New PHR Books for July

Brenna, Dwayne. Our Kind of Work: the Glory Days and Difficult Times of the 25th Street Theatre. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, c2011.

Summary: Twenty-fifth Street Theatre Players was established in 1972 as an artists' collective under the direction of the enigmatic Andreas Tahn. The company would proceed to incorporate in 1974 and become the first professional theatre company in Saskatoon and the legacy it would leave would be nationally acclaimed. But as Brenna details in this succinct genesis of the Theatre, how it managed its personality conflicts, confronted its obstacles of inadequate funding, and grappled with the shifting of its artistic vision makes this account of 25th Street Theatre a unique and original history.

Binnema, Ted. "Enlightened Zeal": the Hudson's Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670-1870. Toronto; Buffalo; London: University of Toronto Press, [2014].

Summary: Initially highly secretive about all of its activities, the HBC was by 1870 an exceptionally generous patron of science. Aware of the ways that a commitment to scientific research could burnish its corporate reputation, the company participated in intricate symbiotic networks that linked the HBC as a corporation with individuals and scientific organizations in England, Scotland, and the United States. The pursuit of scientific knowledge could bring wealth and influence, along with tribute, fame, and renown, but science also brought less tangible benefits: adventure, health, happiness, male companionship, self-improvement, or a sense of meaning. The first study of scientific research in any chartered company over the entire course of its monopoly, Enlightened Zeal expands our understanding of social networks in science, establishes the vast scope of the HBC's contribution to public knowledge, and will inspire new research into the history of science in other chartered monopolies.

Jeffrey, Bonnie et al, editors. Journeys in Community-Based Research. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Summary: The goal of community-based research is to develop a deeper understanding of communities and to discover new opportunities for improving quality of life. The nine case studies in this diverse collection provide real life examples of community-based research in Aboriginal, urban, and rural communities. Journeys in Community-Based Research shows how taking into account socio-economic, geographic, and cultural contexts can lead to public policy that better serves the most vulnerable in our society.

Massie, Merle. Forest Prairie Edge: Place History in Saskatchewan. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press, [2014].

Summary: Saskatchewan is the anchor and epitome of the “prairie” provinces, even though half of the province is covered by boreal forest. The Canadian penchant for dividing this vast country into easily understood “regions” has reduced the Saskatchewan identity to its southern prairie denominator and has distorted cultural and historical interpretations to favor the prairie south. [The book] is a deep-time investigation of the edge land, or ecotone, between the open prairies and boreal forest region of Saskatchewan. Ecotones are transitions from one landscape to another, where social, economic, and cultural practices of different landscapes are blended. Using place history and edge theory, Massie considers the role and importance of the edge ecotone in building a diverse social and economic past that contradicts traditional “prairie” narratives around settlement, economic development, and culture. She offers a refreshing new perspective that overturns long-held assumptions of the prairies and the Canadian West.

McCallum, Mary Jane Logan. Indigenous Women, Work, and History, 1940-1980. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press, c2013.

Summary: When dealing with Indigenous women’s history we are conditioned to think about women as private-sphere figures, circumscribed by the home, the reserve, and the community. Moreover, in many ways Indigenous men and women have been cast in static, pre-modern, and one-dimensional identities, and their twentieth century experiences reduced to a singular story of decline and loss. [The book] rejects both of these long-standing conventions by presenting case studies of Indigenous domestic servants, hairdressers, community health representatives, and nurses working in “modern Native ways.” By placing the history of these modern workers within a broader historical context McCallum challenges us to think about Indigenous women’s history in entirely new ways.


Categories: New Books

New Edition of Quillen's Troubleshooter's Genealogy Handbook

This book can be borrowed for 3 weeks!

Quillen, W. Daniel. The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself. 3rd Edition. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. : Cold Spring Press, c2014.

Summary: [Quillen] shows do-it yourself genealogists who have progressed past his beginning steps exactly how to find their ancestors with more advanced methods of researching those hard-to-find ancestors. [He] tells readers how to overcome those difficult roadblocks that frequently crop up. Investigative techniques, research insights and new websites are highlighted to assit with more advanced genealogical research. Areas covered include in-depth census research; mortality schedules; extensive section on military records; US region-by-region research assistance; global research tips; and when to engage the services of a professional genealogist and what you can expect.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazines Issues for July 2014

Generations, June 2014, Vol. 39, No. 2

* "Ten Tips for Researching First Nations Ancestry" by Trish Cullen, pgs. 15-17.

* "Searching in the Graveyard: How I Began My Family Tree Research" by Douglas Fraser Martindale, pg. 18.

Revue Historique, Hiver 2014, Vol. 24, No. 3

* "L' oeuvre d' Ovide Charlebois, o.m.i., missionnaire: Un saint homme parmi nous", par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 6-11.

* "Yaltri Aze, le petit père: Louis Moraud, o.m.i. missionnaire à Patuanak," par Gaetan Benoit, pgs. 12-17.

* "Le fidèle Alexis Alexis Cardinal et la promulgation du patrimoine catholique et autochtone, 1860-1880," par Mario Giguère, pgs 18-23.

* "La communication, en cre et en montagnais: Interaction entre les missionnaires et les Premières Nations," par Laurier Gareau, pgs. 24-32.

Saskatchewan History, Spring/Summer 2014, Vol. 66, No. 1

* "Chinese Settlement in the 'Paris of the Prairies'" by Raymond Douglas Chong, pgs. 20-25.

* "'Great Aid to the Intelligent Citizenship': The Fight for Library Service in Weyburn, 1905-1930" by Kam W. Teo, pgs. 26-34.

* "'Deejay' Fred Wall & the Western Canada Tour 1892-1895" by Brock Silversides, pgs. 36-45.

These issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Heritage Regina Walking Tour Schedule - 2014

This summer Heritage Regina will be offering four of its popular guided walking tours. All four will take place on Sundays at 6 pm.

Each of the tours will last approximately two hours, and they are free of charge.

Here is the schedule:

July 13: Historic College Avenue Walk
Meet guide Robin Adeney on the steps of Darke Hall at 6 pm.

July 20th: Walk Around Wascana Lake
Meet guide Will Chabun at the Wascana Marina off Broad Street) at 6 pm.

July 27th: Old Lakeview Walk
Meet guide Jackie Schmidt on the steps of the Legislative Building at 6 pm.

August 10th: Downtown Regina: Past and Present
Meet guide Bill Brennan outside the Scarth Street entrance at the Cornwall Centre at 6 pm.

For more information contact:

Bill Brennan: 306-585-0945 or jwilliambrennan1966@gmail.com
Robin Adeney: 306-584-2987 or robin.j.adeney@gmail.com


Categories: PHR News

PHR's 2014 Canada Day Hours

The Prairie History Room will be open the following hours leading up to Canada Day

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 9:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 9:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12 pm to 5 pm
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 9:30 am to 9 pm
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - CLOSED
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 9:30 am to 9 pm

The Prairie History Room wishes everyone a Happy Canada Day!


Reminder About Tomorrow's SGS Meeting of the Regina Branch

Don't forget to attend the monthly meeting of the Regina branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS), which will be held on TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 at the SGS Library located 110-1514 11th Avenue.

The meeting starts at 7:00 pm with the typical member sharing and updates followed by a monthly program. For more information about the meeting, please contact the Regina branch at sgsregina@gmail.com. For information about the Regina branch, check out their website.

Note: The general public is invited to attend 2 monthly meetings before being asked to join the branch.

Categories: New Books

New PHR Books: Economic Development and Environment

Berdalh, Loleen and Roger Gibbins. Looking West: Regional Transformation and the Future of Canada. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Summary: Although a history of protest politics has done so much to define western Canada and to place it outside the Canadian mainstream, the aspirations and frustrations that animated western discontent over the years have been replaced by a new reality: the West is in, and many of the levers of national economic and political power rest in western Canadian hands...The westward shift of the Canadian economy and demography is likely to be an enduring structural change that reflects and is reinforced by the transformation of the continental and global economies. At the same time, western Canada faces major challenges, including finding a place for a sustainable resource economy in a rapidly changing global environment, establishing a full and modern partnership with Aboriginal peoples, and creating urban environments that will attract and retain human capital. None of these challenges are unique to the West but they all play out with great force, and great immediacy, in western Canada.

Burton, John. Potash: An Inside Account of Saskatchewan's Pink Gold. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, 2014.

Summary: In Saskatchewan, politics and potash are continuously, inextricably intertwined. The province is the largest single producer of potash on earth, accounting for about a quarter of the world's total production. The industry has played a significant role in the provincial economy for over 40 years and continues to contribute to Saskatchewan's growth. Recoverable reserves of potash are well over 100 billion tons.

Olive, Andrea. Land, Stewardship, and Legitimacy: Endangered Species policy in Canada and the United States. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Summary: Canada and the United States are similar in terms of the species of wildlife that mingle freely across their shared border. Despite this similarity, however, there are significant differences between approaches to wildlife management in these two nations. In [the book], Andrea Olive examines the divergent evolution of endangered species policy on either side of the 49th parallel. Examining local circumstances in areas as distant and diverse as southern Utah and the Canadian Arctic, Olive shows how public attitudes have shaped environmental policy in response to endangered species law, specifically the Species at Risk Act in Canada and the Endangered Species Act in the U.S. Richly researched and accessibly written, this is the first book to compare endangered species policy on both sides of the Canada–U.S. border.

Turner, E. K. Beyond the Farm Gate: The Story of a Farm Boy Who Helped Make the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool a World-Class Business. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, May 2013.

Summary: One of Canada's greatest sons, E.K. (Ted) Turner helped set the stage for Saskatchewan's economic miracle. Raised on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, Turner threw open the farm gate to lead the farmer-controlled Wheat Pool to its greatest heights--the Globe and Mail called it "one of Canada's best run companies." He diversified its holdings and took on governments and vested interests in order to do it. Never afraid to make tough decisions, he even closed grain elevators in the face of farmer-led protests. Turner witnessed the rise and fall of the family farm, the rise and fall of the cooperative movement, and the transformation of agricultural policy in the age of globalization.


Back to the Front: A Poetic Walking Tour about WW1

For those of you wanting to learn more about Regina's history, check out this upcoming library program...

Back to the Front: A Poetic Walking Tour about WW1
Monday, June 23 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Tour begins Northeast corner, City Square Plaza followed by the 8 pm screening of the A Soldier's Voice at the RPL Film Theatre.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War (WWI). Join story performer Vincent Murphy for an historic walking tour of the downtown area, with a focus on the Great War, presented by the Civic Museum of Regina, Dunlop Art Gallery, RPL, the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, and Coteau Books. Program includes a screening of A Soldier’s Voice, courtesy of Gyro Productions. Participants are also invited to tour the Civic Museum of Regina, 1375 Broad Street on Wednesday, June 25, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

Registration is required. To register, either click on this link to register online or contact Central Reference at 306-777-6120.

NOTE: In case of rain, the tour will be rescheduled to Tuesday, June 24, 6:00 - 9:00 pm.


Categories: New Magazines

New Magazine Issues for June 2014

Family Chronicle, May/June 2014, Vol. 18, No. 5

* "Planning a Family History Research Trip to Ireland?" by Joe Grandinetti, pgs. 8-10.

* "The Cause of Death Was..." by George C. Morgan, pgs. 13-16.

* "Correcting Long-Accepted Research in the Internet Age" by John Laird, pgs. 31-35.

Internet Genealogy, June/July 2014, Vol. 9, No. 2

* "Genealogy Software 2014 Update" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 13-20.

* "Online State Land Grant Databases" by David A. Norris, pgs. 31-35.

* "Steamboating: A Quick Look at the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company Records" by Tony Bandy, pgs. 48-50. Note: if interested in the these passenger lists, the records are available through Ancestry.ca and Ancestry Library Edition.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 102, No. 1, March 2014

* "Reconsidering the Immigration Story of President Woodrow Wilson's Paternal Grandparents" by Erick Montgomery, pgs. 21-40.

* "Calculating and Using Dates and Date Ranges" by Barbara Levergood, pgs. 51-75.

NGS Magazine, April-June 2014, Vol. 40, No. 2

* "Where Will the Field of Genealogy be in 2024?" by David E. Rencher, pgs. 15-19.

* "Finding American Women's Voices Through the Centuries" by Jane E. Wilcox, pgs. 28-32.

* "Women Homesteaders" by Gail Blankenau, pgs. 33-38.

* "Using Autosomal DNA for Genealogy" by Debbie Parker Wayne, pgs. 50-54.

Relatively Speaking, May 2014, Vol. 42, No. 2

* "One Day, One Man, ONe Mill, One Million Memories!" by Gloria Cathcart, pgs. 55-61.

* "A Little Walk in a Cemetery," pgs 62-65.

* "Keepers of History--Seasonal Museums Around Alberta" by Denise Daubert, pgs. 71-76. Note: If you plan to be traveling to Alberta this summer, you may want to check out this incredible list of museums!

Worth, Summer 2014, Volume 26, No. 2

* "Heritage Architecture Excellence Award," pgs 5-12 Note: Article lists the 2014 award recipients.

* "Future of Former Regina Indian Industrial School Cemetery" by Joe Ralko, pgs. 14-17.


Note: These magazine issues can be borrowed for 1 week.


Recommended Research Guide for Online Newspapers

As any researcher can tell you, tracking down an online version of the newspaper can be problematic. While some newspapers can be easily found in the library's databases, other newspapers are found on the internet for free. To help save you some valuable research time, check out this fabulous research guide for newspapers that was compiled by Carol A. Singer at Bowling Green State University. While the guide is geared primarily on how to use the newspaper resources at that university, I highly recommend you click on these two tabs: Historical US Newspapers Online and Historical Worldwide Newspapers Online (Canada is listed here along with Australia and the UK). Please note: the guide lists both paid and free sites!

May's Comment: I have been trying to work on a similar list to Carol's for awhile now, but never seem to have had much time to complete it. I am so happy Carol's list exist! So enjoy and happy searching!

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