This one is for all you history buffs.
The Ross House Museum was once one of the first post offices in the area. It was also a family home.
I didn’t expect much more than a tour of an old house. To my surprise, the museum was filled with the artifacts that told Manitoba’s historical story. Not only did I learn about the way of life in the 1800s, but I also found out about the human errors of that time.
I saw the racism directed at Jemima Ross (the Aboriginal wife of William Ross). Even the Ross men believed that children who were half English speaking half Aboriginal were less valuable than other whites.
I guess in their time, they had a lot to worry about. William himself died in his 30s. Many children didn’t survive the winter. I learned that there were many deaths in the house. For instance, relatives would visit and pass away in the house from what we would consider a common cold.
Just moving into the house was a whole adventure, too.
Jemima Ross travelled with her three children on horse back from Nova Scotia to Winnipeg – all to meet up with her husband. She gave birth to her fourth child midway through the journey.
The Ross House Museum definitely gave me a glimpse into Manitoba’s history. You’ll be surprised by how interested you will be.
Also, admission is free!