A Local Hero
Vol. 13 No. 2
by Rat Portage Miner

One hundred years ago, the concept of objective reporting often seemed to have escaped the writers of the day. Their accounts of council meetings, accidents, and criminal activities were rife with personal embellishments and opinions. While we might frown upon such reporting these days, there’s no doubt that it makes for a darn good story.



Christmas in Rat Portage
Vol. 10 No. 4
by Lori Nelson

In the still of a crisp winter morning, our town must look like it has for the past 120 winters. The cool waters of the lake are softened by a glistening mantle of snow. Bare tree branches sparkle with hoar frost. Jewel-like icicles drip from rockcuts. On such a day, the landscape itself harbours a sense of peace, a rightness with the world, a brightness of spirit, and a kindness towards its inhabitants.



Dear Mother: A Bride’s Letters Home
Vol. 11 No. 2

On December 31, 1912, Nellie Perry Winslow of Saco, Maine, married Joseph Rideout of Kenora, Ontario. The groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harding Rideout, lived in Kenora, and it was here that the newlyweds came to live for a few months before proceeding west where Joseph was to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway.



The Five Roses Cookbook
Vol. 12 No. 2
by Lisa Moncrief

The history of Lake of the Woods Milling Company reads like a soap opera. As is the case with many small businesses, it had its up, up, ups and its down, down, downs over the course of its lifetime – some quite dramatic. It was the industrial base for the town of Keewatin for 79 years, from 1888-1967 and earned a reputation for milling a fine flour, not bleached, not blended, sold all over the world. At peak production, the mill was grinding 62,000 bushels of wheat daily to produce 10,000 barrels of flour, making Keewatin, according to some claims, the largest milling centre in the British Commonwealth.



The Women of Kenora
Vol. 11 No. 4
by Lori Nelson

October is Women’s History Month – a time to highlight the past and present contributions of women to Canadian society and to recognize the achievements of women from all walks of life as a vital part of our Canadian heritage.



Do Not Miss

Historians Share Their Research on the
La Verendrye and Father Aulneau Story
June 25 and June 26 @ 7pm
Learn more about the 2 part presentation and the presenters

In Our Temporary Exhibit Gallery

Honouring the Sacred Jingle Dress
July 1 - October 19 2019
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The Museum's newsletter goes out four times a year, and is full of updates on upcoming exhibits and events, museum news, giftshop updates, membership and donor info, as well as a feature article on the history of the Lake of the Woods.