Manitoba History

This journal provides articles and reviews on the history of Manitoba.

Articles from No. 31, Spring

Border Vision: The International Peace Garden
The great war of 1918 was once described as having been the war to end all wars. While we eventually came to realize the fallacy of this statement one significant result inspired by this idea is still evident today. The International Peace Garden (IPG),...
Greening of the West: Horticulture on the Canadian Prairies, 1870-1930
The year 1870, pivotal in so many aspects of Manitoba's history, was decisive to the future development of horticulture in the West. With the creation of the first of the prairie provinces, early traditions of small-scale gardening for subsistence...
Horticulture in Manitoba History
For most of Manitoba's history, horticulture and gardening have been central to the experience of its peoples. We use the term "horticulture" to signify the cultivation of plants, flowers, and trees, as well as their scientific study. "Gardening" encompasses...
Manitoba's First Farmers
Most people believe that the early pioneer homesteaders, the Selkirk settlers, were Manitoba's first farmers. However, several centuries before the arrival of the Selkirk settlers, the land was already being worked by Aboriginal or First Nations peoples...
"Most Lovely and Picturesque City in All of Canada": The Origins of Winnipeg's Public Park System
Since the dawn of civilization recreation space has been an integral part of urban life yet historians have generally overlooked its importance in meeting what is now generally acknowledged to be one of society's fundamental biological needs. Although...
Place of Memory: Some Recent Publications on Landscape History (Landscape and Memory; the Power of Place; Garden Voices; the King's Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace)
Relationships with the land have always been a strong and integral part of the Canadian experience. From the mnemonic traditions of Aboriginal peoples through the painted landscapes of the Group of Seven to the geographical determinism of the "empire...
Rise and Fall of the Manitoba Railway Garden
Some say that the Canadian railway garden was invented in Killarney, Manitoba. Others say Montreal. Both are right--and wrong. Certainly, it can be proved that by the 1890s the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPR) had seized the initiative and had...
Roads of Remembrance
In November 1918, Canadians turned from waging war to the duty of commemorating the dead. This traditionally meant statuary: thousands of statues, obelisks, cairns, steles, shafts, cenotaphs, and crosses were erected in Canada in the years following...