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OUR HISTORY: 1800s — 1940s

Getting around in the early days

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum is opening a new transportation display on Manitoba Day May 12.

The display tells the story of transportation in rural Manitoba from the Red River cart of the 1800s right through to the vehicles of the 1940s. It uses real artifacts from the various eras in transportation and highlights the importance of transportation in the settlement and development of rural Manitoba.

The exhibit has been in development at the museum for well over a year.

Newly elected museum president Gloria Sims said this display takes the museum into the future, as the interpretation provides much more background information to help visitors better understand Manitoba’s pioneer days.

“We at the museum have to remember the current visitors to the museum did not live through the pioneer era and have little knowledge of how difficult moving around Manitoba was in the early days. They may not realize that roads up to the 1950s were not plowed in the winter and so when winter arrived, many people stayed home until spring.”

Interpretation is needed on a great many museum artifacts as people today don’t recognize how or why a particular artifact is important to the development of agriculture or the province.

Manitoba Day at the museum features activities for the children such as relay races, a tug-of-war, a horseshoe tournament and more. As well, the grounds are open and an interesting day can be spent looking at all the artifacts of Manitoba’s pioneer past that the museum has collected over the years.

On Manitoba Day admission to the grounds is free.

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Alex Campbell is a dedicated volunteer and Member of the Interpretation Committee at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum.



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