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Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20170007001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
74
Width
50
Description
PURPLE BLAZER JACKET WITH PURPLE LINING; FRONT LAPELS OF JACKET ARE DECORATED WITH PINS. FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT POCKETS LINED WITH GREY PATTERNED FABRIC; FRONT POCKETS HAVE WHITE AND PURPLE “LETHBRIDGE, NO. 32, OORP” AND “BRANDON, NO. 138, OORP” DIAMOND BADGES SEWN ON, WITH WHITE STAG IN CENTER OF TEXT. INSIDE OF BLAZER HAS BLACK TAG WITH WHITE STITCHED TEXT AT BACK OF COLLAR, “MADE IN / FABRIQUE EN CANADA”. TWO POCKETS SEWN INTO BLAZER LINING WITH WHITE CLOTH LINING; INSIDE RIGHT-WEARING INNER POCKET IS WHITE TAG WITH BILINGUAL (FRENCH AND ENGLISH) TEXT “MADE IN CANADA, CA – 00023, 55% POLYESTER, 45% WOOL DRY CLEAN ONLY”. OUTSIDE OF RIGHT-WEARING INNER POCKET HAS TAG SEWN ON; BLACK WITH WHITE TEXT “VETEMENTS, CLOTHES” AND GOLD-STITCHED TEXT BETWEEN WHITE READING “BILTMORE” AND GOLD AND WHITE LOGO IN UPPER LEFT CORNER “LP”. TWO GOLD CHECKERED BUTTONS DOWN FRONT OF BLAZER AND TWO AT EACH CUFF. BLAZER HAS FADING ON INSIDE OF CUFFS, AND STAINING ON FRONT LEFT-WEARING SIDE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. ON FRONT RIGHT-WEARING LAPEL, PINS INCLUDE: GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH RED AND WHITE CANADA FLAG AND BLUE AND WHITE CROSS FLAG; GOLD-FINISHED FLYING DOVE PIN; RED AND WHITE CANADA FLAG PIN; WHITE PLASTIC NAME TAG WITH SILVER ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL AND BLACK TEXT “LETHBRIDGE LODGE NO. 32, DOROTHY TAYLOR”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN GREY, WHITE AND PEACH IMAGE OF WOMAN AND BLACK TEXT ABOVE IMAGE “DEAF DETECTION” AND BLACK TEXT BELOW IMAGE “PHOEBE MCCULLOUGH, 1896-1971”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN OF MAPLE LEAF WITH GOLD ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE STAG ON A PURPLE BACKGROUND SURROUNDED BY GOLD LETTERS “OORP”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH BAR SHAPED LIKE BOW AND HANGING SEAL OF THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE; GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH GOLD BORDER AROUND PURPLE AND YELLOW FLOWERS ON GREEN BACKGROUND, WITH ENGRAVED TEXT ON BORDER “MANITOBA ROYAL PURPLE ASSOCIATION”. ON LEFT-WEARING LAPEL IS PURPLE RIBBON WITH GOLD-FINISHED ATTACHMENT TO JACKET AND WHITE FRINGE, ON RIBBON GOLD-FINISHED PINS INCLUDE: TWO GOLD BARS ATTACHED WITH CHAIN AND HANGING ORNATE SEAL OF THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, TEXT ON TOP BAR READS “BRANDON LODGE NO. 138”, LOWER BAR TEXT READS “1998-1999”; BAR PIN WITH PURPLE TEXT “15 YRS” AND ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER; BAR PIN WITH TWO TEXT BANNERS TO THE UPPER LEFT AND LOWER RIGHT OF ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL, UPPER BANNER READS “20” AND LOWER BANNER READS “YRS”; OVAL PIN WITH ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER AND BOTTOM BANNER READING “LIFE MEMBER”; FLOWER PIN WITH ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER AND SIX HANGING BARS THAT READ “25 YEARS”, “30 YEARS”, “35 YEARS”, “40 YEARS”, “45 YEARS”, “50 YEARS”.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTHER’S BLAZER, WOOD RECALLED, “[MY MOTHER WAS WEARING THIS] WITHIN THE [PAST] TWO OR THREE YEARS, AS YOU CAN SEE, SHE HAD IT ON WHEN SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN. I THINK SHE WENT TO ONE MORE ACTIVITY BEFORE SHE COULDN’T ANYMORE BECAUSE SHE’S BEEN WHEELCHAIR BOUND FOR 15 YEARS. IT GOT MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT FOR HER TO GET OUT.” MACLEAN ADDITIONALLY INTERVIEWED ANN MARIE MCDONALD OF THE LETHBRIDGE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE ON JUNE 6, 2017. ON THE BLAZER, MCDONALD ELABORATED, “WHEN I JOINED IN ’89, THEY WERE MOVING INTO THE NEW JACKETS…WE USED TO PASS DOWN JACKETS. WE USED TO HAVE A CUPBOARD. IF A LADY PASSED AWAY, YOU’D DRY-CLEAN HER JACKET, AND PUT IT INTO THE CUPBOARD…PROBABLY ABOUT 1985 THEY STARTED REPLACING THE JACKETS. I KNOW [THIS WAS DOROTHY’S JACKET] ORIGINALLY, IT HAD PIPING ON IT, AND…IT HAD BRANDON. SHE WORE THE BRANDON [BADGE] ON IT – THEN, SHE OBVIOUSLY GOT THE NEW JACKET MADE, AND THEN PUT THE [PATCH] ON HER POCKETS. IN THOSE DAYS, BEFORE I JOINED ROYAL PURPLE, YOU HAD A PATCH. YOU ALWAYS WORE THE PATCH OF YOUR LODGE ON YOUR JACKET.” “YOU WEAR WHAT ARE CALLED YOUR JEWELS ON YOUR LEFT SIDE. THIS [RIBBON WITH HER YEARS] WOULD BE A JEWEL.” “SHE WAS HONORABLE ROYAL LADY IN BRANDON, IN, POSSIBLY, 1975-76, THAT’S WHEN SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN.” MCDONALD ELABORATED ON THE PINS ON TAYLOR’S BLAZER, NOTING, “EACH YEAR THAT YOU STAY IN LODGE, THEY GIVE YOU A BAR. I’M THINKING MAYBE SHE DIDN’T [A BAR PIN] FROM OUR LODGE, BECAUSE SHE WAS ALREADY AN HONORED ROYAL LADY IN BRANDON. SHE JUST TOOK THE BAR, AND HAD THE BAR PUT ON HER OLD PIN – HER BRANDON PIN.” “BARS WERE [GIVEN] IF, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU WERE ON THE DRILL TEAM. YOU WOULD GET A BAR EVERY YEAR THAT YOU’RE ON THE DRILL TEAM. IF YOU WERE OUR PIANIST, YOU GOT A BAR EVERY YEAR THAT YOU STAYED AS PIANIST. SHE WAS OBVIOUSLY ON THE DRILL TEAM FOR 3 YEARS HERE. EVERY YEAR THEY GIVE YOU 1, UP TO 10. EVERY 5 YEARS YOU GOT A BAR.” “[THE CLASP PIN] IS HER 15TH YEAR BAR, SO WHEN SHE WAS IN OUR LODGE 15 YEARS…ALTHOUGH I’M NOT SURE WITH DOROTHY, IF THEY COMBINED HERS OR NOT. I KNOW THEY COMBINED HERS FOR HER 50TH. YOU WOULD WEAR IT ON [THE] RIBBON. ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE. THE LEFT SIDE IS WHAT WE CONSIDER IS OVER YOUR HEART. YOU WEAR ALL YOUR JEWELS OVER YOUR HEART.” “[THE MAPLE LEAF] IS AN INSTALLATION PIN. WHEN YOU JOIN THE LODGE, THEY GIVE YOU AN INSTALLATION PIN. THEY WANT ACKNOWLEDGE [YOUR INSTALLATION], IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU EARN. IT’S KIND OF “WELCOME TO THE LODGE”. SHE WOULD WEAR THIS…ON HER REGALIA [LEFT] SIDE.” “NOW [THE PINS ON THE RIGHT SIDE] I DON’T KNOW WHAT [THEY ALL] ARE. DEAF DETECTION…ARE PINS, IN OUR ORGANIZATION THEY PUT OUT TONS OF PINS AND THEN SELL THEM. THERE WAS SOME FUND-RAISER FOR DEAF DETECTION, AND SHE BOUGHT A PIN.” “[THE PURPLE FLORAL PIN] IS A MANITOBA ROYAL PURPLE ASSOCIATION. SHE WOULDN’T HAVE [WORN THIS ON HER REGALIA] BECAUSE…THEY SELL THE PINS AND THEY MAKE MONEY. HER PERFECT ATTENDANCE [PIN], 5 YEARS SHE COULD WEAR ON HER REGALIA PIN. THERE IS A KEEPSAKE [PIN] THAT THEY HAD WHEN THEY HAD THEIR YEAR 2000…[YOU] BOUGHT THE PIN TO SUPPORT THE LODGE. THERE IS A BRANDON PIN. SHE WOULDN’T WEAR IT WITH HER REGALIA THOUGH…IT’S PURCHASED FOR BRANDON. [THERE IS] THE 12TH COLLECTION EDITION OF ROYAL PURPLE. THE BIRD [HAS NO SIGNIFICANCE] WITH OUR LODGE. ON DOROTHY TAYLOR’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, MCDONALD RECALLED, “SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN OUR LODGE BY [1989]. SHE WAS A DUAL MEMBER OF OUR LODGE. SHE PAID HER DUES TO BRANDON, AND SHE PAID TO US FOR MANY YEARS, BECAUSE SHE LOVED BRANDON, AND HER HEART WAS IN BRANDON. SHE HAD FRIENDS, TOO, LADIES IN BRANDON THAT SHE STAYED REALLY GOOD FRIENDS WITH…WHEN SHE WAS HONORABLE ROYAL LADY, [THE BAR PIN] WASN’T THERE. [THE REST] ARE ALL FUND-RAISERS…[THERE IS ONE FOR] FUND FOR CHILDREN, WHICH WAS OUR NATIONAL CHARITY.” WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007001
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20170007002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
67
Width
44
Description
WHITE LINEN BLOUSE WITH SIX WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS RUNNING DOWN FRONT, AND ONE AT EACH CUFF. BLOUSE HAS FLORAL-PATTERNED EMBROIDERED LINING OVER BUTTON HOLES DOWN FRONT, AND FLORAL-PATTERNED EMBROIDERY AT COLLAR. INSIDE COLLAR OF BLOUSE HAS WHITE TAG WITH YELLOW AND BLACK TEXT “ELITE, INTERNATIONAL, CA – 00034. INSIDE LEFT-WEARING SIDE OF BLOUSE IS WHITE TAG WITH BLACK TEXT “18” AND TWO WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS. BLOUSE SHOWS LITTLE SIGNS OF WEAR; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007002
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, SPANDEX, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20170007005
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Materials
NYLON, SPANDEX, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
23
Width
8.5
Description
PAIR OF WHITE, REFLECTIVE GLOVES WITH WHITE AND OPAQUE PLASTIC BEADING ON WRISTS; BEADING FORMS FLOWER PATTERNS WITH BEADED LOOP AND TWO BEADED STRANDS FROM CENTER. TAG INSIDE LEFT HAND GLOVE READS “87.30% NYLON, 12.70% SPANDEX, MADE IN TAIWAN”. FINGERTIPS ON RIGHT HAND GLOVE STAINED RED; BEADING ON BOTH GLOVES IS STAINED RED-BROWN UNDERNEATH. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. MACLEAN ADDITIONALLY INTERVIEWED ANN MARIE MCDONALD OF THE LETHBRIDGE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE ON JUNE 6, 2017. ON THE GLOVES, MCDONALD ELABORATED, “WE ALWAYS WORE WHITE GLOVES FOR FUNERALS, FOR WHEN OUR SUPREME CAME. IF OUR SUPREME CAME, WE ALWAYS HAD OUR DRILL TEAM…THEY WORE LONG SKIRTS, BUT THEY DIDN’T WEAR JACKETS. IF YOU WERE HONORABLE ROYAL LADY, AND YOU HAD SOMEBODY IMPORTANT COME TO VISIT YOU, YOU WORE WHITES, WHICH MEANT WHITE GLOVES. IF YOU GO TO A FUNERAL, AND YOU DRESS IN ROYAL PURPLE, YOU’D BETTER BRING YOUR WHITE GLOVES, OR PUT YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS.” WILMA WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007005
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20170007007
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2015
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Height
5.5
Diameter
19
Description
A. PURPLE ROUND CAP WITH PURPLE AND WHITE TASSEL ATTACHED TO CENTER BUTTON. INSIDE OF CAP HAS BLACK VELCRO STRIP STAPLED TO BROWN LEATHER LINING, AND BLACK DOUBLE-ELASTIC STRAP ATTACHED. WHITE TAG INSIDE CAP READS “LOT. MEDIUM” WITH HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLUE INK “D. TAYLOR”. HAT HAS TWO PINS ON FRONT, ONE DIAMOND-SHAPED WITH RHINESTONE EDGING AND A STAG WITH PURPLE EYES IN THE CENTER, OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION; SECOND PIN COMPRISED OF FOURTEEN RHINESTONES ATTACHED WITH METAL CASINGS WITH TWO PIN ENDS AND PIN BACKINGS ATTACHED, OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. BOTH PINS HAS SILVER-COLOURED FINISHING; RHINESTONE-CHAIN PIN HAS TARNISHING ON PIN ENDS. INSIDE OF CAP HAS STAINS ALONG BACK EDGE AND ON INSIDE LINING; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. B. HAT BAG, 33CM LONG X 22.5CM WIDE X 6.4CM DEEP, GREY EXTERIOR WITH BLACK, VINYL INTERIOR; HANDLE STITCHED TO TOP OF BAG. TOP FLAP ON BAG SECURES WITH BLACK AND SILVER SNAP BUTTON. INSIDE OF BAG HAS PAPER CARD INSERTED IN PLASTIC SLEEVE THAT READS “NAME DOROTHY TAYLOR, STREET 403 515-6 ST. S, TOWN LETHBRIDGE, PROV. ALTA, PHONE 8-9867, O.O.R.P. LODGE NO. 32”. RIGHT SIDE OF BAG INSIDE HAS GOLD “O.O.R.P.” DIAMOND SEAL WITH ELK IN CENTER. BAG HAS ROUNDED BASE; UPPER FLAP IS CURLED OUT AND BENT, AND TORN AT LOWER RIGHT AND LEFT CORNERS WHERE ATTACHED TO THE BAG; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. MACLEAN ADDITIONALLY INTERVIEWED ANN MARIE MCDONALD OF THE LETHBRIDGE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE ON JUNE 6, 2017. ON THE HAT AND HAT BAG, MCDONALD ELABORATED, “WHEN YOU JOIN THE LODGE, THIS IS THE HAT YOU GET. THIS IS STANDARD. ALL THE LADIES GET THIS. WHEN YOU JOIN THE LODGE, YOUR TASSEL IS JUST PURPLE. WHEN YOU ARE HONORABLE ROYAL LADY, YOU TAKE YOUR TASSEL OFF, AND YOU PUT THIS [PURPLE AND CREAM] TASSEL ON.” “[THE BAG] MUST BE FROM BRANDON. OUR HAT BOXES ARE WHITE, AND THEY ARE HARD, AND YOU PUT YOUR HAT IN. [THEN] YOU TIP YOUR HAT UP, AND YOU PUT YOUR GLOVES AND ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT TO STORE IN THE HAT BOX. THE HAT BOXES ARE QUITE A BIT BIGGER…THEY HAVE A HANDLE ON THEM SO YOU CAN…CARRY THEM. EVERYBODY USED TO KEEP THEIR GLOVES IN THEIR HAT BOX.” WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007007
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20170007004
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2015
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
71
Width
23
Description
WHITE PURSE WITH GOLD-COLOURED METAL FINISHING AND WHITE SHOULDER STRAP; PURSE CLOSES WITH GOLD-COLOURED BUTTON ON FRONT. FRONT OF PURSE HAS WHITE AND GOLD METAL TRIM ALONG EDGE OF CLOSING FLAP. INSIDE OF PURSE HAS SMALL ZIPPER COMPARTMENT WITH WHITE AND GOLD ZIPPER, AND A WHITE TAG READING “MADE IN CHINA”. FRONT OF INSIDE HAS RED STAIN; INSIDE ON FRONT OF ZIPPER COMPARTMENT IS A SMALL BROWN STAIN. OUTSIDE OF PURSE IS WORN WITH STAINING ON FRONT AND BACK NEAR TOP. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. ON THE PURSE, WOOD NOTED, “THIS WAS THE OFFICIAL OUTFIT. I KNOW THAT SOME OF THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT POSITION THEY HELD WITHIN THE CLUB, THEY WOULD WEAR ALL WHITE.” WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007004
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CASA GRAND OPENING RIBBON
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2013
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK
Catalogue Number
P20130030002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CASA GRAND OPENING RIBBON
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2013
Materials
SILK
No. Pieces
1
Length
228
Width
9.75
Description
LENGTH OF RED SILK RIBBON. HORIZONTAL EDGES ARE FACTORY-FINISHED; VERTICAL EDGES ARE ROUGHLY CUT, WITH FRAYED THREADS. MINOR CREASING THROUGHOUT; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
LEISURE
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THIS PIECE OF RIBBON WAS CUT DURING THE CEREMONY CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF CASA, LETHBRIDGE’S COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE, ON MAY 14, 2013, AT 230 8 ST SOUTH. ACCORDING TO CITY OF LETHBRIDGE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER LORI HARASEM, SEVEN REPRESENTATIVES HELPED CUT THE RIBBON: STEPHEN GRAHAM (ROTARY CLUBS OF LETHBRIDGE), KRIS HODGSON (PRESIDENT, ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL), GLENN MILLER (ASSISTANT TO LETHBRIDGE EAST MLA BRIDGET PASTOOR), DR. MIKE MAHON (PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE), MAYOR RAJKO DODIC, GREG WEADICK (LETHBRIDGE WEST MLA), AND JIM HILLYER (LETHBRIDGE MP). IN AN EMAIL TO COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, HARASEM DESCRIBED THE DAY’S EVENTS, WRITING: “[THE CEREMONY], ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON THE ROTARY PLAZA ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING, WAS MOVED INDOORS DUE TO THE STRONG WINDS THAT DAY. ONCE THE SPEECHES WERE DONE, AND THE RIBBON WAS CUT, THE BUILDING WAS OPEN FOR TOURS WITH ALL SPACES BEING UTILIZED BY ARTISANS TO DEMONSTRATE TO THE PUBLIC THE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE FACILITY… THE RIBBON WAS IN MY POSSESSION AS I WAS PART OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE [FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY]… ONCE THE RIBBON CUTTING WAS OVER, I ASSISTED WITH MOVING THE STANCHIONS AND RIBBONS OUT OF THE WALKWAY, AND REALIZED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RIBBON… [I] SUGGESTED WE PROVIDE IT TO THE GALT MUSEUM.” THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT CASA WAS EXCERPTED FROM THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL WEBSITE. CASA IS A COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE OF THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL AND THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. THIS UNIQUE FACILITY SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS CENTRES, AND PROMOTES EXPERIMENTATION, INCUBATION, AND LEARNING. CASA WAS BUILT TO SERVE A MULTI-GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY, WITH VARYING ART SKILL SETS AND INTERESTS IN A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINES. FUNDING FOR THE 42,000 SQUARE FOOT CENTRE WAS PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL BUILD CANADA FUND, THE ALBERTA MUNICIPAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE FUND, AND THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL ARTS PROGRAMMING, VISUAL ARTS STUDIOS AND TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS, PERFORMING ARTS SPACES, AND AN EXHIBITION GALLERY, CASA ALSO HOUSES THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SUZANNE LINT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL, ABOUT THE OPENING OF CASA AND THE FACILITY’S IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. LINT SAID: “IT WAS A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DAY… YOU OPEN YOUR DOORS AND YOU EXPECTED TO HAVE PEOPLE BUT WE HAD THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. THERE WERE ABOUT 3000 PEOPLE AND AS THAT RIBBON WAS CUT, THERE WERE PEOPLE ON THE STAIRWELLS AND PACKED IN EVERY HALLWAY AND HANGING OVER THE BALCONY LOOKING DOWN INTO THE FOYER WHERE THE ACTUAL RIBBON CUTTING OCCURRED. IT WAS PRETTY AWESOME, A PRETTY EXCITING DAY… IT’S THE FULL BREADTH OF THE ARTS ARE IN THAT BUILDING, AND THAT PRESENCE IS FABULOUS TO HAVE ALL OF THE DISCIPLINES INTERMIXING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITY. IT’S HUGE. SO THAT RATHER INNOCUOUS PIECE OF RED SATIN RIBBON AND A PAIR OF RECEPTIONIST’S SCISSORS DON’T LOOK LIKE MUCH BUT THEY ARE PART OF THE OPENING OF SOMETHING THAT IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT.” LINT CONTINUED: “WE WAITED A LONG TIME FOR A BUILDING LIKE THAT… A PURPOSE-BUILT CIVIC ARTS CENTRE FOR CREATING ARTWORK IN MANY DISCIPLINES, WHICH IS ALMOST NOT HEARD OF. I DON’T THINK ANYTHING LIKE IT EXISTS OFF A UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE CAMPUS… IT IS A PROJECT THAT THE ARTS COMMUNITY [IN LETHBRIDGE] HAS WORKED ON FOR 20 – 30 YEARS… WE HAVE ENGAGED A WHOLE NEW COMMUNITY THAT WASN’T REALLY ACTIVE OR PARTICIPATING AT THE BOWMAN ARTS CENTRE… THE BOWMAN, WHICH SERVED THE COMMUNITY AMAZINGLY WELL, [WAS] REALLY BUILT ON A MODEL OF ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES AND SPACES, [WHEREAS CASA] WAS DESIGNED TO BE AN OPEN CONCEPT AND REALLY INCLUSIVE SO THAT INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AND OTHER DISCIPLINES WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BUILDING… ANYBODY CAN COME… YOU TAKE YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND YOU CAN COME IN AND WORK… THIS BUILDING IS BUSY, WITH NEW GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AND IT’S ALSO ATTRACTING PEOPLE FROM AWAY… WE’RE SEEING A DIVERSITY OF PROGRAMMING THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE; THE VERY NATURE OF THE BUILDING WE HAVE THE COMMUNITY ROOM WHICH ALLOWS FOR CERTAIN THINGS TO HAPPEN, THERE’S THE DANCE STUDIO, VISUAL ARTS STUDIOS AND ALL THE SPACES FOR MUSIC… WE’RE SEEING PEOPLE WHO WEREN’T ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL COMMUNITY BECOMING ENGAGED. WE’VE GOT A WHOLE BRAND NEW GROUP OF ARTISTS AND MUCH BROADER DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP OF ARTISTS FROM ALL AGES COMING IN… WE’RE OFFERING MORE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. THE BOWMAN HAD THE CLASSES FOR ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BUT WE ARE NOW DOING SOME WORK WITH HOUSING FIRST CLIENTS WHO ARE TRANSITIONING. WE’VE GOT A RELATIONSHIP AND SOME FUNDING FROM ATB THAT IS ALLOWING US TO TRY AND BUILD SOME FIRST NATIONS PROGRAMING… ARTISTS ARE DEVELOPING PROGRAMS AND WE ARE FACILITATING THEM AND DELIVERING THEM. SO IT’S REALLY GRASSROOTS… IT’S A MUCH BIGGER COMMUNITY. NOT JUST THE SIXTY PEOPLE THAT USED TO BE BOWMAN ATTENDERS. [NOW] THERE’S 100,000 PEOPLE [WHO] VISITED THE BUILDING IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION.” LINT CONCLUDED: “THAT BUILDING, SEEING IT RISE AND THE NATURE OF WHAT IT IS, IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF WORK THAT I’VE WORKED ON, BUT IT ALSO REPRESENTS A TIME IN HISTORY WHERE THERE WAS THIS SERENDIPITOUS GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED TOGETHER AROUND AN IDEA. SO THE COUNCIL WAS RIPE, THE CITY ADMINISTRATION WAS RIPE. WE HAD A FABULOUS BOARD THAT REALLY WENT TO THE WALL AROUND ARTS IN THIS COMMUNITY ENSURING THAT THEY SURVIVED… I THINK THAT’S THE KIND OF COMMUNITY IT IS. I THINK WE’RE ISOLATED ENOUGH THAT WE DO SOME FAIRLY CRAZY AND WILD THINGS. WE CAN BE PRETTY INVENTIVE AND PROGRESSIVE. THERE’S A REAL COMPONENT OF THAT AND A CREATIVE KIND OF COMMUNITY WHICH WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN. THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT IT IS SURROUNDED BY THE MOST SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE. SO IT SOMETIMES FEELS TO ME LIKE A SPLIT COMMUNITY, [BUT] THERE IS THIS REALLY STRONG PROGRESSIVE, CREATIVE, INTUITIVE GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE, LOVE IT, AND CONTINUE TO BE HERE.” ON OCTOBER 8, 2015 MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CAROL THIBERT, FORMER CITY OF LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY SERVICES PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR. THIBERT WAS THE CITY LIAISON TO THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL DURING THE PLANNING, CONSTRUCTION, AND OPENING OF CASA. THIBERT SAID: “PART OF MY JOB WAS ORGANIZING THE OPENING CEREMONIES… [THE RIBBON CUTTING] WAS EXTREMELY WELL RECEIVED. THE COMMUNITY WAS VERY, VERY EXCITED. IT WAS FULL – THE MEZZANINE, THE MAIN AREA, AND PEOPLE LOOKING DOWN… THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT WERE THERE TO SPEAK, SO IT WAS A GALA AFFAIR… IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING. I WAS ON THE COMMITTEE THAT STARTED LOOKING INTO WHAT A COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE WOULD LOOK [LIKE]. WE WENT TO CALGARY AND EDMONTON AND DID TOURS OF [THEIR] FACILITIES, AND [CASA] IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, FORWARD-THINKING COMMUNITY ART CENTRES IN OUR PROVINCE, MAYBE EVEN IN CANADA. SO IT’S SOMETHING TO BE VERY PROUD OF.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES ABOUT CASA.
Catalogue Number
P20130030002
Acquisition Date
2013-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
“CRAFT SMART”
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2013
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20130030001
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“CRAFT SMART”
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2013
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
1
Length
21
Width
7.25
Description
STAINLESS STEEL SCISSORS WITH BLUE PLASTIC HANDLES. ONE BLADE IS STAMPED WITH TEXT READING “STAINLESS STEEL”; THE OTHER WITH TEXT READING “CRAFTSMART”. MINOR SPOTS OF DISCOLOURATION ON BLADES. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
TEXTILEWORKING T&E
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
LEISURE
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THESE SCISSORS WERE USED DURING THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF CASA, LETHBRIDGE’S COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE, ON MAY 14, 2013, AT 230 8 ST SOUTH. ACCORDING TO CITY OF LETHBRIDGE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER LORI HARASEM, SEVEN REPRESENTATIVES HELPED CUT THE RIBBON: STEPHEN GRAHAM (ROTARY CLUBS OF LETHBRIDGE), KRIS HODGSON (PRESIDENT, ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL), GLENN MILLER (ASSISTANT TO LETHBRIDGE EAST MLA BRIDGET PASTOOR), DR. MIKE MAHON (PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE), MAYOR RAJKO DODIC, GREG WEADICK (LETHBRIDGE WEST MLA), AND JIM HILLYER (LETHBRIDGE MP). IN AN EMAIL TO COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, HARASEM DESCRIBED THE DAY’S EVENTS, WRITING: “[THE CEREMONY], ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON THE ROTARY PLAZA ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING, WAS MOVED INDOORS DUE TO THE STRONG WINDS THAT DAY. ONCE THE SPEECHES WERE DONE, AND THE RIBBON WAS CUT, THE BUILDING WAS OPEN FOR TOURS WITH ALL SPACES BEING UTILIZED BY ARTISANS TO DEMONSTRATE TO THE PUBLIC THE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE FACILITY… THE RIBBON WAS IN MY POSSESSION AS I WAS PART OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE [FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY]… ONCE THE RIBBON CUTTING WAS OVER, I ASSISTED WITH MOVING THE STANCHIONS AND RIBBONS OUT OF THE WALKWAY, AND REALIZED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RIBBON… [I] SUGGESTED WE PROVIDE IT TO THE GALT MUSEUM.” THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT CASA WAS EXCERPTED FROM THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL WEBSITE. CASA IS A COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE OF THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL AND THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. THIS UNIQUE FACILITY SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS CENTRES, AND PROMOTES EXPERIMENTATION, INCUBATION, AND LEARNING. CASA WAS BUILT TO SERVE A MULTI-GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY, WITH VARYING ART SKILL SETS AND INTERESTS IN A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINES. FUNDING FOR THE 42,000 SQUARE FOOT CENTRE WAS PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL BUILD CANADA FUND, THE ALBERTA MUNICIPAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE FUND, AND THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL ARTS PROGRAMMING, VISUAL ARTS STUDIOS AND TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS, PERFORMING ARTS SPACES, AND AN EXHIBITION GALLERY, CASA ALSO HOUSES THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SUZANNE LINT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL, ABOUT THE OPENING OF CASA AND THE FACILITY’S IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. LINT SAID: “IT WAS A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DAY… YOU OPEN YOUR DOORS AND YOU EXPECTED TO HAVE PEOPLE BUT WE HAD THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. THERE WERE ABOUT 3000 PEOPLE AND AS THAT RIBBON WAS CUT, THERE WERE PEOPLE ON THE STAIRWELLS AND PACKED IN EVERY HALLWAY AND HANGING OVER THE BALCONY LOOKING DOWN INTO THE FOYER WHERE THE ACTUAL RIBBON CUTTING OCCURRED. IT WAS PRETTY AWESOME, A PRETTY EXCITING DAY… IT’S THE FULL BREADTH OF THE ARTS ARE IN THAT BUILDING, AND THAT PRESENCE IS FABULOUS TO HAVE ALL OF THE DISCIPLINES INTERMIXING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITY. IT’S HUGE. SO THAT RATHER INNOCUOUS PIECE OF RED SATIN RIBBON AND A PAIR OF RECEPTIONIST’S SCISSORS DON’T LOOK LIKE MUCH BUT THEY ARE PART OF THE OPENING OF SOMETHING THAT IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT.” LINT CONTINUED: “WE WAITED A LONG TIME FOR A BUILDING LIKE THAT… A PURPOSE-BUILT CIVIC ARTS CENTRE FOR CREATING ARTWORK IN MANY DISCIPLINES, WHICH IS ALMOST NOT HEARD OF. I DON’T THINK ANYTHING LIKE IT EXISTS OFF A UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE CAMPUS… IT IS A PROJECT THAT THE ARTS COMMUNITY [IN LETHBRIDGE] HAS WORKED ON FOR 20 – 30 YEARS… WE HAVE ENGAGED A WHOLE NEW COMMUNITY THAT WASN’T REALLY ACTIVE OR PARTICIPATING AT THE BOWMAN ARTS CENTRE… THE BOWMAN, WHICH SERVED THE COMMUNITY AMAZINGLY WELL, [WAS] REALLY BUILT ON A MODEL OF ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES AND SPACES, [WHEREAS CASA] WAS DESIGNED TO BE AN OPEN CONCEPT AND REALLY INCLUSIVE SO THAT INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AND OTHER DISCIPLINES WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BUILDING… ANYBODY CAN COME… YOU TAKE YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND YOU CAN COME IN AND WORK… THIS BUILDING IS BUSY, WITH NEW GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AND IT’S ALSO ATTRACTING PEOPLE FROM AWAY… WE’RE SEEING A DIVERSITY OF PROGRAMMING THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE; THE VERY NATURE OF THE BUILDING WE HAVE THE COMMUNITY ROOM WHICH ALLOWS FOR CERTAIN THINGS TO HAPPEN, THERE’S THE DANCE STUDIO, VISUAL ARTS STUDIOS AND ALL THE SPACES FOR MUSIC… WE’RE SEEING PEOPLE WHO WEREN’T ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL COMMUNITY BECOMING ENGAGED. WE’VE GOT A WHOLE BRAND NEW GROUP OF ARTISTS AND MUCH BROADER DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP OF ARTISTS FROM ALL AGES COMING IN… WE’RE OFFERING MORE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. THE BOWMAN HAD THE CLASSES FOR ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BUT WE ARE NOW DOING SOME WORK WITH HOUSING FIRST CLIENTS WHO ARE TRANSITIONING. WE’VE GOT A RELATIONSHIP AND SOME FUNDING FROM ATB THAT IS ALLOWING US TO TRY AND BUILD SOME FIRST NATIONS PROGRAMING… ARTISTS ARE DEVELOPING PROGRAMS AND WE ARE FACILITATING THEM AND DELIVERING THEM. SO IT’S REALLY GRASSROOTS… IT’S A MUCH BIGGER COMMUNITY. NOT JUST THE SIXTY PEOPLE THAT USED TO BE BOWMAN ATTENDERS. [NOW] THERE’S 100,000 PEOPLE [WHO] VISITED THE BUILDING IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION.” LINT CONCLUDED: “THAT BUILDING, SEEING IT RISE AND THE NATURE OF WHAT IT IS, IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF WORK THAT I’VE WORKED ON, BUT IT ALSO REPRESENTS A TIME IN HISTORY WHERE THERE WAS THIS SERENDIPITOUS GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED TOGETHER AROUND AN IDEA. SO THE COUNCIL WAS RIPE, THE CITY ADMINISTRATION WAS RIPE. WE HAD A FABULOUS BOARD THAT REALLY WENT TO THE WALL AROUND ARTS IN THIS COMMUNITY ENSURING THAT THEY SURVIVED… I THINK THAT’S THE KIND OF COMMUNITY IT IS. I THINK WE’RE ISOLATED ENOUGH THAT WE DO SOME FAIRLY CRAZY AND WILD THINGS. WE CAN BE PRETTY INVENTIVE AND PROGRESSIVE. THERE’S A REAL COMPONENT OF THAT AND A CREATIVE KIND OF COMMUNITY WHICH WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN. THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT IT IS SURROUNDED BY THE MOST SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE. SO IT SOMETIMES FEELS TO ME LIKE A SPLIT COMMUNITY, [BUT] THERE IS THIS REALLY STRONG PROGRESSIVE, CREATIVE, INTUITIVE GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE, LOVE IT, AND CONTINUE TO BE HERE.” ON OCTOBER 8, 2015 MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CAROL THIBERT, FORMER CITY OF LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY SERVICES PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR. THIBERT WAS THE CITY LIAISON TO THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL DURING THE PLANNING, CONSTRUCTION, AND OPENING OF CASA. THIBERT SAID: “PART OF MY JOB WAS ORGANIZING THE OPENING CEREMONIES… [THE RIBBON CUTTING] WAS EXTREMELY WELL RECEIVED. THE COMMUNITY WAS VERY, VERY EXCITED. IT WAS FULL – THE MEZZANINE, THE MAIN AREA, AND PEOPLE LOOKING DOWN… THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT WERE THERE TO SPEAK, SO IT WAS A GALA AFFAIR… IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING. I WAS ON THE COMMITTEE THAT STARTED LOOKING INTO WHAT A COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE WOULD LOOK [LIKE]. WE WENT TO CALGARY AND EDMONTON AND DID TOURS OF [THEIR] FACILITIES, AND [CASA] IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, FORWARD-THINKING COMMUNITY ART CENTRES IN OUR PROVINCE, MAYBE EVEN IN CANADA. SO IT’S SOMETHING TO BE VERY PROUD OF.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES ABOUT CASA.
Catalogue Number
P20130030001
Acquisition Date
2013-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SANDAL
Date Range From
2010
Date Range To
2017
Material Type
Artifact
Catalogue Number
P20170007006
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SANDAL
Date Range From
2010
Date Range To
2017
No. Pieces
2
Length
26.3
Width
9.3
Description
PAIR OF WHITE SANDALS, LADIES’ SIZE 8.5. SANDALS HAVE ANKLE STRAP WITH SILVER BUCKLE AND TOE STRAP WITH A CENTER STRAP CONNECTING TOE STRAP TO ANKLE; INSIDE OF SANDALS IS SILVER; BOTTOM OF SANDALS IS BROWN. LABELS INSIDE SANDALS READ “GEORGE” ON BOTTOM, “8 ½, 29 PADDY, MADE IN CAMBODIA, FABRIQUE EN CAMBODGE, 030829470 36131215 S14” INSIDE ANKLES. INSIDE LININGS HAVE RED/BROWN GRIME BUILDUP AROUND EDGES; ANKLES OF SANDALS ARE WORN AND DISCOLOURED; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-FOOTWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. ON THE SANDALS, WOOD ELABORATED, “THESE ARE RELATIVELY NEW SHOES [ABOUT FIVE OR SIX YEARS OLD] THAT WE GOT WHEN SHE WENT TO PARK MEADOWS BECAUSE SHE COULDN’T HAVE HEELS ANY MORE, OR ANY HEIGHT. SHE AND I WENT OUT AND WE FOUND THESE SHOES THAT SHE COULD WEAR TO THE MEETINGS.” WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007006
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20170007003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
71.5
Width
40
Description
WHITE PLEATED SKIRT WITH ELASTIC WAIST; INSIDE BACK OF SKIRT HAS GREY TAG WITH BLACK TEXT “TRADITION, SEARS”. WHITE TAG UNDERNEATH HAS BLACK AND RED TEXT “100% POLYESTER, CA – 02945, MODELE/STYLE 207902, LOT, 2 ½, TAILLE/SIZE, 16, FABRIQUE AU/MADE IN CANADA, EXCLUSIVE OF TRIM”. FRONT OF SKIRT IS STAINED ON RIGHT-WEARING AND LEFT-WEARING SIDES; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007003
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COMMERCIAL, “F. DICK”
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CAST IRON, ALUMINIUM, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20150007000
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COMMERCIAL, “F. DICK”
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
2010
Materials
CAST IRON, ALUMINIUM, WOOD
No. Pieces
2
Height
84
Length
41.5
Width
28
Description
CAST IRON RECTANGULAR BASE WITH HOLLOW ALUMINIUM CYLINDER FIXED UPRIGHT AT CENTRE. ROUND METAL PLUNGER INSIDE CYLINDER MOVES UP AND DOWN ON A TOOTHED METAL COLUMN THAT IS CRANK DRIVEN BY REMOVABLE METAL HANDLE. HANDLE HAS WOOD GRIP. SPIGOT MOUTH AT BASE OF CYLINDER. CAST IRON COMPONENTS ARE PAINTED RED, BUT PAINT IS WORN AND ONLY TRACES REMAIN ON BASE. TEXT READING "F. DICK" IS STAMPED INTO THE OUTER CASE OF CRANK MECHANISM. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
FOOD PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
THIS SAUSAGE STUFFER WAS USED BY FOUR GENERATIONS OF MEAT CUTTERS IN THE GURR FAMILY AT THE SAME LOCATION OF 538 13 STREET SOUTH, WHICH SUCCESSIVELY HOUSED HOEFER & WOOD GROCERY, VALUE VILLAGE, AND AT THE TIME OF DONATION, LONDON ROAD MARKET. ON FEBRUARY 3, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DUANE GURR AND HIS SON, THE DONOR, DAVID GURR, ABOUT THEIR FAMILY HISTORY WITH THE GROCERY STORES, MEAT CUTTING IN LETHBRIDGE, AND THE SAUSAGE STUFFER. DUANE SAID: “MY GRANDFATHER [ALF GURR] CAME [TO CANADA] AS A FOURTEEN YEAR OLD BOY… MEAT CUTTING [HAD BEEN] HIS TRADE IN ENGLAND… WHEN HE CAME HERE HE HAD A NUMBER OF JOBS… HE RAN BURNS’ MEAT MARKET… EVENTUALLY HE LEFT BURNS AND STARTED HIS OWN MEAT MARKET ON 3RD AVENUE SOUTH WITH HIS SONS, MY UNCLE AND MY DAD [CALLED] PALACE MEAT MARKET. [THEN] HE WAS THE MEAT MANAGER AT [HOEFER & WOOD GROCERY] FROM 1954 TO 1957… IN THOSE DAYS IT WAS QUITE UNIQUE TO HAVE A STORE THAT SOLD GROCERIES AND HAD A MEAT DEPARTMENT IN IT, AND A PRODUCE DEPARTMENT AND A BAKERY… IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FAIRLY NEW TO HAVE EVERTYHING UNDER ONE ROOF… [GRANDFATHER] HAD TO LEAVE HIS JOB BECAUSE HE LOST HIS EYESIGHT AND THE FELLOW THAT WAS BROUGHT IN… FRED SIEMEN, ACTUALLY TAUGHT ME HOW TO CUT MEAT AND TO MAKE SAUSAGE IN 1978 [AFTER] I WENT TO WORK FOR VALUE VILLAGE… THE FELLOW THAT HIRED ME IN 1973, [GERARD] WESTWOOD, [HAD WORKED] CLEANING THE MEAT DEPARTMENT AFTER SCHOOL FOR MY GRANDFATHER… HE SAID ‘YOU’RE ALF GURR’S GRANDSON’, AND I HAD THE JOB JUST LIKE THAT… IT WAS ACTUALLY [GERARD] THAT SAID IN 1978, ‘I THINK YOU SHOULD LEARN HOW TO BE A MEAT CUTTER BECAUSE IT’S IN YOUR BLOOD.’” DUANE CONTINUED: “MY DAD WAS ALSO TRAINED [IN MEAT CUTTING] BUT WORKED FOR THE CPR… HE ALWAYS [CUT MEAT] IN HIS BASEMENT… HE ACTUALLY USED TO MAKE SAUSAGE WITH ME TWICE A WEEK [AT THE STORE]… WE DIDN’T PARTICULARLY GET ALONG THAT WELL [BUT] IN THAT INSTANCE, WE GOT ALONG VERY WELL… WE DIDN’T DO A LOT OF TALKING WHEN WE DID IT. WE JUST HELPED EACH OTHER, AND HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO DO IT, AND IT WAS ACTUALLY A PRETTY FUN TIME… IT WAS A FAMILY THING… I ALWAYS ENJOYED IT, AND NOW DAVID IS MAKING SAUSAGES AND DOING A GREAT JOB… IT’S A BIT OF A LOST ART… THERE’S NOT A LOT OF GUYS THAT CAN MAKE SAUSAGE AND LINK IT ANYMORE.” ON THE SAUSAGE-MAKING PROCESS, DAVID SAID: “YOU START WITH YOUR MEAT… YOU GRIND THAT THROUGH ONCE, AND THEN ADD YOUR SEASONINGS [AND] MIX THAT TOGETHER… [THE MIXTURE] ALWAYS HAS TO BE COLD TO KEEP THE CONSISTENCY, AND TO KEEP IT OFF YOUR HANDS.” DUANE SAID: “THE COLDER THE BETTER; IT DIDN’T STICK TO YOUR HANDS AND WENT INTO THE CASINGS EASIER, AND THE WARMER IT GETS, THE HARDER IT IS TO WORK… WHEN YOU’RE DOING IT BY HAND, THE COLD [GOES] RIGHT UP TO YOUR BRAIN.” DAVID SAID: “YOU PULL THE ALUMINIUM CANISTER OUT, AND THEN THERE IS A NOZZLE ON THE FRONT OF THE CANISTER THAT YOU PUT THE SAUSAGE NOZZLE ON… WHEN YOU START CRANKING IT IN LOW GEAR SO THAT IT’S EASIER TO CRANK, IT START PRESSING IT THROUGH… YOU CAN EITHER PUT HOG CASINGS ON, THAT’S YOUR TRADITIONAL, OR THE NEW SYNTHETIC ONES ARE COLLAGEN.” DUANE SAID: “WE ALWAYS WORKED WITH NATURAL CASINGS, WHICH WERE HOG OR LAMB.” DAVID SAID: “THE SYNTHETIC CASINGS DON’T HAVE A LOT OF GIVE TO THEM, SO YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL… WHAT’S NICE [ABOUT THIS TYPE OF STUFFER] IS YOU CAN HANDLE IT… YOU CAN CONTROL THE FEED YOURSELF SO IF YOU’RE GOING A LITTLE TOO QUICK YOU EASE UP ON IT… AFTER THAT YOU LINK THEM, SMOKE THEM, HOPEFULLY SELL THEM.” ON THE USE OF THIS SPECIFIC MACHINE, DAVID SAID: “WE HAD A SAUSAGE PROGRAM [IN 2008/09]… IT’S TOUGH TO GET IT GOING AND I WAS FAIRLY NEW AT CUTTING MEAT. THE FIRST TIME WORKING ON THAT, IT WAS JUST A NIGHTMARE BECAUSE NOTHING WAS RIGHT. I DIDN’T HAVE THE CASINGS ON HERE PROPERLY; I DIDN’T HAVE THE RIGHT CONSISTENCY WITH THE MEAT; I WAS IN THE HIGH GEAR… IT WAS A THROWAWAY BATCH BECAUSE THERE WAS JUST NOTHING RIGHT ABOUT IT. THAT’S HOW YOU LEARN… MAKING SAUSAGES IS FUN… I THINK ABOUT TODAY WHEN I’M WORKING IN THERE WITH THE PEOPLE WE HAVE AND WE REALLY DON’T SAY MUCH… ONE’S MIXING, ONE’S STUFFING, ONE’S LINKING… IT’S A PROCESS AND EVERYBODY’S WORKING… WHEN YOU THINK BACK AND SAY, ‘OH, MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER WAS DOING THE EXACT SAME THING WITH THE EXACT SAME MACHINE 60 YEARS AGO.’ THAT’S PRETTY SPECIAL.” DUANE SAID: “IT WOULD BE NICE TO KEEP IT BUT IT’S JUST NOT SANITARY ANYMORE. IT’S SOMETHING THAT MADE A LOT OF SAUSAGE AND WHEN YOU LEARN SOMETHING LIKE SAUSAGE MAKING AND YOU MASTER IT, IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL… IT LINKS ME TO MY OWN FAMILY…” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20150007000
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
TEA TOWEL, MOUNTIES
Date Range From
2001
Date Range To
2014
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140011000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TEA TOWEL, MOUNTIES
Date Range From
2001
Date Range To
2014
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.25
Length
70.5
Width
44.5
Description
WHITE TOWEL, WOVEN WITH COTTON THREAD, WITH REPEATING DESIGN DEPICTING A FIGURE IN RCMP UNIFORM – BROWN HAT AND BOOTS, RED TUNIC, BLUE RIDING BREECHES. THE PATTERN RUNS ALONG BOTH SHORT EDGES OF THE TOWEL. A TAG ATTACHED AT ONE CORNER WITH MULTICOLOURED THREAD READS “HANDMADE BY MAXIENE, FORT MACLEOD ALBERTA CANADA T0L 0Z0, 403-380-3102” ON THE OUTSIDE, AND “100% COTTON, MACHINE WASH/DRY” ON THE INSIDE. VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL.
Subjects
MAINTENANCE T&E
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
DECORATIVE ARTS
History
THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF THE DONOR AND WEAVER OF THIS TOWEL, MAXIENE BODGENER, WAS PROVIDED BY BODGENER TO GALT CURATOR WENDY AITKENS AT THE TIME OF DONATION. BODGENER WAS BORN TO RACHEL “DOLLY” LONG AND WILFRED PERRIN. HER MOTHER DIED WHEN BODGENER WAS 18 MONTHS OLD, SO SHE WAS RAISED BY HER GRANDFATHER HENRY GEORGE LONG, AN EARLY SETTLER IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA WHO WORKED AT THE STOPPING HOUSE NEAR KIPP IN 1889. BODGENER’S AUNT ALICE AND UNCLE HARRY “BUSTER” LONG HELPED GRANDFATHER HENRY ON THE FAMILY RANCH SOUTH OF FORT MACLEOD, ALONG THE BELLY RIVER. BODGENER SPENT HER CAREER TEACHING HOME ECONOMICS AT F.P. WALSHE SCHOOL IN FORT MACLEOD, AND SEWED CLOTHES FOR HER FAMILY. IN HER RETIREMENT SHE LEARNED HOW TO WEAVE FABRIC. 13 YEARS LATER, IN 2001, BODGENER PURCHASED A $7000 COMPUTERIZED LE CLERC LOOM. THE LOOM HAS A ‘BLACK BOX’ THAT PROCESSES THE PATTERNS SHE DEVELOPS WITH SPECIALIZED COMPUTER SOFTWARE, TRANSMITTING DIRECTIONS TO THE LOOM. BODGENER HAS DESIGNED AND MADE TEA TOWELS, SCARVES, PLACEMATS, TABLE RUNNERS, HAND TOWELS, AND AFGHANS USING THIS PROCESS. SHE WEAVES FOR HER OWN ENJOYMENT AND SELLS HER PRODUCTS AT A VERY REASONABLE PRICE. THE MOUNTIE TEA TOWEL, WHICH BODGENER SELLS FOR $11, IS CREATED WITH A PATTERN THAT BODGENER DESIGNED BY ASKING HER NEIGHBOUR, A RCMP OFFICER IN FORT MACLEOD, TO POSE IN HIS UNIFORM SO SHE COULD GET THE PROPORTIONS CORRECT. UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE PATTERN, BODGENER GAVE HIM A TOWEL AND HIS CO-OFFICERS AT THE DETACHMENT TEASED HIM ABOUT RECEIVING A TEA TOWEL. THIS TOWEL WAS INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBIT ‘WOVEN IN TIME – CELEBRATING 65 YEARS WITH LETHBRIDGE WEAVERS’, CURATED BY WENDY AITKENS, THAT RAN FROM JUNE 7 TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 AT THE GALT MUSEUM.
Catalogue Number
P20140011000
Acquisition Date
2014-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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