Category: Regina History

07/13/15


History Alive! Vignettes

Government House and the Saskatchewan Legislative Building are coming alive this summer!

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)

Sundays and Tuesdays at Government House. Performances begin at approximately 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Mondays at the Legislative Building. Performances begin at approximately 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.


07/11/15


Categories: Tours, Regina History

Take a Tour of Regina with Heritage Regina This Summer

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:

Path of the Tornado
Sunday, July 12th, 2015
6:00pm-8:00pm
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.

Walk around Wascana Lake
Sunday, July 19th, 2015
6:00pm- 8:00pm
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.


11/29/14


Website with early postcards of Prairie towns

The website Images of Prairie Towns is worth a look.
Images are being added monthly.

The postcard above is a Regina street scene, featuring the Regina Trading Company, from the Images of Prairie Towns collection.


07/04/14


Heritage Regina Walking Tour Schedule - 2014

This summer Heritage Regina will be offering four of its popular guided walking tours. All four will take place on Sundays at 6 pm.

Each of the tours will last approximately two hours, and they are free of charge.

Here is the schedule:

July 13: Historic College Avenue Walk
Meet guide Robin Adeney on the steps of Darke Hall at 6 pm.

July 20th: Walk Around Wascana Lake
Meet guide Will Chabun at the Wascana Marina off Broad Street) at 6 pm.

July 27th: Old Lakeview Walk
Meet guide Jackie Schmidt on the steps of the Legislative Building at 6 pm.

August 10th: Downtown Regina: Past and Present
Meet guide Bill Brennan outside the Scarth Street entrance at the Cornwall Centre at 6 pm.

For more information contact:

Bill Brennan: 306-585-0945 or jwilliambrennan1966@gmail.com
OR
Robin Adeney: 306-584-2987 or robin.j.adeney@gmail.com


06/20/14


Back to the Front: A Poetic Walking Tour about WW1

For those of you wanting to learn more about Regina's history, check out this upcoming library program...

Back to the Front: A Poetic Walking Tour about WW1
Monday, June 23 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Tour begins Northeast corner, City Square Plaza followed by the 8 pm screening of the A Soldier's Voice at the RPL Film Theatre.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War (WWI). Join story performer Vincent Murphy for an historic walking tour of the downtown area, with a focus on the Great War, presented by the Civic Museum of Regina, Dunlop Art Gallery, RPL, the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, and Coteau Books. Program includes a screening of A Soldier’s Voice, courtesy of Gyro Productions. Participants are also invited to tour the Civic Museum of Regina, 1375 Broad Street on Wednesday, June 25, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

Registration is required. To register, either click on this link to register online or contact Central Reference at 306-777-6120.

NOTE: In case of rain, the tour will be rescheduled to Tuesday, June 24, 6:00 - 9:00 pm.


08/23/13


Seeking Help About Regina's Eaton's Stores

For a book on the history of the T. Eaton Co, Bruce Allen Kopytekat is looking for human interest stories and anecdotes about Eaton's two Regina stores. If you can help, contact Bruce either by phone 1-586-944-6715 or by email: bakgraphics@comcast.net. You can also check out his project through Facebook www.facebook.com/EatonsTheTransCanadaStore or through his blog http://departmentstoremuseum.blogspot.com

For those who are curious, here are 5 quick facts about Eaton's in Regina:

* Eaton's warehouse was first established at the corner of Broad Street and 7th Avenue. The official ceremony to lay the cornerstone took place on July 24, 1918. Note: Click on the link to see a postcard showing the first Eaton's location in Regina.

* The Eaton's mail-order catalog featured a wide variety of consumer goods ranging from men and ladies apparel, beauty supplies and farm equipment. But did you know that the catalog also featured pre-fabricated homes? Note: The Prairie History Room has a collection of Eaton's catalogs from 1894 to 1941 as part of its microfilm collection.

* In 1967, the warehouse was renovated and added a number of stores, a restaurant and a Dominion Grocery store. This became the Centennial Mall which for a brief time, was also called the Eaton Dominion Mall.

* In August of 1981, Eaton's moved into the Cornwall Centre in downtown Regina.

* Despite attempts to keep the company viable, Eaton's finally closed its Regina doors in October of 1999.


07/12/13


Resources on Saskatchewan's Jewish History

CBC just published an article discussing how the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa recently acquired an archival donation of research materials documenting the history of Jewish farmers in Saskatchewan.


Credit: Louis Rosenberg / Library and Archives Canada / C-027518
Description: Standard barn erected for new Jewish farm settlers in Sonnenfeld Colony, Oungre, Saskatchewan

For those interested in learning more about the Saskatchewan's Jewish history and do not feel like traveling to Ottawa, here are a few recommended resources found in the Prairie History Room's collection:

* Friedgut, Theodore H. The Lipton Jewish Agricultural Colony, 1901-1951: Pioneering on Canada's prairies. Winnipeg, MB: Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, 2009.

*Hoffer, Clara and F. H. Kahan. Land of Hope. Saskatoon, SK: Modern Press, [1960].

* Leonoff, Cyril Edel. Wapella Farm Settlement: the First Successful Jewish Farm Settlement in Canada: a Pictorial History. [Winnipeg?], MB: Historical and Scientific Society of Manitoba : Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada, [c1972].

* Our Heritage: the History of the Regina and Region Jewish Community: a Commemorative Book. [Regina]: Beth Jacob Congregation, c1989.

* Rosenberg, Louis. The Story of Edenbridge. Toronto, ON: Jewish Standard, 1934.

* Usiskin, Michael. Uncle Mike's Edenbridge: Memoirs of a Jewish Pioneer Farmer. Winnipeg, MB: Peguis, 1983.


06/29/12


June 30, 2012 Regina Tornado Events

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Regina Tornado, a number of events are taking place on Saturday, June 30th at the City Square Plaza and Victoria Park. Besides unveiling a plaque to commemorate the event, the City of Regina has created a self-guided walking tour. To download a copy of the walking tour go to Regina.ca/Heritage & History.

Four downtown churches will be open for public tours:

• Knox-Metropolitan (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.);
• First Baptist (11:30 to 2 p.m.);
• St. Paul’s Cathedral (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.);
• Blessed Sacrament (12:45 to 2 p.m. – Mass is being held earlier so people are asked not to enter the church prior to this time).

Knox-Met and First Baptist were damaged and St. Paul’s was a triage centre in the aftermath of the disaster.

Regina's Development Review Branch prepared the self-guided walking tour brochure for downtown. Pick one up at the Legacy event or at the four churches. The brochure provides information about the architecture and history of these churches and other buildings of the era along with details of the 1912 tornado.

Most of the events are being organized by the Regina Tornado Legacy Group and the Spiralling Forces Festival. For a detailed program on the events of June 30 visit www.spiralingforces.ca


Also, be sure to check out the great CBC website on the 1912 Regina Tornado: http://www.cbc.ca/sask/features/1912/


06/24/12


Remembering the 1912 Tornado


This is the 100th Anniversary of the devastating tornado that hit Regina on June 30, 1912.

## Related posts:
Boris Karloff's Stay in Saskatchewan

Anniversary of the Regina Tornado, June 20, 1912

Canada Day in 1912

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Have a look at the recent book about the Regina Tornado:
Storm of the Century by Sandra Bingaman

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Check out the new drama Swept Off Our Feet: Boris Karloff and the Regina Cycle put on by Regina Summer Stage July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Regina Performing Arts Centre at 1077 Angus St. in Regina

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The Tornado Project is a series of free events engaging art, science, nature and history to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1912 Regina Tornado. Go to the Spiraling Forces website for details of events on June 27 - June 30.
Of particular interest is the Path of the Tornado walking tour on June 30 - Meet at the bandstand on the north side of Wascana Lake at 4:30 p.m.

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Interested in the current tornado situation in Saskatchewan?
Visit tornadohunter.com and check out Greg Johnson's blog.


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).


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