PAHS News:

The News page contains upcoming Prince Albert Historical Society events and activities as well as news articles from other sources related to Prince Albert museums and the Society.  For historical and other articles written by our volunteers and staff, check out the Our Stories page.

July Youth Summer Camp: "History Hunters" July 15th to July 19th

Summer Camp July 2024"History Hunters" Half-Day July Summer Camp
Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19th
9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day

Cost: $50.00 per person
Ages: 8-12
Location: Historical Museum, 10 River St E

Fill out the registration form to register for the camp
For more information, phone 306 764-2992

  • Fun and creative indoor and outdoor activities
  • Visit the ArchaeoCaravan! (courtesy of SAS)

 

August Youth Summer Camp: "Camp-Ology" August 8th to August 11th

Summer Camp August 2024"Camp-Ology" Half-Day August Summer Camp
Tuesday, August 6th to Friday, August 9th
9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day

Cost: $50.00 per person
Ages: 8-12
Location: Historical Museum, 10 River St E

FULL: Camp limit reached
To add your name to the wait list, phone 306 764-2992

  • Activities, related games, journaling and plenty of fun!
  • Archeology, Paleonology, Hydrology, Zoology and more.

 

Older news

Crocus Tea - Wednesday, May 8th

Crocus Tea 2024Attend the Crocus Tea on Wednesday, May 8th
Two Seatings: 1:30 to 2:30 OR 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Price: $15.00
Phone 306-764-2992.  Reserve your ticket by Tuesday, May 7th.

Menu:

  • Savory Shredded Curry Chicken Sandwich with raisin and almond
    on Homemade Sourdough Bread
  • One Piece of either Lemon Cheesecake, Irish Whiskey Cheesecake,
    Butterscotch Cheesecake, Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake, Cherry or Blueberry Cheesecake
  • Variety of Teas: Red Rose, Lady Grey, or Earl Grey

Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E

 

Junior Historical Society Meeting - Saturday, April 20th @ 10:00

April 2024 MeetingOral History and Story Telling

Join us for Speed Interviews, an Escape Room game and Snacks!  Please pre-register by phoning 306-764-2992.

The Jr. Historical Society invites all youth 8 and up to join us.  Membership is free.

Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E
Time:
10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Coffee and Conversation: Composting - Connect with Nature, Sunday, April 21st

Coffee & Conversation: Composting, Apr 2024

Join Keri Sapsford, "Compost Nerd", to learn about composting your food scraps and improving the health of the soil in your yard.

Keri is the owner of the Backyard and Compost Corner, which provides food scrap collection and composting services. She is passionate about educating people on the benefits of composting.  “Composting is a daily reminder that what grows from the earth goes back to the earth; it is a reminder that we are all connected to the land ”.

  • Time: 2:00 pm, Sunday, April 21st, 2024
  • Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E
  • Admission: Free
  • Please register by calling 306-764-2992.
Coffee and Conversation: Forest Conservation - Early Days: Sunday, March 17th

Coffee & Conversation: Forestry, Mar 2024

In the early 1950’s the Canadian Forestry Association developed a forest
conservation program that visited many parts of the province, including Prince Albert and surrounding small communities. The displays and presentations were in a rail car that was supported by the CPR and the CNR. In addition to learning about this pioneering environmental movement, the presentation will highlight how small rural communities depended on the forest for their existence and how much the rural populations have changed in the last seventy years.

John Daisley was born and raised in Prince Albert and is a graduate of PACI and the Renewable Resources Technology program at SIAST in Saskatoon. He spent his career in forestry; first for the Saskatchewan Forest Service, and then for Saskatchewan Forest Products Corporation, MacMillan Bloedel and Weyerhaeuser. He worked around the province, lastly in the Hudson Bay region. John currently runs a hobby sawmill on his woodlot near Hudson Bay. In 2019, John became the first president of the Saskatchewan Forest History Society which fosters and promotes the understanding of the role that forests and forestry played in the development of the province.

  • Time: 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 17th, 2024
  • Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E
  • Admission: Free
  • Please call 306-764-2992 to register or email curator@historypa.com.
Junior Historical Society Meeting - Saturday, March 16th @ 1:00 to 3:00 pm

March 2024 MeetingDon't miss this wonderful opportunity to create a traditional Pysanka or Ukrainian Easter Egg!

Free - all supplies are provided.  Spots are limited.
You must pre-register for this event by calling 306-764-2992 or email  museumeducator@historypa.com

The Jr. Historical Society invites all youth 8 and up to join us.  Membership is free. Parents are encouraged to come support their child or register to make their own egg. 

Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E
Time:
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Coffee and Conversation: Rural Churches: Sunday, February 18th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee & Conversation: Rural Churches, Feb 2024

Garry Prokop will provide a presention on the rural churches and cemetaries around Prince Albert.

  • Time: 2:00 pm, Sunday, February 18th, 2024
  • Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E
  • Admission: Free
  • Please call 306-764-2992 to register
    or email curator@historypa.com.

 

 

Coffee and Conversation: Winter Break: Tuesday, February 20th to Friday, February 23rd

Winter Break 2024

Participate in a different activity each day with your museum admission!
The Historical Museum will be open from 1-4 each day.

  • Tuesday: Games, tours, and scavenger hunts. Come and go from 1 to 4.
  • Wednesday: Archival Beading with Troy Parenteau, Métis Teacher & Artist (Ages 15+)
  • Thursday: Métis Parfleche Bag (family activity) with Jenn Brown, Metis Teacher & Artist
  • Friday: Archives Tour with PAHS Volunteers.  Tours at 1:00 and 2:30 pm.
  • Admission rates: Family $12 (2 adults & up to 4 children), Adult $5, under 12 $2, Under 6 free ... more
  • For more information or to register, please call 306-764-2992.

 

Coffee and Conversation: LaColle Falls: Sunday, January 21st, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee & Conversation: LaColle Falls, Jan 2024In 1912 the City of Prince Albert embarked on the construction of a hydroelectric power dam. Unfortunately, a problems arose during construction and in the summer of 1913, all work ceased. It took fifty years for the City to pay off this debt.
Paul Van Pul, retired Land Surveyor and an expert on the history of River Engineering,will discuss this project, from its inception in the early 1900s, to the aftermath in the 1960s.

  • Time: 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 21st, 2024
  • Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E
  • Admission: Free
  • Please call 306-764-2992 to register or email curator@historypa.com.
Christmas Tea: Sunday, December 10th

Christmas Tea 2023

Reserve your ticket early!  Only 50 tickets will be sold.
Check out the menu...
There are two seatings for the Christmas Tea:

  • Seating 1: 2:00
  • Seating 2: 3:15

  • Please call 306-764-2992 to reserve your ticket.
  • Ticket payment by e-transfer or cash.
  • Tickets must be paid for by December 6th
  • Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E
  • Ticket Price: $30.00 per person
Coffee and Conversation: Sunday, December 17th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee & Conversation: Watsonairs, Dec 2023

The Watsonairs: 67 years and counting!

Join Teena & Louise for a presentation on the history of the Watsonairs.
There will be a short concert following the presentation

  • Time: 2:00 pm, Sunday, December 17th
  • Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E

  • Admission: Free
  • Please call 306-764-2992 to register or
    email curator@historypa.com.
Coffee & Conversation: Sunday, November 19th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee3: 911

Prince Albert and the Implementation of the Provincial 9-1-1 System.
Presenter: Duane McKay

Duane has been actively involved in the Public Safety sector for over 42 years and has engaged in a broad scope of public safety initiatives from ground level emergency response to senior policy development and leadership. He has focused his career on establishing systems and networks to enhance public safety interoperability.

  • Please call 306-764-2992 to register.
  • Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E
  • Admission: Free
Jr. Historical Society Meeting - Saturday, November 18th @ 10:00 am

November 2023 MeetingCreate a museum in a box!

Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E
Time:
10:00 am to 12:00 (noon)

New members welcome! Membership is free.

  • The P.A. Junior Historical Society is a group for kids aged 8 to 12. We meet once a month to learn more about our local history and to volunteer at museum events.
  • Call 306.764.2992 for more information or email curator@historypa.com

 

Remembrance Day Opening & Presentation: Saturday, November 11th

Remembrance Day 2023

Remembrance Day at the Historical Museum.
The museum will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Visit the museum as part of remembering those who were and are members in the Armed Forces.  
  • View our Remembrance Day exhibit in the Sergeant Room
  • Starting at 2:00 pm, Navy League, Air, Sea and Army Cadets will speak about the history of their organizations.

Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum, 10 River Street E
Cadet Presentation: Starts at 2:00 pm
Admission: Free

CANCELLED - Rural Churches: Sunday, October 15th

Coffee2: Churches

Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with our presenter this weekend, we have to cancel the Sunday, October 15th Coffee and Conversation.

Our November's presentation, on Sunday, Nov. 19th, will feature Duane McKay talking about the development of the 911 service.

 

Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum
10 River Street E
Time:2:00 - 4:00 pm
Admission: Free

Canada's British Home Children: Saturday, September 23rd, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

British Home ChildrenAn estimated 100,000 children were sent to Canada from Great Britain from 1869 to 1948.  Their average age was 12.  These children worked as indentured farm labourers and domestic servants. Seventy of these children were placed in a Prince Albert orphanage.

Join us to learn more about the history of these children.

Presenters: Susan Brazeau & Joan (Champ) Brewerton (... more details)

Location: Prince Albert Historical Museum
10 River Street E
Time:
2:00 - 4:00 pm

  • Reserve your seat by phoning 306.764.2992
  • Register soon! Seating is limited

Presented by the Prince Albert Historical Society and the Prince Albert Daily Herald.

Coffee & Conversation: Hoo Sam - Sunday, September 17th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee 1: HooSamJoin us for our first Coffee and Conversation this fall:
"Murder at the Saskatchewan Cafe: The Story of Hoo Sam."
This murder took place in August 1911, but the events leading up to the trial emphasize what it was like to be a Chinese immigrant in Canada.

Presenter: Harris May
Cost: Free
Location: 
Prince Albert Historical Museum
10 River Street E
Time:
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Pre-registration is encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome. Phone 306.764-2992 or email curator@historypa.com.

 

Central & East Hill Historic Walking Tour: Wednesday, August 30th, starting at 7:00 pm

July Historic Walking Tour 2023Join us for a stroll around the Central Avenue and East Hill neighbourhood to learn about the historic homes in the area.  The tour will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Location: Tour starts at the Court House parking lot,
1800 Central Av
Cost:
By donation

  • Pre-register by phoning 306.764.2992
  • Register soon! Tour size is a limited number of participants

 

 

St. Mary's Church Talk & Tour #2: Saturday, July 29th @ 2 pm


St Mary Church PresentationJoin Fred Payton at St. Mary Church on July 29th @ 2 pm to learn about some of Prince Albert’s early residents.

Location: Highway 302, West of the Saskatchewan Penitentiary.
Cost: Suggested donation is $10 per person and will be split between the Society and the Anglican Diocese.

The tour is weather dependent. Check our Facebook page for any weather-related changes.

August Youth Summer Camp: "Multicultural Marvels" August 8th to August 11th

Summer Camp August 2023"Multicultural Marvels" Half-Day August Summer Camp
Tuesday, August 8th to Friday, August 11th
9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day

Cost: $50.00 per person
Ages: 8-12
Location: Historical Museum, 10 River St E

Fill out the registration form to register for the camp
For more information, phone 306 764-2992

  • Food, craft and games from around the world
  • Fun and creative indoor and outdoor activities

 

July Youth Summer Camp: "History Hunters" July 17th to July 21st

Summer Camp July 2023"History Hunters" Half-Day July Summer Camp
Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21st
9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day

Cost: $50.00 per person
Ages: 8-12
Location: Historical Museum, 10 River St E

Fill out the registration form to register for the camp
For more information, phone 306 764-2992

  • Fun and creative indoor and outdoor activities
  • Visit the ArchaeoCaravan!

 

St. Mary's Church Talk & Tour #1: Monday, June 26th @ 7 pm


St Mary Church PresentationJoin Fred Payton at St. Mary Church on June 26th @ 7 pm to learn about some of Prince Albert’s early residents.

Location: Highway 302, West of the Saskatchewan Penitentiary.
Cost: Suggested donation is $10 per person and will be split between the Society and the Anglican Diocese.

The tour is weather dependent. Check our Facebook page for any weather-related changes.

Jr. Historical Society Meeting - Saturday,June 24th, starting at 10:00 am

June 2023 MeetingExplore "Diefenbaker House" during our next meeting!

Location: John and Olive Diefenbaker National Historic Site
246 19th St W
Time:
10:00 am to 12:00 (noon)

  • The Junior Historical Society is aimed at youth, ages 8 to 18,  who have a passion for history and are enthusiastic, curious, creative and energenic.
  • Meetings are once per month. Membership is free.
  • Call Jeri at 306.764.2992 for more information or email museumeducator@historypa.com

 Don't forget - our summer camps are coming soon in July and August!

 

West Hill Historic Walking Tour: Tuesday, June 20th, starting at 7:00 pm

June Historic Walking Tour 2023Join us for a stroll around the West Hill neighbourhood to learn about the historic homes in the area.  The tour will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Location: Tour starts at the John & Olive Diefenbaker Museum,
246 19th St W
Cost:
By donation

  • Pre-register by phoning 306.764.2992
  • Register soon! Tour size is a limited number of participants

 

 

Crocus Tea: Wednesday, May 10th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Crocus Tea 2023Drop into our afternoon Crocus Tea!  The tea menu includes specialty sandwiches, a choice of teas and two different decadent desserts.

Cost: $15.00 per person
Location: Historical Museum, 10 River St E

Menu:

  • Egg Salad sandwich, Ham & Imperial Cheese Spread on Molasses Oatmeal Bread, and Garlic Parmesan Butter Rolls
  • Tea choices: Lady Grey, Earl Grey or Red Rose
  • Two choices from: Lemon Poppy Seed Torte, Triple Layer Chocolate Cake, Lime Cheesecake or Chocolate Nanaimo Cake

 

Coffee & Conversation: Thursday, April 20th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee & Conversation: Grey OwlArchie Belaney: The Other Side of Grey Owl

Be sure to join us at 2:00 pm for this informative talk about Archie Belaney, more widely known as Grey Owl.  The man know as Grey Owl had many sides to him.  He had his devoted fans and his enemies, but most people don't know about the other side of him that he kept hidden from the public. Presentation by Fred Payton.

  • Free admission
  • Location: Historical Museum, 10 River St E
  • Pre-booking is encouraged, however drop ins are welcome.
  • Phone 306.764.2992 or email museumeducator@historypa.com to register.

 

Saturday Easter Break Scavenger Hunt

Easter 2023 Scavenger HuntHop on down to the Historical Museum for a Easter Scavenger Hunt the whole family can enjoy and colour an EasterJoke Cootie Catcher!

  • Saturday, April 8th and April 15th: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Monday, April 10th to Friday, April 14th: 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Admission rates apply.
  • The Museum address is 10 River Street East.
  • Please use the side door on the east side of the building.
  • Call 306.764.2992 for more information.

 

Youth History Society: Meeting on Saturday, April 1st

Youth History SocietyGot a Passion for History? Consider joining our new Youth History Society.  Our next meeting will be Saturday, April 1st @ 10:30 am.  Please bring a parent or guardian with you.

  • The Youth History Society is aimed at youth volunteers, age 8 to 18,  who have a passion for history and are enthusiastic, curious, creative and energenic.
  • Call Jeri at 306.764.2992 for more information or email museumeducator@historypa.com

 

 

Survival Gardening Event: Saturday, March 25th

Survival Gardening EventWhat is "survival" gardening?  Join us at the Historical Museum on Saturday, March 25th @ 1:00 pm:

  • Learn how to grow sprouts and microgreens.
  • Watch a live demonstration of how to sprout seeds featuring Mumm's Sprouting Seeds.
  • Connie Gerwing will lead a presentation on survival gardening.

  • Free admission (includes Survival Gardening program).
  • Each registered family group will receive a complimentary sprout starter kit.
  • Call Jeri to register or for more information at 306.764.2992 or email museumeducator@historypa.com

 

Coffee & Conversation: Thursday, March 23rd, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee & Conversation: Radio and TelevisionThe History of Radio and Television in Prince Albert and Area

Join us at 2:00 pm to learn about the the early days of radio and television in Prince Albert and area. Our guest, Jim Scarrow, will be on hand to share memories.

  • Free admission
  • Location: Historical Museum, 10 River St E
  • Pre-booking is encouraged, however drop ins are welcome.
  • Phone 306.764.2992 or email museumeducator@historypa.com to register.

 

 

Saturday Openings: Historical Museum, starting January 7th

Saturday OpeningsNew!  Visit the Historical Museum on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

  • Both the Museum and the Gift Shop will be open.
  • Take a tour through our collection on the three floors of the museum.
  • Browse our selection of books and gifts from local authors and artists.
  • Admission rates apply.
  • The Museum address is 10 River Street East.
  • Please use the side door on the east side of the building.
  • Call 306.764.2992 for more information.

 

SAS Book Launch - A Guide on Saskatchewan Projectile Points ...

I Love History

Points of View: A Guide on Saskatchewan Projectile Points with Indigenous Perspectives

Join us for the book launch and an informative presentation with Gabriel Lamarche and Karin Steuber. Gabriel will share his knowledge of flintknapping, while Karen will explain the background to the book. Projectile points are commonly called arrowheads.

  • Date & Time: February 28th, 7:00 pm
  • Location: Historical Museum, 10 River St E

 

I Love History: Saturday, February 11th, 10:00 - 4:00 pm

Family Day 2023

Bring your sweethearts to the Prince Albert Historical Museum!  Make a love-themed craft, take a "historical" selfie and create memories!

  • Location: Historical Museum (10 River St E)
  • Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Free family program with museum admission

 

Family Day: Monday, February 20th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Family Day 2023

Celebrate Family Day at the Historical Museum!

  • Location: Historical Museum
  • Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Free Admission

 

Coffee & Conversation: Thursday, February 23rd, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee & Conversation: Winter Festival

The Winter Festival in Prince Albert: Join us at 2:00 pm to learn about the history of the Winter Festival. Bring your memories or questions!

  • Free admission
  • Location: Historical Museum, 10 River St E
  • Pre-booking is encouraged, however drop ins are welcome.
  • Phone 306.764.2992 or email museumeducator@historypa.com to register

 

Archives Tour: Saturday, February 4th @ 2 pm

Archives Tour 2023

Take a tour of the Bill Smiley Archives at the Historical Museum as part of Archives Week. Join Ken and Fred to learn what items are stored in the PAHS collection and how our archives are documented. Our collection includes photos, maps, Henderson directories and much more!

  • Location: Historical Museum, 10 River St E
  • Date & Time: February 4th @ 2:00 pm

 

Celebrate Your Heritage: Saturday, January 28th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Celebrate Your Heritage

We will be at the Lottery Kiosk in the Gateway Mall to showcase artefacts and information related to celebrating heritage. Stop by to visit our display!

  • Location: Gateway Mall Kiosk
  • Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • The Historical Museum will also be open from 10 am - 4 pm

 

Coffee & Conversation: Thursday, January 19th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee & Conversation: Hudson Bay Company

The Hudson Bay Company (HBC) in the Prince Albert Area

The HBC was part of this area from shortly after they established the first inland post at Cumberland House in 1774. HBC traders travelled along the North Saskatchewan regularly but they did not build a post at Prince Albert until almost a hundred years later and it wasn't to trade furs. Their first local operation was a farm to take advantage of the rich, river flat soil to grow food to supply their trading posts in other areas. Later, there was a flour mill, fur trading and other enterprises here until well into the 20th century.

Join us for coffee and conversation including a presentation on the HBC in the Prince Albert area. Bring your inquiring mind and any questions or contributions  you might have about our topic.

  • Location: Historical Museum, 10 River St E
  • Free admission
  • Pre-booking is encouraged but drop-ins are welcome
  • Phone 306.764.2992 or email museumeducator@historypa.com to register
Christmas Crafts: Wednesday, December 21st to Friday, December 23rd

Christmas Crafts 2022Join us December 21-23 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Historical Museum and make a fun Christmas craft.

  • Free admission, free craft and museum tour
  • All children require adult assistance to complete the craft
  • Pre-registration is appreciated but you can drop in for the afternoon
  • December 21: Hand stitched snowman face with Lorraine Campbell
  • December 22: Vintage decoupage tree slice ornament
  • December 23: Popsicle stick sled or snowflake ornament

 

Games On! Wednesday, December 28th to Friday, December 30th

Vintage Games 2022Join us December 28-30 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Historical Museum.

  • Play vintage table games
  • Complete a jigsaw puzzle
  • Tour the museum
  • Free admission and snack
  • RSVP is appreciated but feel free to drop in

 

Coffee & Conversation: Thursday, December 29th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee & Conversation: Christmas in PA

Christmas in Downtown Prince Albert: Join Fred Payton at 2:00 pm to discover more about Prince Albert. A warm cup of coffee with a cookie on the side makes for a relaxing afternoon.  Learn something new or share memories about how Christmas was celebrated in downtown Prince Albert in the past.

  • Free admission
  • Phone 306.764.2992 or email museumeducator@historypa.com to register

Coffee & Conversation afternoons will be held throughout the winter months.

 

Afternoon Tea at the Museum: Sunday, December 18th (Sold Out)

Join the Prince Albert Historical Society for an Afternoon Tea on Sunday, December 18th:

Afternoon Tea PosterTwo seatings: 2:00 pm and 3:15 pm

  • Phone 306.764.2992 by December 7th to reserve your seat. Space is limited.
  • $30 per person
  • Front doors open at 1:50 pm

The tea menu includes four savoury and four sweet items:

  • Butternut squash phyllo cups, Cheese and herb shortbread, Tasty mushroom tapas, Bacon cream cheese hor d-oevre
  • Mini saskatoon cheesecakes, Cranberry scones, Macaroons, Chocolate chip cookie bowls
  • Variety of teas