200TH ANNIVERSARY OF RED RIVER SETTLEMENT CELEBRATED WITH EXHIBIT AT MANITOBA ARCHIVES BUILDING
– – – Photographs, Maps, Journals, Records Give Evidence of Lives Lived: Marcelino
Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Flor Marcelino is inviting all Manitobans to visit the Archives of Manitoba and the Legislative Library at the Manitoba Archives Building to explore historical records and original publications dating back to the establishment of the Red River Settlement and the arrival of the first wave of Selkirk settlers 200 years ago.
“People in the Red River Settlement created records and published newspapers,” Marcelino said. “Books, photographs, maps, journals and records of church and government provide evidence of the kind of lives settlers lived 200 years ago. Fortunately, this documentary heritage has survived and is yours to explore at the Archives of Manitoba and the Legislative Library.”
Some of the archives and library holdings featured in the exhibit include:
photographs of Humphrey Lloyd Hime, a surveyor and photographer who accompanied the Assiniboine and Saskatchewan Exploring Expedition in 1858 and took what are probably the first photographs of the Canadian West;
paintings of Peter Rindisbachers, an artist known for his depictions of the lives of settlers and Aboriginal people in the Red River Settlement;
the will and testament of Saulteaux Chief Peguis, one of five chiefs who signed a treaty with Lord Selkirk to provide land for settlement;
a copy of an early Red River census conducted by the Council of Assiniboia in 1828;
a post journal which recorded a graphic description of the great Red River flood of 1826 as told by the Upper Fort Garry Hudson’s Bay Company clerk Frances Heron;
records of the Matilda Davis School in St. Andrews, representing the development of Red River schools;
a plan of the Red River Colony surveyed in 1836 by George Taylor;
excerpts of baptism, marriage and death from Rupert’s Land registers sent to the governor and committee of the Hudson’s Bay Company around 1820;
a copy of The Nor’Wester from Feb. 14, 1860, containing an article by Chief Peguis; and
an image from Bishop David Anderson’s flood journal title page, Notes of The Flood at Red River, 1852.
The Archives of Manitoba, including the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives and the Legislative Library of Manitoba, are commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Red River Settlement with this exhibit of selected archival records and library materials. Public viewing of the material is available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 200 Vaughan St. (at St. Mary Avenue) in Winnipeg. A related exhibit The Selkirk Settlement: 200 Years can also be seen at the Manitoba Museum.
Guided tours of this exhibition will be offered for a limited time. For scheduling details, please contact the Archives of Manitoba, 204-945-7586.