Category: Regina History


In the Footsteps of Louis Riel

Monday, June 21, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Downtown Regina

In honour of Aboriginal Day, Regina Public Library in partnership with the Regina Plains Museum and the Saskatchewan Writer's Guild, presents a walking tour of downtown sites connected with Riel's life, followed by a reading of his poetry by Jesse Archibald-Barber and other readers.

The agenda is as follows:

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Meet at Regina Plains Museum, 2nd floor, 1835 Scarth Street and view the displays

7:00 pm - Tour leaves the Regina Plains Museum

7:45 pm - 8:00 pm - Tour ends at RPL Film Theatre (lower level), Central Library

8:00 pm - Riel poetry reading, RPL Film Theatre

For more information or to register, call 777-6120.


2nd Annual Jane's Walk in Regina

On May 1st and 2nd, hundreds of Reginans will take to the streets for the 2nd annual Jane’s Walk, a series over 15 free neighbourhood walking tours that explore our collective history, architecture, planning and personalities. Last year’s walk saw more than 400 residents explore 12 walks across the city.

Celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs, the foremost urban thinker of our times, Jane’s Walk inspires citizens to get to know their city and each other by getting out and walking. Last year 46 cities took part across North America, offering 315 tours to over 10,000 walkers. This year Jane’s Walks will span 65 cities worldwide (35 in Canada, 25 in the USA) with an estimated 450 walking tours on offer. Along with Regina, partnerships this year include Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Chattanooga, Saskatoon, Victoria, and Jane’s Walk is also expanding internationally with walks scheduled in Mumbai, Goa, Dublin and Madrid.

In Regina, some of these tours will include:

• Conservation architect, Bernard Flaman, discussing 20th century architecture in the downtown;

• An exploration of suburbia in the North West end of the city as it relates to contemporary art;

• “Talking Hillsdale” - a collection of personal stories and observations touching on everything from the crumbliest pavement to the tallest tree– interpreted by local poet and professor Gerry Hill;

• Local conservationist Jennipher Karst and Jim Elliott exploring the natural and built history around Wascana Lake;

• Selene Deschenes providing a walking discussion about the history of theatre in downtown Regina with “Flickers, Talkies, and Black Tents”;

• And James Hoffman returning to host a very popular tour of the Heritage Neighbourhood.

For more information about the various tours, click on the link to Regina's Jane's Walk web page.


RCMP Heritage Centre Speakers' Series

You are invited to attend a special lecture by University of Regina professor Bill Brennan as he takes on the topic of the 1935 On-to-Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riots.

Dr. Brennan offers a fresh approach on the subjects, covering the perspective of the city and offering an assessment of the legacy of these events for the city of Regina. He will also discuss the now-declassified RCMP file of the On-to-Ottawa Trek and Regina Riots and the actions of the police force during this period.

Admission is free, although donations to the non-profit RCMP Heritage Centre are greatly appreciated.

Location: RCMP Heritage Centre, 5907 Dewdney Avenue, Regina
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the RCMP Heritage Centre either by phone 306-522-7333 or by email


Categories: PHR News, Regina History

William Argan 1921 - 2009

We were saddened to hear the news of the passing of Bill Argan, a long-time friend of the Prairie History Room. (read his obituary at

Bill was a gifted artist and tireless researcher. His many projects included finding information and images for his Regina history books. We were always glad to see him, to visit a bit and to find out what he was working on.

Here is a list of the library holdings of Bill's books:

Knights of Columbus in Saskatchewan 1907-1982 : a history of achievement . (cover title: Columbianism in Saskatchewan) / William Argan.
Saskatchewan : Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Historical Commission, [1982?].
267.242 ARGAN

Wetmore school daze / William P. Argan.
Regina, Sask. : W. P. Argan, 1985.
372.971244 A

Wetmore reunion '85
Regina, Sask. : [Wetmore Reunion Committee], 1985.
372.9712 44 WETMO

Saskatchewan curling : heartland tradition
Regina : Saskatchewan Curling Association, c1991.
796.96 SASKA

The spirit of patriotism : Father Hugonard General Assembly No. 1064, 1923 - 1998 / William Argan.
Muenster, Sask. : St. Peter's Press, c1998.
267.242 ARGAN

Cornerstones : an artist's history of the City of Regina / by William Argan ; with Pam Cowan.
Regina : Leader-Post Carrier Foundation, 1995.
971.2445 ARGAN

Cornerstones 2 : an artist's history of the city of Regina / William P. Argan with Pam Cowan.
Regina : LeaderPost Carrier Foundation, 2000.
971.2445 ARGAN

Regina, the first 100 years : the history of Regina told through its buildings and monuments / William Argan ; with Pam Cowan and Gordon W. Staseson.
Regina : Leader-Post Carrier Foundation, 2002.
971.2445 ARGAN


Categories: Regina History

Help Us Identify Event in Photo

From time to time, even the Prairie History staff is stumped by a research request. Recently, we received a letter from a woman in Calgary asking for more information about the event depicted in this photograph taken at the Regina Airport. Supposedly, this event ties in somehow with the Regina Airport and the Trans-Canada Airlines (pre-cursor to Air Canada).

Note: click on image for a slightly larger view!

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Here's what we've found out from newspaper articles and the pamphlet Regina Airport: A History in the PHR vertical files Regina - Airports:

The building in the background (the administration building) was new in 1940.
Trans-Canada Airlines (printed above the airplane door in the photo) was formed in 1937)

Conclusion: the photo was taken in 1940 or later.

Apparently Trans-Canada Airlines stopped running planes into the Regina Airport in 1948 (length of runway was a problem) and didn’t resume until about 1960.

Conclusion: the photo was taken in 1948 or earlier.

The clothing of the people in the photo was somewhat helpful.
The stewardess uniform (shirt collar) is similar to a c1947 photo in the book Flying Colours: A History of Commercial Aviation in Canada (page 125)

We tried to find a similar photo in the vertical file or in the Leader-Post (using the Saskatchewan Newspaper Index) or in the book National Treasure: the History of Trans Canada Airlines so we could identify the event and were unsuccessful.

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Any information about the identity of this event, people or time period, please contact the Prairie History Room by email. Thank-you!


Jane's Walking Tours

A fabulous set of walking tours exploring Regina's history will be taking place this weekend. Jane's Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves.

Walks in Regina will feature the downtown, the Cathedral Village, the Core, Germantown and even Whitmore Park. The topics will cover: A critique of public art; The history of the 1912 Tornado and how it shaped the city; An exploration of Modernist Architecture; Even a walk covering all of the apartment buildings that one volunteer has lived in and the seedy stories that accompany them!

To learn more about each of these walks, check out their website. For more information, contact: Laura Pfeifer or phone (306) 737-7185.


Categories: Museums, Regina History

Regina Site Lines Exhibit at the Regina Plains Museum

Launched this past Tuesday at 1:30 pm, there is a new exhibit Regina Site Lines: A Path Down the History of Regina currently on display at the Regina Plains Museum until the end of this year. The exhibit features a timeline of events, important figures in Regina's history, and city buildings that have endured time.

For more information about the exhibit or to find out when the museum is open, check out the museum's website at


Medical History Ghost Tour

For the seventh consecutive year, ghost tours of Regina are being offered until October 31. This year, CNT Management Group has added new locations and stories to its annual ghost tour by exploring Regina's medical history through Influenza, Thyphoid Fever and Tuberculosis.

Departing from St. Chad's on 1601 College Avenue, participants will tour the city in deluxe motor coaches. At selected sites, participants are invited to step off the coach where the ”doctor of the day” will educate them on paranormal activity.

For more information or to reserve a ticket, visit their website: or phone 306-584-3524.


Dunlop Gallery Exhibit - The Sun Never Sets: Victoria Park in Context

The Sun Never Sets: Victoria Park in Context
exhibit by Rachelle Viader Knowles and Don Gill in the Dunlop Gallery at Central Library (2311 - 12th Avenue), July 25 - September 14.

Click here for the description of the exhibit from the Dunlop Gallery web pages.

If you are interested in the history of Victoria Park and the buildings surrounding it, the exhibit contains architectural drawings and old photographs.

View the process of Don Gill’s ongoing Erratic Space project at

Birds'-eye view of Victoria Park.
Victoria Park looking south towards Victoria Avenue, circa 1920. Baptist Church and Land Titles Building visible.
This photograph is part of the collection A History of Regina in Photographs. You can view this collection any time through the Prairie History Room main web page by clicking Photo Slide Shows.


Categories: Regina History

Canada Day in 1912

Canada Day in 1912 was spend cleaning up after the tornado that hit the city the day before.

Click here to see the blog post from last year with links to books and online photos.

Drop into the Prairie History Room (not on July 1 - the library is closed) to see the panarama photograph of Regina taken just days after the 1912 Tornado.

For a "you are there" feeling, drop by the Prairie History Room and look through the Morning Leader (Regina's daily newspaper of the day) for the days after the tornado struck.

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