Heritage Regina’s 2024 Lecture Series

The Robinson Homestead

Saturday, January 27 | 2:00 and 5:00 PM

John Robinson shares the project of a lifetime: building a homestead shack in three days using tools and craftmanship of his ancestors.  

Featuring a homestead shack on-site, and an interactive tool demonstration.

FROST Downtown Hub | Big White Tent on 12th Avenue  

In partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement District. 


Serving the Crown: Reflections from Saskatchewan’s First Indigenous Lieutenant Governor

Thursday, February 15 | 7:00 PM 

His Honour Russ Mirasty, 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, discusses Indigeneity and service to the Crown.    

A meet-and-greet reception with the Lieutenant Governor will follow.

Government House (Sir Richard Lake Ballroom) | 4607 Dewdney Avenue 


Progressive Architecture: Our Past is Our Future

Saturday, March 2 | 7:00 PM

Using an extensive collection of historic photos, architectural designer John Robinson features the amazing structures that Regina has lost, restoration success stories and buildings currently at risk. 

Darke Hall | 2255 College Avenue 


Threads That Bind: The Connection Between Society, Art & Architecture

Thursday, March 21 | 7:00 PM 

Architect James Youck examines the relationship between art, architecture and historical context through western civilization, including examples from Regina. 

Online Lecture | Link via Heritage Regina Facebook Page 


The 1935 Regina Riot & the Death of Nick Schaack

Thursday, April 11 | 7:00 PM 

Historian Bill Waiser returns for a captivating look at the On-to-Ottawa Trek, the resulting Regina Riot and a second, forgotten fatality. 

The Artesian | 2627 13th Avenue  


Admission to all lectures is free of charge, however a $10 donation per group is recommended to support our programming.

Heritage Regina is grateful to our partners at the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District, Government House and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Darke Hall and The Artesian for helping us make our Lecture Series possible.

Meet the Speakers

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CBC Interview: Cultural Trailways

Our president Jackie Schmidt joined CBC’s The Morning Edition earlier this week. Listen below to hear her interview and learn more about the new additions to the Cathedral Cultural Trailway, and how Regina residents can get involved:


New Social Media Associate for Heritage Regina

Heritage Regina would like to introduce our new Social Media Associate, Nathaniel Hak!

Originally from Regina, Nathaniel is looking forward to learning more about Regina’s cultural and built heritage, and is excited to expand his knowledge of land-based heritage and the ecosystems found in our city. Nathaniel is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology at the University of Regina. This past spring, he completed a diploma in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta, where he managed social media for the School of Environmental Sciences, showcasing his program and the school, and served as a student member on the school’s Board of Governors. Nathaniel spent this past summer with Nature Saskatchewan as a Habitat Stewardship Assistant, engaging with Saskatchewan’s landowners to conserve wildlife habitat on the prairies. During his free time, you can usually find Nathaniel spending time with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, or daydreaming about his next holiday.

New Executive Director for Heritage Regina

Heritage Regina would like to introduce our new Executive Director, Sarah Wood!
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Sarah Wood is a Regina-born heritage management professional, with a particular interest in alternative learning and engagement, inclusive history, and ecomuseum models. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in history and is completing her Masters in history with a focus on Canadian legal history. She recently completed her Certificate in Community Museum Studies with the Museums Association of Saskatchewan. Sarah’s most recent work was with the Legislative Building doing education and heritage management and she has previously worked for the Western Development Museum and other community museums. She is very excited to join Heritage Regina and further its great work bringing history alive and preserving it for the community. You can usually find Sarah with a book in her hands either in her backyard or at Madge Lake with her husband, one-year-old daughter, and their giant orange cat.

Heritage Regina Kicks Off the New Year with New Branding and Lecture Series

Heritage Regina will undergo a facelift in 2019 as the organization ushers in a fresh new visual identity and strategic plan. The change in branding will reflect a vibrant new energy within Heritage Regina, and a renewed commitment to telling the stories of Regina’s history. The new look will include an updated logo, colour scheme, and a new website.

“This is an exciting time for our organization and I am excited about sharing our vision and plans through our refreshed brand”, said Heritage Regina’s president, Jackie Schmidt. “In addition to our new look is our continued commitment to work with our many partners and support those that are also working to preserve our valuable heritage.”

In addition to the new Heritage Regina branding, the organization also announced the launch of its Winter Lecture Series to be held at the Artesian on 13th Avenue. This five-lecture series will feature expert presenters who will dive deep into prominent facets of Regina’s history.

The Series opens on Jan. 28 with the first lecture The Band Played On, which was developed in partnership with the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO). The evening will include performances from Regina Symphony Chamber Players and a visit from RSO conductor Gordon Gerrard.

“In this the 110th anniversary season of the RSO we’ve come across an incredible amount of historical information that we didn’t know before,” said Dave Hedlund, Coordinator of the RSO’s 110th Anniversary Project. “It’s going to be very entertaining for people.”

The Band Played On is one of five unique events which will cover topics ranging from the history of Regina’s airports to famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Anyone with an interest in learning more about Regina’s captivating history is encouraged to attend.

Founded in 1977, Heritage Regina plays an important role in conservation, advocacy and education in honouring Regina’s cultural heritage. The organization offers a growing number of events and programs for the public including a summer walking tour series. Heritage Regina is sponsored by City of Regina and the Civic Museum of Regina.

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

John Robinson, Heritage Regina Board Member – (306) 352-6617

or Jackie Schmidt, President – (306) 536-4247

Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan

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.

Heritage Regina at Cathedral Arts Festival – Sod House

Heritage Regina in partnership with Regina Downtown Business Improvement District and Prairie Sod Farm constructed a one-of-a-kind Sod House at the Cathedral Arts Festival. With the extraordinary help of some strong volunteers and a crafty architect, the 2 sided sod house was constructed in little over 2 hours to represent the craftsmanship and skill of early pioneers. Huge Thank you goes out to John Robinson of Robinson Residential for his vision and ingenuity on this project!


Check out our Facebook page for more photos!

Regina Public Library Albert Branch – Heritage Building For Sale

Regina Public Library (RPL) will be relocating its Albert Branch Library from its current location at 1401 Robinson Street to the new Mâmawêyatitân Centre in the summer of 2017. The intent of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to seek offers to purchase the current Albert Branch property, including the land and building. The Albert Branch building is a designated heritage building and therefore the purchaser(s) must be prepared to accept the restrictions associated with its heritage designation.

A tour of the building is scheduled for 10:00 on Wednesday, July 14th. The building is quite similar to the Connaught Branch and is a designated Municipal Heritage Property.

For more information, please visit the RPL website at the link below:



Downtown Cultural Trailway honored with Award

We are very honoured and excited to announce that the Downtown Regina Cultural Trailway project has recently won another award! Recipient of the City of Regina Municipal Heritage award for Education in March, 2017 – we’re also excited to announce that we’ve received the Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage award for Education, Heritage events & Publishing.

This project was completed in partnership with Regina Downtown Business Improvement Disrtict, with research support being provided by William Brennan, Margaret Hryniuk, Frank Korvemaker and Jackie Schmidt and a dedicated Regina Downtown research and design team that included Kent Evans, Dana James and Sheila Farnell.

These combined efforts resulted in three guided Trailway tours, the creation of an informative (and stunning) brochure, a mobile friendly audio tour option (available through the izi.TRAVEL app) and website updates to reginadowntown.ca

You are invited to attend the upcoming Heritage Awards, Wednesday June 14th.

RSVP your attendance by noon Tuesday June 13th by email or phone:
– info@heritagesask.ca
– phone 306 780-9191.

For a list of the Award recipients, go to: https://heritagesask.ca/


AWARD INFO: https://heritagesask.ca/event-information/heritage-awards
PROJECT INFO: http://reginadowntown.ca/downtown-regina-cultural-trailway/

cc: Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

Heritage Regina Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting April 11, 2017

We want to welcome all current members and potential new members to attend Heritage Regina’s 41st Annual General Meeting on April 11th at Knox Metropolitan United Church, 2340 Victoria Ave. Regina at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Please note that only current 2017-18 members will be eligible to vote at the AGM. A copy of the membership renewal form is attached. We are excited to announce that once again we have partnered with Heritage Saskatchewan and the National Trust for Canada to provide you a
reciprocal membership for just $10.00. Details are on the attached form.
Please feel free to bring your membership form along with payment to the AGM or mail prior to the event.