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Virtual Coffee Club

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we explore the WDM collection while you connect and reflect with others on experiences from the past and/or youth.

Sessions will take place via Zoom. You can register for one or for them all! There will be time for questions after the presentation. Each session will take place from 10:00 – 11:00 am. 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 3:00 pm on the day prior to Virtual Coffee Club.

CLICK HERE to register or call Amber at 1-639-398-8484.

Communication – February 15
This presentation will examine evolving communication technology and how it has been used to overcome distance and isolation in Saskatchewan. To relieve their loneliness, settlers could walk or travel by horse to a nearby farm, village, or town, but since this was sometimes a long trip, they didn’t go very often. Some people didn’t leave their homestead for weeks – even months! We will speak about how folks in our province kept in touch over one hundred years ago.
Prairie Cooperation – March 29
In this program, we will highlight the many ways that Saskatchewan’s people have demonstrated their co-operative spirit. Today we hear a lot about people volunteering and working together to put on an event, to help those in need, or to mark the celebration of a special occasion, but co-operation is nothing new. In Saskatchewan’s settlement period, co-operation was a means of everyday survival and economic prosperity.
Northern Saskatchewan – April 26
With a focus on aviation, this presentation will explore how some people travelled, worked and lived in northern Saskatchewan. We will look at several methods of transportation used in the water, in the air and on land in “off the grid” locations in our province. How did some people adapt to this remote and often challenging region? We will hear about their ingenuity and endurance as we take a virtual trip to Saskatchewan’s north.
When Electricity Came to Saskatchewan – May 17
In this program, we will learn about the life-changing moment when electricity first came to rural Saskatchewan. Today, we use electricity a lot and most of the time we don’t even notice we’re doing it. We take our lights, washing machines, toasters, microwaves, and TVs for granted. Did you know that some parts of Saskatchewan didn’t get electricity until the 1950s? From lanterns to electric lights, from a coal and wood cookstove to an electric range, from an icebox to a refrigerator, the changes were amazing!
Agricultural Fairs – June 28
The decade of the 1920s was the golden age of these types of fairs. While we may not have been around then to experience them, we have been able to enjoy their legacy at local summer fairs over the years. We will speak about competitions for baking, handiwork and preserves. Commercial vendors displayed new products. All kinds of livestock were on display and, when the judging started, the grandstand filled quickly. 





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