Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan Announcement

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan wishes to inform the archives community that our offices are consolidating into one location in Regina, and that our office in Saskatoon will be closing effective December 21, 2018.

In the coming months, while certain services will continue, other services may only be available in a limited capacity due to staff involvement in coordinating the move.  Regular public reference service hours in Regina will continue until further notice.

The Archives has pursued consolidation to bring together staff and records from five sites, to improve service delivery of our mandate, as well as to ensure the long-term preservation of our Permanent Collection in a more favourable records storage environment.  We are optimistic that our new location in Regina will lead to growth and development in our role as a custodian of the Province’s documentary history.

We look forward to offering 5 days per week public reference services at our new location by August 2019.

For inquiries, please contact info@archives.gov.sk.ca or 306-787-4068.

A thank you from Heritage Regina

Heritage Regina’s College Avenue Campus Salvage Sale – Respecting and Recycling Our Heritage 

Heritage Regina would like to extend our warm thanks to those who contributed to the success of the College Avenue Campus Salvage Sale including: 

  • the University of Regina College Avenue Renewal Project team for facilitating the collection, storing and moving of the auctioned materials; 
  • Harvard Developments Inc. for the generous donation of a facility in which the auction materials were displayed and the auctioned held; 
  • the University of Regina Rams Football Team who donated the much needed manpower to move the auction materials from storage into the auction facility; 
  • McDougall Auctioneers Ltd. for facilitating the auction; and 
  • the Regina and surrounding communities for your support of this project and your continued interest in restoring heritage. 

 The College Avenue Campus (CAC) has a rich history in Regina. Tracing the University of Regina’s roots back to College Avenue, these heritage buildings are an early and exceptional example of Collegiate Gothic architecture in our community.  After more than 100 years of use, these historical buildings were deteriorating and their lack of accessibility made it difficult for all students to access programming. To preserve this historic gem, in 2011, the University of Regina undertook the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project.  All of the work undertaken has been focused on preserving the historic features of the College Building. Where possible, historical items have been salvaged and reused within the revitalized College Building and its new additions. 

To ensure that the materials that could not be repurposed did not end up wasted, the University of Regina and Heritage Regina partnered in a recycle and redistribution project in which these historical items were auctioned off to be reused within the community.  We are happy to report that the auction was very successful in that all materials removed from the CAC were repurposed by the community.  This success would not have been possible without the support of many. 

Proceeds of the auction will help Heritage Regina to continue to offer advocacy and educational programs within the community. 

Heritage Saskatchewan Summer Photo Contest

Heritage Saskatchewan Summer Photo Contest

This summer, Heritage Saskatchewan is calling all amateur photographers to send us their snaps, showcasing Living Heritage around the province!

Saskatchewan’s rich and diverse Living Heritage is home to many a great story and we want you to help us tell these stories through your photos.

Photos will qualify under one of two categories:

  1. Physical Heritage – This might include cultural landscapes, archaeological sites, buildings, or any engineering works
  2. Intangible Cultural Heritage – Examples could include festivals, community events, traditions and skills (rug hooking, beading, etc.), rituals or foods that support the passing of knowledge between generations

The contest is open from Monday July 23rd to midnight on September 3rd (Labour Day), 2018.  Winners will be announced September 10th, 2018.

First and second place winners will be chosen in each category:

  • First prize – $200 (cheque)
  • Second prize – $100 (cheque)

Those images that most effectively represent the heritage of our wonderful province may be used by Heritage Saskatchewan for promotional purposes.


HOW TO ENTER    


CONTEST RULES

This contest is open to amateur photographers. No entry fee or purchase is required. Entries must be submitted in one of two categories:

  1. Physical Heritage
  2. Intangible Cultural Heritage

PRIZES

First and second place winners will be chosen in each of the two categories – Physical Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage:

  • First prize – $200 (cheque)
  • Second prize – $100 (cheque)

Regina Indian Industrial School Cemetery Plaque Unveiling

Please join the Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, in unveiling the Provincial Heritage Property Plaque of the Regina Indian Industrial School Cemetery.

The unveiling will occur August 14th at 11:30 a.m. at the cemetery site, which is located at 701 Pinkie Road in Regina (approximately 1.5km north of Dewdney Avenue). For any questions about the event, please contact Mr. Gareth Evans, Heritage Designations Adviser, Heritage Conservation Branch, at 306-787-8519 or by email at gareth.evans@gov.sk.ca.

Saturdays Night was a Good Night for Car Enthusiasts

July 14 saw over 60 people join tour guide Dale Edward Johnson on a fascinating tour of Regina’s Downtown Car Dealerships. Dale’s knowledge of Regina’s car dealership history illustrated the rich history of the car business and its association with some of Regina’s Heritage buildings. Dale shared many interesting stories of the businessmen, the auto makers and the different car models that have been sold in our downtown since 1913.

Thanks to everyone who came out and a big thanks to Dale for sharing his passion with he citizens of Regina.

Hope to see many of you at our next tour: Saturday July 21 @ 6:00 pm join guide Warren James at the Central Fire Hall on 11 Avenue.

Image is of tour guide Dale Edward Johnson standing in front of the sign for Neil Motors. This sign is on the back of the Vintage Vinyl building on 11 Avenue.

Global Regina Morning Live Show – Regina Cemetery Tour

They started in the 90s and after a lengthy hiatus, Regina Cemetery Tours are back for another summer. Sarah Komadina has the details.

Heritage Regina’s College Avenue Campus Salvage Sale

Heritage Regina’s College Avenue Campus Salvage Sale

Respecting and Recycling Our Heritage

The College Avenue Campus (CAC) has a rich history in Regina. Tracing the University of Regina’s roots back to College Avenue, these heritage buildings are an early and exceptional example of Collegiate Gothic architecture in our community.

After more than 100 years of use, these historical buildings were deteriorating and their lack of accessibility made it difficult for all students to access programming. To preserve this historic gem, in 2011, the University of Regina undertook the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project.  All of the work undertaken has been focused on preserving the historic features of the College Building. Where possible, historical items have been salvaged and reused within the revitalized College Building and its new additions.

Wanting to ensure that materials that could not be repurposed did not end up wasted, the University and Heritage Regina have worked together to respectfully recycle and redistribute historical items within the community.

As a result of these efforts, Heritage Regina will be holding an online auction of items such as brick, wood, tile, heritage door knobs, railings and radiators from CAC. Many of these materials date back to the original construction of CAC. Each item has been photographed and catalogued by McDougall Auctions. Proceeds of the sale will go to Heritage Regina education programs including their lecture series and heritage walking tours.

To own a piece of our history and support heritage education programs in Regina, please check out the available items online at McDougall Auctions (https://mcdougallbay.com/event.php?arg=F3AC26D3-21E7-4E5C-BBBB-FDE658772DFB) and place your online bid from June 13, 2018 to June 29, 2018. On site viewing will happen on June 28th 9:00am-3:00pm, locations details on website. The sale will close on at Noon, Regina time, on June 29.

More information can be found by contacting:

 

Jackie Schmidt

Heritage Regina, Chair P:306-536-4247

E: info@heritageregina.ca

Winners of the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Awards announced

May 29th, 2018, Regina, SK – Heritage Saskatchewan is excited to officially announce the winners of the 2018 Lieutenant Governor Heritage Awards. His Honour the Honourable W. Thomas Malloy will present the worthy winners with their awards on Wednesday June 13 at Government House, Regina. This annual event celebrates those projects that safeguard the Living Heritage of this rich and diverse province for future generations. Recognition is given for the skills, knowledge and commitment that each of the building owners, designers and craftspeople, heritage workers and creative individuals demonstrate during the development and implementation of each heritage project.

The winners are:

Physical Heritage Conservation

  • Confederation Park & Fountain
  • Khedive Heritage Recreation Centre
  • The Frontenac Apartments

Public Outreach

  • Journées du patrimoine – Heritage Days
  • Original Humboldt – Sharing Stories of the Land

Community Development

  • Nehiyawak Language Experience

Intangible Cultural Heritage

  • Souris Moose Creek Region Video Series

Ingrid Cazakoff, CEO of Heritage Saskatchewan, commented, “We had a really great response to this year’s awards, which took a slightly different format to previous years with the introduction of new categories. The standard of entries was very high and I am extremely pleased to know that so many communities throughout the province are taking such big steps towards preserving our Living Heritage. The entries submitted by the winning projects went above and beyond our expectations and I would like to congratulate each of them for doing such positive heritage work within their own
communities.”

Download media release (PDF).

2018 Summer Walking Tours!

HERITAGE REGINA TOUR SCHEDULE
All Heritage Regina walks begin at 6 p.m. and last approximately two hours. The tours are free, with a suggested donation of $10.

The Warehouse District
June 30 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Edward Willett, author of Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw, at the north- east corner of Dewdney Avenue and Albert Street at 6:00 p.m. and learn about the businesses and families of early 20th century Regina.

Government House and the McNab Neighbourhood
July 7 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Amanda Girardin at 6:00 p.m. at the McNab Historic marker across from 90 Empress Drive.

Regina’s downtown car dealerships
July 14 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Dale Edward Johnson at 6:00 p.m. at the southwest corner of Albert Street and Victoria Street (across from Viterra’s head office).  Learn about the early car dealerships in downtown Regina and how residents became hooked on their automobiles.

Germantown: The other Regina
July 21 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Warren James at the Central Fire Hall on 11th Avenue at 6:00 p.m. for a walk through the area of Regina originally settled by continental Europeans.

Old Lakeview neighborhood
July 28 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Jackie Schmidt at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of the Legislative Building and learn about the early development of this neighbourhood.

13th Avenue: Cathedrals and coffee houses
August 4 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Susan Birley at 6:00 p.m. at the north-east corner of Robinson Street and 13th Avenue (outside the Mercury Café) for a walk that explores historic churches and other buildings in this early 20th century neighborhood.

Wascana Lake and its sporting and political history
August 11 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Will Chabun at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot at the Wascana Marina off Broad Street for a walk around the lake and hear some of it’s intriguing tales.

Lost buildings of Regina’s downtown
August 18 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Melissa Munro outside the north Cornwall Centre entrance (Saskatchewan Drive) at 6:00 p.m. for a walk that will explore Regina’s earliest years and reveal the vanished roots of our city.

The path of the tornado
August 25 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Robin Adeney at the cenotaph in Victoria Park at 6:00 p.m. and retrace the path of the 1912 cyclone and its impact on Regina’s downtown.

Regina Cemetery Tour – 4th Avenue and Broad Street
June 29, July 27, August 31 & September 28 at 6 p.m. 
Meet Kenton de Jong at the cemetery entrance at 6:00pm. This tour visits the graves of Regina’s politicians, police officers and soliders, along with victims of the Regina Cyclone, Regina Riot and Spanish Influenza. We will be concluding the tour in the Beth Jacob’s Jewish Cemetery, so we ask visitors to bring a scarf or head covering.

 

Last year’s well-attended and much anticipated Cemetery Walking Tours are still being discussed with the City of Regina. We will give an update on them in the near future.

For more information, please visit our Event Calendar, check us out on Facebook, or Print 2018 walking tour list

#SaveTheBricks – Weston’s Bakery bricks need to go!

Wanting to keep a historical piece of the old Weston’s Bakery with you!? Their bricks are for sale! A pallet of bricks costs $40. Individual bricks are $0.25. Message LocalMarketYQR at tim@localandfresh.ca or 306 861 0487 or to come by and check them out.

Constructed in 1929, the three-storey building with a red tile roof is considered historically significant by the City of Regina, because of its association with local architecture firm Van Egmond and Storey and Montreal architect Sydney Comber.

It is also known for its original owners, Weston Foods, who were considered pioneers in Canadian baking. It was used as a bakery until 2012.