historical Society Bingo, and donations from corporations and individuals. For more information on the restoration of the house, click on the brochure under "Recent Controversies" below.

    Dalnavert - from the Heritage Winnipeg files

    1974 - The Dalnavert Museum opens on June 18, serving as the Manitoba Historical Society's celebration of Winnipeg's centennial (1874-1974). In September of this same year, Dalnavert was awarded the  Prairie Regional Prize from the Heritage Canada Foundation as one of the most outstanding works of restoration in this area.

    1975 - Dalnavert is given an award by the American Association of State and Local History.

    1985 - Heritage Winnipeg recognizes Dalnavert at its Annual Preservation Awards with an award for architectural conservation.

    A recent Dalnavert brochure
    From a recent Dalnavert brochure.


    1988 - Dalnavert is designated as a Provincial Historic Site.

    1990 - Dalnavert is designated as a National Historic Site.

    1995 - The unveiling of Dalnavert's National Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque.

    2005 - Official opening of the Dalnavert Visitors' Centre.

    2013 - In the fall of this year, the Dalnavert Museum closes its doors. For more information about this and recent developments on the plans for the museum see "Recent Controversies" below. The museum can still be viewed through the virtual tour here.
     

    "A Perfect House" article from the HSMBC pamphlet prepared in 1995
    "A Perfect House" article from the HSMBC Pamphlet prepared in 1995 - click for PDF

    Sir Hugh John Macdonald 

     

    Sir Hugh John Macdonald, 1921. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.
    Sir Hugh John Macdonald, 1921. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report

    Sir Hugh John Macdonald was the only surviving son of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister (1867-1873 & 1878-1891) and his wife, Isabella Clark. Hugh originally came west with the Wolseley Expedition of 1870 to suppress the Red River Rebellion, however, seeing no action, he returned east to complete his legal training and eventually joined his father's law firm in Toronto. 

    In 1876, he married Jean Murray King. Shortly thereafter in 1877, she gave birth to their only child, a daughter named Isabella Mary, nicknamed "Daisy". After the death of his wife in 1882, Hugh returned west to establish his own law practice in Winnipeg. 

     
    Dalnavert when it was owned by the family, 1900
    The family home at 61 Carlton, 1900. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report


    He remarried in 1883, to Agnes Gertrude Vankoughnet, the daughter of a friend of his father's. A few years later, in 1885, their son John Alexander, was born and Hugh was a Captain in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles against the forces of Louis Riel.

    Four months before the death of his father in 1891, Hugh was elected federal member of parliament for Winnipeg and was sworn in at his side. For the next nine years he served in both provincial and federal politics, culminating in leading the victory for the provincial Conservatives in 1899. He served ten months as Premier of Manitoba before resigning to run in the federal election. He was unsuccessful against opponent Clifford Sifton.  
    Political caricature of Sir Hugh John Macdonald circa the early 1900s, courtesy of the Manitoa Historical Society website
    Political caricature featuring Sir Hugh John Macdonald circa the early 1900s, courtesy of the MHS website.

    Hugh was appointed Police Magistrate for the City of Winnipeg in 1911 and was knighted in 1913. He passed away in 1929 following a recurring illness and was buried in St. John's Cemetery alongside his son, who had died in 1905. 

    For those interested in a more thorough chronology of Sir Hugh John Macdonald's life, one can be found on the MHS website here.
     

    Winnipeg Free Press Articles November 2013 - May 2014

     

    Photo of Dalnavert, 1963
    Photo circa 1963, courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report

    Old brochure from the Dalnavert Museum
    Old brochure from Dalnavert Museum - click for full-sized PDF
    Old brochure from Dalnavert
    Old brochure from Dalnavert Museum - click for full-sized PDF

    What Happens Now

    In September 2013, the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) closed the historic 1895 Dalnavert Museum to the public.  They then began discussions on whether to repurpose the heritage house or to allow it to continue as a museum possibly under a new ownership and management model. After the MHS completed a proposal stage and only after pressure from concerned groups and individuals was a vote to repurpose the home reversed. 

    In response to input from MHS members and from the wider community, a decision was made in May 2014 that the MHS would work with the Friends of Dalnavert Museum (FDM), which is made of up representatives from the heritage and museum sector as well as Dalnavert volunteers. Over the summer months, meetings were held with the FDM to discuss how to achieve the goal of re-opening the museum and how to make the museum financially sustainable so that future generations can enjoy its history and the important stories this house tells.  

    In October 2014, Friends of Dalnavert Museum, in cooperation with the Manitoba Historical Society, received funding from The Winnipeg Foundation to begin conducting a feasibility study .  This study will be completed prior to the Christmas holidays.  Part of the study is to hold a public Town Hall meeting so people can come and get informed on this project as it moves forward and to see how they can get involved in helping to support new leadership and direction.   Contents of this study will be discussed by both the MHS and the Friends in the New Year, with the ultimate goal of re-opening Dalnavert Museum

     

    Dalnavert Museum and Visitor's Centre

    PUBLIC TOWN HALL MEETING

    Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
    Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
    Location: Dalnavert Museum and Visitor's Centre, 61 Carlton Street, Winnipeg

    In September 2013, the Dalnavert Museum was closed to the public. Friends of Dalnavert Museum  are undertaking a study with the goal of seeing Dalnavert reopened as a museum. 

    Interested members of the public are invited to take part in an upcoming informational town hall meeting. We are looking for your input on how to reopen Dalnavert as a sustainable museum. Please come out and show your support for the museum's reopening. 

    - 2 hours free parking is available on the street
    - Please RSVP to dalnaverttownhall@gmail.com by November 20, 2014 

    Sources & Links

    City of Winnipeg Historical Reports 
    City of Winnipeg Museums Board - Dalnavert
    Dalnavert commemorated as national historic site (June 2, 1995 media release)
    MHS on the Dalnavert Museum
    MHS Dalnavert Museum Chronology
    MHS Memorable Manitobans: Sir Hugh John MacDonald

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