Province of Manitoba announcement on “Rare Collection of Silent Films”

The Province of Manitoba announced today the return to Canada of a rare collection of Hudson’s Bay Company films. The collection, added to the holdings of the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives (HBCA) in Winnipeg, “provides a unique glimpse into Inuit and First Nations communities and HBC operations across northern Canada from 1919 to 1939.”

The bulk of the collection is related to the The Romance of the Far Fur Country, the film produced for the Hudson’s Bay Company’s 250th anniversary in 1920. Also included is footage from the historical pageants in Western Canada which were part of the anniversary celebrations, as well as a few select reels related to HBC activities in Canada.

The announcement coincides with upcoming screenings of the film in Winnipeg:

  • Feb. 15at 7 p.m. at Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St.
  • Feb. 22and Feb. 29at 7 p.m. at the Archives of Manitoba, 200 Vaughan St.

For more information please contact the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba, 204-945-4949 or hbca@gov.mb.ca.

For the press release go to:

http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?archive=2012-02-01&item=13192

For the background material see HBCA Films Background.

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