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May 12, 2021 is Manitoba Day!

2021 Manitoba Day (May 12) Virtual Events and Activities

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Archives of Manitoba

In celebration of Manitoba Day, Archives of Manitoba invites Manitobans to view digitized films from the Archives, which include footage from around the province, made between 1920 and 1989! Streaming from the Archives was launched last Manitoba Day (2020) to feature films and videos from the Archives. It launched with six films and now has 18 online films. More will be added in the future. Enjoy watching fashion shows, fishing, farming, fur traders or floodways this Manitoba Day!

Films can be viewed at Streaming from the Archives.

Manitobans can also check out the Archives’ ongoing initiative, Your Archives: The Histories We Share, to see what people have chosen from the Archives and why they think it matters. This initiative was also launched in 2020 and is ongoing.

For more information, and to read the blog, visit Your Archives.

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Association for Manitoba Archives

The Association for Manitoba Archives plans to celebrate Manitoba Day in 2021 with the annual presentation of the AMA's Manitoba Day Awards.

The Manitoba Day Awards are presented each year to outstanding publications, exhibitions, projects, film and theatre productions that have made exemplary use of Manitoba's archives to illuminate the history and culture of our province.

This year's awards will be presented at a Zoom event scheduled for the evening of May 27, 2021. The 2020 award winners will be invited to join the still-to-be-determined 2021 winners for the online event.  As the presentations did not take place last year, we will formally present the awards to the winners for the past two years.

For further information or to attend, please contact the AMA office at ama1@mts.net or visit the Association for Manitoba Archives website.

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Association of Manitoba Museums

In honour of Manitoba Day (May 12) and International Museums Day (May 18th), the Association of Manitoba Museums (AMM) is conducting a social media campaign to encourage Manitobans to celebrate Manitoba Day by using the hashtags below or by posting birthday greetings on their own social media using the hashtags below.

A Facebook page for Manitoba Day has been launched where people can post birthday greetings, a Twitter campaign will raise awareness using the hashtags #MBDay2021 and #ManitobaDay.

The AMM will again post on Instagram and Twitter, each day for 150 days, starting on May 12, one featured artifact from our A Museum called Manitoba exhibit.

For more information, email info@museumsmanitoba.com or visit the AMM website.

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Heritage Winnipeg

On Tuesday, May 4, Heritage Winnipeg launched a special Manitoba Day Activity book for children that includes puzzles, colouring pages, connect the dots, and word searches, all focusing on our built heritage and Manitoba's history.  This book will be available on the Heritage Winnipeg website as a digital printout to help celebrate Manitoba Day for families, and will be promoted on social media.

Heritage Winnipeg will post a special Manitoba Day blog on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

For more information, email info@heritagewinnipeg.com or visit the Heritage Winnipeg website.

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Manitoba Archaeological Society

Please join the Manitoba Archaeological Society group on Saturday, May 15th on Facebook for live presentations, discussions, Q&As and a popular segment on artifact identification.  The event will feature pre-recorded videos about Manitoban prehistory/history and archaeology posted throughout the day.  Manitobans are invited to follow the Manitoba Archaeological Society on Twitter @MBArchSociety.

The MAS acknowledges Manitoba's original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

For further information, visit the Manitoba Archaeological Society website.

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Manitoba Genealogical Society

The Manitoba Genealogical Society will hold a virtual event on Saturday, May 15th, featuring pre-recorded video and providing information, via Facebook, about the Resource Centre and the physical resources available to members.  Further details will be available prior to the event.

For further information, call 204-783-9139, visit the MGS website, or inquire at contact@mbgenealogy.com.

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The Manitoba Historical Society

The MHS has a series of events planned in honour of Manitoba Day.  A special edition of the May newsletter will draw on stories and content from our Manitoba History Archive, featuring prominent Memorable Manitobans, and highlights of Manitoba Historic Sites.  It will be released on May 12th and circulate on social media.

Social media accounts will also be posting about Manitoba sites, stories, people and artifacts to commemorate our history.  A special YouTube broadcast featuring Gordon Goldsborough and some local history explorers will share how they engage with Manitoba history by exploring heritage sites in the province.

For further information call 1-204-947-0559, e-mail info@mhs.mb.ca, or visit Manitoba Historical Society.

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The Manitoba Museum

Commemorate Manitoba Day with The Manitoba Museum
May 7 to May 15 • Online Events • FREE

In honour of the province of Manitoba’s 150th year, instead of just one day of fun, we are presenting a week-long series of FREE virtual Manitoba Day events and activities.  For more details and to register, please visit Manitoba Week 2021 at The Manitoba Museum.

These programs will be offered via Zoom webinar (registration required) and will be livestreamed to the Manitoba Museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages. A digital device and internet connection are required to participate.

Everyone who registers on Zoom for any of the events, submits their scavenger hunt discoveries, or answers our program evaluation survey will be entered for a chance to win FREE passes to visit to the Museum.

For further information call 1-204-956-2830, or visit Manitoba Day at the Manitoba Museum, general email inquiry at info@manitobamuseum.ca.

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The Centre du Patrimoine

In Honour of Manitoba Day and to celebrate Manitoba’s entry into Confederation, the Centre du Patrimoine invites Manitobans of all ages to participate in a trivia contest on their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Each week, from May 12 to July 15, they will post, in French and in English, a question about the history of the founding of our province. For every answer you submit, your name will be entered into a draw. Three names will be drawn after July 15 and prizes from local businesses will be distributed to the winners. Thanks for participating and have fun!

For more information, email shsb@shsb.mb.ca, or visit the Centre du Patrimoine website, or follow social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram @centre_du_patrimoine_archives.

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The Manitoba Act, which created the Province of Manitoba, was passed by the Parliament of Canada, and received Royal Assent on May 12, 1870. The act was proclaimed on July 15, 1870, when Manitoba joined Canadian Confederation as its fifth province. Celebration of Manitoba Day on May 12 has grown into an annual community event since Manitoba's centennial in 1970.

Origin of the name Manitoba

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