Regina Branch Saskatchewan Genealogical Society AGM.

The Regina Branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society will be holding a potluck AGM at Central Lutheran Church, 2625 12th Avenue, on Tuesday, November 22nd. Doors open at 6:00 pm, followed by food at 6:30 pm and the AGM meeting at 7:00 pm.

Members are requested to bring payment for next year's membership to the meeting.

Guest speaker at 7:30 pm: Greg Mulatz -- Military battlefields in Europe.


Categories: New Magazines

New Prairie History Magazines

National Genealogical Society Quarterly
Volume 104, No. 3, September 2016

Featured Articles:

Frontier Research Strategies -- Weaving a Web to Snare a Birth Family: John Watts (ca 1749-ca. 1822)
Elizabeth ShownMills, CG, CGL, FNGS, FASG

Who was Mariah, wife of Jacob Lasher (1773-1857) of Germantown, Columbia County, New York?
Julie Miller, CG, FNGS

Resolving a Modern Genealogical Problem: What was Rainey Nelson's Birth Name?
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

Thinking about Genealogical Identity
Stephen B. Hatton

All Prairie History Magazines can be borrowed for seven days.


History of Regina's Exhibition.

The Heritage Regina Winter Lecture Series presents:

Rollie Bourassa with The History of Agricultural Fairs in Regina.

Thursday, November 24th, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Artful Dodger, 1651-11th Avenue.

For more information on the Winter Lecture Series visit www.heritageregina.ca


Upcoming RPL Program of interest: Genealogy: Organzing Your Paper Files, repeated!

Due to popular demand, the Prairie History program Genealogy: Organizing Your Paper Files will be repeated on Sunday, November 20th.

We LOVE the thrill of the chase! Later we can’t find what we *know* we have. This presentation deals strictly with getting control of the copious amounts of paper we collect, and getting it organized so you can find, within a few seconds, exactly what you are looking for! Eureka! Hello happy dances, and goodbye dust bunnies!!

Presenter is Pat Ryan.

For more information or to register for this session, please email: phr@reginalibrary.ca or call 306.777.6039.


Call for submissions: The Lost Stories project.

Call for Submissions

The Lost Stories Project, 2017 Edition
Public Art to Mark 150 Years of Canada

Yee Clun and Regina's "White Women's Labour Law"

Deadline: 25 November 2016

The Lost Stories Project collects little-known stories about the Canadian past, transforms them into works of public art on appropriate sites, and documents the process through a series of short films available in English, French and other appropriate languages. Based at Concordia University and led by Concordia historian Ronald Rudin, in collaboration with professors from other universities and artists working in various media, the project has received support from the Canadian government's Canada 150 fund to develop four new episodes for 2017.

Each of these episodes is built around a story chosen from those submitted by the public. In each case, a story will be paired with an artist who will have the task of interpreting it to create a permanent public artwork to be located on a site related to that story. The artist's creative process will figure prominently in the documentary films that we will be producing. We are interested in allowing viewers to see the wide array of choices that an artist has to make, along the way showing both those choices that were incorporated into the artwork as well as those that were rejected. Interested artists should be comfortable in speaking on camera about their work. To get a better idea of the artist's on-camera role, see the pilot episode for the series, Thomas Widd's Lost Story, at the project website.

Lost Stories 2017 Edition
The four stories selected to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada deal with various topics from the past and are from all parts of the country. Further details about these stories are also available at the project website. However, this particular call is aimed at artists interested in creating artwork that tells the story described below.

Yee Clun and Regina's "White Women's Labour Law": Yee Clun, a Regina restaurant owner, came to prominence in 1924, fighting a Saskatchewan law that required him to secure a municipal license to hire "white women" as employees. Following dramatic public hearings, his request for a license was rejected. This is a story of racial prejudice, but also one of the courage of Yee Clun (seated to the left in the front row) to challenge the law and of others who stood up for his cause. His story will be told in Regina's Art Park, not far from Yee Clun's home.

The successful candidate will need to complete their artwork so that it can be installed during the summer of 2017, on a date still be established, most likely in July or August. A significant public event will be staged to mark the installation of the artwork.

Call for Submissions: Deadline 25 November 2016.

We invite artists who have some connection with this story to submit a dossier, no later than 25 November. Since the creative process will take place on camera, we are not asking for detailed proposals of possible artwork. However, we are interested in reviewing artist's CVs, and receiving links to works that we can view on-line. Moreover, it would be helpful to have a sense of the type of artwork that is central to your practice, together with any pertinent experience that would indicate your comfort in discussing your practice on camera.

Dossiers will be evaluated by the team directing the Lost Stories Project, which includes individuals with a wide array of experience in presenting stories about the past in public space. Short lists will be created in late November, with interviews (most likely by Skype) to follow. Final decisions will be made by mid-December. The successful candidate will receive $2000 as exhibition rights and a $10,000 budget for supplies and materials. If travel is required to the site for installation of the artwork, a small travel budget is available.

For further information, or to submit your dossier, contact: historylost@concordia.ca, using the subject line: Lost Stories Artwork.

Your submission should contain:
• Cover letter outlining your ties to this specific story or to one of the communities touched by this story. In addition, indicate your reasons for wanting to take part in the making of a marker for this story and your experience related to speaking about your practice.
• CV
• Examples of previous works. Please send links to your website or other online site (such as Dropbox or Google Drive) to view examples of your previous work.

Applications must be received by midnight on 25 November 2016.


Upcoming RPL Program of interest: Riel/Shevchenko: an evening of poetry & remembrance.

The following Prairie History Room program will be of interest to patrons from all backgrounds:

Riel/Shevchenko: an evening of Poetry & Remembrance
Monday, November 14th, 7:00-8:30 pm
RPL Film Theatre, Central Library

Louis Riel and Taras Shevchenko are both seminal figures in the history of the Métis and Ukrainian peoples, but both were poets as well as inspirational figures. Join us for an evening of their poetry. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served. Please pre-register at phr@reginalibrary.ca or call 306.777.6039.

p.s. If you are a Metis musician or dancer who would like to perform at this event, please contact Warren at the Prairie History Room at phr@reginalibary.ca or call 306.777.6039.


Categories: New Magazines

New Prairie History Magazines

Autumn 2016
Volume 64/Number 4

“The Blue-Eyed Sheik of Saudi Alberta” Peter Lougheed, Oil Shocks, and the National Energy Policy of 1980/Gayle Thrift.

Surveying the Forty-Ninth Parallel/L.F. Hewgill.

What’s in the Name Calgary?/Nancy Townshend.

November/December 2016
Volume 2, Number 5

Genealogical Journeying…You CAN Go Home Again!/Joseph Grandinetti.

Our Aviation Ancestors/David A. Norris.

Preserving Cemetaries – Why Bother?/Mike Lewman.

Traveling in Their Footsteps – My Journey through Europe with James/Jennifer Holik.

Mining Post Civil War Records – More Than Pensions and Old Soldiers Homes!/Diane L. Richard.

US and Canadian Jewish Archival Research Collections/Melody Amsel-Arieli.

Following Leads from Postcards Can be Rewarding/Richard H. Goms Jr.

All Prairie History Magazines can be borrowed for seven days.


Upcoming workshop: "Documenting Oral History" with Kristin Catherwood

This upcoming workshop will be of interest to those documenting oral history:

November 19: Workshop 'Documenting Oral History' with Kristin Catherwood

Held at Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan Office, 452 Albert St N., Regina. For culture and heritage workers and volunteers, anyone with an interest in documentation, including those who want to record family members. The basics of ICH (Intangible Cultural Heritage). Fees include lunch.

Register with Saskatchewan Archaeological Society by November 9.


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.

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