Genealogical Society prepares for Heritage Dinner

Winnipeg author to headline annual April 3 dinner with presentation on the relevance of historical sites and the digitization of community history.

A presentation outlining the historical relevance of grain elevators, war memorials and the digitization of community history books will headline the South West Branch of the Manitoba Genealogical Society’s annual Heritage Dinner on April 3.

Winnipeg author and member of the Manitoba Historical Society Gordon Goldsborough will present “20/20 Hindsight: Historic Commemoration in Manitoba” at the event. Goldsborough is the author of two books on Manitoba history; Abandoned Manitoba and More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails and Ruins.

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Published in 2016, his first book has since sold more than 6000 copies. Based on its success, the latter work was created based on a request from Great Plains Publications for Goldsborough to write another. It was released last in the autumn of 2018.

Both books focus on stories about abandoned sites located outside of Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway, including neglected quarries, old dance halls, farmyards, hospitals and other points of interest.

This year’s Heritage Dinner will also include entertainment from the Brandon Ukulele Club.

Tickets to the 2019 Heritage Dinner – which takes place at the Knox United Church on 18th Street in Brandon – are $25 each and available at (204) 726-5344 or by emailing serskine@wcgwave.ca. Members of the general public are also welcome to attend.

As part of a provincial organization, the South West Branch of the Manitoba Genealogical Society’s membership is composed of genealogists from the Westman region and elsewhere with an interest in the history and ancestry from this corner of the province. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month from September through June at the Crocus Plains Regional High School. The meetings provide participants with information on how to research, compile and preserve family history.

The local Genealogical Society also makes presentations on the topic to groups interested in developing their own genealogical projects and how to conduct research.

More information on the South West Branch of the Manitoba Genealogical Society, the Heritage Dinner and other activities, visit the organization’s website at swmanitobagenealogy.ca or find their page on Facebook.

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