History Books and Gift Ideas !

It's that time of year again ! This is my Christmas 2011 update of the Heritage Buff's Christmas Gift List. There are some 'new and notables' from the bookshelf as well as other gift ideas for the discerning armchair scholar !

THE BOOKSTORE (and more)

I have created a "Manitoba History Bookstore" at Amazon.ca. It includes everything from new releases to out of print titles (click the out of print tab) in case you want to search other sites like McNally's or used bookstores. Sometimes these out of prints come back for a limited time.

There's also a section for kids and audio/video. Check it out !


2011 Margaret McWilliam Awards for Manitoba History went to the following books:
The Mosaic Village: An Illustrated History of Winnipeg’s North End by Russ Gourluck. His previous subjects have included the Winnipeg Tribune, Eaton's and Portage Avenue. Also, Winnipeg’s Great War: A City Comes of Age by Jim Blanchard. His previous works include Winnipeg 1912.

Winnipeg Love Hate by Bryan Scott is a new look at some of Winnipeg's old buildings and neighbourhoods. After Christmas, according to Scott, he book will no longer be available.

It's been a good year for Ukrainian-Canadian history. Earlier this year the Ukrainian Labour Temple became a National Historic Site. Also, two new books hit the shelves: Re-Imagining Ukrainian-Canadians: History, Politics, and Identity by U of T Press and Community and Frontier:A Ukrainian Settlement in the Canadian Parkland by U of M Press.

It's not a new book but the issue of Winnipeg's old airport has generated a lot more interest and discussion about Winnipeg's mid-century architecture. Winnipeg Modern showcases many of these gems. (At Amazon)

Next year is the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Selkirk Settlers so you'll be hearing a lot about it. Check out the recently published Lord Selkirk A Life. (On Amazon)

You're not going to go wrong with Jets stuff. How about Back in the Bigs: How Winnipeg Won, Lost & Regained Its Place in the NHL or go further back with Forgotten Heroes: Winnipeg's Hockey Heroes.

Manitoba History magazine provides the latest research, publication and heritage related news from across the province. (It's also comes free with a Manitoba Historical Society Membership)

No more snickering because The Beaver is now called Canada's History Magazine. The society also produces a magazine aimed at kids Kayak: Canadian History for Kids.


- Winnipeg Film Group's DVD site has everything from full-length features like last year's Black Field or East of Euclid set in the 1970's North End and Paula Kelly's Souvenirs, a collection of historic shorts.

- Strike ! The Musical companion book and CD. Filming of the movie begins this summer !

- My Winnipeg book and DVD set. It's half fiction and half history but a neat look at our Winnipeg !


If the above didn't turn your crank, what about these one-of-a-kind gifts:

Winnipeg Streetcar 356 t-shirts from Heritage Winnipeg.

Last year I stopped by artist Rosemary Miguez's studio. Aside from some great art, she also sells art cards featuring heritage buildings ! When I bought them they were 3 for $10.

A huge 1884 map of Winnipeg from Heritage Winnipeg.

The Pierre Burton Limited Edition bow-tie from Canada's History Store.

It's Winnipeg in winter. It's gonna be cold. Who wouldn't want an HBC blanket ?! (You can put your dog in a matching sweater.)

Many museums have their own shops where you're sure to find something unique. Here are links to just a few shops: St. Boniface Museum - Manitoba Museum - Dalnavert


I fall else fails, most heritage groups run on a shoestring budgets and are always seeking new members. Why not buy someone a membership or make a donation on their behalf ? Some deserving groups:

Or ... check out a museum near you !