Nokomis & District Museum

Archivist protecting northern history for all to see

Posted by Michelle Brownridge on July 31st, 2019

“The past is the basis of the future.”

Those are the words of Pahkisimon Nuyeʔáh Library System (PNLS) Archivist Graham Guest, who has been with the organization since he joined in 2003. It’s his job to preserve the history of northern Saskatchewan and every year he receives donations from individuals or groups wanting to keep memories of their past alive.

Guest is the first archivist to be hired by PNLS as it mostly focused on library services before its current building was constructed. He stated the archives started when the system accepted a large donation of materials from the Department of Northern Saskatchewan (DNS) in the 1990s, which consisted of approximately 40,000 slides, 1,000 films, as well as documents and books from 1972-1983. Guest noted the collection was taking up needed space at Mistasinahk Place, so management wanted it gone. Read more...

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