Black History Month at the Prairie History Room

February is Black History Month and in honour of the occasion, PHR is sponsoring the following programs:

"We're Here, Now What?" -- an author reading by Ponziano Aluma.

Regina Public Library Film Theatre
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.

Giant Steps: The History of Jazz.

Regina Public Library Film Theatre
2311-12th Avenue
Monday, February 13th, 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.

An Evening Under the African Skies.

Regina Public Library Film Theatre
2311-12th Avenue
Monday, February 27th, 7:-8:30 pm

Every February, Black History Month is celebrated to learn about and honor the achievements, contributions, and heritage of African-Canadians throughout history. Mary Chipanshi, an African oral storyteller and Chimuka Simasiku will share with you the rich and varied culture of Africa through various presentations including storytelling and music. Make time to come and immerse yourself in a different culture as you experience and let yourself be transported to Africa in an evening! Registration required. Everyone welcome; register at phr@reginalibrary.ca or by calling 306.777.6039.

For more information on any of these events, please contact Warren at the Prairie History Room at phr@reginalibrary.ca / 306.777.6039.


Categories: PHR News

Changes in Prairie History.

Due to recurring water problems, some of the shelving in the Prairie History room has had to be moved; the low shelving containing the Henderson directories, the phone books and the school year books have been moved to the front of the room, whilst the shelf of oversized atlases and gazetteers has been relocated to a position beside the pillar next to the public Internet stations. It is hoped these moves will help to better protect these materials from water damage.

If you haven't been in to the Prairie History Room recently, why not drop by and see the new arrangement; we look forward to seeing you and hearing any comments.


Genealogy and Pokemon-Go

Genealogy and Pokemon-Go may seem an odd combination but they are the subject of an article in the current NGS (National Genealogical Society) magazine (October-December 2016) now available at the Prairie History Room.

In a Technology piece entitled Augumented Reality: How Pokemon Go will change Genealogy, author Thomas MacEntee suggests that Augmented Reality programs could be used to:

"...entice visitors, especially young ones, to visit archives, libraries and even graveyards? What if there were more than just a requirement to throw a ball at a virtual character to collect something? What if there were a way to ask a question and the correct answer would result in a win or a prize?"

Among the author's suggestions for harnessing the power of the virtual to the study of genealogy are:

-- Create a "stop" at a genealogy library, archive or society (note: Regina Public Library is a registered "Poke-Stop").

-- Use augmented reality for graveyard or historical tours.

-- Create an online research scavenger hunt.

To read the full article, visit the magazine rack outside of Prairie History, where our genealogical and local history titles are displayed; all Prairie History magazines can be borrowed for seven days.


Frank Laubach, early Regina musician and reference librarian.

Frank Laubach, chief Reference Librarian at the Regina Public Library for over six years, passed away on March 5th, 1923, in Vancouver, where he had moved on account of ill health. But prior to his career at RPL, Mr. Laubach was better known locally in the role of musical pioneer.

Frank Laubach was born in Edinburgh in July 1857 and, following a successful career as a musician (cellist), conductor and music teacher, emigrated to Regina in 1904, where he helped found the Philharmonic Society and established the Regina Orchestral Society(forerunner of today’s RSO) in 1908. He wrote music as well, his compositions including Gaberlunsie, a Scottish Overture and a comic opera entitled The Mystic Light. In 1915, he joined the 68th Battalion, C.E.F. as bandmaster, serving until 1917.

From the Laubach biographical file in the Prairie History Room vertical file:

“The war over, he returned to Regina and took the post as chief reference librarian. Here, according to J.R.C. Honeyman, chief librarian, his unfailing fund of knowledge of printed matter and living men was an inspiration and aid to those who came seeking information…”

The Frank L. Laubach Scholarship at the University of Regina was established in 1990 and exists to this day..


New Prairie History Magazines

Internet Genealogy
December/January 2017
Volume 11/ Number 5

Some articles of interest:

genealogyDOTcoach/George G. Morgan.

Review: Mark Your Family Milestones with Twile/Lisa A Alzo.

The Online Release of Irish Civil Registration Records/Joe Grandinetti.

Finding Family at fultonhistory.com/Sue Lisk.

Get Excited About Your Pre-1870 African-America Research/Diane L. Richard.

Unusual Underwater Family History/David A. Norris.

Found on Facebook: Internet Detection/Robbie Gorr.

All Prairie History Magazines can be borrowed for seven days.


William Trant: Regina's First Police Magistrate

William Trant

The Prairie History Room was recently contacted by a researcher from the U.K. interested in finding information about William Trant, who had been instrumental in a campaign to save and preserve Southwark Park in south London before he immigrated to Canada. Looking into the matter, Prairie History and Central Adult staff quickly discovered that Mr. Trant had been a prominent early citizen of Regina.

William Trant was born in Leeds, Yorkshire on March 14, 1844 and worked as a journalist and author; his most famous work was entitled: Trade Unions: Their Origin and Objects, Influence and Efficacy (published 1884). It was in the early 1870s that Mr. Trant played an active role in protecting Southwark Park in the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe sections of London from encroaching development.

After a successful career as a journalist and war correspondent, William Trant immigrated to Canada in 1889, initially homesteading at Cotham, before moving to Regina where he worked for the Regina Leader, the Regina Standard and the Rumbler Paul Company; he organized the Regina Agricultural Society, assisted in organizing the Children’s Aid Society and the Shakespeare Society and was president of the Canadian Club.

Called to the bar at the age of 50, Mr. Trant was appointed as Regina’s first Police Magistrate in 1907. It was in that role that William Trant has gone down in history, albeit rather dubiously:

“…Three soldiers from the local militia units, caught liberating one bottle of beer apiece, could hardly be
called looters, but nevertheless they were severely dealt with by Magistrate Trant, who sentenced them to 12 months each in the local jail. When the passions of the moment died, all three were released before the expiry of the unduly harsh sentences.”

(from Regina’s Terrible Tornado by Frank W. Anderson)

On retiring from the bench in 1914, William Trant was appointed as Saskatchewan’s first Provincial Archivist; he died at Oak Bay, British Columbia, on September 4th, 1924.

A good friend of George Bernard Shaw, Mr. Trant was also an early member of the board of the Regina Public Library and lived an active and remarkable life.


Categories: New Magazines

New Prairie History Magazines

Families: Ontario Genealogical Society
Volume 55
November 2016
Number 4

In Their Footsteps: Traveling the McDermit Westward Immigration Route/Chelsea Ruiter.

In Memory of Private Fred Ambo, April 30, 1917/Rose Imbeault.

Jalna-Ealogy: Did Mazo de la Roche Find Inspiration in a Cemetery?/Robb Gorr.

David Wilson: British Soldier and Early Resident of York/Nancy Cunningham.

Pieces of the Past/Natalie Gagnon.

Once Upon a List: A Loyalist Tale/David Phillips.

All Prairie History magazines can be borrowed for seven days.


Categories: New Magazines

New Prairie History Magazine: Article of Interest.

The Fall 2016 edition of Manitoba History focuses on the Great War and contains the following article of local interest:

Shifting Memories, Shifting Meanings: The Nutana Collegiate Memorial Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1919-1930/Eric Story, Wilfred Laurier University.

The article explores the history of the gallery, which served as a Great War memorial. The author is currently working on his Master's at Wilfred Laurier; his research interests is on how the First World War impacted the lives of Indigenous veterans and their families.

All Prairie History Magazines can be borrowed for seven days.


Holodomor: Voices of Survivors.

Holodomor was the Famine/Genocide engineered by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1932-33. In remembrance of this historic event, join us for a screening of Ariadna Ochrymovych's award winning documentary, Holodomor: Voices of Survivors, a 30 minute anthology of Canadian Holodomor survivor interviews (in Ukrainian with English subtitles).

Monday, November 28th, 7-8:30 pm
Film Theatre, Central Library (downtown)

Admission is free.

For more information, please call 306.777.6039 or email: phr@reginalibrary.ca


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.

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