Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Board of Directors Meeting

The next meeting of the Saskatchewan Military Museum Board of Directors will be Thursday 14January2016 at 19:00 at the Regina Armoury. 

Everyone is welcome to attend but please contact Kristian Peachey at saskatchewanmilitarymuseum@hotmail.ca if you plan on attending.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

A Face For Every Name

Since 1991, every Christmas Eve, the children of Holten, Netherlands, light candles to place on the gravestones of the fallen Canadians buried in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery for giving their lives to protect their town.

"What they do every Christmas Eve, they don't understand that's a service to our country ... they see it as a sacred duty," said Mike Muntain, lead researcher for A Face for Every Name.

A Face for Every Name is a project to connect pictures and biographies to each Canadian buried at the Dutch cemetery. The cemetery is compiling a database of the fallen men and is placing the information at the gravestones as well.

Read the full story here: Leader Post Article


Contact us if you have any information or questions regarding this great project.

written by Kristian

Saturday, March 1, 2014


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers that have helped the Saskatchewan Military Museum over the last 30 years become what it is today.  Volunteers have always been, and continue to be, our most valuable asset.

A huge thank you to Maj. (Ret'd) Keith Inches who has been the curator of the collection since inception.  

Also thanks to the many individuals, families and groups that have donated documents, items, and funds to the museum to help us share Saskatchewan's military history with the rest of Saskatchewan and the world.

If you would like to donate, volunteer or just send us a comment please contact us here.



written by Kristian

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

1914: A Turning Point in History and Culture: Centenary Reflections at the University of Regina

The next lectures in the series:  1914:  A Turning Point in History and Culture:  Centenary Reflections at the University of Regina, will take place at 7:00 p.m. on 26 February, 2014, in the Centre for Teaching and Learning on the 6th floor of the Dr. John Archer Library (LY 610).  Please note the change of location.  There will be a reception following the presentations.  Free parking will be provided in lot 3M.  There will be two presentations addressing:


Literary Legacies of the Great War:

Alex MacDonald,  ‘Imagist Poetry: Fragmentation and the Wish for Wholeness.’        

This talk explores imagist poetry of the years around 1914, complicating the standard generalization about imagism as modernist fragmentation by asking if there is evidence of a wish for wholeness as well.  Part of the case to be made for this will be analogous to studies of the "phantom limb" phenomenon, in which a patient such as an amputee feels pain in a limb which no longer exists.. The question is whether there is evidence in imagist poetry of pain at the "missing limb" of expressible meaning? For example, in what is probably the best-known imagist piece, Ezra Pound writes: "The apparition of these faces in the crowd/Petals on a wet, black bough." He could have written "The appearance of these faces in the crowd" to satisfy the rhythm of the line, but arguably the word "apparition" is more potent because of its connotation of something ghostly. Ghostliness implies, of course, a metaphysical assumption that something exists beyond the material realm of everyday experience. 

Kathleen Wall, '"Torn to Ribbons": Virginia Woolf’s Experimental Novels and the Great War.'

Virginia Woolf's first three experimental novels, Jacob's Room, Mrs Dalloway, and To the Lighthouse, are also her most autobiographical.  Yet in all three instances she has taken biographical material and shifted its time frame, often moving events 20 or 30 years into the future, so that World War I is at the works' centre.  Allied with this shift in time frame is an aesthetics that responds to the epistemological crisis that the war facilitated, crises of meaning, representation, and narrative.  In the first of these, Jacob's Room, she suddenly inserts into Jacob's visit to Greece a description of battle ships on the North Sea, a group of young men blowing up their targets, and another group "descending impassively into the sea and suffocating uncomplainingly together."  She describes these as the "unseizable forces" that now "oar the world forward....They say that the novelists never catch it; that it goes hurtling through their nets and leaves them torn to ribbons."  This paper will examine the crises of meaning, representation and narrative as embodied in her sense that the war has had an impact on the novel's form and in turn on her representation of her characters and their lives.  It argues that modernism for Woolf is an aesthetic of contradictions that rises directly out of historical experience.

These lectures are sponsored by the Faculties of Arts and Fine Arts, the Department of History, the Humanities Research Institute and the Dr. John Archer Library.  For more information on the series go to :  http://www.uregina.ca/arts/public-lectures/centenary-reflections.html

written by Kristian

Monday, September 30, 2013

First World War Commemoration

As we get closer to the First World War Centenary there will be more and more events and lectures related to its observance.  We will try to let you know about events as we hear about them.  If you know of anything taking place please contact us here

Here is the first event that we have heard about: "To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, the Faculty of Arts at the University of Regina is sponsoring a series of lectures throughout 2014 on the topic 1914: A Turning Point in History and Culture.

Launching this series is:

'Remebering the Great War 100 Years After'
by Professor Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History, Yale University
Thursday 3 October 2013
7:00 pm, Education Auditorium (EA 106), University of Regina main campus"

For more information here is the link to the event details.



written by Kristian

Thursday, May 23, 2013

First World War Commemoration

In 15 months the centenary af the First World War will be upon us.  The Saskatchewan Military Museum is looking at a number of ways to commemorate Saskatchewan's role within WWI. 

We will be creating an exhibit dedicated to the First World War within the museum with rotating sections focusing on major battles.  We will be also linking short essays relating to those major battles to the website and pointing viewers to further reading and links. These essays will try to have a specific focus on Saskatchewan soldiers and units involved.  If you would like to contribute to research and writing of short essays please contact us.

We are also going to try and convey what life was like back here in Saskatchewan on the home front. If you would like to contribute your family's or community's experiences please let us know. Use the Contact page to get a hold of us.

Let us know what you want to learn about regarding Saskatchewan and the First World War.  We will do our best to answer your questions.   Please contact us with your questions and ideas.


written by Kristian

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


We have some exciting news here at the Saskatchewan Military Museum! 


With the hard work of Greg Salmers we have been able to recreate a website devoted to the South Saskatchewan Regiment.  Many of you may be familiar with some of this content from the previous SSR website and again it is due to Greg’s hard work to bring this information back and accessible to all.  


Check out the website here


Watch for continuing updates and fresh content. If you have any enquiries specific to the SSR you can contact the SSR Webmaster or us here at the Saskatchewan Military Museum.  We are always interested in potential donations of photographs, memorabilia, letters, and other content.

written by Kristian

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013 declared as the Year of the Korean War Veteran

Minister Blaney Announces 2013 as the Year of the Korean War Veteran

January 8, 2013

Ottawa – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced that 2013 will mark the Year of the Korean War Veteran. Minister Blaney made the announcement today at a special event held at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. He was joined by Senator Yonah Martin, representatives from the Royal Canadian Legion, the Korea Veterans Association of Canada, and Korean Veterans.

"Our Government is honoured to mark 2013 as the Year of the Korean War Veteran," said Minister Blaney. "It is our duty today to pay tribute to more 26,000 Canadian men and women in uniform who came to the aid of South Koreans during the Korean War, and in particular the 516 Canadians who gave their lives in service to defend the values of peace and freedom on the Korean peninsula."

"This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice," said Senator Yonah Martin. "In the years that followed, Korean War Veterans have diligently strived to respectfully commemorate the sacrifices of so many of their fellow Canadians. This year, our nations will pay special tribute to their sacrifices."

"The Korean War, Canada’s third bloodiest conflict, commenced in 1950," said John Bishop, National President of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada. "The 60th anniversary of the ceasefire will occur this year, and will be remembered by all those who served in Korea. We will not forget our 516 comrades who made the supreme sacrifice, or the 1,558 who were wounded. Minister Blaney’s strong commitment to honouring those who served in Korea should be commended. We are very grateful for his efforts."

During the event, Minister Blaney also launched and demonstrated an interactive Web site feature, Land of the Morning Calm, which is now available at veterans.gc.ca. This feature presents Korean War history and archival footage, interviews with Korean War Veterans and an interactive history calendar. The feature is presented in broadcast style, complete with news anchor and video footage.

"I am proud to offer interactive multimedia tools that will encourage Canadians of all ages, especially youth, to come to know and be thankful for the sacrifices young men and women made during the Korean War," said Minister Blaney.

The Year of the Korean War Veteran coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea. The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, and active fighting ended on July 27, 1953, with the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. Approximately 7,000 Canadians continued to serve in the tense theatre of operations between the signing of the Armistice and the end of 1955, with some Canadian troops remaining until 1957.

The names of the 516 Canadians who died in service during the war, including the nearly 400 Canadians who lie at rest in the Republic of Korea, are inscribed in the Korean War Book of Remembrance, which is on display in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.

For more information on Canada’s role in the Korean War or the Year of the Korean War Veteran, please visit the Korean War page at veterans.gc.ca

written by Kristian

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Latest issue of Saskatchewan History

Check out the latest issue of Saskatchewan History (Volume 64, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2012) as it is dedicated entirely at looking at Saskatchewan's military history.  You can see a copy of the cover here. Grab a copy for your self and check out The Saskatchewan Military Museum's new advertisement on page 3 (Link here) .  Let us know what you think about it, contact us here.



written by Kristian

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Introducing the Saskatchewan Military Museum Website

Well here it is!  The Saskatchewan Military Museum’s new website!

We hope that this will become a good starting point for anyone looking to find information regarding Saskatchewan’s military history and heritage. 

Special thanks to Maj. (Ret’d) Keith Inches for being involved with the museum from the beginning and for getting us to where we are today. 

Thanks to our website designer and developer, Brittany Knudsen, for taking our ideas and transforming them into this site.  Thanks to the Directorate of History and Heritage for the grant that enabled us to fund the creation and maintenance of this website. 

I would also like to thank our volunteers, both past and present, and all those that have donated their personal items and memories to the Saskatchewan Military Museum’s collection.

We welcome all submissions, comments, suggested web links, stories, and biographies relating to Saskatchewan’s military past. 


Kristian Peachey

Assistant Curator/Custodian of Records

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