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Looking to learn about a wide variety of topics involving Saskatchewan History?

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we explore, connect and reflect with others on experiences from the past.

Sessions will take place via Zoom. You can register for them below! There will be time for questions after the presentation. Each session will take place from 10:00 – 11:00 am unless otherwise indicated. Dates and topics are listed below.

Join us for a time of visiting and learning.

There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Registration closes at 11:59 pm on the day before the Virtual Coffee Club program.
For more information call Dave at 1-306-934-1400 ext. 226.

Our past Coffee Club events are viewable anytime at our YouTube Channel:


Upcoming Coffee Club:

2024 Sessions

 A Saskatchewan Places ABCs with Ruth Bitner
Thursday May 23, 2024
Ruth Bitner managed the Western Development Museum artifact collection during a four decades-long career. Inspired by the province’s centennial in 2005, Ruth set out to visit 100 Saskatchewan places.Join Ruth for a show-and-tell of her discoveries as she travelled the highways, byways and backroads of rural and small-town Saskatchewan.

 General Motors in Regina
Thursday June 27, 2024
Dale Johnson will talk to us about the days when General Motors of Canada opened an assembly plant in 1928, in Regina, to serve the western Canadian market. It wasn’t open long until it had to shut down because of the Depression. It re-opened briefly in the late 1930s, but then the Second World War soon put an end to car production in Saskatchewan. We’ll find out more about when General Motors made cars in Saskatchewan.



Past Sessions

British Home Children by Joan Brewerton

Thursday January 25, 2024
Speaker Joan Brewerton will teach us the history of an estimated 100,000 children who were sent to Canada from Great Britain between 1869 and 1948 as indentured farm labourers and domestic servants. Their average age was 12. Seventy of the children were placed in an orphanage in Prince Albert. Learn their history.

View on the WDM YouTube Channel

Small Town Saskatchewan Old Hotels
Thursday February 22, 2024

Joan Brewerton will talk about hotels; they are one of the oldest and most common forms of business enterprise in rural Saskatchewan. The fact that many of Saskatchewan’s tenacious old hotels still stand on the corners of Railway and Main is a testament to the determination of the people who have owned and operated them over the past 100 years – and to the fact that they haven’t burned down!

View on the WDM YouTube Channel

Boomers in Outer Space, Muscle Cars, Rock & Roll and Ice Cream??? by Brian Gallager
Thursday March 21, 2024
This is what many Baby Boomers had the opportunity to experience. This presentation will be a challenging, yet fun, look at what was possible as we utilize a popular TV game to relive the experience. It is a comparative look at what has happened since the 2nd World War with focus on Canada’s prairies and how the experience of Indigenous and mainstream populations has been very different. March 21 is the Spring Equinox, a time of regeneration. This is also an opportunity to look at potential new realities.

View this event on the WDM YouTube Channel



 WDM 75th Anniversary: Timeline History by Alexis Jones
Thursday April 18, 2024
The WDM is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year and this presentation will take you through how the WDM started and some of its big milestones throughout its 75 years.

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2023 Sessions

Personalized Land Acknowledgement Workshop by Annie Battiste
September 28, 2023
In this session participants will learn the basics of a treaty land acknowledgments, the different components across Canada that could be added, and if given enough time participants will be given dedicated time to create their own personal land acknowledgement.

View this talk on our YouTube Channel!

Changing Perspectives One Page at a Time by Karin Steuber
October 26, 2023
Points of View: A Guide on Saskatchewan Projectile Points with Indigenous Perspectives is the first book of its kind for Saskatchewan. It blends Indigenous ways of knowing, and archaeology’s understanding of projectile points. This presentation will highlight the complex knowledge systems involved in making stone tools and how this book came to be.

Please look for this talk on our YouTube Channel!

Behind the Scenes at the WDM: Collections Department
November 23, 2023
Julie Jackson, WDM Collections Manager will provide an overview of collections development at the WDM, including current acquisitions and deaccessioning guidelines and a peek into collections storage spaces.

Please look for this talk on our YouTube Channel!

Behind the Scenes at the WDM: Exhibits Department
December 21, 2023
Diana Savage, WDM Director of Exhibits will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the WDM Exhibits Department. She will discuss the process of exhibit development, see some recent projects, and have a sneak peek of what’s in the works for the WDM.

Please look for this talk on our YouTube Channel!

WDM Exhibits team installing Blairmore Ring out front of WDM Saskatoon

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