Categories: New Magazines
New PHR Magazines for July 31, 2015
* " 'Strike Action is Forced Upon Us' The Alberta Farmers' Strike of 1946" by Carrol Jaques, pgs. 2-10.
* "Isabella Clarke Hardisty Lougheed: First Lady of the North-West" by Doris Jeanne MacKinnon, pgs. 11-15.
* "Ecology or Economy: A History of Fire Management in Alberta" by Elizabeth Ramsey, pgs. 16-20.
* "A Jewish Homesteader in the West" by Jack Hackman, pgs. 21-25.
Note: issue contains the July 2015 copy of History Now, the newsletter for The Historical Society of Alberta.
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Categories: Cabinet of Curiosities
Stories from the Rare Book Cabinet
The Prairie History Room is full of textual treasures, and I thought it would be nice to take some time to highlight some of the rarest and most intriguing books in our collection. This week I have selected a book that you will not find anywhere else, as it was compiled by Regina Public Library staff over the course of four painstaking years. The book was not meant to be published, in fact, calling it a book is a tad generous. The volume is a scrapbook of articles entitled “Newspaper clippings of Regina’s Enlisted Personnel: World War One”.
From 1914-1918 Canadian soldiers were fighting in the First World War.We are all familiar with the narrative by now; we all know that thousands of our best and brightest made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and way of life, but this book makes the period come alive in a way that more traditional narratives do not.In an abstract way we can imagine librarians 100 years ago leafing through the newspaper each day, searching for information about local soldiers fighting overseas. The pages of this book gain added dimension when one realizes that the men they were reading about were their brothers, their sweethearts, and their friends. These weren’t articles about strangers, these men were part of Regina- at one point or another they had lived here and worked here. They spent happy moments here in quieter, more peaceful times.It is easy to understand why those left behind on the home front felt it was their duty to keep a record tracking the various tragedies and triumphs experienced by their loved ones.
Each page of this book is stiff with century old adhesive, and the articles are beginning to yellow with age and use, but these shortcomings are nothing compared to the treasures contained on each scrap of newsprint. We read the story of Edward Puntin, who tells a harrowing tale of being torpedoed in the English Channel. His story becomes more gripping when we learn that he was a boy of 14 at the time, having most recently been a student at Albert Elementary School. Another notable article details the heroism of the Milne family, whose sons James, Alex and Thomas were all awarded service medals. Sadly, James was the only brother to live to receive his medal as his brothers were both killed while performing the acts of bravery for which they were honored. These are just two of hundreds of captivating stories in this amazing album.
This book is a unique snapshot of Regina during a very specific moment in time, a period when our citizens were taxed emotionally and physically. Events that were taking place thousands of miles away had a very real impact on the lives of those in our community. The strange mix of pride and horror experienced by Regina citizens every day as they read their morning paper is hard to imagine. This battered and careworn scrapbook from that time says more about how Regina’s citizens experienced the First World War than any standard history book.
Written by Shana Hay
Source: "Newspaper Clippings of Regina's Enlisted Personnel: World War One". This volume is available for research at the Prairie History Room, located in the Central Branch of the Regina Public Library. The image at the top of the page is from a page in this book.
Rielco Productions presents The Trial of Louis Riel 2015
Witness history come alive!
This play “The Trial of Louis Riel” by John Coulter is based on the actual transcripts of the famous trial of Louis Riel in Regina in 1885.
Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday from July 16 to August 1st
This summer, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate your history at the colourful RCMP Sunset-Retreat Ceremony at RCMP Academy, ‘Depot’ Division.
Every Tuesday from July 1 to August 11, 2015
Ticket Price: Free
Categories: New Books
New How-To Guide to Help You Organize Your Family Photos
Levenick, Denise May. How to Archive Family Photos: a Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally. Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, .
Summary: You've captured countless cherished family photos of babies' first steps, graduations, weddings, holidays, vacations, and priceless everyday moments on your smartphone or digital camera. Perhaps you've inherited a collection of heirloom family photographs, too. But now what? [The book] is a practical how-to guide for organizing your growing digital photo collection, digitizing and preserving heirloom family photos, and sharing your treasured photos. In this book, you'll find: Simple strategies to get your photos out of a smartphone or camera and into a safe storage space. Easy methods to organize and back up your digital photos, including file-naming and tagging hints. Achievable steps to digitize and preserve heirloom family photos.
Note: This book can be borrowed for 3 weeks.
Join them at Government House (4607 Dewdney Ave) to watch life unfold for Saskatchewan’s first Lieutenant Governor, Amédée Forget and his wife Henriette.
At the Legislative Building (234 - 2405 Legislative Dr.) meet Walter Scott, Saskatchewan’s first Premier, to learn about his vision for the newly-created province.
These live theatrical vignettes are performed in both English and French. Admission is FREE. Ces spectacles sont disponibles en français.
Schedule of Performances (July 5 to August 18)
Categories: New Magazines
New PHR Magazines for July 11, 2015
Saskatchewan History, Spring/Summer 2015, Vol. 67, No. 1
* "'Old Sol's Glory Path'"--a Life of Photographer Peter McKenzie" by Brock Silversides, pgs. 6-17.
* "Our Lady Of Lourdes Cemetery: An Archaeological Approach to Cemetery Management" by Mike A. Markowski, Kara Wolfe, and Troy Zimmer, pgs. 20-27.
* "Centre of Conflict: Mistrust and Turmoil in Creating the Diefenbaker Canada Centre" by Craig Greenham, pgs. 28-35.
Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle Magazine), July/August 2015, Vol. 1, No. 3
* "Historic Amusement Parks: Your Family & America's Playgrounds" by Sandy Hack, pgs. 6-10.
* "What the Widow Got" by George C. Morgan, pgs. 14-20.
* "Beginning Your World War II Research" by Jennifer Holik, pgs. 21-26.
* "Finding Grandad at the Canal!" by Isabelle Kettner Addis, pgs. 33-36.
Note: These magazine issues can be borrowed for 1 week.
Curious about certain events in Regina's history? Need a bit of exercise on a Sunday evening? Looking for affordable (e.g. FREE) ways to spend a couple of hours?
Then check out these free walking tours, courtesy of Heritage Regina:
Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Address: Bandstand on the shores of Wascana Lake
Meet guide Robin Adeney at the bandstand on the shores of Wascana Lake at 6:00pm. As she guides you along the path the tornado took on June 30th, 1912.
Sunday, July 19th, 2015
Address: Wascana Marina off of Broad Street
Meet guide Will Chabun at the Wascana Marina off Broad Street at 6pm and learn some facts about the history of Wascana Lake and its surroundings.
Categories: New Books
New PHR Books for July 2015
Categories: Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) News
Updates to ALE July 2015
As we begin our gradual slide into the summer months, here is a brief summary of the new and updated databases that have been added to the library's subscription to Ancestry Library Edition database since April 2015:
* Index to Alien Arrivals at Canadian Atlantic and Pacific Seaports, 1904-1944
* U.S., Passenger and Crew Lists for U.S.-Bound Vessels Arriving in Canada, 1912-1939 and 1953-1962
* Brandenburg, Germany, Transcripts of Church Records, 1700-1874 (in German) (updated)
* Dortmund, Germany, Jewish Women Residents, 1930-1943
* Poland, Łódź Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (USHMM) (in German) (updated)
* Romania, Vital Records from Selected Regions, 1607-1914 (in German)
* Sweden, Selected Indexed Death Records, 1840-1860 and 1878-1942 (in Swedish) (updated)
* Australia Newspaper Vital Notices, 1851-1997
* Brazil, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current (updated)
* Mexico, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current (updated)
* Victoria, Australia, Index to Naturalisation Certificates, 1851-1928
* Surrey, England, Calendar of Prisoners, 1848-1902
* Surrey, England, Mental Hospital Admissions, 1867-1900
* UK, British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817
* UK, Jersey, Channel Islands, Wills and Testaments, 1663-1948
* United Kingdom, Royal Naval Officers' Service Records Index, 1756-1931
* West Yorkshire, England, Alehouse Licences, 1771-1962
* West Yorkshire, England, Bastardy Records, 1690-1914 (updated)
* West Yorkshire, England, Occupation Records, 1793-1930
* Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961
* Oregon, Motor Vehicle Registrations, 1911-1946
* U.S., Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970
* U.S., Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963 (updated)
* Washington, D.C., Passenger and Crew Lists, 1942-1962
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