Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazine for March 4

Relatively Speaking:The Alberta Genealogical Society Magazine. Volume 44, No.1 (February, 2016).
"Gardeners at Government House: Tools for the Task," by Gloria (Kennett) Cathcart
"Inadequacies of Online Sourcing," by Cecilia Heritage
"What is Said and What is not on the Familysearch.org website," by James L. Tanner
"Top Three Ways to use Social Media for Family History," by Amie Bowser Tennant
"For the Want of a Waistcoat!Searching Criminal Records in England and Wales," by Deborah Was

Please Note: all Prairie History magazines can be checked out for one week.


Upcoming RPL Program of interest

The following upcoming RPL program will be of interest to both political junkies and local history buffs:

A Tale of Two Provinces: Voting in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Tuesday, March 8th, 7-8:30 pm
Public Meeting Room#1

Who would have thought that Alberta would elect an NDP government? In honour of the upcoming Provincial Election, Dr. Bill Brennan provides an overview of voting patterns in both Saskatchewan and Alberta from1905 until today.

Registration required; use the link below or call the Prairie History Room at 306.777.6039:


Hope you can join us. Warren, Prairie History Room.


"History of Regina" by J.W. Powers

While perusing the offerings in our rare book cabinet, J.W. Power’s History of Regina is easily overlooked. Small in size, and less than 100 pages, this worn blue book doesn’t immediately catch the browser’s eye, reinforcing the old adage that “you can’t judge a book by its cover”. The charm of this book (the first book to be published in 1887 in what is now Saskatchewan) reveals itself within the title: "The history of Regina (illustrated) : its foundation and growth, with notices of the early pioneer merchants and business men, descriptive notices of the government offices and public institutions; with biographical sketches of Lieut.-Gov. Dewdney and principal officials; the Northwest Mounted Police; the Northwest and Municipal Councils: our churches, schools, etc.; besides a vast amount of other useful information, carefully obtained from reliable and authentic sources" by John Weston Powers (1887).

Published only five years after the settlement was established, Power’s History of Regina is the writers attempt to capture the spirit of Regina during its infancy, before its success was assured. In 1887, Regina was little more than a tent city situated in a bare and inhospitable environment, but Powers takes care to chronicle each significant moment in the town’s evolution with an eye to preserving these moments for posterity (and, I like to think, for the enjoyment of future readers). This book charts Regina’s early course, from the establishment of the settlement at “Pile o’Bones” to the trial and execution of Louis Riel. Powers was writing at a time when Regina’s potential must have seemed limitless, and the confidence of the era imbues this book with a charmingly earnest quality.

Some of the most interesting content of the book can be found on the last several pages, which contain the adverts, which are always good for a chuckle. As amusing as the ads are, for me, the highlight of this book is located on page 82 ½ (no idea why they added a ½!), where one will find the section entitled “Doing” The City (Specially Written for Canny Folk). This section aims to provide an armchair tour of Regina’s main streets, walking the reader south up Broad Street from the train station, and stopping at many notable businesses, shops and private residences throughout town. The following is a particularly wonderful excerpt from the tour for “canny folk”:

“Now we see something. This is the wonderful book store of P. Lamont. Here you can select from authors immortal, and invest in everything from a baby’s rattle to a stencil plate. We must walk through Mr. R.B. Ferguson’s furniture store. What a splendid and varied stock he has got, and finely cut down in price! You can leave your furniture order here? Why, of course. Mr. Hunt’s tailoring establishment reminds me I must get a new suit of clothes. Mr Hunt will make them too.
……Let us wind up by having a game of pool at Smith Bros. I’ll spot you five. These are splendid tables. Now for a fragrant Madre E Hijo cigar- those sold by Davis and Sons- then hurrah for supper at the Palmer!”

The aim of this tour is clearly to highlight the variety and sophistication of goods and services found in Regina, ensuring the reader that the town site is as or more worthy of settlement than any location in the Dominion. To the 21st century reader, Mr. Powers’ History of Regina is an amazing peak into Regina during its most formative period. This book is truly an essential part of our rare book collection, and recommended reading for anyone interested in Regina’s early years.

Written by: S. Hay
Please Note: All items located in the rare book cabinet of the Prairie History Room are available for in-library study upon request.

Prairie History Librarian

Hello out there!

My name is Warren James and I'm starting as the new Prairie History Librarian, beginning today, Monday, February 29th, 2016; I come from the Community Engagement & Programming Unit, where I've worked as the Adult & Young Adult program lead since September 2009. Before coming downtown, I served as the Branch Head at the Regent Park, Regent Place and Sherwood Village branches, as well as having the pleasure of being RPL's Young Adult Specialist from 2006-2009.

I admit to having a limited background in genealogy, but I have done a considerable amount of historical programming (including 2012's Cyclone Walking Touraa), which is why I choose to apply for this position. I look forward to both serving you and to learning a lot in the years ahead.

Cheers, Warren


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for February 26, 2016

NGS Magazine: For Generations Past, Present, and Future. Vol. 42, No.1,January-March 2016.
* "Explore Florida Through its Diverse History," by Marlis Humphrey
* "The Forgotten Nineteenth Century: The Short Life of John McAuliffe," by Bryna O'Sullivan
* "Cameras in the Courthouse," by Pam Anderson
* "Researching World War II Naval Armed Guard Vetrans," by Melissa A. Johnson

Please Note: All Magazines Can be Checked Out for 1 Week


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazine for February 19, 2016

Folklore: Saskatchewan's Yesterdays Personified, Winter 2015/2016
* "A Moose Hunt Story" by John Merasty
* "The City Cat and the Country Cat" by Bev Lundahl
* "Antiques Found in Saskatchewan- Part Three" by Ruth Lee-Knight
* "Many Roads to Learning" by Richard Wood

Please Note: All Magazines can be checked out for 7 days.


Categories: PHR News

Library Closed for February 14th and 15th

Please note: The library will be closed on Sunday February 14th and Monday February 15th for the Family Day holiday. The Library will re-open on Tuesday February 16th at 9:30a.m. Enjoy the holiday!


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for February 5, 2016

Families: Ontario Genealogical Society, Vol. 55, No. 1, February 2016
*"A Memorable Memorial: The Only Mausoleum in the Upper Ottawa Valley" by Robb Gorr.
*"Home Burials" by Royce MacGillivray.
*"In Search of History's Ghosts" by Bill Gladstone
*"The Ameteur Genealogist: Getting Started" by Fraser Dunford

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 103, No. 4, December 2015
* "Reassembling a Clark Family of Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina" by Laurel T. Baty.
* "Middle Names from 1792 and 1793 Help Reconstruct Ancestry of John Rodda Jr., Butcher at Helston, Cornwall" by Ronald A. Hill.
* "From Slavery to Society: The Jerry Moore Family of Virginia and Pennsylvania" by William A. Cox.
* "How to Solve Genealogy Problems and How to Know They Have Been Solved: A Guide to Elements of Genealogical Analysis and Mastering Genealogical Proof" by Harold Henderson.

Please Note: All Magazines Can be Checked Out for 1 Week


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazine for the week of January 25, 2015

Saskatchewan History, Volume 67, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2015

* "Nutana: The first neighborhood in Saskatoon" by Nathan Bartsch.

* "An Oversupply of Hope: One woman's reflections on the Great Depression" by Sandra Bassendowski.

* "The life and legacy of C.J. Houston, Medicare Pioneer" by C. Stuart Houston and Richard A. Rempel.

* "Mapping history: Lessons in history from Township Map of the Qu'Appelle Valley, Township 21, Range 13, West of the 2nd Meridian" by Christine Charmbury.

Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: PHR News, In the News

Barbara Meneley's Prairie History Redux

Barbara Meneley's Prairie History Redux is an artistic reflection of Saskatchewan's complex history, article by Ashley Martin, Regina Leader-Post.

"In the Prairie History Room, residential school stories and high school yearbooks are on the same shelf.

It’s that kind of dichotomy that Barbara Meneley sought to reflect in Prairie History Redux, an art exhibition now on display at the Central Library.

“(It’s) such an interesting layering, but it is our history,” said Meneley, a fine arts instructor at the University of Regina.

The Prairie History Room is a diverse archive of Saskatchewan (with a smattering of Manitoba and Alberta). There are phone directories, town anthologies, newspapers and books. There’s colonial and aboriginal history.

Some of the thousands of artifacts are represented in Meneley’s project. . . ." link to the full Leader-Post article 17 January 2016

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