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The Winnipeg Foundation and Manitoba government collaborate to support Manitoba Historical Society

For immediate release: The Winnipeg Foundation has recently provided a $170,000 grant to the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS), in recognition of its efforts and commitment to preserving Manitoba’s history. The sizeable grant, committed to MHS through the provincial government’s Manitoba Heritage Trust Program (MHTP), will grow to nearly $260,000 once it is fully realized, later this year.

The Manitoba government, though MHTP, stretches dollars contributed to permanent endowments established for eligible heritage organizations on a two-to-one basis. Its $85,000 contribution will help ensure MHS has a dedicated and sustainable funding stream to support ongoing heritage efforts throughout the province, forever.

“For almost 100 years, The Winnipeg Foundation has been successfully built on the endowment model and this fund will help ensure organizations such as the Manitoba Historical Society can effectively support Manitoba’s heritage sector across the province,” says Rick Frost, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation.

“It is wonderful to see these important investments to help preserve our province’s rich and unique past while we look ahead to our bright, exciting future,” says Cathy Cox, Manitoba Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage. “The Manitoba Historical Society plays a key role in preserving our collective past and we applaud their hard work and dedication.”

Founded in 1879, the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is dedicated to preserving Manitoba’s past for future generations. The organization is committed to continuing its legacy of preservation, promotion, research, and education. MHS is a leader in recognizing and advocating for Manitoba’s rich history while working to bring Manitobans together to celebrate and share their collective past.

“We are dedicated to our public outreach through projects like our journal, Prairie History, which offers a diverse pan-prairie perspective on history through its scholarly, feature, and popular history articles. While honouring the past we are on a forward thinking trajectory to opening up digital access to the history of Manitoba for all through projects like the Manitoba historic sites project, an ongoing digital mapping project, which gives digital interactive access to site locations and significance via Google maps,” says Tracey Turner, CEO, Manitoba Historical Society.

MHTP was launched in April 2018 and will conclude next April. Manitoba museums, archives, and supporting organizations interested in participating in the program are encouraged to visit for more details.

The Winnipeg Foundation is For Good. Forever. We help people give back to our shared community by connecting generous donors with Causes they care about For Good. We’re are an endowment-based public foundation, so gifts are pooled and invested, and the annual earnings are distributed back to the community Forever. Formed in 1921, we are proud to be the first community foundation in Canada.


For more information, contact:

LuAnn Lovlin, CFRE
Director of Communications & Marketing, The Winnipeg Foundation
C: 204-781-9336
Email LuAnn

Tracey Turner, MA C.S.
Chief Executive Officer, Manitoba Historical Society
T: 204-947-0559
Email Tracey

Tamara King
Press Secretary, Manitoba government
Email Tamara

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