The Black Museum Exhibit at the RCMP Heritage Centre

"Modeled after Scotland Yard’s notorious Black Museum of British crime, the RCMP’s Black Museum gives visitors a chance to explore some of the macabre and chilling pieces from its historical collections. . . ." from the Leader-Post article Exhibit showcasing historical RCMP crime artifacts. Read the full article here.

This exhibit is open from October 9-31.

There are also a couple of special Hallowe'en events at the RCMP Heritage Centre:
- the Zombie Parade (adult event) on October 15
- the Monsters, Masks and Mounties family Hallowe’en party on October 31
See this link for more details, including ticket information. Advance tickets are recommended.

Website for the RCMP Heritage Centre.
Located at 5907 Dewdney Avenue, on the grounds of the RCMP Academy Depot Division. This page includes a Google Map.


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazine for the week of October 5, 2015

Folklore, Summer 2015, Vol. 36, Number 3

* "The Jewish Colonies of Saskatchewan" by Joyce Becker Lee.

* "Mission Lake Boyhood" by Bill Temple.

* "100 Years Later Farmers Still Use Sintaluta Legacy" by Laura Larson.

* "A Basket of Blueberries" by Lois Borland Lee.

Note: This issue can be borrowed for 1 week.

Categories: PHR News

Prairie History Room hours for the Thanksgiving weekend

Just a reminder that the Prairie History Room will have the following operating hours this upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend:

Saturday, September 5, 2015: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 11, 2015: CLOSED
Monday, October 12, 2015: CLOSED


Update: Civic Museum of Regina news

The Regina Civic Museum has been given a reprieve.

From the Regina Leader-Post, September 10, 2015:
"The Community and Protective Services Committee decided Wednesday (September 9), against administration’s recommendation, to offer the floundering museum $60,000 to keep its doors open in 2015.

The museum announced its closure in August, citing financial difficulties. Museum president Rob Deglau told the committee the announcement “wasn’t political.” He said it garnered, though, a “groundswell of support” for an institution that some Reginans didn’t even know existed.

Nearly 20 of those supporters showed up at City Hall on Wednesday.

'A city the size of Regina should not be looking at closing its civic museum,' said Susan Birley.. . . "

Here's the link to the full Leader-Post article: Committee okays Regina civic museum funding

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This is an UPDATE to a previous blog post: Civic Museum of Regina Closing Its Doors August 31


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for the week of September 8

Relatively Speaking: The Alberta Genealogical Society Quarterly Journal Volume 43, Number 3, August 2015

* "Step Away from the Computer: Using archives, academic libraries and museums for your research" by Gena Philibret-Ortega.

* "Being a Child Wasn't All Fun and Games" by Belinda Crowson.

* "The Forgotten History of the Chinese in Canada" by Ging Wei Wong.

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Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Bulletin Volume 46, Number 2, August 2015

* "Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales in the Digital Age" by Rae W. Chamberlain.

* "Early English Manor Rolls Go Online" by Mary Person information taken from the Harvard Law School Blog.

* "Serious Therapy" by Tammy Tipler-Priolo.

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Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle Magazine), September/October 2015, Volume 1, Number 4

* "Between the Headlines: Sensational Snippets and Scoops (Tips for Newspaper Research)" by Sue Lisk.

* "Dissecting Death Notices for New Clues" by George G. Morgan.

* "Interviewing the Elderly" by Brenda Ervin.

* "Native American Research: Breaking Down Brick Walls" by Stuart Doyle.

* "Reconstructing World War II Service Records" by Jennifer Holik.

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NGS Magazine for Generations Past, Present, and Future), Volume 41, Number 3, July-September 2015

* "Biblical breakthrough! How I came to love the NGS online Bible collection" by Diane Florence Gravel.

* "Why would mom keep that cracked tea cup?" by Jennifer M. Alford.

* "Going underground: Mining industry records" by Jen Baldwin.

* "Introduction to research in Latin America" by Debbie Gurtler.

* "Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933".

* "Why is my cousin not on my DNA match list?" by Debbie Parker Wayne.

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Saskatchewan History), Volume 67, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2015

* "'Old Sol's Glory Path' - A Life of Photographer Peter McKenzie" by Brock Silversides.

* "Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery: An Archaeological Approach to Cemetery Management" by Mike A. Markowski, Kara Wolfe, and Troy Zimmer.

* "Centre of Conflict: Mistrust and Turmoil in Creating the Diefenbaker Canada Centre" by Craig Greenham.

* "A.W.Davey: Artist and Visual Historian" by Verna Gallén.

Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


Categories: Stories From Our Past

I thought readers would be interested to note that this Friday marks the 110th anniversary of the province of Saskatchewan. On September 4th, 1905 Saskatchewan was given official provincial status (prior to that it was part of the North-West Territories), and the city of Regina was set to be ground zero for inauguration celebrations. Both the Canadian Pacific and the Canadian National Railways had extra cars ready to ferry excited rural residents to the capital city where Saskatchewan’s biggest party was set to take place.

In 1905 people saw great things for the future of Regina. At that time Saskatchewan was known as the “bread basket of the world”, and was host to countless burgeoning agricultural and industrial projects. Early predictions regarding the city’s growth estimated that it would one day be home to a population of roughly 10 million people, and though we know now that those predictions were for naught, in 1905 it meant that Regina was thought of by many as a place of consequence. To this end, Inauguration Day was a chance for the City to pull out all the stops and give people a show they would never forget.

The week leading up to September fourth saw Regina festooned with bunting, banners, and flags of all shapes and sizes. The City erected arches covered in wheat and evergreen branches at the intersections between Broad and Scarth Streets along South Railway Street (now Saskatchewan Drive). These decorative arches were emblazoned the slogans “World’s Granary”, “North West Forever”, “God Save the King”, and “Saskatchewan”. In the evenings, homes and businesses illuminated their windows with displays celebrating the birth of our province. A notable example of this type of display could be seen in the windows of The Regina Trading Company, which featured a tableau depicting Saskatchewan as a baby in a carriage!

The official programme kicked off on the morning of September 4th, 1905, with festivities starting at Victoria Park where the crowds were treated to a performance from the 90th Regiment Band who were brought in from Winnipeg for the occasion. All the school children in the city lined up and formed a procession, leading a parade from Victoria Park to the Exhibition Grounds. At the Exhibition Grounds, over three thousand people crowded onto the grandstand to watch the official swearing in ceremony of Lieutenant-Governor Amedee Forget. Some of Canada and Great Britain’s most distinguished citizens were present at the event including Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier (best known today as the face on our five-dollar bill), and Governor Earl and Lady Grey.

After the speeches, which heaped praise upon the land and people of Saskatchewan, the crowd was treated to performances by several different marching bands and a musical ride performance by the Royal North- West Mounted Police. In the evening, crowds once again descended on Victoria Park to watch an incredible fireworks display, highlights of which included the display of the phrase “God Bless Our Province”, and a photo of King Edward VII in the sky. Today a cairn in Victoria Park commemorates this event, but it is hard to imagine the excitement people must have felt in the days leading up to the celebration. This Friday, as you get ready to enjoy the long weekend, take some time to think back on the first celebration we enjoyed as a province.

Written by: S. Hay

Source Cited:
"Hail Province of Saskatchewan", The Regina Leader. Vol.22, No. 29, September 6th, 1905. This newspaper can be accessed through the microfilm collection in the Prairie History Room at the Regina Public Library.


Categories: PHR News

Prairie History Room hours for the Labour Day Long Weekend

Just a reminder that the Prairie History Room will have the following operating hours this upcoming Labour Day long weekend:

Saturday, September 5, 2015: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 6, 2015: CLOSED
Monday, September 7, 2015: CLOSED
Tuesday, September 8, 2015: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazines for the week of August 17, 2015

Family Tree Magazine September 2015, Volume 16, Issue 5

* "Sweet 16" by David A. Fryxell. Discover the 101 genealogy websites that take the cake in 2015. pg. 16-

* "French Connections" by Kimberly Powell. From the vineyards of Burgundy to the lights of Paris, say "bonjour" to your roots. pg. 26-

* "Workbook: Naturalization Records" by Lisa A. Alzo. pg. 33-

* "Break It Down" by Dana McCullough. Going around in circles after ancestors on the free FamilySearch.org? Let's break down the site's search form and filter options... pg. 42-

* "DIY Your Family History Book" by Maureen A. Taylor. pg. 46-

* "Modern Families" by Lisa A. Alzo. Unsure how to include an open adoption, surrogate child or same-sex marriage in your software or online tree? Our guide to charting today's families... pg. 52-

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Manitoba History, The Journal of the Manitoba Historical Society No. 78, Summer 2015

* "Pioneers on the Forest Fringe: The Wood Economy of the Red River Settlement, 1812-1883" by Thomas Shay. pg. 2-

* "William James Sisler, A Most Unconventional, Conventional Man" by James Mochoruk. pg. 13-

* "A Cup of Cold Water: Alfred Kirkness and the Brandon Residential School Cemeteries" by Anne Lindsay, Clare Cook, and David Cuthbert. pg. 29-

* Edward Worrell Jarvis in Western Canada" by Sam McBride. pg. 39-

* "The Postage Stamp Province" by Gordon Goldsborough. pg. 43-

Note: Issue also contains the Summer 2015 edition of the MHS Gazette.

Note: These magazines can be borrowed for 1 week.


The Civic Museum of Regina closing its doors August 31

After 55 years of preserving the history of the city, The Civic Museum of Regina (formerly The Regina Plains Museum) will be closing its doors to the public August 31st, 2015 and will be permanently dissolved by December 31st, 2015.

The museum is member-based, registered charity and has been unable to secure core-operating funds. The decision comes after working with the City of Regina for several years in hopes to avoid closure.

View the full press release PDF

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from the Leader-Post article "Civic Museum of Regina to be dissolved" August 14, 2015:
Scott Cheston, the board’s vice-president, called the decision to close the museum to the public Aug. 31 heartbreaking.

“A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into this,” he said.

Since joining the board in spring 2011, Cheston said the museum has operated on a “fairly shoestring budget.”


Categories: New Magazines

New PHR Magazine for the week of August 10, 2015

Internet Genealogy, August/September 2015, Vol. 10, No. 3

* "Rich Resources: Online State Archives" by Carol Richey, pgs. 6-9.

* "Seven Resources for World War II Reunion Groups and Associations" by Jennifer Holik, pgs. 11-15.

* "Digitization Project: Snapshots from the Korean War!" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 17-18.

* "Uncovering the Bairnsfather Story" by Gabrielle Morgan, pgs. 20-24.

* "National Folklore Collection of Ireland: Schools' Collection" by Joe Grandinetti, pgs. 29-33.

* "Know Your Historical Societies and Find Your Ancestors" by Amanda Epperson, pgs. 38-41.

* "Published and Digital Record Sources of the Revolutionary Era: A State-by-State List" by David A. Norris, pgs. 42-46.

* "Four Essential Keys for Genealogy Backups!" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 49-51.

Note: This magazine can be borrowed for 1 week.

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