In order to engage with diverse groups and to increase public interest and access to Canadian hertiage, history, and politics the Diefenbaker Canada Centre brings travelling exhibits to museums and public events across the province and attends many local cultural and community events.

If your community has an event and would like to host an exhibit from the Diefenbaker Centre please contact us and we will arrange a visit!

Teachers and Principles - We are also able to set up a mobile exhibit in your school for a period of time, enabling students to interact with Canadian history in a unique way outside of the classroom setting. Please contact us for details on the exhibits we offer and availability.

Upcoming/Current Events

History Travels 2017

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is excited to announce the launch of a new summer community outreach project: History Travels 2017. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, this project offers an extensive variety of historical experiences focused on Canadian history and culture to diverse community organizations and groups. The topics presented create a wide ranging image of Canadian history that will enable participants of all ages and backgrounds to explore the development of our nation’s identity. Subjects focus on topics in Canadian history and governance, including milestones on the road to Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, which will be of great interest and significance for newcomers, youth, seniors, and all interested in learning more about Canada’s diversity and unique history.

History Travels 2017 aims to enable the broadest possible engagement of all Saskatoon citizens by reducing barriers; as such, there are program options that can travel to your venue and others that take place at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre. If you are part of a youth organization; community, special needs, or senior group; newcomer organization; or other special interest group we would be excited to talk to you about options for your group!

The programs included in History Travels 2017 are mobile displays with related activities, campus tours, Little Stone Schoolhouse experiences, and much more! Click here for a full list of available options.

Please contact us for more information and to discuss how we can help create the best possible History Travles 2017 experience for your group. 

33rd Street Fair

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is extremely excited to be participating in the 5th Annual 33rd Street Fair, taking place on Saturday, September 16th from 10:00am till 5:00pm.

We will be bringing out several of our fantastic exhibits including "Sister's United: Women's Suffrage in Saskatchewan" and "Deo et Patriae - For God and Country: The University of Saskatchewan and the Great War." To accompany these exhibits we will be bringing out hands on artefacts, trivia, and many more!

Word on the Street

Every year, some of Canada's best authors visit Saskatoon for a free festival to celebrate books and reading and the Diefenbaker Centre is thrilled to be a part of it. This event is part of the Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s new community initiative – History Travels 2017, made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. 

In addition to the numerous author readings, discussions and activities, the Diefenbaker Centre will also be bringing our new exhibit "Deo et Patriae - For God and Country: The University of Saskatchewan and the Great War." This exhibit explores how the Great War profoundly altered and permanently changed the identity of the University of Saskatchewan. 

To accompany the exhibit, we will also be bringing out hands on artefacts and trivia (with prizes!). Visitors are also invited to share their hopes for Canada’s future and add it to an ever-growing tapestry that is travelling across the city during the project.

We will be there September 24th from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Past Events

Mall Pop-Up Museums

During July and August the Diefenbaker Centre travelled all over Saskatoon to host pop-up museums at Confederation Mall, Market Mall, and the Centre Mall.

We brought out many of our past and current exhibits including WaPaHaSka: Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Deo et Patriae - For God and Country: The University of Saskatchewan and the Great War, Sister's United: Women's Suffrage in Saskatchewan, A Leaf of Their Own: Searching for the National Flag, and Creating Confederation.

Our pop-up museums were designed for all age groups and families. To help the public better engage with our displays we also brought out trivia and prizes, hands on arefacts, crafts, and much more!

This event was part of the Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s new community initiative – History Travels 2017, made possible by the Saskatoon Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. Visitors were invited to share their hopes for Canada’s future and add it to an ever-growing tapestry that is traveling across the city during the project.

Broadway Pop-up Museum

Celebrate Canada 150 by exploring the Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s pop-up museum at 810 Broadway Ave this Thurday to Saturday, July 20th to 22nd.

The pop-up will feature mobile Canadian history displays on topics such as The Great War, Women’s Suffrage, and the Maple Leaf. There will be hands-on replica artifacts, family-friendly activities, and trivia (with prizes!)

“We are seeing many pop-up shops come to the Broadway District, but this is our first pop-up museum,” says DeeAnn Mercier, Executive Director of the Broadway Business Improvement District. “It’s a great opportunity to learn more about our history in a unique way.”

This event is part of the Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s new community initiative – History Travels 2017, made possible by the Saskatoon Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. Visitors are invited to share their hopes for Canada’s future and add it to an ever-growing tapestry that is traveling across the city during the project.

Hours:
Thursday – 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday and Saturday – 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact us for more details. 

Pop-up Museum at the Fringe

Celebrate Canada 150 by exploring the Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s pop-up museum at the 2017 POTASHCORP FRINGE THEATRE AND STREET FESTIVAL. We will be in front of Victoria School, August 4th-6th.

The pop-up will feature mobile Canadian history displays on topics such as The Great War, Women’s Suffrage, and the Maple Leaf. There will be hands-on replica artifacts, family-friendly activities, and trivia (with prizes!)

This event is part of the Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s new community initiative – History Travels 2017, made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. Visitors are invited to share their hopes for Canada’s future and add it to an ever-growing tapestry that is travelling across the city during the project.

Canada Remembers Our Heroes Air Show

Being Canada's 150th anniversary, it is important to not only celebrate that milestone, but to never forget the sacrifices made by many thousands of brave men and women, who risked all for peace and the kind of nation we enjoy today. This year's airshow featured the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the Canadian Forces CF-18 Demo, and the Canadian Forces Parachute Team - The SkyHawks! 

The DCC hada tent featuring mobile exhibits and family activities - including trivia and prizes!

The day was a lot of fun, and a great success! We enjoyed sharing Canada's history with you!

PotashCorp Children's Festival of Saskatchewan

For the last two years the Diefenbaker Canada Centre has had a tent at the Children's Festival and it has become one of our favourite outreach events. Throughout the weekend, children and families are invited to stop by to spin our trivia wheel to win prizes, get temporary tattoos, and colour Canada-themed colouring pages. Parents can also take in our mobile exhibit while their kids have fun.

The 2017 Children's Festival was another great success! We will see you again next year!

Sisters United Travelling Exhibit in Melfort

From March 24th - April 25th, 2017, the Melfort Historic Post Office hosted a travelling version of Sisters United: Women's Suffrage in Saskatchewan

   

Heritage Festival of Saskatoon (February 5, 2017)

Celebrate Canada’s 150th and explore Saskatoon’s past at the Heritage Festival of Saskatoon on Sunday, February 5th at the Western Development Museum. This fun family event runs noon to 5 pm with live entertainment, activities, games, demonstrations and more! Over 40 historical and cultural organizations gather in celebration of our heritage. Entertainment includes: Saskatoon Blues Showcase, James Steele, Holosy Choir, City of Saskatoon archivist Jeff O’Brien, the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, Hula Hoopster and more! Free admission and free parking. 

We will have our mobile Sisters Untied display on women's suffrage there and will be doing a coin exchange for the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage commemorative loonie. See the poster below, or for more details call the Western Development Museum at 306-931-1910 or visit https://heritagefestivalofsaskatoon.com/.

Focus on Women Show (Prince Albert March 18-19, 2017)

The DCC will be bringing our Sisters United mobile dispaly along with replica artifacts and the 100th Anniversary Suffrage Loonie to the Prince Albert Focus on Women Show. This annual trade show at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre focuses on products and services for women. This will be a great event to attend during Women's History Month!

The Man Show MEETS Women's World

2016 was the Diefenbaker Centre's third time as an exhibitor at the Man Show. It was combined with the Women's World show this year, enabling us to reach a wider audience. Each year we interact with hundreds of visitors through a mobile exhibit, history-themed trivia, and more. This year we are brought Sisters United, a new exhibit that celebrates the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in Saskathcewan.

Hope to see you there in 2017!

Wakaw Museum Outreach

On August 26, 2016 two DCC docents set up the Sisters United mobile display in the Bonne Madone Room at the Wakaw Heritage Museum, along with the 100th anniversary of suffrage commemorative loonies. We had a great time engaging with local museum-goers and discussing women's history with them. The Wakaw Recorder, the town's newspaper, featured a story on the visit and exhibit (right, click for full article).

PotashCorp Children's Festival of Saskatchewan

For the last two years the Diefenbaker Centre has had a tent at the Children's Festival and it has become one of our favourite outreach events.
Hundreds of kids visit us each day of the weekend to spin our trivia wheel, get temporary tattoos, and colour Canada-themed colouring pages. Parents can also take in our mobile exhibit while their kids have fun. Hopefully we will be back again next year!

Optimist Canada Day in the Park

The Diefenbaker Centre has been a part of the Canada Day celebrations at Diefenbaker Park in Saskatoon for five years, our longest running annual outreach event. Over the years we have hosted thousands of volunteers, giving out Canadian flags and tattoos, face painting, colouring with kids, and playing trivia. We also bring out a mobile exhibit each year.

Exhibitions

In the summer of 2016 the docents at the Diefenbaker Centre put on a lot of miles, visiting exhibitions in Yorkton, Lloydminster, Nipawin, Regina, and Saskatoon.

We took our new mobile exhibit for Sisters United: Women's Suffrage in Saskatchewan. We had a great reception and the display sparked many interesting conversations with diverse visitors.