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Date Range
1947-1987
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20171094
Physical Description
0.3 m of textual records, over 500 photographs, 1 sketch
Scope and Content
The materials were preserved and enhanced through research by Joyce Sasse 001: 1963 Day planner 002: 1964 Day planner 003: 1965 Day planner 004: Book- Proud Procession (1947) 005: Book- Young Explorers (1947) 006: Book- Totem Tipi and Tumpline (1955) 007: Book- No Man Stands Alone (1965) 008: Book…
Date Range
1947-1987
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Annora Brown
Physical Description
0.3 m of textual records, over 500 photographs, 1 sketch
History / Biographical
Annora Brown was born outside of Red Deer in 1899 and died at the age of 88 in Deep Cove, British Columbia in 1987 where she retired. Brown is one of the Alberta’s foremost early artists. Based for much of her life in historic Fort Macleod, Brown played a major role in creating a ‘picture’ of Southern Alberta: its wild landscape, First Nations, pioneer rural communities, local history- above all its wondrous nature symbolized by the wildflower. Her work was able to capture the culture of the First nation communities that she lived near. Her father was Edmund Foster Brown and mother was Elizabeth Ethel (Cody) Brown. Her mother supported and encouraged Brown’s love for art and from 1925-1929 Brown attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. She returned in 1929 and developed and art program for Calgary’s Mounted Royal College but later had to leave due to her mother’s illness. A student of the celebrated landscape painters, known as the Group of Seven (1920-1933), Brown’s artistic practice spans the 1930s to mid-1980s. During that time, she cobbled together a living as an artist, often by teaching, illustrating books and magazines, and selling, whenever she could, her captivating paintings in watercolor, tempera oil and later serigraph prints. In 1945-1950, brown worked as a respected artist and teacher at the Banff School of Fine Arts. She was also commissioned to paint over 200 western wild flowers for the Glenbow Foundation. Brown’s work was also included in Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, University of Alberta in Edmonton, United College in Winnipeg, and the Canadian Handicrafts Guild in Montreal. She was also awarded a prize in the Alberta Government’s 1955 Jubilee Contest for Alberta painters. In 1965 Brown retired to Deep Cove British Columbia to paint and garden. She had given a “voice” to a region that had been rarely presented in Canadian art. Her attention to the unique aspects of Old Man’s Country like Niitsitapi, the character and isolation of its small rural communities as well as its unforgettable environment was expressed mainly through her focus on wildflowers and native plants. Buoyed by the conviction that a woman’s activities “need not be limited to polishing furniture and raising babies”, Brown was also a writer and author of two books: the Western Canadian classic Old Man’s Garden and her autobiographical Sketches from Life. She was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1971 for her contribution to “western art and living.” (written by Mary-Beth Laviolette; Summer 2016 Gallery Exhibit at Galt Museum)
Scope and Content
The materials were preserved and enhanced through research by Joyce Sasse 001: 1963 Day planner 002: 1964 Day planner 003: 1965 Day planner 004: Book- Proud Procession (1947) 005: Book- Young Explorers (1947) 006: Book- Totem Tipi and Tumpline (1955) 007: Book- No Man Stands Alone (1965) 008: Book- Canaries on the Clothesline (1974) 009: Sketch of Annora Brown oversized 010: 26 Photos of the Rockies 011: 2 Photos, Editorial, Crighton photocopy with description 012: 8 Photos of her house and her graduation 013: 17 Photos of the cabin, 5 prints, letters about her house in Fort Macleod, and letters from the Town of Fort Macleod 014: Research notes of Annora Brown by Joyce Sasse 015: 215 Photos building the cabin 016: 250 Photos of her art, excerpt of Sketches from Life, and later years; 3 Newspaper cutouts Language: English
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Accession No.
20171094
Collection
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Interior of the Inn Purple

https://collections.galtmuseum.com/en/permalink/descriptions97469
Date Range
July 1967 - March 1968
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20201002058
Physical Description
35 mm colour Slide
Scope and Content
The walls were painted purple which is how the coffee house got its name. Along the west wall on the main floor, Cathy Evins designed a mural that was then painted according to her direction by volunteers. A jukebox sat in the corner, a coffee counter ran along the east wall towards the back, and a…
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Date Range
July 1967 - March 1968
Description Level
Item
Creator
Robert (Bob) Shippobotham
Physical Description
35 mm colour Slide
History / Biographical
Robert (Bob) Howard Shippobotham was born on March 18, 1943 in the Galt Hospital. He is the only son of Frank and Garnette Shippobotham. Robert was employed with C.P. Rail as a Train Machine Clerk for 35 years until his retirement in 1997. He was married to Margaret Deans for 37 years until her passing in 2016 and he has one daughter, Bobbie Jean from a previous marriage. Robert was an amateur photographer and had his own dark room. He liked to try new photographing and processing techiniques. Inn Purple was a young adult coffee house that existed in 1967/68 in Lethbridge. It was a place where teens and young adults could go to hang out, listen to music and dance, without drugs, alcohol or their parents. It was run by the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church youth group but was non-denominational. The idea for the coffee house was born out of the desire of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church youth group which motivated members of the congregation to find a way to “...uphold new approaches and experiments in establishing communication with youth.” A location was picked, volunteers were recruited, supplies were gathered and in July 1967 the doors to the Inn Purple opened. A jukebox, table tennis and board games were provided. Groups could rent out the venue for a small fee. Besides live music, dancing and poetry readings, the Inn Purple held occasional church services. The stage of the Inn Purple saw many local talents, like Cheri Thompson or Dale Ketcheson, fill the coffee house with songs and poems. None that visited the Inn were quite as iconic as Gordon Lightfoot. While in Lethbridge for his concerts at the Yates on September of 1967, he learned of the little coffee house and paid them a visit. Even with the modest admission fee, a $1 membership, a concession and a memorial fund, the Inn Purple was not able to generate enough income to stay open. In June 1968 the Inn Purple committee was forced to hold an auction to keep the doors open. By mid-September 1968 the coffers were empty. A year and a half after opening this teen/ young adult hangout closed forever.
Custodial History
Photographed by Robert Shippobotham and kept in the Shippobotham Family.
Scope and Content
The walls were painted purple which is how the coffee house got its name. Along the west wall on the main floor, Cathy Evins designed a mural that was then painted according to her direction by volunteers. A jukebox sat in the corner, a coffee counter ran along the east wall towards the back, and a simple stage stood at the back of the main floor. The basement walls were painted purple and adorned with Don Lancaster’s graffiti art.
Accession No.
20201002058
Collection
Archive
Images
Less detail

Interior of the Inn Purple

https://collections.galtmuseum.com/en/permalink/descriptions97470
Date Range
July 1967 - March 1968
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20201002059
Physical Description
35 mm colour Slide
Scope and Content
The walls were painted purple which is how the coffee house got its name. Along the west wall on the main floor, Cathy Evins designed a mural that was then painted according to her direction by volunteers. A jukebox sat in the corner, a coffee counter ran along the east wall towards the back, and a…
  1 image  
Date Range
July 1967 - March 1968
Description Level
Item
Creator
Robert (Bob) Shippobotham
Physical Description
35 mm colour Slide
History / Biographical
Robert (Bob) Howard Shippobotham was born on March 18, 1943 in the Galt Hospital. He is the only son of Frank and Garnette Shippobotham. Robert was employed with C.P. Rail as a Train Machine Clerk for 35 years until his retirement in 1997. He was married to Margaret Deans for 37 years until her passing in 2016 and he has one daughter, Bobbie Jean from a previous marriage. Robert was an amateur photographer and had his own dark room. He liked to try new photographing and processing techiniques. Inn Purple was a young adult coffee house that existed in 1967/68 in Lethbridge. It was a place where teens and young adults could go to hang out, listen to music and dance, without drugs, alcohol or their parents. It was run by the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church youth group but was non-denominational. The idea for the coffee house was born out of the desire of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church youth group which motivated members of the congregation to find a way to “...uphold new approaches and experiments in establishing communication with youth.” A location was picked, volunteers were recruited, supplies were gathered and in July 1967 the doors to the Inn Purple opened. A jukebox, table tennis and board games were provided. Groups could rent out the venue for a small fee. Besides live music, dancing and poetry readings, the Inn Purple held occasional church services. The stage of the Inn Purple saw many local talents, like Cheri Thompson or Dale Ketcheson, fill the coffee house with songs and poems. None that visited the Inn were quite as iconic as Gordon Lightfoot. While in Lethbridge for his concerts at the Yates on September of 1967, he learned of the little coffee house and paid them a visit. Even with the modest admission fee, a $1 membership, a concession and a memorial fund, the Inn Purple was not able to generate enough income to stay open. In June 1968 the Inn Purple committee was forced to hold an auction to keep the doors open. By mid-September 1968 the coffers were empty. A year and a half after opening this teen/ young adult hangout closed forever.
Custodial History
Photographed by Robert Shippobotham and kept in the Shippobotham Family.
Scope and Content
The walls were painted purple which is how the coffee house got its name. Along the west wall on the main floor, Cathy Evins designed a mural that was then painted according to her direction by volunteers. A jukebox sat in the corner, a coffee counter ran along the east wall towards the back, and a simple stage stood at the back of the main floor. The basement walls were painted purple and adorned with Don Lancaster’s graffiti art.
Accession No.
20201002059
Collection
Archive
Images
Less detail