The Centre du patrimoine and services

The Centre du patrimoine (Heritage Centre), managed by the Société historique de Saint-Boniface (SHSB), is an archives and research centre devoted mainly to preserving and making accessible archives documenting the Francophone and Metis experience in Western Canada and particularly in Manitoba. It houses archival collections, a reference library containing close to 13,000 titles and genealogical ressources.

COVID-19 Pandemic:

In response to recent changes in provincial restrictions, the Centre du patrimoine is now OPEN but with limited access.

  • If you are coming in to do research, you wil be asked to register at our front desk.
  • You will also be asked a few pandemic-related questions before entering.
  • We ask that you follow distancing rules and wear a mask at all times.

Genealogy requests : If you are applying on site, we prefer that you drop off and pick up your applications only. If you are coming in to speak to our genealogist or to do research, please book an appointment ahead of time. For more information, see here.

On-site research : On-site research is presently by appointment only. For more information, see here.

Normal Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

In 2021, we are CLOSED January 1st, February 15th, April 2nd to 5th (inclusively), May 24th, July 1st, August 2nd, September 6th, October 11th and November 11th.

We will also be CLOSED for the holidays from noon December 24th 2021 until January 2nd, 2022 (inclusively).

Note : Services at the Centre du patrimoine are available in French and in English.


Executive Director:
Janet La France
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Administrative assistant:
Marcel DeGagné
Email:, Attn: Marcel

Julie Reid, Archivist
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Sarah Story, Digital Archivist
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Genealogical Services:
Halley Ducharme, Genealogist


Should you wish to volunteer at the Centre du patrimoine do not hesitate to let us know what your interests are, which activities you are interested in and what your competencies are. The Centre du patrimoine seeks volunteers to help on a number of projects, on committees and in other capacities.

Please note that at this time, because of COVID, our volunteers have no access to the Centre. We will reinstate the program once it is possible.

Services :

The building :

The Centre du patrimoine – building characteristics

The Cauchon Block / Empire Hotel and the Heritage Wall

Heritage Wall – pamphlet