Selkirk Fire Department

Humble Beginnings As with many early pioneer settlements, Selkirk’s fire protection was left to bucket brigades and whatever citizens were available to assist in battling the flames. After two very devastating fires in 1894 and 1896, where 20 buildings burned to the ground, Selkirk’s citizens established a volunteer fire brigade consisting of 12-15 men and…

The Grabowski Family

The Grabowski Family were not unlike other families in Selkirk, Manitoba during the 1950s and beyond. They were kind, hardworking, and attended church every Sunday. However, the Grabowski Family had unique differences that made their Selkirk experience more distinctive than many Canadians. Piotr (Peter) and Wladyslawa (Gladys) and their three children, Anna, Bish, and John,…

Selkirk Comes Alive Exhibits 

Selkirk Museum Presents: Selkirk Comes Alive Exhibits  We here at Selkirk Museum have created virtual exhibits to accompany each historical presentation at our second annual Selkirk Comes Alive event, which takes place on September 24, 2022. We want to thank those who have helped us bring these stories to life, and we are honoured to…

Selkirk and Hockey

Written by: Emily Karklin The Origins of Hockey Hockey, the national winter sport of Canada. Our love for the rink has grown immensely throughout the decades, but did you know that hockey is not a Canadian invention? It was not even the national winter sport of Canada until 1994. Prior to this the national winter…

Mortgage Burning Parties

Written by: Emily Karklin How it All Started Today, with rising inflation rates, many people cringe at the thought of buying a new house. New generations they don’t get to think about the good old days of being able to pay off mortgages and being able to throw mortgage burning parties. Mortgages have been around…

Crying Rooms

Written by: Emily Karklin Not Something to Cry About Have you ever gone to a theatre to enjoy a movie when all of a sudden you hear a child crying and giving their parents a hard time? Have you been one of those parents who wished they could take their child somewhere quiet but could…

History Uncovered

History Uncovered

Written by: Katrina Eeles History Uncovered History is all around us, in the way we speak, the places we go, and the homes we live in. This was especially true for one of the oldest houses in Selkirk. This house was made from logs, carved wooden pegs and hand-made nails, and was built in 1870…