Celebrate Halloween like the Victorians did!

Bump in the night
Fun Family Halloween Party for all ages from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Government House, Sunday, October 30

Enjoy magic shoes in the ballroom. Solve the mystery in the museum. Build a Halloween mask. Create a Victorian postcard. Dress in your best costume and be entered to win a prize. Admission is free.

For more information contact Government House at:


We hope you have a spook-tacular time!


Upcoming RPL Program of interest: College Avenue: Past, Present & Future.

The following Prairie History Room program will be of interest to those concerned with local history and architecture.

College Avenue: Past, Present & Future.

Sunday, October 30th
RPL Film Theatre
2:00-4:00 pm

College Avenue and College Avenue Campus are a treasure trove of history and stories. Local historian Don Black and Architect James Youck will discuss the history and evolution of this part of the City from the past to the present and future including the buildings and the people who lived and worked in them.

Please pre-register at ReginaLibrary.ca or contact phr@reginalibrary.ca or call 306.777.6039.

We hope you can spend Sunday afternoon with us.


Upcoming RPL Program of interest: Family Tree Wall Hanging

The following Prairie History Room program is coming up next week and there are still spaces available for those who are interested:

Family Tree Wall Hanging

Central Library
Wednesday, October 12th
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Make art to adorn your wall with a Family Tree Hanging using scrapbooking papers and pictures of your family. You need to bring photos of all members of the family - we will be cutting up the photos! We will be using circle punches with a diameter of 1 to 1.5 in to cut headshots out of the photos so please do not bring portrait photos. Besides photos of your immediate family, you can bring photos of grandparents and family pets too. Your family's surname can be included on the wall hanging as well. There is a $5 materials fee.

If you are interested in the above program, you can register online or thru the Prairie History Room at: phr@reginalibrary.ca
or by calling: 306.777.6039

We hope some of you can join us.


Categories: New Magazines

New Prairie History Magazines

Family Tree Magazine
October/November 2016
Volume 17, issue 6


Search and Recover/David A Fryxell
41 strategies for finding your family history online.

Here Comes the Neighborhood/Sunny Jane Morton
Learn how to use old records, maps and photos to recreate the place your family called home.

First Families/Nancy Shively
Does your family tell of roots among America's original residents?

Pixel-Perfect Photo Projects/Dennis May Levenick
Don't keep family photos to yourself!

DNA Toolbox/Blaine T. Bettinger
Solve genealogy mysteries with these indispensable, free online tools analyze your DNA test results.

Internet Genealogy
October/November 2016
Volume 11, Number 4


Census Enumeration Districts: a source for rarely-seen maps/David A. Norris

Develop Your Ancestor's Story/George G. Morgan

Welcome to North Dakota (online records of ND settlers)/Carol Richey

Online Freedmen's Bureau Records/Diane L. Richard

Convict Research in Tasmania -- Story of a Hangman/Gabrielle Morgan

All Prairie History magazines can be borrowed for seven days.


Categories: New Books

Some New Additons to the Prairie History Collection.

The following books have just been added to the Prairie History collection:

Hope Beyond the Horizon; stories by Russian Mennonite Refugees fleeing the Soviet Union.

Translated from the German and edited by John P. Nickel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1996.
PHR 289.73 HOPEB

Memorials to Canada's War Dead.
Government of Canada, Veterans Affairs.
PHR 940.456 MEMOR

Both volumes were donated to the Prairie History Room by the late Bill Barry.


Corvus: a novel/Harold Johnson
813.6 JOHNS

Mr. Johnson, who presented an author reading at the Regina Public Library on May 1st, 2016, is a First Nations author who was nominated for the Aboriginal People's Writing Award at the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards.


Book Signing: Flight Test -- The Avro Arrow and a Career in Aeronautical Engineering.

The Canadian Aviation Historical Society will present a talk and book-signing by David Waechter, who just published a new book about his father’s work with Avro Aircraft Limited, entitled Flight Test – The Avro Arrow and a Career in Aeronautical Engineering.

The event is talking place in the Dieppe Bistro, lower level, Royal Canadian Legion Branch, 1820 Cornwall Street, next Tuesday, September 20th, at 7:30 pm.

For more information, email cahsregina@hotmail.com.


Categories: New Magazines

New Prairie History Magazines

Autumn 2016

Remembering Fort La Montee/Carl A. Krause
Attending Normal School, 1951-52/Victor Carl Friesen
Bad Nights in Regina/Kay Parley

Manitoba History
No. 81/Summer 2016

Thrashing Seasons: The Origin of Prairie Wrestling/C. Nathan Hatton
Heritage and the Landscape of Memory: Commemorating the Fur Trade in Manitoba/Robert Coutts
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rise of the Concrete Giants/Gordon Goldsborough

Your Genealogy Today
September/October 2016

Dog License Records and Genealogy/David A. Norris
Oral History Hygiene: Preventing Cavities in Your Genealogy/Joe Grandinetti
Researching Military Service in World War II Museums and Cemeteries in Europe/Jennifer Holik

All of the above magazines are available for borrowing.


Henderson Digitization project begins


The Prairie History Room is currently working with the University of Alberta to digitize our collection of Henderson City Directories between 1908-1965 in order to make them available online for our clients. We hope to limit any disruptions to service, but some volumes/years may be restricted or unavailable for the duration of the project. We do have duplicates of most copies.

Please direct any concerns to: phr@reginalibrary.ca

We thank you for your patience; the end result will be improved and convenient access to the Henderson directories for patrons in Regina and across Canada.

The Henderson's are currently on the first leg of their journey -- watch this blog for updates as the project moves forward.


The Prairie History Room Sport's Trivia Challenge: on now!

Bleed green? Feel lucky? Know it all? Try your luck at the Prairie History Room's (PHR) Sports Trivia challenge, in celebration of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame's 50th Anniversary.

The bad news is that the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has supplied ten really hard questions. The good news? You're welcome to use resources from Regina Public Library and our Prairie History Room to help you answer them. Good luck! Prizes are gift cards from the Rider Store, draw to take place the first weekend of October.

Check out the contest online at: www.reginalibrary.ca/stc/

Good luck!


Categories: PHR Programs, In the News

Upcoming RPL Program of interest: The Memory Project Presents Captain Sheldon Maerz

The Prairie History Room is pleased to present the following program:

The Memory Project connects active service members and veterans with speaking engagements in their community. Join us as Captain Sheldon Maerz discusses the services offered by the Canadian Forces to address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and describes his experiences serving in Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia. Please per-register at phr@reginalibrary.ca or call 306.777.6039.

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