Category: Regina History

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).


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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## Related posts:

Boris Karloff's Stay in Saskatchewan

Anniversary of the Regina Tornado, June 30, 1912

Canada Day in 1912


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