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Other Name
COALMINER'S SYMPHONY
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ACRYLIC ON MASONITE
Catalogue Number
P19770039000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COALMINER'S SYMPHONY
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
ACRYLIC ON MASONITE
No. Pieces
1
Length
68.0
Width
50.8
Description
PAINTING IS COMPOSED OF SHAPES RESEMBLING THE TOOLS USED BY COAL MINERS BEFOR MECHANIZATION. PICK, SHOVEL, DYNAMITE STICKS, FUSES, TAMPING BAR, CHAIN, CARBIDE LAMP, LUNCH BUCKET, AUGER, COAL CARS, MINE TIPPLE & UNDERGROUND WORKINGS. TITLED: "COALMINER'S SYMPHONY" A VARIETY OF COLORS USED.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
COAL MINING
History
LOCAL ARTIST, A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE WORKING MAN ORIGINS OF CITY. DELIBERATE CLASHING OF COLOURS INDICATES THE DIRTY, UNHEALTHY & DANGEROUS CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH MINERS TOILED. STRONG LIGHT EMANATING FROM THE LAMP SYMBOLIZES THE ENERGY HE EXERTED IN ORDER TO EKE OUT A BARE EXISTENCE. ARTIST IS MICHAEL PISKO OF LETHBRIDGE WHO HAD HIS OWN SIGN PAINTING/COMMERCIAL ART BUSINESS IN THE CITY. NOW RETIRED. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON MICHAEL PISKO WAS FOUND IN A PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING THE 'MICHAEL PISKO MEMORIAL AWARD', WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE ARTIST'S WIDOW AND THE ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS IN 2000, TO BE AWARDED TO A GRADUATING BFA DEGREE PAINTER FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE: "MICHAEL PISKO WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1913. HE MADE HIS LIVING AS A SUCCESSFUL SIGN PAINTER THROUGH HIS BUSINESS, CITY SIGN COMPANY, BUT LANDSCAPE PAINTING WAS HIS LIFE'S FULFILLMENT. TO HONE HIS SKILLS, HE STUDIED THREE SUMMERS AT THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS AND SOUGHT INSTRUCTION FROM SENIOR VISITING ARTISTS WHO CAME TO LETHBRIDGE ON INVITATION OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB, OF WHICH HE, IN 1937, WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS. PISKO GREATLY ADMIRED A.Y. JACKSON, THE GROUP OF SEVEN MASTER, WITH WHOM HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SKETCH AND PAINT AROUND LETHBRIDGE WHENEVER JACKSON CAME TO TOWN TO VISIT HIS BROTHER. HE WAS ALSO DEEPLY INFLUENCED BY H.G. GLYDE, WHO TAUGHT AT THE ALBERTA COLLEGE OF ART IN CALGARY AND AT THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS AND WHO VISITED LETHBRIDGE TO TEACH ART CLASSES AT THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB. IN 1947 PISKO WAS ACCEPTED FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS. HE WAS A PROLIFIC PAINTER, WHO EXHIBITED REGULARLY WITH THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB AND THE ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS. HIS WORK IS REPRESENTED IN MANY PRIVATE, CORPORATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS, AMONG THEM THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE. MICHAEL PISKO PASSED AWAY IN 1999." THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB HELD THEIR FIRST MEETING AT THE HOME OF MISS ANNA MACKENZIE ON OCTOBER 7, 1936. EDITH FANNY KIRK WAS THE FIRST ART TEACHER IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE CAME FROM BRITAIN WITH CLASSICAL TRAINING AND IT WAS KIRK WHO SET THE STAGE FOR THE SKETCH CLUB TO COME INTO BEING. THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS ALSO PLAYED A ROLE IN THE FORMATION BY PROVIDING RECOGNITION OF ARTISTIC MERIT THROUGH DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIPS. ANNA MACKENZIE AND P.J. COLLINS CONCEIVED OF THE CLUB AFTER THEIR EXPERIENCE IN BANFF. THE GROUP WAS FORMED OUT OF AN ENTHUSIASTIC INTEREST IN ART AND SOON AFTER THE GROUP BEGAN MEETING, THERE WERE REGULAR EXHIBITIONS. THE GROUP WAS PRIVY TO THE ATTENTION OF GROUP OF SEVEN ARTIST A.Y.JACKSON WHEN HE MADE HIS FREQUENT SKETCHING TRIPS TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HE REGULARLY ACCOMPANIED THE SKETCH CLUB AND HIS INFLUENCE CAN BE SEEN IN MUCH OF THEIR WORK. ANOTHER GUEST OF THE GROUP WAS ANNORA BROWN WHO WAS AN ARTIST WHO HAD TRAINED IN TORONTO, BUT RESIDED IN FORT MACLEOD AND BEGAN SPENDING TIME WITH THE GROUP IN 1939. HER INTEREST IN FLOWER STUDIES IS SUSPECTED TO HAVE INSPIRED MANY OF THE WORKS BY CLUB MEMBERS. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE GROUP ORGANIZED SUMMER CLASSES TAUGHT BY OUT OF TOWN ARTISTS SUCH AS: H.G.GLYDE, WALTER J. PHILIPS AND A.C. LEIGHTON. ACCORDING TO A HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB WRITTEN BY JOAN STEBBINS IN JUNE, 1985, “THE PAINTINGS OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB PORTRAY FAVOURITE SKETCHING AREAS IN THE REGION – THE COULEES PROVIDED ENDLESS MATERIAL, THE RIVERBOTTOM, THE OLD R.C.M.P. BARRACKS, THE WHITNEY FARM, HENDERSON LAKE, THE FELGER HUTTERITE COLONY, THE FOOTHILLS AND WATERTON LAKE WERE OFTEN REPEATED SUBJECTS.” FOR COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES ON PISKO AND HIS CAREER, AS WELL AS PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS FOR THE 1995 ARTWALK DEDICATED TO HIM, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19920009001.
Catalogue Number
P19770039000
Acquisition Date
1977-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COAL MINERS IN THE SKY
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
OIL, MASONITE
Catalogue Number
P19694924000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COAL MINERS IN THE SKY
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
OIL, MASONITE
No. Pieces
1
Length
110.0
Width
95.0
Description
COLOURS: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, GREY, BROWN, BLACK. DEPICTS TWO MINERS WITH PICKS IN THE CLOUDS ABOVE COAL MINE FUTURISTIC CITY VISIBLE THROUGH MINE SHAFT. "THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION 1967 ARTIST MICHAEL PISKO, 1252 20 AVENUE NORTH, TITLE OF LINK COAL MINERS IN THE SKY, MEDIUM OIL VALUE $500.00...".
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
COAL MINING
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS. SHE FOUND A MEMO FROM THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ALBERTA IN THIS PAINTING'S PERMANENT FILE THAT PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING DETAILS: "ON SUNDAY, JUNE 22 [1969] THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO THE UNVEILING OF A CENTENNIAL PAINTING 'COAL MINERS IN THE SKY' BY MICHAEL PISKO OF LETHBRIDGE. THE PAINTING IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF BRAVE AND FEARLESS MEN WHO TOILED IN THE COAL MINES OF THIS AREA. ALSO AT THIS TIME APPRECIATION WILL BE EXPRESSED TO THE ARTIST MICHAEL PISKO FOR HIS THOUGHTFULNESS AND GENEROSITY IN HIS GIFT OF THE PAINTING TO THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM. IN ADDITION, RECOGNITION WILL BE EXPRESSED TO THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS CLUB WHICH SO THOUGHTFULLY CO-OPERATED WITH THE ARTIST AND MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE MUSEUM TO HAVE FIVE THOUSAND BROCHURES FOR DISTRIBUTION THROUGHOUT ALBERTA. THESE BROCHURES WERE PROCESSED BY THE LETHBRIDGE HEARLD PRINTING AND CONTAIN A REPLICA OF THE PAINTING 'COAL MINERS IN THE SKY', TOGETHER WITH INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE MUSEUM." THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON MICHAEL PISKO WAS FOUND IN A PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING THE 'MICHAEL PISKO MEMORIAL AWARD', WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE ARTIST'S WIDOW AND THE ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS IN 2000, TO BE AWARDED TO A GRADUATING BFA DEGREE PAINTER FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE: "MICHAEL PISKO WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1913. HE MADE HIS LIVING AS A SUCCESSFUL SIGN PAINTER THROUGH HIS BUSINESS, CITY SIGN COMPANY, BUT LANDSCAPE PAINTING WAS HIS LIFE'S FULFILLMENT. TO HONE HIS SKILLS, HE STUDIED THREE SUMMERS AT THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS AND SOUGHT INSTRUCTION FROM SENIOR VISITING ARTISTS WHO CAME TO LETHBRIDGE ON INVITATION OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB, OF WHICH HE, IN 1937, WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS. PISKO GREATLY ADMIRED A.Y. JACKSON, THE GROUP OF SEVEN MASTER, WITH WHOM HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SKETCH AND PAINT AROUND LETHBRIDGE WHENEVER JACKSON CAME TO TOWN TO VISIT HIS BROTHER. HE WAS ALSO DEEPLY INFLUENCED BY H.G. GLYDE, WHO TAUGHT AT THE ALBERTA COLLEGE OF ART IN CALGARY AND AT THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS AND WHO VISITED LETHBRIDGE TO TEACH ART CLASSES AT THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB. IN 1947 PISKO WAS ACCEPTED FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS. HE WAS A PROLIFIC PAINTER, WHO EXHIBITED REGULARLY WITH THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB AND THE ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS. HIS WORK IS REPRESENTED IN MANY PRIVATE, CORPORATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS, AMONG THEM THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE. MICHAEL PISKO PASSED AWAY IN 1999." THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB HELD THEIR FIRST MEETING AT THE HOME OF MISS ANNA MACKENZIE ON OCTOBER 7, 1936. EDITH FANNY KIRK WAS THE FIRST ART TEACHER IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE CAME FROM BRITAIN WITH CLASSICAL TRAINING AND IT WAS KIRK WHO SET THE STAGE FOR THE SKETCH CLUB TO COME INTO BEING. THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS ALSO PLAYED A ROLE IN THE FORMATION BY PROVIDING RECOGNITION OF ARTISTIC MERIT THROUGH DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIPS. ANNA MACKENZIE AND P.J. COLLINS CONCEIVED OF THE CLUB AFTER THEIR EXPERIENCE IN BANFF. THE GROUP WAS FORMED OUT OF AN ENTHUSIASTIC INTEREST IN ART AND SOON AFTER THE GROUP BEGAN MEETING, THERE WERE REGULAR EXHIBITIONS. THE GROUP WAS PRIVY TO THE ATTENTION OF GROUP OF SEVEN ARTIST A.Y.JACKSON WHEN HE MADE HIS FREQUENT SKETCHING TRIPS TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HE REGULARLY ACCOMPANIED THE SKETCH CLUB AND HIS INFLUENCE CAN BE SEEN IN MUCH OF THEIR WORK. ANOTHER GUEST OF THE GROUP WAS ANNORA BROWN WHO WAS AN ARTIST WHO HAD TRAINED IN TORONTO, BUT RESIDED IN FORT MACLEOD AND BEGAN SPENDING TIME WITH THE GROUP IN 1939. HER INTEREST IN FLOWER STUDIES IS SUSPECTED TO HAVE INSPIRED MANY OF THE WORKS BY CLUB MEMBERS. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE GROUP ORGANIZED SUMMER CLASSES TAUGHT BY OUT OF TOWN ARTISTS SUCH AS: H.G.GLYDE, WALTER J. PHILIPS AND A.C. LEIGHTON. ACCORDING TO A HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB WRITTEN BY JOAN STEBBINS IN JUNE, 1985, “THE PAINTINGS OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB PORTRAY FAVOURITE SKETCHING AREAS IN THE REGION – THE COULEES PROVIDED ENDLESS MATERIAL, THE RIVERBOTTOM, THE OLD R.C.M.P. BARRACKS, THE WHITNEY FARM, HENDERSON LAKE, THE FELGER HUTTERITE COLONY, THE FOOTHILLS AND WATERTON LAKE WERE OFTEN REPEATED SUBJECTS.” FOR COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES ON PISKO AND HIS CAREER, AS WELL AS PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS FOR THE 1995 ARTWALK DEDICATED TO HIM, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19920009001.
Catalogue Number
P19694924000
Acquisition Date
1969-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BRONZE COAL MINER
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRONZE, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20030051023
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BRONZE COAL MINER
Date
1990
Materials
BRONZE, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
38.0
Length
15.0
Width
10.2
Description
BRONZE COAL MINER STANDING ON A RECTANGULAR BRONZE BASE; THIS IS ON TOP OF A WOOD BASE. WOOD BASE HAS ROUTERED EDGES AND A LIGHT VARNISH. UNDERSIDE OF WOOD BASE HAS GREEN FELT ON IT. MINER HAS A PICK AXE OVER ONE SHOULDER AND A LUNCH BUCKET IN OPPOSITE HAND. HE IS WEARING A CAP WITH LAMP AND TROUSERS WITH SUSPENDERS. CARVED INTO FRONT OF BRONZE BASE IS "C. MARTENS '90".
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
COAL MINING
ASSOCIATIONS
FINE ARTS
History
CREATED BY COALDALE ARTIST CORNELIUS MARTENS. A REPLICA OF THE ORIGINAL STATUE INSTALLED IN FRONT OF THE MINER'S LIBRARY IN 1990. THE ORIGINAL STATUE WAS ALSO SCULPTED BY CORNELIUS MARTENS AND WAS CAST BY STUDIO WEST BRONZE FOUNDRY AND GALLERY IN COCHRANE. THE STATUE WAS DEDICATED "TO THE COAL MINER'S OF LETHBRIDGE AND THEIR FAMILIES, WHO FOUNDED A COMMUNITY ON THE PRAIRIES OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA WHICH STILL REFLECT THEIR STRENGTH AND OPTIMISM". AFTER RESTORATION AT THE ORIGINAL FOUNDRY, THE FULL SIZE STATUE WAS RE-LOCATED TO THE NORD-BRIDGE SENIOR'S CENTRE IN 2004, AFTER THE CLOSURE OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB. LOCAL ARTIST CORNELIUS MARTENS WAS BORN IN THE UKRAINE, AND MOVED TO SASKATCHEWAN WITH HIS FAMILY AT A YOUNG AGE. IT WAS THERE, AS A CHILD, THAT CORNE MADE HIS FIRST SCULPTURES, USING CLAY FROM THE RIVERBANK AND CREATING MODEL ANIMALS. WHILE STILL A YOUNGSTER, HIS FAMILY MOVED AGAIN TO COALDALE, ALBERTA. ALWAYS HAVING AN INTENSE INTEREST IN ART, HE TRIED ANY FORM, BUT PREFERRED SCULPTURE. HE HAD NO FORMAL ART TRAINING, EXCEPT THAT WHICH HE RECEIVED IN GRADE SCHOOL. HIS FAVORITE SUBJECT WAS WESTERN LIFE, INCLUDING HIS FAVORITE SPORT OF RODEO. CORNE DESIGNED AND CREATED THE C.N. WOODWARD AWARD, A TROPHY FOR THE CANADIAN RODEO COWBOYS ASSOCIATIONS, AND A BRONZE SCULPTURE PRESENTED TO GOVERNOR GENERAL ROLAND MICHENER UPON A VISIT TO FORT MACLEOD IN 1970. HE WAS ALSO CHOSEN AS ONE OF SIX ARTISTS TO CREATE TROPHIES THAT WERE PRESENTED AT THE 1972 CALGARY STAMPEDE. THIS WAS A LONG STANDING GOAL OF MARTENS', AND HE CREATED THE AWARDS FOR CALF ROPING AND CHUCKWAGONS WHICH WERE HANDED OUT FOR 5 YEARS. MARTENS ALSO WORKED AS PROMOTION DIRECTOR FOR CJLH-TV IN LETHBRIDGE AND USED A FRAME BUILDING AT THE BACK OF HIS HOME AS A WORKSHOP TO CREATE ART IN HIS SPARETIME. HE AND HIS WIFE BARBARA, RAISED THEIR SON AND DAUGHTER IN COALDALE, AND REMAIN THERE AT PRESENT. THIS REPLICA WAS RETRIEVED FROM THE MINERS' LIBRARY BUILDING ON 13TH STREET NORTH AFTER ITS CLOSURE. LIBRARY MATERIALS AND MINING MEMORABILIA WERE KEPT IN A DISPLAY CASE LOCATED IN THE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF THE MAIN FLOOR CLUB ROOM. THE ORIGIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY AND READING ROOM BY THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND COAL CO., IN 1890. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LIBRARY WAS FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF THE MECHANICS' LIBRARIES, ALSO CALLED MECAHNICS' INSTITUTES, THAT SPRANG UP ACROSS EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN THE MID 1800S. THEY WERE SELF-HELP INSTITUTES SET UP BY WORKING MEN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR WORKING MEN SO THEY COULD BETTER THEMSELVES IN LIFE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE UP THE ECHELON IN THE COAL MINE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY HOUSED IN A SMALL BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO 108 5TH STREET SOUTH, AND MEMBERSHIP WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO MINERS. A YEAR LATER THE EMPLOYEES RENOVATED THE FORMER #1 BOARDING HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MACLEOD ROAD, FOR RELOCATION OF THE LIBRARY AND WHEN THIS LARGER BUILDING OPENED IT IS SAID TO HAVE HAD 300 BOOKS. WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF THE GALT COMPANIES IN 1904, THE AR&C COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES' READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY BECAME THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND IRRIGATION COMPANY'S EMPLOYEE'S READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY. THE LIBRARY CONTAINED 1500 BOOKS, PLUS MANY MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. IN 1908 THE SOCIETY WAS REFERRED TO AS THE GALT MINER'S LIBRARY, AND STILL IN THE #1 BOARDING HOUSE BUILDING, IT CONTAINED A BILLIARD ROOM AND GYMNASIUM. THE NEXT KNOWN MOVE OF THE LIBRARY WAS IN 1917 WHEN THE GALT MINES LIBRARY PURCHASED THE BAILEY ST. SCHOOL AND MOVED IT TO 733 13TH ST. NORTH - WHERE IT IS STILL PART OF THE MODERN BUILDING THAT USED TO BE THE MINER'S LIBRARY. AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY IN THE YMCA IN 1919 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GALT GARDENS, THE 'LIBRARY AND READING ROOM' ACTIVITIES BECAME OF LESSER IMPORTANCE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY BECAME MORE OF A SOCIAL CLUB WHICH HAS GIVEN GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MANY ASPECTS OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. A BAR AREA IN THE CLUB'S BASEMENT PROVIDED A SPACE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, OFFICE PARTIES, FUNERALS AND VARIOUS CLUB ACTIVITIES. THE UPSTAIRS BLACK NUGGET LOUNGE OFFERED MEALS, DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, DARTS, POOL, CRIB AND VLTS. LONG TIME MEMBERS COULD BUY THEIR CHAIR AND HAVE THEIR NAME ON IT. A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, THE CLUB MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FORMER ADAMS PARK BALL FIELD AND SPECTATOR STANDS, AND SUPPORTED MANY SPORTS AND SPORTS TEAMS THROUGH THE YEARS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PARKS THAT HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY. THE CLUB WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING PAVAN PARK, AND VARIOUS SPORTS VENUES. AS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLUB DWINDLED THE CLUB'S SALES COULD NOT COVER THE DAILY COSTS OF RUNNING THE OPERATION. IN 2000 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS WERE UNDERTAKEN, AND ALONG WITH AN AUCTION AND CRAFT AND BAKE SALES, THE CLUB SOLICITED DONATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, BY 2003 THE CLUB HAD ONLY 300 MEMBERS (LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT 3 YEARS PRIOR) AND AFTER 113 YEARS IT WAS FORCED TO CLOSE IT'S DOORS. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB WAS THE LONGEST STANDING MEN-ONLY CLUB, AND THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING CLUB IN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20030051023
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
COAL STATUE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COAL
Catalogue Number
P20030051019
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COAL STATUE
Date
1978
Materials
COAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
23.0
Length
12.8
Width
7.0
Description
MADE COMPLETELY FROM COAL. HAS A RECTANGULAR BASE WITH SLIGHTLY BEVELED EDGES. FEATURES A COAL MINER STANDING WITH ONE LEG CROSSED OVER. MINER ALSO HAS ONE HAND ON HIP AND OTHER IS RESTING ON AN INVERTED PICK AXE. HE IS WEARING A CAP WITH LAMP AND A BELT WITH BATTERY PACK AND SAFETY LAMP HANGING FROM IT. CARVED INTO BACK OF BELT IS "© J. KOUREY 1978". A GOLD STICKER ON UNDERSIDE OF BASE READS "HANDCRAFTED FROM COAL". HAS SLIGHT ACCRETIONS THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
COAL MINING
ASSOCIATIONS
History
RETRIEVED FROM THE MINERS' LIBRARY BUILDING ON 13TH STREET NORTH AFTER ITS CLOSURE. LIBRARY MATERIALS AND MINING MEMORABILIA WERE KEPT IN A DISPLAY CASE LOCATED IN THE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF THE MAIN FLOOR CLUB ROOM. THE ORIGIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY AND READING ROOM BY THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND COAL CO., IN 1890. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LIBRARY WAS FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF THE MECHANICS' LIBRARIES, ALSO CALLED MECAHNICS' INSTITUTES, THAT SPRANG UP ACROSS EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN THE MID 1800S. THEY WERE SELF-HELP INSTITUTES SET UP BY WORKING MEN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR WORKING MEN SO THEY COULD BETTER THEMSELVES IN LIFE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE UP THE ECHELON IN THE COAL MINE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY HOUSED IN A SMALL BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO 108 5TH STREET SOUTH, AND MEMBERSHIP WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO MINERS. A YEAR LATER THE EMPLOYEES RENOVATED THE FORMER #1 BOARDING HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MACLEOD ROAD, FOR RELOCATION OF THE LIBRARY AND WHEN THIS LARGER BUILDING OPENED IT IS SAID TO HAVE HAD 300 BOOKS. WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF THE GALT COMPANIES IN 1904, THE AR&C COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES' READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY BECAME THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND IRRIGATION COMPANY'S EMPLOYEE'S READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY. THE LIBRARY CONTAINED 1500 BOOKS, PLUS MANY MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. IN 1908 THE SOCIETY WAS REFERRED TO AS THE GALT MINER'S LIBRARY, AND STILL IN THE #1 BOARDING HOUSE BUILDING, IT CONTAINED A BILLIARD ROOM AND GYMNASIUM. THE NEXT KNOWN MOVE OF THE LIBRARY WAS IN 1917 WHEN THE GALT MINES LIBRARY PURCHASED THE BAILEY ST. SCHOOL AND MOVED IT TO 733 13TH ST. NORTH - WHERE IT IS STILL PART OF THE MODERN BUILDING THAT USED TO BE THE MINER'S LIBRARY. AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY IN THE YMCA IN 1919 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GALT GARDENS, THE 'LIBRARY AND READING ROOM' ACTIVITIES BECAME OF LESSER IMPORTANCE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY BECAME MORE OF A SOCIAL CLUB WHICH HAS GIVEN GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MANY ASPECTS OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. A BAR AREA IN THE CLUB'S BASEMENT PROVIDED A SPACE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, OFFICE PARTIES, FUNERALS AND VARIOUS CLUB ACTIVITIES. THE UPSTAIRS BLACK NUGGET LOUNGE OFFERED MEALS, DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, DARTS, POOL, CRIB AND VLTS. LONG TIME MEMBERS COULD BUY THEIR CHAIR AND HAVE THEIR NAME ON IT. A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, THE CLUB MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FORMER ADAMS PARK BALL FIELD AND SPECTATOR STANDS, AND SUPPORTED MANY SPORTS AND SPORTS TEAMS THROUGH THE YEARS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PARKS THAT HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY. THE CLUB WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING PAVAN PARK, AND VARIOUS SPORTS VENUES. AS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLUB DWINDLED THE CLUB'S SALES COULD NOT COVER THE DAILY COSTS OF RUNNING THE OPERATION. IN 2000 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS WERE UNDERTAKEN, AND ALONG WITH AN AUCTION AND CRAFT AND BAKE SALES, THE CLUB SOLICITED DONATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, BY 2003 THE CLUB HAD ONLY 300 MEMBERS (LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT 3 YEARS PRIOR) AND AFTER 113 YEARS IT WAS FORCED TO CLOSE IT'S DOORS. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB WAS THE LONGEST STANDING MEN-ONLY CLUB, AND THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING CLUB IN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20030051019
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SET OF MINING FIGURES
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEAD
Catalogue Number
P20030051001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SET OF MINING FIGURES
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Date
1980
Materials
LEAD
No. Pieces
9
Description
1. 4.3 x 8.4 x 2.8. FEATURES A SHORT LENGTH OF RAILROAD TRACK, WITH ROCKS (OR PIECES OF COAL) BETWEEN THE TIES. ON TOP OF TRACK IS A COAL MINER (WITH CAP, LAMP AND BATTERY PACK) PUSHING A CART FULL OF COAL. COAL CART IS ON A SLIGHT ANGLE (A BIT HIGHER IN THE BACK), AND THERE IS MORE COAL TOWARDS BACK. UNDERSIDE OF FIGURINE HAS VARIOUS CIRCLES DRAWN INTO LEAD WITH NUMBERS 2, 3, OR 4 WITHIN CIRCLES . 2. 4.0 X 8.6 X 3.0. SAME AS ABOVE, WITH ONE DIFFERENCE: COAL CART IS REVERSED (HIGHER IN FRONT AND MORE COAL TOWARDS FRONT). 3. 4.8 X 9.3 X 2.8. 2 PIECES. FEATURES A LENGTH OF RAILROAD TRACK, WITH ROCKS (OR COAL) BETWEEN THE TIES. THERE IS A MAN STANDING AT ONE END OF TRACK, AND HE IS LEANING TO ONE SIDE. HE HAS A LENGTH OF ROPE AROUND HIS SHOULDERS, AND IS HOLDING IT IN EACH HAND. ROPE APPEARS TO BE BROKEN AT ONE END. THERE IS A HAND CART THAT HAS BROKEN OFF OF TRACK. CART HAS 2 HOLES IN IT. THERE IS A FAINT X PATTERN ON UNDERSIDE OF FIGURINE. 4. 4.2 X 10.0 X 3.0. FEATURES A LENGTH OF RAILROAD TRACK, WITH ROCKS (OR COAL) BETWEEN THE TIES. ON TRACK IS A COAL CART ATTACHED TO A HORSE. THERE IS A MAN, WITH A PAGEBOY CAP ON, SITTING ON HITCH OF COAL CART. UNDERSIDE OF FIGURINE HAS VARIOUS CIRCLES DRAWN INTO LEAD WITH NUMBERS 2, 3, OR 4 WITHIN CIRCLES . 5. 4.1 X 5.5 X 4.5. HAS AN OVAL BASE. FEATURES A MAN SITTING IN AN OVAL WASHTUB ON TOP OF A RECTANGULAR RUG. THERE IS A WOMAN, IN A DRESS, WASHING MAN'S BACK. CRUMPLED CLOTHES AND BOOTS ARE ON FLOOR. ETCHED INTO UNDERSIDE OF FIGURINE IS "10-4-80 AMMONITE LTD.". 6. 4.7 X 7.3 X 5.2. HAS AN OVAL BASE. FEATURES 3 COAL MINERS. 2 ARE SITTING, ONE IS STANDING. STANDING MAN IS DRINKING FROM A CANTEEN. ONE SITTING MAN HAS HANDS BEHIND HEAD, OTHER MAN'S HANDS ARE ON HIS KNEES. THERE ARE VARIOUS TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT ON GROUND. ETCHED INTO UNDERSIDE OF FIGURINE IS "10-4-8 AMMONITE LTD.". 7. 4.2 X 8.6 X 2.9. SAME AS #2 EXCEPT COAL CART IS NOT ON AN ANGLE. 8. 6.4 X 3.2 X 1.6. FEATURES A COAL MINER STANDING ON A ROUGH LANDSCAPE (RECTANGULAR BASE). MINER HAS ONE HAND ON BELT AND OTHER IS HOLDING A PICK AXE. MINER IS WEARING CAP WITH LAMP.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
COAL MINING
ASSOCIATIONS
History
RETRIEVED FROM THE MINERS' LIBRARY BUILDING ON 13TH STREET NORTH AFTER ITS CLOSURE. LIBRARY MATERIALS AND MINING MEMORABILIA WERE KEPT IN A DISPLAY CASE LOCATED IN THE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF THE MAIN FLOOR CLUB ROOM. THE ORIGIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY AND READING ROOM BY THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND COAL CO., IN 1890. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LIBRARY WAS FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF THE MECHANICS' LIBRARIES, ALSO CALLED MECAHNICS' INSTITUTES, THAT SPRANG UP ACROSS EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN THE MID 1800S. THEY WERE SELF-HELP INSTITUTES SET UP BY WORKING MEN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR WORKING MEN SO THEY COULD BETTER THEMSELVES IN LIFE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE UP THE ECHELON IN THE COAL MINE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY HOUSED IN A SMALL BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO 108 5TH STREET SOUTH, AND MEMBERSHIP WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO MINERS. A YEAR LATER THE EMPLOYEES RENOVATED THE FORMER #1 BOARDING HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MACLEOD ROAD, FOR RELOCATION OF THE LIBRARY AND WHEN THIS LARGER BUILDING OPENED IT IS SAID TO HAVE HAD 300 BOOKS. WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF THE GALT COMPANIES IN 1904, THE AR&C COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES' READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY BECAME THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND IRRIGATION COMPANY'S EMPLOYEE'S READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY. THE LIBRARY CONTAINED 1500 BOOKS, PLUS MANY MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. IN 1908 THE SOCIETY WAS REFERRED TO AS THE GALT MINER'S LIBRARY, AND STILL IN THE #1 BOARDING HOUSE BUILDING, IT CONTAINED A BILLIARD ROOM AND GYMNASIUM. THE NEXT KNOWN MOVE OF THE LIBRARY WAS IN 1917 WHEN THE GALT MINES LIBRARY PURCHASED THE BAILEY ST. SCHOOL AND MOVED IT TO 733 13TH ST. NORTH - WHERE IT IS STILL PART OF THE MODERN BUILDING THAT USED TO BE THE MINER'S LIBRARY. AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY IN THE YMCA IN 1919 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GALT GARDENS, THE 'LIBRARY AND READING ROOM' ACTIVITIES BECAME OF LESSER IMPORTANCE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY BECAME MORE OF A SOCIAL CLUB WHICH HAS GIVEN GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MANY ASPECTS OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. A BAR AREA IN THE CLUB'S BASEMENT PROVIDED A SPACE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, OFFICE PARTIES, FUNERALS AND VARIOUS CLUB ACTIVITIES. THE UPSTAIRS BLACK NUGGET LOUNGE OFFERED MEALS, DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, DARTS, POOL, CRIB AND VLTS. LONG TIME MEMBERS COULD BUY THEIR CHAIR AND HAVE THEIR NAME ON IT. A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, THE CLUB MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FORMER ADAMS PARK BALL FIELD AND SPECTATOR STANDS, AND SUPPORTED MANY SPORTS AND SPORTS TEAMS THROUGH THE YEARS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PARKS THAT HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY. THE CLUB WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING PAVAN PARK, AND VARIOUS SPORTS VENUES. AS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLUB DWINDLED THE CLUB'S SALES COULD NOT COVER THE DAILY COSTS OF RUNNING THE OPERATION. IN 2000 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS WERE UNDERTAKEN, AND ALONG WITH AN AUCTION AND CRAFT AND BAKE SALES, THE CLUB SOLICITED DONATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, BY 2003 THE CLUB HAD ONLY 300 MEMBERS (LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT 3 YEARS PRIOR) AND AFTER 113 YEARS IT WAS FORCED TO CLOSE IT'S DOORS. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB WAS THE LONGEST STANDING MEN-ONLY CLUB, AND THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING CLUB IN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20030051001
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20030050000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1984/85
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, BRASS
No. Pieces
5
Description
1. RIGHT BOOKEND. 30.5 x 20.0 x 8.6. 3 PIECES. CARVED FROM WOOD. BASE OF BOOKEND IS AN L-SHAPE. FEATURES A COAL-MINER STANDING ON BASE. MINER IS CARVED FROM ONE PIECE OF WOOD (EXCEPT LAMP AND PICK). MINER'S HEAD IS TURNED UP SLIGHTLY, AND IS WEARING HELMET WITH LAMP AND A BELT WITH BATTERY PACK IN THE BACK. IN LEFT HAND IS HOLDING A LAMP, ALSO CARVED FROM WOOD, WITH A STEEL EYE IN THE TOP THROUGH WHICH IS A BRASS WIRE WHICH FITS IN MINER'S HAND. RIGHT HAND HOLDS A CARVED PICK. BOTH LAMP AND PICK ARE REMOVABLE. BACK SIDE OF BASE HAS A TREE CARVED INTO IT WITH "1984" BELOW. BOTTOM OF BOOKEND HAS BROWN FELT ON IT. MAJORITY OF SURFACES HAVE VISIBLE CUT MARKS AND PURPOSELY HAVE A ROUGH TEXTURE. SURFACES HAVE BURNED EFFECT. 2. LEFT BOOKEND. 23.2 X 20.0 X 8.6. 2 PIECES. CARVED FROM WOOD. BASE OF BOOKEND FORMS A REVERSE L-SHAPE. MOUNTED ON BASE IS THE FIGURE OF A MINER, DOWN ON ONE KNEE AND HOLDING A PICK AXE OVER ONE SHOULDER. MINER IS CARVED FROM ONE PIECE OF WOOD (EXCEPT AXE). PICK AXE IS ALSO CARVED FROM WOOD AND IS REMOVABLE. FIGURE IS WEARING A MINER'S HELMET WITH LAMP. BOTTOM OF BOOKEND IS COVERED WITH BROWN FELT. CARVED INTO BACK OF BOOKEND IS A TREE WITH "RG" IN THE LEAVES AND "1985" TO THE RIGHT. THERE IS ALSO A GOLD LABEL TAPED TO BACK OF BOOKEND THAT READS "AN ORIGINAL WORK BY ROSEMARIE GASCOYNE BOX 159, COLEMAN, CROWSNEST PASS ALBERTA, CANADA T0K 0M0".
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
COAL MINING
FINE ARTS
History
BOOKENDS CREATED BY ARTIST ROSEMARIE GASCOYNE OF THE CROWSNEST PASS (COLEMAN). DONOR WAS ACQUAINTED WITH ARTIST THROUGH A COMMON FRIEND AND WAS ATTRACTED TO HER COAL MINING RELATED WORK AS HE LIVED IN AN AREA OF ENGLAND SOUTH OF THE SCOTTISH BORDER THAT WAS AFFILIATED WITH COAL. DONOR COMMISSIONED ARTIST TO MAKE THE BOOKENDS IN 1984/85. THROUGH THE DONOR'S WORK AS A PHYSIO THERAPIST HE HAD HAD CONTACT WITH COAL MINERS IN THE PAST. DONOR USED BOOKENDS UNTIL AROUND THE TIME THEY WERE DONATED TO MUSEUM. DONOR EMMIGRATED TO CANADA FROM ENGLAND IN 1957. DONOR FIRST WENT TO ESTEVAN/REGINA AREA. BEGAN WORKING IN ESTEVAN HOSPITAL AT THAT TIME. MOVED TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1973 AND WORKED IN THE TABER HOSPITAL. HE RETIRED FROM PRACTICE IN 1988 AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. NOW RESIDES IN PEMMICAN LODGE.
Catalogue Number
P20030050000
Acquisition Date
2004-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY & ART, MINING.
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GOLD, ENAMEL
Catalogue Number
P19738863000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY & ART, MINING.
Date
1918
Materials
GOLD, ENAMEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
3.2
Width
2.8
Description
ALBERTA CREST & "INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND ART, MINING" ON FRONT. "1918 AWARDED BY WESTERN COAL OPERATORS ASSN. TO D.H. QUIGLEY PROFICIENCY & HIGHEST STANDING FIRST CLASS EXAMINATION ALBERTA 10K" ON BACK.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COAL MINING
Catalogue Number
P19738863000
Acquisition Date
1973-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

The Whoop-up Trail (Alberta - Montana relationships)

https://collections.galtmuseum.com/en/permalink/library1834
Author
Berry, Gerald L.
Publisher
Applied Art Products Ltd.
Material Type
Book
Material Type
Book
Author
Berry, Gerald L.
Place
Edmonton, Alberta
Publisher
Applied Art Products Ltd.
Publication Date
1953
Subjects
Alberta - Relations (general) with Montana
Call Number
FC 3661 B4
Collection
Library
Less detail
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P19683208000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
98.4
Width
21.0
Description
"GALT BURNS ALL NIGHT COAL" IN A SHIELD. ABOVE THERMOMETER "CADILLAC COAL (MINER'S PICTURE) CARDOX-MINED THE NON-EXPLOSIVE MINING METHOD" BELOW THERMOMETER RED & BLUE PRINTING ON WHITE BACKGROUND. BACKED BY WOOD, NON-FUNCTIONAL. MERCURY
Subjects
METEOROLOGICAL T&E
Historical Association
COAL MINING
History
FROM GALT COAL CO. ACCORDING TO DONOR. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING FOUR PAINTINGS CREATED BY THE DONOR, CHRISTIAN GIBSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON GIBSON WAS EXCERPTED FROM HIS LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY: CHRISTIAN GIBSON WAS BORN IN BELFAST, IRELAND IN 1887 AND EDUCATED IN LONDON, ENGLAND BEFORE ARRIVING IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1908. HE WORKED FOR THE CITY AS ZOO KEEPER AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS AND FOR THE ALBERTA RAILROAD AND IRRIGATION COMPANY BEFORE BEGINNING HIS 35 YEAR CAREER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND COMMERCE IN 1913. GIBSON SERVED WITH THE 25TH BATTERY CANADIAN FIELD ARTILLERY FROM 1908 TO 1914 AND FROM 1914 TO 1919 HE SERVED IN ENGLAND IN FRANCE WITH THE 20TH BATTERY CFA. HE WAS ALSO VERY ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY AS A MEMBER OF THE KIWANIS CLUB, ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL, LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY, PLAYGOERS OF LETHBRIDGE, ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, PEMMICAN CLUB, MASONIC LODGE, AND THE GALT HOSPITAL BOARD. HE AND HIS WIFE LINDA WERE HEAVILY INFLUENTIAL IN THE RED CROSS SOCIETY’S LETHRBIDGE CHAPTER, AND HAD TWO CHILDREN, FRED AND DORIS. CHRISTIAN GIBSON PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 26, 1971. IN 2010 HIS DAUGHTER, DORIS BALCOVSKE, PARTICIPATED IN THE GALT MUSEUM’S FIRST ‘TREASURES & CURIOSITIES’ EXHIBIT BY SELECTING ONE OF HER FATHER’S PAINTINGS TO BE DISPLAYED. SHE SUBMITTED THE FOLLOWING NARRATIVE ABOUT GIBSON’S ASSOCIATION WITH THE GALT AND HIS PAINTING PRACTICE: “MY FATHER… WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE GALT MUSEUM AND HELPED COLLECT MANY OF THE ARTIFACTS. MY FATHER WAS A SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST WITH OILS, WATER COLORS, AND ALSO PEN AND INK… THE FAMILY OWNS MOST OF HIS PAINTINGS.” SEE PERMANENT FILE P19694807000 FOR HARDCOPY OF GIBSON’S OBITUARY. SEE RECORD P19930031001 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE GIBSON FAMILY.
Catalogue Number
P19683208000
Acquisition Date
1968-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
MINERS' SAFETY
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19694640000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MINERS' SAFETY
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
4
Height
28.5
Diameter
6.0
Description
DAVY LAMP. "AMERICAN SAFETY LAMP & MINE SUPPLY CO. SERANTON, PA." STAMPED ON SIDE OF TANK. "A.S.L. & M.S. CO. MAKERS SCRANTON, PA." STAMPED ON TOP OF LANTERN. U-SHAPED MARK ENGRAVED BELOW SMALL ADJUSTMENT FOR FLAME. COMPLETE WITH BASE, FRAME & 2 MANTLES. WHITE RESIDUE ON MESH. CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE.
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
Historical Association
COAL MINING
History
*UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE ASSOCIATED WITH LETHBRIDGE MAYOR W. D. L. HARDIE, THE FATHER OF THE DONOR OF THIS ARTIFACT, JESSE MAXWELL OVERTON HARDIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF W. D. L. HARDIE WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM A TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM THE JUNE 16, 1942 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. WILLIAM DUNCAN LIVINGSTONE HARDIE WAS BORN NEAR EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND IN 1862, AND THE FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO OHIO THE FOLLOWING YEAR. IN 1885 HARDIE MARRIED MARGARET KIRTLEY, AND THEY HAD FIVE CHILDREN: IANTHE, AGNES, E.W., JESSE, AND INZOLA. HARDIE FIRST CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1889, WHEN HE BECAME THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF THE GALT NO. 1 MINE. AFTER FOUR YEARS HE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES, WORKING FOR MINING COMPANIES IN PENNSYLVANIA, TENNESSEE, AND ALABAMA BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1896 AS SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTHWEST COAL & NAVIGATION COMPANY. IN 1910 HARDIE LEFT THE GALT-OWNED COMPANY AND WORKED AS THE MANAGER OF THE DIAMOND COAL COMPANY UNTIL 1912, WHEN HE RAN FOR AND WON THE OFFICE OF LETHBRIDGE MAYOR. HARDIE SERVED AS MAYOR UNTIL 1928, WHEN HE WAS REPLACED BY ROBERT BARROWMAN. IN 1930 HARDIE HAD AN UNSUCCESSFUL RUN FOR THE LETHBRIDG SEAT IN THE PROVINCIAL GENERAL ELECTION. HARDIE WAS ACTIVE WITH THE LETHBRIDGE MASONS, THE ALBERTA UNION OF MUNICIPALITIES, AND HAD AN AVID INTEREST IN ASTROLOGY. HARDIEVILLE, THE FORMER HAMLET NORTHEAST OF LETHBRIDGE THAT WAS ANNEXED BY THE CITY IN 1978, WAS NAMED AFTER HIM. W. D. L. HARDIE DIED ON JUNE 16, 1942. ACCORDING TO HIS LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY, THE DONOR OF THIS ARTIFACT, JESSE HARDIE, WAS BORN IN TENNESSEE IN 1891 AND CAME TO LETHBRIDGE WITH HIS PARENTS WHEN W. D. L. HARDIE BECAME THE SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTHWEST COAL & NAVIGATION COMPANY. DURING WWI JESSE HARDIE SERVED WITH THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, AND LATER WORKED FOR THE VANCOUVER HARBOUR BOARD. HARDIE DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON OCTOBER 28, 1978. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19880033000-GA FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIALS.
Catalogue Number
P19694640000
Acquisition Date
1969-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
MINERS' SAFETY
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P19694639000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MINERS' SAFETY
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Materials
BRASS, GLASS
No. Pieces
4
Height
31.7
Diameter
7.9
Description
SERIAL# 906903. COMPLETE WITH GLOBE, MANTLE, CASE & BASE. DOUBLE GLASS SAFETY LAMP WITH A SINGLE LOCK SCREW BASE. ARRANGEMENT CONSISTS OF AN INSIDE GLASS WITH OUTSIDE MAGNIFYING GLASSES MARKED WITH "906903" ON BRASS RING ON SIDE WITH NO MAGNIFYING GLASS. TOTAL OF3 MAGNIYING GLASSES. ACETYLENE. CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
Historical Association
COAL MINING
History
THIS LAMP USED IN LETHBRIDGE AREA MINES FOR MANY YEARS. CARBIDE PRODUCES ACETYLENE GAS WHEN WATER ADDED. ACETYLENE BURNS WITH VERY BRIGHT WHITE LIGHT. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE ASSOCIATED WITH LETHBRIDGE MAYOR W. D. L. HARDIE, THE FATHER OF THE DONOR OF THIS ARTIFACT, JESSE MAXWELL OVERTON HARDIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF W. D. L. HARDIE WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM A TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM THE JUNE 16, 1942 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. WILLIAM DUNCAN LIVINGSTONE HARDIE WAS BORN NEAR EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND IN 1862, AND THE FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO OHIO THE FOLLOWING YEAR. IN 1885 HARDIE MARRIED MARGARET KIRTLEY, AND THEY HAD FIVE CHILDREN: IANTHE, AGNES, E.W., JESSE, AND INZOLA. HARDIE FIRST CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1889, WHEN HE BECAME THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF THE GALT NO. 1 MINE. AFTER FOUR YEARS HE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES, WORKING FOR MINING COMPANIES IN PENNSYLVANIA, TENNESSEE, AND ALABAMA BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1896 AS SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTHWEST COAL & NAVIGATION COMPANY. IN 1910 HARDIE LEFT THE GALT-OWNED COMPANY AND WORKED AS THE MANAGER OF THE DIAMOND COAL COMPANY UNTIL 1912, WHEN HE RAN FOR AND WON THE OFFICE OF LETHBRIDGE MAYOR. HARDIE SERVED AS MAYOR UNTIL 1928, WHEN HE WAS REPLACED BY ROBERT BARROWMAN. IN 1930 HARDIE HAD AN UNSUCCESSFUL RUN FOR THE LETHBRIDG SEAT IN THE PROVINCIAL GENERAL ELECTION. HARDIE WAS ACTIVE WITH THE LETHBRIDGE MASONS, THE ALBERTA UNION OF MUNICIPALITIES, AND HAD AN AVID INTEREST IN ASTROLOGY. HARDIEVILLE, THE FORMER HAMLET NORTHEAST OF LETHBRIDGE THAT WAS ANNEXED BY THE CITY IN 1978, WAS NAMED AFTER HIM. W. D. L. HARDIE DIED ON JUNE 16, 1942. ACCORDING TO HIS LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY, THE DONOR OF THIS ARTIFACT, JESSE HARDIE, WAS BORN IN TENNESSEE IN 1891 AND CAME TO LETHBRIDGE WITH HIS PARENTS WHEN W. D. L. HARDIE BECAME THE SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTHWEST COAL & NAVIGATION COMPANY. DURING WWI JESSE HARDIE SERVED WITH THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, AND LATER WORKED FOR THE VANCOUVER HARBOUR BOARD. HARDIE DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON OCTOBER 28, 1978. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19880033000-GA FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIALS.
Catalogue Number
P19694639000
Acquisition Date
1969-10
Collection
Museum
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.
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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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