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January 15, 2021

Dressage Winnipeg fonds — Submitted by Dr. Kathryn A. Young, Ph.D History, Historian


“Dressage, from the French word for training is described as the art of dancing on horseback or ballet on horseback and is often compared to the freestyle of figure skating.

“The art of dressage is a harmonious blend of power, beauty and precision. The sport of dressage is designed to improve a horse’s balance, suppleness and flexibility, as well as improve the communication between horse and rider.” 1

“The records of the Manitoba Dressage Association (1975-2001) and its branch club Dressage Winnipeg (1987-2008) offer an insight into equestrian sport in the province. Although a small collection, it comprises constitutions, policies, minutes, and correspondence of the local clubs as they organized following provincial and national standards of the Manitoba Horse Council, Equine Canada/Dressage Canada and the Fédération Equestre international (FEI), the world equestrian body. Included in the fonds are newsletters, prize lists, show programs, photographs of competitors, judge’s contracts, membership lists and documents pertaining to dressage clinics held in Winnipeg and Brandon, in particular. Notably, the documents reveal the significant roles played by Captain John de Kenyeres, trained in the Hungarian cavalry and dressage instructor at the Charleswood Riding Club, and Margaret Anne Sellers, an accomplished dressage rider and competitor at her Riverbend Stables.

“Today Dressage Winnipeg holds three annual Equine Canada/Dressage Canada approved horse shows at the Birds Hill Equestrian Facility in Birds Hill Park in addition to dressage clinics at individual stables. Judges for the horse shows and clinics are hired from all over Canada and include some with international reputations, such as Cindy Ishoy, a former member of the Canadian Dressage team. Manitoba riders compete at the horse shows according to national regulations from Training Level to Prix St. Georges.

“This fonds will be of interest to sport historians and to members of the general public who have an interest in equestrian activities, especially dressage and its growth in Manitoba.”


References:
  1. ^ This quote is taken from the former Dressage Canada web site: www.equinecanada.ca/dressage, (accessed 2009-11-21). This website has now been replaced by https://www.equestrian.ca/sport/dressage which is available in English and French.


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January 8, 2021

Photograph of Abram and Agatha Friesen family farm, Neuhorst, Manitoba — Submitted by M. C. Kotecki, Research Associate, Archives of Manitoba


Photograph of Abram and Agatha Friesen family farm
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Archives of Manitoba, Photograph Collection, Mennonites 14

“The photograph above reflects perhaps one of my earliest childhood memories and is of a visit with my parents to the family farm, in Neuhorst where my mother had been born. I think it was in 1955 that we came and stayed with my grandmother, who came back to the farm in the summers and stayed in the cottage on the farm. My uncle and his family worked the farm then. The memories which I have include seeing the sky at night with out city lights or a yard light, which I remember even now, so many stars, of having a glimpse of inside the house, and a hatch in the chimney where sausage and hams were cured, and of the passage to the barn, the orchard with fruit trees, and the first live pig, which was huge, the big cottonwood trees, and of course my grandmother.

“In 1970, my father came home with a book for Manitoba’s centennial, in which my mother found a photograph captioned a typical Mennonite house-barn, which she immediately identified as the place where she had grown up. The photograph is on page 22 of the booklet of photographs facing page 80 in The Centennial History of Manitoba, by James A. Jackson. My mother recognized the flattened roof of the house, which was not typical, rather, when my grandmother had the house reroofed, she thought she would save some money by eliminating the peak. I didn’t see the farm again until my uncle’s funeral in 1972, and by then the old house-barn had been replaced by a modern bungalow.

“When I started working at the Archives in 1984, I researched my own family to check for the different types of information available to assist researchers, and when I was looking through the photograph cabinets in the Research Room, under Mennonites, I found a collection which included the above photograph, which was used in Jackson’s book. Finding the photograph made for an exciting day, to discover the family farm, at the beginning of my employment at the Archives. Family photographs I have do not include a full view of the house-barn. The photograph collections can provide researchers with many surprises and images of the past and I did order an 8 x 10 copy for myself at the time. There are two more photographs of house-barns from Neuhorst, as well as of the school, Exeter S.D. 1994 and the teacherage, filed under Neuhorst.”

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December 18, 2020

Architectural Survey photograph collection and Donald Roderick Cameron fonds — Submitted by Murray Peterson, Historical Buildings Officer, City of Winnipeg

“I’ve been working in the Archives my whole career, over 30 years, so giving just 1 of my favourite collection is impossible, I’m giving you 2!

“The Architectural Survey in the Photograph Collection is an amazing collection of black and white photos of buildings and details in Winnipeg and around the Province. Completed in 1969 and 1970, it is a priceless look at our architecture. It’s also been ‘updated’ with a new set of high resolution colour photographs of the buildings of downtown Winnipeg, finished last fall to celebrate the AS’s 50th Anniversary.

88 Adelaide Street, 1974
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88 Adelaide Street, 1974
Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey photograph collection, Winnipeg – Adelaide Street – Adelaide AP2
52, 54 and 56 Albert Street, Gregg Building
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52, 54 and 56 Albert Street, Gregg Building
Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey photograph collection, Winnipeg – Albert Street – Albert AP1
Lobby of the Royal Alexandra Hotel, 1969
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Lobby of the Royal Alexandra Hotel, 1969
Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey photograph collection, Winnipeg – Higgins Avenue – Higgins AP3

“Donald Roderick Cameron Fonds, 273 photograph collection of the British North American Boundary Commission, 1872-1876. An amazing collection of photos taken mostly in 1873 and 1874 when British & Canadian and American land surveyors set out west to carefully survey the International Border. The photographs document not only the surveyors and their equipment but life in the camps, Métis and First Nations guides, their families, clothing and life and amazing pictures of the scenery as they made their way across the plains to the Rocky Mountains. Tony Rees’ book, Arc of the Medicine Line (Winnipeg, MB: Douglas & McIntyre, 2007) takes journal, official report and diary records and makes a very readable and personal history of the Commission’s scope and work and gives great background to the collection and survey personnel. I’ve attached one of my favourites, a group of armed Métis hired to protect the surveying party.”

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December 11, 2020

Records of Manitoba’s Centennial Celebrations - Submission by Christian Cassidy, History Blogger

“I would like to see some images from Manitoba's Centennial in 1970. It seems like it was quite a party with numerous concerts, a Royal tour, a touring musical caravan, many new parks & buildings etc. constructed in communities across the province.

“I was doing research for a post about official Manitoba centennial songs. I checked the archives' website and the Keystone search engine to see if I could find some digitized images related to ‘The Spirit of 70’ and there are absolutely none.

“It would be neat to look back to how we celebrated 50 years ago.”

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December 4, 2020

Records related to Deaf Education in Manitoba — Submitted by David Burke, researcher of Deaf Education in Manitoba and member of the Deaf community

“I have been interested in the history of Deaf Education in Manitoba for many years. I started researching more seriously about seven years ago, after I retired. I have found a lot of useful information at both the Archives of Manitoba and the Legislative Library.

“The first Deaf school was established in Winnipeg in 1888 in the Fortune Block at Main Street and St. Mary Ave. In the 132 years since then, deaf students in Manitoba have moved 13 times!

“There are many records related to the many Manitoba School for the Deaf buildings at the Archives including photographs and plans. It is difficult to pick just one record! I am choosing a photograph of the old Manitoba Agricultural College in Tuxedo which was the Manitoba School for the Deaf from 1914 to 1917, during the First World War.

“During the time that the deaf students were at the Tuxedo campus, the buildings and grounds were also used for military training and barracks. This made for an interesting experience for the students. Some male students wrote in the school’s newsletter, The Echo, in the December 1, 1914 issue 1:

‘We are delighted to hear that the soldiers are going to live in the Machinery and Dairy Buildings here. We hope they will drill in front of Roblin Hall every afternoon.

‘There are soldiers up at the school. They live in the Machinery and Dairy Buildings. We do not go near them. Dr. McDermid told us to stay away from them for we might get shot by the sentries. There will be no hockey in the Amphitheatre this year, because the soldiers are living there.’

“In 1914-1915 there were 83 deaf students at the Manitoba School for the Deaf and in 1915-1916 there were 108 students. They lived at the school from September to June and did not go home for holidays during the school year.

“The Archives has many photographs of the old Manitoba Agricultural College. I have chosen this panoramic photo which shows the buildings used by the Deaf School and some of the soldiers who were there during the First World War. These are the men of the 27th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The photo was taken in January 1915. The light-coloured building in the centre housed the students. The building on the left, Roblin Hall, housed the soldiers.

“If you zoom in, you can see the soldiers’ guns. It is incredible to see the guns and think that the deaf students wouldn’t even hear them being fired!

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“The Archives also has a photo of the Tuxedo campus which clearly shows all of the buildings and the outdoor space which was used for drilling. The deaf students were told not to go out to this area which was south of the school but they could go north of the buildings towards the Assiniboine River. They liked to skate and play hockey on the river in the winter.

“In 1917 the military took over the whole Tuxedo campus to use as a hospital for returning soldiers. The students wrote in The Echo in the April 2, 1917 issue:

‘Over 100 are working here on the buildings for the soldiers. The Boy’s Building is ready. Yesterday we saw many women come. They scrubbed and cleaned the building. Some men have worked there at night this week. Wounded soldiers are coming there next Monday.’

“This meant that the deaf students had to move once again. The 1916-1917 school year ended abruptly and the school moved to the new Agricultural College in St. Vital (now the University of Manitoba in Fort Garry) for the 1917-1918 school year. They shared space with the university students there for a number of years until a purpose-built school opened in 1922 on Shaftesbury Boulevard. There are so many interesting stories in the history of Deaf Education in Manitoba.”

Written with Rachel Mills, an archivist at the Archives of Manitoba who has assisted David with his research and learned a lot about the history of Deaf Education in Manitoba from him.


References:
  1. ^ Issues of The Echo are held by the Legislative Library of Manitoba.


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