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Hi! My name is Rushika Khatkar. This summer I am working at Heritage Winnipeg. I was placed here through the Winnipeg Foundation’s Summer Internship Program. It's an opportunity for students to understand the charities in Winnipeg at a deeper level. I got involved with this program through my participation in the Youth in Philanthropy club at my high school. This was a club that was dedicated to helping local charities in Winnipeg.
I hope to go into business once I graduate high school. I am a member of numerous clubs at my school such as yearbook and student council. I love to read in my spare time and can be often seen with my nose in a book.
On Tuesday, we went to Music at the Millennium, sponsored by Telpay, which was a real treat as I was able to hear members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. It happens on Tuesdays at noon and it's free for anyone who wishes to come. If you are looking for something to do in the summertime, this is a great option.
Death & Debauchery TourWe also went on the Death and Debauchery tour provided by the Exchange District BIZ. We met our tour guide at Old Market Square, in front of Smoke's Poutinerie.
|Where we met at Old Market Square for the tour|
As we moved along the tour, we were also told about Winnipeg's first police chief, John S. Ingram. He made a deal with the brothels of the city. If they stayed in one area of the city, he would not arrest them as long as they didn't stir up trouble. The area chosen was what is now Minto Street. Later, a raid was performed on the brothel and none other than Chief Ingram was found in bed with a prostitute. Ingram had to pay a fine and resign from the job. He later became the chief of police in Calgary.
|Our tour guide talking about Chief Ingram|
|The Mariaggi Hotel|
The next stop on the tour was the Electric Railway Chambers. This was the location of the biggest, unsolved robbery in Winnipeg. The value of the money stolen at the time was $87 000, in today's time it would equal to $1.2 million. The money was coming from the Bank of Montreal, which was so close that you could walk there in 5 minutes. The money was being transported by truck and when it arrived at the Electric Railway Chambers, the driver was held at gunpoint. He then drove a short distance before being kicked out by the robbers. The money was never recovered.
|The Electric Railway Chambers Building|
At Bijoux Park, we stood where the provincial court once was located. This was also the site for 3 hangings, including the first hanging in Western Canada. This was the perfect conclusion to a great tour about a not so great part of Winnipeg's history.
|Bijou Park, where the old Provincial Court used to stand|
Theatre District TourWe also went on Exchange District BIZ's Theatre District tour on Monday. It started off with information on the first theatres in Winnipeg, which were mostly in churches and barns. They usually ended up being really small and one in particular was so small and so hot that it was said if you were to faint, there would be no where to fall.
|The Cube Theatre, currently in use for the Fringe Festival|
|The outside of the Pantages Playhouse Theatre|
|An air vent inside one of the lobbies in the Pantage Theatre|
We went to the MTC (Manitoba Theatre Centre). It was founded by John Hirsch and Tom Hendry. The street by the building is dedicated to John Hirsch as he was also the first artistic director at the MTC. The highest grossing production was Keanu Reeves' portrayal of Hamlet. His name still hangs on the dressing room to this day.
|A monument outside the MTC dedicated to Tom Hendry (sitting) and John Hirsch (standing)|
|The building that was once the Royal Albert Hotel|
Sources & LinksElectric Railway Chambers
Manitoba Historical Society - Francis Cornish
Manitoba Historical Society- John Steven HirschManitoba Historical Society- John S. Ingram
Manitoba Historical Society- Manitoba Theatre Centre
Manitoba Historical Society- Theatre and Theatres in Early Winnipeg
Pantages Play House Theatre
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