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How can I get a subscription to the Folklore magazine?

Folklore Magazine is a benefit of membership in the Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society, Inc. Two and three year subscriptions are available at multiples of the single year rate. Click here to find out more about Folklore and to order a subscription.

How many times a year is Folklore published?

The popular Folklore magazine arrives in your mailbox quarterly, with it being published March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1 of each year.

How can I contribute a story to the Folklore magazine?

All stories published in Folklore are freelance submissions. SHFS is always looking for new writers, if you have a story that provides a personal perspective on Saskatchewan’s past we encourage you to make a submission. Click here to see our Writer’s Guidelines for detailed information on making submissions.

Does the Society have regular meetings?

In late May or early June SHFS holds its Annual General Meeting each year in either Regina or Saskatoon. Our 2014 Annual General Meeting and Conference will be held in Saskatoon on May 30-31. More information about conference events is found on Upcoming Society Events.

Where are your tours going this year?

For the 2014 History on the Road program SHFS will hosting four tours. The first tour will be during June 18-27, which is a mix of Choral music and north-west Saskatchewan. Tour 2 is July 18-20 and encompasses canoeing on the South Saskatchewan River. The third tour is during August 21-24 and explores the central part of our province. Our final tour happens September 8-18 and celebrates the 65th anniversary of Newfoundland with a trip there. For detailed information on each tour and for registration information, please click here.

Do I have to be a member to go on your tours?

All are welcome on SHFS’s History on the Road tours. You do not have to be an SHFS member to register for a tour, although members do receive the tours at a discounted price.

What is a “Friend of the Trail”?

In the early 1960s a group of volunteers of SHFS placed 190 concrete markers along the trail that ran from Fort Walsh to Wood Mountain. This trail has long been used by the First Nations people to traverse the southern portion of what is now Saskatchewan. From 1875 to 1912 this trail was used by the NWMP on their regular patrols of the area. Each year volunteers of SHFS go out and do repairs and routine maintenance to the markers along this trail. A “Friend of the Trail” is a sympathetic individual who has donated $100 towards the maintenance of this trail. As well as receiving a tax receipt for the donation each “Friend of the Trail” will have their name engraved on one of the trail marker plaques that top each of the 190 markers along the NWMP Trail. Click here for more information about the NWMP Trail and how to become a “Friend of the Trail”.

Our farm has been in the family for over 80 years. Is there an award for that?

SHFS has a program called the Saskatchewan Historical Recognition Registry, whereby we will provide a certificate listing all the owners of a property that has been held in the family for eighty years or more. Click here to learn more about the registry and to access the application form. The provincial government through the Information Services Corporation, has a Century Farm Award program. For information go to Century Family Farm Awards.

How can I get a historical marker for my community?

SHFS has a program called the Local History Marker Program. Individuals or groups may apply to in order to have a marker erected to commemorate historical events, locations and the accomplishments of people who have influenced the development of Saskatchewan. The deadline for applications is February 28 of each year. All applications are adjudicated by a committee of volunteers. Click here for more information about the Local History Marker Program and to access the application form.

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Christine #


    April 6, 2012
  2. Hey there, You’ve done a great job. I will definitely digg it and for my part suggest to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this site.

    May 6, 2012
  3. I am working on a website containing historical photos of saskatchewan
    towns. This might well be of interest to your members but I cannot see
    any way to tell them about it. The website is

    October 23, 2012
    • SHFS #

      Hi Glen – sorry to take so long in getting back to you – earlier this year we redesigned our web site and somehow our “Links” page didn’t get into the new web site, we are working to correct that right now and we will place a link to your web site on it when we have it up and running, should be by the end of the day.

      Finn Andersen

      November 9, 2012
  4. Joyce Olesen #

    Is there a maximum word limit to submissions, and if so what is it?

    October 29, 2012
    • SHFS #

      Hi Joyce – sorry to take so long in getting back to you, in answer to your question we don’t have a strict policy but try to keep our stories under 2,000 words. I see that you have submitted a story entitled “Eclipse”, which is approximately 1,400 words so that is fine. I am pleased to accept your story – it should be published in your Winter issue of “Folklore” which should be in the mail towards the end of January. However, there are a couple of questions with regards to your story, we just need to bring it into context of time and location. Basically what year was Eclipse born, where was your fathers farm located and when you rode Eclipse to school, what was the name of the school?

      Finn Andersen

      November 9, 2012
  5. Steve Lipsit #

    Great photos. Just a note on a couple of the descriptions, I’m thinking it’s stooks not stoops and sheaves not sheathes. Very interesting and wide ranging photos from the 20’s to 50’s. Great work.

    January 17, 2013

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