Warman history book group turns page on project

A newly-formed volunteer committee is looking to publish a book on the history of Warman.

The goal is to gather family histories and document social, cultural and economic life in the community from the late 1800s until about 2000.

Warman Mayor Sheryl Spence and former Warman city councillor Sharon Martens are among the leaders of the Warman History Book Committee.  They’re encouraging residents, and former residents, to contribute information and photographs.

“It’s a big project,” said Spence in an interview. “We’re in the very early stages right now, and hoping to involve as many people as possible.

“The goal at this point is to publish a book, but before we get to that point we need to do a lot of research and gather information together. That’s why we’re inviting people to contact the history book committee through Warman City Hall.”

Spence said the community has a colourful and vibrant history.

‘But the documentation is scattered,” she said. “It’s not that easy to find. Many communities in Saskatchewan have history books that tell their story, but Warman does not.

“We believe that Warman has a rich and important history and we want to make sure it’s easily accessible for today’s  generation and future  generations.

“History is where you learn your lessons from. It’s nice to know how the community started and the events that happened over the years.”

Sharon Martens said in addition to family histories, the book will also likely include descriptions of schools, sports, and other important aspects of community life.

“At this point we are still getting organized,” said Martens. “We want to get advice from publishers and from people who have worked on similar community history books.”

She noted that some of the history of Warman is alluded to in a history book done for the Town of Osler, as well as a large history book entitled “1895-1995 – Hague-Osler Mennonite Reserve” by Leonard Doell. But, she added, the proposed history book would focus specifically on Warman.

The history book committee is looking to set up a facebook page to provide a direct link for contributions from residents.

Spence said the history book committee holds monthly meetings, and anyone interested in contributing is welcome to contact Warman City Hall for additional information.