History Book Project

Many interesting stories are emerging from the interviews with former Library staff and from the RPL Board minutes – starting back one hundred years ago! 

Using a variety of perspectives and sources, including personal essays, archival materials and historical analysis, the project is intended to be a social history of the Regina Public Library in the context of a changing city. Sections will focus on how the library has reflected the community’s evolving needs and interests through Branch development and such innovative programming as the Dunlop Art Gallery, art rentals, the Prairie History Room, a film collection and the RPL Film Theatre.

The project is going forward in partnership with the Regina Public Library and the Canadian Plains Research Center.

The History Project greatly appreciates the funding support it has received from:

  • Regina Public Library
  • Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation
  • Saskatchewan Arts Board
  • Saskatchewan Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport – Building Pride Program

The RPL has provided the project with two $5000 grants, office space in the Prairie History Room, a laptop computer, access to RPL history files and the support of RPL staff.

The co-editors are Susan Birley, Anne Campbell and Jeannie Mah. Research assistance has also been provided by a number of people.

The History Book was covered in a Leader Post story.Check it out.

AGM and Performances

Following the FRPL AGM held on Sunday November 14 at the Artesian on 13th Avenue, authors and library supporters gave readings of excerpts from the History Book. See our AGM Poster and the Agenda for the business meeting and history book readings.


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