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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Museum moves to Winter Hours

On September 2nd, The Manitoba Museum officially begins its winter hours. We are closed Mondays, and open on Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm. There’s plenty new to experience, including We Are All Treaty People (which features every Manitoba treaty medal except one in one place for the first time) in the Discovery Room, the video game friendly…

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HBC on the Web

There are a number of good sites to visit if you’re interested in learning more about the HBC but one of my favourite go-to sites is produced by some good colleagues of mine at HBC Heritage Services.  You can check it out here.     This website has a ton of information so I encourage you to take some time and explore it if you haven’t already.  Teachers and students should head…

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World War One: In the Trenches (Part Two of Three)

The Manitoba Museum is currently hosting “The Victoria Crosses of Valour Road”, a new exhibit in our foyer in which all three of the famous Victoria Crosses presented to WWI military servicemen Hall, Clark and Shankland are on display for the public. To put this exhibit of such important artefacts into a larger perspective I am providing three blog entries about the war’s beginnings, drastic developments, and the effects of…

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Manitoba’s Miniature Forests

Last year I was able to attend a moss identification workshop given by Dr. Richard Caners. I had largely been ignoring the mosses because it is really hard to be good, all-around naturalist these days. My specialty is vascular plants. When I first started working here at the Museum, I had to learn how to identify fungi and lichens. Then I had to learn how to identify pollinators for my research…

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Victoria Cross medals come home

On August 6, The Manitoba Museum unveiled a new exhibit featuring the original Victoria Cross medals awarded almost 100 years ago to three Winnipeg soldiers who served in the First World War. The medals were awarded to Corporal Leo Clarke, Sergeant-Major Frederick William Hall, and Lieutenant Robert Shankland, who, at the time of their enlistment, had all resided in the same block of Pine Street in the west end of…

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