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Manitoba Day - May 12, 2016

Manitoba Day is on May 12 and the AMM will be promoting this special date via our website and social media: Twitter and Facebook pages. Social media works best as a two-way street; if you Tweet please use the hashtag #MBDAY2016 or #ManitobaDay and we'll re-tweet.

If you have a Facebook page we'll Like and Share your posts and would appreciate your Liking and Sharing ours. These social media tools are a very fast way to contact and engage large groups of people using very little effort or time.

Special events are always good for getting those feet through the door, but they're also good for creating possible collaborations with others in your community. Your local school might appreciate being invited over to engage in some pioneer activities or to go on a tour that brings to life something they've been learning in their history class.

Here are some events that are being planned:
Beckoning Hills Museum, Boissevain
Our museum will be open to welcome local students on Manitoba Day, Thursday May 12, as well as on May 13. Students from local schools have been invited to attend.
Jim’s Vintage Garage, Headingley!events/cjg9
Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Austin
We invite you to celebrate Manitoba Day on May 12th with us. Opening Ceremony at 10 am, with the Flag Raising and followed by “Happy 146th Birthday Manitoba” cake and refreshments.
Wander through the Pioneer Village and view the Village of Quilts; several are century-old examples of the handwork created by our pioneers.
“Take a trip down Memory Lane” as you see fine examples of the authentic farm equipment used to build our province.
We are bringing special attention to our IHC 15-30 Titan and Case 12-25 tractors, both built in 1916 and celebrating their 100th birthdays this year.
Free admission to the grounds all day. Refreshments available.
Contact the Museum for more information, at 204-637-2354 or by email.
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
We will again offer a reduced admission rate of $2.00 per person during Manitoba Day. We will also conduct a formal flag-raising ceremony with greetings from various dignitaries. Many of our heritage buildings will have interpreters present for part of the day. Horse-drawn wagon rides will also be available to our guests.
New to our Manitoba Day event this year will be the Craft Sale which will take place in the Auditorium. Local artisans have been invited to promote their made-in-Manitoba crafts to our visitors. We are expecting approximately 20 craft tables and there are still some spots available. The MHV Auxiliary will support this event by serving “Beaver Tails”, a deep-fried pastry treat.
New Iceland Heritage Museum (Gimli)
On May 12th, 2016 the New Iceland Heritage Museum will celebrate Manitoba Day with the opening of two exhibits: “Nice Women Don’t Want The Vote” an exhibit from the Manitoba Museum marking 100 years since women could vote in provincial elections and “Then and Now” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Jon Sigurdsson Chapter IODE .
Guest speaker:  Linda McDowell, Historian
Presentation by the Gimli High School Social Justice Club
The event will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Manitoba Day, May 12th in the Johnson Hall, 5th Floor of the Waterfront Centre, 94 -1st Avenue, Gimli. 
Join us as we celebrate Manitoba Day and the contribution women have made to the development of our great province! Refreshments and viewing of the exhibits following the opening ceremonies. Everyone Welcome ~ Silver Collection
If you plan to attend please RSVP to or call 204-642-4001
Sipeweske, Wawanesa
For many years we have celebrated Manitoba Day at the school with the grade 2 class. We have a suitcase with items from long ago that are placed on their desks while they are at recess. They then take turns guessing what the object is for — the teachers’ strap usually gets the most reaction! After everyone has had their turn we serve juice and a snack followed by distributing Manitoba pins obtained from our MLA. It is an event students, teachers and museum volunteers all enjoy.
Teulon and District Museum, Teulon
To celebrate Manitoba Day our museum will be open May 12th from 1:30 to 3 pm conducting free tours as well as serving tea, coffee and cookies. Posters will be placed in businesses in the area advertising this function

Did you know that holding a Manitoba Day event could result in a FULL CONFERENCE 2016 registration? Just email or call us about your event and we'll enter you into the draw. The draw will be made in the AMM office on May 12.

Visit our website and Facebook page for more of what's happening on Manitoba Day!


Canada 150

Another round of community foundations have opened up small grant applications for Canada 150.

For more information visit:

Canadian Heritage Survey

Canadian Heritage is pleased to announce the release of the latest Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions (GCSHI) 2015 report, which collected financial and operating information on not-for-profit heritage institutions, including museums, art galleries, archives, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens for the 2013 data year.

Highlights from the survey include…
  • Number of visits to all heritage institutions (61.8 million);
  • Number of heritage employees throughout Canada (32,000);
  • Revenue generated by heritage institutions (over $2.12 billion).
Please take a moment to discover some of the survey’s results. The GCSHI Report can be found on the Department of Canadian Heritage website under publications:

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Dinosaurs of the Deep: Discover Prehistoric Marine Life

Driving across the North American Heartland, surrounded by prairie as far as the eye can see it is almost impossible to imagine that once this was a huge inland sea. The Western Interior Seaway, which split the entire continent of North America in half, once teemed with predatory creatures…
Through a cooperative partnership with the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC), home to Bruce, the world’s largest mosasaur skeleton, author Larry Verstraete and illustrator Julius Csotonyi combine fascinating facts, astonishing discoveries, and the latest paleontological information to bring the ancient marine creatures of the Seaway to vivid life.

Larry Verstraete Biography
Writer and educator Larry Verstraete is the award-winning author of 13 books of non-fiction, many of which focus on scientific or historical themes. An active promoter of literacy, Larry is a frequent visitor to schools and libraries where he shares his enthusiasm for science, history, and writing with students, teachers and parents. 
Larry Verstraete lives and writes in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Julius Csotonyi Biography
Julius Csotonyi is a freelance natural history illustrator and biological sciences graduate. He has collaborated with several major museums and book publishers from around the globe, including the National Geographic Society and the Royal Tyrrell Museum. His most recent projects include prehistoric coins for the Royal Canadian Mint and life size dinosaur murals for the Royal Ontario Museum. Julius Csotonyi lives and draws in B.C.
If you’d like more information or to carry this book in your gift shop, please contact:
Michelle Palansky
Marketing manager
204-947-1555   l   204-947-1556


Allan Drysdale (Beautiful Plains Museum, Neepawa)
I am sorry to inform you of Allan's death on March 18 after a hard battle with cancer.  Allan had an unending desire to learn.  He enjoyed exploring history, both family genealogy and local area history.  He loved to impart this knowledge to all those interested.  This is why he was proud to chair the Langford Municipal History book committee and to spend countless hours researching in the Winnipeg Archives, eventually becoming Neepawa's first archivist. He will be missed by the museum and archive community and by his family. Helen Drysdale

While we don't normally print such notices, Allan was very involved and well-known in the AMM's museum community and we felt it appropriate in this circumstance.

Studio Fridays!
Jane Dalley has lots of pieces of acid-free fluted board, mat board and folder stock to give away, along with suggestions on how they can be used to create storage enclosures and display supports. Drop by her studio at 104 - 318 McDermot Avenue during a Studio Friday to check them out.

Hats off!
The hat collection at Beckoning Hills Museum in Boissevain is overflowing and they wish to downsize. Anyone interested in hats for their own collections is asked to contact Donna Garland at 204-534-2912.



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Welcome to the
AMM Messenger
April 20, 2016 edition

In this issue
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  • May 12 - MANITOBA DAY!
  • May 18 - International Museums Day
  • May 23 - Victoria Day
  • June 9 - Father's Day
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