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.


Tales of our Prairie Country...as told by Z.M. Hamilton

Recently, Jim S of Regina donated an old booklet called "Tales of our Prairie Country...as told by Z.M. Hamilton." The booklet contains a number of radio scripts about various events which took place in this neck of the Northwest Territories. They were originally broadcast on CHWC, an early radio station, and were published by the R.H. Williams & Sons Company, the department store (they actually owned the radio station). As the item is pretty fragile, it currently resides in the Prairie History office; perhaps, in future, we will be able to digitize it to make it more readily available.

We would like to thank Jim again for donating this intriguing item to the Prairie History Room.


Categories: New Books

New Book on the History of Muslims in Regina

Canada is a nation of immigrants and in recent years has welcomed many newcomers from a kaleidoscope of nations, many in the developing world; however, this has created a void in the Prairie History Room collection, which has tended to focus on settlers from Europe and the United Kingdom. As a result, PHR was pleased to receive a copy of the following: “History of the Muslims of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Their Organizations: Islamic Association, Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Muslims for Peace and Justice” by Naiyer Habib & Mahlaqa Naushaba Habib.

The book is sub-titled “A Cultural Integration” and was donated to the library by the authors. Dr. Habib was a respected cardiologist who worked in Saskatchewan from 1973 to 2004, while Mrs. Habib holds a Master’s degree in Political Science.

From the back cover:

Canada is home to immigrants from many cultures. Unlike times past, when newcomers from a foreign country seemed to want to blend in with their new culture as soon as possible, more recent immigrants want to become a part of their new home but retain some of the elements of their native cultures. This is a task that is often easier to talk about than to accomplish.

History of the Muslims of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Their Organizations: Islamic Association, CCMW and MPJ represents the struggle and success of authors and editors Naiyer Habib and Mahlaqa Naushaba Habib. When they immigrated to Canada in 1973, they wanted to preserve their culture and religion for themselves as well as for future Muslim generations. The Culture in their new home was much different than theirs. It was the time when literature on Islam or Islamic culture was hard to find in English, so it was difficult for their new neighbors to learn about them. Through Islamic organizations begun by the Habibs and others in the Muslim community, whose stories are shared in this book, they introduced Islam and Muslims to Regina, while still holding on to their culture, but integrating with society at large.

History of the Muslims of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Their Organizations: Islamic Association, CCMW and MPJ demonstrate it is not always easy to incorporate a familiar culture in a new home. But with hard work and willingness of all cultures involved to learn from each other, it can be done successfully.

The Prairie History Room is pleased to add this book to our collection.


Upcoming RPL Program of interest: Red-Booting Around: A Walking Tour of Regina’s Ukrainian Stories

Patrons interested in the history of 11th Avenue may wish to participate in our upcoming walking tour: Red-Booting Around: A Walking Tour of Regina’s Ukrainian Stories, Thurday, August 25th:

Join us for a tour of historic sites connected with Regina's Ukrainian community; meet up at 5:30 pm at the Ukrainian Co-op on the corner of 11th Ave. and Winnipeg St. Walk will commence at 6 pm and runs rain or shine. Presented by the Prairie History Room in partnership with the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild and the Ukrainian community.

Major stops are St. Basil's Church and the UNF Hall.

For more information about this event, please contact Warren at phr@reginalibrary.ca or call 306.777.6039.


Categories: PHR Programs

Upcoming RPL Program of interest: The Willow Tree, presented by Anna Mare Willey

In honour of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Prairie History Room is pleased to present the following program:

The Willow Tree -- presented by Anna Marie Willey

This heartfelt musical video montage features seven original songs
together with historical images which were discovered in an RCAF
member’s kitbags, and unpacked by his daughter nearly seventy years
after his return from service. “The Willow Tree” portrays a story
from his enlistment to his return home – a journey thousands of others
also experienced as they served their country with great courage
during World War II.

Tuesday, August 16th, 7-8:00 pm
Film Theatre, Central Library

Pre-register at phr@reginalibrary.ca or by calling 306.777.6039.

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