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July 15, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates the Historical Significance of Ralph Connor House

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today celebrated the national historic significance of Ralph Connor House, which he designated a National Historic Site of Canada, on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

"This commemoration acknowledges the Ralph Connor House as the home of one of the best-selling Canadian authors of the early 20th century," said Minister Prentice. "With this commemoration, our government is helping to ensure a historic and cultural treasure will remain for future generations to visit and enjoy."

"Minister, author, and social activist, Charles Gordon had a tremendous influence not only in Manitoba, but in Canadian society," stated the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Regional Minister for the province of Manitoba. "This designation will ensure that this house and the values it represents will continue to be a source of pride for all Manitobans."

"This is a great tribute to Reverend Charles Gordon, the original owner of the House, who, using the pen name Ralph Connor, was one of the best-known Canadian author of the early years of the 20th century," said a member of the Friends of the Ralph Connor House. "It is also a tribute to the University Women's Club of Winnipeg, who has worked diligently for over 70 years to maintain and preserve the House in its original grandeur, and who has opened its doors to hundreds of visitors each year."

Built by the Reverend Charles Gordon, this large, well-appointed house reflects his very public position as one of Canada's best-known writers of his time. Thirteen of the twenty-two Christian adventure novels Gordon wrote under the pen name of Ralph Connor, were published while he was living in this house; a house that was used for twenty-five years as a manse from which the Reverend Gordon undertook many important activities in the area of social activism.

Born in Glengarry County, Ontario in 1860, Gordon was the son of a Presbyterian minister. Gordon's brand of activism was rooted in the social gospel movement, which swept through Protestant churches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This movement promoted a Church that was involved in both the social and spiritual well being of people. Gordon himself championed the temperance movement as well as labour, immigration and settlement issues.

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Corporate Communications Branch
    Michele Monette
    Media Relations Officer
    819-994-3023