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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 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. 227.

Black Railway Porters in Saskatchewan – February 14

For almost 80 years, from the completion of the railway across Canada in the 1880s until the 1960s, the railway porters who cleaned train cars, made beds, stoked fires, shined shoes and woke passengers when they neared their stops were almost exclusively Black men/men of African descent. These men received low pay and worked long hours ensuring that all the needs of their passengers were met.

Though the history of these porters in Canada is not well-known, it ties into many interesting aspects of Canadian history. Join us to learn about the significance of the history of Black/African descent railway porters and some Saskatchewan-specific stories about porters. Co-presented with the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum.

Railway Porter Standing by Train Car
Violet’s Saskatchewan – March 21

Violet McNaughton’s name is not a very well-known one in Canadian history. However, the work she did to advance gender equality for settler women in Saskatchewan left a legacy still very much felt today. This Virtual Coffee Club will explore the stories of Violet and other Saskatchewan women, particularly rural settler women, in the early 1900s.

Our Collective Threads – April 25

This program will provide a glimpse into some of the stories found in ordinary and extraordinary clothing. They highlight the diversity of Saskatchewan’s people and their experiences, their triumphs and their losses, their resistance and resilience. Preserving these histories and showcasing them together in one story is an important part of sharing Saskatchewan’s history.

Homemade Saskatchewan – May 30

From building a mechanical horse to making clothes from cloth flour sacks, Saskatchewan people have always been a resourceful and creative bunch. Learn about a few of the homemade treasures that are part of the WDM’s artifact collection as well as hearing the fascinating stories of their creators.

Saskatchewan Watercraft – June 27

With rivers and lakes acting as highways in the north and barriers in the south, the people of our province faced many benefits and challenges getting from point to point. From canoes and York boats to steamers and pleasure craft, join us as we explore how some people in Saskatchewan navigated our province’s waterways over the last 100 years.





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