Fonds A2017-051 - Girnith Stewart fonds

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Girnith Stewart fonds

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CA UMASC A2017-051

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0.05 m of textual records, including 2 oversized folders, 4 books, 1 map, 48 photographs, and 1 negative.

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Girnith Stewart (nee George) was an artist, educator and entrepreneur. Born on May 8, 1927, she was the eldest of Alan and Elsie (nee Finnie) George’s children. Moving around Canada with her family during the depression she lived in Granby Quebec, London Ontario and Winnipeg along with stays at grandparents farms in Springfield and Homewood Mb. In Winnipeg she graduated from Gordon Bell High School and went on to complete Normal School around 1948. Girnith then attended the University of Manitoba where she got her BA, BFA and B. Ed. and then went on to get her MA in art education at Sir George Williams University in 1974.

She then moved on to teach for many years at every grade level from Nursery school to University and held the position of Assistant Professor in the education department at the University of Manitoba from 1965-68. While working as a teacher Girnith moved around from school to school, starting as a 19 year old permit teacher in a one room school after World War 2 near High Bluff, MB. Later schools she taught at include the Harrison Montessori School in Montreal, the University of Manitoba School of art, Sisler High School and St Mary’s Academy, as well as Carpathia elementary.

Girnith became involved in three businesses. In 1971 she was successful in buying, renovating and renting half a dozen houses in Fort Rouge. Around 1978 she helped the Lions club found ‘Hobby Lobby' at Lions Manor to sell handmade arts and crafts made by seniors and to supply small grocery items to residents. Then by 1985 she had become a partner in Can Heat, a developer and installer of geothermal heat pump systems (Gimli pool/rink combo). On top of all that, when Girnith had spare time she would design, sew, and sell figure skating costumes.

She married Lawrence Stewart and had three children; George, Laura Jean and Harriet. She died April 8, 2017.

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Records received from George Stewart in 2017.

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Fonds primarily consist of photographs, newspaper fragments, and several publications. The photographs are mainly photos of Winnipeg taken by Girnith Stewart’s family members or are pictures of friends and family. The newspapers do not have any relation to Girnith Stewart or her family, and the publications are books that the family has collected, a thesis written by Girnith and her Graduation Exercises Dinner and Dance Program she got at the University of Manitoba.

The fonds is divided into four series: Shipping Manifest of the SS Palmyra, Publications, Photographs, and Oversized Materials.

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Description created by Kaitlyn Bruce in April 2017.
Description entered into AtoM by Natalie Vielfaure on April 21, 2017.

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Information for the Biological sketch came from the website below and from Girnith Stewart’s children:

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