VIDEO: Grain industry history: out of the vaults, into an apartment, hopefully into the archives

What’s cooler than some dusty, yellowed, storage-locker-smelly documents, long forgotten, dragged out and exposed to the light of day once again?

If you just exclaimed “NOTHING!,” you’re like me: a fan of history and historical preservation.

It also makes you kind of weird. But that’s OK. It puts you an a self-selected elite of nerdiness that actually does a lot of good,  preserving and exposing the quieter corners of history that might never be known.

(Readers of this wacky blog will know I often delve into history when looking at present day situations, whether that’s Canada-U.S. relations, anything to do with Russia, or any economic/risk-management situation I can in any way relate to the pre-World War One Anglo-German naval race.)

Right now in Winnipeg some crucial grain industry documentary history from the late-1960s to early 1980s is being looked at, sorted through, collated and analyzed, with the hopes of getting these unique records of Canadian grain industry history into the hands of people who can permanently preserve and protect them. It’s a work of respect for the crucial role of the grain industry in Canada’s history, and as a big fan of these sorts of endeavours, I sincerely hope it succeeds. For all of you farmers out there, this is an inside look at the industry debates that gripped the world you lived during those years.

For a video about this, and a chance to see all the boxes of forgotten grain industry lore, click the “play” button on the video below:

A feature I wrote about this is running in the September 4 edition.

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