Monday, 11 May 2009

Reminder ... MANITOBA Day !!!

Yes, it was on May 12, 1870 that The Manitoba Act was given Royal Ascent, creating Canada's 5th Province. Of course, you all knew that already, right ?!

Upper Fort Garry Gate, Winnipeg

Efforts have been made over the past few years to link the almost ignored Manitoba Day with heritage events. You'll find that many museums and heritage sites around the province have special programming or admission prices for the the 12th of May or the days surrounding it - that's why I am posting this a bit early. (For the pics, click on the image for more photos from that location, click on the link below the image to go to their website).

For a list of museum events check out the Association of Manitoba Museum's Manitoba Day event listings. If you want to make your own event, here's a list of Manitoba museums !

For other heritage events, also be sure to see my calendar and post: Upcoming MB History Events !

If you can't get out to the events, while you're running errands be sure to at least shop for Manitoba goods. At least have an Imperial cookie and Pic-a-Pop to celebrate !


Fat Arse said...

You know, funny you should mention this. We were talking with the kids at the table last week about the oldest child's project (Louis Riel)and the creation of the province. Talk turned to how we became a province - and so it became clear that one of them had a clue when "Manitoba Day" occurs. Believe the school boards are not doing enough to promote this day. I know my daughter's middle school has a field trip that week. But the K-6 school the other three are in does not seem to be doing anything?

School Divisions across this province should be organizing on this day to hold large school driven events that celebrate its importance. Course, what do I know?

Fat Arse said...

Oops, re: "one of them had a clue" should read NONE. Sorry, too much java!

mrchristian said...

A lot of progress has been made in the last few years. Hopefully the momentum will keep on.

I completely agree that we don't learn enough about our community. I think that's part of the reason why Winnipeggers are, well, the way Winnipeggers are sometimes. We really take very little local history / civics in school.

You can't care or get very interested in something you don't know about.