A Thousand Miles of Prairie: The Manitoba Historical Society and the History of Western Canada

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Jim Blanchard
Univ. of Manitoba Press, 2002 - History - 259 pages
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"A Thousand Miles of Prairie" is a fascinating look at Manitoba's early boom years (1880-1910) through the eyes and words of some of the most interesting personalities of early Winnipeg. This collection brings together 14 pieces from the first decades of the Manitoba Historical Society, when its lectures were attended by the provinceis political and cultural elite.
Jim Blanchard has chosen selections that give us a vivid taste of the diversity of intellectual life in turn of the century Manitoba. Besides writings by early historians such as George Bryce and Charles Bell, he includes a paper by the young Ernest Thompson Seton, who writes about his attempts to raise prairie chickens. There is also a description of the last passenger pigeons found in Manitoba. The collection includes lively personal reminscences, such as Gilbert McMicken, Canada's first spymaster, talking about foiling a Fenian raid on Winnipeg, and Archbishop Samuel Matheson, who tells about his boyhood adventures in the great Red River floods of the 1860s.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Alexander K Isbister 1883
15
The Prairie Chicken 1884
25
The Abortive Fenian Raid on Manitoba 1888
33
Seven Oaks 1891
61
Social Customs and Amusements of the Early Days in Red River Settlement 1893
95
The Old Crow Wing Trail 1892
107
The Charitable Institutions of Winnipeg 1899
129
A Review History of the Passenger Pigeon of Manitoba 1905
153
The Early Icelandic Settlements in Canada 1901
165
Galicians Dwelling in Canada and Their Origin 1906
177
The Old Forts of Winnipeg 1927
189
Early Winnipeg Newspapers 1930
219
Floods at Red River 1932
239
Appendix
255
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Jim Blanchard is the Head of Reference Services at Elizabeth Dafoe Library at the University of Manitoba. He is a former president of the Manitoba Historical Society and is the author of Winnipeg's Great War: A City Comes of Age and Winnipeg 1912, and is the editor of A Thousand Miles of Prairie: The Manitoba Historical Society and the History of Western Canada.

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