During a time in Neepawa when the conversation seems to be focussed on what buildings and homes may be popping up next in the community, the Neepawa Heritage Committee (NHC) and Communities in Bloom (CiB) groups are ensuring residents stop to think about the homes and buildings that have a rich history in this town.
The two community organizations have combined their efforts to put together a display of seven plaques featuring some of Neepawa's historical buildings, and the story behind them, along the fence on the corner of Hamilton Street and Brown Avenue.
The plaques were put in place in late August and have been catching the attention of residents passing by, which is exactly
what the groups had in mind for the spot.
“We felt that people could lose some of the quality of our history, and we have a great number of historical photos of buildings in the community, so it was just a matter of getting those on display,” NHC's Pat Traill explained of the project. “And we wanted to put it in a location where lots of people go by so we can have a lot of traffic by them. We're really happy with the amount of people that
are being so interested in them.”
The plaques feature historical photos of the buildings, what their purposes were, some neat tidbits on the structures as well as building ownership throughout the years.
“There's really a rich history here, and it was something we could do together to give information about our heritage,” Traill said. “We're trying to encourage people to be knowledgeable of our history.”
The NHC works to preserve and promote Neepawa's heritage buildings.
It has a similar display at the Neepawa Public Library where more of the community's heritage buildings are featured.
“It's great to learn more about some of our homes,” Traill explained. “And it's something we're still updating because homes continue to have change in ownership.”
The NHC has also kept busy the past while by updating and releasing new brochures, helping people with the getting into the process of designating their homes as heritage homes, looking at sponsoring a bench with the Town along the sidewalk on Neepawa's Main Street between the highway businesses and traffic lights, and considering – along with the CiB – the potential of adding more similar heritage plaque displays in busy areas of the community due to the positive response.