Category: Regina History

06/11/12


The Great Tornado of 1912: a Whirlwind Tour

You are invited to attend

The Great Tornado of 1912: a Whirlwind Tour
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

On the afternoon of June 30, 1912, Regina was devasted by a fierce tornado that wrecked the city and killed 38 people.

The Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Plains Museum, Saskatchewan Writers' Guild and Regina Public Library will commemorate this historic tragedy with a whirlwind tour of the downtown area and then followed by a presentation by Sandra Bingaman, author of Storm of the Century.

Itinerary:

6:00 pm - Browse exhibits at Regina Plains Museum, 2nd floor, 1835 Scarth Street
6:30 pm - Tour leaves the Regina Plain Museum
7:30 pm - Tour ends at Central Library. Curator's Talk, Cyclone Art Display, 2nd floor of Central Library
8:00 pm - Presentation by Sandra Bingaman, RPL Film Theatre (lower level)

Program is free but requires pre-registration. Register online or by calling 777-6120 (Reference Desk).


04/28/12


North Central History website

The North Central History Project

The Regina North Central Community association has a new website called the
North Central Regina History Project at www.northcentralregina.ca

A strong focus of the websitse is an interactive map that can be browsed through a range of years (click Year Range)

source: Regina Sun April 22, 2012 article "Site creates a new page in history"


04/03/12


Release of the 1940 US Census!

April 2 was a banner day for genealogists as the 1940 US census was finally released by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). What makes this update so exciting is that the records are available online for free!

People at home can access it through the U.S. National Archives site at:
http://1940census.archives.gov/

This site has a step-by-step guide to get started but researchers should note that the census is NOT indexed meaning that researchers can only search by location right now. Like any new product launch, people should be aware that access will be slow for the first few days, since many people will be using this invaluable resource.

In addition, FamilySearch.org is looking for volunteers to help index the 1940 US Census.


07/12/11


Regina Transit's 100th Anniversary Celebration

Everyone is invited to
Regina Transit's 100th Anniversary Celebration
in front of City Hall (2476 Victoria Avenue in Regina)
on Thursday, July 28
at a come-and-go event
from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

There will be displays of buses from the past to the present, transit memorabilia and refreshments.

Dress in clothing from your favourite era and become part of the festivities.

Mayor Pat Fiacco will be speaking at 1:30 p.m.

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Check out this page on the City of Regina website for history and photos of Regina Transit.

the above photo: The inauguration of the Regina Municipal Railway in front of the City Hall on 11th Avenue, July 28, 1911.
Catalogue Number: CORA-RPL-B-0179 (City of Regina Archives)


06/29/11


Categories: Regina History

Regina Tornado anniversary

Coming up on June 30 is the 99th anniversary of the 1912 Regina Tornado.

Along Lorne Street, between Victoria Avenue and 12th Avenue.
Text below the photo:
View showing west side of Victoria Park; buildings reading from left to right are Metropolitan Methodist Church (now Knox Metropolitan Church), Y.W.C.A., Methodist Parsonage; Carnegie Library. Donahue Block at extreme right - Photo by Rossie

from the booklet: Regina Tornado June 30 1912, Regina Saskatchewan Canada 971.24 R

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06/28/10


Categories: Regina History

Regina Tornado 98th anniversary June 30

Coming up on June 30 is the 98th anniversary of the 1912 Regina Tornado.

Along Lorne Street, between Victoria Avenue and 12th Avenue.
Text below the photo:
View showing west side of Victoria Park; buildings reading from left to right are Metropolitan Methodist Church (now Knox Metropolitan Church), Y.W.C.A., Methodist Parsonage; Carnegie Library. Donahue Block at extreme right - Photo by Rossie

from the booklet: Regina Tornado June 30 1912, Regina Saskatchewan Canada 971.24 R

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## Related posts:

Boris Karloff's Stay in Saskatchewan

Anniversary of the Regina Tornado, June 30, 1912

Canada Day in 1912


06/11/10


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.


04/10/10


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.


02/20/10


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 info@rcmphc.com


09/09/09


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 saskobits.com)

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


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