Category: Regina History


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.. . . "

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


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.”


History Alive! Vignettes

Government House and the Saskatchewan Legislative Building are coming alive this summer!

Join them at Government House (4607 Dewdney Ave) to watch life unfold for Saskatchewan’s first Lieutenant Governor, Amédée Forget and his wife Henriette.

At the Legislative Building (234 - 2405 Legislative Dr.) meet Walter Scott, Saskatchewan’s first Premier, to learn about his vision for the newly-created province.

These live theatrical vignettes are performed in both English and French. Admission is FREE. Ces spectacles sont disponibles en français.

Schedule of Performances (July 5 to August 18)

Sundays and Tuesdays at Government House. Performances begin at approximately 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Mondays at the Legislative Building. Performances begin at approximately 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.


Categories: Tours, Regina History

Take a Tour of Regina with Heritage Regina This Summer

Curious about certain events in Regina's history? Need a bit of exercise on a Sunday evening? Looking for affordable (e.g. FREE) ways to spend a couple of hours?

Then check out these free walking tours, courtesy of Heritage Regina:

Path of the Tornado
Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Address: Bandstand on the shores of Wascana Lake

Meet guide Robin Adeney at the bandstand on the shores of Wascana Lake at 6:00pm. As she guides you along the path the tornado took on June 30th, 1912.

Walk around Wascana Lake
Sunday, July 19th, 2015
6:00pm- 8:00pm
Address: Wascana Marina off of Broad Street

Meet guide Will Chabun at the Wascana Marina off Broad Street at 6pm and learn some facts about the history of Wascana Lake and its surroundings.


Website with early postcards of Prairie towns

The website Images of Prairie Towns is worth a look.
Images are being added monthly.

The postcard above is a Regina street scene, featuring the Regina Trading Company, from the Images of Prairie Towns collection.


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
Robin Adeney: 306-584-2987 or


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.


Seeking Help About Regina's Eaton's Stores

For a book on the history of the T. Eaton Co, Bruce Allen Kopytekat is looking for human interest stories and anecdotes about Eaton's two Regina stores. If you can help, contact Bruce either by phone 1-586-944-6715 or by email: You can also check out his project through Facebook or through his blog

For those who are curious, here are 5 quick facts about Eaton's in Regina:

* Eaton's warehouse was first established at the corner of Broad Street and 7th Avenue. The official ceremony to lay the cornerstone took place on July 24, 1918. Note: Click on the link to see a postcard showing the first Eaton's location in Regina.

* The Eaton's mail-order catalog featured a wide variety of consumer goods ranging from men and ladies apparel, beauty supplies and farm equipment. But did you know that the catalog also featured pre-fabricated homes? Note: The Prairie History Room has a collection of Eaton's catalogs from 1894 to 1941 as part of its microfilm collection.

* In 1967, the warehouse was renovated and added a number of stores, a restaurant and a Dominion Grocery store. This became the Centennial Mall which for a brief time, was also called the Eaton Dominion Mall.

* In August of 1981, Eaton's moved into the Cornwall Centre in downtown Regina.

* Despite attempts to keep the company viable, Eaton's finally closed its Regina doors in October of 1999.


Resources on Saskatchewan's Jewish History

CBC just published an article discussing how the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa recently acquired an archival donation of research materials documenting the history of Jewish farmers in Saskatchewan.

Credit: Louis Rosenberg / Library and Archives Canada / C-027518
Description: Standard barn erected for new Jewish farm settlers in Sonnenfeld Colony, Oungre, Saskatchewan

For those interested in learning more about the Saskatchewan's Jewish history and do not feel like traveling to Ottawa, here are a few recommended resources found in the Prairie History Room's collection:

* Friedgut, Theodore H. The Lipton Jewish Agricultural Colony, 1901-1951: Pioneering on Canada's prairies. Winnipeg, MB: Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, 2009.

*Hoffer, Clara and F. H. Kahan. Land of Hope. Saskatoon, SK: Modern Press, [1960].

* Leonoff, Cyril Edel. Wapella Farm Settlement: the First Successful Jewish Farm Settlement in Canada: a Pictorial History. [Winnipeg?], MB: Historical and Scientific Society of Manitoba : Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada, [c1972].

* Our Heritage: the History of the Regina and Region Jewish Community: a Commemorative Book. [Regina]: Beth Jacob Congregation, c1989.

* Rosenberg, Louis. The Story of Edenbridge. Toronto, ON: Jewish Standard, 1934.

* Usiskin, Michael. Uncle Mike's Edenbridge: Memoirs of a Jewish Pioneer Farmer. Winnipeg, MB: Peguis, 1983.


June 30, 2012 Regina Tornado Events

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Regina Tornado, a number of events are taking place on Saturday, June 30th at the City Square Plaza and Victoria Park. Besides unveiling a plaque to commemorate the event, the City of Regina has created a self-guided walking tour. To download a copy of the walking tour go to & History.

Four downtown churches will be open for public tours:

• Knox-Metropolitan (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.);
• First Baptist (11:30 to 2 p.m.);
• St. Paul’s Cathedral (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.);
• Blessed Sacrament (12:45 to 2 p.m. – Mass is being held earlier so people are asked not to enter the church prior to this time).

Knox-Met and First Baptist were damaged and St. Paul’s was a triage centre in the aftermath of the disaster.

Regina's Development Review Branch prepared the self-guided walking tour brochure for downtown. Pick one up at the Legacy event or at the four churches. The brochure provides information about the architecture and history of these churches and other buildings of the era along with details of the 1912 tornado.

Most of the events are being organized by the Regina Tornado Legacy Group and the Spiralling Forces Festival. For a detailed program on the events of June 30 visit

Also, be sure to check out the great CBC website on the 1912 Regina Tornado:

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