Celebrating the Life of Celine Kear

It is with great sadness that Heritage Winnipeg acknowledges the passing of Celine Kear on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. Celine was long-time supporter of and advocate for Winnipeg's built heritage, as well as a past president of Heritage Winnipeg. Please join us in celebrating Celine's life.


Heritage Winnipeg makes bid to save lavish Oak Room at the St. Regis Hotel: UPDATE

Heritage Winnipeg is proud to have worked with Brock Coutts in successfully preserving the Oak Room from the St. Regis Hotel! The Oak Room will be incorporated into Coutts' purposed whisky distillery, Patent 5, which will be located in the Dominion Express Company Building, a heritage building at 108-112 Alexander Avenue. Heritage Winnipeg is grateful for the corporation of Fortress Real Developments and Edenshaw Developments in the removal of the Oak Room from the St. Regis Hotel.

From the CBC: Whisky producer eyes warehouse on the edge of Winnipeg's Exchange District



August 3, 2017:

Heritage Winnipeg hopes to preserve the historic Oak Room at the St. Regis Hotel, which is set to be demolished in August.

From the CBC:

With just weeks before the building is set to be demolished, Heritage Winnipeg is hoping to preserve the grandeur of the St. Regis Hotel's Oak Room. 

Just as its name says, the century-old banquet area is extensively panelled in oak, where it has a storied history on the first floor of the old hotel on Smith Street.

Fortress Real Developments plans to build a commercial space and parkade after the demolition of the building begins in August

"What we'd like to see is some help or some support with the city and maybe someone in the private sector to help us dismantle the room, preserve it ... ultimately to be showcased in another heritage building," said Cindy Tugwell, executive director of Heritage Winnipeg

Please visit the CBC's website to read the rest the full article.

"Fall" back into reading with the Heritage Winnipeg Blog!

Visit the Official Blog of Heritage Winnipeg to learn about the latest heritage issues in Winnipeg and uncover the history of our fascinating buildings.

August Blog Posts:
· 
The Confederation Life Building - An Historic Skyscraper Soaring Into the 21st Century
· Priceless Heritage on the Crescent
· The Royal Albert Hotel - Crown Jewel in the Exchange
· The Upper Fort Garry Heritage Wall - Illuminating Manitoba's History
· St. Boniface Fire Hall No. 1 - Reigniting a Heritage Treasure?

September Blog Posts:
· 
Historic Roof Preservation Around the Globe
· The Role of Digital Media in the Preservation of Historical Sites and Buildings

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In Memoriam - CELINE KEAR (Nee Power)


Celine Kear, Chair of the Heritage Winnipeg Fundraising Commitee
and MC at the spring luncheons at the Fort Garry Hotel in 2013


It is with great sadness that Heritage Winnipeg acknowledges the passing of Celine Kear on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.  Celine was long-time supporter of and advocate for Winnipeg's built heritage. Celine will be deeply missed by everyone at Heritage Winnipeg for her unwavering commitment, dedication, and passion to our organization and our city over the many years of her involvment. 

Celine Kear had many decades of experience in the volunteer sector and the charitable non-profit heritage community.  She has served on the Dalnavert Management Committee and on the Board of The Friends of the Ralph Connor House (FRCH). She is a past president of both the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) and Heritage Winnipeg (HW), and has completed a two –year term as president of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. (CFUW)  She taught at Vincent Massey School for many years, and part-time at the University of Winnipeg. Celine was bilingual and she was also an experienced fundraiser.

Heritage Winnipeg Board Member 1998-2010
President, Heritage Winnipeg - 2004-2006
Past President, Heritage Winnipeg - 2007-2010
Chair of the HW Fundraising Committee, and host of HW Fundraising committee events 2006-2016
Doors Open Winnipeg, annual volunteer chair of hosting guests at the Lieutenant Governor’s house for their levee.
Recipient of the Heritage Winnipeg Lifetime Achievement award in 2016 for her volunteer efforts in the heritage community.


 

Celine Kear at the HW fall fundraiser at the historic Kantor House
(Moss House) in 2011.



A celebration of Celine's life will be held in Winnipeg sometime in October.
Mahers Funeral Home -  Click here for a full obituary
An obituary will also be in the Winnipeg Free Press on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

 

Rail Days 2017 - Admission by donation

Join Heritage Winnipeg for RAIL DAYS 2017 on Saturday, September 16 & 17, 2017 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Winnipeg Railway Museum in Winnipeg's historic former Union Station, now VIA Rail Canada, Winnipeg station at 123 Main Street.

Located on tracks 1 & 2 on the second floor of the Railway Museum is a FREE and unique event held over two days. Heritage Winnipeg will have a exhibit table with Streetcar 356 information and memorboilia and we will also be showing the original wooden Streetcar 356 to visitors. Our rehabilitation project of Car 356 is expected to be completed in 2019 for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1919 General Strike.  Come meet some members of the Streetcar 356 committee at the Heritage Winnipeg table, and get a tour of Streetcar 356. Times limited.



The Book "The Streetcars of Winnipeg - Our Forgotten Heritage"
Out of Sight - Out of Mind by author Brian K. Darragh


On the 19th of September, 2017 it will be 62 years since the last streetcar made its final run through Winnipeg’s well known Portage and Main. Author Brian Darragh operated the streetcars for the final 17 months of existence here, April 1954 to September 1955.  He was the third youngest streetcar operator at that time. Brian will be turning 89 years old in November so the remaining half dozen operators will be in their mid nineties now. He tried to capture the experience that the 73 years of streetcar service provided to Winnipeg and the surrounding towns. From the start of the horse cars in 1882 where the drivers were paid 12 cents an hour, to the beginning of electric streetcars in January 1891, this book describes with the aid of numerous pictures the essence of the transportation experience of those times. The streetcars ran for approximately 35 years before the first four buses came in 1918. In that time the streetcars supported the growth of the city to 150,000 people by 1912, becoming the third largest city in Canada. Writing this book for Brian has brought back many fond memories of those days. Stop by the museum and say hello to Brian, and purchase his book for yourself or as a gift.



In addition if you would like to help support this Heritage Winnipeg project, make a minimum donation of $20 toward the Streetcar 356 rehabilitation and receive a complimentary DVD of BACKTRACKS, The Story of Winnipeg's Streetcars, including bonus historic pictures.



 

Celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with a commemorative Canada 150 print by artist Robert Sweeney



Heritage Winnipeg's 2017 Annual General Meeting

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who attended the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Special thanks goes out to keynote speaker Christian Cassidy and WOW Hospitality Concepts for the wonderful venue and catering.

Heritage Winnipeg welcomes the new Board of Directors, with a warm welcome extended to our new president, Lisa Gardewine.

Christian Cassidy


Download Heritage Winnipeg's 2016-2017 Annual Report

Closing the Doors on the 14th Annual Doors Open Winnipeg Event

It was a time to celebrate at the 2017 Doors Open Winnipeg Volunteer Reception and People's Choice Awards at the King's Head Pub in the Exchange. Heritage Winnipeg hosted the event, thanking the dedicated volunteers in attendance who helped to make Doors Open Winnipeg a successful event. Over 500 volunteers helped make this year's event the biggest, most successful event to date. It was also the seventh year in which the People's Choice Awards were held.

The People's Choice Awards represent five categories, Best Restoration, Best Guided Tour or Programming, Best Architecture, Best Experience and the Hidden Gem. Online voting was open to the public, showcasing 91 amazing buildings and walking tours. Hundreds of votes poured in the week following Doors Open Winnipeg, making for a close race in several of the categories. In the end, the votes were tallied and the winners were rewarded for their efforts with framed original drawings of their buildings by local artist Robert Sweeney.

BEST RESTORATION - DALNAVERT MUSEUM




BEST ARCHITECTURE - THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HUMAN RIGHTS



BEST OVERALL EXPERIENCE - THE WHITE HOUSE


BEST TOUR OR PROGRAMMING OR TOUR - THE VAUGHAN STREET JAIL


THE 'HIDDEN' GEM - MCBETH HOUSE



Please visit the Heritage Winnipeg blog for a short biography on each of this years winners.

The Mayor's Task Force on Heritage, Culture and Arts



The Mayor's Task Force on Heritage, Culture and Arts was assembled to recommend ways that Winnipeg can move forward in “supporting and structuring Winnipeg’s vibrant arts, culture, and heritage sectors”.  The Mayor's Task Force, chaired by Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, included individuals representing all these sectors and organizations integral to the arts, cultural and heritage community, including Heritage Winnipeg’s Executive Director Cindy Tugwell.

The Task Force submitted their final report and very appropriately Mayor Brian Bowman announced it at the annual Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts at the Fort Garry Hotel on Thursday, June 8th, 2017.  The Mayor indicated that "a new liaison committee will be formed to advise Council on the next steps". 
 
One of the proposed recommendations requests that the City of Winnipeg support Heritage Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Arts Council to establish a new “arm’s length” granting program for Museums going forward, which would ultimately reside with Heritage Winnipeg.  The Task Force felt that Heritage Winnipeg’s expertise in the conservation of historic/heritage structures and sites lent itself well to the nature of museums, and the fact that many museums are located in heritage buildings.
 
Heritage Winnipeg’s capacity would be built with the support of the Winnipeg Arts Council, a pre-eminent city-building organization recognized for its grant programs to artists. The Winnipeg Arts Council’s experience in developing and implementing peer assessment processes that are removed from the political decision-making sphere would lend to the credibility of the new structure.
  • That the City of Winnipeg maintain the Museums Board during a two-year transition period until December 31, 2018, during which a special services agency for city-owned museums and a peer assessment process under Heritage Winnipeg will be established to allocate funds to eligible museums beginning in 2020.
  • That the City of Winnipeg maintain the Museums Board for the remainder od 2017 and entirety of 2018, enabling a transfer of funding to other organizations proposed herein.
  • The City of Winnipeg support the Winnipeg Arts Council and Heritage Winnipeg in the establishment of a partnership in service of the museums community of Winnipeg, as described in the statement of Intent provided in Appendix C of this report, inclusive of capacity funding for Heritage Winnipeg through the transition phase.
  • The Winnipeg Arts Council and Heritage Winnipeg sign a memorandum of understanding to outline the process of transitioning from the Museums Board to a juried granting process for museums (approximate annual value of $240,000), understanding that the City of Winnipeg will delegate authority for final determination of grants distribution to this partnership.
  • The Winnipeg Arts Council and Heritage Winnipeg work collaboratively to establish appropriate application criteria and processes for a new juried granting process open to all museums located in the City of Winnipeg, including consultation with the Museums community.
  • The Winnipeg Arts Council provide its expertise to Heritage Winnipeg in developing and implementing a peer assessment process for the allocation of grants.
  • That City Council dissolves the existing City of Winnipeg Museums Board.
The City of Winnipeg provide an annual operating grant (i.e., a portion of current operating budget of the City of Winnipeg Museums Board), to establish a special services agency within the City of Winnipeg Archives to accommodate the six “City Owned” museums, with an annual operating budget based upon 2016 funding allocations (approximately $790,000 based on 2016 funding allocations).
 
The City of Winnipeg provide an annual operating grant (i.e, a portion of the current operating budget of the City of Winnipeg’s Museums Board) to Heritage Winnipeg to assume responsibility for the role of advocate for Museums in Winnipeg, and to implement and manage a peer assessment process for the allocation of program and project grants to non-city owned Museums on behalf of the City of Winnipeg, with a total funding pool (based upon 2016 funding process allocations of approximately $240,000 annually).
 
The City of Winnipeg in cooperation with relevant stakeholders, has an opportunity to adopt a leadership role with respect to built heritage. As the owner of numerous heritage and historic buildings, the city has an opportunity to act as stewards, and develop and adopt appropriate policies and management practices to maintain these resources. Heritage Winnipeg has been identified as one organizations with a keen interest in better coordination with the city’s heritage-related activities.

The Task Force identified the reallocation of the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund as a mechanism to support city-led heritage initiatives. Although the fund currently helps support CentreVenture’s projects, the Development Corporation was established with an aim of becoming self-sufficient over time. This means that as CentreVenture moves towards its entrepreneurial aim, the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund could be allocated to achieve its intended purpose of heritage protection, education, and conservation. To this end, the Task Force has recommended several actions to support on-going built-heritage conservation and re-development efforts.

Thank you to all the stakeholders that participated and contributed to this report!  A special thank you to Mayor Bowman and Councillor Pagtakhan for their vision and commitment and also to InterGroup Consultants Ltd. for their help with the consulting process.

To read the full list of reccomendations set out by the Task Force, please click here

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Presents: Music at the Millennium, FREE Summer Concert Series

Join us on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and every Tuesday thereafter until August 15 for Music at the Millennium, free summer concert series, that brings world-class musicians from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra out to perform, free of charge, in the former banking hall (Celebration Hall), at the historic Millennium Centre (the former Canadian Bank of Commerce) located at 389 Main Street, between Lombard and McDermot on the East side of Main Street.

Sandwiches and drinks will be available for purchase by WOW Hospitality Concepts, and donations to the Millennium Centre, (a charitable, non-profit organization), will be gratefully accepted. 

When: Every Tuesday from June 13th, 2017 to August 15th, 2017 between 12 pm & 1 pm.
Doors Open at 11:30 am and the Concert starts at promptly at noon. 

Thank you to TELPAY for sponsorsing this event. TELPAY
Also to WOW Hospitality, tenants and exclusive caters at the Millennium Centre, AND themillenniumcentre for their gracious contributions. 



 

Where: The Millennium Centre, 389 Main Street (east side of Main Street between Lombard and McDermot)



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