Beautiful Plains Branch

Located in Neepawa, Manitoba.

Who are we?

  • Co-chairs:
    • Norma Forsman
    • Carol Bray
  • Secretary :  Barry Mikkelsen
  • Treasurer: Marj Mikkelsen
  • Newsletter: Carol Bray
  • Board members:
    • Louise Oman
    • Maxine Woodcock

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 2620
Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0

Our Location

Beautiful Plains Branch is located in the lower level of the Calvary Chapel Church.  It is in Neepawa at the corner of Hamilton Street and 1st Avenue (221 Hamilton Street).  Here we have a room for our library and all our materials as well as the computer, etc. It is all together in one place and ready for researching!  Internet is also available. Meetings are still held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 in the meeting room (enter through the door on the east side and go downstairs). If attending for the first time or from a distance, please call Norma or Carol to confirm the date and time.

Our Library

Our library has many excellent resources for our members and the public to do research.  We have a large number of community history books and some family histories, as well as an extensive obituary collection, which is available in binders and indexed on a database on our library computer. There is also a funeral card collection, which includes headstone photos and obituaries for most of the cards. Cemetery records for several of the area cemeteries are available and include photos, obits, maps and other information. Riverside Cemetery is transcribed and on a database at the library. Photos are now being added to this database.  We have also received a large number of old copies of the Neepawa Press, which are available for searching.

Ongoing Projects

  1. Military Project – This project includes biographies, photos, etc. of all veterans from the Beautiful Plains area who served in either World War 1 or 2.
  2. Seniors’ Stories – a collection of stories and photos from many of our area Pioneers – originally published in the weekly newspaper.
  3. Obituary updates
  4. Funeral card updates
  5. Riverside Cemetery – transcription and photo updates

Upcoming Events

The Beautiful Plains Branch is pleased to announce that there will be a presentation held at the Neepawa Library (280 Davidson Street) on June 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Dianne Brydon (who along with her father, James Brydon) has written a book called “The Stalwart Brydons”. This is a story of one of Manitoba’s pioneering families who arrived in Canada in 1828. They farmed in Ontario, at Galt, for about 50 years before many of the family left in the 1870s, heading west to settle near Portage La Prairie and Neepawa. Dianne will be here to make the presentation about the stories in the book and how they researched the information for the family. Sadly, her father passed away just after the book was published. The book is available for sale at McNally-Robinson Book Store in  Winnipeg, and on loan at the MGS Library.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend. If you require further information, you can call Carol at 204-476-2687 or Norma at 204-476-5230.

Research Policy

As is the policy in many libraries and archives, we have set a fee of $5.00 per person/per day to use our research facilities. Photocopying is extra. Members are free.

**As our library is staffed by volunteers, it is necessary to phone ahead to insure that someone will be available to help you.  For further information, please call one of the numbers below and they will be able to assist you: Carol 204-476-2687, Norma 204-476-5230, Louise 204-476-2032

*We also have a number of history books (both print and CD versions) for sale. Call for further information.


Membership in our branch is $15.00 per year – our year runs from January to December. All renewals are due on January 1st. Contact co-chairs Norma or Carol. Members receive our Branch newsletter twice a year.  Non-members wishing to attend our meetings may attend the first one free. A $5.00 charge per meeting will apply thereafter.