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Ernest and Elizabeth Stock stand outside their Rooster Town house in a 1959 Free Press photo

Ernest and Elizabeth Stock stand outside their Rooster Town house in a 1959 Free Press photo.

Rooster Town: The History of an Urban Métis Community

The latest offering from University of Manitoba Press is on McNally Robinson’s bestseller list, and it hasn’t even had its official release event yet.

Indeed, the official launch of Evelyn Peters’s Rooster Town: The History of an Urban Métis Community, 1901–1961, will take place at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Oct. 19. (If you can’t wait, on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m., the U of M’s Archives & Special Collections will launch the book and the Rooster Town Online Archive, a repository of all the research compiled during this project.)

In 1901, 15 Métis families moved to Winnipeg’s southwest edge. The city’s housing shortage meant these families could either find poor quality housing within the city or build their own places.

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