February 10, 2016

Celebration of Archives Week with Launch of New Video Commemorating First World War

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan launches the third installment in a series of five planned videos commemorating Saskatchewan’s involvement in the First World War on Thursday, February 11, 2016. 

From the Prairies to the Trenches – Women’s Suffrage to the Somme January 1916 to December 1916, will be screened for the first time at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. The 45-minute program begins at 7:00 pm and is open to the public. 

“Launching the latest video is a great way for the Provincial Archives to bring history to the forefront, and celebrate the proclamation of Archives Week,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Mark Docherty said. “Commemorating the First World War is very important, as it provides education and insight on such a significant historical event in Saskatchewan's past.” 

Beginning on April 14, 2016, the public is invited to view the third video, either in the main foyer of the Legislative Building or at Government House. 

“Archives tell the history of our province through the collective memory of its people,” Provincial Archivist Linda McIntyre said. “The stories and evidence discoverable in newspapers, photographs, diaries and official government records, reveal the many voices of those who experienced war at home and abroad.” 

“The Archives is delighted to continue this video series exploring Saskatchewan’s involvement in the Great War,” archivist and project lead Curt Campbell said. “This video, along with the first and second installments released in 2014 and 2015 respectively, follows the experiences of several Saskatchewan residents during the First World War. These glimpses into their lives provide a wonderful sense of immediacy for the viewer and help bring the history alive.”

The video series highlights many historical events from the First World War period such as the recruitment and training of Saskatchewan volunteers, their deployment to the Front and their involvement in battles such as The Second Battle of Ypres, The Battle of St. Eloi Craters and The Somme. The videos also describe many of the concerns facing families on the home front, including the growing demand for women’s suffrage, the province’s temperance movement, and the divisive topics of military conscription and enemy aliens. 

The videos can also be viewed on the Archives’ YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UCxk8HJl3F7WkYM0MR2KDfWg/.

To learn more about the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan and its Permanent Collection visit www.saskarchives.com/