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Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116006
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1978
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
2
Length
55.1
Width
44.9
Description
WOOD FRAMED WATERCOLOUR PAINTING. IMAGE IS OF RED BRICK BUILDING DURING WINTER WITH SPRUCE TREES AND BARE TREE. BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER HAS ARTIST'S SIGNATURE "JESSIE R. WISENBACK". BEIGE CARDBOARD MATTING, WOOD FRAME HAS DOVETAIL CORNERS AND MEDIUM STAIN WITH CARVED ORNATE DESIGN, PAINTED GOLD. GOLD PAINT IS WORN ON THE CORNERS. CARDBOARD BACK HAS PENCIL MARKINGS "DONATED BY JESSIE R. WISENBACK PATIENT JULY/78 TO S MONICA OF ST. MIKES". CARDBOARD BACKING AND FRAME HAVE WATER STAINS. *2014 UPDATE* THE SIGNATURE WAS FOUND TO READ "JESSIE R. URSENBACH"
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
RECIEVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE IT WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS. SHE FOUND THAT THE SIGNATURE ON THIS PAINTING HAD BEEN ERRONEOUSLY RECORDED AS "JESSIE R. WISENBACK", WHEN IT ACTUALLY MATCHES THOSE ON ARTWORKS DEFINITIVELY ATTRIBUTED TO LOCAL ARTIST JESSIE REDD URSENBACH. JESSIE REDD URSENBACH WAS BORN IN NEW HARMONY, UTAH ON AUGUST 15, 1895, TO WILLIAM AND VERENA BRYNER REDD. URSENBACH WAS RAISED AND EDUCATED IN RAYMOND, GRADUATING FROM THE KNIGHT ACADEMY IN 1912. SHE ATTENDED SUMMER SESSIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA & THE ALBERTA NORMAL SCHOOL IN CALGARY, AND TAUGHT ART IN SCHOOLS IN RAYMOND, CARDSTON, AND GLENWOOD. SHE WAS A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB & HANDLED CLUB PUBLICITY FOR MANY YEARS. URSENBACH ATTENDED THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS IN THE SUMMER OF 1937 ON A SCHOLARSHIP, AND CONTINUED PAINTING PROLIFICALLY FOR THE NEXT 11 YEARS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF PROFESSOR H.G. GLYDE. URSENBACH ALSO RECEIVED ART TRAINING UNDER A.Y. JACKSON (GROUP OF SEVEN ARTIST), AND STUDIED AT THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF ART IN TORONTO, STUDYING MODERN ART UNDER RODY COURTICES (THOUGH SHE PREFFERED THE MORE TRADITIONAL STYLES OF LANDSCAPE AND STILL LIFE). URSENBACH WAS AFFILIATED WITH THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF ARTISTS UNDER WHICH SHE EXHIBITED FROM COAST TO COAST, INCLUDING IN NEW YORK CITY AND CALIFORNIA. SHE TUTORED A LARGE CLASS OF PRIVATE PUPILS IN LETHBRIDGE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS UNTIL SHE BEGAN THE VOCATION OF MATRON AT THE LATTER DAY SAINTS TEMPLE IN CARDSTON. JESSIE URSENBACH DIED ON MAY 11, 1987. THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB HELD THEIR FIRST MEETING AT THE HOME OF MISS ANNA MACKENZIE ON OCTOBER 7, 1936. EDITH FANNY KIRK WAS THE FIRST ART TEACHER IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE CAME FROM BRITAIN WITH CLASSICAL TRAINING AND IT WAS KIRK WHO SET THE STAGE FOR THE SKETCH CLUB TO COME INTO BEING. THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS ALSO PLAYED A ROLE IN THE FORMATION BY PROVIDING RECOGNITION OF ARTISTIC MERIT THROUGH DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIPS. ANNA MACKENZIE AND P.J. COLLINS CONCEIVED OF THE CLUB AFTER THEIR EXPERIENCE IN BANFF. THE GROUP WAS FORMED OUT OF AN ENTHUSIASTIC INTEREST IN ART AND SOON AFTER THE GROUP BEGAN MEETING, THERE WERE REGULAR EXHIBITIONS. THE GROUP WAS PRIVY TO THE ATTENTION OF GROUP OF SEVEN ARTIST A.Y.JACKSON WHEN HE MADE HIS FREQUENT SKETCHING TRIPS TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HE REGULARLY ACCOMPANIED THE SKETCH CLUB AND HIS INFLUENCE CAN BE SEEN IN MUCH OF THEIR WORK. ANOTHER GUEST OF THE GROUP WAS ANNORA BROWN WHO WAS AN ARTIST WHO HAD TRAINED IN TORONTO, BUT RESIDED IN FORT MACLEOD AND BEGAN SPENDING TIME WITH THE GROUP IN 1939. HER INTEREST IN FLOWER STUDIES IS SUSPECTED TO HAVE INSPIRED MANY OF THE WORKS BY CLUB MEMBERS. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE GROUP ORGANIZED SUMMER CLASSES TAUGHT BY OUT OF TOWN ARTISTS SUCH AS: H.G.GLYDE, WALTER J. PHILIPS AND A.C. LEIGHTON. ACCORDING TO A HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB WRITTEN BY JOAN STEBBINS IN JUNE, 1985, “THE PAINTINGS OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB PORTRAY FAVOURITE SKETCHING AREAS IN THE REGION – THE COULEES PROVIDED ENDLESS MATERIAL, THE RIVERBOTTOM, THE OLD R.C.M.P. BARRACKS, THE WHITNEY FARM, HENDERSON LAKE, THE FELGER HUTTERITE COLONY, THE FOOTHILLS AND WATERTON LAKE WERE OFTEN REPEATED SUBJECTS.” THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116006
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116138
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
20.8
Width
14.5
Description
FRAMED PRINT IS OF BEARDED MAN WITH HALO HANDING THE CHILD JESUS LILIES. BOTH ARE DRESSED IN BIBLICAL ATTIRE AND THE CHILD IS SITTING ON A WALL. PRINT IS IN BROWNS AND GREENS. FRAME HAS DOVE-TAIL JOINTS AND HAS ROUTERED EDGE WITH STRAIGHT RIDGES. FRAME IS PAINTED GOLD WITH WORN SPLOTCHES OF GREEN AND RED. FRAME HAS CLEAR GLASS PANE AND CARDBOARD BACK. HAND-WRITTEN ON BACK IN PENCIL IS "SISTER MITSLAK 504".
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. NO NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC ARTIFACT WAS FOUND, BUT THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116138
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116139
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
33.8
Width
29
Description
FRAMED FRINT IS OF YOUNG WOMAN HOLDING INFANT CHILD. BOTH WOMAN AND CHILD HAVE HALO. WOMAN IS DRESSED IN WHITE HEAD COVER AND BLUE CLOAK. IN BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER IS GOLD EMBOSSED PRINT WHICH READS "PRINTED IN ITALY" AND IN BOTTOM LEFT IS "6073". FRAME IS BLACK PAINTED WOOD WITH DOVE-TAIL CUT. FRAME IS SCRATCHED.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. NO NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC ARTIFACT WAS FOUND, BUT THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116139
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116140
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
33.8
Width
29
Description
FRAMED FRINT IS OF JESUS SITTING IN A GARDEN WITH CHILDREN IN HIS LAP. HIS HANDS ARE RAISED IN A BLESSING. COLORS ARE BROWNS, BLUES AND YELLOW. FRAME IS MEDIUM FINISH WITH GOLD COLORED BURNISHING. HAS DOVE-TAIL CORNERS AND EDGE IS RAISED WITH SWIRL PATTERN. FRAME ALSO HAS CLEAR GLASS PANE. BACK IS COVERED WITH BROWN PAPER WHICH IS TORN IN PLACES ALONG EDGE. ON BACK AT TOP IS BLUE PAPER LABEL WHICH READS "PORTRAITS PICTURE FRAMING PRINTING AND DEVELOPING A.E. CROSS 3RD AVE. SO. LETHBRIDGE. ALTA".
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116140
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116141
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
2
Length
53.5
Width
41.5
Description
FRAMED PRINT IS OF MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS WITH CLOUD AND SKY BACKGROUND. MARY HAS BRIGHT HALO AND TWELVE STARS AROUND HER HEAD. SHE IS WEARING BLUE CLOAK AND WHITE GOWN WITH ORNATE CLASP. HER HANDS ARE HELD OUT PALMS UP. SHE STANDS ON HEAD OF SNAKE WITH AN APPLE IN ITS MOUTH. MIDDLE BOTTOM IN BLACK PRINT IS "IMMACULATA". WOOD FRAME HAS DOVE TAIL CORNERS AND IS PAINTED BEIGE. BOTH OUTER AND INNER EDGES HAVE NOTCHED PATTERN. PAINT IS WORN ALONG EDGES REVEALING GOLD COLOR BENEATH. FRAME HAS CLEAR GLASS PANE. BACK IS COVERED WITH BROWN PAPER THAT HAS A FEW TEARS.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116141
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116142
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1941
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.2
Length
54.1
Width
41.5
Description
FRAMED PRINT IS OF A POEM SET IN THE MIDDLE OF PINK ROSES. POEM READS "IF RADIO'S SLIM FINGERS CAN PLUCK A MELODY FROM NIGHT AND TOSS IT O'ER A CONTINENT OR SEA IF PETALED WHITE-NOTES OF A VIOLIN ARE BLOWN ACROSS A MOUNTAIN OR A CITY'S DIN IF SONGS LIKE CRIMSON ROSES ARE CALLED FROM THIN BLUE AIR WHY SHOULD MORTALS WONDER IF GOD HEARS PRAYER". WOOD FRAME HAS DOVE-TAIL CORNERS AND BRICK PATTERN IN WOOD. FRAME IS PAINTED GOLD COLOR AND HAS CLEAR GLASS FRAME. IN BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER IS "HVATT 41". BROWN PAPER THAT HAS TEARS COVERS BACK.
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Historical Association
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History
PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116142
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116176
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.2
Length
58.3
Width
54
Description
WOOD FRAME HAS CONVEX BEVEL AND IS PAINTED BEIGE WITH GOLD COLORED TRIM. HAS 6CM WHITE CARDBOARD MATTING AROUND PICTURE. PICTURE IS YELLOW TINGED PHOTO OF NURSE SITTING AT WINDOW WITH OPEN BOOK IN HER HANDS. HER HAT AND DRESS HAVE BEEN TINTED WHITE. FRAME HAS NUMEROUS CHIPS AND SCRATCHES AND IS PEELING ALONG ONE EDGE. TOP RIGHT CORNER OF MATTING HAS BROWN WATER STAINS.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116176
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
IN PURSUIT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960116155
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
IN PURSUIT
Date
1937
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.2
Length
126.7
Width
87
Description
FRAMED WEAVING IS LIGHT BROWN LINEN WITH EMBROIDERED SCENE. SCENE IS OF THREE GREY DOGS RUNNING THROUGH LANDSCAPE OF TREES AND HILLS. ACROSS BOTTOM IS BROWN TITLE BORDER WITH "IN PURSUIT". WOOD FRAME IS INVERTED CORNICE STYLE WITH SCROLL WORK ALONG OUTER EDGE AND GOLD COLORED FINISH. SCROLL WORK IS WORN. BACK OF PICTURE HAS BROWN PAPER COVERING IN TOP LEFT CORNER IS WHITE PAPER WITH HAND WRITTEN LIST OF MATERIALS AND COST TO MAKE PICTURE "TOTAL COST 96.90" AS WELL AS "1937 - THIS IS THE PROPERTY OF MRS. B BIRCUMSHAW 1747 - 5TH AVE N. LETHBRIDGE ALTA."
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PICTURE WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, NO INFORMATION COULD BE FOUND ON THE "MRS. B. BIRCUMSHAW" NOTED ON THE BACK OF THE ARTWORK.
Catalogue Number
P19960116155
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19960116177
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
1
Length
51.4
Width
41.6
Description
RECTANGULAR PRESSED PARTCLE BOARD PIECE WITH DRY MOUNTED PICTURE CALLED "THE IATROCHEMIST". EDGE OF BACKING IS BLACK AND PICTURE HAS WHITE BORDER AREA AROUND IT. PICTURE IS FULL COLOR PORTRAIT OF MAN WORKING IN CHEMIST SHOP WITH BOOKS, GLOBE, VIALS, ETC. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PEOPLE IN SHOP WITH HIM. AT MIDDLE OF BOTTOM IS CREST WITH SCROLL AND LEAF WORK AND "F" IN CENTER. AROUND IT IS CALLIGRAPHIC WRITING WHICH READS "FROM A PAINTING BY BALTHASAR VAN DEN BOSCH (1681-1715). REPRODUCED FROM THE ORIGINAL IN THE FISHER COLLECTION OF ALCHEMICAL AND HISTORICAL PICTURES AT PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA." AND HAS "PUBLISHED BY THE FISHER SCIENTIFIC COMPANY IN THE INTEREST OF SCIENCE IN AMERICA". FRONT HAS TWO GOUGES IN LAMENTATION. BACK HAS HORIZONTAL CUT GROOVE FOR HANGING.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ARTIST OF THE PAINTING REPRODUCED IN THIS PRINT, BATHASAR VAN DEN BOSSCHE, WAS EXCERPTED FROM WIKIPEDIA.ORG. VAN DEN BOSSCHE WAS BORN IN 1681, AND TRAINED UNDER FLEMISH GENRE PAINTER GERARD THOMAS. VAN DEN BOSSCHE BECAME KNOWN FOR HIS PAINTINGS OF UPPER CLASS SOCIETY AND ELEGANT INTERIORS. VAN DEN BOSSCHE WAS ACCEPTED INTO THE ANTWERP ARTISTS' GUILD IN 1697 AND THE DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH WAS ONE OF HIS PATRONS. HE DIED IN 1715. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPY OF ONLINE SOURCE. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116177
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116178
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.9
Length
57.9
Width
46.5
Description
WOOD FRAME HAS CONCAVE BEVEL AND DARK FINISH. ALSO HAS LIGHTER BRUSH STROKE FINISH AS WELL. PRINT IS BRONZE COLORED BACKGROUND WITH LARGE TORSO FIGURE OF ST. MARY HOLDING THE CHILD JESUS IN HER ARMS. MARY HAS BLACK CLOAK AND GOLDEN CROWN WITH HALO. JESUS HAS GREEN SHIRT WITH BROWN CLOAK. HE ALSO HAS HALO. ON EITHER SIDE OF MARY IS AN ANGEL. LEFT ONE HOLDS APPLE AND SPEAR, THE OTHER IS HOLDING CROSS. ACROSS BOTTOM IN WHITE IS "S. MARIA DE PERPETUA SUCCURSU". IN BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER IS "PUCCINELLI" IN BROWN PRINTING. BACKGROUND HAS RED CERILLIC PRINTING.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE IMAGE REPRODUCED IN THIS PRINT WAS DEVELOPED FROM AN ARTICLE ON THE RELIGIOUS CONGREGATION OF MARY IMMACULATE QUEEN (CMRI) WEBSITE, A ROMAN CATHOLIC ORDER OF PRIESTS, DEACONS AND NUNS. THIS IMAGE IS COMMONLY KNOWN AS OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP, A NAME GIVEN TO THE VIRGIN MARY IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC RELIGION. THIS SPECIFIC DEPICTION IS A RENDERING OF A WELL-KNOWN BYZANTINE ICON FROM THE 15TH CENTURY. THE ORIGINAL ICON PAINTED WITH PIGMENT AND GOLD LEAF ON A WOOD PANEL, AND IS PERMANENTLY ENSHRINED IN THE CHURCH OF SAINT ALFONSO DI LIGUORI IN ROME. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPY OF SOURCE ARTICLE.
Catalogue Number
P19960116178
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19960116180
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
1
Length
50.7
Width
38.7
Description
PRINT IS DRY MOUNTED AND LAMINATED TO PRESSED PARTICLE BOARD. EDGE IS BEVELED WITH BLACK FINISH. PRINT HAS WHITE BORDER AND IS OF THREE MEN IN A CHEMIST SHOP. MAIN FIGURE IS SITTING AND HOLDING A VIAL WITH RED LIQUID. SECOND IS SITTING BEHIND HIM TO THE LEFT. THIRD FIGURE IS STOKING FIRE IN STOVE. AT BOTTOM IS SCROLL AND LEAF WORK CREST WITH "F" IN CENTER. CALLIGRAPHIC WRITING READS "FROM A PAINTING BY FRANZ CHRISTOPHE JANNECK IN 1743. REPRODUCED FROM THE ORIGINAL IN THE FISHER COLLECTION OF ALCHEMICAL AND HISTORICAL PICTURES AT PITTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA." BENEATH THAT IS "PUBLISHED BY FISHER SCIENTIFIC IN THE INTEREST OF SCIENCE". BACK HAS HORIZONTAL CUT GROOVE AND WHITE PLASTIC LABEL WHICH READS "TIMELESSLY SEALED GLAREPROOF DUSTPROOF WASHABLE A SIMPLE NAIL TO HANG" AND "QUALITY MADE IN CANADA".
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ARTIST OF THE PAINTING REPRODUCED IN THIS PRINT, FRANZ CHRISTOPH JANNECK, WAS EXCERPTED FROM WIKIPEDIA.ORG. FRANZ CHRISTOPH JANNECK WAS BORN IN GRAZ, AUSTRIA IN 1703 AND STUDIED UNDER JACOB VAN SHED AT THE VIENNA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, WHERE HE LATER WAS AN INSTRUCTOR. JANNECK WAS KNOWN FOR HIS PAINTINGS IN THE BAROQUE STYLE AND LARGE-SCALE RELIGIOUS ALTARPIECES. JANNECK DIED IN 1761. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPY OF ONLINE SOURCE. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116180
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116174
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1943
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.6
Length
41.4
Width
33.5
Description
WOOD FRAME IS BEVELED WOOD WITH LIGHT FINISH AND CLEAR GLASS PANE. PRINT HAS WHITE BORDER AND BLUE EDGING. PICTURE IS BROWN PENCIL SKETCH OF A TWO NURSES AND A SOLDIER. ONE NURSE HOLDS UP CANDLE, THE OTHER NURSE IS SUPPORTING THE SOLDIER WHO HAS HIS ARM AROUND HER SHOULDER. AT BOTTOM LEFT CORNER OF SKETCH IS "PRINTED IN U.S.A." AND AT RIGHT CORNER IS "1943 JOHNSON & JOHNSON". ACROSS BOTTOM IS SIGNATURE "E. CAVELL" AND "THE WORLD WAR HEROINE WHO HELPED TWO HUNDRED ALLIED SOLDIERS - LEFT WOUNDED ON THE BRUSSELS BATTLEFIELD - RETURN SAFELY TO THEIR NATIVE LANDS. FOR THIS, PATRIOT NURSE CAVELL WAS TRIED AND PUT TO DEATH. BUT THE MEMORY OF HER FORTITUDE, HER RESOURCESFULNESS AND SIMPLE COURAGE, LIVES ON FOR ALL TIME."
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
FRAMED PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT OF THIS PRINT, EDITH CAVELL, WAS EXCERPTED FROM FIRSTWORLDWAR.COM. EDITH CAVELL WAS BORN IN NORFOLK, ENGLAND IN 1865, AND ENTERED THE NURSING PROFESSION AT AGE 20. SHE MOVED TO BELGIUM WHERE SHE WAS APPOINTED MATRON OF THE BERKENDAEL MEDICAL INSTITUTE IN BRUSSELS IN 1907. WITH THE OUTBREAK OF WAR IN 1914 AND THE GERMAN OCCUPATION OF BELGIUM, THE INSTITUTE WAS CONVERTED INTO A HOSPITAL FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERS AND CAVELL JOINED THE RED CROSS. MANY OF THE CAPTURED ALLIED SOLDIERS WHO WERE TREATED AT THE INSTITUTE ESCAPED TO NEUTRAL HOLLAND WITH CAVELL'S ASSISTANCE, AND IN AUGUST 1915 SHE WAS ARRESTED BY THE GERMANS AND CHARGED WITH AIDING THE ESCAPE OF 200 SOLDIERS. AFTER NINE WEEKS OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, CAVELL CONFESSED AND WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH BY FIRING SQUAD. SHE WAS KILLED ON OCTOBER 12, 1915, AND IS BURED IN NORWICH CATHEDRAL. CAVELL'S DEATH RECEIVED WORLDWIDE PRESS COVERAGE, AND HARDENED INTERNATIONAL OPINION AGAINST GERMAN MILITARY ACTIONS IN OCCUPIED BELGIUM. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPY OF ONLINE SOURCE. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116174
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116175
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1941
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.6
Length
40
Width
32.3
Description
WOOD FRAME IS BLUE WITH GOLD BURNISHING AND BEAD WORK PATTERN. GLASS PANE IS OVER WHITE PAPER WITH BROWN PENCIL SKETCH. SKETCH HAS YELLOW EDGING AND WHITE BORDER AREA. SKETCH IS OF NURSE HOLDING TRAY WITH PATIENT IN BED IN BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER. AT BOTTOM LEFT CORNER IS "PRINTED IN U.S.A." AND IN RIGHT CORNER IS "1941 JOHNSON & JOHNSON". ACROSS BOTTOM BENEATH SKETCH IS "HELEN SCOTT HAY THE AMERICAN NURSE WHO, AS CHIEF NURSE OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IN PARIS, HELPED ORGANIZE NURSING SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT MOST OF CENTRAL EUROPE AND THE BALKANS."
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT OF THIS PRINT, HELEN SCOTT HAY, WAS EXCERPTED FROM GENEALOGYTRAILS.COM. HELEN SCOTT HAY WAS BORN IN ILLINOIS IN 1869 AND GRADUATED FROM NORTHWESTERN ACADEMY IN 1889 BEFORE ENTERING THE ILLINOIS TRAINING SCHOOL FOR NURSES. AFTER FINISHING HER DEGREE, SHE WORKED IN IOWA AND CALIFORNIA BEFORE SERVING AS SUPERINTENDENT OF NURSES AT THE ILLINOIS TRANING SCHOOL FOR NURSES IN COOK COUNTY FROM 1906 TO 1912. HAY THEN JOINED THE AMERICAN RED CROSS WHERE SHE BECAME HEAD NURSE OF THE ORGANIZATION IN PARIS, HELPING TO ESTABLISH NURSING SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL EUROPE. AT THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR ONE SHE BECAME THE DIRECTOR OF AMERICAN RED CROSS NURSING PERSONNEL AND WAS ASSIGNED TO THE BALKANS. AFTER THE WAR SHE WAS APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF THE EUROPEAN WORK OF THE RED CROSS. HELEN SCOTT HAY DIED IN SAVANNA, ILLINOIS IN 1932. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPY OF ONLINE SOURCE. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116175
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116179
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1941
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
2
Length
44.7
Width
37.2
Description
FRAME HAS INVERSE BEVELED EDGE AND WHITE PAINT TRIM. ALSO HAS CLEAR GLASS PANE AND WHITE CARDBOARD MATTING. OVER MATTING AND OFF CENTER IS PRINT ON WHITE PAPER THAT IS SLIGHTLY YELLOWED. SKETCH HAS YELLOW BORDER AND IS IN BROWN PENCIL. PICTURE IS OF A NURSE BUTTONING THE COLLAR OF FELLOW NURSE WHO IS HOLDING TRAY. AT BOTTOM LEFT CORNER IS "PRINTED IN U.S.A." AND AT BOTTOM RIGHT IS "1941 JOHNSON & JOHNSON". AT BOTTOM MIDDLE IS SIGNATURE "ISABEL HAMPTON ROBB" AND "WHO HELPED ORGANIZE THE JOHNS HOPKINS SCHOOL OF NURSING AND WHO BECAME FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATED ALUMNAE OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, FORERUNNER OF THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION." BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF PRINT IS RIPPED.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT OF THIS PRINT, ISABEL HAMPTON ROBB, WAS EXCERPTED FROM THE ONLINE MEDICAL ARCHIVES OF THE JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICAL INSTITUTE. ISABLE HAMPTON ROBB WAS BORN IN WELLAND, ONTARIO IN 1859, AND RECEIVED HER NURSING DIPLOMA IN 1883. SHE WORKED IN THE NEW YORK CITY WOMEN'S HOSPITAL AND ST. PAUL'S HOUSE IN ROME BEFORE WORKING AS THE SUPERINTENDENT OF ILLINOIS TRAINING SCHOOL FOR NURSES AT COOK COUNTY IN 1886. IN 1889 SHE MOVED TO THE TRAINING SCHOOL AT THE NEWLY OPENED JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL, AND IN 1893 SHE ORGANIZED THE NURSES' SECTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CHARITIES, CORRECTION AND PHILANTHROPY AT THE CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR. SHE WENT ON TO SERVE AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SUPERINTENDENTS OF TRANING SCHOOLS FOR NURSES. IN 1894 SHE MARRIED DR. HUNTER ROBB IN LONDON, AND HAD TWO SONS. SHE CONTINUED HER LEADERSHIP IN NURSING THROUGH SERVICE WITH THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NURSES, TEACHERS COLLEGE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, AND WRITING THE BOOKS 'NURSING ETHICS' AND 'EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS FOR NURSES'. ISABEL HAMPTON ROBB DIED IN OHIO IN 1910 AFTER A STREETCAR ACCIDENT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPY OF ONLINE SOURCE. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116179
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116171
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.2
Length
94.8
Width
83.5
Description
FRAMED PHOTO IS OF WHITE BUILDING WITH TREES IN FRONT ON RIGHT SIDE. PHOTO IS BLACK AND WHITE PRINT THAT HAS BEEN TOUCHED UP WITH GREEN AND BLUE PENCIL. IN BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER IS "A E CROSS STUDIOS" IN PENCIL. FRAME HAS LIGHT FINISH AND IS SMOOTH AND PLAIN. HAS CLEAR GLASS PANE. BACK IS COVERED WITH BROWN PAPER.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PHOTO IS OF THE ORIGINAL ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BUILDING. THE BUILDING WAS THE VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL FROM 1909 TO 1929, BEFORE THAT IT WAS CALLED THE WIMPOLE HOSPITAL. PRINT WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL, THE BUILDING DEPICTED IN THIS PHOTOGRAPH, WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT MUSEUM BLOG ARTICLE 'LONDON ROAD FOR THE WIN' (FEBRUARY 2012), THE GALT ARCHIVES, AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM APRIL 25, 1995 AND FEBRUARY 2, 2013. THE BUILDING WAS CONSTRUCTED IN 1911, OWNED BY DOROTHEA PINHORN AND OPERATED AS THE WIMPOLE MATERNITY HOSPITAL. IN 1914 THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY MARIA ELIZABETH VAN HAARLEM, WHO HAD BEEN OPERATING MUCH SMALLER NURSING HOMES IN THE CITY SINCE 1909. THE VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL GREW FROM A MATERNITY HOSPITAL INTO A FULL TREATMENT CENTRE WITH THE ADDITION OF ANOTHER WING TO ACCOMMODATE MORE BEDS AND A SURGERY. ANOTHER WING WAS ADDED DURING THE SPANISH FLU EPIDEMIC OF 1918-19, WHICH GREW THE HOSPITAL TO 27 BEDS. IN THE 1920S A LABORATORY AND X-RAY WERE ADDED. IN 1929 THE VAN HAARLEMS SOLD THE HOSPITAL TO THE SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA, WHO OPERATED ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL IN THE BUILDING UNTIL THEIR NEW FACILITY ON 13TH STREET SOUTH WAS COMPLETED IN 1931. THE VAN HAARLEM BUILDING WAS CONVERTED INTO A NURSES' DORMITORY AND SERVED THAT PURPOSE UNTIL 1967 WHEN IT WAS CONVERTED INTO A BOARDING HOUSE. ON FEBRUARY 1, 2013, THE VAN HAARLEM BUILDING WAS DESTROYED IN AN ACT OF ARSON. IT HAD BEEN OPERATING AS A TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FACILITY AND WAS HOME TO 26 RESIDENTS. THE BUILDING BURNED TO THE GROUND AND THE LOT WAS CLEARED. AS OF THE 2014 SURVEY, IT IS STILL VACANT AND FOR SALE. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ON THE VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL BUILDING.
Catalogue Number
P19960116171
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
EASTER EGG
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, ORGANIC MATERIAL
Catalogue Number
P19970041099
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
EASTER EGG
Date
1983
Materials
PLASTIC, ORGANIC MATERIAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.5
Diameter
4.4
Description
HOLLOW EGG HAS PLASTIC SLEEVE WITH COLORFUL SCENE OF BLUE BIRDS, NATURE AND EGGS. AT TOP OF EGG WHERE SLEEVE ENDS IS HAND DRAWN IMAGES (POSSIBLY BIRDS) IN BLUE INK. BOTTOM HAS SQUARE PIECES OF PAPER TAPED TO IT FOR STABILITY.
Subjects
ART
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
History
EASTER EGG WAS LIKELY GIVEN TO REV. NAKAYAMA BY A PUPIL OR CHILD WHO HE KNEW IN VANCOUVER AFTER MOVING THERE IN 1980. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER AND WERE INTERNED IN SLOCAN CITY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. FOLLOWING THE WAR THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY MOVED TO COALDALE, ALBERTA. AT COALDALE REV NAKAYAMA FOUNDED THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION WHERE HE WAS RECTOR FROM 1945 TO 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041099
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail

ORNAMENT, CHRISTMAS TREE

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Other Name
GLASS BULBS/BALLS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, CARDBOARD
Catalogue Number
P19970067000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GLASS BULBS/BALLS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
GLASS, CARDBOARD
No. Pieces
30
Height
11
Length
31.5
Width
26
Description
NATURAL COLOURED CARDBOARD BOX DECORATED WITH EVERGREEN BRANCHES, CONTAINS A DOUBLE LAYER OF CHRISTMAS BALLS OF ASSORTED DESIGNS AND COLOURS. BOTTOM TRAY HAS 6 SOLID RED, AND ONE SILVER AND BLUE GLASS BALLS. TOP TRAY HAS 18 ASSORTED GLASS BULBS. TRAYS ARE CARDBOARD, AND HAVE A CARDBOARD SHEET SEPERATING THE TWO LAYERS. BOX HAS A CLEAR CELLOPHANE TOP TO VIEW BULBS. SOME TOPS OF THE BALLS ARE BROKEN, AND OTHERS STILL HAVE METAL HANGERS.
Subjects
ART
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
History
HISTORY UNKNOWN. DATE IS APPROXIMATE. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES, INCLUDING A WEDDING DRESS DONATED BY ELAINE MARTIN. ON 18 APRIL 2018, ELISE INTERVIEWED ELAINE MARTIN AT THE GALT MUSEUM. DURING THE INTERVIEW MARTIN PROVIDED FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EACH ARTIFACT DONATED AND THE FAMILY HISTORY. FOR THE INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19970067000
Acquisition Date
1997-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
OIL PAINTING "ST. MICHAEL, ARCHANGEL"
Date Range From
1700
Date Range To
1750
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P19960116259
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OIL PAINTING "ST. MICHAEL, ARCHANGEL"
Date Range From
1700
Date Range To
1750
Materials
WOOD, CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.5
Length
161.5
Width
119.5
Description
PAINTING HAS DARK FINISHED FRAME WITH INVERSED BEVELED EDGE. AROUND INSIDE OF FRAME IS GOLD COLORED EDGING. CANVAS HAS OIL PAINTING OF ST. MICHAEL BATTLING SATAN. ST. MICHAEL IS WEARING A BLUE TUNIC AND RED CLOAK WITH WINGS BEHIND. SWORD IN HIS RIGHT HAND IS READY TO STRIKE. IN LEFT ARE THE CHAINS WHICH HOLD SATAN. SATAN IS BEARDED FIGURE BENEATH MICHAEL'S LEFT FOOT AND HAS SERPENTINE BODY. BRASS PLAQUE 15.2 X 2.5CM IN SIZE IS RIVETED TO BOTTOM OF FRAME AND HAS "ST. MICHAEL, ARCHANGEL" ENGRAVED ON IT. BACK OF PAINTING IS UNFINISHED PLYWOOD. ON BACK AT MIDDLE LEFT IS "ST. MICHAEl TAKEN FROM FRONT ENTRANCE MAY 14/85" HAND PRINTED IN PENCIL. CANVAS IS WARPED AND BUBBLED SLIGHTLY.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
RELIGION
FINE ARTS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
SISTER AGNES BEATON OF THE SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA RELATES THAT THE PAINTING'S HISTORY (UNCONFIRMED) WAS PASSED ON TO HER BY DR. JOHN MORGAN M.D. OF LETHBRIDGE. THE PAINTING IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN BROUGHT WEST BY FATHER LACOMBE FROM A MONESTARY IN QUEBEC WHERE IT HAD BEEN FOR PERHAPS MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED YEARS. FATHER LACOMBE BROUGHT IT TO HIS MISSION IN NORTHERN ALBERTA AND WHEN HE DIED THE PAINTING WAS GIVEN TO THE OBLATE PARISH OF ST. PATRICK'S IN LETHBRIDGE. THE PAINTING WAS THEN GIVEN TO THE SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA FOR ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL. IT HUNG IN VARIOUS PLACES AROUND THE HOSPITAL, MOST RECENTLY IN THE ENTRANCE WAY ON THE SOUTH SIDE. IT WAS TAKEN DOWN IN 1985 AND PUT INTO STORAGE. IT SURFACED AGAIN IN 1992 WHEN SISTER AGNES HUNG IT FOR THE FEAST OF ST. MICHAEL AND IT STAYED UP UNTIL THE HOSPITAL CLOSED IN 1995. THE PAINTING WAS REMOVED BY MUSEUM STAFF IN 1996 PRIOR TO DESTRUCTION OF THE HOSPITAL. ESTIMATED VALUE OF THE PAINTING IS NOT VERIFIED. FOR MORE HISTORY OF ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19960116259
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
MACRAME PICTURE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, COTTON, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116154
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MACRAME PICTURE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, COTTON, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
2
Length
95.1
Width
66.7
Description
BLACK WOOD FRAME HAS CLEAR GLASS PANE AND DOVETAIL CUT CORNERS. INSIDE FRAME IS BLACK BACKGROUND WITH LIGHT BEIGE MACRAME SCENE OF THE LAST SUPPER. PICTURE HAS FIGURES SITTING AROUND TABLE WITH CENTER FIGURE HAVING HALO. LIGHT GREY CARDBOARD MATTING IS AROUND EDGE. BACK HAS BROWN PAPER COVER.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
RELIGION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
MACRAME PICTURE WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE RECOVERED FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL PRIOR TO ITS DEMOLITION IN 1996. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT ARCHIVES, ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE, AND RECORD P19960116001. ST. MICHAEL'S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS FOUNDED IN LETHBRIDGE BY CATHOLIC SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA OF ANTIGONISH IN MAY 1929. THE FACILITY OF THE PRIVATELY-OWNED VAN HAARLEM HOSPITAL (1224 - 7TH AVE S.), ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 27 PATIENTS, WAS PURCHASED FOR $34000. A SMALL HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET SERVED AS A RESIDENCE FOR THE SISTERS, WITH ONE ROOM FURNISHED AS A CHAPEL. A HOSPITAL BOARD WAS FORMED, CONSISTING OF THE PARISH PRIEST AND SIX LOCAL BUSINESSMEN. IN COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MODERN 100-BED HOSPITAL STARTED IN 1930. HENRY WILLIAM MEECH WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT. THE NEW BUILDING OPENED AT 9TH AVENUE AND 13TH ST SOUTH IN SEPTEMBER 1931. THE NEWLY NAMED ST. MICHAEL’S GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 100 PATIENTS, AND THE ORIGINAL GROUP OF DOCTORS INCLUDED D.A. MCNALLY, W.S. GALBRAITH, P.M. CAMPBELL, R. SHILLINGTON, G.W. LEECH, D. WOODCOCK, G.L. CONNOR, W. BRIANS, L.A. ROY, G. SPACKMAN, J.S. WRAY, B.O. FOWLER, J.E. LOVERING, F.W. SWANCESKY, D.A. TAYLOR, BRAITHWAITH, J.K. BIGELOW, AND A.A. HAIG. THE HOSPITAL CONTAINED CHILDREN'S, YOUTH AND PSYCHIATRIC WARDS, FOUR OPERATING ROOMS, A CHAPEL AND A SPECIAL WARD FOR CASUALTIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE P.O.W. CAMP. IN 1932 THE HOSPITAL OBTAINED ACCREDITATION UNDER THE HOSPITAL STANDARDIZATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE HOSPITAL WAS EXPANDED WITH AN 83-BED EAST WING, OPENING IN 1951. IN THE 1953, THE HOSPITAL RECEIVED A NEW NURSES' RESIDENCE AND THE SCHOOL OF NURSING; THE SCHOOL TRAINED OVER 500 NURSES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. IN 1965 ANOTHER EXPANSION WING EXTENDED THE HOSPITAL’S CAPACITY TO 207 BEDS. THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CLOSED IN 1973, AND THE REMAINING SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA STILL WORKING IN THE HOSPITAL LIVED IN THE VACATED STUDENT RESIDENCES. IN 1984 OWNERSHIP OF THE HOSPITAL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE ALBERTA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. IN 1986 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES BEGAN TO APPEAR AND EVENTAULLY RESULTED IN THE HOSPITAL BEING CONVERTED TO ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE IN 1992, FOCUSING ON THE NEEDS OF LONG TERM PATIENTS. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES CONTINUED UNTIL THE HOSPITAL WAS CLOSED IN 1995. ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. AT THE TIME OF THE 2014 SURVEY, THE FORMER HOSPITAL SITE HOUSED THE ST. THERESE VILLA, A LONGTERM NURSING CARE FACILITY, AND THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CENTRE, A MULTI-PURPOSE REHABILITATION, PALLATIVE AND CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, BOTH CONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 1990S.
Catalogue Number
P19960116154
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS DISPLAY
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1957
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
MASONITE, WOOD, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20130025000
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS DISPLAY
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1957
Materials
MASONITE, WOOD, PAINT
No. Pieces
4
Height
145
Length
112
Width
5
Description
.1 - PIECE OF MASONITE BOARD CUT INTO THE SHAPE OF A HUMAN FIGURE. PAINTED IN RED, WHITE, BLACK AND GREEN TO DEPICT A SMILING MAN WITH A WHITE BEARD, WEARING A RED HAT AND SUIT WITH A BLACK BELT AND BOOTS. BACK OF BOARD IS REINFORCED WITH TWO VERTICAL SLATS OF WOOD. SOME SCRATCHES AND GENERAL GRIME ON THE PAINTED SIDE, WITH NAIL HEADS POKING OUT IN AREAS WHERE BACKING SLATS ARE FASTENED. END TIP OF HAT HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY BROKEN OFF AND REPAIRED WITH GLUE AND REINFORCING PIECES OF WOOD ON BACK. .2 - PIECE OF MASONITE BOARD CUT INTO THE SHAPE OF A DEER. PAINTED IN GOLD, RED, BLACK AND WHITE TO DEPICT A REINDEER WITH A RED NOSE, WEARING A RED HARNESS WITH BELLS ON IT. BOARD IS REINFORCED AT BACK WITH PIECES OF 1X4 CUT TO SIZE. FIGURE IS MOUNTED TO A SECTION OF 2X2 AT ITS FEET, PAINTED WHITE. A PIECE OF 1X3 IS HINGED TO THE BACK OF THE FIGURE TO BE USED TO PROP THE OBJECT UPRIGHT. A BOW MADE OF RED DUCT TAPE IS FASTENED AT THE DEER'S THROAT. SCRATCHES AND GENERAL GRIME ON THE IMAGE SIDE; WOODEN PIECE REINFORCING TAIL AT BACK IS LOOSE. FRAGMENTS OF ROPE TIED TO TWO NAIL HEADS ON BACK. 93H X 33L X 7W .3 - PIECE OF MASONITE BOARD CUT INTO THE SHAPE OF A DEER WITH ANTLERS. PAINTED IN GOLD, RED, BLACK AND WHITE TO DEPICT A REINDEER WEARING A RED HARNESS WITH BELLS ON IT. BOARD IS REINFORCED AT BACK WITH PIECES OF 1X4 CUT TO SIZE. FIGURE IS MOUNTED TO A SECTION OF 2X2 AT ITS FEET, PAINTED WHITE. A PIECE OF 1X3 IS HINGED TO THE BACK OF THE FIGURE TO BE USED TO PROP THE OBJECT UPRIGHT. SCRATCHES AND MINIMAL WEAR ON THE IMAGE SIDE. LENGTH OF ROPE TIED TO NAIL HEAD ON BACK. 118.5H X 86L X 8W .4 - TWO SECTIONS OF WHITE ROPE, ONE BRAIDED AND ONE TWISTED, TIED TOGETHER TO FORM A SINGLE PIECE MEANT TO BE STRUNG AS REINS BETWEEN DEER FIGURES AND SANTA FIGURE. ENDS ARE KNOTTED OFF AND FRAYING. SIX METAL BELLS ARE TIED TO THE ROPE AT INTERVALS WITH BEIGE STRING. GENERAL GRIME AND DISCOLOURATION THROUGHOUT. 1054L X I.5DIA *NOTE* SLEIGH AND SEVEN OTHER REINDEER ACQUIRED AS EQUIPMENT.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
ART
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
DECORATIVE ARTS
History
THIS OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS DECORATION SET, INCLUDING SANTA CLAUS, RUDOPLH, EIGHT REINDEER AND SANTA'S SLEIGH, WAS BUILT BY STEVE LEONARD, THE FATHER OF THE DONOR DON LEONARD, FOR THE FAMILY’S YEARLY OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS DISPLAY AT THEIR LETHBRIDGE HOME AT 828 12 ST NORTH. IN OCTOBER 2013, GALT MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DON LEONARD ABOUT HIS FATHER’S DECORATIONS AND THEIR MEANING FOR HIS FAMILY. LEONARD SAID: “[THE SET] WAS MADE IN THE MIDDLE 50S I BELIEVE BY MY DAD. IT’S WON SEVERAL AWARDS FOR BEST CHRISTMAS DISPLAY, BEST LIGHT DISPLAYS IN LETHBRIDGE, AND IT WAS A LOT OF HEART AND LOVE PUTTING INTO THAT DISPLAY AND MY PARENTS LOVED TO DO THE CHRISTMAS DISPLAYS EVERY YEAR THEY COULD. THEY COULDN’T WAIT TO GET THEM UP AND THAT IT’S REALLY A PART OF ME AND I COULDN’T THROW IT OUT AND I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO. I HAVE MY OWN DISPLAY… IN THE U.S. THAT THEY BUILT FOR ME, IDENTICAL TO IT, SO YOU CAN SEE THE LOVE THEY HAD IN MAKING THESE DISPLAYS… I CAN ACTUALLY REMEMBER MY DAD DRESSED UP AS SANTA CLAUS ONE YEAR AND I CAME HOME AND HE WAS SITTING IN THE SLEIGH… I WAS KIND OF SHOCKED WHEN I CAME HOME AND SANTA CLAUS WAS IN THERE STACKED UP WITH PRESENTS… [DAD] DID A LOT OF WOODWORKING. EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE HERE PRETTY WELL HE BUILT… THE REST OF THE HOUSE WOULD BE DECORATED IN LIGHTS AND THEY ALWAYS LIKED TO DO TWO RED, TWO GREE, TWO RED TWO GREEN OVER THE WHOLE HOUSE. AND ALSO BEFORE THAT, LATER ON, THERE WAS A CANDY CANE MADE OUT OF A STOVEPIPE… I HELPED THEM PUT THE DISPLAYS OUT UNTIL I WENT TO COLLEGE, YEAH UNTIL ’68… IT WAS PROBABLY IN THE TOP TEN BEST DECORATED HOUSES IN THE CITY EVERY YEAR FOR PROBABLY FOR TWENTY/TWENTY-FIVE YEARS. IT WAS OUTSTANDING THEY ADDED SOMETHING NEW EVERY YEAR, MORE LIGHTS, CHANGED THE COLOURS, CHANGED HOW THEY DID IT. THE WHOLE HOUSE WAS DECORATED: EVERY WINDOW, THE ROOF, THE CARPORT, SOMETIMES THE BUSHES. I MEAN IT WAS BIG TIME DECORATION, THEY LOVED TO DO IT. THEY HAD A LOT OF FUN DOING IT… IT WAS A GREAT ATTRACTION. I CAN REMEMBER COUNTING HUNDREDS OF CARS COMING BY AT NIGHT, STOPPING AND LOOKING AND TAKING PICTURES, PARENTS TAKING THEIR KIDS OUT OF THE CAR AND PUTTING THEM IN THE SLEIGH AND TAKING PICTURES WITH THEM. MY PARENTS JUST LOVED SEEING THAT HAPPEN… MY DAD LIKED, AND MY MOTHER TOO, BUILDING STUFF. HE LIKED BUILDING DISPLAYS, HE HAD, DURING THE SUMMER, HE DID RABBITS AND SHEEP AND PUT THEM AROUND ALL THE PLANTS. AND THEY TOOK A LOT OF PRIDE, AS MUCH AS YOU COULD EVER TAKE IN YOUR YARD. THEY’RE WINNERS OF AWARDS FOR THE BEST YARD IN THE SUMMER, BEST FLOWERS. THEY JUST TOOK A LOT OF PRIDE IN HOW THE HOUSE LOOKED… YOU JUST THINK OF WHAT THEY DID FOR YOU, IT WAS HOW THEY BROUGHT YOU UP; IT WAS HOW THEY WERE GENEROUS TO OTHER PEOPLE AND HOW THEY LOVED EVERYBODY… IT IS JUST THE GENEROSITY THEY GAVE TO EVERYBODY AND WANTED TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE OUT AND HAVE THE FUN TIME ENJOYABLE. MORE THAN THE SANTA CLAUS IT WAS A RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY FOR THEM TOO… I AM JUST SO HAPPY KNOWING THAT SOMEBODY CAN HOPEFULLY ENJOY IT FOR MANY MORE YEARS… IT WOULD MAKE THEM UNBELIEVABLY HAPPY.” FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20130025000
Acquisition Date
2013-10
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Museum
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