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St. John's College: Faith and Education in Western Canada
by J.M. Bumsted
University of Manitoba Press, 2006
eISBN: 978-0-88755-367-7 | Paper: 978-0-88755-692-0
Library of Congress Classification LE3.S894B86 2006

Winnipeg’s St. John’s College is one of the oldest educational institutions in western Canada. Its roots go back to the Red River Settlement in the 1850s when it first began as a school for the English-speaking children of the employees of the Hudson’s Bay Company. By the 1880s, the college had developed into an Anglican institution providing instruction in the liberal arts and theology, and in the same period it became one of the founding colleges of the University of Manitoba. By the 1920s, it was responsible for producing some of the university’s finest students, including the historian W.L. Morton. For much of its 150-year history, St. John’s was closely connected with Manitoba’s Anglo-Celtic financial and political elite, and it often shared both the strengths and shortcomings of that group. Following the college through its many permutations, J.M. Bumsted provides a fascinating history of the birth and growth of post-secondary education in western Canada.

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