Manitoba Govt invests $35,000 to help establish Prairie History Endowment Fund

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Winnipeg/CMEDIA: Manitoba’s Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Obby Khan announced today about an investment $35,000 by Manitoba government’s Heritage Initiatives Program (HIP) to support the Prairie History Endowment Fund (PHEF) through the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS). a news release said.

“As Western Canada’s oldest historical society, Manitoba Historical Society’s publication Prairie History shares the stories of our communities and the people who built them and our government’s investment will help make sure they can do this for the future,” said Khan.

Publicly launched on Aug. 9, the PHEF of Manitoba government’s investment will be the first patron gift of the campaign, which has a goal of $1.5 million for the organization’s 150th anniversary in 2029.

“Sustaining the publication of Prairie History is a key priority of the Manitoba Historical Society,” said Richard Frost, chair, Endowment Campaign. “We are extremely pleased that the Manitoba government is first to support this community effort ensuring this unique magazine exists long into the future.”

Held at the Winnipeg Foundation, the fund will generate an annual grant to help cover design, printing, distribution and other costs of the publication, with annual grant’s at least 10 percent will be used to promote young historians, including publication of research by graduate university students, the minister noted.

Production of a magazine for decades by MHS initially published lectures and now blends peer-reviewed articles by academics with popular style pieces by public historians.

Advanced by the magazine’s three issues each year, the MHS mandate includes public education, research, celebration, communication and advocacy.

While encouraging private and philanthropic contributions, PHEF enables predictable annual revenues that will sustain Prairie History into the future to connect people and share the history of our province.