The Margaret Laurence Home
The Margaret Laurence Home is operated solely by admission fees and grants. It is a costly endeavour to keep the home maintained. If you would like to make a charitable donation to the Margaret Laurence Home please contact us by phone 204 – 476 – 3612 or email us. The Margaret Laurence Home is a recognized charity and tax deductible receipts will be provided for donations of $10.00 or more.
The Margaret Laurence Home, now a designated Provincial Heritage Site and Level 2 Museum, is a living memorial to Margaret. Her approval and blessing was given in 1986 when it was purchased, It is a cultural centre where such events as writers’ workshops, book launchings and Elder Hostel education programs have taken place.
When the house was purchased the Margaret Laurence Home Committee, Inc. was formed, its mandate being to pay off the mortgage and to restore and renovate the structure.
in 1986, the Neepawa Area Development Corporation donated the initial seed money of $10,000.00. In 1991 McClelland and Stewart, Laurence’s publishers, gave a similar amount through the donation of 500 of her memoirs, which quickly sold. Renovations and restorations have been made through Provincial Grants and Foundations. Neepawa businesses and local citizens and others from across Canada and elsewhere were generous in assisting.
Gifts from Margaret’s children include her typewriter, doctoral robes, award certificates and much more. Many books, papers, magazines, letters, video and audio tapes are available for research or to peruse.
Space is available for meetings or special outings by groups.
An annual sale of Antiques and Collectables is sponsored by the Margaret Laurence Home Committee. For collectors and dealers alike it is an important event. This year the sale will take place during the Neepawa Lily Festival. Please call the home for more information.
The Manawaka Book, Souvenir and Gift Shop offers books by Laurence and others as well as work crafted by local artists. The stamp of Margaret Laurence, released in 1996, available on a first day cover or paper weight can be purchased here.