Latest articles - Museum Musings

Lund Wildlife Museum

As the summer season comes to a close, it reminds me about the closure of another museum which once graced the banks of the...

Museum Musings — Act Amateur Hours

I recently received a telephone call from a Melfort resident who reads my Museum Musings column. She told me that back in the mid-1930s,...

PRINCE ALBERT’S PHOTOGRAPHER

On September 4th, 1890, a large crowd of excited people were clustered around what is now Third Avenue West and 17th Street. Amongst the...

Museum Musings: Archie McNeil’s Will

I will admit that one of the pleasures I experience as a researcher in the Bill Smiley Archives is the opportunities presented to review...

MUSEUM MUSINGSSUMMER TIME AT THE MUSEUMS

“What can you tell me,” asked the visitor to the Historical Museum, “about a zoo west of Christopher Lake?” After two years of COVID-19 restrictions,...

Museum Musings: Lt. Col Alexander Sproat

John Weichel, in his 2001 publication “Forgotten Lives”, noted that “One can only ask in dismay how Lt. Col. Alexander Sproat’s life and accomplishments,...

Museum musings: Samuel McLeod

The name Samuel McLeod is arguably one of Prince Albert’s best known names. Prince Albert businesses vie annually for awards presented by the local...

MUSEUM MUSINGSTHE FREDERICK CHARLES BAKER FAMILY

Recently noted in the obituaries of paNOW was the following: “The family of Dr. Frederick William Baker announces his death in Canmore, Alberta on...

Early homes of importance which were demolished

When we were putting together our 2022 calendar for the Historical Museum, we had to make some difficult decisions. Each month in the calendar...

Prince Albert’s first female alderman

From the 1996 YWCA fund raising calendar, called Y’s Emerging Women, for the week of August 3rd to 9th:“Ella Muzzy broke ground for women...

Museum Musings: Prince Albert and women’s suffrage

The Bill Smiley Archives receives many different types of requests, but probably the most frequent type is for information about family members.  “What can...

MUSEUM MUSINGS: The Hill Grocery

In his book about Prince Albert’s first century, from 1866 to 1966, Gary Abrams writes in the chapter White Coal City about the years...

THE CITY HALL THAT WASN’T (X TWO)

Fred PaytonPrince Albert Historical Society “The prosperity that followed the second World War put increasing pressure on adding to the infrastructure of the City, which...

Museum musings – Prince Albert’s town hall

Prince Albert Historical Society An article in the Fall 2021 issue of Prairie History: The Journal of the West stirred some discussion within the local...

Lucy Margaret Baker

She stood five foot three inches tall, spoke fluent French with a Parisian accent, and loved silk and lace. You likely wouldn’t expect an early...

Museum Musings: Unit Block 10th Street West

My wife recently shared with me an item which had popped up on her social media.  A local educator was reflecting on an incident...

2021 – THE YEAR THAT WAS

Museum Musings by Fred Payton - Prince Albert Historical Society As I write this column, we are fast approaching the end of another year.  Like many,...

Museum Musings – The National Hotel

By Fred Payton Most people living in Prince Albert and area are familiar with the National Hotel, even if it is just from driving across...

Museum Musings: Did the City of Prince Albert choose the penitentiary over the university?

by Fred PaytonPrince Albert Historical Society Over the summer, I was researching the history of Prince Albert’s river lots.  I chanced on an article which...

Museum Musings: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Fred Payton - Prince Albert Historical Society There has been considerable activity for the Prince Albert Historical Society since the big front doors closed denoting...

Museum musings — honouring all veterans

Fred Payton - Prince Albert Historical Society Most people from the Prince Albert area will be familiar with the name Ted Matheson. He opened a...

Museum Musings: 900 CKBI Radio

“Knock, knock.  Who’s there?  It’s the Happy Gang!” Those of us of a certain age and who are life-long residents of Prince Albert and area...

Museum Musings: Dennis Kelly and the Saskatchewan Smoke Jumpers

As recent municipal and provincial government announcements have suggested, Saskatchewan’s forests are one of our most valuable resources.  This renewable natural resource, properly managed,...

Museum Musings: some local election history

by Fred Payton Well, that’s done and dusted.  Canada’s 44th General election is in the rear-view mirror.  Not that Prince Albert and area has had...

Museum Musings – Prince Albertans on stage and screen

We recently hosted a focus group at the Historical Museum to look at the progress which the City has made over the five years...

Museum Musings – Who Was George Flett?

by Fred PaytonPrince Albert Historical Society Earlier this spring, I listened to a conversation with a visitor to the Historical Museum about the arrival and...

Museum Musings: Treaty 6

by Fred PaytonPrince Albert Historical Society Many local groups and organizations have adopted the tradition of prefacing their agendas, minutes, and meetings by making reference...

Museum Musings – Prince Albert Bands

by Fred PaytonPrince Albert Historical Society My friend Larry from up 2nd Avenue, stopped by to chat about Prince Albert bands. As a youth, he...

Museum Musings – Prince Albert Police Service – further instability in the early years

by Fred Payton In my last column, I discussed the initial instability which plagued the establishment of the Prince Albert Police Service.  The citizens of...

Museum Musings: Early Prince Albert Police Service

by Fred PaytonPrince Albert Historical Society After assuming control of the former Rupert’s Land in 1870, the Dominion government was not overly interested in encouraging...