About MHS

MHS buildings

The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS), founded in 1879, is the oldest organization in Western Canada, and the second-oldest in all of Canada, dedicated to preserving our past for future generations.

The MHS is a registered public charity and it is not affiliated with the Government of Manitoba. It is unlike historical societies in many parts of the United States, which are typically affiliated with—and funded by—a state government. Anyone can become an MHS member.

The MHS holds fast to the mandate of our founders, continuing their legacy of preservation, promotion, research, and education. Our award programs recognize the works of Manitoba youth, and the many farms, businesses, and organizations that have operated continuously for 100 years or more. We are advocates for preserving our province’s built heritage. We present field trips throughout our province, host films and lectures, and organize multicultural events where Manitobans can share their rich past.

Over time, the MHS amassed impressive collections of books and artefacts which became the basis of today’s Archives of ManitobaWinnipeg Public Library, and Manitoba Museum.


As a registered Canadian Charitable Organization, the MHS welcomes and encourages donations; they are a major means by which the costs of our activities are supported, including our magazine Prairie History and our comprehensive website that now comprises over 30,000 pages.

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