Studious summer staff prepped with historical knowledge

Tyler Clarke
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A group of summer students are delving into the history books this week in advance of Tuesday’s re-opening of the city’s four museums.


“They’re learning the tours, they’re learning how to use the archives and how to properly fill out the administration forms they have to fill out,” curator Michelle Taylor said as students studied at the Prince Albert Historical Museum on Tuesday.

“They’re full of ideas and suggestion of what should happen at the museum.”

The same as last year, the Prince Albert Historical Society’s batch of 10 summer students will tour people around the Diefenbaker House Museum, Prince Albert Historical Museum and downtown area walking tours.

Prince Albert Tourism’s summer staff will provide tours of the Evolution of Education Museum and the Rotary Museum of Police and Corrections.

Recent St. Mary High School graduate Mary Kyei said that a school trip to the museum sparked her interest in history a few years ago.

“I’m still learning, but I’ve learned that lots of things happened in Prince Albert,” the pre-law University of Regina student summarized.

“Since I wasn’t born here I’m just really excited to learn more about this place.”

Fellow summer student Ally Nelson said that although she’s lived in Prince Albert nearly all her life she didn’t know much about local history until this week.

“I’d like to learn more about where my grandparents grew up and my parents, too, and more about who’s been to Prince Albert who are famous,” she said.

Famed track and field runner Harry Jerome, alleged criminal/folk hero Almighty Voice and historic murderer Sgt. John Wilson stick out as having interesting stories behind them, Nelson said.

Now in his second summer working at city museums, Matt Remenda said that he’s been encouraged to see how much the museums have changed since his last summer work stint four years ago.

“It was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had is being able to work at the museum – particularly with (Taylor),” he said.

“She seems to be quite gung-ho about allowing us to have at it on a bunch of different projects, which is super exciting … I’ve always enjoyed doing academic type of research so it’s nice to be able to do that here.

“I feel that the summer students are being given a lot more chance to take a bit of initiative.”

Summer students will begin official work duties on Tuesday, May 20, when summer hours resume at the city’s four museums -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days per week until the Labour Day long weekend.

Historic downtown walking tours will be led starting at the Prince Albert Historical Museum every Saturday and Sunday in May and June, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

In July and August, tours will run at these same times on Sundays and Thursdays.

The city’s four museums include the Prince Albert Historical Museum at the riverfront base of Central Avenue, the Diefenbaker House Museum at 246 19th St. W., and the Rotary Museum of Police and Corrections and Evolution of Education Museum, which are both located behind the Tourism Prince Albert office on Second Avenue West and Marquis Road.

Organizations: Prince Albert Historical Museum, Diefenbaker House Museum, Education Museum Rotary Museum of Police and Corrections Prince Albert Historical Society Mary High School University of Regina

Geographic location: Central Avenue, Marquis Road

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