Manitoba Celebrates 100 Years of Preserving Local Publications

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Manitoba can proudly boast it has maintained one of the most comprehensive collections of locally produced publications of any jurisdiction in the country for 100 years, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox announced today.

“A century ago, Manitoba committed to maintaining and preserving our province’s published heritage,” Cox said.  “We are one of only two provinces to enshrine this protection in legislation, which has ensured local publishers shared a copy of everything they produced for the past 100 years.”

Manitoba’s legal deposit program is one of only two in the country, with the other program in place in Quebec.  Stored within the Legislative Library, the collection includes Manitoba government publications, Manitoba non-fiction, fiction, newspapers, periodicals, annual reports and more.

To celebrate this significant milestone, the Legislative Library has prepared a display called ‘100 / 100’, displaying a variety of 100 items housed in its collection from the past 100 years of publishing in Manitoba.  This exhibition can be viewed today and tomorrow in the Legislative Library Reference Room in the Archives of Manitoba building at 200 Vaughan St. in Winnipeg.

In addition, the Archives of Manitoba has a display dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.  The public is invited to visit the Legislative Library and the Archives of Manitoba to see the respective displays as part of the Doors Open Winnipeg event, which takes place tomorrow.  Archives of Manitoba will also have original historical records of the General Strike on display, its conservation lab will be open to visitors, and staff will offer behind the scenes tours of the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives visual vault every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.