Dale Barbour’s Winnipeg Beach: Leisure and Courtship in a Resort Town, 1900-1967 will be recognized at the 6th annual Manitoba Day Awards, presented by the Association for Manitoba Archives on May 10.
The Manitoba Day Award was established by the Association in 2007 to recognize users of archives who have completed an original work of excellence which contributes to the understanding and celebration of Manitoba history.
Thirteen awards will presented this year, including Danny Schur, John K. Sampson, and Sally Ito.
Our thanks to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections for nominating Dale!
About Winnipeg Beach
During the first half of the twentieth century, Winnipeg Beach proudly marketed itself as the Coney Island of the West. Located just north of Manitoba’s bustling capital, it drew 40,000 visitors a day and served as an important intersection point between classes, ethnic communities, and perhaps most importantly, between genders. In Winnipeg Beach, Dale Barbour takes us into the heart of this turn of the century resort area and introduces us to some of the people who worked, played and lived in the resort. Through photographs, interviews, and newspaper clippings he presents a lively history of this resort area and its surprising role in the evolution of local courtship and dating practices, from the commoditization of the courting experience by the CP Railway through their “Moonlight Specials,” through the development of an elaborate amusement area that encouraged public dating, and to its eventual demise amid the moral panic over sexual behavior during the 1950s and ’60s.