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Notable People
Wawanesa''s Influential Citizens

Other Wawanesa Heritage projects:

1. Special Places

2. We Made Wawanesa

3. Pivotal Events

The Notable People Concept...

The Historic Resources Branch is now developing a project called “Notable People” that will build on these successes. The project will build upon the work done in Special Places Projects and be a logical next step in helping communities develop the necessary processes, protocols and products that will lead to a deeper appreciation and celebration of local heritage. It will also put in place the messages and frameworks that will initiate the community into the kind of sophisticated dialogue that defines heritage activity in the 21st century.

Inventory and Short Lists

The following pages contain the results of the Wawanesa Notable People inventory, undertaken over the summer of 2013 by our heritage consultant, Ken Storie, and with the financial support of the Heritage Grants Program of Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism. The project has also greatly benefited from the direction and assistance provided the Historic Resources Branch (HRB) of that same department.

The main inventory, contains detailed entries on 131 individuals that were identified through a close reading of our local history book: “Sipiweske”, The Prairie W.A.S.P. A History of the Rural Municipality of Oakland”,”Oakland Echoes”, and the Sipiweske Museum’s collection of early newspapers.

Each entry in the inventory is informed by data defined by the protocols developed by HRB for this kind of project:

Historic figures are grouped by basic occupations or avocations. Some people who had a few occupations (like merchant, mayor, postal official) will appear in a few places. Individuals are then presented alphabetically in each grouping.

The goals of a Notable People project, as defined by HRB, include the development of shorter lists of people for various follow-up promotional and educational projects (posters, articles, plaques, booklets, etc.). Thus the information in each of the 161 inventory entries has been used in an assessment process to determine those people with more noteworthy claims for significance.