2020 Heritage Regina Summer Walking Tours

2020 HERITAGE REGINA SUMMER WALKING TOURS

The COVID-19 situation has temporarily changed our lives in Saskatchewan and has impacted some Heritage Regina educational programming this year.In order to keep you safe and follow public health directives, we will not be offering in-person guided walking tours this summer.
We do, however, want to offer the community an opportunity for walking tours that will meet guidelines for social distancing. Below are links to self-guided walking tours of eight historical districts you can explore outdoors with your family or by reading about them in the comfort of your home. If you choose to do an outdoor walk, please practice the social distancing protocols in place at the time!
Once life returns to normal, Heritage Regina will make every effort to reinstate in-person guided walking tours and we look forward to having you join us.

 

When automobiles were used to fight the Spanish flu in 1918

The first death from Spanish flu in Regina was reported on Oct 7, 1918.

This article was originally published by the Regina Leader-Post on March 20, 2020. It is reprinted here with permission.

By Dale Edward Johnson

At first, people in Saskatchewan showed little interest or concern about reports of a new flu in other parts of the world.

The first cases were reported in Canada in July 1918, and it would be a few more months before cases were reported in Saskatchewan. As health authorities scrambled to try to reduce the number of people stricken, owners of automobiles in Regina were asked to help out. And they did.

As the summer of 1918 turned to autumn, there were more newspaper reports of the Spanish flu in cities in the eastern U.S. and Canada.

For example, on Oct.1, 1918, Regina’s Morning Leader newspaper reported there were 460 new cases in Philadelphia in the previous 48 hours, bringing the city’s total to 2,327 cases and 14 deaths.

By Oct. 3, the Leader reported that the Spanish flu was “rapidly spreading over (the) United States” and was in 43 of the 48 states.

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gee meeyo pimawtshinawnm ( It was a Good Life)

Year 2 students at the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) worked with Kristen Catherwood from Heritage Regina to research and publish gee meeyo pimawtshinawnm ( It was a Good Life) – A Living Heritage Project. Read more

SaskPower Substation No. 2

SaskPower Substation No. 2: Making Loss of Local Heritage a Thing of the Past

It was the end of the line for SaskPower’s Substation No. 2 on the 1900 block of Elphinstone Street. Built in 1930 by the Regina Light and Power Company, the substation made it possible to extend power services to developing neighbourhoods. The building was designed to fit in with its residential environment, a practice that was often used at the time. Read more

Heritage Regina Tour Guide Interviewed by CBC Radio

One of our Summer Walking Tour guides, Dale Edward Johnson, was recently interviewed on the CBC radio program “Saskatchewan Weekend.” During the 10-minute interview, Johnson chatted with program host Shauna Powers about some of the car dealerships that operated in Regina’s downtown over the years. The interview aired on August 10, 2019 and may be heard at https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-205-saskatchewan-weekend/clip/15731101-an-historic-walking-tour-of-downtown-regina-car-dealerships. (Note: At the link, if a “Welcome” pop-up menu appears, scroll to the bottom of the menu and click Continue. This will take you to the audio recording of the interview.)

A companion article to the interview (with photos) may be found at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/taking-a-walk-down-regina-s-car-dealership-lane-1.5243038.

Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan

Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan Prepares for Move

In the coming months, the Provincial Archives will be consolidating its Permanent Collection—currently housed in Regina and Saskatoon—at its new location in the CBC building, 2440 Broad Street, Regina.

For updates on this major undertaking, be sure to check the News and Events page at the Provincial Archives website.

Exciting Opportunity for Prairie History Projects

From Canada’s History Society:

“Canada’s History Society is currently looking for community-based history projects for the 2019 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming.

This award recognizes innovative projects that promote and encourage community engagement in history. Eligible projects include exhibits, preservation or restoration initiatives, oral histories, special events, or any other type of community programming.

Two recipients are awarded $2500 for their project and a trip to Ottawa to receive their award. Recipients also attend the Canada’s History Forum and the History Makers Gala, held in conjunction with the awards.”

Application deadline is July 15, 2019.

For more information, see CanadasHistory.ca/ApplyGG.

2019 Heritage Regina Summer Walking Tours

 

Take a walk through some of Regina’s most historic locations and discover the rich heritage of the province’s capital city. Our guided tours are offered throughout the summer, last approximately 2 hours, and are free (suggested donation of $10).

The McNab Neighbourhood
June 8 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Gareth Evans at 6 p.m. at Government House, 4607 Dewdney Avenue. Enjoy stories of the McNab neighbourhood’s evolution and learn about historic homes, the influential people who lived in them and the conception of Luther College. There is ample parking at Government House, and the Vice Regal Coffee Bar will be open before the tour starts.

The 1912 Cyclone and Its Impact on “The Wholesale District”
July 6 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Robin Adeney at 6 p.m. outside Brewed Awakening, 2300 Dewdney Avenue, and learn about the storm of the century and its impact on this former neighbourhood.

Wascana Lake: Sporting and Political History
July 10 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Will Chabun at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Wascana Marina (off Broad Street) to walk around the lake and hear about some of its intriguing tales.

Wascana Lake: Sporting and Political History
July 13 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Will Chabun at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Wascana Marina (off Broad Street) to walk around the lake and hear about some of its intriguing tales.

Cathedrals and Coffee Houses
July 20 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Susan Birley at 6 p.m. at the northwest corner of the Safeway parking lot on 13th Avenue for a walk that explores historic churches and other buildings in this early 20th century neighbourhood.

Kids on Tour
July 27 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Robin Adeney at 6 p.m. at the Victoria Park Cenotaph and discover the stories of the terrible cyclone of 1912. This tour is designed for kids aged 6 – 12 years accompanied by their parent or guardian (over 18 years of age).

Historic College Avenue Campus
August 3 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Lauren Liebe at 6 p.m. at the University of Regina’s old campus, 2155 College Avenue, and learn about the beginnings of the college and its historical renovation.

Regina’s Downtown Car Dealerships
August 10 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Dale Edward Johnson at 6 p.m. in front of the Viterra Building at Albert Street and Victoria Avenue. Learn about the early car dealerships in downtown Regina and how residents became hooked on their automobiles.

* Listen to Dale Edward Johnson’s interview on the CBC radio program “Saskatchewan Weekend” with host Shauna Powers. The interview aired on August 10, 2019 and may be heard at https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-205-saskatchewan-weekend/clip/15731101-an-historic-walking-tour-of-downtown-regina-car-dealerships.  (Note: At the link, if a “Welcome” pop-up menu appears, scroll to the bottom of the menu and click Continue. This will take you to the audio recording of the interview.)

A companion article to the interview (with photos) may be found at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/taking-a-walk-down-regina-s-car-dealership-lane-1.5243038.

Secrets of Government House
August 17 at 6 p.m.
Meet Manager of Government House Monique Goffinet Miller at 6 p.m. at Government House, 4607 Dewdney Avenue. Hear behind-the-scenes stories of Government House, its secret gardens and the ongoing historical impact of this National Historic Site. There is ample parking at Government House, and the Vice Regal Coffee Bar will be open before the tour starts.

Lost Buildings in Regina
August 24 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Melissa Clow at 6 p.m. outside the north entrance of Cornwall Centre (on Saskatchewan Drive) for a walk that will explore Regina’s earliest years and reveal the vanished roots of our city. Note: The tour will be augmented by historical photographs shared via an online slideshow. This can be accessed through your mobile/hand-held device during the tour.

Old Lakeview Neighbourhood
August 28 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Jackie Schmidt at 6 p.m. on the steps of the Legislative Building and learn about the early development of this historic neighbourhood.

Old Lakeview Neighbourhood
August 31 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Jackie Schmidt at 6 p.m. on the steps of the Legislative Building and learn about the early development of this historic neighbourhood.

Germantown: The Other Regina
September 4 at 6 p.m.
Meet guide Warren James at 6 p.m. at the Central Fire Hall on 11th Avenue for a walk through an area of Regina originally settled by continental Europeans.

 

 

 

2019 Top 10 Endangered Places List – Call For Nominations

Be part of saving a place that matters to you by nominating an endangered place for inclusion in the 2019 Top 10 Endangered Places List.

The Top 10 List shines a national spotlight on historic places at risk due to neglect, lack of funding, inappropriate development or weak legislation. Nominate a place for inclusion in the Top 10 Endangered Places List by filling out our online nomination form here.

The nomination period closes on March 29 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) and the List will be released in May.

See the 2018 list at https://nationaltrustcanada.ca/what-we-offer/endangered-places

Local Architect Showcases Regina’s Structural and Societal History

This Thursday Heritage Regina will present the second lecture in its Winter Lecture Series titled Threads that Bind: The Connections Between Society, Art, and Architecture. Local architect and P3Architecture partner James Youck will lead attendees in a study of Regina’s cultural and societal context, as seen through the lens of the city’s ever-evolving architecture.

From the grand scale of the Saskatchewan legislative building to the intricate detail of some of Regina’s early residential homes, Youck will explore Regina’s past, present and future using some of the longest-lasting historical legacies we leave behind: the structures we build.

“Looking for connections between society, art, and architecture reminds us that our built environment does not occur in a vacuum, but it is a representation of our culture and world view,” said Youck.

Interest in Regina’s architectural roots recently gained prominence as advocates successfully fought to secure heritage designation for The Cook House. Heritage Regina hopes that Thursday’s lecture will provide interested citizens with a better understanding of the importance of designations like these, and the contextual underpinnings on which they are based.

“We want the public to learn about Regina’s amazing architectural treasures in a forum outside of City Council proceedings,” said Heritage Regina President Jackie Schmidt. “Events like Thursday’s lecture aren’t just designed to educate, but to give people a real appreciation for the world around them.”

Threads that Bind is one of five unique events which will cover topics ranging from Regina’s previous airports to famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Heritage Regina was founded with the goal of preserving historic Regina buildings, landmarks and Intangible Cultural Heritage, and offers a growing number of events and programs for the public including a summer walking tour series. The organization is proud to partner with the Artesian to deliver the 2019 Lecture Series. Sponsorship for the series is provided by the City of Regina and The Civic Museum.

More information can be found at www.heritageregina.ca, or by contacting:

Jackie Schmidt, Heritage Regina President – (306) 536-4247