Regular blog posts on the history of Selkirk as well as news, events and opportunities to support the Museum.

Black and white photo of the attendees of the Selkirk Heritage Endowment Fundraiser

Evening of History

Evening of History set for May 9; will you be there? Funding from the Selkirk Heritage Endowment Fund (SHEF) now funds more than the Marine Museum, it’s allowed the city to have a dedicated staff person for its online museum, and that has generated a lot of traffic to the site. The question now is,…

Hockey Game Shenanigans

Named the Alexandra, Selkirk’s first indoor ice arena was built in 1907 on Fox Avenue not too far from Main Street. The rink was named after the daughter of John W. Jones. In the 1930s and early 40s it was owned by Jimmy Skinner Sr. who was the father of Detroit Red Wings coach Jimmy…

The featured image of the Hosagami totem pole travelling

Hosaqami: The Traveling Totem

Introduction to Hosaqami Standing at 25 feet tall and weighing over two thousand tons, the Hosaqami totem pole stands on Whale Island in Portsmouth Harbour, England. From 1910 to 1960 the Royal Canadian Navy would train with the Royal Navy at the HMS Excellent. Every graduating class would give the Excellent a present. Some of…

Black and white aerial view of Selkirk

Better Water for Tea

The Red River and its vast watershed was vital for food and transportation for the Indigenous Peoples and early settlers. In the late 18th century the river became the life-line for the fur trade. For the Manitoba Métis, the river symbolizes the birthplace of their people. The significance of the Red River is woven into…