Local Community Heritage

Heritage is a critical part of community identity.  Community museums, Municipal Heritage Advisory Committees (MHACs) and heritage organizations play a major role in protecting and promoting the province’s rich and diverse heritage, organizing heritage celebrations and advising municipal governments.  Signature Museums showcase unique collections related to Manitoba's historical development.  The Municipal Heritage Resource Guide is a comprehensive summary of information useful for Local Government officials. 

The Heritage Matters: Community Heritage Benchmark Worksheet (PDF) is a community heritage performance measurement and development initiative that can help your community group understand your strengths, engage local partners and make the most of your heritage resources. Community organizations completing the Benchmark Worksheet and interested in undertaking a project that helps identify or celebrate local Historic Places are eligible to apply to the Heritage Grants Program for funding.

The Heritage Fair Exhibit Guide (PDF) provides assistance to teachers and students in developing projects. A Guide to Employing Students (PDF) will help non-profit community heritage organizations hire and supervise student youth.

A Guide to Marketing and Promoting Heritage Organizations (PDF) outlines the basic steps of creating a plan that will help promote your non-profit heritage organizations to people in your community and to tourists travelling throughout our unique province.

Recommended Policy Standards for Museums and Terms of Reference for a Planning Study are other useful community heritage resources.

Explore community history in archives throughout the province.  Visit the Archives of Manitoba, including the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, or visit other archives in Manitoba.