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Garry Workman (right) with Paul Brennan at the Strathclair Old Iron Club’s threshing day.

‘Walking tour’ preserves the Solsgirth of bygone days

As the village’s eldest resident, Garry Workman made himself its biographer

“Straw hats and old dirty hankies, Mopping a face like a shoe, Thanks for the meal here’s a song that is real, From a kid from the city to you.” These words serve as the verse to Murray McLauchlan’s, “The Farmers Song.” Released in 1972, the song is a snapshot of the changing place of

During the First World War Camp Hughes became a bustling mini community.

Mark November 11 with a visit to Camp Hughes

This site near Carberry is Manitoba’s lone National Historic Site dedicated to the Great War

November 11 is fast approaching, but this year’s events may need to be somewhat different. If Remembrance Day programs are cancelled in your area, or if you’re unsure about attending a socially distanced service, consider an outdoors way of remembering and honouring our fallen soldiers. If the weather and roads remain good, one good way


The most famous structure on the site is this recreation of a working windmill.

Celebrate Manitoba’s 150th by visiting the Mennonite Heritage Museum

Get a glimpse into the pioneer years of this group of early settlers

This summer or autumn, how about a trip to the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Steinbach? With cooler weather now approaching, this would be a good time to walk through the museum and explore the many heritage buildings. It’s a fine way to celebrate Manitoba’s 150 years as a province. Descendants of Mennonite pioneers will find

The Manitoba Food History Project “food truck” has travelled to Steinbach, Altona, St. Norbert and Dauphin, allowing the researchers to conduct interviews and cook food with people all over the province.

Manitoba Food History Project ‘trucks along’

A Winnipeg-based food history project delves into how cultural forces shaped food production in the province

In Winnipeg there’s this tradition of burgers called the ‘fat boy.’ The staple of drive-in restaurants, they’re fairly ordinary beef burgers with lettuce, tomato and a thick pickle spear, except they have a chili sauce that isn’t found much elsewhere. These burgers are also often served in Greek Canadian restaurants. To some residents of Winnipeg,

Teacher Chelsey Kostesky was asked to sort grain product pieces as part of Keegan Gamey’s project on Advancement in Ag Technology.

Strathclair class digs deep into provincial history

Student projects encourage personal study rather than just memorizing facts

Many young people no longer know a world where there was an alternative to the internet when doing a school project, such as going to the local library or picking up an encyclopedia. Although teaching is different than it used to be, schools continue to implement change in finding ways to arm students with the


Canada puts out call for British agricultural families

Canada puts out call for British agricultural families

Our History: January 1928

The Scoop Shovel, which later became the Manitoba Co-operator, carried this ad from the Department of Immigration and Colonization in the January 1928 issue. It said that Canada wanted more British agricultural families, farm workers and house workers, and invited nominees who could have passage paid at different rates to different locations in Canada. A

A group portrait of the Dickson threshing gang taken in 1910. Some of the people in the photo are numbered and on the back of the photo is a key matching the name of the person with their number.  1) W.G. Dickson, 2) Mrs. Ben Dickson, 3) Joyce Dickson (Dring), 4) Claude Dickson, 5) Laura Taylor, 6) Mrs. Cavers, 7) Joe Blacklock, 8) Michael O’Keefe. The back of the photo also identifies the person on the upper left outside as Norman Burke.

The Ben Dickson threshing gang 1910

This photo reveals a young workforce, some dressed in their Sunday best for the rarity of appearing in a photograph

The Dickson-Henderson family of Boissevain graciously donated to the Manitoba Agricultural Museum a number of photographs taken on their farms near Boissevain. One photo is a group portrait of the Dickson threshing gang taken in 1910. The photo was taken by Osborne Photo which appears to have been a professional photographer active in the Boissevain

Hours of work and who took care of the horses were just a couple of issues for early farmers while managing their labour force.

The hired man’s duties

Even 100 years ago finding and keeping farm labour wasn’t easy

This is part of an article that appeared in the historic farm publication the Nor’West Farmer in February 1920. The question of working hours on the farm is one that nearly every reader of this paper is interested in. So this letter will serve as well as another to introduce the subject. A Saskatchewan reader,


St. Mary’s/St. Alban’s Anglican Church and cemetery. 

Visit rural Manitoba’s historic churches

Buildings and cemeteries hold much historical information and some are designated heritage sites

Manitoba has many historic rural churches. Some no longer operate as churches, while others hold services only occasionally, but the buildings and accompanying cemeteries are often well maintained. Country churches, those not in towns or villages, are particularly interesting. One such church is St. Mary’s/St. Alban’s Anglican Church, situated southwest of the village of Kaleida

Storyteller Ed Stozek is passionate about local history.

Area historian provides look at settlers of Olha region

‘Stalwart peasant’ is focus of Ed Stozek’s new documentary

Ed Stozek’s latest documentary, “The Time That Once Was,” delves into past generations residing in the Olha area. So it was fitting that the Dauphin man with local roots shared the story of the documentary at the Olha Hall in October. Those in attendance learned that the film was inspired by a quote from a