• September 15, 2021

    Racing Through the History of Polo Park

    In 2021, you see people racing around CF Polo Park, shopping bags in hand. But dating back to 1925, you would have seen horses instead of people, racing around the former Polo Park Racetrack. It was Winnipeg’s largest horse racing track, opening on June 12, 1925. The facility, a six-furlong track, was built by Canadian…

  • September 2, 2021

    Doors Open Winnipeg 2021 – Connecting Community!

    Do you love Winnipeg’s historic architecture? Are you curious about our culture and history? Come join Heritage Winnipeg for this year’s Doors Open Winnipeg! We are hosting our 11th annual FREE event filled with different buildings, events and tours. Plan your weekend of fun family-friendly activities, be ready for the opening of online registration – on…

  • August 18, 2021

    Making a Mission: 99 George Street

    There is a small blue plaque in the front of 99 George Street, a house in Winnipeg’s South Point Douglas neighbourhood. It proclaims the unassuming building was once the home of Margaret Scott, the founder, and matron of the Margaret Scott Nursing Mission.  This sums up succinctly, the long history of community service that took…

  • August 4, 2021

    Meeting At The Market: The Original Market Square

    Old Market Square, placed in the heart of Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, was not always located at its current site, at its initial construction, it sat on a different lot just down the street. The original site of the old Market Square can be found half a block north, situated on the land of the…

  • July 22, 2021

    Grab Your Popcorn! A Look at Winnipeg’s Drive-In Movie Theatres

    Drive-in theatres were a hotspot and trend during the 1950s along with poodle skirts, letterman jackets, and soda fountains. Movie-goers would sit under the stars with their friends, family, or partner to watch the newest film while surrounded with blankets, pillows, and snacks. It went beyond seeing a movie – it was the perfect girls-night-out,…

  • July 8, 2021

    Canada Historic Places Days 2021

    Step back in time during Canada Historic Places Days! Whether exploring your community in person or traveling across the country virtually, July 2021 is your opportunity to learn about the rich heritage of the many historic places in Canada. Presented by the National Trust for Canada with the support of Parks Canada, Historic Places Days…

  • June 23, 2021

    If It Ain’t Got That Swing: Jazz Clubs in Winnipeg

    In June of 1942, some 2,000 Winnipeg dance and jazz enthusiasts packed into the Civic Auditorium (200 Vaughan Street) for an evening of entertainment. There was going to be a two-night Jitterbug Contest, attracting what the Winnipeg Free Press colourfully called the “alligators” and “hep cats” of Winnipeg. The evening’s entertainment however, stopped the dancers…

  • June 9, 2021

    A Keystone of Culture: The Manitoba Museum

    Four years after the Province of Manitoba was created, a paragraph appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press imploring the citizens to establish a historical society and museum for the preservation of the area’s rich history. It would take another 100 years before the Manitoba Museum we know today officially opened its doors on July 15th,…

  • September 12, 2021

    Thank You!

    Heritage Winnipeg would like to give a huge and sincere thank you to all the guests, volunteers, hosts, and sponsors of Doors Open Winnipeg 2021 that made the event a great success! It was a challenging year for everyone, but through rescheduling and ever changing public health guidelines we have persevered! Doors Open Winnipeg 2021…

  • September 3, 2021

    Registration Open for Doors Open Winnipeg 2021!

    We are getting closer and closer to this year’s Doors Open Winnipeg event! You can now register online to visit all your favourites on September 11 and 12. Go to the Doors Open Winnipeg website to find registration information on the page of each individual building, event and tour. To help keep our community safe,…

  • August 13, 2021

    Doors Open Winnipeg 2021 Needs YOU! – Volunteer Registration

    Do you love Winnipeg? Do you love history? Do you love our city’s built heritage? Then, Doors Open Winnipeg needs YOU! For one weekend every year, Heritage Winnipeg hosts Doors Open Winnipeg. This is an opportunity to explore built heritage treasures, learn about Winnipeg’s history, and take part in some exclusive tours not otherwise available…

  • Let the countdown begin…

    It’s almost time for this year’s Doors Open Winnipeg! In order to keep everyone safe and to follow public health orders, nearly every building requires you to register for a time slot. This will ensure we can keep social distancing and capacity limits.  Registration will open starting September 3rd, 2021 @12pm CT

  • July 30, 2021

    Millennium Centre Goes Live!

    The month of July is Historic Places Days presented by the National Trust for Canada with the support of Parks Canada.  This event has been a celebration of the stories behind the historic buildings, sites, and landscapes of Canada. To learn more about the event you can read our blog and visit their website. Heritage Winnipeg…

  • July 9, 2021

    Finding the Past in Our Present: A Bird’s-Eye View of Winnipeg in 1884

    Ross House Museum is exploring the history of Winnipeg’s built heritage from 137 years ago with its exciting new project, Finding the Past in Our Present: A Bird’s-Eye View of Winnipeg in 1884. The digital project was inspired by the iconic 1884 birds-eye view map of Winnipeg produced by W. G. Fonseca, which hangs in…

  • June 22, 2021

    2021-2022 Internship Program

    Heritage Winnipeg is currently accepting applications for an internship position, funded through Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage. We are looking for talented and enthusiastic university graduate who is passionate about advocating for and celebrating Winnipeg’s built heritage to join our team. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the position may require the intern…

  • June 1, 2021

    Help Heritage Winnipeg Win $20,000!

    Join Heritage Winnipeg in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge this month! Every dollar donated to Heritage Winnipeg through canadahelps.org in June 2021 is a chance for us to win $20,000 and helps us continue advocating for and celebrating Winnipeg’s built heritage. Imagine the difference $20,000 could make! Will you rise to the challenge? DONATE TOADY! Be…

  • Manitoba Heritage Summit 2021

    Thu., Oct. 14, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    in 19 days

    You’re invited to attend
    The Manitoba Heritage Summit 2021

    Join us this October 14th, 2021 for an all-day event organized and presented by a group of eight Manitoba Provincial Heritage Associations (PHA’s), to discuss the state of heritage in Manitoba.

    The Manitoba Heritage Summit Group consists of:
    Manitoba Historical Society
    Association of Manitoba Museums
    Association for Manitoba Archives
    La Société historique de Saint-Boniface
    Manitoba Archaeological Society
    Heritage Winnipeg
    Manitoba Genealogical Society
    Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

    The Manitoba Heritage Summit will achieve:

    • Identify common themes among PHAs relating to heritage and history in Manitoba
    • Identify present and future opportunities and challenges that will be beneficial for the delivery of heritage-related programs and the management of heritage resources around Manitoba,
    • Foster improved collaboration and communication between PHAs and smaller heritage facilities around the province

    More details about this event including the program, and registration opening, will be coming soon so stay tuned!

    There is NO COST to attend the Manitoba Heritage Summit.

    Sponsors of the Manitoba Heritage Summit:
    Province of Manitoba | The Winnipeg Foundation

    Upcoming
  • Heritage Winnipeg’s 2021 Annual General Meeting

    Wed., Sep. 29, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    in 4 days

    Millennium Centre

    389 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Heritage Winnipeg
    cordially invites you to attend our
    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    keynote presentation
    CHRISTINE SKENE:
    Crescentwood Heritage Conservation District

    Millennium Centre · 389 Main Street
    DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM
    free street parking starts at 5:30 pm

    immunization cards, face masks and social distancing are mandatory

    please RSVP to 204-942-2663 or cindy@heritagewinnipeg.com

  • National Trust Virtual Conference 2021

    Tue., Sep. 28, - Fri., Oct. 1, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    in 3 days

    The annual National Trust conference is Canada’s largest heritage learning and networking event. Held in a different part of Canada every year, this national conference brings together a wide-range of people keeping Canada’s heritage alive: from grassroots advocates, professionals and planners, to elected officials, policy makers, and students. Presented by the National Trust for Canada in association with Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.

    Heritage and the Global Reset: Seizing the Moment

    The global health crisis has bought into clear focus the damage the current economic paradigm has wrought. The response around the world has been explosive, including demands for redress of social and racial inequities, rebalancing of climate, and rethinking the economy.

    As the world hits the reset button, the National Trust in association with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals invites you to be part of a cross-Canada conversation about the responsibility and the opportunity heritage conservation practitioners have at this critical moment. More than ever, heritage places have extraordinary potential to meet the challenges of a post-COVID world,through reflecting the cultural diversity of Canada in the quest for reconciliation and equity, in reducing resource consumption and GHG emissions, and by providing the building blocks for a sustainable economic recovery.

    CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS!
    The deadline for submission is Friday, April 9, 2021.

    Upcoming
  • Doors Open Winnipeg 2021

    Sat., Sep. 11, - Sun., Sep. 12, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    14 days ago

    Celebrating the Stories Our Buildings Tell!

    #DoorsOpenWinnipeg

    Held annually on the last weekend of May, Doors Open Winnipeg is a FREE city-wide celebration of Winnipeg’s distinct spaces, outstanding architecture and vibrant history. Each year, visitors are encouraged to explore Winnipeg’s past at over 100 unique events and tours located throughout the city. Since 2004, over 300,000 visitors and countless volunteers have made Doors Open Winnipeg one of the city’s essential spring events.

    Doors Open Winnipeg 2021 will be going forward, as long as it is safe to do so!

  • Canadian Museums Association 2021 National Conference

    Mon., May. 3, - Thu., May. 13, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    145 days ago

    A goal of the Canadian Museums Association is to bring people and organizations together in support of the museum field and society at-large. The theme for CMA 2021 is Moving Forward, a call for greater solidarity, connectedness and social responsibility to propel the museum sector ahead.

    The virtual conference will be a unique opportunity to bring Canada’s museum community together for the best in professional development, networking and collaboration. CMA 2021 promises to be an occasion to focus on the most timely and relevant issues of today and, at the same time, address the practical issues we face in our work.

    Don’t miss Heritage Winnipeg’s Executive Director Cindy Tugwell speaking at the conference about her experience working with Digital Museums Canada on a virtual exhibit!

  • The Bay Downtown Winnipeg Virtual Summit

    Thu., Feb. 18, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    219 days ago

    Presented by Heritage Winnipeg

    Since 1926, the downtown Winnipeg Hudson’s Bay Company Department Store has been an architectural and cultural landmark on Portage Avenue. On November 30th, 2020, the Hudson Bay Company closed this flagship store. What does the future hold for this historic building? Join us for a virtual summit on the downtown Winnipeg Bay to engage in a discussion that highlights the historic, cultural and social significance of the building to Winnipeg, the province and the country. Presenters will speak on a vast array of topics regarding the downtown Winnipeg Bay with opportunities for questions throughout.

    Thank you to the all the supporting organizations who helped make this event possible!

    National Trust for Canada · Héritage Saint-Boniface · Manitoba Historical Society · Manitoba Genealogical Society
     

    Thank you to everyone who attended the Summit!

     

     

     

    Presenters

    Murray Peterson
    The Designation of The Bay Building by the City of Winnipeg
    Murray is the City of Winnipeg’s Heritage Officer and has been researching and writing histories of buildings for the Historical Buildings and Resources Committee for over 30 years.

    Mary W. Rowe
    The Bay Downtown as a Catalyst for Downtown Revitalization
    Mary is President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute. An impassioned civic leader with diverse experience in the business, government, not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors in Canada and the US for over 30 years, Mary has been a steady advocate and champion for place-based approaches to building livable and resilient cities, and community-driven local economies. She has led campaigns, organizations, initiatives, and companies spanning a few months to several years. Mary was deeply engaged in the self-organizing initiatives that emerged in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, providing support to two dozen initiatives that focused on various forms of resilience. She also supported, in her role at MAS NYC, community engagement efforts during the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and Rebuild by Design. Subsequently, Mary has led local, national and international urban initiatives from Toronto and New York City, including the initial development of Re-Imagining the Civic Commons, an initiative to strengthen elements of the urban fabric that create social cohesion and community resilience, including libraries, community centres, parks and other ‘third places’. Following her return to live in Toronto, in addition to her role leading CUI, Mary is a Senior Fellow with Evergreen and Future Cities Canada, Lead Facilitator for the National Urban Project and serves on the Advisory and Governing Boards of the New Cities Foundation and The Bentway respectively. Mary is also Senior Fellow with Shorefast, a charity and social enterprise focused on building place-based economic development strategies that strengthen local communities and foster their resilience.

    Robert Eastwood
    Refurbishment of the Bay Downtown Building
    Robert (FRAIC, Retired Architect MAA & AIBC) retired from Number TEN Architectural Group in 2016 after over 35 years. He was a managing partner for 31 years and head of the Institutional Studio. Robert continues to be an advisor to Number TEN and mentor. He was involved with or led a number of the major downtown Winnipeg projects including the Provincial Law Courts Building, the Bell MTS Centre, the Eaton’s Powerhouse redevelopment, Portage Place walkway connections and the downtown Winnipeg Walkway system guidelines and expansion and the Winnipeg Convention Centre Expansion. Robert is currently an advisor to the Manitoba Metis Federation on capital projects and the redevelopment of 335 Main Street (Bank of Montreal) into a National Heritage Centre. He was a member of the selection jury (2017-2018) for the architectural team for the new Ottawa Library and Canada Archives building and is currently a member of the jury (2021) for the Block 2 redevelopment design competition in downtown Ottawa. Robert has served on National and Provincial boards related to professional practice, on arts and community boards and is currently a volunteer board member and head of the building committee for the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre. Robert has been involved with a number of studies related to possible redevelopment of the Bay store over the past 14 years including for the Forks North Portage Corporation, a private development group and the University of Winnipeg.

    Mark Thompson Brandt
    Building Reuse and Climate Action
    A conservation architect and urbanist (MTBA Associates Inc, Architecture*Urbanism*Conservation, Ottawa) with over 35 years’ experience, Mark is a former Director of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) and former Co-Chair of APT Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation. Brandt is a member of the International Steering Committees for EcoDistricts and of the Climate Heritage Network (ICOMOS). He is a founding Co-Chair of the Zero Net Carbon Collaboration for Existing & Historic Buildings. Brandt is also a former Director of Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and of Canada Green Building Council. Mark founded the firm MTBA, which specializes in natural and cultural conservation for architecture and urban design. Parliament Hill projects include $70M East Block Rehabilitation and $100M Sir John A. Macdonald Building, which received seven national/international awards and a five Green Globes rating. Brandt is co-author of the national reference “Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Sustainable Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada”.

    Chris Wiebe
    The National Trust Endangered Places List & Tackling Systemic Barriers
    Chris is the Manager, Heritage Policy and Public Programs at the National Trust for Canada in Ottawa, a national charity working to save and revive Canada’s heritage places . Since 2007, Chris has been the organizer of the National Trust’s annual national conference and has helped it become Canada’s leading forum for heritage sector professionals, volunteers, and practitioners. In addition, he assists with the National Trust’s government relations, advocacy work including the National Trust Endangered Places List, and development of positions on heritage policies, particularly financial incentives. Chris was a heavy user of the Malt Stop in the Bay’s basement while studying for his BA degrees at the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University.

    Walter Kleinschmit
    Imagine
    Walter is a retail real estate professional who has spent his professional life working in the industry, beginning in the Bay Store Winnipeg, to managing the development of international iconic mixed use centres in urban and greenfield situations. Since his return to Canada, Walter’s passion has been centred in community activism focusing on balancing change options in the mature community he lives (St. Boniface, MB) and promoting a healthy and sustainable strategy to preserve, honour and reutilise historical buildings and heritage sites.

    Michael Binetti
    Imagine the Possibilities – Case Studies of Rehabilitation Projects
    Michael is an urban planner in Toronto, Ontario, with nine years experience working both in the United States and Canada. His planning interests and knowledge include public transit planning, downtown renewal, and the challenges facing retail, particularly in downtown areas. When it comes to the Hudson’s Bay Downtown Winnipeg Store, Michael believes the building can be transformed into a major destination that anchors the western end of a reinvigorated downtown Winnipeg.

    Registration

    REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. There is no cost to attend the Summit but advance registration is required. Registration is through Eventbrite, with a Zoom link sent out shortly before the event begins. Remember to check your emails. To participate you will need a device such as a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone that is connected to the internet. To participate in question and answer sessions, your device must have a working microphone.

    Who can attend the summit?

    The Bay Downtown Winnipeg Virtual Summit is open to everyone, both professional and amateur. Participation is especially encouraged by people connected with heritage in their community, including involvement with museums and archives, local historical societies, heritage advisory committees, government and heritage advocacy groups.

    Contact Us

    For further information or inquiries about the Bay Downtown Winnipeg Virtual Summit, please contact Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell at info@heritagewinnipeg.com or 204-942-2663.

    Past
  • APT & National Trust Joint Conference 2020

    Sat., Oct. 3, 2020, - Wed., Oct. 7, 2020, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    357 days ago

    The annual National Trust conference is Canada’s largest heritage learning and networking event. Held in a different part of Canada every year, this national conference brings together a wide-range of people keeping Canada’s heritage alive: from grassroots advocates, professionals and planners, to elected officials, policy makers, and students.

    Hindsight 2020: Conservation, Disruption, and the Future of Heritage

    HINDSIGHT 2020 will explore heritage conservation’s disruptive role in a 21st century defined by resource scarcity, climate change and sustainability. In an era seeking heroic solutions, historic preservation provides transformative ideas, highlighting the importance of adaptation, minimal intervention, reversibility and maintainability. While Edmonton is the research, refining, and manufacturing heart of the Canadian oil industry, it is also a hotbed of environmental innovation and activism. HINDSIGHT 2020 will be hosted by a vibrant historic city at the very forefront of the climate crisis, one wrestling with its petroleum legacy and the imperative to transition to a low-carbon future.

    Rather than postpone or cancel the upcoming joint conference, we are pleased to announce that we have begun planning virtual conference sessions, in parallel with some in-person events that would be held in Edmonton, if meetings become possible again by that time.

  • Manitoba Heritage Summit 2020

    Thu., Oct. 1, 2020, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

    359 days ago

    You’re invited to attend
    The Manitoba Heritage Summit 2020

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Join us this October 1, 2020 for an unprecedented online day event organized and presented by a group of eight Manitoba Provincial Heritage Associations (PHA’s), to discuss the state of heritage in Manitoba. This online event will be the first time that such an all-encompassing meeting has ever been held in Manitoba.

    The Manitoba Heritage Summit Group consists of:
    Manitoba Historical Society
    Association of Manitoba Museums
    Association for Manitoba Archives
    La Société historique de Saint-Boniface
    Manitoba Archaeological Society
    Heritage Winnipeg
    Manitoba Genealogical Society
    Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

    The Manitoba Heritage Summit will achieve the following four objectives:

    • Identify common themes among PHAs relating to heritage and history in Manitoba
    • Identify present and future opportunities and challenges that will be beneficial for the delivery of heritage-related programs and the management of heritage resources around Manitoba,
    • Foster improved collaboration and communication between PHAs and smaller heritage facilities around the province, and
    • Prepare a White Paper on the state of heritage in Manitoba and its development over the next 10 to 20 years, toward a long-term vision for Manitoba’s 200th anniversary in 2070.

    More details on the Manitoba Heritage Summit 2020

    Panel Discussion to include:

    • Decolonizing heritage in Manitoba
    • Economics, financial sustainability, and partnerships
    • Challenges and opportunities for heritage in rural Manitoba
    • Youth, technology, and green sustainability

    Program available here

    There is NO COST to attend the Manitoba Heritage Summit.

    Sponsors of the Manitoba Heritage Summit:
    Province of Manitoba | The Winnipeg Foundation

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