Tag Archives: Swan Valley History

Plaque Presented in Memory of Rev. Murray Wenstob

ValleyBiz Story | On July 20, 2022 the Swan Valley Harley House committee hosted a special afternoon in honour of Rev. Murray Wenstob. A short program led by Scott Tibble included a brief history of the Valley and the Harley House, musical selections by Guy Dobbyn and poems by David and Michelle Minish. Following the […]

2022/07/26Local Interest

Spring Supper Enjoyed at Museum Season Opener

Submitted by: Candace Balbo The Swan Valley Historical Museum’s season opener was held with the Spring Supper on May 29th 2022. Vernice Eggie and her capable crew served up another delicious roast beef supper. Musical entertainment was provided before and after the meal by the ladies of “Highly Strung”. Altogether it was a good evening […]

2022/06/06Local Interest

Serving Up History at the Swan Valley Harvest Festival

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Historical Museum held their annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, August 29, 2021. People waited patiently to sample the fresh bread, hot out of the clay ovens. This is always one of the tastiest attractions at the event. Live demonstrations brought historical equipment to life and provided a glimpse into […]

2021/09/06Local Interest

Province Invests $32,500 In Miniature Train

ValleyBiz Story | On July 25, 2019, it was announced that the Trains at the Swan Valley Museum project will be receiving a grant in the amount of $32,500 from the Province of Manitoba under the Building Sustainable Communities program. The funding will cover 50% of the $65,000 cost for Phase 1 of the project. […]

2019/08/01Local Interest

Wear a Poppy – Share a Poppy – Remember

ValleyBiz Story | Each year, millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom. This year Royal Canadian Legion has launched a new Digital Poppy Campaign – another way to honor veterans in the digital age. “Every year, The Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy […]

2018/11/06Local Interest

New Use for an Old General Store

Submitted by: The Abel’s(Anne-Marie, John and Natasha) | There may be a few folks in the Lenswood area, curious as to what changes have been made to the former Lenswood General store. Many people have shared memories of the old store and Metro and his family, with us. From what we’ve learned from neighbours and […]

2018/09/18Local Interest

Old Fashioned Family Fun at Museum Harvest Festival

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Historical Museum held their annual Harvest Festival on August 26, 2018. It was a day appreciated by many generations. From those who remember the era when technology was in it’s infancy to children still to young to understand the significance of the past. Attendees of all ages were able […]

2018/08/28Local Interest

Historic Pictures Featured at Tent Town Celebration

ValleyBiz Story | In recognition of the 120th Anniversary of Tent Town, Claren Turner joined up with the Minitonas Seniors to put together a celebration of the past. “I thought, we want to remember Tent Town.” said Turner. “The idea was to have an 1898 meal and to have pictures from that time period.” Turner, […]

2018/08/21Local Interest

Swan River Parade A Time Honored Tradition

ValleyBiz Story | Click pictures for a larger version. The Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Parade took place on July 27, 2018 at 10 am – a time honored tradition as part of the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition. Many have passed this tradition on to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each year the parade is […]

2018/07/30Local Interest

Swan Valley School Division Celebrates 50 Years

It was a time for reflecting on the past and looking to the future during the Swan Valley School Division (SVSD) 50th Anniversary Celebration on May 31, 2018. The celebration included access to school division information and displays as well as a selection of old yearbooks. Live entertainment and a fundraiser barbeque for the 2018 […]

2018/06/04Local Interest

Community Foundation Provides a Legacy of Benefits

Corey Grandfield with the SVRSS Varsity Hockey Team receiving a grant for hockey jerseys. Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their annual granting night on December 7, 2017. “We are here tonight to harvest the fruits of philanthropy in the Swan River Valley,” said CFSV Board Chair Lorne Henkelman. Since […]

2017/12/13Local Interest

Harvest Fest Offers A Taste of History – Hot From the Oven

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Historical Museum held their annual Harvest Festival on August 27, 2017. The home made bread was a must and the lineup started before the fresh baked bread was even out of the clay ovens. Click any picture for a larger version. The clay oven in the bake house can […]

2017/08/28Local Interest

Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Submitted by: Maureen Bowles | A large crowd was in attendance on March 10, 2016 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the library. Maureen Bowles gave a welcome and introduced guests. Pictured Above: Board Members Mary Snelgrove and Angela Hinchliffe cut the Anniversary Cake. Click any picture for a larger version. Greeting came from Councillor […]

2016/03/15Local Interest

Something Old is New at Harvest Festival

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Historical Museum held their annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Many people stopped by to enjoy a sunny afternoon and a taste of yesteryear with fresh bread, ice cream from the general store and rides in the Model T. Click any picture for a larger version. This […]

2014/09/02Local Interest

Swan Valley Historical Museum Celebrates Pioneer Life

ValleyBiz Story | History comes to life at the Swan Valley Historical Museum in Swan River. The museum has done a beautiful job of preserving a collection of items that portray early life in the Valley and to pay tribute to the early pioneers. Click any picture for a larger version. The Pioneer Village features […]

2014/08/28Local Interest

Historic Photo Display at North West Regional Library

Submitted by: Maureen Bowles The North West Regional Library hosted an afternoon of walking down memory lane with archival photographs from the Association of Manitoba Archives. Click any picture for a larger version. All photos were related to recreation and set in rural and northern Manitoba. Also for viewing are archival photographs from the Swan […]

2014/06/20Local Interest

Pine River Memorial Park Grand Opening

ValleyBiz Story | The Grand Opening of the Pine River Memorial Park was held on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Originally a hay field, the park was established by the Pine River Local Urban Distruct (LUD) and dedicated to the Pioneers who founded Pine River. Click any picture for a larger version. The vision for the […]

2013/09/17Local Interest

A Ride Down Memory Lane at the Museum Harvest Festival

ValleyBiz Story | It’s easy to step back in time at the Swan Valley Historical Museum. On August 25, 2013 the annual Harvest Festival provided visitors with the perfect opportunity to take a ride down memory lane – quite literally, in the 1916 Model T. Click any picture for a larger version. Throughout the afternoon, […]

2013/08/26Local Interest

Harley House: Heritage Site and House Concert Venue

Submitted by: Nelly Mills: The Harley House certainly has grown into a hub of our community. “Yah,” said Moe Bowles, one of the volunteers central to there birth of the town’s classic heritage house on Veterans Way. “We have a couple of organizations in here, and people use it for meetings, and art classes. It’s […]

2012/11/04Local Interest

Generations Gather at the Swan Valley Museum

ValleyBiz Story | The Harvest Festival on August 26, 2012 at the Swan Valley Historical Museum is an annual celebration of our history. It provides an opportunity to reflect on days gone by and stoke the interest of younger generations. Click any picture for a larger version. The kids enjoyed simple pleasures … Ice cream […]

2012/08/28Local Interest

Good Old Fashioned Fun at Big Woody SD Centennial

ValleyBiz Story | An old fashioned picnic and potluck supper was held Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Big Woody Hall to celebrate the centennial of the formation of the Big Woody School District. Click any picture for a larger version. The festivities had many reminiscing about the picnics traditionally held on the last day […]

2012/08/06Local Interest

Northwest Regional Library Celebrates Aboriginal Day

Submitted by: Kamshi Kanavathy The North-West Regional Library was abuzz on the evening of Thursday, June 21, 2012 as patrons enjoyed learning how to make dreamcatchers. Participants were welcomed by an Inukshuk made out of books. Free promotional Aboriginal Day materials such as 2D and 3D puzzles, games, colouring pages, tattoos, books and bookmarks were […]

2012/06/23Local Interest

The Valley Re-Connects With Billy Beal

ValleyBiz Story | On Friday, October 21, 2011 a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the Northwest Regional Library in honour of William “Billy” S. A. Beal in recognition of his significant contribution to the Valley during its formative years. Mayor McKenzie, Ernesto Griffith, Reeve Henkelman Click any of the pictures for a larger version. An […]

2011/10/23Local Interest

Annual Pine Creek Pow Wow

ValleyBiz Story | Pine Creek First Nation held their annual Pow Wow this weekend. The 3 day event featured lots of drumming, singing and dancing. People from various communities gathered together to celebrate their connections and honor their culture and heritage. Click any picture to see a larger version. Grand Entry Pictures by Shawn Klekta, […]

2011/09/05Local Interest

Swan Valley Historical Museum Harvest Festival

ValleyBiz Story | It was like stepping back in time on Sunday at the Swan Valley Historical Museum Harvest Festival. Against a backdrop of historical buildings and vintage machinery, with the smell of bread fresh from the clay ovens filling the air, it was the perfect place to celebrate the past. Click any of the […]

2011/08/30Local Interest

Harley House Restoration Moving Ahead

ValleyBiz Story | Harley House held an open house on Wednesday, August 10 to showcase restoration efforts made to date and to raise awareness about the project. Volunteers were honored for the many hours of hard work spent turning back the years on portions of the main floor. Click any of the pictures for a […]

2011/08/14Local Interest

Czech Ambassador Impressed by Community

ValleyBiz Story | The Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Karel Zebrakovsky was in Minitonas yesterday along with Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette MP Robert Sopuck to tour the area and meet the people of the community. Sopuck, the second MP of Czech extraction in Canadian history, contacted the Czech embassy shortly after he was elected and Zebrakovsky says […]

2011/08/06Local Interest

Folk Festival 2011 Draws a Crowd

Submitted by: Susan Cowan | Centennial Folk Fest 2011 was held June 10th and 11th at the Swan River Curling Rink and was a successful community event. Several thousand people came through the doors to view the displays, sample some food and be entertained by singers and dancers. Photos by ValleyBiz Click any of the […]

2011/06/14Local Interest