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Introduction

Welcome to this website brought to you by volunteers from the Birdtail Country Museum. We are proud of our local museum and this website makes the museum’s treasure-trove of contents more accessible to all.

Whether you are researching your family roots or just interested in local history you will discover a wealth of information on Birtle’s heritage beginning with the Birdtail Settlement in 1878 and pivotal events as the settlement grew into a successful town and community.

You will find personal stories, photos, and information on historic buildings, cairns, plaques and other heritage resources that our community has to offer.

If you have information or photos you’d like to share, please contact us.


News and Events: May 2018


Pivotal Events Report Completed

Pivotal Events: Birtle’s Significant Historical Themes and Events traces some of the broader themes which have coursed through Birtle’s history and isolates moments which were pivotal to how that history was shaped. The full report is available in the Publications and Reports section.


Newspaper Back Issues Now Available Online

Nesbitt Publishing has announced that access to back issues of newspapers from the region is now available through a new searchable website. Past issues of the Birtle Observer (1884–1888) and Birtle Eye-Witness (1889–2001) can be searched through a monthly or yearly subscription service.

For details, see the full article from the Crossroads newspaper for April 13, 2018.

Morton Memorial Plaque

In the fall of 2017 a plaque was placed at the Birtle Cemetery at the Morton headstone in memory of three of their children who were buried under an oak tree near the Morton homestead in the 1800s. 

The three children were: Alfred ?–1979; William Elijah Dec 17,1885–Aug 24,1886; Mary Adelaide Oct 19,1888–July 24,1889. 

Alfred and Adelaide had two other children, born in Shakespeare, Ontario, prior to arriving in Birtle, who lived to adulthood: Florence 1875–? and Agnes 1876–1968.

Alfred Morton (Dec 18, 1849–Mar 11, 1929) and his wife Mary Adelaide Morton (Mar 14, 1849– May 22, 1927) are considered Birtle’s first pioneers.

For a Birtle Eye Witness article from May 31, 1978, click here or on the newspaper clipping to the right.


New Book: Birtle Begins

Copies of the book are available at the Municipal Office or Pharmacy in Birtle for a cost of $36. Cheques can be made payable to Birtle Begins History Project. There is also a copy of the book for loan at the library.

More detailed information on this project is available in the Publications and Reports section.

Acknowledgements

The projects above and the development of this website were generously supported by the Province of Manitoba.