Born of author Don Aiken's love of local history and the more than 160 columns he wrote for the "Heritage Highlights" feature of the Winnipeg Real Estate News, It Happened in Manitoba
presents a collection of
entertaining glimpses into Manitoba's past. The stories in this book span almost four centuries, from the early 1600s to the mid 1900s, and are written in an entertaining style that compels characters and events to jump off the page and
into our imaginations.
Learn about the rich historical diversity and defining moments that have shaped Manitoba through Aiken's thoughtful presentation of a wide range of subjects, including:
- The strike to end all strikes,
- The "Graveyard of Daily Newspapers,"
- How Winnipeggers used to frolic, the birth of Manitoba's Golden Boy,
- Why Winnipeg was once described as the "wickedest city in the country,"
- A Manitoba ghost town, and
- The Winnipeg theatre tradition.
Tales of epic battles, floods, and arctic survival also grace the pages of this book, as do revealing biographies of larger-than-life Manitoba characters, among them Chief Peguis, Pierre the Rhymer, and the great Métis leader, Cuthbert Grant.