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Webinar series on historical Sask. buildings launching in March

The webinar series will focus in on unique heritage sites operating within Sask., and how they're benefiting the community.
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The Yvette Moore Gallery in Moose Jaw, formerly a land titles building for the municipality, is one of several heritage spots to be featured in the webinars.

REGINA — The Heritage Conservation Branch in Saskatchewan has announced a series of free heritage webinars coming up, to highlight the province’s history and future.

The webinars, scheduled to take place at noon between March 1-10, are promising to showcase several Saskatchewan heritage projects that are examples of the benefits of conserving historic places.

"At these free webinars, you'll hear the stories of these intriguing projects from people who helped make them happen and learn about their many benefits,” said Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross. 

The webinars will feature 11 sites and buildings of historical significance to the province, over three online lecture sessions. Presenters will range from the business owners operating some of these sites, to city and heritage association officials.

The series opens on March 1 with a discussion of heritage tourism, featuring the Historic Reesor Ranch in Cypress Hills, the Humboldt water tower and the Southern Prairie Railway in Ogema.

On March 3, presenters will talk about historic buildings as business assets, using the Daily Grind coffee shop in Maple Creek, Wenston Bakery Building in Regina and Yvette Moore Gallery in Moose Jaw as examples.

On March 8, discussion will turn to the connection between heritage and community, talking about the Grand Theatre in Indian Head, the Melfort post office and the Regina Indian Industrial School cemetery.

Finally, on March 10, a session of archaeological heritage projects will talk about the use of ground penetrating radar on heritage sites and the Fort Carlton Archeology project.

Participation is open to the public, said the Heritage branch, but online pre-registration is required as there is limited capacity. 

The webinars are also being offered as accredited courses for professional development credits from the Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance and the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute.

For more information on the upcoming webinars and to register for one of the dates, visit the series’ page on the provincial government’s website.