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October 10, 2017

Celebrating the Life of Celine Kear

It is with great sadness that Heritage Winnipeg acknowledges the passing of Celine Kear on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. Celine was long-time supporter of and advocate for Winnipeg's built heritage, as well as a past president of Heritage Winnipeg. Please join us in celebrating Celine's life.

October 5, 2017

Heritage Winnipeg makes bid to save lavish Oak Room at the St. Regis Hotel: UPDATE

Heritage Winnipeg is proud to have worked with Brock Coutts in successfully preserving the Oak Room from the St. Regis Hotel! The Oak Room will be incorporated into Coutts' purposed whisky distillery, Patent 5, which will be located in the Dominion Express Company Building, a heritage building at 108-112 Alexander Avenue. Heritage Winnipeg is grateful for the corporation of Fortress Real Developments and Edenshaw Developments in the removal of the Oak Room from the St. Regis Hotel.

From the CBC: Whisky producer eyes warehouse on the edge of Winnipeg's Exchange District

August 3, 2017:

Heritage Winnipeg hopes to preserve the historic Oak Room at the St. Regis Hotel, which is set to be demolished in August.

From the CBC:

With just weeks before the building is set to be demolished, Heritage Winnipeg is hoping to preserve the grandeur of the St. Regis Hotel's Oak Room. 

Just as its name says, the century-old banquet area is extensively panelled in oak, where it has a storied history on the first floor of the old hotel on Smith Street.

Fortress Real Developments plans to build a commercial space and parkade after the demolition of the building begins in August

"What we'd like to see is some help or some support with the city and maybe someone in the private sector to help us dismantle the room, preserve it ... ultimately to be showcased in another heritage building," said Cindy Tugwell, executive director of Heritage Winnipeg

Please visit the CBC's website to read the rest the full article.

October 2, 2017

"Fall" back into reading with the Heritage Winnipeg Blog!

Visit the Official Blog of Heritage Winnipeg to learn about the latest heritage issues in Winnipeg and uncover the history of our fascinating buildings.

August Blog Posts:
The Confederation Life Building - An Historic Skyscraper Soaring Into the 21st Century
· Priceless Heritage on the Crescent
· The Royal Albert Hotel - Crown Jewel in the Exchange
· The Upper Fort Garry Heritage Wall - Illuminating Manitoba's History
· St. Boniface Fire Hall No. 1 - Reigniting a Heritage Treasure?

September Blog Posts:
Historic Roof Preservation Around the Globe
· The Role of Digital Media in the Preservation of Historical Sites and Buildings

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September 14, 2017

In Memoriam - CELINE KEAR (Nee Power)

Celine Kear, Chair of the Heritage Winnipeg Fundraising Commitee
and MC at the spring luncheons at the Fort Garry Hotel in 2013

It is with great sadness that Heritage Winnipeg acknowledges the passing of Celine Kear on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.  Celine was long-time supporter of and advocate for Winnipeg's built heritage. Celine will be deeply missed by everyone at Heritage Winnipeg for her unwavering commitment, dedication, and passion to our organization and our city over the many years of her involvment. 

Celine Kear had many decades of experience in the volunteer sector and the charitable non-profit heritage community.  She has served on the Dalnavert Management Committee and on the Board of The Friends of the Ralph Connor House (FRCH). She is a past president of both the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) and Heritage Winnipeg (HW), and has completed a two –year term as president of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. (CFUW)  She taught at Vincent Massey School for many years, and part-time at the University of Winnipeg. Celine was bilingual and she was also an experienced fundraiser.

Heritage Winnipeg Board Member 1998-2010
President, Heritage Winnipeg - 2004-2006
Past President, Heritage Winnipeg - 2007-2010
Chair of the HW Fundraising Committee, and host of HW Fundraising committee events 2006-2016
Doors Open Winnipeg, annual volunteer chair of hosting guests at the Lieutenant Governor’s house for their levee.
Recipient of the Heritage Winnipeg Lifetime Achievement award in 2016 for her volunteer efforts in the heritage community.


Celine Kear at the HW fall fundraiser at the historic Kantor House
(Moss House) in 2011.

A celebration of Celine's life will be held in Winnipeg sometime in October.
Mahers Funeral Home -  Click here for a full obituary
An obituary will also be in the Winnipeg Free Press on Saturday, September 16, 2017.


September 12, 2017

Rail Days 2017 - Admission by donation

Join Heritage Winnipeg for RAIL DAYS 2017 on Saturday, September 16 & 17, 2017 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Winnipeg Railway Museum in Winnipeg's historic former Union Station, now VIA Rail Canada, Winnipeg station at 123 Main Street.

Located on tracks 1 & 2 on the second floor of the Railway Museum is a FREE and unique event held over two days. Heritage Winnipeg will have a exhibit table with Streetcar 356 information and memorboilia and we will also be showing the original wooden Streetcar 356 to visitors. Our rehabilitation project of Car 356 is expected to be completed in 2019 for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1919 General Strike.  Come meet some members of the Streetcar 356 committee at the Heritage Winnipeg table, and get a tour of Streetcar 356. Times limited.

The Book "The Streetcars of Winnipeg - Our Forgotten Heritage"
Out of Sight - Out of Mind by author Brian K. Darragh

On the 19th of September, 2017 it will be 62 years since the last streetcar made its final run through Winnipeg’s well known Portage and Main. Author Brian Darragh operated the streetcars for the final 17 months of existence here, April 1954 to September 1955.  He was the third youngest streetcar operator at that time. Brian will be turning 89 years old in November so the remaining half dozen operators will be in their mid nineties now. He tried to capture the experience that the 73 years of streetcar service provided to Winnipeg and the surrounding towns. From the start of the horse cars in 1882 where the drivers were paid 12 cents an hour, to the beginning of electric streetcars in January 1891, this book describes with the aid of numerous pictures the essence of the transportation experience of those times. The streetcars ran for approximately 35 years before the first four buses came in 1918. In that time the streetcars supported the growth of the city to 150,000 people by 1912, becoming the third largest city in Canada. Writing this book for Brian has brought back many fond memories of those days. Stop by the museum and say hello to Brian, and purchase his book for yourself or as a gift.

In addition if you would like to help support this Heritage Winnipeg project, make a minimum donation of $20 toward the Streetcar 356 rehabilitation and receive a complimentary DVD of BACKTRACKS, The Story of Winnipeg's Streetcars, including bonus historic pictures.


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