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Our Essential Past:
Foundational Heritage Projects
Other Heritage Projects
Places Projects were developed by the Historic Resources Branch as a
method of creating Community Inventories of Heritage Resources and
subjecting the sites to an analysis process that will help communties
protect and use their heritage resources to best advantage. I
piloted the first projects in 5 communities in 2008.
communities develop the necessary processes, protocols and products
will lead to a deeper appreciation and celebration of local heritage.
will also put in place the messages and frameworks that will initiate
community into the kind of sophisticated dialogue that defines heritage
in the 21st century.
have produced Special
Places Projects for 14
Urban and Rural
Communities in Manitoba.
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1) to prepare an overview of resources and
collection of pertinent
and information (an inventory);
2) to analyze the inventory and collected information to gain a better
of what a community has in terms of heritage resources; and
3) to work with the community to evaluate its sites and develop a short
(typically about 10) that are seen to most effectively describe and sum
key aspects of the community’s history.
An appreciation of buildings and architecture is a key goal of Special
providing communities with the necessary context and fascinating
they need to truly understand and celebrate their distinct and
heritage. In fact, the underlying premise of Special Places is to help
appreciate what it is that makes every Manitoba town unique and
Increasingly, communities, planners and tourists are paying attention
those physical qualities that give a place its own distinct
and that make that community a place worth living in and a destination
- Base for strategic, planned approach to local heritage
- Liaison with Province’s Architectural Historian and experienced
Heritage Site Inventory
A Community Heritage Site Inventory is the first important step in a
A typical inventory will include scores of buildings and sites –
community may have 50 places recorded; larger communities might have
than 100 buildings noted. It is important at this stage of the Special
project that judgements about significance be suspended – an
be inclusive and impartial, so that all information is available for
purposes at later stages of the project.
By first conducting an inventory, a community ensures that the benefits
designation are conferred only on the most deserving structures, and
buildings with important heritage value are not lost before they can be
as significant. Other important steps in the development of an
education program, including research on individual buildings and
evaluations, will greatly benefit from the work done for an inventory.
- Handsome binders highlighting the community’s potential
- Ready-to-use texts (for promotional and tourism opportunities -
tours, plaques, websites, etc.)
- Digitized texts and photographs for easy use by municipality, museum,
and groups interested in promotions, the solid facts,
sweep and background in architectural and building issues provided by a
inventory will ensure that residents and visitors will receive as
and nuanced a message as possible. If they have not already done so,
can use the materials to develop a walking tour or plaque program.
the information can be used by teachers to inspire their students to
their own heritage projects. With the increasing power and reach of the
some of the information might be placed on the community website.
community officials engaged in planning will also find
from a Special Places project. The wealth of information, presented in
efficient and easy-to-use format, will be the first source of contact
a heritage issue arises or a heritage plan is being developed. And the
of Significant Sites will allow leaders to focus community resources
incentives, technical advice, promotions, etc.) on the most deserving
confident that the process leading up to the creation of the List of
Sites has been careful, deliberate and credible.
- Accurate and thorough base of heritage information
(good for planning
heritage questions and references, etc.)
- Short List of Significant Sites, ensuring that the
and approves of the process and final choices
- Sense of Place and Authenticity (identifying what
makes the community
- Raising community interest in heritage
- Increased knowledge of community’s
- Base for strategic, planned approach to local
- Liaison with Province’s Architectural
Historian and experienced