Beautiful Plains Branch

Located in Neepawa, Manitoba.

Who are we?

Mailing Address

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

Our Location

Beautiful Plains Branch has moved and is now located in the lower level of the Neepawa Court House, with the Beautiful Plains Archives (282 Hamilton Street).  Here we have our library and all our materials as well as the computer and access to the internet.  It is all together in one place and ready for researching!  Meetings are still held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 in our meeting room (enter through the back door on the south side and go downstairs).  There is plenty of parking available.  If attending for the first time or from a distance, please call Norma  (204-476-5230) or Carol (204-476-2687) to confirm the time and date.

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

Book Publication

Dianne Brydon (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.
The book is available for sale at McNally-Robinson Book Store in  Winnipeg, and on loan at the MGS Library.

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

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

Membership

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.