Monday, September 21, 2009

Lessons from the Squared Circle:
Wrestling at the U of S

The History Department has joined a group of other departments and university units in a month-long exploration and celebration of the history of wrestling on the Canadian prairies.

The centrepiece of the project is Ring-A-Ding-Dong-Dandy: Glimpses of Wrestling History, a large exhibition in the Murray Library's Link Gallery (September 25 to November 5), using works from a proposed gift to the University of Saskatchewan Archives.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a display on U of S Huskie amateur wrestling at the PAC, a reception and book launch on October 28 for Wrestling in the Canadian West by pro wrestler Vance Nevada and a Greystone Theatre production of Trafford Tanzi by Claire Luckham (a play about a young woman who liberates herself by becoming a wrestler).

The project winds up on October 29 when the History Department and the College of Kinesiology cosponsor a presentation by sports historian Nathan Hatton entitled Thrashing Seasons: Roughness, Respectability and Professional Wrestling on the Canadian Prairies before 1930.

For more information and details of events, see the project poster and programme.