Visit the Daly House Museum over the next five weeks and enjoy a series of photographs that will take you back in time.
“Images — A Unique Window into Manitoba’s Recreational Past” includes 28 photographs gathered from various rural Manitoba community archives, including the Daly House Museum, for the Rural and Northern Archives Special Interest Group.
Restored by artist Lorne Coulson, each black and white image focuses on the games and recreational activities that roughly 15 rural Manitoba communities participated in between the late 1880s and early 1950s.
Many of them are whimsical, revealing how people of the past had fun in spite of primitive sports facilities or lack of means.
“This exhibit is the perfect opportunity for people to pause in the middle of their busy day and reflect on how people used to have fun and unwind,” curator Eileen Trott said.
“These images let us see just how far we have come and how aspects of some recreational events and activities have remained the same over the years.”
“Images,” which runs at Daly House until March 31, was originally planned as a two-year exhibit to raise awareness of the photograph collections in community archives.
Because of the great interest it generated, the exhibition tour is now entering its fourth year after touring the entire province from The Pas to Altona. It also spent a month at the Keystone Gallery at the Manitoba legislature.
This little window into the past will only remain in Brandon until the end of March and will soon be out of circulation.
“After this, the photos will be going on to perhaps two more locations in the province, and then the tour will be discontinued,” Trott said.
“It has been a wonderful opportunity for all the rural archives involved to highlight the importance of preserving our collections to tell the stories of past generations.”