The Ladies of the Pioneers Pemmican Club are a group of women that meet
together to socialize and participate in community outreach programs. The Club was established in 1953. To be a member of the Club, women must be from families that lived in Southern Alberta prior to December 31, 1910. The Club meets together on the first Wednesday of the month to socialize.
The Ladies of the Pioneers Pemmican Club is a branch off the men’s Pemmican Club. On 12 December 1894 the Old Timers Association was created (the name has changed multiple times over the years). The purpose of the men’s club was to arrange a New Years’ Eve Club and the planning/work of the association was to be done by people who had arrived in southern Alberta prior to 1886. Throughout the years the Pemmican Club has had the purpose:
“to encourage fellowship, entertainment and social enjoyment for the members; to collect and preserve the early history of Lethbridge and southern Alberta; and provide assistance to members and their families through difficult times in their lives”.
In the same way, the Ladies of the Pioneers Pemmican Club follow a similar guideline for membership, traditions and charity work. The Ladies have worked many volunteer hours at the Chinook Regional Hospital making dolls for sick children and other programs, and have participated in charities throughout Lethbridge. They also donate generously to various organizations in Southern Alberta, such as animal shelters and Meals on Wheels.
Scope and Content
2019.1030/001: “Secretary Book” – Administrative Records, including meeting minutes, attendance records, newspaper articles, etc., 1989-2007.
2019.1030/002: Miscellaneous Letters, 2000-2001
2019.1030/003: Audited Financial Statements, Part 1/2, 1995-1999.
2019.1030/004: Audited Financial Statements and Account Book, Part 2/2, 1977-2001.
2019.1030/005: Event Invitations, 2000.
2019.1030/006: Massed High School Choir Concert and Coalhurst background, 1948.
3 photos, 3 posters, 3 CDs, 1 Floppy Disk, and 75 cm of textual records.
History / Biographical
In 1996, a group of riding enthusiasts, amateur historians, and community minded volunteers formed the Riders of the Plains Commemorative Troop. The ROTP’s original purpose was to recreate the riding traditions of the North West Mounted Police, with trail rides and commemorative wagon treks, and participation in public events with period uniforms, drills, firearms, and horses and tack. The six original members of the Troop formed a non-profit society in 1996 with two purposes:
To preserve and protect the history of the North West Mounted Police
To advance the education of the public as it relates to the history of the NWMP.
Members participated as a commemorative troop in various events across Western Canada and Montana, including:
NWMP Boundary Commission Wagon Trek, 1997 and 1998
RCMP 125 March West, 1999
Due North wagon trek of the Whoop-Up Trail, 2000-2001
Fort Whoop-Up annual Wild West Weekend, one of the largest re-enactments events in Western Canada.
The troop participated in several films, including:
Parks Canada production of the “Battle of Batoche”
CBC production of “Canada, a People’s History”
History Channel’s “The Great March West”
A Scattering of Seeds’ “Nevitt”.
In addition, the troop travelled to Batoche, Saskatchewan, Battleford, Saskatchewan, Fort Steele, British Columbia, Fort Walsh, Saskatchewan, Rawleigh, Alberta, and Fort Benton, Montana. They were trained in firearms drill, horsemanship and infantry drill.
As early as 1997, the ROTP received a lease on the original site of the Macleod NWMP Barracks, which was home to the North West Mounted Police, the Royal North West Mounted Police and the present day Royal Canadian Mounted Police during the period 1884 to 1922. The ROTP immediately began to plan for restoration and preservation of the site, including recreating the historic flagpole, identifying building sites, gathering of artifacts, conducting research, and building a dedicated membership and an array of alliances.
ROTP efforts resulted in the declaration and protection of the site as a Provincial Historic Resource in 2001. Subsequently, the ROTP proposal for funding under the Centennial Legacy Program was approved, providing $1.6 million dollars for reconstruction and restoration of site structures to the late 1890’s period. In addition, the ROTP raised $250,000 in various forms to assist the project.
Concurrent with the design and construction of the three reconstructed buildings and the development of the site itself, the ROTP worked hard to accumulate historical and interpretive materials relating to the Barracks period. Replica uniforms and saddles were commissioned.
The ROTP celebrated the Official Opening of the Barracks in August of 2005. Unfortunately, relationships with the Fort Macleod Historic Area Society and the Town of Fort Macleod began to sour soon afterwards, culminating in an unfortunate lawsuit in July of 2007 against the ROTP, Fort Whoop Up and two individuals. This, in turn, resulted in a forensic audit, completed in July, 2008 by the Government of Alberta, which found no evidence of fraud, personal gain, or illegal use on the part of the ROTP. The audit also indicated that the major inventory items (uniforms, saddles, firearms and wagons) were properly accounted for.
These records were donated to the Galt Museum and Archives by Barbara Cavers of Lethbridge, Alberta.
Scope and Content
20161020001: Financial Statements (1997)
20161020002: Financial Statements (1998)
20161020003: Financial Statements (1999)
20161020004: Financial Statements (2000)
20161020005: FInancial Statements (2001)
20161020006: Financial Statements (2002)
20161020007: Financial Statements (2003)
20161020008: Financial Statements (2004)
20161020009: Financial Statements (2005)
20161020010: Financial Statements (2006)
20161020011: Financial Statements (2008)
20161020012: Audit (2007-2008)
20161020015: Request for Business Number
20161020016: Legacy Agreement
20161020017: Legacy Requistitions (2001-2002)
20161020018: Legacy Requistions (2003)
20161020019: Legacy Requisitions (2004)
20161020020: Legacy Requisitions (2005-2006)
20161020021: C.I.P. Grant (2004)
20161020022: Canada Revenue
20161020023: "With the Mounties in the Boot and Saddle Days" Research and Correspondence
20161020024: "With the Mounties in the Boot and Saddle Days" Manuscript
20161020026: Membership (2 Photos)
20161020028: Alberta Museum Association
20161020029: Museum Affirmation Program
20161020030: Final Report Historical Resource Impact Mitigation (2004)
20161020031: R.O.T.P. Membership Application Forms
20161020032: Articles of Incorporation/Continuance, Annual Returns
20161020033: Directors Minutes, Contracts,Unanimous Shareholder Agreements
20161020034: Business Plan (January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2012)
20161020035: R.O.T.P. Minutes (1995-1996)
20161020036: R.O.T.P. Minutes (1997-1998)
20161020037: R.O.T.P. Minutes (1999-2000)
20161020038: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2001)
20161020039: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2002)
20161020040: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2003)
20161020041: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2004)
20161020042: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2005)
20161020043: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2006)
20161020044: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2007)
20161020045: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2008) Part 1
20161020046: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2008) Part 2
20161020047: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2009)
20161020048: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2010)
20161020049: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2012)
20161020050: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2013)
20161020051: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2014)
20161020052: R.O.T.P. Minutes (2015)
20161020053: Outgoing Loans
20161020054: R.O.T.P. Master Copies
20161020055: Alberta Historic Resources
20161020056: Alberta Registries
20161020057: Collections Policy
20161020058: Dora Degenstein
20161020060: Harness Shop
20161020061: Hirano & Heaton (Quote on Relocation of Harness Shop)
20161020062: History of Barracks
20161020063: Lawsuit Part 1
20161020064: Lawsuit Part 2
20161020066: Site Interpretation and Information Sheet
20161020067: Town of Fort MacLeod Part 1
20161020068: Town of Fort MacLeod Part 2
20161020069: Transfer of Assets
20161020070: Jail Barn
20161020072: Accession and Loan Records (Haultain Collection)
20161020073: Guest Book
20161020074: Letters with Mayor of Fort MacLeod
20161020075: Site Details
20161020076: Transfer of Custody from Glenbow
20161020077: Sale of Presbyterian Church
20161020078: Management Plan
20161020079: Alberta 2005 Centennial Initiative
20161020080: Annual Reports (2003, 2004, 2005)
20161020081: Kit (1 Photo)
20161020082: Finance Report (2002-2003)
20161020083: Request for $5000.00
20161020084: Operations Overview (2005-2007)
20161020085: Misc. Finances
20161020086: Accession Records (Legacy)
20161020087: Accession Records (R.O.T.P.)
20161020088: Accession Records (D.D. on Loan)
20161020089: Accession Records (Roxanne Linderman)
20161020090: Accession Records (Fort Whoop-Up)
20161020091: Records of Glenbow Inventory
20161020092: Contents List (Drawers)
20161020093: Inventory (Fort Whoop-Up Items at Fort Whoop-Up)
20161020094: Barracks Inventory (Fort Whoop-Up Items)
20161020095: Salvage Chinook Ltd. Agreement and Societies Act
20161020096: Volunteer Logs
20161020097: Barb Cavers
20161020098: Glenbow Archives
20161020099: Legacy Grant Applications
20161020100: Supporting Research Material
20161020101: Reenactment March West Posters (R.C.M.P.) (3 Posters)
20161020102: R.O.T.P. Backup Disc (September 20, 2004) (1 CD)
20161020103: Commercial Data Part 1 (1 CD)
20161020104: Commercial Data Part 2 (1 CD)
20161020105: Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (January 1, 2003) (1 floppy disk)