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.

Wanuskewin receives national tourism award

Tourism Saskatoon photo

Tourism Saskatoon photo

Wanuskewin Heritage Park received the National Aboriginal (Indigenous) Cultural Tourism Award, sponsored by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada. Located outside of Saskatoon, the national historic site has been a gathering place for more than 6,000 years and is the longest continually operating archaeological excavation site in Canada. Read more.

Saskatchewan receives Canada 150 funding

Heritage Canada last week announced the first Saskatchewan recipients of Canada 150 funding. SaskCulture’s multi-partner project, Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond, was among the 19 projects announced.

A $400,000 grant will help a new partnership, made up of several Saskatchewan cultural groups, will build new and respectful relationships between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples through language, literature and arts engagement throughout 2017 and beyond, according to SaskCulture’s website. Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond will acknowledge the resilience of Indigenous peoples and celebrate the potential of Indigenous cultures, languages and arts in the province.

Activities taking place as part of Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond include:

  • Indigenous artist presentations to schools through LIVE Arts, in partnership with Saskatchewan Arts Board and Saskatchewan Ministry of Education;
  • Design and delivery of Indigenous language workshops for youth in First Nations communities, in partnership with Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre;
  • A Métis culture and language gathering, in partnership with Gabriel Dumont Institute;
  • Expansion of an Indigenous literary festival, in partnership with Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc.;
  • Creative workshops and community celebration, in partnership with Buffalo People Arts Institute;

And a final cultural gathering to showcase activities and ensure a legacy, organized by SaskCulture.

Read more

Sask students receive awards for heritage videos

Colby Hough of Eston and Ellery Nelson of Regina received awards for their video projects.

Colby Hough of Eston and Ellery Nelson of Regina picked up awards for their video projects.

From Nov. 26-29, twenty-six students from across Canada met in Ottawa for Canada’s History Society’s 3rd Annual Young Citizens Youth Forum. Two winners from each province and territory were selected based on video projects that they completed as part of 2016 Heritage Fairs. Our Saskatchewan winners were Colby Hough of Eston,  and Regina’s Ellery Nelson. View their winning videos here!

Bill for heritage tax credits introduced in parliament

From The Heritage Trust:

Today, a Private Member’s Bill to create tax credits for rehabilitation of historic places was tabled in the House by Peter van Loan (Conservative critic for Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites). Bill C-323 is designed to limit the destruction of Canada’s heritage buildings, and encourage rehabilitation of properties in the Canadian Register of Historic Places. For more information visit:

This is an idea that has had widespread support from heritage advocates, federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities over the years. It’s exciting to see it tabled in the House and given first reading. We know that the tax system can  be a powerful tool to stimulate private investment in heritage buildings. In the United States, the introduction of a 20 percent federal tax credit for rehabilitation of heritage buildings 40 years ago revolutionized the way developers think about old buildings and launched a booming and competitive preservation industry.