The feature exhibit offers visitors an annually changing theme. The exhibit has highlighted past Lieutenant Governors, royal visits and even certain time periods of Government House. You can also find travelling exhibits featured here. It is located right across from the F.W. Johnson Entrance. There will be a new exhibit coming in 2020. Check back to see when this exhibit debuts.
Rehab - Rest - Recreation
Government House Convalescent Period 1945-1957
June 20, 2021 - November 14, 2021
This exhibit explores a less talked about period of Government House. The building, grounds and residents of this time were all very different from the previous 54 years.
Government House opened as a convalescent home on August 12, 1946. Healing, therapy, and sports were the three pillars of rehabilitation. The facility was available to veterans with pensions or who had seen wartime service, and who did not need active medical treatment.
This was a time of great change for Government House. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) established rehabilitation centres across the country. By June 1957, sixty-five veterans between the ages of 50 and 90 were living at Government House.
Passion for the Crown
A shared link to the Crown inspired this display. Government House is proud to partner with the Monarchist League of Canada - South Saskatchewan Branch and the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada Saskatchewan Branch. The display includes books, magazines and brochures that celebrate the Monarchy.
The South Saskatchewan Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada is a group of your friends and neighbours from across the province, united in their interest in, and loyalty to towards Canada's constitutional monarchy.
The United Empire Loyalists were those who had settled in the Thirteen Colonies at the outbreak of the American Revolution (1775-1783), who remained loyal to and took up the Royal Standard, and who settled in what is now Canada at the end of the war. Lord Dorchester's Proclamation of 1789 accords all descendants of Loyalists to identify with 'U.E.' after their names. The Saskatchewan Branch consists of persons who have proven their Loyalist ancestry, those working on their proof, and those who support the goals and ideal of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada.
The Palace on the Prairies
In celebration of the Government House 125th anniversary, the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan developed this special exhibit using their diverse collection of records. This exhibit explores the major developmental periods of Government House over the past 125 years.
Always an invaluable source, the Archives is responsible for acquiring, preserving and making available records of historical significance which document all facets of life in the Province of Saskatchewan.
Recent Feature Exhibit
September 5, 2020 - February 28, 2021
We have added a few seasonal items for a limited time to give this exhibit some Christmas flare!
Since we are currently closed, we are presenting the Stitching Stories Series on Facebook to highlight some of the exhibit's items. Check out our Facebook page on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December with a special stitching story highlighted on Saturday, December 26th.
In these unprecedented times there is solace in tradition and creativity. The Embroiderers’ Association of Canada preserves traditional techniques and promotes new challenges in the art of embroidery.
The Embroiderer's Association of Canada is now almost 50 years old. They have almost 40 chapters and more than 1,500 members from all across Canada and beyond. They have grown into a vital and exciting organization. They also maintain a Heritage Collection with over 1000 items. The collection began in 1991 with the donation of textiles from the Leonida Leatherdale estate. One of the oldest pieces in the collection is a sampler from 1758. In 2003, chapter members the Regina Stitchery Guild (RSG) partnered with Government House as a place to house and care for this collection.
Embroidery in various forms has existed as long as man has been able to produce fabric. Come and explore the Heritage Collection items and their stories featured in this exhibit.