Former Winnipegger Ken Medd has prepared an electronic book, available at the Barnes and Noble (Nook) online store, the Lulu website, and the Apple ibookstore, entitled Images of Red River: A Selection of Readings Concerning the Period from 1790 to 1870.
Available for around $2, it comprises excerpts from several historical works that describe interesting events in the Red River Settlement and the surrounding area during the period from about 1790 to 1870.
From Scottish composer Robert Aitken's soon-to-be-released soundtrack, KILDONAN, this complementary track is a testament to the journey made by Robert Gunn, one of the first of the Kildonan party to leave the Highlands of Scotland for the Red River settlement in Canada in 1813.
Listen to the song (along with an audio introduction) here: Red River Rant
To honour the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Red River Settlement and the arrival of the first wave of Selkirk settlers in 1812 the Archives of Manitoba (including the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives), and the Legislative Library of Manitoba have mounted an exhibit in the Manitoba Archives Building foyer of selected archival records and library materials related to the Red River Settlement. Photographs, maps, journals and records of church and government all give evidence of lives lived in the Red River Settlement. Fortunately, many of these records have survived and are now found in the Archives of Manitoba. Similarly, books were collected and read in the settlement and the Red River Library was formed and is part of the rare book collection of the Legislative Library.
The items displayed in this exhibit are reproductions and representative of a much larger collection of original, one-of-a-kind records and early publications documenting the Red River Settlement. You are invited to explore the original archival records and heritage publications and to discover Manitoba history for yourself. The exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Manitoba Archives Building, 200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Related exhibits can also be visited at the Manitoba Museum (The Selkirk Settlement: 200 Years) and the Manitoba Legislative Building.
Winnipeg student Jaclyn Flom won an award in the Young Historians Award competition of the Manitoba Historical Society for her video on the Selkirk Settlers. A copy of the video can be viewed on YouTube: