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A Look Back at 2015

Happy New Year from Heritage Winnipeg!

We hope you had a wonderful winter holiday and are looking forward to the opportunities the new year holds. Here's what happened at Heritage Winnipeg in 2015 and what you have to look forward to in 2016:

Your Favourite Posts

Here's a look at your top five favourite posts from 2015! 

1. The Fence is Coming Down - Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park

An archival photo of the Upper Fort Garry Gate. Read the original blog post here!
The Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park project continues to move forward. In 2015, the park was granted Provincial status and the fence came down, opening the space for public use. The interpretive smartphone app was also launched, providing historic information for visitors. Watch for the completion of the Heritage Wall in 2016!

2. The First Mosque in Manitoba: The Hazelwood Mosque at 247 Hazelwood Avenue

The front of the mosque. Read the original blog post by clicking here!
The Hazelwood Mosque was the first mosque built in Manitoba, constructed in 1976. We look forward to their participation in Doors Open Winnipeg 2016!

3. Doors Open Winnipeg - 13 Things You Need to Know Before This Weekend

Poster from Doors Open Winnipeg 2015. Read the original blog post by clicking here!
Doors Open 2015 was our most successful year yet with over 27,000 site visits over the two-day event. This was also our first year of holding a raffle during the event, something we hope to bring back in 2016. New sites included the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, the E.P. Leacock Estate/Marymound School, the Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Le Cercle Moli√®re, and St. Matthews Anglican Church/West End Commons. 

Doors Open Winnipeg 2016 is May 28 & 29, 2016 - like the Facebook page here for updates. 

4. Signs of the Times: Ghost Signs in Winnipeg's Exchange District

Portage and Main ca. 1921. Read the original blog post by clicking here.
Prevalent from the 1890s to the 1960s, hand-painted advertisements on the sides of buildings are a common site in the Exchange District. Referring to their remnants as "ghost signs", guest writer Matt Cohen gave us the histories and lesser-known examples of the images we see every day.

5. Haunted Winnipeg - Theatres: Guest Post by Author Matthew Komus  

The Masonic Temple on Donald Street. Photo courtesy of Matthew Sinclair. Read the original blog post by clicking here.
Winnipeg tour guide and author Matthew Komus took us through two tales of haunted Winnipeg theatres in this guest post - check out his second article on a haunted Winnipeg hotel here.

What Happened in 2015

  • Thank you to YCW student Laura McKay, SIP student Rushika Khatkar, RRC Creative Communications student Megan Redmond, and volunteer Cheryl Mann for their contributions to Heritage Winnipeg's projects and programs this year. Those interested in working at Heritage Winnipeg in 2016 should contact the office at

  • Dalnavert Museum officially reopened after it was closed by the MHS in 2013. Heritage Winnipeg worked in partnership with the Friends of Dalnavert Museum to keep this magnificently restored Victorian home open to the public. Read about it here.  

  • Heritage Winnipeg's Spring Luncheon was held at the Fort Garry Hotel and featured Guest Speaker and Developer Richard Walls, who highlighted the benefits of creative heritage rehabilitation for the community. See event photos here.  

  • Armstrong's Point Heritage Conservation District Study - The study is almost complete. Heritage Winnipeg will review the results in 2016 and subsequently make recommendations for implementation. Read Pat Thomson's guest post about the study here

  • Heritage Winnipeg's fall fundraiser took place at the Millennium Centre (389 Main Street) on Dec. 3, 2015 and celebrated dedicated volunteer, David McDowell. (Blog Post Here). Congratulations to WOW Hospitality, who has taken over as caterer in the building for 2016. 

  • Restoration work on Streetcar 356 continued, and the school program partnership is moving forward. Volunteers are always needed for this ambitious project - learn more here.

  • Heritage Winnipeg is continuing to work hard to get the historic shards out of storage and into the hands of individuals who will incorporate them into new projects, both small and large. More information coming soon! 

  • Executive Director Cindy Tugwell had the pleasure of speaking at the Youth In Philanthropy Fall Conference, as part of Heritage Winnipeg's partnership with the Winnipeg Foundation Student Internship Program.

What to Watch for in 2016  

  • The Provincial Election - Heritage Winnipeg will be working hard to make sure built heritage is on the agenda, with protection and sustainable funding as top priorities.  

  • After many years of advocacy to protect this historic property, Great West Life will be rehabilitating Milner House at 51 Balmoral for office space, with additional adjacent buildings providing much-needed daycare as part of the project. Watch for future developments as the project moves forward. Read about Milner House's history here
  • February 15, 2016 - Heritage Winnipeg's 31st Annual Preservation Awards and the unveiling of the WWI Digital Memorial Project
  • May 28 & 29, 2016 - Doors Open Winnipeg 2016 

  • Dates for our Spring Luncheon and Fall Fundraiser coming soon! 
 Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.    
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