Wednesday, October 28, 2009

History Events on Campus This Week

The final event to celebrate wrestling at the University of Saskatchewan will be held on October 29. Nathan Hatton will speak on "Thrashing Seasons: Roughness, Respectability and Professional Wrestling on the Canadian Prairies before 1930" (sponsored by the College of Kinesiology and the Department of History). The talk starts at 7:30 in Room 246 at the Physical Activity Complex (PAC).

If you haven't yet had a chance to see the exhibition on "Ring-a-Ding-Dong-Dandy: Glimpses of Wrestling History", it's not too late. The exhibition is on until November 5 at the Murray Library's Link Gallery.

Also on October 29, Sharon Wright from the Department of History at St Thomas More College will be giving a lecture to the CMRS Colloquia Series on "Women, Conflict & Community After the Great Mortality". Refreshments are at 4:00 and the talk begins at 4:30 (Room 344B St Thomas More College).

Remembering Jackie Bates Report

On October 17, the community of Glidden gathered to remember young Jackie Bates, who was murdered by his own parents in 1933. Bill Waiser was invited to give a talk (and to sign books) about the Bates tragedy. Forty people attended the placement of the gravemarker and sixty came to the talk. The community raised $1000 for a new recreation centre.

Picture Above: Bill Waiser and the two event organizers by the grave marker for Jackie Bates.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Human Experimentation Workshop

Historians Larry Stewart and Erika Dyck will be hosting a workshop on the history of human experimentation on Friday, October 23 from 8:30 to 4:00 in the Diefenbaker Centre (Theatre Room 129).

Topics include: electric shock and pornography in the eighteenth century (Paula Yates); galvanic experiments (Joan Steigerwald); medical research during the American Civil War (Shauna Devine); the 'other' Tuskagee study (Paul Lombardo); Nazi experimentation (Paul Weindling); and Albertan eugenics (Erika Dyck).

For more information and to register, contact Marc MacDonald (

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Remembering Jackie Bates

In 1933, eight year old Jackie Bates was killed by his parents. This Saturday (Oct. 17), two special events will commemorate his short life: a marker placement ceremony and a reading and book signing by Bill Waiser.

The marker placement ceremony will be held at Madison Cemetery at 1:30. Participants should meet at the Glidden Community Hall at 1:15, before proceeding as a group to place a nameplate on Jackie's unmarked grave.

At 2:30 (Glidden Community Hall), Bill Waiser will talk about the significance of the Bates tragedy and read from his book Who Killed Jackie Bates?. There will also be music provided by Jack Humeney and a charity auction for the Glidden Recreation Board Riding Arena.

For more information about the events or to make a donation, please contact Carla Motz of Glidden (463-3576).

Friday, October 09, 2009

The Long Trek to Northern Saskatchewan

This morning, grad student Merle Massie interviewed live on CBC Radio's Blue Sky with Garth Materie. To hear her on the subject of overland freighting in northern Saskatchewan and how people braved the elements, you can access the audio file at: . An appropriate topic given our current weather!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

HUSA Meet the Profs Night

The History Undergraduate Students' Association is hosting the annual Meet the Profs Night. Anyone -- not just HUSA members -- who has an interest in history is encouraged to attend.

Date: Tuesday, October 13
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Hose and Hydrant Brew Pub
Address: 612 11th Street

The HUSA executive hopes to see you there!

Janice McKinnon, Huron Alumni Award of Distinction

Congratulations to department member Janice MacKinnon who was awarded the Huron Alumni Award of Distinction at the University of Western Ontario's Homecoming. The award recognizes her outstanding professional achievements and community service of Western alumni. Janice MacKinnon (FRSC) is a former Minister of Finance for the Province of Saskatchewan and has written three books on Canadian history: The Liberty We Seek published by Harvard University Press (1983), While the Women Only Wept (1994) and Minding the Public Purse (2003). Born in Kitchener, Ontario, she received an honours B.A. from Huron University College in 1969 before going on to take an M.A. and Ph.D. at Queen's University.