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August 15, 2018

Historic places need YOUR help!

A parliamentary petition calling for funding for historic places in Budget 2019 is getting traction. Over 1,000 signatures have been secured, but we can reach 10,000 with the help of people like you!

Sponsored by Liberal MP John Aldag, the petition calls on the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to ensure substantial funding for historic places in Federal Budget 2019.

How you can help:

1. Sign the e-petition if you haven’t already
2. Share the e-petition with your contacts – can you get three friends or colleagues to sign it too?
  • Retweet our pinned tweet
  • Share our pinned Facebook post
  • Circulate the link to the e-petition:
3. Collect signatures on the paper version of the petition

By adding your signature, you send a message that federal investment is needed to support the efforts of Canadians including Indigenous Peoples, charities and not for profits to save and renew historic places, and to encourage private sector investment and heritage philanthropy.

The goal of the Year of Action to #changethegame4heritage is to secure thousands of signatures, help you meet with your Member of Parliament this summer, and host a Day of Action on Parliament Hill in the fall – just in time for MPs and cabinet ministers to include a substantial fund for historic places in their priorities for Budget 2019. Stay tuned for updates and instructions throughout the summer.

August 10, 2018

Shard from Winnipeg Opera House for Sale!

Own a piece of Winnipeg’s history! Heritage Winnipeg is selling a shard from the Winnipeg Opera House (later the Winnipeg Theatre), which was built in 1896. The shard was discovered during the excavation of the site in 2017 to build a new Hydro station. It would make a charming bench and add some history to your garden!
Visit our ad on Kijiji for details:

The Winnipeg Opera House in 1900 from Archives of Manitoba.

Shard 1 is about feet long by 2.5 feet wide and weighs about 250-300 pounds.

The location of shard 1 in the theatre, picture from Archives of Manitoba.

June 29, 2018

2018 Heritage Winnipeg Annual General Meeting

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who attended the 2018 Annual General Meeting. Special thanks goes out to keynote speaker City of Winnipeg Councillor Jenny Gerbasi and WOW Hospitality Concepts for the wonderful venue and catering

Download the 2017-2018 Heritage Winnipeg Annual Report

Heritage Winnipeg President Lisa Gardewine - Keynote Speaker Councillor Jenny Gerbasi - Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell

 Heritage Winnipeg thanked the keynote speaker with a beautiful custom print of the 1886 and 1963 Winnipeg City Hall by local artist Robert Sweeney

June 21, 2018

2018 Doors Open Winnipeg 8th Annual Peoples' Choice Awards

It was a time to celebrate at the 2018 Doors Open Winnipeg 8th Annual People's Choice Awards and Volunteer Reception at the historic Millennium Centre. Heritage Winnipeg hosted the event, handing out awards and thanking the dedicated volunteers in attendance who helped to make Doors Open Winnipeg a successful event.

The People's Choice Awards represent five categories, Best Restoration, Best Guided Tour or Programming, Best Architecture, Best Experience and the Hidden Gem. Online voting was open to the public, showcasing 93 amazing buildings, tours and events. Votes poured in the week following Doors Open Winnipeg, making for a close race in several of the categories. In the end, the votes were tallied and the winners were rewarded for their efforts with framed original drawings of their buildings by local artist Robert Sweeney.

Thanks to WOW Hospitality for the wonderful service and support!






Visit the Doors Open Winnipeg website to learn about the winners!

May 29, 2018

Carnegie Library: Heritage At Risk


Winnipeg's Carnegie Library called one of Canada's most endangered historic sites

City of Winnipeg hasn't decided what to do with former city archives building

A Winnipeg library that is more than a century old and houses the city's archives has been named among the most endangered historic sites in Canada at a time when the future of the building hangs in limbo... read the full story

FROM National Trust for Canada:

Top Ten Endangered List

As of May 23, 2018, The National Trust for Canada launched the 2018 Top Ten Endangered List of historic buildings. This year, the former Carnegie Library and City of Winnipeg Archives is on the list.  The Carnegie Library, built in 1905 with a $75,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, was severely damaged by a rainstorm in 2013 while undergoing renovations. Although a designated heritage building, its future is uncertain - express your support for the preservation of this building by emailing us at

Carnegie Library at the National Trust

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