As a new year dawns, the past is overtaking me. 2015 has been dedicated to shaking loose the collective memories of former residents of a small uranium mining town on Lake Athabasca. To collecting a wealth of photographs of life in the 1950s and ’60s in the town. To extensive research on how the town, Gunnar Mines, Saskatchewan, came to be and how it ended.
Now, as 2016 comes to life, so too does Gunnar. 2016 will be the year that my book on Gunnar is published.
Writing the book has been a journey back in time to my youth, a simple and idyllic life in the North. It has been a way to ‘resurrect’ my home town that closed a short ten years after it started and to reconnect with people after more than fifty years. It has also been a sad reckoning as Gunnar’s Cold War legacy for future generations hits the headlines.
In the spirit of the season, I post a photo taken in our kitchen at Gunnar in 1959 where my mother Barb Sandberg is making the gravy while her good friend Marge Braund works at the other counter. Friendship.
12 thoughts on “Christmas Dinner 1959”
nicely done…looking forward to more, Patricia.
Looking forward to more Pat. Love those Gunnar memories. Phyl Cameron.
Me too! Thanks Phyl.
Wow. Love this. Doing an awesome job. You make it come alive
Thanks Colleen! That is so nice to hear.
Love your writing, Patricia. Thank you from the Gunnarites, a place we never forget but your writing brings it alive. To think there is not even a stick left is sad but it stays with us.
Donna Lee (Hoddinott) Dumont
Thanks Donna, it is the memories that we made while there that makes it so special.
great blog Pat, I love your writing and the pic 🙂
Thanks for your comments! You should check out Donna Lee’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/artbydonnaleedumont/?fref=ts
Congratulations Pat. I bet your Mom is thrilled.
Hi Jackie, so nice to hear from you. It has been a few years! Mom is thrilled and has been my go-to resource while I have been writing the book. Thanks for commenting, keep in touch!