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John H. Warkentin

Featuring the work of renowned Canadian historical geographer John H. Warkentin (b.1928-), this exhibit is a sample of his aerial, topographical, architectural, and cultural photography of select urban and rural regions in Manitoba between 1957 and 2000. The images were originally captured on 35 mm slides, which have since been digitized.

Born in Lowe Farm, Manitoba, Warkentin received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Manitoba in 1948 and a PhD from the University of Toronto in 1961. In 1987, he received an honourary LL.D from the University of Brandon. He was an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Manitoba, engaged in research on the settlement and regional geography of Western Canada, and also taught briefly in Newfoundland and Greenland. In 1963 he became an Assistant Professor at York University, until he retired as Professor of Geography in 1993.

Warkentin received the Massey Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the Award for Scholarly Distinction from the Canadian Association of Geographers. Honourary president of the Champlain Society, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is author of several books including, The Western Interior of Canada; A Regional Geography of Canada: Life, Land, and Space; and, The Mennonite Settlements of Southern Manitoba. He co-wrote Canada Before Confederation and the Manitoba Historical Atlas.

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