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Whether you are a visitor to our community, are researching your family roots, need background on an historic building or are just interested in local history, this website is your one-stop source of information on our heritage. 

The site offers you a glimpse of the history of Dufferin Municipality from the pre-settlement era to the post–1870 influx of homesteading families, and from the arrival of the railways to the rise and decline of the small towns and communities along its path.

You will also discover the wealth of historic buildings, cairns, plaques and other heritage resources that our communities have to offer.

Let us know of any omissions or errors. If you have information or photos you’d like to share, please contact us. Check out this site each month for our Special Features, including vintage photos from the area.

Please visit our Acknowledgements page, which recognizes the many people who contributed towards making the website possible, including the backbone of any endeavour—the volunteers who contributed material, researched, edited or proofread content, and gave in so many ways of their time and talents.

News and Events May 2018


Stan Reitsma with his certificate
for 110-2nd Street SW, Carman

Heritage Certificates. In an earlier ‘News & Events’ (Recent History, February 2018) we told you about a project in which the Carman-Dufferin MHAC and the Historic Resources Branch (HRB) prepared an inventory of heritage sites in the Town of Carman and the RM of Dufferin. As part of the project, HRB consultants prepared a short-list of 21 sites warranting special recognition.

The HRB also designed, printed and framed certificates which have now been distributed to building owners. As promised, a list of these sites is now available on our website at Heritage Certificate Sites.


Museum Events. Trish Aubin, President of the Dufferin Historical society, was recipient this past month of the Individual Award of Distinction from Central Manitoba Tourism. The award recognized Trish’s outstanding leadership in promoting local heritage and attracting visitors to the Museum. Congratulations, Trish, on a well-deserved award.

The Dufferin Historical Museum held its Spring Tea Saturday, May 12 to honour veterans on the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

Other Museum events planned for 2018-19:

  • Pioneer Days Saturday June 9th (1 to 4 pm)
  • Paint Night Wednesday October 10th (6:30 to 10 pm, painting at 7pm)
  • Christmas at the Museum Saturday December 1st (5 to 9 pm)
  • Flea Market/Antique Sale Saturday May 25th 2019 (10 am to 4 pm)


Homewood Reunion Update.
The Homewood July 15 reunion is fast approaching. You should check out their website at www.homewoodreunion.ca for early photos and history of the area. They are still looking for pictures of the railroad station, the Anglican Church and the curling rink.

The Planning Committee just sent out the following update:


Homewood 1950s

 

Dear friends of Homewood,

It is now only two months until the Homewood Reunion on July 15. Things are progressing well. Many of you have already indicated that you will be attending.

Here are the highlights of the Reunion:

  • 1:00 PM: Registration starts at the big tent to be set up in the old school yard (the Co-op yard)
  • 2:00 PM: Festivities – Free to all:
    • Dedication of “First Helicopter Flight” plaque
    • Dedication of Homewood School plaque
    • Walking tour of Homewood displays and socializing
  • 5:00 PM: Meal and Socializing

Please plan to join us—we’d love to see you. Well over 100 Homewood folks have already signed up for the evening meal. They are coming from California, from Nova Scotia and from many places in-between.

The dedication events are free and open to everyone. There is a charge for the evening meal at the Active Living Center in Carman ($25/person, $7 for under 12). For meal tickets send your cheque to:

Charles Froebe, Reunion Treasurer
P.O. Box 2023, Carman, MB R0G 0J0

Note that due to catering requirements the meal tickets must be purchased in advance so please get your meal tickets purchased.

The web site continues to improve. Go to www.homewoodreunion.ca There are lots of pictures and history about Homewood—find your name on the school class listings!

If you have pictures or historical information that should be on the site, please forward them to my email address stu.breckon@romfor.com  and we shall include them. We are short on pictures of the railroad station; the Anglican Church and the curling rink so please send any that you may have.

The monument for the school will be funded by individual donations. Please consider donating towards the costs. Forward a cheque to “RM of Dufferin” and mail it to:

Charles Froebe, Reunion Treasurer,
P.O. Box 2023, Carman, MB R0G 0J0.

This is a tax-deductible donation. And think about it, if you donate now, you won’t have us chasing you during the reunion!

Plan to get your family history written so that it can be included in the Homewood History, even if your family was there a short time. Send them to:

Merle Kluczkowski
419-21 Clayton Dr., Winnipeg, MB R2M 1G2.
Phone: (204) 299 6059 or
email merle.klutch@gmail.com

Merle would also like you to send any memories about the school or village events that you would like to share. Jack Neufeld, who taught at Homewood School when Merle was in Grade 1, relates a story about how recess sometimes got extended when he and the students were playing football.

We look forward to seeing you on July 15, 2018! And please let your Homewood friends/relatives know about the reunion.

Homewood Reunion Committee:

Deanna Mutcher: Co-chair. Phone: (204) 745 2719 or email: deejayem@mymts.net
Stuart Breckon: Co-chair. Phone (281) 450 1884 or email: stu.breckon@romfor.com

 

Recent History

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