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Other Name
COIN BANK
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, CARDBOARD, CELLOPHANE
Catalogue Number
P19990061008
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COIN BANK
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Materials
PLASTIC, CARDBOARD, CELLOPHANE
No. Pieces
3
Height
27.6
Length
17.2
Width
12.0
Description
GREEN CARDBOARD BOX, W/ FRONT CELLOPHANE WINDOW. ABOVE WINDOW READS "TIRELIRE TIMOTHY EATON COIN BANK", BELOW WINDOW READS "EATON RECOLLECTIONS". EACH SIDE OF BOX HAS A PICTURE OF A BRONZE STATUE AND AN EXPLANATION OF THE STATUE; ONE SIDE IN FRENCH, THE OTHER IN ENGLISH. INSIDE BOX IS A BRONZE COLOURED, PLASTIC STATUE. STATUE IS OF A MAN SITTING IN A CHAIR ON A PEDESTAL. THE MAN'S LEFT TOE IS GOLD COLOURED. ON BACK OF CHAIR IS A SLOT. ON FRONT OF PEDESTAL IS A CLEAR PLASTIC STICKER WITH BLACK PRINT THAT READS "TIMOTHY EATON BORN 1834 DIED 1907 FOUNDER OF THE T. EATON CO LIMITED", ETCETERA. ON BOTTOM OF STATUE IS A ROUND, GREEN, PLASTIC PLUG. ALSO IN BOX IS A FOLDED PIECE OF HEAVY PAPER THAT IS GREEN AND WHITE. THERE IS A HOLE IN ONE CORNER WITH A PIECE OF GOLD ELASTIC THROUGH IT. FRONT OF CARD READS "EATON RECOLLECTIONS"; INSIDE OF CARD GIVES EXPLANATION OF STATUE IN ENGLISH & FRENCH.
Subjects
TOY
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
CURRENCY/MAUNDY
History
BANK IS COMMEMORATIVE OF TWO STATUES THAT WERE ERECTED IN HONOR OF THE FOUNDER OF THE EATON COMPANY, TIMOTHY EATON, BY ITS EMPLOYEES ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPANY IN 1919. MUSEUM OBTAINED ITEMS FROM LETHBRIDGE EATON'S STORE IN 1999. DUE TO COMPANY BANKRUPTCY, EATON'S STORES ACROSS CANADA WERE CLOSED, INCLUDING THE LETHBRIDGE LOCATION IN PARK PLACE MALL. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE T. EATON COMPANY STORES IN LETHBRIDGE. THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE'S EATON'S STORE WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM GALT ARCHIVES AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM THE FALL OF 1988. THE T. EATON COMPANY WAS FOUNDED IN TORONTO IN 1869 BY TIMOTHY EATON. THE FIRST LETHBRIDGE EATON'S 'TECO' STORE WAS OPENED IN 1927 IN THE BASEMENT OF THE DOMINION BLOCK ON THE CORNER OF 4 AVENUE AND SIXTH STREET SOUTH. AFTER A FIRE, THE BUILDING WAS RENOVATED AND COMPLETELY TAKEN OVER BY THE EATON'S STORE, WHICH OPERATED IN THAT LOCATION UNDER PERIODIC RENOVATIONS FROM 1929 UNTIL THE OPENING OF THE PARK PLACE MALL IN 1988, IN WHICH EATON'S WAS AN ANCHOR RETAILER. IN 1989 A PORTION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE ART COLLECTION WAS TEMPORARILY PUT ON DISPLAY IN THE VACANT EATON'S BUILDING, AND PROPOSALS WERE MADE TO MAKE THE INSTALLATION PERMANENT, BUT EVENTUALLY THE PROPERTY WAS SOLD AND DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BANK OF MONTREAL BRANCH. IN 1999 THE EATON'S STORE IN PARK PLACE MALL CLOSED JUST PRIOR TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BANKRUPTCY OF THE LARGER T. EATON COMPANY LIMITED. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19930072001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P19990061008
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1888
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19920020009
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1888
Date Range To
1900
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
40.2
Width
28.0
Description
HEAVY LINEN BAG, 2 TIE STRAPS. PROBABLY HANDMADE. 20.4 CM SLIT ON FACE REINFORCED. SOME STAINS. WORN & PATCHED ON REAR FACE NEAR SLIT BOTTOM. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
EXCHANGE MEDIUM
Historical Association
BUSINESS
CURRENCY/MAUNDY
History
BEGINNING ABOUT 1888, JOB REED BEGAN A MARKET GARDEN BUSINESS IN LETHBRIDGE. HANDMADE BAG IS BELIEVED TO DATE TO ABOUT THAT TIME. SEE P19920020001-GA FOR FURTHER DONOR & REED FAMILY HISTORY. FOR EXTENSIVE INFORMATION ON REED FAMILY EXHIBITION SEE HARDCOPY FILE P19920001001. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE REED FAMILY. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF JOB REED WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM AN ARTICLE ON THE REED FAMILY AND FARM FROM THE DECEMBER 30, 1985 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, REED'S DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT FROM 1906, AND THE GALT ARCHIVES. JOB REED WAS BORN IN SOMERSETSHIRE, ENGLAND ON NOVEMBER 12, 1841. WHEN HE WAS 14, HIS FATHER DIED, LEAVING JOB THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVIDING FOR HIMSELF AND HIS WIDOWED MOTHER. HE WORKED FOR THE BRITISH POSTAL SERVICE AND COMPLETED HIS TEACHING CERTIFICATION. HE MARRIED MARY ELIZABETH HOBBS IN 1869, AND IMMIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1873, MOVING FROM NEW ORLEANS TO TEXAS AND THEN PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE REED OBTAINED A DEGREE IN MEDICINE. THE COUPLE RETURNED TO ENGLAND, BUT REED'S MEDICAL TRAINING WAS NOT RECOGNIZED THERE, AND IN 1882 THEY CROSSED THE ATLANTIC AGAIN, MOVING WEST ACROSS CANADA IN STAGES, FINALLY ARRIVING IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1886. THE FAMILY HAD SEVEN CHILDREN: RICHARD, HENRY, ELIZABETH (WHO MARRIED GEORGE HERBERT WATSON), JOB JUNIOR (KNOWN AS BUDD), GEORGE, ANNIE, AND ELLA. REED PURCHASED TWO LOTS ON WHAT IS NOW 6TH AVENUE SOUTH. THE FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED A MARKET GARDEN ON THE PROPERY, AND BUILT A STONE DUPLEX THAT STILL STANDS ON THE 1200 BLOCK OF 6TH AVENUE. REED WORKED AS A COAL MINER TO EARN MORE MONEY TOWARDS INVESTING IN FURTHER LAND, AND RAISED PIGS WITH SCRAP FOOD FROM THE NEARBY RCMP BARRACKS. IN 1901, REED PURCHASED 2.5 SECTIONS OF LAND NEAR PRESENT-DAY GRANUM WITH HIS FOUR SONS AND ONE SON-IN-LAW; HIS SON BILLY LATER TOOK OVER THIS RANCH. REED WAS A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN LETHBRIDGE AND A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. IN EARLY 1906, HE PURCHASED EDGEHILL FARM, NEAR SIX MILE COULEE, BUT HE DIED LATER THAT YEAR ON APRIL 25. MARY REED LIVED AT THE FARM FOR YEARS AFTERWARD, AND DIED IN KELOWNA, B.C. IN 1932 AT HOME OF ONE OF HER SONS. BOTH JOB AND MARY REED ARE BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19980031006 FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, AND PERMANENT FILE P19920001001 FOR RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY AIMEE VIEL FOR A GALT MUSUEM EXHIBIT ON THE REED FAMILY..
Catalogue Number
P19920020009
Acquisition Date
1992-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1888
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19920020015
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1888
Date Range To
1900
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
48.0
Width
27.5
Description
HEAVY LINEN BAG, 2 TIE STRAPS. PROBABLY HANDMADE. 14.7 CM SLIT ON FACE REINFORCED. SOME STAINS. CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
EXCHANGE MEDIUM
Historical Association
BUSINESS
CURRENCY/MAUNDY
History
HANDMADE BAG IS BELIEVED TO DATE TO ABOUT 1888 WHEN JOB REED BEGAN A MARKET GARDENING BUSINESS IN LETHBRIDGE. SEE P19920020001-GA FOR FURTHER REED FAMILY HISTORY & DONOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE REED FAMILY. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF JOB REED WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM AN ARTICLE ON THE REED FAMILY AND FARM FROM THE DECEMBER 30, 1985 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, REED'S DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT FROM 1906, AND THE GALT ARCHIVES. JOB REED WAS BORN IN SOMERSETSHIRE, ENGLAND ON NOVEMBER 12, 1841. WHEN HE WAS 14, HIS FATHER DIED, LEAVING JOB THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVIDING FOR HIMSELF AND HIS WIDOWED MOTHER. HE WORKED FOR THE BRITISH POSTAL SERVICE AND COMPLETED HIS TEACHING CERTIFICATION. HE MARRIED MARY ELIZABETH HOBBS IN 1869, AND IMMIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1873, MOVING FROM NEW ORLEANS TO TEXAS AND THEN PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE REED OBTAINED A DEGREE IN MEDICINE. THE COUPLE RETURNED TO ENGLAND, BUT REED'S MEDICAL TRAINING WAS NOT RECOGNIZED THERE, AND IN 1882 THEY CROSSED THE ATLANTIC AGAIN, MOVING WEST ACROSS CANADA IN STAGES, FINALLY ARRIVING IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1886. THE FAMILY HAD SEVEN CHILDREN: RICHARD, HENRY, ELIZABETH (WHO MARRIED GEORGE HERBERT WATSON), JOB JUNIOR (KNOWN AS BUDD), GEORGE, ANNIE, AND ELLA. REED PURCHASED TWO LOTS ON WHAT IS NOW 6TH AVENUE SOUTH. THE FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED A MARKET GARDEN ON THE PROPERY, AND BUILT A STONE DUPLEX THAT STILL STANDS ON THE 1200 BLOCK OF 6TH AVENUE. REED WORKED AS A COAL MINER TO EARN MORE MONEY TOWARDS INVESTING IN FURTHER LAND, AND RAISED PIGS WITH SCRAP FOOD FROM THE NEARBY RCMP BARRACKS. IN 1901, REED PURCHASED 2.5 SECTIONS OF LAND NEAR PRESENT-DAY GRANUM WITH HIS FOUR SONS AND ONE SON-IN-LAW; HIS SON BILLY LATER TOOK OVER THIS RANCH. REED WAS A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN LETHBRIDGE AND A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. IN EARLY 1906, HE PURCHASED EDGEHILL FARM, NEAR SIX MILE COULEE, BUT HE DIED LATER THAT YEAR ON APRIL 25. MARY REED LIVED AT THE FARM FOR YEARS AFTERWARD, AND DIED IN KELOWNA, B.C. IN 1932 AT HOME OF ONE OF HER SONS. BOTH JOB AND MARY REED ARE BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19980031006 FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, AND PERMANENT FILE P19920001001 FOR RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY AIMEE VIEL FOR A GALT MUSUEM EXHIBIT ON THE REED FAMILY..
Catalogue Number
P19920020015
Acquisition Date
1992-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTER, GOLD LEAF
Catalogue Number
P19990062001
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
PLASTER, GOLD LEAF
No. Pieces
1
Height
7.1
Length
32.0
Diameter
25.5 (ROSETTE ONLY)
Description
ROUND, PLASTER ROSETTE. HAS A RAISED CENTER, WITH 'PETALS' THAT CURVE INWARD. AROUND CENTRE ARE SIXTEEN PETALS, WITH SMALLER PETALS IN BETWEEN THESE. THE ROSETTE IS PAINTED WITH BROWN LACQUER; ENDS OF PETALS ARE COVERED WITH GOLD LEAF. ROSETTE HAS THREE EXTENSIONS, WITH GOLD DECORATIVE DESIGNS ON THEM. THERE IS A HINT OF PURPLE BEYOND TWO OF THESE EXTENSIONS. EDGES OF PLASTER ARE VERY ROUGH. STRAW STICKS OUT FROM EDGES OF PLASTER. ROSETTE HAS SOME MAJOR CHIPS AND CRACKS IN IT. ROSETTE IS STAMPED ON BOTTOM WITH "[?]-159". IS IN VERY DELICATE CONDITION; VERY BRITTLE.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
LEISURE
History
ROSETTE FROM THE CEILING OF THE CAPITOL THEATRE. ROSETTE IS MADE OF PLASTER OF PARIS, COVERED WITH GENUINE IMPORTED GOLD LEAF. IT WAS REMOVED PRIOR TO THE THEATRE'S DEMOLITION IN 1973. DONOR IS A.W. SHACKLEFORD'S SON. SEE HARDCOPY FOR MORE INFORMATION. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING A PORTRAIT OF ALFRED WILLIAM SHACKLEFORD (P20060025001-GA), OWNER OF THE SHACKLEFORD THEATRES. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF MAYOR SHACKLEFORD WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE AND A LETHBRIDGE HERALD TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM MAY 31, 1992. A.W. SHACKLEFORD WAS BORN IN ESSEX, ENGLAND IN 1899 AND CAME TO CALGARY WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1909. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE TRAINED AS A DRAFTSMAN BUT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE FILM EXCHANGE AND FOX FILMS. IN 1921 HE WAS HIRED TO MANAGED THE KING'S THEATRE IN LETHBRIDGE AND BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH MARK ROGERS, A LETHBRIDGE BUSINESSMAN WHO OWNED THREE LOCAL MOVIE THEATRES. SHACKLEFORD ALSO BECAME PARTNER IN THE AMUSEMENT COMPANY THAT OPENED THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILLION IN 1924. BY 1925 HE WAS PART-OWNER OF THE FORMER EMPRESS THEATRE ON 5TH AVENUE SOUTH, RENAMING IT THE ROXY. HE THEN TEAMED UP WITH THE FAMOUS PLAYERS COMPANY TO REMODEL THE FORMER PALACE THEATRE AND RENAME IT THE CAPITOL. SHACKLEFORD ALSO OPENED THE THEATRE IN THE FORMER COLLEGE MALL, BUILT THE 960-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE ON 4TH AVENUE SOUTH, AND TOOK OVER OPERATION OF THE DIRVE-IN THEATRE AT THE SOUTH CITY LIMITS. SHACKLEFORD WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN CIVIC LIFE, ACTIVE IN GROUPS INCLUDING THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE GYRO CLUB, UNITED WAY, LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT EXHIBITION BOARD, BOARD OF TRADE, ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH, AND THE ALBERTA THEATRE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION. HE AND HIS WIFE ADA HAD TWO SONS, ROBERT AND DOUGLAS. AFTER SEVERAL TERMS AS ALDERMAN STARTING IN 1939, SHACKLEFORD FIRST SERVED AS MAYOR FROM 1944 - 1947, AND FOR TWO MORE TERMS FROM 1952 - 1955 AND 1957 - 1961. HE WORKED FOR 68 YEARS IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, RETIRING AT AGE 90. W.A. SHACKLEFORD DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 30, 1992. SEE PERMANENT FILE P20060025001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P19990062001
Acquisition Date
1999-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
STAR OF DAVID, ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CAST IRON, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20130024002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STAR OF DAVID, ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE
Date
1956
Materials
CAST IRON, PAINT
No. Pieces
1
Height
8
Length
78
Width
91
Description
SIX STRIPS OF STEEL WELDED INTO SYMMETRICAL STAR SHAPE, PAINTED BLUE. FOUR STEEL TABS ON BACK ATTACHED AT RIGHT ANGLES TO THE LARGER STRUCTURE. MINOR SCRATCHES AND AREAS OF PAINT LOSS, WHERE RED BASECOAT IS VISIBLE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
BUILDING COMPONENT
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 “[IT] WAS DECIDED WHEN THEY TOOK OVER THE BUILDING, THAT IF IT WAS GOING TO BE FERRARI WESTWOOD ARCHITECTS, THE STAR OF DAVID WASN’T AN APPROPRIATE THING TO HAVE ON THE MAIN COLUMN OR TOWER OF THE BUILDING… AT FIRST WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT. WE WERE THERE, THEY HAD A CRANE UP AND TO HAVE TO CUT IT OFF BECAUSE IT WAS STEEL BARS RIGHT INTO THE BRICK OF THE BUILDING. THEY TOOK IT DOWN AND PUT IT IN THE YARD AND ONE OF THE OTHER – THAT NIGHT, IT DIDN’T GET PUT INSIDE THE BUILDING – ONE OF THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CAME BY AND SAW IT LAYING IN THE FRONT YARD BECAUSE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO BACK INSIDE OF THE BUILDING AND HE SAW IT THERE AND THOUGHT, “THAT’S NOT RIGHT”, AND SO HE TOOK IT HOME. AND THEN WE CAME BACK THE NEXT DAY, LOOKING FOR IT AND IT WAS GONE AND SO MINOR PANIC THEN. BUT THEN HE CAME AND SAID “NO, I’VE GOT IT”, AND HE BROUGHT IT BACK TO ME AND I BROUGHT IT DOWN HERE BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT IT LOST. THE STAR OF DAVID IS NOT A JUDAIC RITUAL SYMBOL IN ACTUAL FACT, BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE THAT TYPE OF THING. IT’S NOT THE SAME AS THE CRUCIFIX IS TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, BUT IT IS A SYMBOL OF JUDAISM. MORE TO THE POINT, IT BECAME THAT SYMBOL MORE SO EVEN IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN HITLER MADE ALL THE JEWS WEAR THE STAR FOR IDENTIFICATION. THAT’S WHERE IT’S IMPORTANT… THE FIRST THING WE THOUGHT OF WAS THE GALT MUSEUM… IT WOULD HAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE. WHAT’S THE POINT OF KEEPING IT IF IT’S GOING TO BE HIDDEN IN THE BASEMENT SOMEWHERE?” 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
P20130024002
Acquisition Date
2013-10
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20070023004
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, BRASS
No. Pieces
2
Height
202.0
Length
75.8
Width
31.5
Description
SET OF TWO WOODEN DOORS, BOTH PAINTED GREY-PURPLE WITH SMALL WINDOW, METAL DOOR CLOSURE DEVICE MOUNTED AT TOP, HANDLES ON ONE SIDE WITH STEEL PLATES ON REVERSE, STEEL PLATES ALONG BOTTOM WIDTH OF DOORS, AND THREE BRASS HINGES ALONG SIDES. ONE DOOR WITH "J" SHAPED PIECE OF METAL HANGING FROM HANDLE. 2 PIECES, IDENTICAL SIZE.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
DOOR SET IS ONE OF TWO ENTRANCE DOOR SETS TO PARAMOUNT THEATRE CINEMA ONE. DOOR SET WAS REMOVED FROM THEATRE AFTER ITS CLOSURE IN 2007. ACCORDING TO JOEY SHACKLEFORD (GRANDSON OF A.W. SHACKLEFORD) IN 2010, THE PANE OF GLASS ON THE DOOR ALLOWED MANAGEMENT TO SEE WHEN THE LIGHTS WERE COMING ON. THIS FACILITATED THE PROCESS OF SWITCHING FROM THE EARLY VIEWING TO THE LATE VIEWING. THE LOBBY WOULD BE ROPED OFF AND THE PATRONS WOULD EXIT OUT THE SIDE DOOR. NEW PATRONS WOULD WAIT IN THE LOBBY UNTIL THE ROPES WERE TAKEN DOWN BEFORE ENTERING THE THEATRE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20070023001 AND PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING A PORTRAIT OF ALFRED WILLIAM SHACKLEFORD (P20060025001-GA), OWNER OF THE SHACKLEFORD THEATRES. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF MAYOR SHACKLEFORD WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE AND A LETHBRIDGE HERALD TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM MAY 31, 1992. A.W. SHACKLEFORD WAS BORN IN ESSEX, ENGLAND IN 1899 AND CAME TO CALGARY WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1909. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE TRAINED AS A DRAFTSMAN BUT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE FILM EXCHANGE AND FOX FILMS. IN 1921 HE WAS HIRED TO MANAGED THE KING'S THEATRE IN LETHBRIDGE AND BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH MARK ROGERS, A LETHBRIDGE BUSINESSMAN WHO OWNED THREE LOCAL MOVIE THEATRES. SHACKLEFORD ALSO BECAME PARTNER IN THE AMUSEMENT COMPANY THAT OPENED THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILLION IN 1924. BY 1925 HE WAS PART-OWNER OF THE FORMER EMPRESS THEATRE ON 5TH AVENUE SOUTH, RENAMING IT THE ROXY. HE THEN TEAMED UP WITH THE FAMOUS PLAYERS COMPANY TO REMODEL THE FORMER PALACE THEATRE AND RENAME IT THE CAPITOL. SHACKLEFORD ALSO OPENED THE THEATRE IN THE FORMER COLLEGE MALL, BUILT THE 960-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE ON 4TH AVENUE SOUTH, AND TOOK OVER OPERATION OF THE DIRVE-IN THEATRE AT THE SOUTH CITY LIMITS. SHACKLEFORD WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN CIVIC LIFE, ACTIVE IN GROUPS INCLUDING THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE GYRO CLUB, UNITED WAY, LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT EXHIBITION BOARD, BOARD OF TRADE, ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH, AND THE ALBERTA THEATRE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION. HE AND HIS WIFE ADA HAD TWO SONS, ROBERT AND DOUGLAS. AFTER SEVERAL TERMS AS ALDERMAN STARTING IN 1939, SHACKLEFORD FIRST SERVED AS MAYOR FROM 1944 - 1947, AND FOR TWO MORE TERMS FROM 1952 - 1955 AND 1957 - 1961. HE WORKED FOR 68 YEARS IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, RETIRING AT AGE 90. W.A. SHACKLEFORD DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 30, 1992. SEE PERMANENT FILE P20060025001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P20070023004
Acquisition Date
2008-08
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PROJECTIONIST DOOR
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20070023002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PROJECTIONIST DOOR
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
216.5
Length
91.0
Width
28.0
Description
STEEL DOOR, ONE SIDE PAINTED GREY-GREEN WITH BLACK SEMI-CIRCLE SURROUNDING METAL PUSH-PLATE AND KEYHOLE. BLACK METAL PROTECTIVE PLATE ALONG BOTTOM LENGTH OF DOOR. OTHER SIDE PAINTED WHITE, HAS METAL C-SHAPED HANDLE AND METAL DOOR CLOSURE DEVICE MOUNTED AT TOP. SIDE OF DOOR WITH DOOR LOCKING MECHANISM LABELLED, "SCHLAGE."
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
THE DOOR WAS REMOVED FROM THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE IN 2007. ACCORDING TO JOEY SHACKLEFORD (GRANDSON OF A.W. SHACKLEFORD) IN 2010, THE DOOR WAS FROM THE PROJECTION BOOTH. THE BOOTH WAS NEAR A PRIVATE VIEWING AREA ON THE UPPER FLOOR OF THE THEATRE. THE DOOR HAD A HALF CIRCLE WINDOW. HARRY BOYSE, AND RICHARD FURUKAWA WERE TWO OF THE PROJECTIONISTS AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE. WHILE SHACKLEFORD SAID MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY WORKED ALMOST EVERY POSITION IN THE THEATRE THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THEIR LIVES, THE PROJECTIONIST JOB WAS THE “ONLY THING WE NEVER DID BECAUSE IT WAS A UNION POSITION. YOU HAD TO WRITE EXAMS AND PUT IN A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF HOURS BEFORE YOU WERE QUALIFIED.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20070023001 AND PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING A PORTRAIT OF ALFRED WILLIAM SHACKLEFORD (P20060025001-GA), OWNER OF THE SHACKLEFORD THEATRES. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF MAYOR SHACKLEFORD WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE AND A LETHBRIDGE HERALD TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM MAY 31, 1992. A.W. SHACKLEFORD WAS BORN IN ESSEX, ENGLAND IN 1899 AND CAME TO CALGARY WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1909. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE TRAINED AS A DRAFTSMAN BUT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE FILM EXCHANGE AND FOX FILMS. IN 1921 HE WAS HIRED TO MANAGED THE KING'S THEATRE IN LETHBRIDGE AND BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH MARK ROGERS, A LETHBRIDGE BUSINESSMAN WHO OWNED THREE LOCAL MOVIE THEATRES. SHACKLEFORD ALSO BECAME PARTNER IN THE AMUSEMENT COMPANY THAT OPENED THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILLION IN 1924. BY 1925 HE WAS PART-OWNER OF THE FORMER EMPRESS THEATRE ON 5TH AVENUE SOUTH, RENAMING IT THE ROXY. HE THEN TEAMED UP WITH THE FAMOUS PLAYERS COMPANY TO REMODEL THE FORMER PALACE THEATRE AND RENAME IT THE CAPITOL. SHACKLEFORD ALSO OPENED THE THEATRE IN THE FORMER COLLEGE MALL, BUILT THE 960-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE ON 4TH AVENUE SOUTH, AND TOOK OVER OPERATION OF THE DIRVE-IN THEATRE AT THE SOUTH CITY LIMITS. SHACKLEFORD WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN CIVIC LIFE, ACTIVE IN GROUPS INCLUDING THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE GYRO CLUB, UNITED WAY, LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT EXHIBITION BOARD, BOARD OF TRADE, ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH, AND THE ALBERTA THEATRE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION. HE AND HIS WIFE ADA HAD TWO SONS, ROBERT AND DOUGLAS. AFTER SEVERAL TERMS AS ALDERMAN STARTING IN 1939, SHACKLEFORD FIRST SERVED AS MAYOR FROM 1944 - 1947, AND FOR TWO MORE TERMS FROM 1952 - 1955 AND 1957 - 1961. HE WORKED FOR 68 YEARS IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, RETIRING AT AGE 90. W.A. SHACKLEFORD DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 30, 1992. SEE PERMANENT FILE P20060025001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P20070023002
Acquisition Date
2008-08
Collection
Museum
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