SASKATOON History - Massive Book and Index Project of Terry Hoknes

  Saskatoon History books can be ordered at (306) 270-9387

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Database of over 60,000 Saskatoon newspaper articles = indexed by Terry Hoknes

Terry has so far collected 60,000 clippings which are all available on this website covering 1902-1999 by clicking on this link

To find any particular person, place, building or date just go to the page and then with your computer keyboard hold down the CTRL button and the letter F at the same time.  This will pop up a search window where you can type in any keyword and all the related articles will show you that you searched for.   Examples:    "Murder" brings up 1,050 newspaper articles, "Arena" gives you 660 articles, "Symphony" has 1,200 articles, "Theatre" gives you 2,260 newspaper articles.   "1960" gives you 1,391 articles 

Terry has start releasing books in his new Saskatoon History series - each book focuses on a decade and a theme. He is reading through 1 million pages of the Star Phoenix and collecting every historic and interesting article and advertisement from the 20th Century.

Saskatoon History group on facebook run by Terry Hoknes at:

Terry Hoknes has filmed over 5,000 tombstones in graveyards throughout central Saskatchewan and you can watch them all at:

Saskatoon Music & Musician history group on Facebook at:

Henderson Directories for Saskatoon 1908-1965 are online at :

8mm home movies of Saskatoon and area 1946-1973 can be seen archived here filmed by Terry Hoknes's grandfather Les Walters of Walters Cycle Co.

Saskatoon History Book Series written by Terry Hoknes - Decade by Decade - Order now from

1950's, 1960's and 1970's are available - Each book is in depth covering a specific decade of events - Local News, Music, Art, Drama and Culture

The entire Book Series Decade - the ultimate resource guides to everything that happened in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

 SASKATOON HISTORY - The book series by decade

Each book in this series is approx 200 pages showcasing original advertisements from The Star Phoenix, The Sheaf and private collections

Book 1 = Local News & Events - complete breakdown of the 3,000 top news stories in Saskatoon including politics, crime, constructions, new businesses, school and sports news

Book 2 = Encyclopedia of Musicians - complete index to every music performer and band that performed during the decade - 1000 musician names with biographies

Book 3 = Music Concerts & Events - advertisements for the 1,000 biggest shows of the decade covering all venues and all genres of music from rock to classical

Book 4 = Sports Teams - collection of over 300 amateur and school teams photos published throughout the decade

This series of books being created by Terry Hoknes is the most extensive collection and thorough analysis of the city reliving a great moment in our cities history.

Each book is being compiled right now and you can help contribute by contacting Terry at  (306) 270-9387

Terry Hoknes has been part of the music community of Saskatoon himself for 38 years (first performing in the musical Scrooge at the Centennial Auditorium in 1982)

Terry has now performed over 2,000 music concerts during his career.  His father Robert Hoknes has been performing music as well since 1968

Terry's grandmother Jeanne Walters was involved heavily in the drama, art and music communities of Saskatoon for 80 years and passed away in 2018 at age 96!

This Saskatoon cultural project is very thorough and is being published in a series of books   The first books released deal with the 1960's and 1950's complete analysis of the culture of Saskatoon. Each book contains hundreds of original advertisements and articles from the Star Phoenix and The Sheaf newspapers in Saskatoon.  This is an important project to document our cities history in all forms such as music, drama, art, dance, city culture and growth and important news stories unique to Saskatoon. This series of books is the ultimate time capsule.

There are 4 books planned for each decade.  The bulk of time needed to create this project is the research and collecting and sorting of the thousands of articles that Terry has to find and compile.  This book series is the most thorough collection ever of Saskatoon history.  This is the only chance for a project like this to ever be compiled and published so Terry wants it to be very detailed. This book series will be a great encyclopedia of Saskatoon culture and pay tribute to all of those who made an impact in the development of Saskatoon. Its a great resource and history book for the city, the arts community, libraries, and the participants and their families. The book series will be joined by a new website featuring the history of Saskatoon culture.

The master goal is to index the entire 20th Century in Saskatoon.   The Star Phoenix newspaper published approximately 1 million pages during the 20th century.   Terry is reading and indexing every historically important and interesting article and/or advertisement as I go.  The project was started January 2018 and is Terry's full time non-paid job.  Terry has gone through 650,000 pages so far and has indexed 60,000 articles of interest so far for this project.  This is very time consuming but keeping a good pace of reading through newspapers 40 hours per week should take approximately 4 years to complete.  To gain interest in Saskatoon history Terry hosts a Facebook Saskatoon History group where he promotes vintage newspaper articles posting 60 every single day and has gained a readership of 3,700 fans so far.

Terry has a large network of people he is in regular contact with and is very well known in the community as a music performer and city historian. This project is a labor of love and a true dedication to the talented individuals who make up our cities history. These books will be an amazing legacy to document an important time in Saskatoon's history and development. The books will be of interest to anyone involved in the arts or their relatives and/or interest in Saskatoon's history. This is a great resource book for future generations and an amazing reference tool for libraries and research.  Terry has self published other books in various topics in the past.  These books will be marketed through TV, radio and media interviews, promotion for the series as well as a new dedicated website.  The project has already been a feature news story on Television and also in the newspaper.   Terry also started a video documentary series interviewing participants for those who gave permission to be filmed and posted publicly either on TV or the internet. The series of interviews can be viewed on YouTube. 

This is a non-profit project due to the small print runs of the books.  Terry would greatly appreciate assistance in printing costs and/or financial living expenses due to spending 40 hours a week collecting newspaper documents and even more additional hours per week discussing and interviewing.

Publication grant. Saskatoon History - Local News, Music and Culture in the 1960's.
Series of books. Thousands of articles and interviews.

Terry has started to compile the data and spends over 60 hours a week on this project.  100 years worth of newspapers to read through which is approx 1 million pages.  Terry expects to index about 80,000 newspaper clippings by the time he is done.  Interviews are filmed for posterity and run in a YouTube series.