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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
  2 images  
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
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
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P19770050000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOD, PAINT
No. Pieces
6
Length
8.3
Diameter
4.5
Description
WOODEN EGGS, ACRYLIC PAINT. ALL HAVE A BLACK BACKGROUND: .1 RED, YELLOW AND BLUE FLOWERS, WHITE TRIM, GREEN LEAVES. .2 PINK, RED FLOWERS. ORANGE, BLUE AND GREEN COLORS USED. .3 RED FLOWERS WITH YELLOW CENTERS, PURPLE, BLUE, YELLOW, PINK, WHITE DESIGNS, GREEN LEAVES. .4 PINK FLOWERS WITH YELLOW CENTERS AND GREEN LEAVES AT EITHER END. RED AND PINK FLOWERS. GREEN, ORANGE, YELLOW DESIGNS. .5 MAUVE AND PURPLE FLOWERS. YELLOW, ORANGE, WHITE, RED DESIGNS, GREEN LEAVES .6 ORANGE AND YELLOW FLOWERS, WHITE AND YELLOW CIRCLES ON GREEN STEMS.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
UKRAINIAN-CANADIAN HERITAGE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DONORS. THE FOLLOWING DETAILS ABOUT THE DONORS, NICK AND ANN BORDENIUK, AND THE ORIGIN OF THE OBJECTS INCLUDED IN THEIR 1977 DONATION WERE FOUND IN A HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM THE DONORS IN THE PERMANENT FILE. NICK BORDENIUK WAS BORN IN CZERNIWICI, UKRAINE ON MAY 20, 1895. HE FIRST CAME TO QUEBEC IN 1913, WORKING AS A MINER AND ON VARIOUS CONSTRUCTION SITES INCLUDING THAT OF THE ST. LAWRENCE BRIDGE IN 1916. IN 1922 HE ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED AT THE NO. 6 MINE. IN 1940 HE MOVED TO FERNIE, B.C. AND WORKED IN COAL CREEK UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1958. ANN BORDENIUK WAS BORN IN LWOW, UKRAINE AND MOVED TO HILLCREST, ALBERTA IN 1936. SHE ALSO MOVED TO FERNIE AND MARRIED NICK THERE IN 1955. IN 1976 THE BORDENIUKS MOVED FROM THEIR HOME INTO TOM UPHILL MANOR IN FERNIE, AND DONATED THEIR COLLECTION OF UKRAINIAN OBJECTS TO THE GALT MUSEUM. ALL OF THE OBJECTS WERE HANDMADE IN THE MOUNTAINOUS REGION OF KARPYTIAN IN WESTERN UKRAINE. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HANDWRITTEN NOTE ON THE BIOGRAPHY OF THE DONORS.
Catalogue Number
P19770050000
Acquisition Date
1976-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHICKEN EGGS, BEESWAX, DYE
Catalogue Number
P19738268000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
CHICKEN EGGS, BEESWAX, DYE
No. Pieces
3
Description
.1 5.7 CM LTH., 4.4 CM DIA. HAND DECORATED WITH BEESWAX, STYLUS DYE TECHNIQUE. EGG IS MAROON COLOR (SLIGHTLY FADED); HAS TWO LARGE STARBURST PATTERNS ON IT, WITH BLUE WITHIN EACH. .2 5.4 CM LTH., 3.8 CM DIA. HAND DECORATED WITH BEESWAX, STYLUS DYE TECHNIQUES. EGG IS A MAROON COLOUR WITH TWO LARGE DIAMOND PATTERNS, AND A WHITE STRIPE AROUND EGG WITH SMALLER DIAMONDS WITHIN IT. DIAMOND COLORS ARE YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN, RED, AND PURPLE. .3 5.7 CM LTH., 3.8 CM DIA. HAND DECORATED WITH BEESWAX, STYLUS AND DYE TECHNIQUE. EGG IS MAROON COLOR (SLIGHTLY FADED). HAS FOUR SMALL STARBURSTS AROUND CENTER OF EGG AND ONE ON EACH END. THE COLOURS WITHIN STARBURSTS ARE BLUE, RED, GREEN, AND YELLOW. EGG HAS A LOOSE ITEM INSIDE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
UKRAINIAN-CANADIAN HERITAGE. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING THREE DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION OF LETHBRIDGE. THOUGH THE ASSOCIATION HAS DISBANDED, SHE WAS ABLE TO DETERMINE THAT IT IS LIKELY THAT THIS OBJECT AND 81 OTHERS DONATED BY THE ASSOCIATION IN 1973 WERE ORIGINALLY PART OF THE GALT MUSEUM'S 'UKRAINIAN ROOM' EXHIBIT. ACCORDING TO LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1969 AND 1976, AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE GALT ARCHIVES (199110764419, 1991107612370, 199110764421, AND 199110764422) THE UKRAINIAN ROOM WAS INSTALLED IN 1966, WHEN THE MUSEUM WAS MOVED FROM THE BOWMAN CENTRE TO THE GALT HOSPITAL BUILDING. THE ROOM WAS FURNISHED WITH OBJECTS DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION, AND THE GROUP HELD ANNUAL TEAS THERE. THOUGH THE CATALOGUE NUMBERS OF THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION DONATION REFLECT A 1973 DONATION DATE, THE INITIAL ACQUISITION YEAR LISTED IN HARDCOPY FILES IS 1966, WHICH ALIGNS WITH THE OPENING DATE OF THE UKRAINIAN ROOM. IN ADDITION, ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ROOM DEPICT OBJECTS THAT ARE NOW HELD IN COLLECTIONS (P19738277001-GA, P19738277002-GA, AND P19738277003-GA CAN BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED, WITH OTHER OBJECTS IDENTIFIED SPECULATIVELY). IN 1984 THE MUSEUM DISMANTLED ALL ITS DISPLAYS IN PREPARATION FOR THE BUILDING'S RENOVATION AND EXPANSION, AND ACCORDING TO BRAD BROWN, GALT EXHIBIT DESIGNER, WHEN THE FACILITY REOPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN 1985 ALL THE EXHIBITS HAD BEEN REWORKED, AND THE UKRAINIAN ROOM NO LONGER EXISTED. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19738268000
Acquisition Date
1966-03
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P19740070000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOD, PAINT
No. Pieces
3
Description
TURNED ON A LATHE. SCREW HOLE IN ONE END. UKRAINIAN FLORAL DESIGN. .1 COLOURS: BASE COLOUR IS LIGHT GREEN WITH A DESIGN OF WHITE, LIGHT ORANGE, YELLOW AND GREEN, AND FLOWERS THAT ARE PINK, LIGHT ORANGE, YELLOW AND GREEN. .2 COLOURS: BASE COLOUR IS BROWNISH RED, WITH A DESIGN OF PINK, GREEN, BLUE, WHITE, YELLOW, TANGERINE & PURPLE, THAT INCLUDES 6 FLOWERS. .3 COLOURS: BASE COLOUR IS FOREST GREEN, WITH A DESIGN OF PINK, WHITE, YELLOW, LIGHT ORANGE, RED, & BLUE, INCLUDING 6 FLOWERS.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
DECORATIVE ARTS
History
EGGS SENT TO DONOR FROM HUSBAND'S NIECE, MRS. STEFFA HOROBEC, WHO LIVES IN WESTERN UKRAINE, VILLAGE OF ZELENA, TERNOPOL, U.S.S.R.
Catalogue Number
P19740070000
Acquisition Date
1974-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHICKEN EGGS, BEESWAX, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P19738295000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
CHICKEN EGGS, BEESWAX, PAINT
No. Pieces
7
Description
.1 WINE COLOURED, WITH 2 LARGE STARBURST PATTERNS IN GREEN, YELLOW, BLUE, PINK. DESIGN EXPOSES WHITE SHELL. .2 BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW, ORANGE, RED. DESIGN CONSISTS OF A NUMBER OF SMALL ELEMENTS, INCLUDING ROWS OF DIAMONDS. ENDS OF EGG HAVE BEEN LEFT WHITE. .3 BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW, LIGHT ORANGE, GREEN. DESIGN IS BROKEN INTO FOUR QUADRANTS BY TWO WIDE, PERPENDICULAR, WHITE LINES, WITH DESIGNS WITHIN THEM. THE FOUR QUADRANTS ARE EACH BLACK WITH LIGHT ORANGE BORDERS. .4 BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW, GREEN. BASE COLOUR IS BLACK. DESIGN IS BROKEN INTO 4 QUADRANTS BY TWO WIDE, PERPENDICULAR LINES THAT GO AROUND EGG LENGTHWISE. WITHIN THESE LINES ARE YELLOW LATTICE DESIGNS AND TRIANGLES WITH GREEN BORDERS AND FLOWERS WITHIN THEM. EACH OF THE FOUR QUADRANTS HAS A YELLOW FLOWER WITH GREEN STEMS AND LEAVES. .5 BLACK, WHITE, GREEN, RED, ORANGE. THERE IS A ROW OF INTRICATE DIAMONDS AROUND CENTRE OF EGG (WIDTHWISE). EACH END OF EGG HAS A RED STAR, ONE END WITH A WHITE CENTER, AND THE OTHER WITH A RED AND BLACK CENTER. .6 RED, WHITE, YELLOW, ORANGE. HAS A ROW OF WHITE FLOWERS GOING AROUND EGG, LENGTHWISE; 2 ROWS OF RED, YELLOW, AND ORANGE DIAMONDS GOING AROUND EGG LENGHTWISE, AND 2 LARGE RED OVALS WITH JAGGED YELLOW BORDERS. .7 RED, YELLOW, PURPLE, MAROON, GREEN, WHITE. BASE COLOUR OF EGG IS RED WITH A MULTI-COLOURED GEOMETRIC PATTERN. ONE SIDE OF EGG IS FADED CONSIDERABLY. BOTH ENDS OF EGG HAVE HOLES IN THEM, WITH MEMBRANE OF EGG STILL VISIBLE (MEMBRANE TURNED BLACK). TRADITIONAL UKRAINIAN GEOMETRIC PATTERN.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
UKRAINAIN-CANADIAN HERITAGE. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING THREE DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION OF LETHBRIDGE. THOUGH THE ASSOCIATION HAS DISBANDED, SHE WAS ABLE TO DETERMINE THAT IT IS LIKELY THAT THIS OBJECT AND 81 OTHERS DONATED BY THE ASSOCIATION IN 1973 WERE ORIGINALLY PART OF THE GALT MUSEUM'S 'UKRAINIAN ROOM' EXHIBIT. ACCORDING TO LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1969 AND 1976, AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE GALT ARCHIVES (199110764419, 1991107612370, 199110764421, AND 199110764422) THE UKRAINIAN ROOM WAS INSTALLED IN 1966, WHEN THE MUSEUM WAS MOVED FROM THE BOWMAN CENTRE TO THE GALT HOSPITAL BUILDING. THE ROOM WAS FURNISHED WITH OBJECTS DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION, AND THE GROUP HELD ANNUAL TEAS THERE. THOUGH THE CATALOGUE NUMBERS OF THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION DONATION REFLECT A 1973 DONATION DATE, THE INITIAL ACQUISITION YEAR LISTED IN HARDCOPY FILES IS 1966, WHICH ALIGNS WITH THE OPENING DATE OF THE UKRAINIAN ROOM. IN ADDITION, ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ROOM DEPICT OBJECTS THAT ARE NOW HELD IN COLLECTIONS (P19738277001-GA, P19738277002-GA, AND P19738277003-GA CAN BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED, WITH OTHER OBJECTS IDENTIFIED SPECULATIVELY). IN 1984 THE MUSEUM DISMANTLED ALL ITS DISPLAYS IN PREPARATION FOR THE BUILDING'S RENOVATION AND EXPANSION, AND ACCORDING TO BRAD BROWN, GALT EXHIBIT DESIGNER, WHEN THE FACILITY REOPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN 1985 ALL THE EXHIBITS HAD BEEN REWORKED, AND THE UKRAINIAN ROOM NO LONGER EXISTED. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19738295000
Acquisition Date
1966-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
BASKET & EASTER EGG SET
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WICKER
Catalogue Number
P19738277001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASKET & EASTER EGG SET
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WICKER
No. Pieces
1
Height
13.3
Length
17.8
Width
12.1
Description
WICKER BASKET C/W 1/2 HOOP OR LOOP HANDLE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
CONTAINER
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
PART OF SET WHICH INCLUDES, THREE DECORATED EGGS PYSKANKY (EASTER) & A DOILY. UKRAINIAN CANADIAN HERITAGE. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING THREE DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION OF LETHBRIDGE. THOUGH THE ASSOCIATION HAS DISBANDED, SHE WAS ABLE TO DETERMINE THAT IT IS LIKELY THAT THIS OBJECT AND 81 OTHERS DONATED BY THE ASSOCIATION IN 1973 WERE ORIGINALLY PART OF THE GALT MUSEUM'S 'UKRAINIAN ROOM' EXHIBIT. ACCORDING TO LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1969 AND 1976, AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE GALT ARCHIVES (199110764419, 1991107612370, 199110764421, AND 199110764422) THE UKRAINIAN ROOM WAS INSTALLED IN 1966, WHEN THE MUSEUM WAS MOVED FROM THE BOWMAN CENTRE TO THE GALT HOSPITAL BUILDING. THE ROOM WAS FURNISHED WITH OBJECTS DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION, AND THE GROUP HELD ANNUAL TEAS THERE. THOUGH THE CATALOGUE NUMBERS OF THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION DONATION REFLECT A 1973 DONATION DATE, THE INITIAL ACQUISITION YEAR LISTED IN HARDCOPY FILES IS 1966, WHICH ALIGNS WITH THE OPENING DATE OF THE UKRAINIAN ROOM. IN ADDITION, ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ROOM DEPICT OBJECTS THAT ARE NOW HELD IN COLLECTIONS (P19738277001-GA, P19738277002-GA, AND P19738277003-GA CAN BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED, WITH OTHER OBJECTS IDENTIFIED SPECULATIVELY). IN 1984 THE MUSEUM DISMANTLED ALL ITS DISPLAYS IN PREPARATION FOR THE BUILDING'S RENOVATION AND EXPANSION, AND ACCORDING TO BRAD BROWN, GALT EXHIBIT DESIGNER, WHEN THE FACILITY REOPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN 1985 ALL THE EXHIBITS HAD BEEN REWORKED, AND THE UKRAINIAN ROOM NO LONGER EXISTED. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19738277001
Acquisition Date
1966-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
BASKET & EASTER EGG SET
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19738277002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASKET & EASTER EGG SET
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
33
Description
COTTON CROCHET, CIRCULAR. YELLOW STAIN IN CENTER. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
PART OF SET WHICH INCLUDES, THREE DECORATED EGGS PYSKANKY (EASTER) & A DOILY. UKRAINIAN CANADIAN HERITAGE. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING THREE DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION OF LETHBRIDGE. THOUGH THE ASSOCIATION HAS DISBANDED, SHE WAS ABLE TO DETERMINE THAT IT IS LIKELY THAT THIS OBJECT AND 81 OTHERS DONATED BY THE ASSOCIATION IN 1973 WERE ORIGINALLY PART OF THE GALT MUSEUM'S 'UKRAINIAN ROOM' EXHIBIT. ACCORDING TO LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1969 AND 1976, AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE GALT ARCHIVES (199110764419, 1991107612370, 199110764421, AND 199110764422) THE UKRAINIAN ROOM WAS INSTALLED IN 1966, WHEN THE MUSEUM WAS MOVED FROM THE BOWMAN CENTRE TO THE GALT HOSPITAL BUILDING. THE ROOM WAS FURNISHED WITH OBJECTS DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION, AND THE GROUP HELD ANNUAL TEAS THERE. THOUGH THE CATALOGUE NUMBERS OF THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION DONATION REFLECT A 1973 DONATION DATE, THE INITIAL ACQUISITION YEAR LISTED IN HARDCOPY FILES IS 1966, WHICH ALIGNS WITH THE OPENING DATE OF THE UKRAINIAN ROOM. IN ADDITION, ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ROOM DEPICT OBJECTS THAT ARE NOW HELD IN COLLECTIONS (P19738277001-GA, P19738277002-GA, AND P19738277003-GA CAN BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED, WITH OTHER OBJECTS IDENTIFIED SPECULATIVELY). IN 1984 THE MUSEUM DISMANTLED ALL ITS DISPLAYS IN PREPARATION FOR THE BUILDING'S RENOVATION AND EXPANSION, AND ACCORDING TO BRAD BROWN, GALT EXHIBIT DESIGNER, WHEN THE FACILITY REOPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN 1985 ALL THE EXHIBITS HAD BEEN REWORKED, AND THE UKRAINIAN ROOM NO LONGER EXISTED. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19738277002
Acquisition Date
1966-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
MANMADE FIBRE, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19900013016
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
MANMADE FIBRE, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
114
Width
45
Description
GILDED METAL CHAIN & CLIP FASTENERS ACROSS FRONT AT COLLAR. EMBROIDERED "Y" PANEL ON BACK WITH TASSEL, CROSS & GREEK CHIRO SYMBOLS IN CIRCLE. FRONT 2 EMBROIDERED PANELS. COPE HANGS OPEN, HELD BY COLLAR FASTENERS. HUNG ON VELVET COVERED PADDED HANGER. CHAIN ADN CLIP ARE EMBOSSED WITH ALPHA & OMEGA. CAPE HAS GOLDEN LINER. LABEL IS SEWN TO INSIDE WITH "GASPARD CREATORS OF LITURGICAL ART. WINNIPEG, CANADA". HEAVILY STAINED FROM USE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
USED AT ADVENT AND LENT SERVICES. WORN OVER CHASUBLE & STOLE. OBLATES ACTIVE IN LETHBRIDGE AREA SINCE 1ST BAPTISM AT FORT HAMILTON BY FATHER SCOLLEN IN 1873. FATHER VAN TIGHEM CELEBRATED THE 1ST MASS IN 1884 IN COALBANKS. THEREAFTER ESTABLISHING A PARISH IN 1886 & BUILDING 1ST ST. PATRICKS CHURCH IN 1887 IN SEPTEMBER VAN TIGHEM MOVED TO NEW PARISH AS ITS PRIEST. THE OBLATE OF MARY IMMACULATE (OMI) HISTORICALLY SOMETIMES CALLED THE BLACKROBES BECAUSE OF THEIR CHARACTERISTIC BLACK ROBES. THE OBLATES ARE RETIRING FROM LETHBRIDGE IN JULY .1990. THIS ROBE WAS NORMALLY WORN WITH A CINCTURE OR BELT SNAP FASTENED AT THE WAIST WITH A LARGE CROSS (12.7 X 20.4) & HUNG BY A CORD FROM THE NECK.
Catalogue Number
P19900013016
Acquisition Date
1990-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
UNION JACK
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19890028002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNION JACK
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
119
Width
94.5
Description
BRITISH FLAG, UNION JACK WITH 2 BRASS GROMMETS AT CORNERS. COTTON BODY, DYED RED, WHITE, BLUE STRIPE. SMALL STAINS THROUGHOUT. DYED "BRITISH MADE" IN CORNER OF ONE SIDE. SOLID; NO TEARS.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
FROM DR. F.H. MEWBURN O.B.E. CHAPTER OF I.O.D.E., NOW DEFUNCT. I.O.D.E. IS A WOMEN'S SERVICE ORGANIZATION FOUNDED IN 1900. "BRITISH MADE" IN CORNER. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS. THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF THE I.O.D.E. AND ITS LETHBRIDGE CHAPTERS WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE I.O.D.E. WEBSITE, GALT ARCHIVES, AND AN ARTICLE FROM THE APRIL 21, 2014 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE IMPERIAL ORDER DAUGHTERS OF THE EMPIRE (IODE) WAS FOUNDED IN 1900 BY MARGARET POLSON MURRAY OF MONTREAL WHO WANTED TO INCREASE HOMELAND SUPPORT FOR CANADIANS FIGHTING WITH THE EMPIRE FORCES IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING THE SECOND BOER WAR. MURRAY INITIATED THE FORMATION OF A FEDERATION OF WOMEN TO PROMOTE PATRIOTISM, LOYALTY AND SERVICE TO OTHERS BY SENDING TELEGRAMS TO THE MAYORS OF CANADA'S MAJOR CITIES ASKING THEM TO CALL TOGETHER THE PROMINENT WOMEN IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THE FIRST CHAPTER WAS FORMED IN FREDRICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK IN JANUARY 1900. THE FOLLOWING MONTH A CONSTITUTION AND LIST OF OBJECTIVES WERE DRAFTED IN MONTREAL. IN 1901 THE HEAD OFFICE MOVED TO TORONTO AND THE FEDERATION WAS INCORPORATED. CHAPTERS WERE QUICKLY STARTED ACROSS CANADA AND IN INDIA AND THE BAHAMAS. FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN PROJECTS MOUNTED BY VARIOUS I.O.D.E. CHAPTERS HAVE INCLUDED A MONUMENT TO CANADIAN SOLIDERS KILLED IN BATTLE IN SOUTH AFRICA, A GATEWAY IN TORONTO TO COMMEMORATE THE 1901 VISIT OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF YORK, INCREASED BEDS IN A TUBERCULOSIS SANITORIUM IN HAMILTON, ONTARIO, NUMEROUS CHILD WELFARE PROJECTS, VARIOUS WAR MEMORIAL FUNDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN OF VETERANS, THE PURCHASE OF HOSPITALS, AMBULANCES, SHIPS, AND AIRCRAFT IN BOTH WORLD WARS TO PROVIDE AID TO CANADIAN SOLDIERS, COMMEMORATIVE GARDENS, INTERNATIONAL RELIEF FOR PERSONS DISPLACED BY WAR, AND DOMESTIC RELIEF FOR CANADIANS DISPLACED BY NATURAL DISASTERS. LETHBRIDGE'S FIRST I.O.D.E. CHAPTER WAS THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT CHAPTER, FORMED IN 1914. AT ITS PEAK OF ACTIVITY, THE I.O.D.E. HAD FIVE CHAPTERS IN LETHBRIDGE, INCLUDING THE DR. FRANK H. MEWBURN CHAPTER AND THE MAJOR JACK ROSS CHAPTER. LOCAL I.O.D.E. EFFORTS INCLUDED THE WROUGHT-IRON GATEWAY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, THE SOLIDER'S PLOT IN THE CEMEMTERY, AND PLAQUES AT BATTERY POINT IN HENDERSON LAKE PARK. IN 1989 THE TWO REMAINING LETHBRIDGE CHAPTERS MERGED, AND BY 2014 THERE WERE NO CHAPTERS OPERATING LOCALLY. THE CALGARY MUNICIPAL CHAPTER STILL RAISES FUNDS FOR A VARIETY OF CHARITABLE CAUSES THROUGH HOTDOG SALES AND A THRIFT STORE. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19900051000 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P19890028002
Acquisition Date
1989-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
TABLETS OF THE COVENANT, REPRODUCTION
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, METAL, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20130024001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TABLETS OF THE COVENANT, REPRODUCTION
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1980
Materials
WOOD, METAL, PAINT
No. Pieces
1
Height
3
Length
64
Width
50
Description
TWO WOODEN PANELS, CARVED INTO RECTANGULAR SHAPES WITH ARCHED TOPS, FASTENED TOGETHER WITH TWO METAL HINGES AT BACK. SLATS OF WOOD ATTACHED WITH NAILS ALONG BOTTOM EDGE, TO ACT AS A BASE WHEN OBJECT STANDS VERTICALLY. PANELS ARE PAINTED WHITE AND MARBLED WITH GREEN AND RED STREAKS OF PAINT TO MIMIC STONE. HEBREW LETTERS ARE PAINTING ON THE FACE OF BOTH PANELS IN BLACK, AND EACH ARCHED TOP HAS A SYMMETRICAL FLOWER DESIGN IN BLACK. FLAKING, CHIPPING, AND PAINT LOSS THROUGHOUT; RUST ON METAL HINGES AND SCREWS.
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CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
ON MAY 14, 2014 COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, GARRY KOHN, ABOUT HIS ROLE IN LETHBRIDGE’S JEWISH COMMUNITY SINCE 1968 AND THE DONATION OF TWO RELATED ARTIFACTS, A STAR OF DAVID THAT WAS INSTALLED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE BUILDING (P20130024002-GA) AND A HANDMADE REPRODUCTION OF THE TABLETS OF THE COVENANT (P20130024001-GA). REGARDING THIS ARTIFACT, KOHN SAID “I FOUND [IT] WHEN I WAS DOWN IN THE BASEMENT OF THE SYNAGOGUE –NOT THE BASEMENT, WHAT YOU CALL THE BOILER ROOM AND STORAGE AREA, AND THERE WAS A PORTION OF EVERYTHING THAT WAS UPSTAIRS THAT WASN’T NEEDED WAS JUST CHUCKED DOWN THERE SO THERE WAS ALL KINDS OF THINGS DOWN THERE. THERE WAS SCHOOL DESKS FROM THE CLASSROOMS, TO HADASSAH MEMORABILIA, THE HADASSAH BEING THE LADIES’ AUXILIARY TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY. IT WAS ONE OF OUR ORGANIZATIONS. AND HERE WAS THIS SET OF TABLETS THAT WAS DOWN THERE. WHERE THEY ORIGINATED, I HAVE NO IDEA AND NOBODY THAT WAS AROUND COULD TELL US… AND I FOUND THEM AND I SAID, “NO.” THEY WENT UPSTAIRS AND THEY STAYED UPSTAIRS FOR MAYBE FIVE, SIX YEARS ON THE PLATFORM NEXT TO THE, ON THE STAGE AREA THAT WE USED TO CONDUCT SERVICES AND IT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT I JUST MADE SURE ENDED UP IN MY POSSESSION SO THAT WE COULD HAVE IT. THEY COULD HAVE STAYED IN THE CHAPEL BUT IT WASN’T NECESSARY. I FELT THAT THAT WAS AN ARTIFACT, ALONG WITH THAT THAT SHOULD BE HELD BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE AS AN ARTIFACT TO COMMEMORATE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE LETHBRIDGE JEWISH COMMUNITY TO THE CITY… THEY’RE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN ABBREVIATED FORM – THE “THOU SHALTS AND THOU SHALT NOTS”, FIVE AND FIVE. THAT’S THE FOUNDATION OF JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY. THAT’S IMPORTANT, AND I THINK THAT’S A NEAT THING TO HAVE FOR ANYBODY TO BE ABLE TO SEE.” REGARDING LETHBRIDGE'S JEWISH COMMUNITY KOHN SAID, “I AM CURRENTLY THE PRESIDENT OF THE LETHBRIDGE HEBREW CONGREGATION, AND PROBABLY THE RELIGIOUS CHAIRMAN, THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE A RABBI AND I’M WELL ENOUGH VERSED TO CONDUCT SERVICES AND LEAD THE COMMUNITY ALONG WITH THE HELP OF ONE OTHER PERSON, MR. JOEL BERMACK… I’M NOT A RABBI BUT RABBI MEANS TEACHER AND LEADER OF THE SERVICES, THE RELIGIOUS SERVICES, AND THAT’S BASICALLY WHAT I DO. BEING PRESIDENT AND LEADER OF A SMALL CONGREGATION THAT NUMBERS MAYBE TEN FAMILIES NOW, AT THE MOST… IT’S AN AGING COMMUNITY; WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE DYING OR PASSING AWAY. I CONDUCT THE FUNERAL SERVICES, MAYBE ONE OR TWO A YEAR. IN THE LAST TEN YEARS, I WOULD SAY, I’VE CONDUCTED FIFTEEN BURIALS. IT’S A DWINDLING COMMUNITY… WE DON’T HAVE MUCH LEFT OF A COMMUNITY IF YOU COMPARED IT TO THE CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS AND THE PEOPLE WHO WERE HERE IN 1956 WHEN THE SYNAGOGUE WAS DEDICATED AND AFTER IT WAS BUILT. IT’S THE VERY SHADOW OF ITSELF, OF A VERY VIBRANT COMMUNITY THAT WAS IN LETHBRIDGE, WITH PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS WALKS OF LIFE, A LOT OF THEM BUSINESS PEOPLE, AND MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE CORE… IT WAS SUCH A TIGHT COMMUNITY AND SO WELL KNOWN THAT NOBODY DATED EACH OTHER; THEY JUST DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN THE YOUTH GROUPS AND THAT TYPE OF THING. AND FOR AS MANY PEOPLE AS THERE WERE, AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND THAT, THEY HEADED OUT AND FOUND PARTNERS ELSEWHERE… WHEN WE HAVE TO HAVE A RELIGIOUS SERVICE IN THE JEWISH FAITH, YOU HAVE TO HAVE TEN PEOPLE THERE, TEN MEN THEY SAY. THE CONSERVATIVE AND ORTHODOX BEND THAT TO INCLUDE WOMEN. IF YOU WANT TO SAY THE MEMORIAL PRAYER FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF A PARENT, CALLED THE KADDISH, YOU HAVE TO HAVE TEN PEOPLE. IT’S REALLY TOUGH TO GET TEN PEOPLE ON ANY GIVEN DAY TO COME. ON THE HOLIEST DAY OF THE YEAR, YOM KIPPUR, THE DAY OF ATONEMENT, LAST YEAR WE HAD FIFTEEN PEOPLE. AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE THEM; YOU HAVE TO KEEP THAT QUORUM FOR THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE SERVICE, WHICH IS A MORNING SERVICE FROM NINE TILL TWELVE THIRTY OR TO ONE O’CLOCK. AND A LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING SERVICE WHICH IS ANOTHER THREE HOURS. IT’S TOUGH TO KEEP PEOPLE WHO AREN’T OVERLY OBSERVANT IN THEIR FAITH, TO TIE THEM DOWN FOR THAT LENGTH OF TIME. AND YET IT’S THE OLD STORY, WHEN YOUR BACK’S AGAINST THE WALL, IF SOMEBODY EVER SAID ANYTHING OR MADE DEROGATORY COMMENTS, THEY WOULD COME, THEY WOULD BE AT THE FOREFRONT FOR DEFENSE. SO I AM INTENSELY PROUD OF MY HERITAGE. I THINK YOU’VE PROVED THAT ONE OUT, BUT WE DON’T GO OUT AND PREACH IT. IT’S NOT ALLOWED IN OUR FAITH… WHEN I CAME IN ’68, EVEN SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE HERE IN ’56 HAD PASSED ON, AND SO I DIDN’T KNOW SOME OF THEM BUT IT WAS A PRETTY VIBRANT COMMUNITY. WHEN WE HELD OUR SERVICES WE HAD A RABBI IN THOSE DAYS AND SERVICES WERE HELD FOR FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING SERVICES. WE HAD SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR THE CHILDREN IN THOSE DAYS, AND THAT WAS BEFORE WE’D HAD OUR CHILDREN. BY THE TIME WE HAD OUR CHILD IN 1974, THERE WAS NO LONGER A RABBI HERE, RABBI KALMAR BEING THE LAST ONE, WHO MOVED ON TO CALGARY. HE WAS SOMEWHAT OF A CHALLENGE FOR THE COMMUNITY HIMSELF, AND DIDN’T QUITE FIT THE BILL HERE, AND SO AT THAT POINT THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH OF A COMMUNITY TO ATTRACT A FULLTIME RABBI… SO FOR THE HOLY DAYS, THE HIGH HOLY DAYS, WE WOULD IMPORT A TEACHER OR AN EDUCATED PERSON OR SOMEBODY WHO COULD LEAD THE SERVICES, THAT WAS FULLY FAMILIAR, FROM CALGARY OR VANCOUVER TO WOULD COME IN FOR ROSH HASHANAH, THE NEW YEAR, OR YOM KIPPUR, THE DAY OF ATONEMENT, TEN DAYS LATER, AND LEAD THE SERVICES FOR THE CONGREGATION THERE. FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR, WE HAD ENOUGH PEOPLE WERE STILL CONVERSANT WITH THE RITUALS, THE PRACTICES, THE HEBREW, THE LITURGY, WHO COULD LEAD THE SERVICES BETTER THAN I CAN – SOME OF THE OLDER PEOPLE. SO WE JUST DID OUR OWN THING, AND WE DID IT… THIS NUMBER OF FAMILIES, CONSIDERING WHAT HAD BEEN DONE, FOR THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES WE HAD, WAS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE IN TERMS OF COMMITMENT TO THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY AND INTEGRATION INTO IT. THE LETHBRIDGE JEWISH COMMUNITY DID NOT SECULARIZE ITSELF OR INSULATE ITSELF. WE TRIED TO BE ACTIVE IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE SOCIAL LIFE, THE FABRIC OF THE COMMUNITY… I WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL BOARD MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA ART GALLERY. I AND SEVERAL OTHER PEOPLE WERE MEMBERS OF THE KIWANIS CLUB. I CHAIRED THE MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR FIVE YEARS… THE OTHERS, MORE SO JUST IN BUSINESS AND BEING GOOD CORPORATE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, I WOULD SAY THAT… WE RAISE MONEY, AND AT FIRST HALF THE MONEY WAS KEPT TO SUPPORT AND SUBSIDIZE THE SYNAGOGUE BECAUSE OUR DUES COULDN’T DO THAT, AND THE OTHER HALF WAS GIVEN AWAY INTO THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. SO FOR YEARS… WE HAVE SUPPORTED, WE HAVE DONE THINGS LIKE UH, FURNISHED ROOMS AT ST. MICHAEL’S; AT THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL OVER THE YEARS. WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OUR COMMUNITY AT ALL THE HIGH SCHOOLS INCLUDING THE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS. WE HAVE SUPPORTED A NUMBER OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN TOWN – THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, TO THE TUNE OF WELL IN EXCESS OF $5000 TO $7000 A YEAR. NOW THAT WE DON’T HAVE A SYNAGOGUE, ALL OF IT IS GOING TO IT, FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS WE’VE GIVEN $5000 AND $6000 STRAIGHT OUT TO THE KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL FOUNDATION… THE MONEY THAT WE RAISE GOES TO THAT, SO THAT’S PART OF THE CORPORATE CITIZENRY THAT WE TRY TO MAINTAIN. WE’VE MADE OUR LIVINGS HERE; THIS IS HOW WE CAN GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY… [A FEW YEARS AGO] WE REALIZED HOW THE COMMUNITY WAS GETTING SMALLER AND SMALLER. THE COST OF KEEPING UP A BUILDING, ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO TAXES TO PAY BECAUSE CHURCHES ARE EXEMPT FROM PROPERTY TAXES, THE MAINTENANCE ON A BUILDING AND HEATING IT IN WINTER TIME, WHETHER IT WAS USED OR NOT - OF 6700 SQUARE FEET - IT WAS PRETTY OLD, AND AS THE POPULATION WAS DWINDLING, HOW MUCH CAN YOU ASK PEOPLE TO GIVE TO SUPPORT SOMETHING THAT ONLY GETS USED A HALF DOZEN DAYS OF THE YEAR?... SO WE HAD A MEETING AND DECIDED THAT WE SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AND SEE WHAT WE COULD DO, IF WE COULD SELL THE BUILDING. THE IDEA WAS TO TRY AND GET A PLAN, A SUCCESSION PLAN, THAT, IF WE DID SELL IT, THEN WHAT WOULD WE DO? WE STILL WANTED A PLACE TO GATHER. WE DIDN’T WANT TO RENT A ROOM RANDOMLY IN A MALL OR A STRUCTURE OF SOME SORT, AND IT WAS ONLY THROUGH – WE PUT A SIGN IN THE WINDOW THAT IT WAS FOR SALE AND WE HAD ONE OR TWO PEOPLE CALL AND SAY THAT THEY MIGHT BE INTERESTED, BUT NOTHING THAT REALLY CAME TO FRUITION. IT WAS GOING TO BE AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION FOR EVERYBODY, BECAUSE WE HAD THE BUILDING APPRAISED, AND IT WAS WORTH A FAIR CHUNK OF COIN. BUT IT WAS GOING TO NEED SOME UPGRADING AND THAT TYPE OF THING. WELL, IN A CASUAL CONVERSATION OVER LUNCH AND CHATTING WITH ART FERRARI AND DAN WESTWOOD, MORE ART FERRARI, WHO WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF LES CALMAN AND MYSELF AND DAN SHAPIRO, HE SAID, “YOU KNOW, YOUR PREDECESSORS DESIGNED THIS BUILDING. YOU’RE IN A PRETTY SMALL SPACE ON 13TH STREET NORTH AND YOU’RE GROWING AND YOU’RE VERY BUSY, WHY DON’T YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THIS?” AND WE HAD A COUPLE OF LUNCHEONS AND IT JUST FELL, IT CAME TOGETHER. AND ART HAD WORKED FOR A JEWISH FAMILY WHEN HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. HE’D WORKED FOR THE SCHECTORS AT HERB’S WESTERN WEAR AND HE HAD A LOVE FOR SOME OF THE PEOPLE HERE AND A RESPECT FOR THEM; LET’S PUT IT THAT WAY. AND HE SAID, “I’LL TELL YOU WHAT.” I SAID, “WE COULD LEASE YOU THE BUILDING AND KEEP THE SMALL SANCTUARY AND YOU COULD DO THE RENOVATION ON THE REST, AND HE SAID, “NO”, HE SAID, “HOW ABOUT WE BUY THE BUILDING FOR A MUTUALLY AGREED UPON APPRAISED PRICE, MINUS EXPENSES THAT WOULD BE ENCUMBERED WITH IT, THE SOIL TESTING AND THAT TYPE OF THING THAT HAS TO BE DONE”, HE SAYS, “AND WE’LL LEASE YOU BACK THE CHAPEL AS PART OF THE CONSIDERATION AGAINST THE ASKING PRICE. WE’LL LEASE IT TO YOU FOR NOTHING, FOR A DOLLAR, FOR TEN YEARS.”… AND THAT JUST FELL TOGETHER, SO WE DID A MINOR RENOVATION, REDECORATING AND REPAINTING AND FIX-UP OF THE SMALL CHAPEL, WHICH IS 600 SQ. FT. AND IT’S GOT A SMALL OFFICE, A 10 X 10 ROOM, IF THAT - 8 X 10? AND THEY TOOK OVER THE REST OF THE BUILDING [IN 2010]… IT’S BEEN A WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP… THERE IS A JEWISH PRESENCE IN LETHBRIDGE STILL, EVEN THOUGH VERY MINUTE, AND WE TRY AND INVOLVE OURSELVES IN OTHER AREAS OF THE COMMUNITY TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE WANT TO BE GOOD CITIZENS AND PART OF THE CULTURAL FABRIC OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY… “ SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, AND HARDCOPIES OF THE PROGRAM FROM THE 1956 DEDICATION SERVICE OF THE BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE AND THE BOOK ‘LAND OF PROMISE; THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA’.
Catalogue Number
P20130024001
Acquisition Date
2013-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, BRASS, ALUMINIUM
Catalogue Number
P19890028004
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD, BRASS, ALUMINIUM
No. Pieces
1
Height
75.9
Diameter
60.8
Description
PLYWOOD, HAND CONSTRUCTED I.O.D.E. LOGO OR CREST. CROWN OVER FLAG, "IMPERIAL ORDER DAUGHTERS OF THE EMPIRE" ENCIRCLING FLAG. "DONATED BY MRS. A.M. MEREDITH" PAINTED ON BOTTOM. REVERSE BRASS CHAIN & METAL LEG. "PROPERTY OF DR. FRANK H. MEWBURNE O.B.E. CHAPTER I.O.D.E." MARKED IN PENCIL ON BACK TOP "PUT BACK IN CASE FOR PROTECTION". SEVERAL STAINS ON FRONT FACE OF PLAQUE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
FROM DR. F.H. MEWBURN CHAPTER I.O.D.E. NOW DEFUNCT. DESIGNED TO HANG OR STAND. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS. THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF THE I.O.D.E. AND ITS LETHBRIDGE CHAPTERS WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE I.O.D.E. WEBSITE, GALT ARCHIVES, AND AN ARTICLE FROM THE APRIL 21, 2014 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE IMPERIAL ORDER DAUGHTERS OF THE EMPIRE (IODE) WAS FOUNDED IN 1900 BY MARGARET POLSON MURRAY OF MONTREAL WHO WANTED TO INCREASE HOMELAND SUPPORT FOR CANADIANS FIGHTING WITH THE EMPIRE FORCES IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING THE SECOND BOER WAR. MURRAY INITIATED THE FORMATION OF A FEDERATION OF WOMEN TO PROMOTE PATRIOTISM, LOYALTY AND SERVICE TO OTHERS BY SENDING TELEGRAMS TO THE MAYORS OF CANADA'S MAJOR CITIES ASKING THEM TO CALL TOGETHER THE PROMINENT WOMEN IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THE FIRST CHAPTER WAS FORMED IN FREDRICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK IN JANUARY 1900. THE FOLLOWING MONTH A CONSTITUTION AND LIST OF OBJECTIVES WERE DRAFTED IN MONTREAL. IN 1901 THE HEAD OFFICE MOVED TO TORONTO AND THE FEDERATION WAS INCORPORATED. CHAPTERS WERE QUICKLY STARTED ACROSS CANADA AND IN INDIA AND THE BAHAMAS. FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN PROJECTS MOUNTED BY VARIOUS I.O.D.E. CHAPTERS HAVE INCLUDED A MONUMENT TO CANADIAN SOLIDERS KILLED IN BATTLE IN SOUTH AFRICA, A GATEWAY IN TORONTO TO COMMEMORATE THE 1901 VISIT OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF YORK, INCREASED BEDS IN A TUBERCULOSIS SANITORIUM IN HAMILTON, ONTARIO, NUMEROUS CHILD WELFARE PROJECTS, VARIOUS WAR MEMORIAL FUNDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN OF VETERANS, THE PURCHASE OF HOSPITALS, AMBULANCES, SHIPS, AND AIRCRAFT IN BOTH WORLD WARS TO PROVIDE AID TO CANADIAN SOLDIERS, COMMEMORATIVE GARDENS, INTERNATIONAL RELIEF FOR PERSONS DISPLACED BY WAR, AND DOMESTIC RELIEF FOR CANADIANS DISPLACED BY NATURAL DISASTERS. LETHBRIDGE'S FIRST I.O.D.E. CHAPTER WAS THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT CHAPTER, FORMED IN 1914. AT ITS PEAK OF ACTIVITY, THE I.O.D.E. HAD FIVE CHAPTERS IN LETHBRIDGE, INCLUDING THE DR. FRANK H. MEWBURN CHAPTER AND THE MAJOR JACK ROSS CHAPTER. LOCAL I.O.D.E. EFFORTS INCLUDED THE WROUGHT-IRON GATEWAY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, THE SOLIDER'S PLOT IN THE CEMEMTERY, AND PLAQUES AT BATTERY POINT IN HENDERSON LAKE PARK. IN 1989 THE TWO REMAINING LETHBRIDGE CHAPTERS MERGED, AND BY 2014 THERE WERE NO CHAPTERS OPERATING LOCALLY. THE CALGARY MUNICIPAL CHAPTER STILL RAISES FUNDS FOR A VARIETY OF CHARITABLE CAUSES THROUGH HOTDOG SALES AND A THRIFT STORE. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19900051000 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P19890028004
Acquisition Date
1989-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073038
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1980
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
96
Width
56.8
Description
HEAVY COTTON FLAG IS RED, HAS IN TOP LEFT BLUE RECTANGLE SEWN ON WITH WHITE PAINTED SUN (WHITE CIRCLE WITH SMALL TRIANGLES RADIATING AROUND IT). ALONG LEFT SIDE IS WHITE VERTICAL MATERIAL FOLDED OVER EACH SIDE OF FLAG TO MAKE COVER FOR ROPE OR POLE FOR FLAG TO FLY ON. PAINT IS CRACKED AND IS HELD TOGETHER BY TAPE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
History
FLAG OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA, IN THE PROVINCE OF TAIWAN. IN 1949, THE KUOMINTANG NATIONALIST PARTY WAS DEFEATED BY THE COMMUNIST REVOLUTION IN CHINA, AFTER WHICH PRESIDENT CHIANG AND HIS SUPPORTERS WITHDREW FROM MAINLAND CHINA TO TAIWAN. THERE THEY ESTABLISHED A KUOMINTANG (KMT) REGIME, WHICH CONTINUED IN OPPOSITION TO THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA PROCLAIMED IN 1949. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073038
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
POLICE REMOTE DISPATCH RADIO
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19960112068
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE REMOTE DISPATCH RADIO
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
21.4
Length
39.5
Width
30.7
Description
GREY STEEL DISPATCH RECEIVER. LIGHT GREY PAINTED FRONT PANEL WITH "MOTOROLA" PRINTED ALONG BOTTOM. GREY SPEAKER AT UPPER LEFT CORNER; BESIDE IS GRADUATED METER AND CLOCK SET AT "12:00". VOLUME KNOB IN BOTTOM LEFT CORNER. REVERSE IS OPEN, REVEALING FUSES, OUTLETS, AND MECHANICAL WORKINGS. HAS STICKER WITH "USE GENUINE MOTOROLA REPLACEMENT PARTS". BLACK POWER CORD EXTENDS FROM BACK RIGHT CORNER.
Subjects
ACOUSTICAL T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
REMOTE RADIO IS USED IN CONJUCTION WITH DISPATCH MICROPHONE, P19960112069 AND PHONE, P19960112070. SEE ALSO MOTOROLA REPEATER P19930061000. INFO BELOW WAS DEVELOPED FOR A POLICE EXHIBIT INSTALLED IN NOVEMBER 2007. DURING THE YEAR PRIOR, MUSEUM TECH KEVIN MACLEAN SPOKE TO NEARLY A DOZEN RETIRED AND SERVING OFFICERS IN ADDITION TO FORMER CIVILIAN DISPATCHER ANNE TODD AND CITY ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE BILL STANTON. WRITTEN SOURCES INCLUDED THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ANNUAL POLICE CHEIF REPORTS AND THE BADGE AND THE BLOTTER. FOR AN IN DEPTH HISTORY OF THE RADIO, PLEASE REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE. AMONG ALL THE TOOLS USED BY POLICE TO CONDUCT THEIR WORK, FEW ARE AS SIGNIFICANT AS THOSE CALLED UPON WHEN POLICE NEED TO COMMUNICATE. FROM THE 1920S UNTIL THE MID-60S, “BEAT” PATROL OFFICERS WERE DEPENDENT ON A HANDFUL OF STREET-BASED “SIGNAL LIGHTS” AS THEIR SOLE MEANS OF POLICE COMMUNICATION (REF. ARCHIVAL PHOTO P19800122010-GP). CONTROLLED BY A SWITCH PANEL IN THE POLICE STATION, THE RED AND GREEN SIGNAL LIGHTS COMMUNICATED AN ELABORATE CODE TO PATROLMEN ON THE CENTRAL (1ST TO 6TH AVENUES BETWEEN 5TH AND 9TH STREETS) AND WEST (1ST TO 6TH AVENUES WEST OF 5TH STREET) BEATS. DEPENDENT ON THE LIGHTS’ ILLUMINATED COLOUR(S) AND SOLID-LIT OR FLASHING STATE, POLICEMEN KNEW IF THEY OR OTHERS WERE TO IMMEDIATELY PHONE THE STATION FROM ANY NUMBER OF HOTELS OR 24-HR BUSINESSES. IN 1952, THE FORCE INSTALLED ITS FIRST 2-WAY RADIOS IN ITS THREE TRAFFIC PATROL VEHICLES. SEVEN YEARS LATER, A CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED TO ACQUIRE AND EVALUATE HANDHELD RADIOS AND, BY 1965, ALL MEMBERS, INCLUDING THOSE WALKING THE “BEATS”, HAD IMMEDIATE RADIO CONTACT WITH THE STATION. THIS SECOND GENERATION REMOTE RADIO UNIT (MOTOROLA) WAS ACQUIRED IN THE EARLY 60S AND FEATURED NEW SEMI-CONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGY. FROM THE STATION, AUDIO SIGNALS WERE SENT OUT VIA LANDLINE TO A MOTOROLA TRANSMITTER/ RECEIVER LOCATED ON THE TOP OF THE LETHBRIDGE WATER TOWER ON MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE. FROM THERE, THE SIGNAL WAS TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE AIR TO VEHICLE-BASED OR HANDHELD 2-WAY RADIOS. ANN TODD WAS HIRED BY THE CITY POLICE FORCE IN 1962 AS A CLERK/ STENOGRAPHER. OVER THE YEARS, SHE OPERATED THE MOTOROLA RADIO (REF. PHOTO IN ARCHIVES COLLECTION), BUT WAS RESTRICTED TO ACKNOWLEDGING AND TRANSMITTING ONLY THE SIMPLEST OF MESSAGES. THE COMPLAINTS DESK CONSTABLE WAS THE PRIMARY USER OF THE RADIO, DISPATCHING CARS AND RECEIVING REPORTS. IN 1975/76, THE “RADIO ROOM” AND THE MOTOROLA RADIO WERE REPLACED BY A “COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE” WHICH, WAS SITUATED ACROSS THE HALL FROM THE COMPLAINTS DESK. NEW CENTRE EQUIPMENT INCLUDED A SWITCHBOARD, A REEL-TO-REEL INCOMING CALL RECORDER, A CANADIAN POLICE INFORMATION CENTRE (CPIC) COMPUTER AND A “DEAF PHONE” IN ADDITION TO MONITORING INTERNAL CCTV CAMERA MONITORS (REF. ARCHIVAL PHOTO COLLECTION). *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112068
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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