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Journey of a Lifetime National Tour Pulls into Winnipeg This Month

Winnipeg, MB (October 12, 2017): An important piece of Canadian history is coming to life at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg from October 28 to November 5. Journey of a Lifetime, Presented by BMO Financial Group shares the stories of the people, places and journey involved in the largest wave of immigration in Canadian history.

Journey of a Lifetime is a live theatre presentation and an interactive exhibit that evokes the Colonist Car experience and re-creates this incredible period of Canadian history. The family-friendly performance, written by Alberta playwright, Winn Bray, and produced by Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary, Alberta in collaboration with Quest Theatre Society, is the story of a few of those courageous and hopeful immigrants who arrived from Europe through Eastern ports in 1910 and crossed Canada on the Colonist train. Travel along with characters Yosyp Lebedovich, the Cousineau family, and Nellie Cole as they face the challenges and rewards of following a dream.

The accompanying exhibit provides an opportunity for visitors to record and share their own immigration stories, to learn about BMO’s role in settling Western Canada and to delve deeper into this timely Canadian story.  Journey of a Lifetime premiered at Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village in July and is now on a national tour, with stops in select cities across Canada.

“Hosting the Journey of a Lifetime exhibition and performances will allow Museum visitors insight into the experiences of those who came to the West and the historical context of the environment in which they arrived,” says Claudette Leclerc, Executive Director and CEO of the Manitoba Museum. “Entry to the exhibition and performances is free with any admission to the Manitoba Museum and we hope that visitors will explore the nine Museum Galleries and Legacies of Confederation for the broader story of Manitoba and context for this immigration story.”

“We’re so proud to be a part of bringing this exhibit to life, especially during a milestone year for the bank and Canada as a whole,” said Susan Brown, Senior Vice President, Alberta & NWT Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. “BMO has played an integral part in helping to shape Canada into the nation it is today, including funding the first transcontinental railway which was completed in 1885, and we are pleased to continue to educate on our joint rich history through our partnership with Heritage Park.”

“Heritage Park is excited to share Journey of a Lifetime with Canadians across the country,” says Alida Visbach, President and CEO of Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary.  “This is a story about Canadian immigration, past and present, and one that will resonate with all Canadians; young or elderly, lifelong citizens or those who have just arrived. We are grateful to the Manitoba Museum for their collaboration in bringing this national tour to Winnipeg.”

Journey of a Lifetime runs October 28 to November 5 at the Manitoba Museum. The performance runs 11 am & 1 pm daily, during the week and 1 pm & 3 pm on weekends, with no show on Monday, October 30, 2017. Admission to Journey of a Lifetime, Presented by BMO Financial Group is included with regular admission to any Museum area.  Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

For more information visit http://www.heritagepark.ca.

This national tour has been made possible with lead sponsorship from BMO Financial Group, support from the Province of Alberta, the City of Calgary, Calgary philanthropist, Joan Snyder and in collaboration with various museums across the country.

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About the Manitoba Museum - The Manitoba Museum is the province's award-winning heritage and science centre. It is unique in its combination of human and natural history themes and renowned for its vivid portrayal of Manitoba’s rich and colourful history, Planetarium shows, and Science Gallery exhibits. The Museum features immersive dioramas, multi-dimensional interpretation, science and astronomy education, and quality school and community programs. The Museum has collected and protects over 2.8 million artifacts and specimens, including the Hudson's Bay Company Museum Collection. 

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