People who attended the annual Frobisher Days July 14 and 15 were able to learn more about a significant part of the Prairies' history.
Greg Steele, a historian from Brandon, Manitoba, brought his personal collection on the history of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) to the village.
Photographs, images, biographies, artifacts and other memorabilia are all part of a touring exhibit that he brings to any community where he is invited. Steele has undertaken an extensive amount of research as part of his travels.
Steele came dressed as a member of the NWMP, with black leather boots, tan pants, red tunic and pointed white headwear that officers would have sported. He also carries a replica of the 19.25-inch 1965 Snider-Enfield rifle that they carried.
Crowd interaction was part of his exhibit. He brought two cannons with him. One is patterned on an 1840s 12-pound Mountain Howitzer. Using the smallest charge possible, he was able to launch a head of cabbage about 150 yards.
The Howitzer is capable of firing a head of cabbage up to 400 yards, he said.
The other cannon was a mortar that he used to fire hundreds of wrapped candies inside of the village's ball diamonds. He can blast the candy up to 50 yards, he said.
Steele has been touring with his NWMP exhibit for 18 years. He said he enjoys sharing history and teaching people about the NWMP and Canada, and he's met people with even more knowledge and passion than he has about the two subjects.