By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press
NEEPAWA, Man. — This year should be a good one if you’re interested in local history. While 2017 may have been full of national historical celebrations, something special is coming to Neepawa this summer. The History of Neepawa Businesses is expected to hit bookshelves this June and for it, three local historians have combined forces to put together the most comprehensive chronicle of Neepawa’s business history.
The book isn’t just a really neat look at Neepawa’s past and present, but it also represents everything that’s great about rural Manitobans. The three authors, Rick Sparling, Norma Forsman and Cecil Pittman, are all familiar names when it comes to Neepawa’s history. Sparling grew up in Neepawa and even though he moved away, the town still holds a special place in his heart. He’s spent his retirement chronicling the town’s history — first, with two books about local hockey. At the suggestion of friends, he decided to make his third book about Neepawa businesses.