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Psychic Experiments at Hamilton House - Part One

On the south end of Henderson Highway in Elmwood sits Hamilton House, a large two and a half storey nod to the classical revival style, which has bore witness to over 100 years of intriguing history. When Dr. Thomas Glendenning Hamilton, along with his wife and daughter, moved into the house in 1910, the address was 185 Kelvin Street. The house quickly became named after the family, with the upstairs serving as their home, the main floor as office space and Dr. Hamilton's surgery in the basement.

Hamilton House at 185 Henderson Highway was the site of many remarkable psychic experiments during the first part of the 20th century. The experiments were conducted by Dr. Glen Hamilton, Mrs. Lillian Hamilton and their three offspring - daughter Margaret and sons Glen and James.

The Hamilton Family papers have been deposited at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections and I have derived almost all of this paper from that collection, particularly from the writings of…

The 2016 Annual Preservation Awards & Launch of the First World War Digital Memorial

On Monday, February 15, 2016, Heritage Winnipeg presented the 31st Annual Preservation Awards ceremony as well as the launch of the First World War Digital Memorial Project. The event was held in the Rotunda of the historic Union Station, VIA Rail Canada's Winnipeg Station, to celebrate National Heritage Day and Louis Riel Day.

Since 1985, Heritage Winnipeg has sponsored an annual awards program that seeks to recognize those people dedicated to the protection, restoration, and conservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. Awards are also given to owners of heritage structures who seek to sensitively restore their buildings so that they become a productive element of the economical, cultural, and social fabric of the community.

Awards are given in three categories: Heritage Conservation, Distinguished Service, and Youth. For more information about the criteria for each of these awards, visit the Heritage Winnipeg website here.

The winners of this year's awards program are as f…