About the Pembina Manitou Culture & Heritage Committee

The Pembina Manitou Culture and Heritage Association is a group of volunteers who are interested in the preservation and accessibility of our community's heritage. This committee works to promote an awareness of our community's heritage. The committee works under the auspices of the Municipality of Pembina.

Although ethnocentric and racist opinions may have been expressed by writers featured in period articles on this site, the committee in no way affirms or supports such attitudes.

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Mission Statements

The Pembina Manitou Culture and Heritage Association sees as its purpose to:

  • Provide information on the heritage and history of our community
  • Provide information on historical events and initiatives to the community
  • Host events which highlight aspects of our community's heritage
  • Along with the Manitou Library, the Municipality of Pembina, and the Manitou Opera House Management Committee, to manage the growth and development of the physical collection of the Pembina Manitou Archive.
  • Along with the Municipality of Pembina and our many volunteers, to build, maintain and promote the Pembina Manitou Virtual Archive.
  • to collect documentary and photographic collections pertaining to Nellie McClung and her role in Canadian society in order to facilitate research.

The Nellie McClung Heritage Site Committee sees as its purpose to:

  • educate the public on the importance of the social justice issues which Nellie McClung campaigned, to address the role which their campaigns played in the enfranchisement of women, and make known the effect they had on improving the lives of ordinary Manitobans.
  • preserve and continue the restoration of the McClung House, Hazel Cottage and the CPR Log House
  • keep the three homes open during the summer through recruiting volunteers and / or partnering with groups to obtain grants
  • manage the collections and the day to day upkeep of the three homes comprising the Nemmie McClung Heritage Site
  • partner with local and regional Tourism Committees to promote tourism in the region


These committees work in concert to

  • Undertake projects which will enhance the community's awareness of their heritage
  • Host fundraising events which promote the work of the committee
  • Manage the research and designation of Designated Heritage Sites in the district
  • Designate sites which need recognition and ensure the designated properties/sites are appropriately marked
  • Provide seed money, when possible, to groups wishing to begin a new Heritage Initiative


Archive Housed in Heritage Buildings

The Pembina Manitou Archive is housed in several building in Manitou. Initially, our partnership with the Manitou Regonal Library provided sufficient shelving space to house the physical collection. Over the past few years, the collection has grown.

Through a partnership with the Manitou Opera House Foundation, an archival room with suitable moisture and temperature controls was added in the recently completed addition to the opera house. The Manitou Opera House has served the community as a theatre and meeting place since 1930 and is used over 225 days of the year. Its archival area is easily accessibe and facilitates research. 

With the creation of the Nellie McClung Heritage Site, our archival space has increased markedly. Three buildings grace the site. The 1884 CPR Log House was built by workers as they built the rail line through Manitou. It has housed a small museum collection since it was opened in 2001.

The 1878 Hazel Cottage, where Nellie McClung boarded with the Hasselfield family, is one of the first buildings built by Europeans in the district. It contains a collection of artifacts dating from the 1880 along with memorabilia associated with Nellie McClung from her first years in the district.

The 1896 Scurfiled House which Wes and Nellie McClung bought in 1899 is decorated in the 1905 period. Rooms on the second floor house documents and books which will be available for those interested in the social reform movement and Nellie McClung's role in it. This collection also emphasizes the role the McClung family played in Manitou and its development during the time they lived in the district. 

Manitou Log House Museum and Tourism Centre

The Manitou Log House Tourism Centre Committee manages the Log House Museum for the Town of Manitou. The Log House is a one and a half storey poplar log house built in the early 1880s to house the workers who were building the Canadian Pacific Railroad through the district. It later served to house several community families. In the 1990s, it was moved to its present location and restored as a community museum and tourism centre. It is currently furnished with period furniture and artifacts.

Pembina Manitou Archive

The Manitou Public Library holds documents, photographs and collections which have been donated to the Pembina Manitou Archive.

The Pembina Manitou Archive has attempted to respect copyright on all documents and photographs in its collection. If you are aware of anyone who holds copyright to materials on our site, please forward their contact information to us as soon as possible. We will ensure that copyright protocol is respected.