Dalnavert Museum - 61 Carlton Street

UPDATE NOVEMBER 28, 2014

Study to probe reopening Dalnavert Museum (Winnipeg Free Press November 23, 2014)

UPDATE NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Heritage Winnipeg Blog Post about the history of Dalnavert
TOWN HALL MEETING NOV. 22, 2014 - see you there!
 

UPDATE MAY 30, 2014

Dalnavert's Backers Upbeat (Winnipeg Free Press May 25, 2014)
Dalnavert Meeting to Be Held Today Despite Pullout by Candace House (Winnipeg Free Press May 23, 2014)
Candace House withdraws proposal for Dalnavert Museum (Winnipeg Free Press May 23, 2014)
Museum's Future Goes to Vote (Winnipeg Free Press May 23, 2014)
 

UPDATE MAY 6, 2014 - FRIENDS OF DALNAVERT

Friends of Dalnavert Museum Proposal
 
UPDATE MAY 5, 2014

Museums want Dalnavert's Share (Winnipeg Free Press May 1, 2014)
Candace House in tradition of Dalnavert (Winnipeg Free Press April 30, 2014)
Dalnavert - Candace House partnership sound (Winnipeg Free Press April 30, 2014)

 
UPDATE APRIL 23, 2014

"The Friends of Dalnavert say they can recruit the experts needed to keep Dalnavert a viable attraction rather than see its owner, the Manitoba Historical Society, turn over the keys to Candace House, a centre for victims of crime who have to attend to or testify at the Law Courts Building or in provincial court."

Still Hope For Dalnavert: Friends (Winnipeg Free Press)

 
UPDATE APRIL 17, 2014

"The Manitoba Historical Society has agreed to transfer Dalnavert Museum to Candace House Inc., a non-profit support centre for the victims of crime." (taken from "Dalnavert To Reopen as Support Centre", Winnipeg Free Press)

To read the full article, please click the link below:

Dalnavert To Reopen as Support Centre (Winnipeg Free Press)

 

A NATIONAL HISTORIC TREASURE - DALNAVERT MUSEUM

Sir Hugh John Macdonald, son of John A. Macdonald (Canada's first prime minister), purchased the property at 61 Carlton Street, where a home for his family was to be built and named Dalnavert. Constructed in 1895, the Dalnavert House reflects Victorian-era architectural style. Lady MacDonald sold Dalnavert after Sir Hugh John Macdonald died in 1929, and it became a boarding house until it was purchased almost 40 years later by Lakeview Developments Company. Their intention was to tear down the house and build an apartment building in its place, at which point, the Manitoba Historical Society stepped in and raised enough money to purchase the home from the company so as to preserve the home's legacy. In 1974, the Dalnavert was restored and re-opened as a museum with guided tours. In September 30, 1987, Dalnavert became a provincially designated site and became a National Historic Site in 1990. For more historic information on Dalnavert, please click here

After a surprise closure following Labor Day in September 2013, the fate of the historic Dalnavert Museum has yet to be determined. This sudden closure frustrated many of the volunteers who came to work one day only to find the doors locked without any advanced notice. Low attendance rates in conjunction with the cost to keep the museum running played a big role in the decision to close its doors. The Manitoba Historical Society has been spending these past winter months deliberating on and trying to reach an acceptable solution on how to proceed regarding this important Winnipeg landmark. For more information regarding the closing of Dalnavert, please read the following Winnipeg Free Press articles:


Historic Dalnavert Shuttered
Heritage Community Seeks to Save Dalnavert
Dalnavert Museum's Glimmer of Hope

Heritage Winnipeg along with other stakeholders have formed the Friends of Dalnavert Museum and responded to a recent request for proposals from The Manitoba Historical Society.  We are currently working to move forward to look at all options to re-open this historic and unique museum.  2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of Dalnavert Museum. 

Celebrating Manitoba Day at the MANITOBA MUSEUM

CELEBRATING MANITOBA DAY AT THE MANITOBA MUSEUM - Saturday, May 6, 2017

Over 8,300 people enjoyed a free day at the Manitoba Museum in celebration of Manitoba's 137th birthday!  Heritage Winnipeg, along with many other non-profit organizatons had a special exhibit showcasing our wonderful heritage and culture.

MP for St. Norbert Jon Reyes shows off his bison socks with Executive Director of the Manitoba Museum, Claudette LeClerc.

Also on display: cake! Participants were invited to vote for their favourite Manitoba themed dessert in the "caketoba" cake contest. Can you tell that we have a bit of a sweet tooth?








The 2017 Red River Heritage Fair welcomed students from across the city who came together to share stories from Canada's 150th and beyond on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the  This year, Heritage Winnipeg awarded students from Dufferin Christian and Elmwood High the Heritage Winnipeg award for their informative presentations on the history of the Selkirk Settlers and Winnipeg's eclectic collection of murals.

You can check out more photos from this fabulous event by visiting the Canstar Community Page

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank the Red River Heritage Fair, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba Museum and all of the students who made this year's fair such a huge success.

Thank you to the Heritage Community for your support!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Heritage on the Crescent fall fundraiser at 755 Wellington Crescent on December 8, 2016. A special thank you to the homeowners for allowing our organization to showcase their beautiful heritage home. Your support is vital to the restoration, rehabilatation and preservation of Winnipeg's built history. 

We would also to like to thank the following for their generous donations:

WOW Hospitality Concepts
True North Sports + Entertainment
Fenton's Wine Merchants
Bailey's Restaurant & Lounge
The Haberdashery in the Exchange
A special thank you to everyone at Manitoba Underground Opera for their outstanding performances at our event!

 


Heritage Shards for Sale

We have been proudly promoting our partnership with Shelmerdine Garden Centre to get pieces of Winnipeg's history back into the hands of Winipeggers. There are still many pieces available at Shelmerdine, and we encourage you to go take a look, if only just to see some of these great pieces on display.

We also have a large inventory of smaller pieces that we are selling independantly. Most of the pieces are from the Thomson & Pope Building, a demolished building that formerly stood at 379-381 Portage Avenue. 



Here is a selection from our inventory. All weights and sizes are approximate. All prices are negotiable.

Shard One

Weight: 80lbs. Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Two:

Weight: 60lbs. Size: 3ft.w x 1.5ft.h

Shard Three:

Weight: 20lbs Size: 10"w x 1ft.h

Shard Four:

Weight: 40lbs Size: 3ft.w x 1.5ft.h

Shard Five:

Weight: 20lbs Size: 10"w z 1ft.h

Shard Six:

Weight: 70lbs Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Seven:

Weight: 60lbs Size: 2.5ft.h x 1.5ft.w

Shard Eight:

Weight: 40lbs Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Nine:

Weight: 80lbs Size: 2ft.w x 3ft.h

Shard Ten:

Weight: 70lbs Size:1.5ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Eleven:

Weight: 70lbs Size: 2ft.w 2.5ft.h

Shard Twelve:

Weight: 40lbs Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Thirteen:

Weight: 20lbs Size: 10"w x 1ft.h

Shard Fourteen: 

Weight: 70lbs Size:1.5ft.w x 3ft.h

Shard Fifteen:

Weight: 30lbs Size: 1ft.w x 1.5ft.h

Shard Sixteen

Weight: 50lbs Size: 2ft.w x 2ft.h

Doors Open Awards 2016

Thank-you to everybody who came to the Winnipeg Free Press Cafe this morning for our sixth annual Doors Open People's Choice Awards. We had a full house to celebrate the winners from Doors Open 2016. We are so pleased you could be there with us to celebrate the achievments of our winning buildings. 

The winners, as chosen by the public are:

Best Restoration: Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre
Best Guided Tour: The Vaughan Street Jail
The Hidden Gem: Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish
Best Overall Experience: Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church & Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga
Best Architecture: The Legislative Building of Manitoba

Thank-you again for your support. We wish all of our participants the best of luck in next year's awards. 



We would like to give a big thank-you to Heritage Winnipeg President Jordan Van Sewell for creating this remarkable sculpture to celebrate our winning buildings.


Susan Moffat (right) Accepts the award for Best Restoration 
from Cindy Tugwell (Executive Director of Heritage Winnipeg)
on behalf of Dalnavert Museum



Kristen Verin-Treausch (left) accepts the award for Best Guided Tour
from Greg Agnew (Heritage Winnipeg Board Member) on
behalf of Friends of Vaughan Street Jail



Father Michael Kwiatkowsi (left) from Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish accepts the award for The Hidden Gem from Nick Hasiuk (Heritage Winnipeg Board Member)


Margret Saray (left) accepting the award for 
Best Overall Experience from Lisa Gardewine, 
(Heritage Winnipeg Board Member) on behalf of the 
Ukrainian Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga



Andrew Pankiw accepts the award for 
Best Overall Experience on behalf of Holy Ghost
Ukrainian Catholic Church



Cindy Tugwell and Jordan Van Sewell accept the 
award for Best Architecutre in place of the Province 
of Manitoba



Volunteers from Holy Eucharist sang two songs, De z'hoda v Rodyni, a traditional Ukrainian song, and Get Along Home Cindy, a lighthearted western song in honour of Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director, Cindy Tugwell


Dr. Anne Penny, Princiapl of Saint Charles Catholic School
performs the violin with the singers from Holy Eucharist



Two students from Saint Charles School performed with Dr. Anne Penny and the Holy Eucharist singers


Volunteers from Friends of Vaughan Street Jail celebrate their win


Margret Saray and Elaine Kisiow from the Cathedral
of Sts. Vladimir and Olga with their award


 

Past Meets Present at Shelmerdine Garden Centre

At Heritage Winnipeg, we we have kept "shards" from buildings long ago demolished.

Our idea was to one day reunite these pieces of our history with Winnipeggers. We are thrilled to announce that that day is now here. The shards have found their home at Shelmerdine Garden Centre. The shards are available for viewing, and some are available to purchase. We encourage all of you to visit Shelmerdine Garden Centre at 7800 Roblin Boulevard to view these memories of historic Winnipeg.

Thank-you so much to Shelmerdine for displaying the shards. We can't wait for them to find permanent homes.

You can read more about the shards at https://www.shelmerdine.com/past/

Watch and read CTV Winnipeg's coverage of the shards at http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/demolished-winnipeg-heritage-buildings-find-new-life-1.2941033?platform=hootsuite






Photos courtesy of Nicole Bent

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Heritage Ball Fundraising Dinner Honouring the Loewens

Thank you to everyone who supported our event! Take a look at our sponsors below and the photos from the event are availabe here on our Flickr account!





"Explore the Exchange" Membership Drive!

Have you heard? Thanks to the generosity of our donors, there will be one more draw on Sept. 30, 2014! Renew your membership to be entered for one more prize!

Congratulations
to our July winner, member Kerry Dangerfield!
Congratulations to our August winner, member Aengus Bridgman!
Congratulations to our September winner, Gary Hawthorne!

Thank you to Architecture49 Inc. and the historic Bank of Montreal for taking out a new corporate memberships with Heritage Winnipeg as part of our Explore the Exchange membership drive!

Memberships can be paid by cash, cheque, or credit card.
http://heritagewinnipeg.com/store

Check out our donor websites:
www.avedainstitute.ca/Winnipeg/salon
www.faceboook.com/ExchangeUporium
www.fleetgalleries.com
www.foxandfiddle.com/winnipeg
www.centennialconcerthall.com
www.mariaggis.com
www.wowhospitality.ca/restaurants/peasantcookery.html
www.waterfrontmassage.ca






 

Historical Resources Bylaw

Winnipeg Considers Creating Heritage District (Winnipeg Sun, June 10, 2014)
A Future For Heritage Conservation (Winnipeg Free Press, June 10, 2014)
May 5 Standing Policy Committee on Downtown Development, Heritage, and Riverbank Management Agenda (City Clerks)
Historic Resources By-law Reports (City Clerks)
Heirtage-structures bylaw gets upgrade (Winnipeg Free Press)
Heritage Winnipeg praises bylaw for historic buildings (Metro News)
 

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