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Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20170007001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
74
Width
50
Description
PURPLE BLAZER JACKET WITH PURPLE LINING; FRONT LAPELS OF JACKET ARE DECORATED WITH PINS. FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT POCKETS LINED WITH GREY PATTERNED FABRIC; FRONT POCKETS HAVE WHITE AND PURPLE “LETHBRIDGE, NO. 32, OORP” AND “BRANDON, NO. 138, OORP” DIAMOND BADGES SEWN ON, WITH WHITE STAG IN CENTER OF TEXT. INSIDE OF BLAZER HAS BLACK TAG WITH WHITE STITCHED TEXT AT BACK OF COLLAR, “MADE IN / FABRIQUE EN CANADA”. TWO POCKETS SEWN INTO BLAZER LINING WITH WHITE CLOTH LINING; INSIDE RIGHT-WEARING INNER POCKET IS WHITE TAG WITH BILINGUAL (FRENCH AND ENGLISH) TEXT “MADE IN CANADA, CA – 00023, 55% POLYESTER, 45% WOOL DRY CLEAN ONLY”. OUTSIDE OF RIGHT-WEARING INNER POCKET HAS TAG SEWN ON; BLACK WITH WHITE TEXT “VETEMENTS, CLOTHES” AND GOLD-STITCHED TEXT BETWEEN WHITE READING “BILTMORE” AND GOLD AND WHITE LOGO IN UPPER LEFT CORNER “LP”. TWO GOLD CHECKERED BUTTONS DOWN FRONT OF BLAZER AND TWO AT EACH CUFF. BLAZER HAS FADING ON INSIDE OF CUFFS, AND STAINING ON FRONT LEFT-WEARING SIDE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. ON FRONT RIGHT-WEARING LAPEL, PINS INCLUDE: GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH RED AND WHITE CANADA FLAG AND BLUE AND WHITE CROSS FLAG; GOLD-FINISHED FLYING DOVE PIN; RED AND WHITE CANADA FLAG PIN; WHITE PLASTIC NAME TAG WITH SILVER ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL AND BLACK TEXT “LETHBRIDGE LODGE NO. 32, DOROTHY TAYLOR”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN GREY, WHITE AND PEACH IMAGE OF WOMAN AND BLACK TEXT ABOVE IMAGE “DEAF DETECTION” AND BLACK TEXT BELOW IMAGE “PHOEBE MCCULLOUGH, 1896-1971”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN OF MAPLE LEAF WITH GOLD ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE STAG ON A PURPLE BACKGROUND SURROUNDED BY GOLD LETTERS “OORP”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH BAR SHAPED LIKE BOW AND HANGING SEAL OF THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE; GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH GOLD BORDER AROUND PURPLE AND YELLOW FLOWERS ON GREEN BACKGROUND, WITH ENGRAVED TEXT ON BORDER “MANITOBA ROYAL PURPLE ASSOCIATION”. ON LEFT-WEARING LAPEL IS PURPLE RIBBON WITH GOLD-FINISHED ATTACHMENT TO JACKET AND WHITE FRINGE, ON RIBBON GOLD-FINISHED PINS INCLUDE: TWO GOLD BARS ATTACHED WITH CHAIN AND HANGING ORNATE SEAL OF THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, TEXT ON TOP BAR READS “BRANDON LODGE NO. 138”, LOWER BAR TEXT READS “1998-1999”; BAR PIN WITH PURPLE TEXT “15 YRS” AND ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER; BAR PIN WITH TWO TEXT BANNERS TO THE UPPER LEFT AND LOWER RIGHT OF ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL, UPPER BANNER READS “20” AND LOWER BANNER READS “YRS”; OVAL PIN WITH ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER AND BOTTOM BANNER READING “LIFE MEMBER”; FLOWER PIN WITH ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER AND SIX HANGING BARS THAT READ “25 YEARS”, “30 YEARS”, “35 YEARS”, “40 YEARS”, “45 YEARS”, “50 YEARS”.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTHER’S BLAZER, WOOD RECALLED, “[MY MOTHER WAS WEARING THIS] WITHIN THE [PAST] TWO OR THREE YEARS, AS YOU CAN SEE, SHE HAD IT ON WHEN SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN. I THINK SHE WENT TO ONE MORE ACTIVITY BEFORE SHE COULDN’T ANYMORE BECAUSE SHE’S BEEN WHEELCHAIR BOUND FOR 15 YEARS. IT GOT MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT FOR HER TO GET OUT.” MACLEAN ADDITIONALLY INTERVIEWED ANN MARIE MCDONALD OF THE LETHBRIDGE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE ON JUNE 6, 2017. ON THE BLAZER, MCDONALD ELABORATED, “WHEN I JOINED IN ’89, THEY WERE MOVING INTO THE NEW JACKETS…WE USED TO PASS DOWN JACKETS. WE USED TO HAVE A CUPBOARD. IF A LADY PASSED AWAY, YOU’D DRY-CLEAN HER JACKET, AND PUT IT INTO THE CUPBOARD…PROBABLY ABOUT 1985 THEY STARTED REPLACING THE JACKETS. I KNOW [THIS WAS DOROTHY’S JACKET] ORIGINALLY, IT HAD PIPING ON IT, AND…IT HAD BRANDON. SHE WORE THE BRANDON [BADGE] ON IT – THEN, SHE OBVIOUSLY GOT THE NEW JACKET MADE, AND THEN PUT THE [PATCH] ON HER POCKETS. IN THOSE DAYS, BEFORE I JOINED ROYAL PURPLE, YOU HAD A PATCH. YOU ALWAYS WORE THE PATCH OF YOUR LODGE ON YOUR JACKET.” “YOU WEAR WHAT ARE CALLED YOUR JEWELS ON YOUR LEFT SIDE. THIS [RIBBON WITH HER YEARS] WOULD BE A JEWEL.” “SHE WAS HONORABLE ROYAL LADY IN BRANDON, IN, POSSIBLY, 1975-76, THAT’S WHEN SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN.” MCDONALD ELABORATED ON THE PINS ON TAYLOR’S BLAZER, NOTING, “EACH YEAR THAT YOU STAY IN LODGE, THEY GIVE YOU A BAR. I’M THINKING MAYBE SHE DIDN’T [A BAR PIN] FROM OUR LODGE, BECAUSE SHE WAS ALREADY AN HONORED ROYAL LADY IN BRANDON. SHE JUST TOOK THE BAR, AND HAD THE BAR PUT ON HER OLD PIN – HER BRANDON PIN.” “BARS WERE [GIVEN] IF, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU WERE ON THE DRILL TEAM. YOU WOULD GET A BAR EVERY YEAR THAT YOU’RE ON THE DRILL TEAM. IF YOU WERE OUR PIANIST, YOU GOT A BAR EVERY YEAR THAT YOU STAYED AS PIANIST. SHE WAS OBVIOUSLY ON THE DRILL TEAM FOR 3 YEARS HERE. EVERY YEAR THEY GIVE YOU 1, UP TO 10. EVERY 5 YEARS YOU GOT A BAR.” “[THE CLASP PIN] IS HER 15TH YEAR BAR, SO WHEN SHE WAS IN OUR LODGE 15 YEARS…ALTHOUGH I’M NOT SURE WITH DOROTHY, IF THEY COMBINED HERS OR NOT. I KNOW THEY COMBINED HERS FOR HER 50TH. YOU WOULD WEAR IT ON [THE] RIBBON. ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE. THE LEFT SIDE IS WHAT WE CONSIDER IS OVER YOUR HEART. YOU WEAR ALL YOUR JEWELS OVER YOUR HEART.” “[THE MAPLE LEAF] IS AN INSTALLATION PIN. WHEN YOU JOIN THE LODGE, THEY GIVE YOU AN INSTALLATION PIN. THEY WANT ACKNOWLEDGE [YOUR INSTALLATION], IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU EARN. IT’S KIND OF “WELCOME TO THE LODGE”. SHE WOULD WEAR THIS…ON HER REGALIA [LEFT] SIDE.” “NOW [THE PINS ON THE RIGHT SIDE] I DON’T KNOW WHAT [THEY ALL] ARE. DEAF DETECTION…ARE PINS, IN OUR ORGANIZATION THEY PUT OUT TONS OF PINS AND THEN SELL THEM. THERE WAS SOME FUND-RAISER FOR DEAF DETECTION, AND SHE BOUGHT A PIN.” “[THE PURPLE FLORAL PIN] IS A MANITOBA ROYAL PURPLE ASSOCIATION. SHE WOULDN’T HAVE [WORN THIS ON HER REGALIA] BECAUSE…THEY SELL THE PINS AND THEY MAKE MONEY. HER PERFECT ATTENDANCE [PIN], 5 YEARS SHE COULD WEAR ON HER REGALIA PIN. THERE IS A KEEPSAKE [PIN] THAT THEY HAD WHEN THEY HAD THEIR YEAR 2000…[YOU] BOUGHT THE PIN TO SUPPORT THE LODGE. THERE IS A BRANDON PIN. SHE WOULDN’T WEAR IT WITH HER REGALIA THOUGH…IT’S PURCHASED FOR BRANDON. [THERE IS] THE 12TH COLLECTION EDITION OF ROYAL PURPLE. THE BIRD [HAS NO SIGNIFICANCE] WITH OUR LODGE. ON DOROTHY TAYLOR’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, MCDONALD RECALLED, “SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN OUR LODGE BY [1989]. SHE WAS A DUAL MEMBER OF OUR LODGE. SHE PAID HER DUES TO BRANDON, AND SHE PAID TO US FOR MANY YEARS, BECAUSE SHE LOVED BRANDON, AND HER HEART WAS IN BRANDON. SHE HAD FRIENDS, TOO, LADIES IN BRANDON THAT SHE STAYED REALLY GOOD FRIENDS WITH…WHEN SHE WAS HONORABLE ROYAL LADY, [THE BAR PIN] WASN’T THERE. [THE REST] ARE ALL FUND-RAISERS…[THERE IS ONE FOR] FUND FOR CHILDREN, WHICH WAS OUR NATIONAL CHARITY.” WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007001
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20170007002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
67
Width
44
Description
WHITE LINEN BLOUSE WITH SIX WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS RUNNING DOWN FRONT, AND ONE AT EACH CUFF. BLOUSE HAS FLORAL-PATTERNED EMBROIDERED LINING OVER BUTTON HOLES DOWN FRONT, AND FLORAL-PATTERNED EMBROIDERY AT COLLAR. INSIDE COLLAR OF BLOUSE HAS WHITE TAG WITH YELLOW AND BLACK TEXT “ELITE, INTERNATIONAL, CA – 00034. INSIDE LEFT-WEARING SIDE OF BLOUSE IS WHITE TAG WITH BLACK TEXT “18” AND TWO WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS. BLOUSE SHOWS LITTLE SIGNS OF WEAR; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007002
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20170007003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
71.5
Width
40
Description
WHITE PLEATED SKIRT WITH ELASTIC WAIST; INSIDE BACK OF SKIRT HAS GREY TAG WITH BLACK TEXT “TRADITION, SEARS”. WHITE TAG UNDERNEATH HAS BLACK AND RED TEXT “100% POLYESTER, CA – 02945, MODELE/STYLE 207902, LOT, 2 ½, TAILLE/SIZE, 16, FABRIQUE AU/MADE IN CANADA, EXCLUSIVE OF TRIM”. FRONT OF SKIRT IS STAINED ON RIGHT-WEARING AND LEFT-WEARING SIDES; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007003
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20170007004
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2015
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
71
Width
23
Description
WHITE PURSE WITH GOLD-COLOURED METAL FINISHING AND WHITE SHOULDER STRAP; PURSE CLOSES WITH GOLD-COLOURED BUTTON ON FRONT. FRONT OF PURSE HAS WHITE AND GOLD METAL TRIM ALONG EDGE OF CLOSING FLAP. INSIDE OF PURSE HAS SMALL ZIPPER COMPARTMENT WITH WHITE AND GOLD ZIPPER, AND A WHITE TAG READING “MADE IN CHINA”. FRONT OF INSIDE HAS RED STAIN; INSIDE ON FRONT OF ZIPPER COMPARTMENT IS A SMALL BROWN STAIN. OUTSIDE OF PURSE IS WORN WITH STAINING ON FRONT AND BACK NEAR TOP. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. ON THE PURSE, WOOD NOTED, “THIS WAS THE OFFICIAL OUTFIT. I KNOW THAT SOME OF THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT POSITION THEY HELD WITHIN THE CLUB, THEY WOULD WEAR ALL WHITE.” WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007004
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, SPANDEX, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20170007005
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Materials
NYLON, SPANDEX, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
23
Width
8.5
Description
PAIR OF WHITE, REFLECTIVE GLOVES WITH WHITE AND OPAQUE PLASTIC BEADING ON WRISTS; BEADING FORMS FLOWER PATTERNS WITH BEADED LOOP AND TWO BEADED STRANDS FROM CENTER. TAG INSIDE LEFT HAND GLOVE READS “87.30% NYLON, 12.70% SPANDEX, MADE IN TAIWAN”. FINGERTIPS ON RIGHT HAND GLOVE STAINED RED; BEADING ON BOTH GLOVES IS STAINED RED-BROWN UNDERNEATH. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. MACLEAN ADDITIONALLY INTERVIEWED ANN MARIE MCDONALD OF THE LETHBRIDGE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE ON JUNE 6, 2017. ON THE GLOVES, MCDONALD ELABORATED, “WE ALWAYS WORE WHITE GLOVES FOR FUNERALS, FOR WHEN OUR SUPREME CAME. IF OUR SUPREME CAME, WE ALWAYS HAD OUR DRILL TEAM…THEY WORE LONG SKIRTS, BUT THEY DIDN’T WEAR JACKETS. IF YOU WERE HONORABLE ROYAL LADY, AND YOU HAD SOMEBODY IMPORTANT COME TO VISIT YOU, YOU WORE WHITES, WHICH MEANT WHITE GLOVES. IF YOU GO TO A FUNERAL, AND YOU DRESS IN ROYAL PURPLE, YOU’D BETTER BRING YOUR WHITE GLOVES, OR PUT YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS.” WILMA WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007005
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SANDAL
Date Range From
2010
Date Range To
2017
Material Type
Artifact
Catalogue Number
P20170007006
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SANDAL
Date Range From
2010
Date Range To
2017
No. Pieces
2
Length
26.3
Width
9.3
Description
PAIR OF WHITE SANDALS, LADIES’ SIZE 8.5. SANDALS HAVE ANKLE STRAP WITH SILVER BUCKLE AND TOE STRAP WITH A CENTER STRAP CONNECTING TOE STRAP TO ANKLE; INSIDE OF SANDALS IS SILVER; BOTTOM OF SANDALS IS BROWN. LABELS INSIDE SANDALS READ “GEORGE” ON BOTTOM, “8 ½, 29 PADDY, MADE IN CAMBODIA, FABRIQUE EN CAMBODGE, 030829470 36131215 S14” INSIDE ANKLES. INSIDE LININGS HAVE RED/BROWN GRIME BUILDUP AROUND EDGES; ANKLES OF SANDALS ARE WORN AND DISCOLOURED; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-FOOTWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. ON THE SANDALS, WOOD ELABORATED, “THESE ARE RELATIVELY NEW SHOES [ABOUT FIVE OR SIX YEARS OLD] THAT WE GOT WHEN SHE WENT TO PARK MEADOWS BECAUSE SHE COULDN’T HAVE HEELS ANY MORE, OR ANY HEIGHT. SHE AND I WENT OUT AND WE FOUND THESE SHOES THAT SHE COULD WEAR TO THE MEETINGS.” WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007006
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20170007007
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2015
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Height
5.5
Diameter
19
Description
A. PURPLE ROUND CAP WITH PURPLE AND WHITE TASSEL ATTACHED TO CENTER BUTTON. INSIDE OF CAP HAS BLACK VELCRO STRIP STAPLED TO BROWN LEATHER LINING, AND BLACK DOUBLE-ELASTIC STRAP ATTACHED. WHITE TAG INSIDE CAP READS “LOT. MEDIUM” WITH HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLUE INK “D. TAYLOR”. HAT HAS TWO PINS ON FRONT, ONE DIAMOND-SHAPED WITH RHINESTONE EDGING AND A STAG WITH PURPLE EYES IN THE CENTER, OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION; SECOND PIN COMPRISED OF FOURTEEN RHINESTONES ATTACHED WITH METAL CASINGS WITH TWO PIN ENDS AND PIN BACKINGS ATTACHED, OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. BOTH PINS HAS SILVER-COLOURED FINISHING; RHINESTONE-CHAIN PIN HAS TARNISHING ON PIN ENDS. INSIDE OF CAP HAS STAINS ALONG BACK EDGE AND ON INSIDE LINING; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. B. HAT BAG, 33CM LONG X 22.5CM WIDE X 6.4CM DEEP, GREY EXTERIOR WITH BLACK, VINYL INTERIOR; HANDLE STITCHED TO TOP OF BAG. TOP FLAP ON BAG SECURES WITH BLACK AND SILVER SNAP BUTTON. INSIDE OF BAG HAS PAPER CARD INSERTED IN PLASTIC SLEEVE THAT READS “NAME DOROTHY TAYLOR, STREET 403 515-6 ST. S, TOWN LETHBRIDGE, PROV. ALTA, PHONE 8-9867, O.O.R.P. LODGE NO. 32”. RIGHT SIDE OF BAG INSIDE HAS GOLD “O.O.R.P.” DIAMOND SEAL WITH ELK IN CENTER. BAG HAS ROUNDED BASE; UPPER FLAP IS CURLED OUT AND BENT, AND TORN AT LOWER RIGHT AND LEFT CORNERS WHERE ATTACHED TO THE BAG; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. MACLEAN ADDITIONALLY INTERVIEWED ANN MARIE MCDONALD OF THE LETHBRIDGE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE ON JUNE 6, 2017. ON THE HAT AND HAT BAG, MCDONALD ELABORATED, “WHEN YOU JOIN THE LODGE, THIS IS THE HAT YOU GET. THIS IS STANDARD. ALL THE LADIES GET THIS. WHEN YOU JOIN THE LODGE, YOUR TASSEL IS JUST PURPLE. WHEN YOU ARE HONORABLE ROYAL LADY, YOU TAKE YOUR TASSEL OFF, AND YOU PUT THIS [PURPLE AND CREAM] TASSEL ON.” “[THE BAG] MUST BE FROM BRANDON. OUR HAT BOXES ARE WHITE, AND THEY ARE HARD, AND YOU PUT YOUR HAT IN. [THEN] YOU TIP YOUR HAT UP, AND YOU PUT YOUR GLOVES AND ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT TO STORE IN THE HAT BOX. THE HAT BOXES ARE QUITE A BIT BIGGER…THEY HAVE A HANDLE ON THEM SO YOU CAN…CARRY THEM. EVERYBODY USED TO KEEP THEIR GLOVES IN THEIR HAT BOX.” WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007007
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2017
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20180006004
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2017
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
78
Width
62.5
Description
VEST WITH WHITE FABRIC AT SHOULDERS AND MID-WAY DOWN CHEST; FRONT LOWER HALF OF CHEST IS RED, WITH RED PLASTIC ZIPPER RUNNING DOWN FRONT. COLLAR IS WHITE WITH RED MAPLE LEAVES PATTERN. BACK OF VEST HAS LARGE RED MAPLE LEAF PRINTED. INSIDE OF VEST IS LINED WHITE; INSIDE OF COLLAR HAS FABRIC TAG MACHINE-STITCHED TO VEST LINING WITH RED, BLACK, AND WHITE LOGO “FLAG WEAR”. SMALL PAPER TAG ATTACHED BELOW IS WHITE WITH BLACK TEXT “XL/TG”. FABRIC TAG BELOW IS WHITE WITH BLACK TEXT “FLAGWORKS INC., CA 24838, CALGARY, CANADA, 1 800 661 FLAG (3524), MADE IN CANADA, 100% NYLON SHELL, 100% POLYESTER LINING, FAIT AU CANADA” WITH WASHING INSTRUCTIONS ON BACK OF TAG. FRONT OF VEST HAS POCKETS ON BOTH SIDES LINED WITH RED NYLON. BOTTOM OF JACKET HAS BLACK DRAWSTRINGS INSIDE WITH BLACK PUSH-BUTTONS ON BOTH SIDES FOR ADJUSTNG DRAWSTRINGS; DRAWSTRING BLACK ELASTIC SEWN INTO HEM OF VEST. VEST HAS MINOR FRAYING TO THREADS AT HEM; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON MARCH 29, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED LORI HARASEM AND JENNIE SUDO REGARDING THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE DONATION OF CANADA 150 MEMORABILIA. HARASEM AND SUDO WERE INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZING THE JULY 1, 2017 EVENTS FOR CANADA 150, WITH SUDO ACTING AS CHAIR FOR THE LETHBRIDGE CANADA DAY COMMITTEE WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE AND HARASEM AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. ON THE VEST, HARASEM ELABORATED, “WE HAD ACTUALLY QUITE A FEW OF THESE BUT EDEN, OUR SUMMER STUDENT WHO DID THE PASSPORT, AND I PROUDLY WORE THESE AROUND CITY HALL DURING THE CANADA 150 PAVILION WEEK AND LEADING UP TO IT TO TRY TO GET SOME EXCITEMENT AROUND THE PAVILION. THEN WE WORE THEM, ALONG WITH ANY VOLUNTEERS OR STAFF WHO HELPED US, AT THE CANADA 150 PAVILION WHEN YOU FIRST WALKED IN, ‘CAUSE WE WERE A 'GREETER DESK.' TO ME, IT KIND OF GAVE THAT CANADA 150 LOOK SO PEOPLE KNEW THEY WERE WALKING INTO THE RIGHT PLACE IF THEY WERE LOOKING FOR THE PAVILION.” “THESE WERE OWNED BY CHINOOK COUNTRY TOURIST ASSOCIATION FOR MANY YEARS AND THEIR CANADA DAY COMMITTEE, WHICH WAS THE CANADA DAY COMMITTEE BEFORE IT CAME TO WHERE IT IS NOW. [THE VESTS] USED TO BE THEIR OFFICIAL CANADA DAY COMMITTEE CLOTHES AND THEY WOULD ALSO WEAR THEM TO A LOT OF TOURISM EVENTS THAT CHINOOK COUNTRY WOULD GO TO PROMOTE LETHBRIDGE AT. THEY HAD DONATED THEM TO THE CITY A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO WHEN THEY STOPPED USING THEM. WE HAD THEM AROUND FOR A WHILE. WE KEPT ONE FOR THE GALT MUSEUM COLLECTION, BUT THE REST OF THEM HAVE GONE TO IMMIGRANT SERVICES TO SEE IF ANY OF THE NEWCOMERS TO CANADA ARE REALLY PROUD AND REALLY WANT TO SHOW OFF THEIR RED AND WHITE. WE HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THEY’RE [GOING TO] SHOW UP IN THE FUTURE, BUT THIS IS THE ONE THAT I WORE FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS IN AUGUST.” HARASEM AND SUDO RECALLED THEIR TIME PLANNING AND ORGANIZING THE 2017 EVENTS, WITH SUDO NOTING ABOUT THE PLANNING COMMITTEE, “THE LETHBRIDGE CANADA-DAY COMMITTEE IS A COMMITTEE THAT’S MADE UP OF CITY OF LETHBRIDGE EMPLOYEES IN PART WITH COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS. MY POSITION AS THE COORDINATOR OF RECREATION AND CULTURE, I AM AUTOMATICALLY VOLUNTEERED FOR THIS COMMITTEE ALONG WITH OUR RECREATION AND CULTURE TEAM. THE CHAIRING RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THAT COMMITTEE GET ROTATED BETWEEN OUR TEAM MEMBERS EVERY TWO YEARS AND MY YEAR JUST SO HAPPENED TO FALL ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT, NOSTALGIC YEAR FOR CANADA’S 150.” “[THE COMMITTEE IS] ALWAYS IN EXISTENCE. I THINK [THERE] WAS A LOT OF PRESSURE, BUT REALLY GREAT PRESSURE. I WAS VERY PROUD TO BE ABLE TO BE PART OF THE COMMITTEE. AND BEING ABLE TO LEAD THE TEAM FOR MY VERY FIRST TURN AT CHAIRING THE COMMITTEE. I FELT A LOT OF PRIDE TO BE ABLE TO SHOW THAT OUR COMMUNITY CAN COME TOGETHER AND CELEBRATE CANADA’S 150.” “[THE] COMMITTEE [WAS] COMPRISED OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE TEAM, WHICH WAS TWO MANAGERS, LORI HARASEM AND JASON FREUND, MYSELF AS THE CHAIR FOR [2017]. WE ALSO [HAD] MARLENE LAPOINTE, SARAH BURTON, SCOTT CARPENTER AND ONE OF OUR TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES, ERIC SHARP, [AS] PART OF THE COMMITTEE AS FAR AS THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE SIDE GOES. WE ALSO HAD THREE PUBLIC VOLUNTEERS FROM THE COMMUNITY. WE HAD ADELLE HARRINGTON, BOBBY MCCALLUM AND DAVID FRITZ WHO ALSO PLAYED A HUGE ROLE IN HELPING COORDINATE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THERE.” “AS SOON AS CANADA DAY 2016 ENDED, WE WERE ALREADY THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE WERE GOING TO BRING BACK, WHAT KIND OF BUDGET WE WERE GOING TO NEED, WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES WE WERE GOING TO HAVE, HOW WE WERE GOING TO MAKE IT SPECIAL, AND MAKE IT STAND OUT THE NEXT YEAR…FOR THE REST OF THE CANADA DAY [EVENTS], THE ONES THAT AREN’T CANADA 150 OR STAND-OUT, WE WOULD PROBABLY ONLY START [PLANNING] ABOUT SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE. BUT, THE PLANNING PROCESS FOR CANADA DAY, PERIOD, IS QUITE LONG AND STRENUOUS. WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT SOME PRETTY TIGHT TIMELINES WHEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT PLANNING AN EVENT THAT BIG. WE DEFINITELY NEEDED THE FULL YEAR TO PLAN CANADA 150.” “CURRENTLY, THE ONLY SPECIAL EVENT THAT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE REALLY HOSTS, AS A CORPORATION, IS THE CANADA DAY EVENT. WE RELY ON OUR COMMUNITY GROUPS TO DO MOST OF OUR OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS." ON THE EVENTS PLANNED, HARASEM RECALLED, “IN ALL HONESTY, FOR THE CANADA DAY ACTIVITIES ITSELF, THOUGH I’M ON THE COMMITTEE, I’M NOT AS INVOLVED WITH THAT AS OTHER THINGS THAT I OVERSAW THAT LASTED FROM JANUARY 1ST TO DECEMBER 31ST. SEEING JENNIE AND THE TEAM AND HOW MUCH THEY WORKED…THEY EVEN CHANGED THE LAYOUT AT HENDERSON LAKE THAT HAD BEEN THE SAME WAY FOREVER AND WE HAD TO GO TO SENIOR LEADERS OF THE CITY AND ASK FOR EXTRA MONEY BECAUSE THE BUDGET FOR CANADA DAY HASN’T CHANGED FOR TWELVE OR FIFTEEN YEARS. TO PUT ON SOMETHING THAT WE KNEW THE PUBLIC EXPECTED A LOT [FROM]…[WAS] MY BIGGEST ROLE WITH THE CANADA DAY. IT WAS A HUGE AMOUNT OF WORK AND IT WAS SO SUCCESSFUL, ESPECIALLY ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA SIDE. AT THE CITY, WE’RE USED TO SEEING A LOT OF NEGATIVE COMMENTS. OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM HAS SAID THAT THE MOST POSITIVE COMMENTS THEY’VE EVER HAD ON ANYTHING THAT THEY’VE EVER POSTED ON THEIR FACEBOOK WAS AFTER THE CANADA DAY. I THINK THAT THEIR TEAM, JENNIE’S TEAM, DID AMAZING AT MEETING THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE PUBLIC WHICH WERE VERY HIGH.” “I CAME IN [WITH THE COMMUNITY GROUPS ORGANIZING]. WE HAD A GRANT, ‘CANADA 150’. WE HAD EXTRA FUNDING INJECTED INTO OUR BUDGET FOR 2017 [AT] OUR REQUEST, SO THAT WE COULD HELP LOCAL GROUPS THAT WERE ALREADY DOING EVENTS TO THEME IT AROUND CANADA 150. NORMALLY, THE CITY’S RULES IS YOU CAN ONLY GET ONE GRANT FOR ANY EVENT, EVEN THOUGH THERE’S MULTIPLE GRANTS AVAILABLE. BUT, FOR CANADA 150, WE ALLOWED GROUPS TO GET THEIR NORMAL GRANT, AND WE ALLOWED THEM TO ASK FOR UP TO $750 EXTRA, AND THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO THEN THEME THEIR EVENT. WE DIDN’T CARE HOW THEY DID THAT. IF THEY WANTED TO USE $750 TO BUY RED AND WHITE CUPCAKES AND BALLOONS [THEY COULD]. WE HAD [AT THE] JAPANESE GARDEN A HUNDRED AND FIFTY JAPANESE DANCERS PERFORMING AND THEY BOUGHT SPECIAL RED MATCHING JACKETS WITH THE MONEY THEY GOT. IT WAS OUR WAY OF ENCOURAGING THE COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE CANADA 150 ALL YEAR-ROUND. BECAUSE ALL WE DO IS CANADA DAY, WE HAD TO FIND A WAY TO HELP THE COMMUNITY CELEBRATE CANADA 150 AND TO PUT IT IN THE PUBLIC’S EYES ALL YEAR-ROUND IN ANY WAY WE COULD. WE HAD A LOT OF GROUPS AND A LOT OF EVENTS. THERE WAS THIRTY-EIGHT EVENTS THAT RECEIVED FUNDING OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR, SO THERE WAS SOMETHING EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR.” “DURING 'PRETTY, WITTY AND GAY', WHICH IS AN EVENT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY PUTS ON IN FEBRUARY/MARCH, THEY USED THEIR FUNDING TO [HAVE] A BIG BULLETIN BOARD WHERE PEOPLE [COULD] WRITE DOWN THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE GAY IN CANADA. AND TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS ON [BEING GAY IN CANADA] TO CONNECT BECAUSE, OBVIOUSLY, WE’RE A MORE OPEN-MINDED COUNTRY AROUND THAT THAN MOST OF THE WORLD. THAT, TO ME, WAS A REALLY UNIQUE WAY TO CELEBRATE CANADA’S 150TH.” “WE ALSO HAD A SMALL THEATRE GROUP COME TOGETHER, A COLLECTIVE THAT HAD NEVER EXISTED BEFORE. THEY PUT ON A VERY CONTROVERSIAL PLAY ABOUT FORMER PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER WHICH I WENT TO SEE AND IT WAS PRETTY SMALL. IT WASN’T THIS HUGE PLAY WHICH IS DONE IN CASA IN THE BLACK BOX [THE COMMUNITY ATB ROOM] BUT IT WAS FUNNY. IT WAS VERY CONTROVERSIAL AND WE DID PUT SOME MONEY BEHIND THAT.” “[THERE WAS] UPPER VICTORIA PARK NEIGHBOURS. I HAD SO MANY NEIGHBOUR DAYS. BUT WITH NEIGHBOUR DAY BEING A VERY POPULAR EVENT IN JUNE, AND WE’VE GOT MORE NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATIONS FORMING, WE REALLY ENCOURAGED THE NEIGHBOURHOODS TO APPLY FOR THE GRANT. MOST OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, AT THIS POINT, THEIR NEIGHBOUR DAY EVENTS ARE PRETTY SMALL, UNDER A HUNDRED PEOPLE. BUT IT’S THE PERFECT PLACE TO CELEBRATE CANADA DAY AND CELEBRATE YOUR NEIGHBOURS. OF COURSE, UPPER VICTORIA PARK IS THE ‘GO BIG OR GO HOME’ NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION FOR NEIGHBOUR DAY. IT’S EXCITING WHENEVER WE’RE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE THEME OF THE EVENT IN ANY WAY BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE FROM EVEN OUTSIDE LETHBRIDGE ATTEND THAT EVENT. WE’RE NOT JUST SUPPORTING THE MEMBERS OF UPPER VICTORIA PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION WHEN WE SUPPORT SOMETHING, SO IT WAS NEAT TO BE ABLE TO PUT SOME MONEY THERE.” “OF COURSE, WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL AT JAPANESE GARDEN IS A VERY NEW EVENT. THIS WAS ONLY ITS SECOND YEAR, EVER. THOUGH IT IS A TRADITIONAL, JAPANESE, CULTURAL WINTER EVENT, WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE THEM SOME FUNDING, TOO, BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY [HAD] THE FIRST EVENT IN 2017 BECAUSE THEY START IN EARLY DECEMBER AND GO TILL FEBRUARY. THEY WERE THE LAST EVENT, ‘CAUSE THEY WERE ON NEW YEAR’S EVE IN 2017. THAT FESTIVAL, THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF IT, KICKED OFF THE BEGINNING OF CANADA 150 AND ENDED CANADA 150 FOR US. IT WAS NEAT TO HAVE SUCH AN IMPORTANT CULTURAL GROUP AND ATTRACTION IN LETHBRIDGE…BE THE FOCUS OF THAT. THERE WERE EVENTS OF ALL SIZES. WE EVEN HAD THE DOGS THAT [ON] THE LAST DAY OF OPERATIONS [AT WESTMINSTER POOL] IS JUST FOR DOGS. EVEN THE HUMANE SOCIETY GOT MONEY TO [HAVE] DOG CANDIES THAT WERE RED AND WHITE…DOG TREATS DECORATED WITH RED AND WHITE BALLOONS AND RIBBONS. I WENT TO IT AND IT WAS HILARIOUS. THE DOGS [TOOK] OVER THE POOL AND THEY’RE SO HAPPY, IN CELEBRATION OF CANADA’S 150TH.” “WE ALSO HAD FREE SWIMMING AND SKATING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR THAT THE CITY SPONSORED AS A CELEBRATION. THAT WAS BECAUSE WE OBVIOUSLY WANT PEOPLE TO BE ACTIVE AND WE WANT PEOPLE TO USE OUR FACILITIES, AND WE KNOW THAT COSTS CAN BE A BARRIER. EVERY MONTH WE HAD AT LEAST ONE FREE SWIMMING WHERE THE FIRST HUNDRED AND FIFTY PEOPLE WERE FREE. IN THE SUMMER THAT INCLUDED BOTH OF THE OUTDOOR POOLS, HENDERSON AND WESTMINSTER. HENDERSON WAS REALLY POPULAR ‘CAUSE IT’S ONLY SECOND YEAR OF OPERATIONS…IT’S STILL [A] VERY POPULAR PLACE TO GO. THEN, WE HAD FREE SKATING AT ALL OUR ARENAS, INCLUDING THE NEW ATB CENTRE AND WE HAD THOSE AT LEAST [ONCE] A WEEK THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE YEAR. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN LETHBRIDGE GOT TO PARTICIPATE IN SWIMMING OR SKATING FOR FREE AS [PART OF THE] CELEBRATION. AT SOME OF THOSE, WE HANDED OUT LITTLE CANADA FLAGS OR CANADA TATTOOS OR HAD BALLOONS.” ON THE DONATION OF CANADA 150 MATERIALS TO THE MUSEUM, HARASEM NOTED, “I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT TO GO TO THE GALT BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WHEN WE FIRST REALIZED WE NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE THE 150TH, THE FIRST THING WE DID WAS LOOK BACK TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED AT THE 100TH AND WHAT WE HAD IN THE MUSEUM AND ELSEWHERE IN LETHBRIDGE FOR CELEBRATIONS THAT OCCURRED AT THAT TIME. [WE WERE LOOKING TO] SEE IF THERE WERE THINGS THAT WE COULD MIMIC OR SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. WE USED A LOT OF PHOTOS THROUGH OUR REC AND CULTURE GUIDE FOR THAT YEAR TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT, FIFTY YEARS AGO WAS THE BIG CENTENNIAL. WE THOUGHT THAT WHEN THE 200TH COMES, THAT PEOPLE WOULD PROBABLY BE WANTING TO LOOK BACK TO 2017 TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED.” SUDO ADDED, “I THINK CANADA’S SESQUICENTENNIAL [150TH ANNIVERSARY] WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER BECAUSE FIFTY YEARS IS A LONG TIME AND A LOT HAPPENS IN FIFTY YEARS. IT’S GREAT TO BE ABLE TO LOOK BACK AT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID FOR CANADA’S SESQUICENTENNIAL AND REMEMBER ALL OF THE HARD WORK, AND THE COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER AND SHOWING THEIR CANADIAN PRIDE.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180006007-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180006004
Acquisition Date
2018-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
GENDERQUEER
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GENDERQUEER
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
GENDERQUEER PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS GENDERQUEER PRIDE FLAG WITH THREE STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: LAVENDER PURPLE, WHITE, GREEN. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “NUMBER ONE I BELIEVE IS THE GENDER-QUEER PRIDE FLAG.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, 'WHAT’S THAT ONE?'” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, 'OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,' OR , 'I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,' JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, 'OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,' AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, 'OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,' OR, 'OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.' IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, 'YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,' I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, 'LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,' SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, 'ALLY,' AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, 'THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,' AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO AN ENTRY FROM “GENDERQUEER AND NON-BINARY IDENTITIES” [HTTPS://GENDERQUEERID.COM/WHAT-IS-GQ], “GENDERQUEER IS A TERM THAT MAY BE USED TO DESCRIBE THOSE WITH NON-NORMATIVE GENDER, EITHER AS AN UMBRELLA TERM OR A STAND-ALONE IDENTITY, TYPICALLY ENCOMPASSING THOSE WHO ARE IN ONE, OR MORE, OF THESE SIX CATEGORIES: 1.) BOTH MAN AND WOMAN (EXAMPLE: ANDROGYNE); 2.) NEITHER MAN NOR WOMAN (AGENDER, NEUTROIS, NON-GENDERED); 3.) MOVING BETWEEN TWO OR MORE GENDERS (GENDER FLUID); 4.) THIRD GENDERED OR OTHER-GENDERED (INCLUDES THOSE WHO PREFER “GENDERQUEER” OR “NON-BINARY” TO DESCRIBE THEIR GENDER WITHOUT LABELING IT OTHERWISE); 5.) HAVING AN OVERLAP OR BLUR OF GENDER AND ORIENTATION AND/OR SEX (GIRLFAGS AND GUYDYKES); 6.) THOSE WHO “QUEER” GENDER, IN PRESENTATION OR OTHERWISE, WHO MAY OR MAY NOT SEE THEMSELVES AS NON-BINARY OR HAVING A GENDER THAT IS QUEER; THIS CATEGORY MAY ALSO INCLUDE THOSE WHO ARE CONSCIOUSLY POLITICAL OR RADICAL IN THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF BEING GENDERQUEER.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020001
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
GENDERFLUID
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GENDERFLUID
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
GENDERFLUID PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS THE GENDERFLUID PRIDE BUTTON WITH FIVE STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: HOT PINK, WHITE, MAGENTA, BLACK, PURPLE. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “NUMBER TWO IS…THE GENDER FLUID [FLAG].” “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ONE?’” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, ‘OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,’ OR , ‘I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,’ JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, ‘OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,’ AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, ‘OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,’ OR, ‘OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.’ IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,’ I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, “LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,” SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘ALLY,’ AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, ‘THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,’ AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO THE ENTRY “NONBINARY WIKI: GENDERFLUID” [HTTPS://NONBINARY.MIRAHEZE.ORG/WIKI/GENDERFLUID], “GENDERFLUID INDIVIDUALS HAVE DIFFERENT GENDER IDENTITIES AT DIFFERENT TIMES. A GENDERFLUID INDIVIDUAL'S GENDER IDENTITY COULD BE MULTIPLE GENDERS AT ONCE AND THEN SWITCH TO NONE AT ALL, OR MOVE BETWEEN SINGLE GENDER IDENTITIES, OR SOME OTHER COMBINATION THEREIN. FOR SOME GENDERFLUID PEOPLE, THESE CHANGES HAPPEN AS OFTEN AS SEVERAL TIMES A DAY AND FOR OTHERS, MONTHLY, OR LESS OFTEN. SOME GENDERFLUID PEOPLE REGULARLY MOVE BETWEEN ONLY A FEW SPECIFIC GENDERS, PERHAPS AS FEW AS TWO (WHICH COULD ALSO FIT UNDER THE LABEL BIGENDER), WHEREAS OTHER GENDERFLUID PEOPLE NEVER KNOW WHAT THEY'LL FEEL LIKE NEXT.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020002
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BISEXUAL
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020003
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BISEXUAL
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
BISEXUAL PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS THE BISEXUAL PRIDE FLAG WITH THREE STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: HOT PINK, PURPLE, BLUE. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; BACK HAS MINOR STAINING; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “NUMBER THREE IS THE BISEXUAL PRIDE FLAG.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ONE?’” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, ‘OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,’ OR , ‘I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,’ JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, ‘OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,’ AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, ‘OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,’ OR, ‘OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.’ IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,’ I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, 'LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,' SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘ALLY,’ AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, ‘THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,’ AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO “THE TREVOR PROJECT: BISEXUAL” [HTTPS://WWW.THETREVORPROJECT.ORG/TRVR_SUPPORT_CENTER/BISEXUAL/], “BISEXUALITY REFERS TO ONE’S CAPACITY TO FORM PHYSICAL, ROMANTIC, AND/OR EMOTIONAL ATTRACTIONS TO THE SAME, OTHER, OR MORE THAN ONE GENDER, NOT PRESUMING NON MONOGAMY. THESE ATTRACTIONS CAN BE EXPERIENCED IN DIFFERING WAYS AND DEGREES OVER ONE’S LIFETIME, AND SEXUAL EXPERIENCES NEED NOT DETERMINE IF ONE IS BISEXUAL OR NOT.” THE MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION [HTTPS://WWW.MATTHEWSHEPARD.ORG/RESOURCES/LGBTQ-TERMS-AND-SYMBOLS-GLOSSARY/] NOTES, ON THE BISEXUAL PRIDE FLAG, “DESIGNED IN 1998 BY MICHAEL PAGE WITH THE AIM OF INCREASING BISEXUAL VISIBILITY WITHIN SOCIETY AS A WHOLE AND THE LGBT COMMUNITY. THE PINK STRIPE REPRESENTS THE POSSIBILITY OF SAME GENDER ATTRACTION; THE ROYAL BLUE STRIPE REPRESENTS THE POSSIBILITY OF OPPOSITE GENDER ATTRACTION AND THE STRIPES OVERLAP TO FORM A DEEP SHADE OF LAVENDER OR PURPLE, WHICH REPRESENTS THE POSSIBILITY OF ATTRACTION ANYWHERE ALONG THE GENDER SPECTRUM.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020003
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BEAR BROTHERHOOD
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020004
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BEAR BROTHERHOOD
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
BEAR BROTHERHOOD PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS THE BEAR BROTHERHOOD PRIDE FLAG WITH BLACK BEAR PAW-PRINT IN UPP LEFT CORNER AND SEVEN STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: BROWN, ORANGE, YELLOW, TAN, WHITE, GREY, BLACK. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “NUMBER FOUR IS THE BEAR-PRIDE FLAG.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ONE?’” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, ‘OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,’ OR , ‘I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,’ JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, ‘OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,’ AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, ‘OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,’ OR, ‘OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.’ IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,’ I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, 'LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,' SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘ALLY,’ AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, ‘THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,’ AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO THE “LGBT PROJECT WIKIA: BEAR” ENTRY [HTTPS://LGBT.WIKIA.ORG/WIKI/BEAR], “BEAR IS LGBT SLANG FOR THOSE IN THE BEAR COMMUNITIES, A SUBCULTURE IN THE GAY/BISEXUAL MALE COMMUNITIES AND AN EMERGING SUBSET OF LGBT COMMUNITIES WITH EVENTS, CODES AND CULTURE-SPECIFIC IDENTITY. IT ALSO DESCRIBES A PHYSICAL TYPE.” “BEARS TEND TO HAVE HAIRY BODIES AND FACIAL HAIR; SOME ARE HEAVY-SET; SOME PROJECT AN IMAGE OF WORKING-CLASS MASCULINITY IN THEIR GROOMING AND APPEARANCE, THOUGH NONE OF THESE ARE REQUIREMENTS OR UNIQUE INDICATORS. SOME BEARS PLACE IMPORTANCE ON PRESENTING A HYPER-MASCULINE IMAGE AND MAY SHUN INTERACTION WITH, AND EVEN DISDAIN, MEN WHO EXHIBIT EFFEMINACY. THE BEAR CONCEPT CAN FUNCTION AS AN IDENTITY, AN AFFILIATION, AND AN IDEAL TO LIVE UP TO, AND THERE IS ONGOING DEBATE IN BEAR COMMUNITIES ABOUT WHAT CONSTITUTES A BEAR. THERE IS ALSO, ANECDOTALLY, MORE ACCEPTANCE OF TATTOOS AND BODY PIERCING IN THE BEAR COMMUNITY.” “’BEARS’ ARE ALMOST ALWAYS GAY OR BISEXUAL MEN ALTHOUGH INCREASINGLY TRANSGENDER MEN AND THOSE WHO SHUN LABELS FOR GENDER AND SEXUALITY ARE ALSO INCLUDED WITHIN BEAR COMMUNITIES.” THE WIKIPEDIA ENTRY “LGBT SYMBOLS” [HTTPS://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/LGBT_SYMBOLS”] NOTES THAT, “THE INTERNATIONAL BEAR BROTHERHOOD FLAG WAS DESIGNED IN 1995 BY CRAIG BYRNES.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020004
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
PINK TRIANGLE/ACT UP
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020005
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PINK TRIANGLE/ACT UP
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
PINK TRIANGLE/ACT UP PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS A PINK ISOSCELES TRIANGLE POINTING DOWN ON BLACK BACKGROUND. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; BACK HAS MINOR STAINING; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “NUMBER FIVE IS THE PINK TRIANGLE, WHICH SHOULD BE POSITIONED WITH THE POINT POINTING DOWN, AND THAT WAS A SYMBOL USED IN NAZI CAMPS AND CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND HAS BEEN RECLAIMED.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ONE?’” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, ‘OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,’ OR , ‘I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,’ JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, ‘OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,’ AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, ‘OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,’ OR, ‘OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.’ IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,’ I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, 'LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,' SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘ALLY,’ AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, ‘THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,’ AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO THE WIKIPEDIA ENTRY “LGBT SYMBOLS” [HTTPS://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/LGBT_SYMBOLS], “ONE OF THE OLDEST OF THESE SYMBOLS IS THE INVERTED PINK TRIANGLE THAT MALE HOMOSEXUALS IN NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMPS WERE REQUIRED TO WEAR ON THEIR CLOTHING. THE BADGE IS ONE OF SEVERAL BADGES THAT INTERNEES WORE TO IDENTIFY WHAT KIND OF PRISONERS THEY WERE. MANY OF THE ESTIMATED 5,000–15,000 GAY MEN AND LESBIANS IMPRISONED IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS DIED DURING THE HOLOCAUST. THE PINK TRIANGLE WAS LATER RECLAIMED BY GAY MEN, AS WELL AS SOME LESBIANS, IN VARIOUS POLITICAL MOVEMENTS AS A SYMBOL OF PERSONAL PRIDE AND REMEMBRANCE. AIDS COALITION TO UNLEASH POWER (ACT-UP) ADOPTED THE INVERTED PINK TRIANGLE TO SYMBOLIZE THE "ACTIVE FIGHT BACK" AGAINST HIV/AIDS "RATHER THAN A PASSIVE RESIGNATION TO FATE."” “THE PINK TRIANGLE WAS USED EXCLUSIVELY WITH MALE PRISONERS, AS LESBIANS WERE NOT INCLUDED UNDER PARAGRAPH 175, A STATUTE WHICH MADE HOMOSEXUAL ACTS BETWEEN MALES A CRIME. THE UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM (USHMM) STIPULATES THAT THIS WAS BECAUSE WOMEN WERE SEEN AS SUBORDINATE TO MEN, AND THE NAZI STATE DID NOT FEEL THAT HOMOSEXUAL WOMEN PRESENTED THE SAME THREAT TO MASCULINITY AS HOMOSEXUAL MEN. ACCORDING TO USHMM, MANY WOMEN WERE ARRESTED AND IMPRISONED FOR "ASOCIAL" BEHAVIOR, A CLASSIFICATION APPLIED TO THOSE WHO DID NOT CONFORM TO THE NAZI IDEAL OF A WOMAN'S ROLE: COOKING, CLEANING, KITCHEN WORK, CHILD RAISING, AND PASSIVITY. ASOCIAL WOMEN WERE TAGGED WITH AN INVERTED BLACK TRIANGLE. MANY LESBIANS RECLAIMED THIS SYMBOL FOR THEMSELVES AS GAY MEN RECLAIMED THE PINK TRIANGLE.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020005
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NON-BINARY
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020006
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NON-BINARY
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
NON-BINARY GENDER PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS THE NON-BINARY PRIDE FLAG WITH FOUR STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: YELLOW, WHITE, PURPLE, BLACK. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “NUMBER SIX IS THE NON-BINARY GENDER FLAG.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ONE?’” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, ‘OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,’ OR , ‘I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,’ JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, ‘OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,’ AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, ‘OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,’ OR, ‘OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.’ IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,’ I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, 'LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,' SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘ALLY,’ AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, ‘THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,’ AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO THE GENDER WIKI ENTRY ON NON-BINARY [HTTPS://GENDER.WIKIA.ORG/WIKI/NON-BINARY], NON-BINARY GENDER (NB) REFERS TO “ANY GENDER IDENTITY WHICH DOES NOT FIT THE MALE AND FEMALE BINARY SPECTRUM. THOSE WITH NON-BINARY GENDERS CAN FEEL THAT THEY…HAVE AN ANDROGYNOUS (BOTH MASCULINE AND FEMININE) GENDER IDENTITY; HAVE AN IDENTITY BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE; HAVE A NEUTRAL OR UNRECOGNIZED GENDER IDENTITY; HAVE MULTIPLE GENDER IDENTITIES; HAVE A GENDER IDENTITY WHICH VARIES OVER TIME; HAVE A WEAK OR PARTIAL CONNECTION TO A GENDER IDENTITY; ARE INTERSEX AND IDENTIFY AS INTERSEX; HAVE A GALACTIAN ALIGNMENT IDENTITY, CREATED TO DESCRIBE GENDERS WITHOUT USING BINARY TERMS; HAVE A CULTURALLY SPECIFIC GENDER IDENTITY WHICH EXISTS ONLY WITHIN THEIR OR THEIR ANCESTOR'S CULTURE; IDENTIFY AS A THIRDGENDER THAT DOESN'T EXACTLY EXIST ONLY WITHIN A SPECIFIC CULTURE SUCH AS PROXVIR, JUXERA, OR MAVERIQUE. NON-BINARY PEOPLE MAY ALSO IDENTIFY AS TRANSGENDER AND/OR TRANSSEXUAL.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020006
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
DEMI-GIRL
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020007
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DEMI-GIRL
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
DEMI-GIRL [DEMISEXUAL GIRL] PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS THE DEMI-GIRL PRIDE FLAG WITH SEVEN STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: DARK GREY, LIGHT GREY, LIGHT PINK, WHITE, LIGHT PINK, LIGHT GREY, DARK GREY. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “SEVEN IS THE DEMI-GIRL…THE DEMI-GIRL AND DEMI-BOY WERE TWO FLAGS THAT WERE REQUESTED WHILE WE WERE OUT AT AN EVENT, SO [WE] WHIPPED OUT SOME.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ONE?’” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, ‘OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,’ OR , ‘I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,’ JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, ‘OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,’ AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, ‘OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,’ OR, ‘OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.’ IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,’ I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, 'LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,' SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘ALLY,’ AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, ‘THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,’ AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO THE NONBINARY WIKI ENTRY, “DEMIGENDER” [HTTPS://NONBINARY.WIKI/WIKI/DEMIGENDER], “A DEMIGIRL IS SOMEONE WHO ONLY PARTIALLY (NOT WHOLLY) IDENTIFIES AS A GIRL OR WOMAN, WHATEVER THEIR ASSIGNED GENDER AT BIRTH. THEY MAY OR MAY NOT IDENTIFY AS ANOTHER GENDER IN ADDITION TO FEELING PARTIALLY A GIRL OR WOMAN. MAY ALSO USE THE TERMS DEMIGAL, DEMIFEMALE OR DEMIWOMAN.” “ALTERNATIVELY, DEMIGIRL CAN BE USED TO DESCRIBE SOMEONE ASSIGNED FEMALE AT BIRTH WHO FEELS BUT THE BAREST ASSOCIATION WITH THAT IDENTIFICATION, THOUGH NOT A SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH DISSOCIATION TO CREATE REAL PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT OR DYSPHORIA, OR SOMEONE ASSIGNED MALE AT BIRTH WHO IS TRANS FEMININE BUT NOT WHOLLY BINARY-IDENTIFIED, SO THAT THEY FEEL MORE STRONGLY ASSOCIATED WITH “FEMALE” THAN “MALE,” SOCIALLY OR PHYSICALLY, BUT NOT STRONGLY ENOUGH TO JUSTIFY AN ABSOLUTE SELF-IDENTIFICATION AS "WOMAN".” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020007
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
AROMANTIC
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020008
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
AROMANTIC
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
AROMANTIC PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS THE AROMANTIC PRIDE FLAG WITH FIVE STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: DARK GREEN, LIGHT GREEN, WHITE, LIGHT GREY, BLACK. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “NUMBER EIGHT [IS] THE A-ROMANTIC FLAG.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ONE?’” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, ‘OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,’ OR , ‘I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,’ JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, ‘OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,’ AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, ‘OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,’ OR, ‘OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.’ IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,’ I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, 'LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,' SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘ALLY,’ AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, ‘THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,’ AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO THE AVEN WIKI ENTRY “AROMANTIC” [HTTP://WIKI.ASEXUALITY.ORG/AROMANTIC], “AROMANTISICM IS ONE OF MANY ROMANTIC ORIENTATIONS. AN AROMANTIC IS A PERSON WHO EXPERIENCES LITTLE OR NO ROMANTIC ATTRACTION TO OTHERS. PEOPLE IDENTIFYING AS AROMANTIC CAN ALSO EXPERIENCE ROMANCE IN A WAY OTHERWISE DISCONNECTED FROM NORMATIVE SOCIETAL EXPECTATIONS (FOR EXAMPLE DUE TO FEELING REPULSED BY ROMANCE, OR BEING UNINTERESTED IN ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS.) WHERE ALLOROMANTIC PEOPLE HAVE AN EMOTIONAL NEED TO BE WITH ANOTHER PERSON IN A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP, AROMANTICS ARE OFTEN SATISFIED WITH FRIENDSHIPS AND OTHER NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020008
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
DEMIROMANTIC
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020009
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DEMIROMANTIC
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
DEMIROMANTIC PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS THE DEMIROMANTIC PRIDE FLAG WITH A BLACK TRIANGLE AT THE LEFT EDGE POINTING RIGHT, AND THREE STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: WHITE, GREEN (NARROW STRIPE), GREY. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ONE?’” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, ‘OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,’ OR , ‘I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,’ JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, ‘OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,’ AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, ‘OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,’ OR, ‘OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.’ IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,’ I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, 'LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,' SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘ALLY,’ AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, ‘THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,’ AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO THE LGBTA WIKI ENTRY “DEMIROMANTIC” [HTTPS://LGBTA.WIKIA.ORG/WIKI/DEMIROMANTIC], “DEMIROMANTIC IS A ROMANTIC ORIENTATION ON THE AROMANTIC SPECTRUM DEFINED AS SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT EXPERIENCE ROMANTIC ATTRACTION UNTIL THEY HAVE FORMED A DEEP EMOTIONAL CONNECTION WITH SOMEONE.” “DEMIROMANTIC CAN BE A ROMANTIC ORIENTATION ON ITS OWN OR CAN COMBINED WITH OTHER ORIENTATIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, ONE COULD BE DEMIROMANTIC AND HOMOROMANTIC, MEANING THAT WHEN ONE DOES EXPERIENCE ROMANTIC ATTRACTION IT'S ONLY TOWARDS PEOPLE OF THE SAME GENDER, AND THEY WILL ONLY EXPERIENCE ROMANTIC ATTRACTION TOWARDS THOSE THEY HAVE FORMED AN EMOTIONAL BOND TOWARD.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020009
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LGBTQ+ PRIDE
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020010
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LGBTQ+ PRIDE
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
LGBTQ+ PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS THE LGBTQ+ RAINBOW PRIDE FLAG WITH SIX STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, VIOLET. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “NUMBER TEN IS THE MOST COMMONLY USED RAINBOW PRIDE FLAG.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ONE?’” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, ‘OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,’ OR , ‘I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,’ JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, ‘OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,’ AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, ‘OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,’ OR, ‘OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.’ IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,’ I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, 'LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,' SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘ALLY,’ AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, ‘THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,’ AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO THE WIKIPEDIA ENTRY, “RAINBOW FLAG (LGBT)” [HTTPS://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/RAINBOW_FLAG_(LGBT)], “THE RAINBOW FLAG (ALSO KNOWN AS THE GAY PRIDE FLAG OR LGBT PRIDE FLAG) IS A SYMBOL OF LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND QUEER (LGBTQ) PRIDE AND LGBTQ SOCIAL MOVEMENTS. OTHER OLDER USES OF RAINBOW FLAGS INCLUDE A SYMBOL OF PEACE. THE COLORS REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY, AS THE FLAG IS OFTEN USED AS A SYMBOL OF GAY PRIDE DURING LGBTQ RIGHTS MARCHES. WHILE THIS USE OF THE RAINBOW FLAG ORIGINATED IN SAN FRANCISCO, IT IS NOW USED WORLDWIDE.” “ORIGINALLY DEVISED BY ARTIST GILBERT BAKER, THE DESIGN HAS UNDERGONE SEVERAL REVISIONS SINCE ITS DEBUT IN 1978, FIRST TO REMOVE COLORS THEN RESTORE THEM BASED ON AVAILABILITY OF FABRICS. THE TRADITIONAL AND STILL MOST COMMON VARIANT CONSISTS OF SIX STRIPES: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, AND VIOLET. THE FLAG IS TYPICALLY FLOWN HORIZONTALLY, WITH THE RED STRIPE ON TOP, AS IT WOULD BE IN A NATURAL RAINBOW.” “LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS AND ALLIES CURRENTLY USE RAINBOW FLAGS AND MANY RAINBOW-THEMED ITEMS AND COLOR SCHEMES AS AN OUTWARD SYMBOL OF THEIR IDENTITY OR SUPPORT. THE RAINBOW FLAG IS ALSO COMMONLY USED AS A GENERAL SYMBOL OF SOCIAL EQUALITY AND INDIVIDUALITY. IN ADDITION TO THE RAINBOW, MANY OTHER FLAGS AND SYMBOLS ARE USED TO COMMUNICATE SPECIFIC IDENTITIES WITHIN THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY.” “THE ORIGINAL GAY PRIDE FLAG FLEW AT THE SAN FRANCISCO GAY FREEDOM DAY PARADE CELEBRATION ON JUNE 25, 1978. BEFORE THIS PRIDE, THE PINK TRIANGLE WAS USED AS A SYMBOL FOR THE LGBT MOVEMENT BUT IT REPRESENTED A DARK CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF SAME-SEX RIGHTS…AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF GAY SAN FRANCISCO CITY SUPERVISOR HARVEY MILK ON NOVEMBER 27, 1978, DEMAND FOR THE RAINBOW FLAG GREATLY INCREASED. TO MEET DEMAND, THE PARAMOUNT FLAG COMPANY BEGAN SELLING A VERSION OF THE FLAG USING STOCK RAINBOW FABRIC WITH SEVEN STRIPES USING THE COLORS RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, TURQUOISE, BLUE, AND VIOLET. AS BAKER RAMPED UP PRODUCTION OF HIS VERSION OF THE FLAG, HE TOO DROPPED THE HOT PINK STRIPE BECAUSE OF THE UNAVAILABILITY OF HOT-PINK FABRIC. SAN FRANCISCO-BASED PARAMOUNT FLAG CO. ALSO BEGAN SELLING A SURPLUS STOCK OF RAINBOW GIRLS FLAGS FROM ITS RETAIL STORE ON THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF POLK AND POST, AT WHICH GILBERT BAKER WAS AN EMPLOYEE.” “IN 1979, THE FLAG WAS MODIFIED AGAIN. THE ORGANIZERS OF THE 1979 SAN FRANCISCO PARADE DECIDED TO SPLIT THE FLAG INTO TWO IN ORDER TO DECORATE THE TWO SIDES OF THE PARADE ROUTE. TO ACHIEVE THIS, THEY NEEDED AN EVEN NUMBER OF STRIPES, SO THE TURQUOISE STRIPE WAS DROPPED, WHICH RESULTED IN A SIX STRIPE VERSION OF THE FLAG — RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, AND VIOLET.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020010
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LIPSTICK LESBIAN
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020011
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LIPSTICK LESBIAN
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
LIPSTICK LESBIAN PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS A RED LIPSTICK MARK IN UPPER LEFT CORNER ON THE PINK LESBIAN PRIDE FLAG; PINK LESBIAN PRIDE FLAG HAS SEVEN STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: MAGENTA, PINK-PURPLE, PINK, WHITE, LIGHT PINK, LIGHT RED, RED. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; BACK HAS MINOR STAINING; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “NUMBER ELEVEN IS LIPSTICK LESBIAN FLAG…[THE LIPSTICK REPRESENTS] FEMME IDENTITY WITHIN THE LESBIAN COMMUNITY…SOMEONE HAS COME UP WITH A NEW LESBIAN FLAG DOESN’T NECESSARILY SWING ENTIRELY TOWARDS THE FEMME SIDE OF THE SPECTRUM, AND THAT A NEW ONE WE ARE GOING TO ADD THIS YEAR BECAUSE IT SEEMS TO HAVE CAUGHT ON.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ONE?’” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, ‘OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,’ OR , ‘I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,’ JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, ‘OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,’ AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, ‘OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,’ OR, ‘OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.’ IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,’ I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, 'LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,' SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘ALLY,’ AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, ‘THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,’ AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO THE WIKIPEDIA ENTRY, “LIPSTICK LESBIAN” [HTTPS://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/LIPSTICK_LESBIAN], “LIPSTICK LESBIAN IS SLANG FOR A LESBIAN WHO EXHIBITS A GREATER AMOUNT OF FEMININE GENDER ATTRIBUTES, SUCH AS WEARING MAKE-UP (THUS, LIPSTICK), DRESSES OR SKIRTS, AND HAVING OTHER CHARACTERISTICS ASSOCIATED WITH FEMININE WOMEN. IN POPULAR USAGE, THE TERM LIPSTICK LESBIAN IS ALSO USED TO CHARACTERIZE THE FEMININE GENDER EXPRESSION OF BISEXUAL WOMEN, OR TO THE BROADER TOPIC OF FEMALE-FEMALE SEXUAL ACTIVITY AMONG FEMININE WOMEN.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020011
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
PANSEXUAL "SEXUAL PREFERENCE"
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20190020012
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PANSEXUAL "SEXUAL PREFERENCE"
Date Range From
2017
Date Range To
2019
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
3.75
Description
PANSEXUAL PRIDE BUTTON; FRONT SHOWS THE PANSEXUAL PRIDE FLAG WITH THREE STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: PINK, YELLOW, BLUE. YELLOW STRIPE HAS WHITE TEXT, “SEXUAL PREFERENCE, D) ALL OF THE ABOVE”. BACK OF BUTTON IS WHITE PLASTIC WITH SILVER METAL C-CLASP. BUTTON EDGES ARE CRIMPED TO THE BACK; BACK HAS MINOR STAINING; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON JULY 25, 2019, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT AND COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ELISABETH HEGERAT REGARDING HER DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS. ON THE BUTTONS COLLECTIONS, HEGERAT NOTED, “NUMBER TWELVE IS THE PANSEXUAL PRIDE FLAG WITH SEXUAL PREFERENCE, D AND ALL OF THE ABOVE.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST SOCIETY] HAD A BUTTON MAKER AND WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME BUTTONS FOR MERCHANDISE. A FEW OF US THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO A VARIETY OF THE FLAGS REPRESENTING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT REPRESENTED. ALSO, THERE [ARE] A BUNCH OF BAD PUNS AND THAT IS MY FAULT AND DERRICK ANTSON’S FAULT, BECAUSE THE TWO OF US EGGED EACH OTHER ON. THERE IS ALSO SOME HISTORICAL SYMBOLISM…AND SOME THAT REFLECT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. THE FIRST BIG BATCH OF THEM ARE ALSO 2017, AND FOR PRIDE FEST IT HAS BEEN (LIKE WITH MANY OTHER PRIDES ACROSS AMERICA) TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT JUST THE CIS-GENDERED, GAY, MALE AND PREDOMINATELY WHITE COMMUNITY REPRESENTED. IT IS ALWAYS A STRUGGLE AND SOMETHING TO STRIVE TOWARDS. [BUTTONS WERE] A REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FELT SEEN. I REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE BUTTONS OUT TO EVENTS AND THE PEOPLE GOT REALLY EXCITED WHEN THEY FOUND THEIR FLAG, AND WE HAD SOME REQUESTS FOR OTHERS WHEN WE TOOK THEM OUT, AND WE WERE ABLE TO WHIP A FEW MORE OFF FOR PRIDE IN THE PARK.” “THERE [WAS] A BUNCH OF ZIP-LOCK BAGS AND A LITTLE SIGN HOLDER THAT [HAD] A SHEET WITH A LEGEND ON IT. SO, IT IS NOT AS WELL ORGANIZED AS IT COULD BE, LIKE MANY THINGS IN SIMILAR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS, BUT SOME OF US ARE INTENDING TO MAKE MORE THIS YEAR AND WE SHOULD GET OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED. AT ONE POINT THE SIGN CAME ALONG WITH A DUO TANG THAT HAD EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY ALL WERE, BUT IT HAS BEEN LOST TO THE AGES. WE ALSO FOUND THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO STAND THERE AND FLIP THROUGH A THING, THEY JUST WANTED TO POINT AND SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ONE?’” “[IT WAS A] FUNDRAISER/STEALTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT I GUESS. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD THE WHOLE SELECTION A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE AND I DRAGGED THEM OUT TO ALMOST EVERY PRIDE FEST EVENT WHERE IT IS CONDUCIVE TO SELL MERCHANDISE AND SET THEM UP.” “WE [MADE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM BUTTON SALES] THE FIRST YEAR…I THINK THAT WAS ALL IN. JUST ME COUNTING THE CASH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, NOT COUNTING THE SUPPLIES. [THE PROFIT] GOES TOWARDS ALL THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS PRIDE FEST OFFERS. SOME OF IT MIGHT GO TOWARDS BUYING MERCHANDISE FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT WE DON’T PUT THE BUTTON MONEY STRAIGHT BACK INTO MAKING BUTTONS. IT ALL GOES INTO A GENERAL REVENUE.” “[WE SOLD BUTTONS FOR] TWO DOLLARS EACH AND THREE FOR FIVE. PRIDE FEST AT THE TIME BOUGHT, I WILL KINDLY SAY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUTTON MAKER AVAILABLE TO THEM. I’M LOBBYING TO GET A NEW ONE BECAUSE…IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF SOME OF THE BUTTONS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS PLASTIC INSTEAD OF METAL. THE BUTTON MAKER IS A GIANT PAIN, YOU HAVE TO GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THE BETTER ONES ACTUALLY COME FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY QSA KIDS HELPED OUT WITH SOME BUTTON MAKING, AND THEY USED THE BUTTON MAKER IN THE LIBRARY TO MAKE A BUNCH. IT MEANT THAT THEY PICKED OUT THE ONES THEY LIKED BEST AND MADE ALL OF THOSE.” “A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD PICK THROUGH AND END UP WITH A WHOLE HAND FULL AND GO, ‘OH I HAVE TO PUT ONE BACK,’ OR , ‘I NEED TO GET ONE MORE,’ JUST TO GET THAT THREE FOR FIVE. BUT WE SAW, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO WERE COMING TO MORE THAN ONE EVENT, THAT THEY WOULD COME BACK AND SAY, ‘OKAY I BROUGHT MORE MONEY THIS TIME,’ AND BUY MORE BUTTONS. IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE REALLY EASY WAY TO CLAIM AN IDENTITY; VISIBLY CLAIM AN IDENTITY.” “I HAVE SEEN SOME OF [THE BUTTONS] OUT IN THE WILD. I HAVE SEEN A COUPLE ON CO-WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THEM POP UP THE NEXT YEAR OF PRIDE. AND PEOPLE HAVE COME BACK HERE YEAR TO YEAR, ‘OH I NEED ANOTHER ONE,’ OR, ‘OH I WANTED TO GET THAT ONE LAST YEAR.’ IT HAS BECOME A THING.” “I THINK [THE BUTTONS] ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE AND BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE. ESPECIALLY…TO SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OR ANYBODY ELSE WHERE COST MIGHT BE A BARRIER. THE BUTTONS IN GENERAL DO HAVE A HISTORICAL ROLE IN TERMS OF ACTIVISM AND VISIBILITY, BOTH WITHIN THE QUEER COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE BUTTONS TOO IS THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN AND CUSTOMIZE THEM…WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE MASS PRODUCING THAT MERCHANDISE. WE CAN USUALLY WHIP SOMETHING UP IN RELATIVELY SHORT ORDER IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED WE HAVE MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, OR SOMETHING WE OVER LOOKED.” HEGERAT ELABORATED ON THE BUTTON DESIGNS, SHARING, “IN MOST CASES, IT IS NOT LIKE THERE IS AN OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR THESE FLAGS. THEY ARE GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY DRIVEN AND IN SOME CASES WE FIND MORE THAN ONE VARIATION. I JUST, LIBRARIAN TO THE CORE, POKED AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND ONES THAT SEEM TO BE MORE COMMONLY USED OR THAT AN ORGANIZATION WAS USING.” “DERRICK [ANTSON] MIGHT HAVE CREATED SOME OF THE GRAPHICS, BUT I SEARCHED FOR OPEN SOURCE, CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES WE COULD USE WITHOUT COPYRIGHT. I JUST LOOKED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES AND MUCKED AROUND WITH MY INCREDIBLY RUDIMENTARY GRAPHIC SKILLS TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, AND THEN DERRICK MADE A BUNCH OF THEM PRETTIER…WE TRIED NOT TO PICK ANYTHING WHERE THERE WERE CONTRADICTING OPINIONS ABOUT THE SYMBOL, BECAUSE WE TRIED TO PICK THE ONES THAT WERE RELATIVELY UNIVERSAL.” “I WAS LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THE BUTTONS AND I ENDED UP SORTING A BUNCH INTO THEME PACKS TOO, AND I THINK THOSE WERE LIKE, TEN FOR TWELVE. [EACH THEME PACK HAD A TITLE] THERE WAS TRANS ACTIVIST, QUEER HISTORY, THERE WAS A SNARK FEST ONE [MORE SARCASTIC PUNS]. THERE WAS A LESBIAN BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘YES WE’RE, NO YOU CAN’T WATCH,’ I THINK IT WAS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND, OR, 'LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. I’M NOT,' SO SOME OF THE ONES LIKE THAT WENT INTO THE SNARK FEST ONE. BOY MEETS BOY, GIRL MEETS GIRL. THERE WAS A FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE TOO, THAT ONE HAD A RAINBOW BUTTON THAT SAID, ‘ALLY,’ AND THAT ONE WENT INTO THAT PACK WITH SOME OTHER STUFF LIKE, ‘THE GSA’S ARE A’ OKAY,’ AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS.” ACCORDING TO THE LGBTA WIKI ENTRY, “PANSEXUAL” [HTTPS://LGBTA.WIKIA.ORG/WIKI/PANSEXUAL ], “PANSEXUALITY (OFTEN SHORTENED TO PAN) IS THE ATTRACTION TO PEOPLE REGARDLESS TO GENDER. PANSEXUAL PEOPLE MAY BE DESCRIBED AS BEING 'GENDER BLIND' SHOWING THAT GENDER IS NOT A FACTOR IN THEIR ATTRACTION TO A PERSON.” “PANSEXUALITY IS OFTEN COMPARED TO BISEXUALITY OR OMNISEXUALITY, HOWEVER WHILE THOSE SEXUALITIES MAY BE ATTRACTED TO ALL OR SOME GENDERS THEY MAY FEEL A DIFFERENT ATTRACTION DEPENDING ON THE GENDER. FOR EXAMPLE, A BISEXUAL PERSON'S ATTRACTION TO ONE GENDER MIGHT FEEL DIFFERENT TO THEIR ATTRACTION TO ANOTHER. OMNISEXUALITY REFERS TO ATTRACTION TO ALL GENDERS, WITH GENDER AS A FACTOR IN ATTRACTION. PANSEXUALITY, ON THE OTHER HAND, DOES NOT CARE ABOUT GENDER WHAT SO EVER (ALTHOUGH, SOME INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PANSEXUAL MAY STILL HAVE A PREFERENCE).” THE MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION [HTTPS://WWW.MATTHEWSHEPARD.ORG/RESOURCES/LGBTQ-TERMS-AND-SYMBOLS-GLOSSARY/], NOTES ON THE PANSEXUAL PRIDE FLAG, “NO SINGLE CREATOR IS KNOWN FOR THE PANSEXUAL PRIDE FLAG BUT IT BEGAN SURFACING ON THE INTERNET IN 2010. THE PINK AND BLUE STRIPES ON EITHER SIDE SYMBOLIZES FEMALE-GENDERED PERSONS (REGARDLESS OF BIOLOGICAL SEX) AND MALE-GENDERED PERSONS (AGAIN REGARDLESS OF BIOLOGICAL SEX) RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THE GOLD STRIPE IN THE MIDDLE REPRESENTS THOSE WHO IDENTITY AS A MIXED GENDER, GENDERLESS, OR AS A THIRD GENDER.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENENT FILE P20190020001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190020012
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
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