Daly House/BU’s McKee Archives Partner for Historic Exhibition

Gowen’s Brandon: Then and Now

One of the many historic photographs taken by Frank Gowen of Brandon. This photograph is from the City of Brandon Collection held at the Magnacca Research Center, Daly House Museum.
One of the many historic photographs taken by Frank Gowen of Brandon. This photograph is from the City of Brandon Collection held at the Magnacca Research Center, Daly House Museum.

The Daly House Museum is pleased to partner with the S.J. McKee Archives (Brandon University) for the upcoming exhibit “Gowen’s Brandon: Then and Now.” Using historical photographs taken by Frank Gowen, a professional photographer in Brandon from 1906-1914, the project will compare Brandon during a period of unprecedented development (c. 1911) to the Brandon we see today.

Between 1900 and the beginning of the World War I, the city of Brandon’s population more than doubled going from approximately 5,600 residents to just under 14, 000. As a result, Brandon’s industrial, business and residential districts saw significant development in the first decade of the twentieth century. Frank Gowen, a British trained photographer known for his scenic images, arrived in Brandon at the height of this expansion. Partnering with photographer Alexander C. Davidson in 1911, Gowen produced a number of images that documented Brandon during this period of expansion. Featuring over fifty of these photographs, the exhibit will provide an overview of the city’s people, landscape, architecture and environment before World War I. With the help of local photographer Graham Street, we were able to replicate Gowen’s original images, capturing Brandon as it is in 2014. Gowen and Street’s images will be exhibited side by side to visually express the changing character of Brandon over the last century.

Over the last several months student assistant Morganna Malyon has been researching Brandon’s history and the content of the photographs. She will spend the fall months compiling this information and getting the photographs reproduced and ready for display. The exhibit is set to open early January 2015, and the photos will be hung concurrently between the Daly House Museum and the Tommy McLeod Curve Gallery on the second floor of the library at Brandon University. A documentary about the project, co-produced by Graham Street, Nate Bower and Shaun Cameron is set to be released by MTS Stories from Home at the time of the exhibit’s opening. We would like to take the time to thank the Manitoba Heritage Grant program for the generous grant made available to us. Without it this project would not have been possible. The Daly House Museum and the S.J. McKee Archives are both very excited about this project, and look forward to having it on display for the community.

The Exhibit will be displayed concurrently at the Exhibit Gallery at Daly House Museum and at the Curved Gallery at Brandon University from January 22 to April 30, 2015.  There will be a free to the public opening reception on Wednesday January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Prairie Culture Exhibit

 "Halfway Tree" by artist Jessie Fosty.  One of the many featured art works on exhibit at Daly House. December 2nd to January 10th, 2015
“Halfway Tree” by artist Jessie Fosty. One of the many featured art works on exhibit at Daly House.


Brandon University Students and Daly House Museum are proud to present “Prairie Culture”.  This exhibit features the art work of students studying in Brandon University’s Fine Arts Program.  In this display of diverse media the student’s explore and interpret prairie culture.



Prairie Culture is a theme that spans several topics such as the environment, physical geography,  political ideology and demographics.  The Brandon University Fine Arts students explore through their art the development, economy and people of the Prairies.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held at the Daly House Museum on December 5th at 7:00 pm.  The exhibition will run from December 2, 2014 to January 10, 2015

For more information please contact BUFASA Chair, Franchesca Hebert-Spence at 204-570-2396



VecTor Garden Trains

July 19th and 20th
July 19th and 20th

Previously advertised as “Mega Train” and cancelled due to weather conditions, our event and partnership with VecTor Garden Trains is reschedule for Open Doors weekend! July 19th and 20th, G scale trains will be on display on a 16ft x 30ft track in the Victorian Garden!


Discover Brandon’s Street Railway


Source: Mary Walsh Collection
Street Car facing north on 10th Street

Enjoy a delicious roast beef and perogies dinner and discover a little known fact about the City of Brandon.  Daly House Museum’s Annual Dinner will be held at the Ukrainian Reading Association Hall at 1005 Assiniboine Avenue (10th Street North) on Thursday, March 13. Dinner will be at 6 PM followed by a special presentation by Shaun Cameron featuring the film “End of the Line: The Brandon Railway Company.” After the film Shaun and Bob Booth will answer questions about Brandon’s old streetcar system. Audience members are invited to share their memories as well.

During dinner you will have a chance to play our trivia game and take part in a 50-50 draw. All proceeds will go towards Museum projects such as special exhibits. As members, you are cordially invited to stay after the
presentation for our Annual General Meeting. If you’ve attended dinner at the Hall before, you know that the food is exceptional – traditional home cooking. Tickets are only $22.50 and must be purchased in advance from the Museum.

If you haven’t already got your tickets to this event, just think about those mouthwatering perogies.   When the Museum is closed on Sunday and Monday, you can still buy tickets by calling Trish at 204-727-3156.

See you on Thursday!


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