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Seemingly ordinary things: a lazy creek, a weedy field by the train track, a stone house by the river.
- The lazy creek ran a busy flour mill in the spring
- The weedy field was home to a dynamite factory
- The stone house, over 150 years old with metre thick walls, was home to a member of Louis Riel’s government
These are some of St. Clements stories.
Many buildings and sites can tell the story of a community. Often that story is not generally known and will soon be lost if not sought out, researched and shared with others
Conserving, restoring and or marking heritage buildings and marking significant heritage sites are important ways to tell the story of a community.
The publication below can help you to determine whether a person, event or theme is historically significant.
- What makes a person, event or theme historically significant?
(6 pages, 66 KB, published by the Gimli Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee at http://gimliheritage.ca)
Historical significance is determine by looking at the connection to an historical theme, the duration of historical influence, the number of people influenced, connections the existing sites, and, for a person, the nature of leadership/claims.