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The W.R.E.N.C.H. Winnipeg Cycling Archive collection

  • c00020
  • Collection
  • 1937, 1971-2022 (majority 2006-2022)

Consists of digital and analogue records donated to the W.R.E.N.C.H. (Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub) in 2022 as part of a call to the community to create an archive of Winnipeg cycling and community organizing. Donors provided records to the W.R.E.N.C.H. with the understanding that they would be transferred to the City of Winnipeg Archives when the project was completed. The majority of donated records are digital, both born-digital and scans of analogue records, but analogue records were also included. The records include posters, pamphlets, minutes, and other documents created by Winnipeg cycling organizations, photographs and videos of cycling events and bike education, and content related to the interaction between community organizers and the police. Organizations represented within the records include Bike Winnipeg and Bike to the Future, Bike Week, and Critical Mass. The project was supported by the Winnipeg Foundation.

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Cornerstone Casket, 1884

Forms part of Fonds 1, City of Winnipeg (1874-1971): Series 83 consists of items contained in a casket prepared by City Council for placement in the cornerstone of the City's second city hall.

Shortly after Winnipeg's first city hall was demolished in 1883, City Council called for plans and specifications to construct a second city hall. The cornerstone for this new building was laid on July 20, 1884 by Mayor Logan, with speeches from Captain Scott, Aldermen Mulvey, Wilson and Drewry and American Consul James Wickes Taylor, among others. The casket from Winnipeg's first city hall was placed into the cornerstone for the new city hall, along with a second smaller casket which contained a number of civic publications, coins and photographs.

Affectionately known as the "Gingerbread" building, the second city hall served Winnipeg until it was demolished in 1962 to make way for construction of the new civic centre. Upon demolition, the caskets were removed and opened and the contents moved to a bank safety deposit box and then to the Archives.

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Forms part of Fonds 27: This series contains photographs of the many activities and events sponsored by the Fort Garry Historical Society (FGHS). These photographs are from events such as the FGHS general meetings, its annual general meetings, and the opening of the Saint Norbert Provincial Heritage Park, including images of the historic buildings and artifacts. There are also photographs of flooding from 1950, 1979, and 1997, events like walking tours and celebrations hosted by the FGHS, and other historical photographs.

Donation 12: Critical Mass protest songs

Consists of three protest songs by “A Critical Mass Choir” recorded in June, 2006. Donation courtesy of Patrick Krawec.

A Critical Mass Choir – “You Ride Your Bike!” (1:10)

Lyrics: Patrick Krawec, Ian La Rue, Tara Norberg
Music: “You Sing a Song” Ella Jenkins c.1966 (River Bend Music, Inc., N.Y., ASCAO)
Patrick Krawec – ukulele & vocals, Ian La Rue – ukulele and vocals, Tara Norberg – kazoo and vocals

A Critical Mass Choir – “Will You Step On My Head?” (3:37)

Lyrics: Patrick Krawec, Ian La Rue, Tara Norberg
Music: Patrick Krawec, Ian La Rue, Tara Norberg
Patrick Krawec – banjo & vocals, Ian La Rue – guitar & vocals, Tara Norberg – vocals

A Critical Mass Choir – “Frank Talk About Policing” (2:15)

Lyrics: Patrick Krawec, Ian La Rue, Tara Norberg
Music: trad.
Patrick Krawec – banjo & vocals, Ian La Rue – guitar & vocals, Tara Norberg – vocals

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