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Transcona Historical Museum was founded in 1967 as Transcona’s Centennial Project celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. Today, the museum is located in the only municipally designated heritage building in Transcona. This beautiful and historic building was originally constructed by the Bank of Toronto (1925) and later served as the Transcona Municipal Office. This building is owned and operated by the City of Winnipeg.

Today, the Transcona Historical Museum maintains and promotes the history, stories and community spirit of Transcona thanks to the service and dedication of the many volunteers, board members and staff, and especially the municipal support of the City of Winnipeg and former City of Transcona elected officials and staff. Thanks to the vision of Paul Martin, the Transcona Town Council and the first museum board members, the THM has continued to serve our community across four decades, through to this day.

 

Visit Our Virtual Exhibit: Serving King and Country: Transcona's Hometown Heroes

"Serving King and Country: Transcona's Hometown Heroes" explores the experiences of a small, tightly knit railway town whose social consciousness was forever changed by the events of WWI and WWII. Transcona, Manitoba began as an industrial centre for the railway, home to one of the largest repair shops in Western Canada. During both wars, Transcona railway workers served King and Country through their work at the "Shops". In jobs that were deemed essential for the war effort, they helped maintain a national railway system that was vital to transport military troops and supplies across Canada. They also worked on secretive operations that included manufacturing munitions and building Canada’s only armour plated train. No family was untouched by the crisis as over 400 men from Transcona served in uniform (WWI) and over 800 men and women enlisted in the army, navy, air force, and merchant marine (WWII). Families supported each other, those in service, and the War Efforts Committee as they sent thousands of letters and comfort packages to those serving abroad. Of all the Transcona’s Hometown Heroes, 109 laid down their lives for King and Country. Their sacrifice has been immortalized in Transcona through monuments, plaques, parks, street names, and exhibits.

 

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