This year, students in Grade 11 Canadian History at SJR were asked to explore their own city and discover a building that intrigued them. Over the winter holidays, students ventured out into the arctic temperatures to find a building that has a unique story.
Throughout the winter of 2014 we chose our buildings and then began to do some research through the
Archives of Manitoba, through the help of City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Office Murray Peterson, and finally through people who had a direct connection with these buildings. Students were asked to obtain an oral history of the building that would provide evidence and research not available in a book or article. In addition, students used the Winnipeg Free Press archives to access more primary sources that would help shed light on the significance of their buildings.
Check out the map and the writing, interviews, and photos that the students have uploaded to the map. Take a walking tour of downtown and use this map to guide you!
Feel free to comment on this site with questions or insights about specific buildings!
A big thanks to Denise Jones and the crew at the Archives of Manitoba and to Murray Peterson at the City of Winnipeg. Keep your eyes opened for a coffee book version of the research.