Thursday, August 21, 2014

Historic Prairie Province Images

Peel’s Prairie Provinces

Nokomis Saskatchewan Second Avenue c. 1913. Image courtesy of Peel's Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.

Nokomis Saskatchewan Second Avenue c. 1913. Image courtesy of Peel's Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.

Peel’s Prairie Provinces, hosted at the University of Alberta Libraries, is a rich resource for western Canadian genealogists and family historians.

According to the web site, as of the fall of 2010, the Peel collection contains approximately 7,500 digitized books and over 35,000 newspaper issues (This is over 2.5 million articles). The resources are rich and varied in both images and text, providing an extensive and diverse picture of the Prairie Province experience. Many items date back to the earliest days of exploration and settlement on the Canadian prairies.

A quick search of Nokomis,  Saskatchewan resources (near where I grew up) produced photos shown on this page.

Historic Photo of Nokomis Saskatchewan

Separate images with captions: Hotel Nokomis; Saskatchewan Hotel; School Nokomis. Image courtesy of Peel's Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.

Alan Harvey 1950 of Nokomis Saskatchewan

We might have entitled this one "a pail full of hoy." Sylvia Nroeokel of Star City, Sask., sent this unusual shot of little Allan Harvey of Nokomis, Sask., and won $3. The Farm and Ranch Review, October 1, 1950, Page 34, Item Pc03404. Image courtesy of Peel's Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.

Visit Peel’s Prairie Provinces to search for your ancestors in old newspapers, books and images from the three prairie provinces.

UPDATE – Featured Collections at Peel’s include:

Peel’s Prairie Postcards

Henderson’s Directories

Grain Grower’s Guide

The Illustrated War News

A Letter from Louis Riel, “Tres cher ami”

Le Courrier de l’ouest

La Survivance

The Gateway

University of Alberta Newspapers

The Alberta Non-Partisan

The Illustrated War News

University of Alberta Board of Governors Collection

The Magee Photographs Collection



Comments

2 Responses to “Historic Prairie Province Images”
  1. ToddHouse says:

    I knew a man, now deceased, who ran the trotting park at Pembroke, Maine back in the 1970s era and earlier. In his youth, he went to Saskatchewan to work, as did a lot of Maine and New Brunswick lads, he said. Perhaps it was during the Depression. He had to climb out of the chimney or the roof of his little prairie hut on at least one occasion in order to get out after a snowstorm, I recall. He said he’d never seen snow like that – coastal Maine isn’t as snowy as inland Maine, and fog eats snow up.

    Some of these ME and NB lads likely married local gals and stayed out west to raise their families. Thanks for posting the photos!
    ToddHouse´s last [type] ..1882 Grand Republican Rally at Lake Maranocook- Readfield- Maine

  2. Hi Toddhouse,
    The cold along with the snow made settling on the prairies a challenge. Speaking of NB lads coming west and marrying – my father in law was one of those.
    Thanks for your comments.

    –Joan

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