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History project celebrates North Central Regina

North Central Community Association gathering history of area
Reported by Lisa Schick
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The North Central Community Association is bringing the area's history into the present with a project compiling its history.

Historic photos of the community, and stories of heroes and community members are being gathered to celebrate the area. The project began when the shared community facility with Scott Collegiate high school was proposed.

“Part of that discussion was, ‘Wow, we need to start bringing back all the alumni to look at the building before it’s torn away. We need to find out who they were and what was the history,’” said Rob Deglau, executive director of the North Central Community Association.

The project went further when the neighbourhood had its 30th anniversary and a map was developed of the old North Central. It expanded even further when the Regina Plains Museum did their own project on the history of Regina neighbourhoods.

Jan Morier was part of the team which developed the Regina Plains Museum exhibit. She is also on the committee for the North Central project and lives in the community.

The exhibit had information on historic buildings in the area, and luminaries and heroes including a Victoria Cross winner and one of the baseball players from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the second World War.

“We’ve got some contemporary heroes too, including Lily Daniels, who spent part of her years growing up and teaching the children pow-wow dancing here in North Central,” said Morier. The inventor of Girl Guide cookies is also from North Central, as well as well-known philanthropist Jacqui Schumiacher.

Deglau said the neighbourhood has gotten some negative press in the past but the project will help show that the community actually played an integral role in the growth of both the city and the province.

Morier agreed.

“We … wanted to do whatever we could to demonstrate to the rest of the city and indeed the country. We had a wonderful and robust history, and to try and get it out of people’s minds that this was Canada’s worst neighbourhood.”

There is already a website online with what had been collected so far, but Deglau said they want to create a history wall in the North Central shared facility when it’s built.

The history project is still ongoing.

“This is just the beginning. I think this project will go on for years as we slowly combine history and events and people to celebrate a key neighbourhood that built the city,” said Deglau.

The community association is still asking for photos of community history and stories of heroes from the neighbourhood.

Edited by CJME's Karen Brownlee