Tips to Learn About Your Local History

There are lots of things you barely notice as you go through your life: old photographs of people in uniform; grandma’s locket; medals tucked into a drawer; a memorial to military history that you walk past every day.

Why not stop for a moment and take a closer look? What does that monument commemorate? What do those family treasures mean? You’ll often discover a fascinating story.

Here’s a family project: challenge each member of the household to choose one thing they see often, but they have never thought about. Then settle in to find out more.

If it’s a monument or heritage building, start by reading its plaque to learn more about what it commemorates. Ask questions of your family, friends, and neighbours and listen to their stories. You’ll probably discover that you can relate to what you hear. The plaque may bear the name of a family in your community and the locket may be a gift from grandmother’s first love. You may get first-hand accounts of past events from older neighbours. Next time you visit the splash park in White City, find the nearby Sugar Shack heritage building and read the plaque to learn about the Jardine family.

If it’s a family photo, remember that they were usually used to capture significant life events. Is it of a young person in uniform on the day they left to join the armed forces?

If it’s a plaque on a post, start by reading what it has to say. For example, you can find the following plaques and more on posts around White City:

  • Learn about a man in the early 1900’s who dreamed of creating White City and how he brought that dream to life;
  • Discover how a Dad’s Cookies factory operated in White City and obtain the cookie recipe to make them yourself;
  • Find out about the first school in White City which was called Pibroch and was constructed in 1907.

Read about these and more local historical objects and stories by visiting our website or by taking a stroll along the White City Museum walking tour, a permanent outdoor installation. Click here to visit our Historical Walking Tour instruction page.

To get more insight on your historical object, visit your local library or community museum. You may see a familiar face in a historical picture or recognize a former student at a wreath-laying ceremony.

You can find resources to help with your family research challenge, discover more century-old stories, or find local events at veterans.gc.ca and whitecitymuseum.com.

You’re also welcome to join the Facebook conversation at Canada Remembers and at White City Museum.

Welcome to the WCM Historical Walking Tour

Looking for a leisurely activity and curious about the local history? You’re in the right place! The White City Museum invites you to take a walk through our beautiful community and learn a little local history along the way. It might surprise you! As a permanent outdoor installation, you can enjoy the tour any time of year.

CLICK HERE to find out how to complete the tour!

 

Announcing Our October Fundraiser

What has pretzels, polka music, beer and bratwurst?
Hint: It happens in October!!

Check back soon for details on the Museum’s upcoming fundraiser.

Historical Walking Tour In Development!

The WCM is excited to embark on a project to promote historical points of interest in the White City and Emerald Park area.

We are pleased to partner with undergraduate students from the University of Regina, as part of an ecomuseum course offered by Dr. Glenn Sutter through Luther College. The students will dig into the stories and document locations that will be featured on a Walking Tour and explore different ways the tour can be used by the community and local schools.

If you have a local point of interest you would like to share, please email: whitecitymuseum.sk@gmail.com

Yahoo News Canada: White City Museum to receive grant

The White City Museum will receive an $800 Canadian Cultural Spaces Grant which will help fund building upgrades, board chair Kelly Champagne told annual general meeting attendees Nov. 25 in Emerald Park.

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White City receives national environmental award

Keith Borkowsky / Local Journalism Initiative Reporter (The Quad Town Forum)

All eyes were on a television screen during the Town of White City’s Oct. 5 council meeting, as the municipality was honoured for its environmental works.

White City received the Canadian Association of Municipal Administration’s Environmental Award for municipalities under 20,000 people. While the award would typically have been presented at CAMA’s national conference, this year’s presentation had to be made by videoconference due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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White City Museum Wins Two Prestigious Awards!

What’s In a Name? – The Origins of “White City”

In the same way that your granddad’s best yarns change a bit with every telling, the origin story of the name “White City” is always a little different depending on who you ask.

A couple of the more popular explanations revolve around John Kadannek, a local from before the town was incorporated, and the owner of the Wheat City Novelty Shop. As the story goes, Mr. Kadannek had a sign made up and ready to go on his shop way back in 1954, when he discovered the name had already been taken. Thinking quick, he decided he decided the cheapest, easiest fix would be to alter the name, and the sign, to “White City Novelty Shop” instead.

The other story involving Mr. Kadannek has him persuading Johnson Lipsett to name the community White City after the district in West Central London where Mr. Kadannek’s favourite aunt lived.

Or perhaps it was named after White City, New Mexico, or White City, Oregon. Webster’s New School and Office Dictionary offers the possibility that it was named after a “white city,” defined as “a pleasure resort with carousels, merry-go-rounds, switchbacks, and so-called because the structures are painted white.

Or, as seems quite likely to this writer, perhaps the idea for the name simply swirled up like a blizzard, landing on someone’s doorstep one wintry afternoon.

Learn more at WhiteCity.ca

Species At Risk Game from LearningTheLand

In association with Treaty Education Alliance, the land-based learning and treaty rights education project LearningTheLand.ca has produced a fantastic game exploring some of the different species currently at risk in Saskatchewan and the causes that might put a species at risk.

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