History

  • Learning from history

    “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” That’s one of those many quotes that’s always attributed to Mark Twain, even though there’s no evidence he ever actually said it.

  • Winnipeg from A to G#

    When Winnipeggers think of their city, the first thing that comes to mind is likely not classical music.

  • City roots

    Trees are often caught up in human politics and drama on all scales. Every once in a while, these politics centre around a single tree. Such was the case of the Wolseley Elm.

  • CRITIPEG: Delivering chills

    If you’re looking for an accessible ghostly read, Haunted Manitoba by Matthew Komus delivers. 

  • Stories Left Untold

    Winnipeg’s Métis history is being explored by new public art works. 

  • A case for nostalgia

    There has been a lot of backlash against nostalgia in film over the past decade.

  • Shakespeare, through a different lens

    With the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Masters Playwright Festival coming to an end in 2020, its focus is on none other than famous playwright William Shakespeare.

  • CRITIPEG: The Twentieth Century

    Matthew Rankin’s first feature-length film, The Twentieth Century, looks like Guy Maddin’s The Saddest Music In The World and a Canadian Heritage Minute took acid and gave birth to a wombat in a powdered wig

  • PROFile: Paul Lawrie

    In the University of Winnipeg’s expansive history department, Dr. Paul Lawrie’s area of focus lies in American History.

  • CRITIPEG: Winnipeg is the master of its fate and the captain of its soul

    The 1919 General Strike is among Winnipeg’s most important historical events.

  • Winnipeg on display

    The Manitoba Museum unveiled the Winnipeg Gallery, its newest addition, this past fall. Roland Sawatzky, head curator of the Winnipeg Gallery, says “there is no other place (in the province that) tells the actual history of the city ... We also wanted it as an introduction to the Urban Gallery cityscape, which shows Winnipeg around 1920, but there is no real context in there, so we felt we needed to tell the larger story."

  • News briefs

    German-Indigenous relations // Soccer camps for girls // New exhibit in archives // Gifts for holiday dinner // Community forum discusses transit

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like 1916

    In April of 2018, I wrote a historical article for The Uniter examining the prohibition era in Winnipeg. From 1916 to 1921, the sale and consumption of alcohol was prohibited in Manitoba. Similar legislation was passed throughout Canada and the United States in the 1910s and ’20s, motivated by fears and misconceptions about alcoholism.

  • Easing the transition from military to university

    Remembrance Day, held annually on Nov. 11, gives individuals and institutions the opportunity to reflect upon the service of past and present military members.

  • A tale of two cities

    Downtown Winnipeg has been the subject of much media scrutiny in recent years. A now-infamous Maclean’s article published in 2015 called attention to the issue of racism toward Indigenous people in Winnipeg and its effects, which are largely felt in the downtown area.

  • Women in the war

    When it comes to Remembrance Day services, women’s contributions to the First and Second World Wars are often forgotten. However, during the Second World War, some women served in the Women’s Royal Canadian Service (WRCNS). 

  • Perogies are a portal

    For folks growing up in diasporic communities, food can be as important as language.

  • Food from a different angle

    What comes to mind when you think of food?

  • City roots

    Over the past year, I have been learning about the history of colonialism on the prairies, and I have begun to wonder: how do trees fit into the early settler vision for the plains?

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