Heritage Winnipeg Blog Post about the history of Dalnavert
TOWN HALL MEETING NOV. 22, 2014 - see you there!
UPDATE MAY 30, 2014
Dalnavert's Backers Upbeat (Winnipeg Free Press May 25, 2014)
Dalnavert Meeting to Be Held Today Despite Pullout by Candace House (Winnipeg Free Press May 23, 2014)
Candace House withdraws proposal for Dalnavert Museum (Winnipeg Free Press May 23, 2014)
Museum's Future Goes to Vote (Winnipeg Free Press May 23, 2014)
UPDATE MAY 6, 2014 - FRIENDS OF DALNAVERT
Friends of Dalnavert Museum Proposal
UPDATE MAY 5, 2014
Museums want Dalnavert's Share (Winnipeg Free Press May 1, 2014)
Candace House in tradition of Dalnavert (Winnipeg Free Press April 30, 2014)
Dalnavert - Candace House partnership sound (Winnipeg Free Press April 30, 2014)
UPDATE APRIL 23, 2014
"The Friends of Dalnavert say they can recruit the experts needed to keep Dalnavert a viable attraction rather than see its owner, the Manitoba Historical Society, turn over the keys to Candace House, a centre for victims of crime who have to attend to or testify at the Law Courts Building or in provincial court."
Still Hope For Dalnavert: Friends (Winnipeg Free Press)
UPDATE APRIL 17, 2014
"The Manitoba Historical Society has agreed to transfer Dalnavert Museum to Candace House Inc., a non-profit support centre for the victims of crime." (taken from "Dalnavert To Reopen as Support Centre", Winnipeg Free Press)
To read the full article, please click the link below:
Dalnavert To Reopen as Support Centre (Winnipeg Free Press)
A NATIONAL HISTORIC TREASURE - DALNAVERT MUSEUM
Sir Hugh John Macdonald, son of John A. Macdonald (Canada's first prime minister), purchased the property at 61 Carlton Street, where a home for his family was to be built and named Dalnavert. Constructed in 1895, the Dalnavert House reflects Victorian-era architectural style. Lady MacDonald sold Dalnavert after Sir Hugh John Macdonald died in 1929, and it became a boarding house until it was purchased almost 40 years later by Lakeview Developments Company. Their intention was to tear down the house and build an apartment building in its place, at which point, the Manitoba Historical Society stepped in and raised enough money to purchase the home from the company so as to preserve the home's legacy. In 1974, the Dalnavert was restored and re-opened as a museum with guided tours. In September 30, 1987, Dalnavert became a provincially designated site and became a National Historic Site in 1990. For more historic information on Dalnavert, please click here
After a surprise closure following Labor Day in September 2013, the fate of the historic Dalnavert Museum has yet to be determined. This sudden closure frustrated many of the volunteers who came to work one day only to find the doors locked without any advanced notice. Low attendance rates in conjunction with the cost to keep the museum running played a big role in the decision to close its doors. The Manitoba Historical Society has been spending these past winter months deliberating on and trying to reach an acceptable solution on how to proceed regarding this important Winnipeg landmark. For more information regarding the closing of Dalnavert, please read the following Winnipeg Free Press articles:
Historic Dalnavert Shuttered
Heritage Community Seeks to Save Dalnavert
Dalnavert Museum's Glimmer of Hope
Heritage Winnipeg along with other stakeholders have formed the Friends of Dalnavert Museum and responded to a recent request for proposals from The Manitoba Historical Society. We are currently working to move forward to look at all options to re-open this historic and unique museum. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of Dalnavert Museum.
Date: October 18, 2014
11:00am-11:15am - Recognition Wall Unveiling
11:20am-12:00pm (noon) - Park Ceremony
12:00pm-3:00pm - Explore Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park: Learn about the site's history and what is yet to come!
Enjoy the entertainment
Dress: Casual (flat shoes recommended)
Be sure to check out the Heritage Winnipeg Blog post about Upper Fort Garry for some background information before the event!
Check out the mobile site at ufg.patternhosting.com for a unique self-guided tour, usable on your laptop or smartphone!
Friends of Upper Fort Garry say park's primary significiance is the Metis (Winnipeg Free Press October 17, 2014)
Scots slam perceived snub (Winnipeg Free Press, October 17, 2014)
Upper Fort Garry site a provincial park (Winnipeg Free Press, July 16, 2014)
Province Announces Proclamation to Help Develop Park at Upper Fort Garry (Province of Manitoba, July 15, 2014)
Upper Fort Garry park, birthplace of Winnipeg, opens in September (CBC News, July 15, 2014)
Upper Fort Garry is the place where Winnipeg and Manitoba was born and the site of significant historic events. Exciting plans are underway to reclaim and transform this treasure into a $19 million world class heritage park and interpretive centre. The Friends of Upper Fort Garry are working on the preservation of the original location of Upper Fort Garry, located along Main Street and spanning from Broadway to Assiniboine Avenue. Through the building of Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park and Interpretive Centre, the Friends of Upper Fort Garry aim to generate interest in the history of Winnipeg, MB and Canada and to preserve a historic landmark. Highlights of this unique park include:
a design that demarcates the foundations of the original buildings and walls
the original Governor’s Gate
interpretive and symbolic representations of the fort and the buildings that were once enclosed within its walls
installations of art and other creative works within the park will represent the rich history of Upper Fort Garry
outdoor gathering spaces for historical events and programs
a modern Interpretive Centre that houses meeting facilities and exhibitions.
For more information and updates on the Park's progress, please visit the Friends of Upper Fort Garry Website here
Congratulations to our July winner, member Kerry Dangerfield!
Congratulations to our August winner, member Aengus Bridgman!
Congratulations to our September winner, Gary Hawthorne!
Thank you to Architecture49 Inc. and the historic Bank of Montreal for taking out a new corporate memberships with Heritage Winnipeg as part of our Explore the Exchange membership drive!
Memberships can be paid by cash, cheque, or credit card.
Check out our donor websites:
Advocacy Alert: The Scott Block at 272 Main Street (Heritage Winnipeg Blog, July 23, 2014)
HW's Annual Preservation Awards (Heritage Winnipeg, February 17, 2014)
Young Canada Works
Winnipeg Foundation's Student InternshipMy name is Roshanie Balkaran and I recently graduated from Fort Richmond Collegiate. I was born and raised in the southern area of Winnipeg and will begin my post-secondary education this September at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business. Working at HW has opened my eyes to see and learn more about how non-profit organizations work and continue to grow. It’s quite amazing to see how involved this organization is with the surrounding community. I have already begun to learn more about the Exchange District, as well as how Heritage Winnipeg tries to help promote the local businesses. Some of my tasks within the 8 weeks that I will be here include re-designing a website for the Millennium Centre, creating and updating a blog for Heritage Winnipeg, as well as creating a presentation about my experience for fellow interns within the program.
Big Boost for Merchants Corner (Winnipeg Free Press, June 30, 2014)
In Conversation with Hijab Mitra (Winnipeg Free Press, June 28, 2014)
Notorious hotel gets new life (Winnipeg Free Press, June 25, 2014)
Merchant's Hotel to be rebuilt as classrooms, affordable housing (Winnipeg Free Press, June 24, 2014)
New plan for old hotel (Winnipeg Free Press, June 17, 2014)