The Brandon General Museum and Archives was formed in 2007 by the City of Brandon, Manitoba. Today we are governed by a board, made up of three City Councillors, and four dedicated community members. We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to enriching downtown and showcasing this city’s valuable history. Our mission is to collect, conserve, study, exhibit and interpret historic and heritage materials relating to the City of Brandon and its place within the history of Southwestern Manitoba.
Our museum is located in the original Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) building located in downtown Brandon on 9th Street across from the old A.E. McKenzie Seeds building. We are surrounded by local history and are also home to the BJ Hales Natural History Collection in our taxidermy gallery.
We recongise that we are on the traditional territories of Treaty No. 1 and Treaty No. 2, and the shared traditional lands of Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Anishinabek/Ojibwe peoples, and the homeland of the Métis nation.
Board Members and Staff
Barb Andrew, Chair
Born and raised in Brandon, Barb has always had a great interest in history, especially the history of Brandon and southwest Manitoba. Her great grandparents arrived in the city in the late 1880’s and the family have been involved in farming and business in the area ever since.
Noting that the City of Brandon did not have an official repository for the collection of artifacts to preserve the history of the community and surrounding area, she has been a strong advocate for the formation and promotion of the Brandon General Museum & Archives and its mandate.
Brent Chamberlain, Vice Chair
Brent is a lifelong Brandon resident who recently retired after a 35 year career with Manitoba Hydro. Brent and his partner Jan Chaboyer, have a keen interest in volunteering and community involvement. His goal is to see the BGMA flourish, by gaining a strong financial footing and community awareness
John was first elected to city council in a by-election following the resignation of Jim McCrae in 2013. He has been a resident of Brandon since 1996, spending 16 years covering city council for CKLQ radio and serving as board member for Helping Hands, Crime Stoppers, and the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation. John currently serves as Councillor for the Meadows-Waverly Ward, and on the Audit and Finance Committee, Grants Review Committee, and Taxi Appeal Committee.
Ron was born and raised in Brandon to a large family of 9 kids, and grew up in the south end of Brandon. He has grown his family even more, along with his wife of over 40 years, raising three children. Who now have given them 10 grandchildren.
Ron has spent the majority of his professional life working at Behlen for 43 years, only leaving twice. Once to work for Safeway and Cross Country Publications, and another time in an entrepreneurial pursuit to open Papa Ron’s New & Used Furniture in the downtown area. Ron now serves as city Councillor for Richmond Ward.
Dr. Sajjad Rao