I spent much of my adult life as a school teacher and administrator in several communities in Western Manitoba.
I now do consulting, research and writing relating to Heritage Sites, History and the Outdoors.
Vantage Points V: Stories highlighting the history of the Turtle Mountain - Souris Plains area.
The project is available online...
A Community History - 2023
Rising Above: The 2011 Flood in BrandonA Brandon Sun Publication
Turtle Mountain and the Souris Plains: Our History
An overview designed for classroom uses. Each school in the region has a copy in Binder Format and the entire projects is available as a website with enhanced images and online as PDF files.
River Journey's In Southwestern Manitoba
I self-published this little volume in 1996 and designed my first website based upon the research. That website is still current,
making it one of the longest running websites in Manitoba.
False Starts: Travels Through Time Along the Rivers of Southwestern Manitoba
More False Starts: Communities and Change in Western Manitoba
The Robinson Case
2nd Place, Manitoba Writer's Guild "Hard Boiled Fiction" Contest
Sept. 1988. With Narration for presentation on CBC Radio.
THE SOURIS RIVER MYSTERY
A Choose-Your-Own Adventure
General Rosser's Legacy, Manitoba History, Fall 2007
Mb. History Bio
The Chapman Museum
Locally Made - Pioneer Industry
Train Tracks - Stories From A Railway Town
Shelterbelts in Manitoba
The Grand Trunk Pacific in Rivers, Manitoba
The Argyle Icelandic Settlement
1000 Words - Pioneer Photographers in the Southwest Corner
The Sekine Bicycle Co. in Rivers Manitoba
Connected: Brandon's Railway History
The Chapman Museum
The Historic Places Initiative
As a consultant for the Historic Places Initiative I visited over 150 Designated Heritage Sites in Manitoba and produced
Statements of Significance for www.historicplaces.ca
I have produced dozens of Heritage Projects for Municipalities and Heritage Committees.
These are generally inventories of places, people and events or focused reseach projects.
All projects are delivered in Binder format, and most are online.
Special Places Projects were developed by the Historic Resources Branch as a method of creating Community Inventories of Heritage Resources and subjecting the sites to an analysis process that will help communties protect and use their heritage resources to best advantage. I piloted the first projects in 5 communities in 2008. The projects are in Binders that allow for updates and additions. They are available in Municipal Offices and/or Libraries and Museums in host communities.
Many of the projects are available on Heritage Websites I created and maintain for those communities. Links are included in this list.
Baldur & Argyle R.M | Boissevain | Carberry | Gladstone | Hartney & Grassland RM | Melita | Killarney
Pipestone RM | Rivers & Area | South Central Planning District | The Swan River Valley | Two Borders Municipality | Virden | Wawanesa
Notable People Projects build upon the work done in Special Places Projects.
They begin with a typical inventory of people selected from a carefull examination of available local history volumes. A short biographical entry is made for each person deemed to have had some lasting influence on the developement of the community.
Baldur & Argyle R.M | Carberry | Hartney & Grassland RM | Melita | Pipestone RM | Wawanesa
Pivotal Events Projects as the final component of the three core collections that, along with Special Places and Notable People, will help communties protect and use their heritage resources to best advantage. With local history volumes as our guide, and with previous heritage projects and local museums as a resouce, we create a comprehensive illustrated timeline that puts a community's pivotal events into context and renders them in an entertaining and accessible fashion.
Arden / Lansdowne
Argyle R.M | Hartney
Grassland RM |
Here our aim is to identify resouces that will assist museums and schools in their efforts to present enhanced local history programming. The result is a binder with a collection of maps, photos, documents along with suggestions for use. The project is a link between the school system, the local museum, and the heritage projects a community has completed.
Melita | Wawanesa | Turtle Mountain - Souris Plains Region
I have completed seven Sign Projects as part of our efforts to bring the history of our region into the spotlight. Most were sponsored by the Turtle Mountain - Souris River Heritage Association
View the signs...
The "We Made" series offers short biographies of influential people in a community.
Milestones details the key events that helped shape a community.
Turtle Mountain Mud: Manitoba's Coal Mines (2018)
Direction, writing and narration for this short documentary.
Brandon's Steamy Past
Research, Writing and Narration. (2017)
Time Tourist Series
Research and on camera interviews in two short Bell/MTS Productions about key elements of Brandon's history. (2011)
Consulting and a short narration in this Bell/MTS production documentary about the history of the Brandon Rapids. (2016)
Webmaster & Content Provider
A portal to a wide variety of content: collections, guides, maps, history, the outdoors and more.
Virtual Manitoba, started with my ongoing efforts to simplify access to resources and information about the history, geography and culture of our province.
Heritage Website Projects
Arden / Lansdowne
Cardinal and Area
Deleau and Area
Hartney / Grassland
Killarney & Area
Melita and Area
Prairie Lakes Municipality
Rivers and Area
Two Borders Municipality
Museums in The Turtle Mountain - Souris Plains Region
My guide to all things Manitoban...
History - Places - Attractions - Services
Manitoba Communities: Past & Present - Photos & More
Manitoba Photo Gallery