Illustration: The Diefenbaker Centre
Photos: Allen Gower, except for the Diefenbaker Home, courtesy of the Diefenbaker Centre.|
The first stop you should make around Saskatoon is still on the University campus. It's the Diefenbaker grave site, located not too far from the Diefenbaker Centre. He was buried there in 1979, alongside his wife Olive, who died in 1976.
A marker (pictured on the left) sits in front of the grave, and reads: "John George Diefenbaker, 1895-1979. Prime Minister of Canada, June 1957 - April 1963. This marker was unveiled by the Government of Canada on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Confederation. 1992."
Your second stop will take you off-campus, to the Canada Building in Saskatoon. Popular myth has it that when DIefenbaker was a young boy delivering newspapers, he ran into Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada. Apparantly Diefenbaker said to Sir Wil, "I'm going to premier of Canada someday". A statue in Saskatoon commemorates this historic meeting.
The marker at the statue reads, "Prime MInister Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Master John Diefenbaker, ca. 1910. Sculptor: Bill Epp. Donated to the City of Saskatoon by the Star Phoenix, 1990. The plaque on the corner column of the Canada Building tells of this meeting.
The last stop on your tour should be the Diefenbaker home, located at 246 19th Street West. It opened in 1983, and is a public museum that is run jointly with the Diefenbaker Centre. John and Edna Diefenbaker (his first wife) bought the home in 1947, and he lived there for a number of years.
That concludes our tour. Time restraints on my partI moved over the course of our "tour"have meant that this project hasn't been as complete as I had hoped. So stay tuned over the summer, because there are many more pictures and rare tidbits of information that I want to add to this tour.
CONTINUE THE TOUR:
INSIDE THE MUSEUM:
See some of the exhibits at the museum, including a recreation of the Prime Minister's Office.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
Have a sneak peak at some of the parts of Diefenbaker Centre that aren't usually out on display.