Categories: PHR Programs

Giant Steps: The History of Jazz -- reprise.

Giant Steps, the February 13th Black History Month program, fell victim to the power failure which blanketed the downtown in darkness -- so, we're going for a reprise (or is it an encore?):

Giant Steps: The History of Jazz.
Regina Public Library Film Theatre
2311-12th Avenue
Monday, March 6th, 7-8:30 pm

Learn about the artists, styles, and stories behind America's great original artform — Jazz. In honour of Black History month, September Russell will take your ears on a tour of Jazz, from its historic roots in the black community to the present day. Rescheduled from February 13th, when the program was cancelled due to a power failure.

We hope you can join us -- and that the lights stay on!


Upcoming RPL program of interest: One Room School House Records -- What You Can Learn From Them.

The following Prairie History Room program will be of interest and has available spaces:

One Room School House Records -- What You Can Learn From Them.

Public Meeting Room#1,
Regina Public Library
2311-12th Avenue
Sunday, February 26th, 2-3:30 pm

The online 'One Room Schoolhouse Project' helps to bring the one room schoolhouses of history to life on the internet with contributions by former students, teachers and residents. To illustrate the wealth of available information, Christa Kaytor will discuss her family's research into a number of one room school districts. Registration required: register at phr@reginalibrary.ca or by calling 306.777.6039.

We hope you can join us.


Upcoming Heritagte Week program: Collegiate Gothic Architecture in Regina.

In honour of Heritage Week, join James Youck from P3 Architecture Partnership,as he presents a brief history of the College Avenue Campus, and a more detailed description of how this rich sociological and architectural history, embodied by Collegiate Gothic style, affect the design process for the College Avenue Campus Renewal.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:00 pm at Government House, 4607 Dewdney Avenue. Free & open to the public; refreshments to follow Mr. Youck's presentation.

For more information, visit Heritage Regina at heritageregina.ca


Heritage Saskatchewan at heritagesask.ca


“Finding home in Story: Metis concepts of Home and Kinship”

The Prairie History and Heritage Saskatchewan are pleased to present the following Heritage Week (February 20-24) program with host Regina Public Library Writer-in-Residence, Trevor Herriot:

“Finding home in Story: Metis concepts of Home and Kinship”

Regina Public Library Film Theatre
2311-12th Avenue
Tuesday, February 21st, 7:-8:30 pm

Connect with Saskatchewan land and history during this evening of storytelling. Presented by the Prairie History Room, Regina Writer-in-Residence, Trevor Herriot, will host a session with Metis storytellers to show how historical resources inform and support the stories that speak to Metis notions of home and kinship. Everyone welcome; register at phr@reginalibrary.ca or by calling 306.777.6039.

For more great Heritage Week events, visit the Heritage Saskatchewan website at www.heritagesask.ca


Heritage Week workshops: Heritage Saskatchewan

Heritage Saskatchewan is celebrating Heritage Week (February 20th to 24th) by holding two workshops of interest to heritage workers & volunteers:

Thursday, February 23rd
Punching Above Your Weight: Raising Funds for Places that Matter -- a fundraising workshop delivered by The National Trust for Canada.

Friday, February 24th
Everyone has a Role in Reconciliation.
This session is for those looking for a meaningful role in reconciliation within their own life, in their workplace, and in their professional career.
Keynote Speaker: Eugene Arcand
Workshop Leader: Zoey Roy

For more information about these workshops or to register, please visit: www.heritagesask.ca


Categories: New Books, PHR Programs

Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Heriott

The Prairie History has just added a new book to our collection by the Regina Public Library Writer-in-Residence, Trevor Herriot: Towards a Prairie Atonement.

"In the wake of colonization, in a landscape of loss and dispossession, can we rediscover ways to share the land with other creatures and one another? Towards a Prairie Atonement addresses this question by enlisting the help of a Métis Elder and revisiting the history of one corner of the Great Plains. Set on a prairie remnant seven thousand years old, this book's lyrical blend of personal narrative, prairie history, imagery, and argument begins with the cause of protecting native grassland on community pastures. As the narrative unfolds, however, Trevor Herriot, the award-winning author of Grass, Sky, Song and River in a Dry Land, finds himself recruited into the work of reconciliation. Facing his own responsibility as a descendent of settlers, he connects today's ecological disarray to colonial decisions to remove the Metis and their community land ethic from the prairie. With Indigenous and settler people alienated from one another and from the grassland itself, hope and courage are in short supply. This book proposes an atonement that could again bring people and prairie together."

RPL also has circulating copies of the book.

Join Trevor Herriot and Prairie History Room staff on Tuesday, February 21st, 7 pm, for "Finding Home in Story: Metis Concepts of Home and Kinship;" please contact PHR at phr@reginalibrary.ca for more information.


Saskatchewan Archives Week: February 5-11, 2017

February 5th to 11th is Saskatchewan Archives Week and the following events will be taking place in Regina:

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan will present a two hour event that will feature readings from never before seen 1885 dispatches to and from the war front, and excerpts from Louis Riel’s diary. The event begins at 7:00 PM on Wednesday February 8 at Bushwakker Brewing Company. Speakers include Prof. James Daschuk and Prof Sylvain Rehault from the University of Regina, Darren Prefontaine from the Gabriel Dumont Institute, and master of ceremonies Frank Korvemaker, and characters from the ‘Trial of Louis Riel’ play.

In partnership with the Regina Public Library’s Prairie History Room, join the City of Regina Archives for “Picturing the Past: Treasures from the City of Regina Archives.” At 7:00 on February 7 at the Regina Public Library Central Branch (2311 12th Avenue.) Archives staff will introduce the Archives, reveal hidden treasures from the collection, and uncover the ways that you can access and use these treasures. You’ll also discover some fascinating Regina history along the way!

For a list of activities province wide, visit the Saskatchewan Council of Archives and Archivists at www.scaa.sk.ca

Categories: PHR Programs

"We're Here, Now What?" -- new venue.

Next Monday night's Black History Month program with Ponziano Aluma has been moved from the Regina Public Library Film Theatre to the more intimate environment of the RPL Board Room on the 2nd Floor. There are still seats available, so we hope you can join us; here are the details:

"We're Here, Now What?" -- an author reading by Ponziano Aluma.
Regina Public Library Board Room, 2nd floor
2311-12th Avenue
Monday, February 6th, 7:-8:30 pm

Newcomers to Canada often struggle trying to find their way in a new culture with comical misadventures, near fatal errors and painfully embarrassing moments as they find their place in their new home, Canada. In honour of Black History Month, Ponziano Aluma will read from his book, “We’re Here, Now What?” which uses humour to shed a gracious light on the newcomer experience. A native of Uganda, Ponziano will have copies of his book available for purchase. Everyone welcome; register at phr@reginalibrary.ca or by calling 306.777.6039.


Categories: Stories From Our Past

Jerome Nagel, 1958-1990: a request for information.

Lori Smith has approached the Prairie History Room in her quest to find information on her late brother, Jerome Nagel, a former Regina Public Library employee. Jerome started as a part-time Visual Display Artist in the RPL Public Relations Unit (now Marketing and Communications) on September 2nd, 1980, before moving into the full time Display and Graphic Artist position, and helped in the designing of the new RPL logo that year. He held the position from March 19th, 1981 until his resignation on August 31st of that year. He died in Vancouver on August 6th, 1990.

Jerome was an artist who had works displayed at both Central and Connaught Library; he was also an activist who helped found AIDS Regina, as well as the People Living with AIDS Network of Saskatchewan. In addition, he created the People with AIDS Health Care Fund and set up the first HIV positive/PWA Support Group.

Jerome was the recipient of AIDS Regina’s Community Service Award in May 1990 and after his death the AIDS Health Care Fund was renamed “the Jerome Nagel Health Care Fund.” After AIDS Regina was renamed as AIDS Program South Saskatchewan (APSS), Jerome’s fund was combined with a second fund to create the Ric Ranger/Jerome Nagel Wellness Fund, which after 25 years still continues to help those living with HIV and AIDS. APSS fundraises and accepts donations into this Wellness Fund.

Jerome was also involved in the 1985 creation of the AIDS Regina Quilt, which represents both APSS and “People Living with AIDS (PLWAs). Jerome designed the AIDS Regina logo, a blue triangle signifying the “A” of “AIDS,” with “Regina” across the middle. Since 2009, APSS has run a Quilt of Hope project which raises money in support of the Ric Ranger/Jerome Nagel Wellness Fund.

Anyone willing to share knowledge, documentation and photos they have of Jerome, as well as AIDS Regina and its activities from 1985 to 1993 time period, are asked to share with Jerome’s sister, Lori Smith, who is currently writing about his life and legacy; Lori can be contacted via: 1-306-551-8557 or lori@gracefulearning.com or thru Warren at phr@reginalibrary.ca


Picturing the Past: Treasures from the City of Regina Archives.

The Prairie History Room is proud to present the following Saskatchewan Archives Week program in partnership with the City of Regina Archives:

Picturing the Past: Treasures from the City of Regina Archives.

Regina Public Library Film Theatre
2311-12th Avenue
Tuesday, February 7th, 7:-8:30 pm

The City of Regina Archives is a terrific source for old photographs and other historical material of interest to artists, researchers, and anyone else with a curiosity for history. In honour of Saskatchewan Archives Week, join the members of the City of Regina Archives team as they introduce the Archives, reveal hidden treasures from the collection, and uncover the ways that you can access and use these treasures. You’ll also discover some fascinating Regina history along the way! Everyone welcome; register at phr@reginalibrary.ca or by calling 306.777.6039.


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