In Memory of Jessie Caldwell (1901 to 1990)
A former University of Saskatchewan Alumna and a prominent figure in local, provincial and national affairs, Jessie Caldwell’s various accomplishments have earned her the honorary recognition as an outstanding citizen by the City of Saskatoon as well as a placement in the “Canadian Who’s Who” biographical listings. Some of Caldwell’s achievements include the first women to be elected to the University of Saskatchewan Senate (1929–50), the first women to be appointed to the National Film Board of Canada (1950–56) and the first vice-president of the United Nations Association of Canada. She also held distinguished positions in the local, provincial and national Councils of Women.
Aside from her many notable achievements, Caldwell also had a keen, personal interest in the field of archaeology. Not only was she a member of the Saskatoon Archaeological Society (1939–90) and an honorary life member of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, but she also held several executive positions within the Saskatoon Archaeological Society, such as President, Secretary and Treasurer. Her collections are now housed in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan.
Every March, the Saskatoon Archaeological Society hosts the “Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture” with invited speakers to honour Jessie’s contributions and legacy.
Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecturers:
2017: Dr. Colin Laroque (University of Saskatchewan) “The Intertwining Branches of Dendroarchaeology: Exploring Cultural and Built Heritage”
2015: Dr. Leland Bement (Oklahoma Archaeological Survey) “Large-Scale Bison Hunting at the Beaver River Complex, Southern Plains of North America Or, Who Left all these Animal Bones in these Gullies and Why Am I Cleaning Them Out?”
2014: Tim Rast (Newfoundland & Labrador) “Recreating the Ancient Arctic: The story of an arrow, harpoon and drum”
2013: Nathan Friesen (Heritage Conservation Branch) “Stone Features of the Northern Plains in the Cultural and Natural Landscape”
2012: Dr. Bill Waiser (Department of History, University of Saskatchewan) “Park Prisoners… The Use of Internment Labour in Western Canada’s National Parks and Their Legacy”
2011: Dr. Dale Walde (Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary) “Four Field Seasons at the Cluny Site: A Few Answers and Many More Questions”
2010: Dr. Ernest Walker (Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan) “Imagining the West: The Archaeology of Roan Mare Coulee”
2009: Jack Brink (Royal Alberta Museum) “New Research into Rock Art Preservation at Writing-On-Stone Park, Alberta”
2008: Chris Kent (Department of History, University of Saskatchewan) “How to Dress Like A Victorian Gentleman”
Donations for the Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture
The Saskatoon Archaeological Society would like to begin inviting speakers from other parts of Canada for our annual Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture. However, for us to secure the best speakers possible, we will require your assistance. As such, the Saskatoon Archaeological Society is calling out to its members for donations. We are recognized as a Charitable Organization and will be able to issue you a receipt for Income Tax purposes.