Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum

Archival Collection

What is an Archival Collection?

The Archival Collection is the compilation of documents, photographs, records and individual/family histories pertaining to the history of the community of Cranberry Portage and its related area.

This collection will be housed in the section of the Museum called the Archives.

At present, Cranberry Portage does not have a museum complex so:

Does it have an Archival Collection?

Yes, we certainly do. Quite a large collection for a Museum in its embryo stages of development.

What does the Museum’s collection consist of?

We have a great number of documents, records, 1200+ photographs accessioned, 125 plus family/individual histories.

Where is it housed?

At present the collection is housed in the Collection Manager’s home. It will be moved to the Museum once a building has been obtained and set up in a manner suitable for collection conservation.

How did the Museum come to have this collection?

Homecoming 1978
Homecoming 2003
Pursuing leads and obtaining information on an on-going basis.

Is anything happening with the collection at this time?

Yes, a great deal. The Collection Manger and assistants are enthusiastically expanding the collection throughout the year.

How is this being done?

We are contacting as many residents and past residents of the community as we can and encouraging them to:

1. Complete a History Questionnaire.

2. Look through their old photographs and find those that pertain to the community.

3. Provide information on the development of the community.

4. Provide contact information for past residents in order for the Museum to contact them.

5. Contact friends or relatives and assist in gathering this information if that is their need.

My parents lived in Cranberry but I was a child when I lived there and my parents are no longer alive, so filling out a questionnaire is not really important for me.

Not true. Anyone who lived in Cranberry Portage contributed to its history. There are different types of questionnaires to cover bases such as that. You would be surprised at how much information you are able to give us…

I really do not remember much of living in Cranberry so there is not much information that I could give you.

Part of the Archival Collection is to complete a resident log for the people that did live here. If for no other reason, you should contact the Museum with what information you do have.

For the 2003 Homecoming I completed a questionnaire and my history was at the Historical Display so I need not bother with it now, correct?

All the history booklets that were completed are in the Archival Collection. However, the Museum has been contacting those people to see if they would like to update their narrative and perhaps make a photo addition. The Museum would be very happy to do so.

I have some photos that I would like to donate to the Museum, as they would be more meaningful to the Museum in Cranberry than they are to the present family situation. Is the Museum interested?

You bet we are! 110% interested! If you would wish to keep the original photo then please consider making copies for us. If you cannot make a copy, then send the photo and we will do so and return the original. Contact us and we will send you information as to how you are able do this.

Okay, so I fill out a questionnaire and send it to you and then what?

The information from the questionnaire is typed into narrative format.
The narrative is sent back to you for revisions. This process is repeated until you are satisfied with the final draft.

At that point you would sign a release form to allow us to place your history in the Archival file. You would also receive a copy for your own records.

* This history is an Archival document and will always be held in the Museum and be available upon request. Many years down the line, should a family member want a copy, it can easily be arranged. *

What about someone that has no family, what are you doing about them?

We are doing our very best to find someone that can provide us with information regarding that person. Should you know of anyone of this nature please contact us. We wish the Archival collection to be as complete as we can make it.

Does that go for community history as well, such as the Radar Site or an old building or maybe some project like the skating rink?

You bet it does! If you have information, please pass it on. It will be appreciated!

I noticed in your Donor Recognition Policy that you give recognition for all sorts of things. Does providing information, photos, or artifacts fall into that?

Absolutely! We wish to acknowledge anyone who makes a contribution.

* Your contribution to the history of this community is a valuable one. Only you can best tell the story of you and/or your family. Your efforts will be greatly appreciated, not only today, but also for generations to come. *

Family History Questionnaire
A detailed question paper has been developed to assist you if you wish to provide information about your family's experience at Cranberry Portage. There are many questions, but they are designed to jog your memory - they do not all have to be answered, just as many as you feel comfortable with.

If you wish to fill in answers on a word processor, an MSWord file is also provided.

Family History Questionnaire in Word format

I’m sold. How do I contact you so I can get started?

Snail Mail:

Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum Corp.
Attn: Museum Curator
Box 310
Cranberry Portage, MB R0B 0H0


If you have email, the complete process of handling the questionnaires and drafts can be done quite simply.