Archives for: May 2012
More New Books for Prairie History Room
Barry, Bill. People Places: Contemporary Saskatchewan Place Names. Regina, SK: People Places Publishing, 2003.
Summary: A revised version of his earlier work, this book is an indispensable source for information on Saskatchewan's fascinating place names...designed to cover the names that will be encountered by the tourist...keyed to the current Saskatchewan road map and formatted to fit conveniently in your glove compartment...includes thousands of new derivations PLUS an ALL NEW pronunciation guide.
Marchildon, Michel. L'abbé Arthur Marchildon sous le signe du castor un bâtisseur de la Francophonie en Saskatchewan. Regina, SK: La Société historique de la Saskatchewan, c2010.
Summary: Arthur Marchildon was born in Zenon Park in 1920 and was ordained a priest in the church of his hometown in 1946. His biography traces the milestones of a life dedicated to the development of the francophone in Saskatchewan and it also addresses many facets of francophone history.
Dolan, Allison. The Genealogist's Census Pocket Reference: Tips, Tricks & Fast Facts to Track Your Ancestors. Cincinnati, OH: Family Tree Books, c2012.
Summary: Census records are a key source for tracing your family tree—and this handy collection puts census-related resources, tips, lists and need-to-know facts at your fingertips! This book will help you find:
* websites with census records and date
* questions from each U.S. census 1790 to 1940
* maps of the territory covered in each federal census
* a key to common abbreviations
* instructions to enumerators population and immigration trends
* explanations of special schedules
* state and international census resources
Elliott, David R. Researching Your Irish Ancestors at Home and Abroad. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, 2012.
Summary: This book will help all those, no matter where they live, who are searching for ancestors in Ireland. David R. Elliott has taken eight research trips to Ireland on behalf of his clients and has worked in most archival repositories in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Dr. Elliott gives clues to finding your ancestral county, then the parish and townland within the county. He explains how Irish archival centres work and describes how you can flesh out your ancestors’ lives and what you might find in cemeteries.
2012 Victoria Day Weekend Hours
Just a reminder that the Prairie History Room will have the following operating hours this long weekend:
Friday, May 18, 2012: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 19, 2012: 9:30 am to 5:00 Pm
Sunday, May 20, 2012: CLOSED
Monday, May 21, 2012: CLOSED
Tuesday, May 22, 2012: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
New History Books for Prairie History
McManus, Curtis R. Happyland: a History of The "Dirty Thirties" in Saskatchewan, 1914-1937. Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Press, c2011.
Summary: “Dirty Thirties” is the sobriquet commonly applied to the agricultural crisis in the dry lands of southern Saskatchewan in Canada that coincided with the Great Depression, and it is generally assumed that prior to this period healthier, normal conditions prevailed. In Happyland, Curtis McManus contends that the “Dirty Thirties,” actually began much earlier and were connected only peripherally to the Depression itself. McManus has mined the rarely consulted records of Rural Municipalities in Saskatchewan, as well as government documents, ministerial correspondence, local community histories, newspapers, and publications of relevant government departments, to tell this story that has not yet been told — a story of a quarter-century of stubborn persistence, but also of absurdity, despair, social dislocation, moral corrosion, and inconsistent and often inept government policy.
Marchildon, Gregory P., editor. Agricultural History. Regina, SK: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2011.
Summary: The 18 essays selected for this volume of the History of the Prairie West Series all focus on the agricultural history of the Canadian Plains. They cover a detailed survey of First Nations agricultural practices, agriculture during the fur trade era, and the history of ranching and its evolution as fenced-in farm settlements supplanted the open range. The emergence of wheat as the region's premier crop after the turn of the 20th century is also examined, a development which led the Prairie Provinces to become known as the "breadbasket of the world." Further studied are mechanization and other adaptations to dryland farming, as well as changes to how the Prairie's cattle and crops were transported and marketed abroad. Finally, the essays cover the rise of farmers' organizations and their attempts to receive fair treatment and fair prices from the grain companies and the railways.
New Issue of Families Magazine
Families, May 2012, Vol. 51, No. 1
* "Chapter 1: Sharing Your Research" by Susan Yates and Greg Ioannou, pgs. 3-5. Note: article examines the notion of publishing your family history and some of the thing to consider when it comes to self-publishing.
* "Of Buttermilk and Banjos: a Glimpse into the History of Blacks in Norfolk County" by Scott Gillies, pgs. 15-20.
* "The English Settlement Examination Record for William Bennett of Chedzoy, Somerset: a Genealogical Treasure" by Brooke Findlay Skelton, pgs. 28-32.
Note: Issue also contains the May 2012 supplement of NewsLeaf.
Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week. Back issues of most Prairie History Room magazines are kept in the shelf behind the current issue and can also be borrowed for a 1 week loan period.
The Prairie History Room staff were very sad to hear the news about the recent passing of Keith Knox, a well-known and respected figure in Regina's heritage community. As a founding member of a number of heritage-related associations, including Biographies Regina, Heritage Regina and the Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Society, Keith leaves behind an incredible legacy. He will be sorely missed.
For more information about his life, click on the link to his obituary published in the Leader Post.
Important: Lorne Street Traffic Update
As many of you might have noticed already, the section of Lorne Street between 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue is currently CLOSED for construction. During this period, a fence has been erected along the curb on Lorne Street, following the curb past the ramp to the library.
Central Library and the Prairie History Room will remain OPEN during the construction but public parking in front of the library and along Lorne Street will be extremely limited. The entire construction period is currently schedule to be completed by mid-October.
For more information about the construction, please click here for the Library's press release.
Duddrige, Lew. Flying Duddridges of Hanley. [Victoria, BC]: Trafford Publishing, c2011.
Summary: Lew and Len Duddridge hadn't planned on entering an occupation that made death their partner. They had dreamed of working as farmers, teachers, bankers, or civil servants, but instead they became wartime pilots. In The Flying Duddridges of Hanley, author Lew Duddridge narrates the story of how he and his brother Len, two brothers from Hanley, Saskatchewan, served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. They were the only two of the thirteen young men from this small town who would live to tell their story. This memoir relays the Duddridges' many flight experiences, such as making their first solo flights in a Spitfire aircraft and crash landing a burning Spitfire after a German FW 190 damaged the engine and propeller. Interwoven with tales about their farm upbringing and their personal lives, The Flying Duddridges of Hanley, brings World War II to life from the perspective of two brothers who became men while experiencing the terrors and tragedy of WWII.
Karpan, Robin and Arlene. Saskatchewan Wild: a Wildlife Photographic Journey. Saskatoon, SK: Parkland Pub., 2010.
Summary: Saskatchewan abounds with wonderful opportunities to see and enjoy wildlife. Famous as "North America's Duck Factory", the province raises a quarter of the continent's ducklings. Waterfowl stage here in the hundreds of thousands, giving us easy access to some of nature's greatest spectacles each fall with birds almost blackening the sky as they lift off in unison. Saskatchewan is home to half of Canada's pelicans, half of Canada's designated sites in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, the world's largest inland concentration of Bald Eagles, white-tailed deer with the largest antlers in North America, some of the last remaining sage-grouse in Canada, the only black-tailed prairie dogs in Canada, and a quarter of the world's endangered Piping Plovers. Saskatchewan Wild is a taste of the many wildlife adventures possible in Saskatchewan. It is both a celebration of our wildlife and a reminder of what we might lose if we aren't careful.
Regina's Annual Jane's Walk
The time has finally arrived - Regina's annual Jane's Walk kicks off tomorrow morning (May 5) and runs through the weekend (May 6)!
We have 10 great walks being held this weekend and lots of Regina neighbourhoods - north Regina, the Warehouse district, Germantown, the U of R... you name it! Please remember that walks go rain or shine so dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes! More tips for Jane's Walkers can be found at: http://janeswalk.net/walk
For a full list of walks being held in Regina, you can visit: http://janeswalk.net/cities/list/category/regina
You can also get the free Jane's Walk app here to know what walks are happening: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/janes-walk/id428357590?mt=8
So go, explore our city, share your thoughts and stories, and enjoy!
-Laura, Jane's Walk Organizer
p.s. please send us any photos and stories - we'd love to know about your experience!
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