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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 December 2018

Heritage Resource Management Plan 2019-21. It’s that time of year again – the month of reckoning when we outline for our Councils what the committee has done for the past year and what we expect to accomplish in the year to come—with their financial support.

This year is special—it marks the end of our 2016–18 Heritage Resource Management Plan (HRMP) with a look ahead to the next three years. Two years from now, our Province will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. When John A. Macdonald’s government purchased the Hudson's Bay Company territory that became Manitoba, the sale unleashed a wave of westward migration that dramatically changed the socio-economic structure of the province. One of our objectives for 2020 is to gain a better understanding of the impact of these rapid changes in local population density, ethnic and religious make-up, patterns of land ownership and land use.


Breaking prairie sod
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We have two projects currently under way to ensure that early accounts of the transition are identified, preserved and made part of our efforts towards promotion of local heritage. Volunteer groups in each of the small communities that grew up across the municipalities are searching out local heritage resources, drawing up inventories to document their location, and where feasible, copying or otherwise preserving original sources.

The initial inventory from the Roseisle community is now on this website (see Roseisle). Homewood documented much of their local history for their 2018 reunion. We’ll alert you to others as they go up over the next couple of years.

Carman/Dufferin MHAC also is collecting information and memories from owners and families of early homesteads and family farms in the area. These stories of why early settlers came to the area, how they arrived, what the country was like and how it developed over the years are fast becoming lost to memory. Few local residents still remember their homesteading grandparents or have documented their experiences.

Both of these projects focus strongly towards post-1870s settlers’ perspective on local history. An exception is the St. Daniel area where both written histories and the monuments such as the Îles-de-Bois cairn are reminders that local history didn’t begin with the arrival of predominantly Anglo-Protestant homesteaders. Elsewhere, awareness of our rich pre-1870 history is emerging through Carman/Dufferin MHAC’s project to replace the Missouri Trail sign. This project is due for completion by 2020.

For further information on our committee’s work over the past three years and our plans for 2019-21, see the full Heritage Resource Management Plan.

Leary Brick Works. The Leary Brick Works is the last semi-intact remnant of some 200 brick plants that once operated in Manitoba. Based on extensive research, architectural historian David Butterfield completed a study of the Leary brick plant in 2018.

The full report is here.

Please note: the remaining structures at the brick plant are unsafe and public entry to the site is prohibited.

 

 

Heritage Tour Brochures. Carman/Dufferin MHAC has prepared two heritage tour brochures featuring heritage sites in the Town of Carman and the RM of Dufferin.

  

Free copies are available at the Memorial Hall, Museum, and at several businesses around town.


Recent History

Earlier news items are stored on a separate "Recent History" page.