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Icelandic River Saga: A History of the Icelandic River and Ísafold Settlements

by Nelson Gerrard

Published in 1985, Icelandic River Saga is an 847 page history of the Icelandic River (Riverton) and Ísafold Settlements on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg.  This unique area bordering both the boreal forest and the prairie was originally home to semi-nomadic aboriginal peoples, the last of which was the Sandy Bar Band.  Settled by Icelandic immigrants in 1876, it also became home to Hungarian pioneers, Swedish Minnesotans, Anglo-Americans, 'Galician' settlers, WW I Soldier settlers, Depression era 'Back to the Land' families, and Mennonite settlers.

Now out of print, Icelandic River Saga can occasionally be found for sale on internet sites.

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Hnausa Reflections: A History of the Breiðavík District

Hnausa History Committee

A 720 page history of the Hnausa district on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg, this large format book fills the last remaining gap in local histories covering the New Iceland settlement.  Originally established as Breiðavík in 1876 and known by this name until well into the 20th Century, this district has become known as Hnausa, in association with a post office established here in 1890.  This local history is remarkable  both for its size and its inclusion of many early pioneer families who left around 1880 and relocated elsewhere - notably North Dakota and Winnipeg.  It therefore includes the history of thousands of North Americans whose families have early roots in this area.  This 720 page book in large format also has more than 1000 photographs.

Available anywhere - $60 CAD plus shipping...  Contact Carol Gudmundson, ph. 204-378-2367, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by mail: Hnausa History Committee, Box 164, Riverton, Manitoba R0C 2R0 Canada.
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Riverton and the Icelandic Settlement

by Dr. Steinn O. Thompson

Published in 1976, on the centennial of settlement at Icelandic River (Riverton), this 411 page history of Riverton is based on Dr. Thompson's long acquaintance with Riverton as the area's only doctor. Dr. Thompson was also able to glean information from a generation of pioneer sons and daughters now long gone.

Now out of print, this book can be found occasionally in second hand book stores or on the internet.
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Riverton Memories

Riverton Centennial Committee

Published on the occasion of Riverton's centennial in 1976, this soft cover booklet of 102 pages includes highlights and pictures from the history of the Riverton-Icelandic River community.

Occasionally available from dealers in second hand books.
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Faith & Fortitude: A History of the Geysir District 1880's-1980's

Geysir Historical Society

This 356 page book published in 1983 gives a comprehensive history of both the pioneers and local organizations of the Geysir District, which straddles the Icelandic River between the communities of Riverton and Arborg.

Out of print for many years, it is sometimes available from second hand book dealers.
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A Century Unfolds: History of Arborg & District

Arborg Historical Society

This 704 page history of Arborg and district includes comprehensive histories of the pioneers and local families to date of publication in 1987.

Available at the RM of Bifröst office in Arborg.
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The Icelandic Heritage

by Nelson Gerrard

An illustrated, limited-edition history of Iceland describing way of life, living conditions, work methods, food and clothing, customs, superstitions, and other interesting aspects of life in Iceland events up to the emigration era, written especially for Canadians and Americans of Icelandic descent and including a family history section.

Price: $32 CAD or $30 USD plus shipping (request postage rate to your area) - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone/fax: 204-378-2758 or at Box 925, Arborg, Manitoba R0C 0A0 Canada. Payable by cheque or money order to: Saga Publications