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Other Name
WEDDING DRESS
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SATIN
Catalogue Number
P19970020003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WEDDING DRESS
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1950
Materials
SATIN
No. Pieces
1
Length
146
Width
46
Description
IVORY SATIN FORMAL WEDDING DRESS WITH LONG SLEEVES AND A BUSTLE ON THE BACK. DRESS HAS SHEER FABRIC ABOVE THE SHOULDERS, AND A SATIN ROSE IN THE FRONT CENTRE WITH SATIN LEAVES IN A ROW ACROSS THE FRONT, AROUND THE SHOULDERS AND ACROSS THE BACK. WAIST HAS A BUSTLE ON EACH HIP, WHICH SWEEPS AROUND AND IS SEWN TO BACK UNDER ANOTHER BUSTLE. DRESS FASTENS UP THE BACK WITH MANY TINY SATIN COVERED BUTTONS. SKIRT IS PLAIN SATIN, AND HAVE A POINTED CUFF. LIKE NEW.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
History
IN 1949 THE DONOR PURCHASED THE DRESS FOR HER MARRIAGE, AT THE MAYFAIR SHOP IN LETHBRIDGE FOR $39.95. ACCORDING TO DONOR IT WAS A WORKING CLASS GIRL'S DRESS AND ALSO WAS NEVER WORN AGAIN. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A WEDDING DRESS DONATED BY JEAN KOSKOSKI. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. JEAN JUDY KOSKOSKI (NEE FRANCESCHI) IS THE SECOND DAUGHTER OF CARL FRANCESCHI AND MARY FRANCESCHI (NEE LINTERIS). SHE WAS MARRIED TO WILLIAM “BILL” KOSKOSKI ON MAY 14, 1949 AT SOUTHMINSTER CHURCH, WITH THE RECEPTION AND DANCE BEING HELD AT THE MARQUIS HOTEL. JEAN AND BILL’S WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT DESCRIBE THE FOLLOWING: “THE BRIDE, WHO ENTERED THE CHURCH ON THE ARM OF HER FATHER, CHOSE A GOWN OF WHITE SHIMMERING SATIN, WITH SHEER YOKE, LONG LILY POINT SLEEVES AND A FULL SKIRT WITH BUSTLE BACK AND SIDE PANNIERS.” WILLIAM “BILL” KOSKOSKI WAS BORN AND RAISED IN HARDIEVILLE, THE OLDEST SON OF NICK AND MARY KOSKOSKI (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). HE WAS EMPLOYED BY THE CPR FROM 1942 UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1962. BILL PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 68 ON MARCH 6, 1989. MARY FRANCESCHI WAS BORN IN ITALY AND MOVED TO ALBERTA AS AN INFANT. SHE PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 15, 1986. HER HUSBAND CARL PASSED AWAY IN 1963. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19970020003
Acquisition Date
1997-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SWEATSHIRT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER/COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19990083002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SWEATSHIRT
Date
1996
Materials
POLYESTER/COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
67.0
Width
49.5
Description
YELLOW. AROUND NECK, CUFFS, AND BOTTOM OF SWEATSHIRT IS RIBBING. ON FRONT OF SWEATSHIRT IS THE WORD "LETHBRIDGE" MADE UP OF THE IMAGES OF DIFFERENT OBJECTS, INCLUDING SPORTS EQUIPMENT, A STALK OF WHEAT, AND A SNOWMAN. BELOW THIS READS "ALBERTA WINTER GAMES 1996 VOLUNTEER". ON THE BACK OF SWEATSHIRT IS A RED SAFEWAY LOGO, BELOW WHICH READS "SAFEWAY FEEDING THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT" IN BLACK. AN EMBROIDERED TAG INSIDE BACK OF NECK READS "FLAG WEAR". ANOTHER TAG UNDERNEATH THIS READS "CA 12044", ETCETERA. A PRICE TAG READING "1.00" IS STAPLED TO TAG.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
PURCHASED FOR BY MUSEUM C.A.O. WILMA WOOD, FOR MUSEUM, IN 1999.
Catalogue Number
P19990083002
Acquisition Date
1999-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
TOO YOUNG TO FIGHT
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970041920
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TOO YOUNG TO FIGHT
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.3
Length
74.5
Width
55.5
Description
WHITE COTTON T-SHIRT WITH SILK SCREEN IMAGE ON FRONT WITH A YOUNG GIRL TRYING ON A MILITARY WEDGE CAP. CAPTION READS "TOO YOUNG TO FIGHT: MEMORIES FROM OUR YOUTH DURING WORLD WAR II".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PROFESSIONS
History
T-SHIRT WAS GIVEN TO DONOR AT A CONFERENCE OPENING THE LAUNCH OF THE BOOK "TOO YOUNG TO FIGHT", WHICH IS A WORK OF COLLECTED ESSAYS BY CANADIAN AUTHORS RELATING THEIR CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR (DONOR CONTRIBUTED TO BOOK). THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041920
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1991
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, JERSEY
Catalogue Number
P20080004002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1991
Materials
COTTON, JERSEY
No. Pieces
1
Length
24.4
Width
15.5
Description
WHITE COTTON SWEATSHIRT WITH NAVY BLUE TEXT READING, "TIME AIR" ON FRONT. LABEL AT BACK OF NECK READS, "SUNWEAR, MADE IN CANADA, M/M."
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PROFESSIONS
History
MOGUS WORKED AS REVENUE ACCOUNTANT CLERK FOR TIME AIR IN THE LETHBRIDGE OFFICE. DURING EMPLOYMENT, MOGUS RECIEVED TIME AIR SHIRTS AS GIFTS FROM CO-WORKERS. SHIRTS WERE USUALLY WORN OUTSIDE OF WORK, AS UNIFORMS WERE THE NORM. THIS PARTICULAR SHIRT WAS ONE OF THE EARLIER DESIGNS, AND IT'S AVALIBILITY PREDATES MOGUS'S EMPLOYMENT, WHICH BEGAN IN 1991. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20080004001 AND PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A T-SHIRT AND SWEATER DONATED BY CORY MOGUS. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE GONEBUTNOTFORGOTTEN.CA. CORY MOGUS WAS BORN ON JULY 16, 1962 AND WAS EDUCATED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE WAS DESCRIBED BY THOSE CLOSEST TO HER AS A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY AND WAS “FULLY ENGAGED IN LIFE SURROUNDED BY NUMEROUS FRIENDS.” SHE PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 15, 2016. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF KENNETH “PUNCHY” JOHN MOGUS AND VIOLA MOGUS (NEE TREMEL). SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE GONEBUTNOTFORGOTTEN.CA.
Catalogue Number
P20080004002
Acquisition Date
2008-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SWEATSHIRT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20010110000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SWEATSHIRT
Date
1987
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.3
Length
70.0
Width
74.5
Description
WHITE SWEATSHIRT WITH RED TEXT ARRANGED IN AN ARC OVER A CARTOON CARICATURE OF SOME SORT PLAYING CURLING. THE TEXT STATES "THE SCOTT TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS" THE CARICATURE IS WEARING A COWBOY HAT THAT HAS THE DATE "1987" ON IT AS WELL AS THE TEXT "LETHBRIDGE".
Subjects
CLOTHING -- OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
SPORTS
History
THE DONOR BOUGHT THIS AT THE TOURNAMENT IN 1987 THAT WAS HELD AT THE SPORTSPLEX. DONOR VOLUNTEERED AT THE EVENT SELLING SOUVENIRS. AT THIS TIME SHE WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN CIVIC CURLING. SHE GREW UP IN MANITOBA AND BEGAN CURLING THERE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A SWEATER DONATED BY DIANNE DIRK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND AN OBITUARY FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME. DIANNE DIRK WAS BORN IN BRANDON, MB ON AUGUST 21, 193, THE SECOND CHILD OF LORNE AND MILDRED STORY (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE WAS RAISED IN OAK LAKE, MB AND MOVED TO CALGARY AS A YOUNG WOMAN. THERE SHE MET AND MARRIED JEROME “JERRY” DIRK IN 1965. THE COUPLE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1975. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY, DIANNE WAS AN ACTIVE HOMEMAKER, ACTIVE IN HER GRANDCHILDREN’S LIVES, AND ALSO ENJOYED CURLING, SQUARE DANCING, CAMPING, AND PLAYING BRIDGE. DIANNE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 73 ON AUGUST 21, 2001. THE SCOTT TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS TOOK PLACE IN LETHBRIDGE FROM SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28 TO SATURDAY MARCH 7, 1987. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND AN OBITUARY FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME.
Catalogue Number
P20010110000
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1991
Date Range To
1992
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, JERSEY
Catalogue Number
P20080004001
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1991
Date Range To
1992
Materials
COTTON, JERSEY
No. Pieces
1
Length
25.5
Width
29.0
Description
WHITE T-SHIRT WITH IMAGE OF PLANE FLYING HEAD-ON. TEXT, "TIME AIR" REPEATED THROUGHOUT DESIGN, IN ADDITION TO THE WORDS, "THE SPIRIT OF INFLIGHT." LABEL AT BACK OF NECK READS, "...MADE IN CANADA, SCREEN STARS BEST."
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PROFESSIONS
History
MOGUS WORKED AS REVENUE ACCOUNTANT CLERK FOR TIME AIR IN THE LETHBRIDGE OFFICE. DURING EMPLOYMENT, MOGUS RECEIVED TIME AIR SHIRTS AS GIFTS FROM CO-WORKERS. SHIRTS WERE USUALLY WORN OUTSIDE OF WORK, AS UNIFORMS WERE THE NORM. THIS T-SHIRT WAS ONE OF THREE DESIGNS THAT WERE MADE AVAILABLE FROM 1991 TO 1992. THIS PARTICULAR DESIGN WAS AVAILABLE FOR TIME AIR INFLIGHT STAFF ONLY. THE OTHER TWO DESIGNS HAD THE LOGOS, "TIME AIR- FLYING OVER THE MOUNTAINS" AND "TIME AIR FLYING CLUB". SHIRTS, ALONG WITH OTHER TIME AIR MERCHANDISE, WERE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE TIME AIR STORE LOCATED IN CALGARY. MERCHANDISE INCLUDED ITEMS SUCH AS CLOTHING, STAFF YEARBOOKS, PINS, LUGGAGE, AND COOKBOOKS. PRODUCTS WERE OFTEN PURCHASED BY CO-WORKERS AS GIFTS FOR BIRTHDAYS AND CHRISTMAS. ON OCCASION, WORKERS WERE GIFTED MERCHANDISE TO COMMEMORATE SPECIAL EVENTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A T-SHIRT AND SWEATER DONATED BY CORY MOGUS. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE GONEBUTNOTFORGOTTEN.CA. CORY MOGUS WAS BORN ON JULY 16, 1962 AND WAS EDUCATED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE WAS DESCRIBED BY THOSE CLOSEST TO HER AS A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY AND WAS “FULLY ENGAGED IN LIFE SURROUNDED BY NUMEROUS FRIENDS.” SHE PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 15, 2016. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF KENNETH “PUNCHY” JOHN MOGUS AND VIOLA MOGUS (NEE TREMEL). SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE GONEBUTNOTFORGOTTEN.CA.
Catalogue Number
P20080004001
Acquisition Date
2008-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BOYS' TEMPLE COSTUME
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
1979
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK, COTTON, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20060018002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOYS' TEMPLE COSTUME
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
1979
Materials
SILK, COTTON, PAPER
No. Pieces
6
Description
BOYS' TEMPLE COSTUME. 1. (2 PCE)GLD PAPER CAP WITH PRPL WITH WHT CUSHION . 2. SHEER WHITE KIMONO, LENGTH 78.0, WIDTH 105.3. ADORNED WITH PRPL DYE AND STAMPED WITH GLD CELESTIAL BIRD DESIGN. LEFT SLEEVE HAD YLLW AND GRN THE RIGHT SLEEVE ALSO HAS A BIT OF YLLW. 3. PRPLE HAKAMA SKIRT, LENGTH 56.0, WIDTH 57.8. BATIK REPEATED PATTERN IN TWO ROWS ACROSS BOTTOM HALF OF PANT. SILK RIBBON ACCENTS BELT AREA OF SKIRT. SKIRT TIES ON BOTH SIDES FOR CLOSURE. 4. (2 PCE) BELT IS SHEER WITH GLD IMPRINT OF FLOWER, LENGTH 128.0, WIDTH 4.6.TEXT ON BACK READS, "WOMEN'S BUDDHIST ASS'N, NEW WESTMINSTER B.C."
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
RELIGION
COMMEMORATIVE
History
COSTUMES WERE WORN BY THE YOUNGEST MEMBERS OF THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE LOCATED IN RAYMOND, ALBERTA. FOR AT LEAST FIFTY YEARS, CHILDREN DRESSED UP IN THE ELABORATE GARMENTS AS PART OF RELIGION’S ‘CHIGO’ OR YOUNG-CHILDREN CEREMONY. THE PROCESSIONAL EVENT REQUIRED THAT THE CHILDREN DRESS AS HEAVENLY BEINGS. BOYS WORE A STIFF HAT OF LACQUERED GAUZE CALLED AN ‘EBOSHI’ WHILE GIRLS WORE THE CROWN OF THE PHOENIX BIRD KNOWN AS A ‘TENKAN’. THE CEREMONY WAS CONDUCTED AT THE RAYMOND BUDDHIST TEMPLE EVERY FIVE YEARS, COMMENCING ON THE DATE OF THE TEMPLE’S DEDICATION (1929) AND ENDING ON ITS FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY IN 1979. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE PAPER LOTUS FLOWERS WERE MADE LOCALLY AND THE GARMENTS WERE IMPORTED FROM JAPAN. FOR ALMOST EIGHTY YEARS, THE TEMPLE SERVED THE SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF MANY AMONG SOUTHERN ALBERTA’S JAPANESE COMMUNITY. IT ACTED AS A CENTRE FOR TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST TEACHING AND JAPANESE CULTURE UNTIL ITS CLOSING IN 2006. THESE COSTUMES, IN ADDITION TO OTHER SPIRITUAL OBJECTS INCLUDING THE TEMPLE’S SHRINE, WERE DONATED TO THE GALT AS PART OF THE TEMPLE’S CLOSING AND EVENTUAL SALE. CEREMONY WHERE THIS COSTUME WAS LAST WORN WAS PERFORMED FOR THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE'S FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY IN 1979. PERFORMED FOR THE TEMPLE'S INAUGURATION, 10TH, 20TH, 25, 30, 35, 40...ETC EVERY 5TH YEAR. DONOR HAS PHOTOS OF COSTUMES BEING WORN DURING THE ANNIVERSARIES (SEE PERMANENT FILE). DONOR PRESUMES THAT THE MATERIAL DATES TO 1929 TO 1930. SEE P20070014000 FOR INFORMATION ON GIRLS CHIGO COSTUME AND P20030041001 FOR COMPLETE HISTORY ON BUDDHIST TEMPLE. ON APRIL 26, 2009 THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, LOCATED IN LETHBRIDGE, WAS THE SITE OF AN O-CHIGO CHILDREN’S PARADE, HELD AS PART OF THE TEMPLE’S DEDICATION CEREMONY. VISUAL DOCUMENTATION OF O-CHIGO COSTUMES, REPRESENTING THE ONE DONATED, CAN BE FOUND IN THE GALT’S ARCHIVES, RELATED TO THE 2009 DEDICATION EVENT. ADDITIONALLY, O-CHIGO RELATED PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND RELATED TO THE HISTORY OF THE TABER BUDDHIST CHURCH IN THE GALT’S ARCHIVES. FINALLY, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM IS IN POSSESSION OF HISTORIC 40S ERA FOOTAGE OF TEMPLE EVENTS, RELATED TO THE RAM’S COLLECTION OF A SHRINE FROM PICTURE BUTTE.
Catalogue Number
P20060018002
Acquisition Date
2006-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
LONG SLEEVED, “L.C.C. U OF L TEN/TEN… ROAD RACE… 1992”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140030004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LONG SLEEVED, “L.C.C. U OF L TEN/TEN… ROAD RACE… 1992”
Date
1992
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
66
Width
144
Description
WHITE COTTON LONG SLEEVED SHIRT WITH GRAPHIC SILKSCREENED ON CHEST IN BLACK, GREEN, BLUE, PINK AND YELLOW INK. IMAGE DEPICTS AN AERIAL MAP OF ROADS AND RIVER, WITH A GOLFER, BUILDING, TEEPEE, DEER, FIGURES RUNNING, GOOSE, AND HAND FIRING A STARTER GUN. TEXT OF THE GRAPHIC READS “L.C.C. U OF L TEN/TEN… APRIL 11 1992 – ROAD RACE”. WHITE TAG SEWN INSIDE NECK BAND DEPICTS IMAGE OF GRAPES AND APPLES, WITH TEXT READING “M – 100% COTTON PRESHRUNK – FRUIT OF THE LOOM – MADE IN U.S.A.” GENERAL STAINING AND YELLOWING OF FABRIC, ESPECIALLY AROUND NECK BAND; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THIS SHIRT WAS COLLECTED BY THE DONOR, RAY MCHUGH, DURING HIS 20 YEARS OF PARTICIPATION WITH THE LETHBRIDGE 10 MILE ROAD RACE, WHICH WAS STARTED BY UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE PROFESSOR BRIAN WINCHESTER AND STUDENT VANCE MILLIGAN IN 1973 AND CO-SPONSORED BY THE UOFL AND LETHBRIDGE COLLEGE. THE EVENT WAS HELD ANNUALLY FOR 30 YEARS, WITH THE FINAL RACE BEING RUN ON APRIL 12, 2003. ON AUGUST 1, 2014 GALT MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED MCHUGH ABOUT HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE ROAD RACES AND HIS COLLECTION OF SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS. MCHUGH SAID: “WE USED TO RUN, IT WAS GROUP OF US THAT WOULD AT NOON HOUR… WE WOULD RUN, YOU KNOW FOUR OR FIVE MILES. WE DIDN’T THINK ANYTHING OF THAT, THAT’S JUST WHAT WE DID AT LUNCHTIME… I STARTED AT THE UNIVERSITY AT 1969… IN THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE AS THE ASSISTANT REGISTRAR THEN I BECAME THE DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES, I DID THAT FOR 10 YEARS, AND THEN MY LAST 10 YEARS WAS DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH SERVICES… [PROFESSOR] JIM DAY ORGANIZED A FACULTY AND STAFF FITNESS PROGRAM AT LUNCHTIME AND A GROUP OF US TOOK IT… A LITTLE BIT OF EXERCISE, STRETCHING, A LITTLE BIT OF WALKING AND RUNNING, AND THAT JUST DEVELOPED INTO A LIFETIME OF EITHER RUNNING AT NOONTIME OR PLAYING BADMINTON AT NOONTIME OR PLAYING TENNIS… THE UNIVERSITY WAS OVER THERE IN THE STICKS YOU KNOW, ACCORDING TO MANY PEOPLE, BUT IT WAS EASY TO JUST GO OUT AND JOG ALONG THE ROAD… IT BECAME JUST A RECOGNITION THAT DOING EXERCISE AT LUNCHTIME… YOU’VE GOT ENERGY FOR THE WHOLE DAY AND IT JUST SEEMED LIKE A REALLY GOOD LIFESTYLE… IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE U OF L. YOU COULD TAKE THAT HOUR AND THE FACILITIES WERE LOVELY. WE HAD A STEAM ROOM, WE HAD SHOWERS, WE COULD DO EVERYTHING. SO YOU COULD RIDE YOUR BIKE TO WORK IN THE MORNING, HAVE A SHOWER AND GO TO WORK SO YOU KNOW, THE FACILITIES LENT THEMSELVES TO THAT KIND OF THING.” MCHUGH CONTINUED: “[THE 10 MILE ROAD RACE] WAS ORGANIZED BY BRIAN WINCHESTER AND VANCE MILLIGAN… WE HAD ONE OR TWO AND THEN THE UNIVERSITY WAS ASKED TO GET INVOLVED WITH IT… IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A RACE THAT STARTED AT THE COLLEGE AND THEN ENDS AT THE UNIVERSITY; AND THEN THE UNIVERSITY GYM WOULD BE OPEN AND PEOPLE WOULD HAVE A SNACK AT THE END OF THE RACE… THE COLLEGE WOULD ORGANIZE IT SO THEY WOULD TAKE THE REGISTRATIONS AND DO EVERYTHING AT THE FRONT END OF THE RACE AND THE UNIVERSITY WOULD DO EVERYTHING AT THE BACK END OF THE RACE… IT WAS FAIRLY SMALL TO START WITH BUT THEN IT GREW… I THINK AT ONE POINT I RECALL WE HAD OVER A THOUSAND RUNNERS I MEAN WHICH IS REALLY QUITE SOMETHING… A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD TRAIN TO DO IT AND THEN THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT WOULD TRY TO BETTER THEIR TIME FROM THE PREVIOUS YEARS… IF YOU RUN THE RACE, WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE RACE YOU GET THE SHIRT… I DON’T KNOW WHAT OUR REGISTRATION FEES WERE BACK THEN BUT THEY WEREN’T THAT MUCH BUT YOU GOT THE SHIRT… I RAN THE FIRST 20 [RACES]. WE HAD A LITTLE RECOGNITION CEREMONY AFTER THE FIRST 20, AND AS I RECALL THERE WERE ABOUT 5 OR 6 OF US WHO HAD DONE ALL OF THE RACES UP TO THAT POINT… WE KEPT ALL THE SHIRTS [FOR THE YEARS] THAT WE RAN.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND HARDCOPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES ON THE 10 MILE ROAD RACE.
Catalogue Number
P20140030004
Acquisition Date
2014-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SHORT SLEEVED, “TEN MILE ROAD RACE… 1976”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140030001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHORT SLEEVED, “TEN MILE ROAD RACE… 1976”
Date
1976
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
72
Width
78
Description
RED COTTON T-SHIRT WITH GRAPHIC SILKSCREENED ON CHEST IN BLACK INK. IMAGE DEPICTS TWO FIGURES RUNNING IN FRONT OF A CIRCLE CONTAINING A SILHOUETTE OF A BRIDGE AND VALLEY. TEXT OF THE GRAPHIC READS “LETHBRIDGE 1976 – TEN MILE ROAD RACE – LA COURSE DU DIX”. WHITE TAG SEWN INSIDE NECK BAND READS “TIGER BRAND X LARGE – CA01147 – 100% COTTON”. FABRIC IS FADED, WITH SOME AREAS OF BLEACH STAINING ON BACK AND SLEEVES; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THIS SHIRT WAS COLLECTED BY THE DONOR, RAY MCHUGH, DURING HIS 20 YEARS OF PARTICIPATION WITH THE LETHBRIDGE 10 MILE ROAD RACE, WHICH WAS STARTED BY UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE PROFESSOR BRIAN WINCHESTER AND STUDENT VANCE MILLIGAN IN 1973 AND CO-SPONSORED BY THE UOFL AND LETHBRIDGE COLLEGE. THE EVENT WAS HELD ANNUALLY FOR 30 YEARS, WITH THE FINAL RACE BEING RUN ON APRIL 12, 2003. ON AUGUST 1, 2014 GALT MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED MCHUGH ABOUT HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE ROAD RACES AND HIS COLLECTION OF SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS. MCHUGH SAID: “WE USED TO RUN, IT WAS GROUP OF US THAT WOULD AT NOON HOUR… WE WOULD RUN, YOU KNOW FOUR OR FIVE MILES. WE DIDN’T THINK ANYTHING OF THAT, THAT’S JUST WHAT WE DID AT LUNCHTIME… I STARTED AT THE UNIVERSITY AT 1969… IN THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE AS THE ASSISTANT REGISTRAR THEN I BECAME THE DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES, I DID THAT FOR 10 YEARS, AND THEN MY LAST 10 YEARS WAS DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH SERVICES… [PROFESSOR] JIM DAY ORGANIZED A FACULTY AND STAFF FITNESS PROGRAM AT LUNCHTIME AND A GROUP OF US TOOK IT… A LITTLE BIT OF EXERCISE, STRETCHING, A LITTLE BIT OF WALKING AND RUNNING, AND THAT JUST DEVELOPED INTO A LIFETIME OF EITHER RUNNING AT NOONTIME OR PLAYING BADMINTON AT NOONTIME OR PLAYING TENNIS… THE UNIVERSITY WAS OVER THERE IN THE STICKS YOU KNOW, ACCORDING TO MANY PEOPLE, BUT IT WAS EASY TO JUST GO OUT AND JOG ALONG THE ROAD… IT BECAME JUST A RECOGNITION THAT DOING EXERCISE AT LUNCHTIME… YOU’VE GOT ENERGY FOR THE WHOLE DAY AND IT JUST SEEMED LIKE A REALLY GOOD LIFESTYLE… IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE U OF L. YOU COULD TAKE THAT HOUR AND THE FACILITIES WERE LOVELY. WE HAD A STEAM ROOM, WE HAD SHOWERS, WE COULD DO EVERYTHING. SO YOU COULD RIDE YOUR BIKE TO WORK IN THE MORNING, HAVE A SHOWER AND GO TO WORK SO YOU KNOW, THE FACILITIES LENT THEMSELVES TO THAT KIND OF THING.” MCHUGH CONTINUED: “[THE 10 MILE ROAD RACE] WAS ORGANIZED BY BRIAN WINCHESTER AND VANCE MILLIGAN… WE HAD ONE OR TWO AND THEN THE UNIVERSITY WAS ASKED TO GET INVOLVED WITH IT… IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A RACE THAT STARTED AT THE COLLEGE AND THEN ENDS AT THE UNIVERSITY; AND THEN THE UNIVERSITY GYM WOULD BE OPEN AND PEOPLE WOULD HAVE A SNACK AT THE END OF THE RACE… THE COLLEGE WOULD ORGANIZE IT SO THEY WOULD TAKE THE REGISTRATIONS AND DO EVERYTHING AT THE FRONT END OF THE RACE AND THE UNIVERSITY WOULD DO EVERYTHING AT THE BACK END OF THE RACE… IT WAS FAIRLY SMALL TO START WITH BUT THEN IT GREW… I THINK AT ONE POINT I RECALL WE HAD OVER A THOUSAND RUNNERS I MEAN WHICH IS REALLY QUITE SOMETHING… A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD TRAIN TO DO IT AND THEN THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT WOULD TRY TO BETTER THEIR TIME FROM THE PREVIOUS YEARS… IF YOU RUN THE RACE, WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE RACE YOU GET THE SHIRT… I DON’T KNOW WHAT OUR REGISTRATION FEES WERE BACK THEN BUT THEY WEREN’T THAT MUCH BUT YOU GOT THE SHIRT… I RAN THE FIRST 20 [RACES]. WE HAD A LITTLE RECOGNITION CEREMONY AFTER THE FIRST 20, AND AS I RECALL THERE WERE ABOUT 5 OR 6 OF US WHO HAD DONE ALL OF THE RACES UP TO THAT POINT… WE KEPT ALL THE SHIRTS [FOR THE YEARS] THAT WE RAN.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND HARDCOPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES ON THE 10 MILE ROAD RACE.
Catalogue Number
P20140030001
Acquisition Date
2014-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SHORT SLEEVED, “TEN MILE ROAD RACE… 1978”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140030002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHORT SLEEVED, “TEN MILE ROAD RACE… 1978”
Date
1978
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
72
Width
78
Description
ORANGE COTTON T-SHIRT WITH GRAPHIC SILKSCREENED ON CHEST IN BLACK INK. IMAGE DEPICTS FIVE STYLIZED FIGURES RUNNING IN A LINE. TEXT OF THE GRAPHIC READS “LETHBRIDGE TEN MILE ROAD RACE – LA COURSE DU DIX – 1978”. WHITE TAG SEWN INSIDE NECK BAND DEPICTS IMAGE OF TIGER AND READS “L –G TIGER BRAND 100% COTTON – MADE IN/FAIT AU CANADA – CA01147”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THIS SHIRT WAS COLLECTED BY THE DONOR, RAY MCHUGH, DURING HIS 20 YEARS OF PARTICIPATION WITH THE LETHBRIDGE 10 MILE ROAD RACE, WHICH WAS STARTED BY UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE PROFESSOR BRIAN WINCHESTER AND STUDENT VANCE MILLIGAN IN 1973 AND CO-SPONSORED BY THE UOFL AND LETHBRIDGE COLLEGE. THE EVENT WAS HELD ANNUALLY FOR 30 YEARS, WITH THE FINAL RACE BEING RUN ON APRIL 12, 2003. ON AUGUST 1, 2014 GALT MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED MCHUGH ABOUT HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE ROAD RACES AND HIS COLLECTION OF SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS. MCHUGH SAID: “WE USED TO RUN, IT WAS GROUP OF US THAT WOULD AT NOON HOUR… WE WOULD RUN, YOU KNOW FOUR OR FIVE MILES. WE DIDN’T THINK ANYTHING OF THAT, THAT’S JUST WHAT WE DID AT LUNCHTIME… I STARTED AT THE UNIVERSITY AT 1969… IN THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE AS THE ASSISTANT REGISTRAR THEN I BECAME THE DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES, I DID THAT FOR 10 YEARS, AND THEN MY LAST 10 YEARS WAS DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH SERVICES… [PROFESSOR] JIM DAY ORGANIZED A FACULTY AND STAFF FITNESS PROGRAM AT LUNCHTIME AND A GROUP OF US TOOK IT… A LITTLE BIT OF EXERCISE, STRETCHING, A LITTLE BIT OF WALKING AND RUNNING, AND THAT JUST DEVELOPED INTO A LIFETIME OF EITHER RUNNING AT NOONTIME OR PLAYING BADMINTON AT NOONTIME OR PLAYING TENNIS… THE UNIVERSITY WAS OVER THERE IN THE STICKS YOU KNOW, ACCORDING TO MANY PEOPLE, BUT IT WAS EASY TO JUST GO OUT AND JOG ALONG THE ROAD… IT BECAME JUST A RECOGNITION THAT DOING EXERCISE AT LUNCHTIME… YOU’VE GOT ENERGY FOR THE WHOLE DAY AND IT JUST SEEMED LIKE A REALLY GOOD LIFESTYLE… IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE U OF L. YOU COULD TAKE THAT HOUR AND THE FACILITIES WERE LOVELY. WE HAD A STEAM ROOM, WE HAD SHOWERS, WE COULD DO EVERYTHING. SO YOU COULD RIDE YOUR BIKE TO WORK IN THE MORNING, HAVE A SHOWER AND GO TO WORK SO YOU KNOW, THE FACILITIES LENT THEMSELVES TO THAT KIND OF THING.” MCHUGH CONTINUED: “[THE 10 MILE ROAD RACE] WAS ORGANIZED BY BRIAN WINCHESTER AND VANCE MILLIGAN… WE HAD ONE OR TWO AND THEN THE UNIVERSITY WAS ASKED TO GET INVOLVED WITH IT… IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A RACE THAT STARTED AT THE COLLEGE AND THEN ENDS AT THE UNIVERSITY; AND THEN THE UNIVERSITY GYM WOULD BE OPEN AND PEOPLE WOULD HAVE A SNACK AT THE END OF THE RACE… THE COLLEGE WOULD ORGANIZE IT SO THEY WOULD TAKE THE REGISTRATIONS AND DO EVERYTHING AT THE FRONT END OF THE RACE AND THE UNIVERSITY WOULD DO EVERYTHING AT THE BACK END OF THE RACE… IT WAS FAIRLY SMALL TO START WITH BUT THEN IT GREW… I THINK AT ONE POINT I RECALL WE HAD OVER A THOUSAND RUNNERS I MEAN WHICH IS REALLY QUITE SOMETHING… A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD TRAIN TO DO IT AND THEN THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT WOULD TRY TO BETTER THEIR TIME FROM THE PREVIOUS YEARS… IF YOU RUN THE RACE, WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE RACE YOU GET THE SHIRT… I DON’T KNOW WHAT OUR REGISTRATION FEES WERE BACK THEN BUT THEY WEREN’T THAT MUCH BUT YOU GOT THE SHIRT… I RAN THE FIRST 20 [RACES]. WE HAD A LITTLE RECOGNITION CEREMONY AFTER THE FIRST 20, AND AS I RECALL THERE WERE ABOUT 5 OR 6 OF US WHO HAD DONE ALL OF THE RACES UP TO THAT POINT… WE KEPT ALL THE SHIRTS [FOR THE YEARS] THAT WE RAN.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND HARDCOPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES ON THE 10 MILE ROAD RACE.
Catalogue Number
P20140030002
Acquisition Date
2014-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SHORT SLEEVED, “TEN MILE ROAD RACE… 1980”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20140030003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHORT SLEEVED, “TEN MILE ROAD RACE… 1980”
Date
1980
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Length
73
Width
78
Description
LIGHT BLUE COTTON/POLYESTER BLEND T-SHIRT WITH GRAPHIC SILKSCREENED ON CHEST IN DARK BLUE INK. IMAGE DEPICTS THREE FIGURES RUNNING IN A LINE INSIDE A ROUNDED RECTANGLE. TEXT OF THE GRAPHIC READS “TEN MILE ROAD RACE – LETHBRIDGE - LA COURSE DU DIX - 1980”. WHITE TAG SEWN INSIDE NECK BAND DEPICTS IMAGE OF TIGER AND READS “L –G TIGER BRAND 50% COTTON 50% POLYESTER – MADE IN/FAIT AU CANADA – CA01147”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THIS SHIRT WAS COLLECTED BY THE DONOR, RAY MCHUGH, DURING HIS 20 YEARS OF PARTICIPATION WITH THE LETHBRIDGE 10 MILE ROAD RACE, WHICH WAS STARTED BY UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE PROFESSOR BRIAN WINCHESTER AND STUDENT VANCE MILLIGAN IN 1973 AND CO-SPONSORED BY THE UOFL AND LETHBRIDGE COLLEGE. THE EVENT WAS HELD ANNUALLY FOR 30 YEARS, WITH THE FINAL RACE BEING RUN ON APRIL 12, 2003. ON AUGUST 1, 2014 GALT MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED MCHUGH ABOUT HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE ROAD RACES AND HIS COLLECTION OF SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS. MCHUGH SAID: “WE USED TO RUN, IT WAS GROUP OF US THAT WOULD AT NOON HOUR… WE WOULD RUN, YOU KNOW FOUR OR FIVE MILES. WE DIDN’T THINK ANYTHING OF THAT, THAT’S JUST WHAT WE DID AT LUNCHTIME… I STARTED AT THE UNIVERSITY AT 1969… IN THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE AS THE ASSISTANT REGISTRAR THEN I BECAME THE DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES, I DID THAT FOR 10 YEARS, AND THEN MY LAST 10 YEARS WAS DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH SERVICES… [PROFESSOR] JIM DAY ORGANIZED A FACULTY AND STAFF FITNESS PROGRAM AT LUNCHTIME AND A GROUP OF US TOOK IT… A LITTLE BIT OF EXERCISE, STRETCHING, A LITTLE BIT OF WALKING AND RUNNING, AND THAT JUST DEVELOPED INTO A LIFETIME OF EITHER RUNNING AT NOONTIME OR PLAYING BADMINTON AT NOONTIME OR PLAYING TENNIS… THE UNIVERSITY WAS OVER THERE IN THE STICKS YOU KNOW, ACCORDING TO MANY PEOPLE, BUT IT WAS EASY TO JUST GO OUT AND JOG ALONG THE ROAD… IT BECAME JUST A RECOGNITION THAT DOING EXERCISE AT LUNCHTIME… YOU’VE GOT ENERGY FOR THE WHOLE DAY AND IT JUST SEEMED LIKE A REALLY GOOD LIFESTYLE… IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE U OF L. YOU COULD TAKE THAT HOUR AND THE FACILITIES WERE LOVELY. WE HAD A STEAM ROOM, WE HAD SHOWERS, WE COULD DO EVERYTHING. SO YOU COULD RIDE YOUR BIKE TO WORK IN THE MORNING, HAVE A SHOWER AND GO TO WORK SO YOU KNOW, THE FACILITIES LENT THEMSELVES TO THAT KIND OF THING.” MCHUGH CONTINUED: “[THE 10 MILE ROAD RACE] WAS ORGANIZED BY BRIAN WINCHESTER AND VANCE MILLIGAN… WE HAD ONE OR TWO AND THEN THE UNIVERSITY WAS ASKED TO GET INVOLVED WITH IT… IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A RACE THAT STARTED AT THE COLLEGE AND THEN ENDS AT THE UNIVERSITY; AND THEN THE UNIVERSITY GYM WOULD BE OPEN AND PEOPLE WOULD HAVE A SNACK AT THE END OF THE RACE… THE COLLEGE WOULD ORGANIZE IT SO THEY WOULD TAKE THE REGISTRATIONS AND DO EVERYTHING AT THE FRONT END OF THE RACE AND THE UNIVERSITY WOULD DO EVERYTHING AT THE BACK END OF THE RACE… IT WAS FAIRLY SMALL TO START WITH BUT THEN IT GREW… I THINK AT ONE POINT I RECALL WE HAD OVER A THOUSAND RUNNERS I MEAN WHICH IS REALLY QUITE SOMETHING… A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD TRAIN TO DO IT AND THEN THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT WOULD TRY TO BETTER THEIR TIME FROM THE PREVIOUS YEARS… IF YOU RUN THE RACE, WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE RACE YOU GET THE SHIRT… I DON’T KNOW WHAT OUR REGISTRATION FEES WERE BACK THEN BUT THEY WEREN’T THAT MUCH BUT YOU GOT THE SHIRT… I RAN THE FIRST 20 [RACES]. WE HAD A LITTLE RECOGNITION CEREMONY AFTER THE FIRST 20, AND AS I RECALL THERE WERE ABOUT 5 OR 6 OF US WHO HAD DONE ALL OF THE RACES UP TO THAT POINT… WE KEPT ALL THE SHIRTS [FOR THE YEARS] THAT WE RAN.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND HARDCOPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES ON THE 10 MILE ROAD RACE.
Catalogue Number
P20140030003
Acquisition Date
2014-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
OLYMPIC TORCH RUNNER RELAY UNIFORM
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FABIRC, PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20200033000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OLYMPIC TORCH RUNNER RELAY UNIFORM
Date
1988
Materials
FABIRC, PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
2
Length
69.5
Width
153
Description
A. JACKET. L: 69.5 CM W: 153 CM RED AND WHITE TRACKSUIT JACKET. WHITE ON BACK, INSIDE, AND ACROSS THE CHEST, THE REMAINDER IS RED. ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CHEST IS THE TORCH RELAY LOGO, A STYLIZED TORCH WITH A MAPLE LEAF SILHOUETTE, GREEN, YELLOW, RED, AND BLUE, AND THE CALGARY WINTER OLYMPIC LOGO, A RED STYLIZED SNOWFLAKE OVER THE OLYMPIC RINGS. THE BACK OF THE JACKET HAS LARGER VERSIONS OF THESE LOGOS, WITH BLACK TEXT ABOVE, “CANADA”, AND BELOW, “CALGARY ‘88”. PINS ARE ATTACHED TO THE INSIDE OF THE LARGE FOLDED OVER COLLAR. THE LEFT COLLAR CONTAINS THREE PINS; ALBERTA FLAG READING “ALBERTA” ABOVE, WHITE OVAL WITH MAPLE LEAF AND OLYMPIC RINGS BELOW, AND A WHITE TORCH IN FLAMES, WITH CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO BESIDE IT, READING “CALGARY ‘88” BELOW. THE RIGHT COLLAR HAS A PINK RIBBON ATTACHED WITH A STICKER PINNED OVERTOP OF IT. STICKER IS A PICTURE OF HIDY AND HOWDY AND THE CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO. STICKER READS, “HIDY / HOWDY / OFFICIAL MASCOTS/MASCOTTES OFFICIELLES / CALGARY ’88 FED. 13-28, 1988 DU 13 AU 28 FEV. 1988” SIX PINS ATTACHED TO RIBBON, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM; TORCH RELAY LOGO NEXT TO CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO, GOLD CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO WITH OLYMPIC COLOURS BENEATH, WHITE TORCH IN FLAMES WITH CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO BESIDE IT AND READING “CALGARY ‘88” BELOW, HOWDY WAVING A WHITE FLAG WITH CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO ON IT, HIDY ON RED PIN BESIDE CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO, AND GOLD MEDAL ON OLYMPIC COLOURED RIBBON SHOWING A TORCH HELD ALOFT AND READING ON THE EDGE OF THE MEDAL, “XV OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES CALGARY 1988”. THE WHITE AND SILVER TAG INSIDE OF SHOULDER BLADES READS “SUN ICE MADE IN CANADA”. VG. SCRATCHES ON METAL ZIPPERS, CHIPPING RED COLOUR OFF. BLUE INK STAIN, 2.8 BY 1.5 CM AT BOTTOM CORNER OF PINK RIBBON. THE END OF THE RIBBON IS FRAYED. LOOSE STITCH ON THE BOTTOM LEFT CORNER OF THE TAG. B. PANTS. L: 115.4 CM W: 62 CM RED TRACK PANTS, WATERPROOFED, WITH ELASTIC WAIST AND LEG CUFFS. SILVER STRIP DOWN EACH SIDE. BLACK AND SILVER TAG INSIDE OF WAIST READS, “SUN ICE MADE IN CANADA”. EX. NO SIGNS OF DAMAGE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ON OCTOBER 21, 2020, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DAVID GASKARTH REGARDING THE DONATION OF HIS WIFE’S, DAYLE GASKARTH, 1988 WINTER OLYMPIC TORCH BEARER UNIFORM. FOR THE 1988 WINTER OLYMPICS, HOSTED IN CALGARY, CANADA, PETRO-CANADA SPONSORED THE OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY. THE RESULT WAS THE THEN LONGEST TORCH RELAY IN HISTORY, LASTING 88 DAYS AND COVERING 18,000 KM, BY SNOWMOBILE, DOGSLED, AIRCRAFT, FERRY AND ALMOST 7,000 RUNNERS. “TORCHES AND TORCH RELAYS OF THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES FROM OSLO 1952 TO PYEONGCHANG 2018” PUBLISHED BY THE OLYMPIC GAMES, STATES, “THE TORCHBEARER SELECTION PROCESS WAS THE BIGGEST COMPETITION OF ITS KIND EVER ORGANISED IN CANADA. OUT OF ROUGHLY 10 MILLION APPLICATION FORMS DISTRIBUTED, ALMOST SEVEN MILLION WERE RETURNED. A FIRST GROUP OF TORCHBEARERS WAS CREATED BY DRAWING LOTS. THE PEOPLE SELECTED WERE AGED BETWEEN 4 AND 100, AND CAME FROM ALL KINDS OF BACKGROUNDS. A SECOND GROUP OF 300 TORCHBEARERS WAS CREATED BY SPECIAL SELECTION, AND WAS COMPOSED OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, FIRST NATIONS REPRESENTATIVES, ATHLETES AND OFFICIALS.” ON HOW HIS WIFE BECAME A TORCHBEARER, DAVID RECALLS, “SHE WAS VERY OBSESSED WHEN DETAILS OF THE TORCH RELAY FIRST CAME OUT IN 1985 THAT SHE WOULD BE A TORCH BEARER. SHE TOLD ME ONE TIME THAT FAILING TO BE A TORCH BEARER WAS NOT AN OPTION. SHE REALLY WANTED TO DO IT AND SHE PUT HER HEART AND SOUL INTO IT….” “WHEN YOU GOT GAS AT THE PETRO-CANADA STATIONS, THEY GAVE YOU A FORM TO FILL OUT. IT WAS LIKE A REGISTRATION FORM. IF YOU GOT 25 LITERS OF GAS, THEY GAVE YOU 5 OF THEM, AND YOU COULD COLLECT AS MANY AS YOU WANTED TO, AND [CONTESTANTS WOULD] SEND THEM IN. WELL, I WORKED FOR R. ANGUS (CATERPILLAR DEALER) AT THE TIME. I WAS ON THE ROAD, SO I GOT GAS EVERY DAY, SO, EVERYWHERE I WENT, I’D COME HOME WITH THESE – 5 OR 10 OF THESE THINGS – AND WE’D ALL GET TOGETHER AFTER SUPPER, AND FILL THEM OUT, AND SHE’D HANG ONTO THEM…I HAPPENED TO RUN INTO THIS ONE PLACE IN, I THINK IT WAS ELKWATER, AND I TOLD THE GUY THAT I’D APPRECIATE IT IF I COULD HAVE SOME OF THESE FORMS, AND HE SAID, 'HOW MANY DO YOU WANT?' I SAID, 'WELL, MY WIFE REALLY WANTS TO BE A TORCHBEARER.' WELL, HE GAVE ME A PACK [ABOUT 2 INCHES THICK]. AND, WHEN I GOT HOME, ‘HOLY MACKEREL’. SHE WENT THROUGH THE ROOF. IT WAS JUST WONDERFUL, EH? SO, I THINK, ALL-IN-ALL, WE PROBABLY FILLED OUT ABOUT 600-650 OF THESE THINGS THAT WE SENT IN, AND IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE.” WHEN ASKED IF HE PUT HIS NAME IN FOR THE DRAW, DAVID RESPONDS, “WELL, I WANTED TO PUT MY NAME DOWN, BUT SHE WOULDN’T LET ME! SHE MADE SURE THAT HER NAME WAS ON IT, BECAUSE SHE’S THE ONE THAT WANTED TO GO. SHE SCRUTINIZED EVERY ONE OF THEM, AND I DIDN’T CARE. IT WAS NICE. I WANTED HER TO GO, AND SO DID THE KIDS.” ON WHY DAYLE WAS DRIVEN TO BECOME A TORCHBEARER, "THAT WAS HER CHALLENGE. SHE REALLY WANTED TO DO IT. IT WAS A – SHE WAS DOING IT FOR THE COUNTRY AND SHE WAS DOING IT FOR THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. SHE WANTED TO CONTRIBUTE, AND GIVE SOMETHING BACK. SHE LOVED WINTER SPORTS, SHE LOVED THE SPIRIT OF WHAT THE OLYMPIC GAMES STANDS FOR, AND BEING BORN IN CALGARY, THERE WAS A SENSE OF PRIDE FOR HER TO HAVE THIS GLOBAL EVENT SO CLOSE TO HOME AND TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE AND BE INVOLVED…SHE WAS A CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR AT THE YMCA. SHE TAUGHT THREE CLASSES A WEEK THERE…WE VOLUNTEERED TO HELP OUT THE SCHOOL – NICHOLAS SHERAN. WE TAUGHT TWO [FITNESS] CLASSES THERE...OUR WHOLE LIFE HAS BEEN LIKE THAT.” ON HOW SHE WAS ACCEPTED, DAVID RECALLED, “THERE’S A LETTER, AND A FOLDER THAT CAME FROM THE PETRO-CANADA ORGANIZERS, SAYING THAT SHE HAD BEEN PICKED, AND CONGRATULATIONS. AND, ANOTHER LETTER HERE FROM BLAINE THACKER, WHO WAS THE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT IN LETHBRIDGE. HE CONGRATULATED HER. ALL THIS SEEMED TO COME TOGETHER VERY QUICKLY. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN!” ACCORDING TO A LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE PUBLISHED JANUARY 30, 1988, “THERE WERE ABOUT 6.5 MILLION APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED, OF WHICH 6,520 WERE SELECTED, A ONE-IN-1,000 CHANCE. (IN LETHBRIDGE, 42 RUNNERS WERE SELECTED, ODDS OF ONE IN 1,428.)” ON TRAINING FOR THE RUN, DAVID STATES, “I WAS ABLE TO ACQUIRE FROM WORK A TRACK PIN AND BUSHING FROM A D6 CATERPILLAR DOZER. IT WAS ALMOST THE EXACT WEIGHT OF THE TORCH WHEN FULL OF KEROSENE SO IT WAS A GOOD WEIGHTED REPLICA TO TRAIN WITH. SHE WAS WORRIED SHE WAS GOING TO DROP IT OR SOMETHING…WE LIVED ON THE WEST SIDE, SO WE’D GO OVER TO NICHOLAS SHERAN PARK, AND RUN THE PAVED PATHS THERE, OR WE’D GO OUT TO HENDERSON, AND RUN THERE. WE DID A LOT OF RUNNING…SOME PEOPLE LOOKED AT US KIND OF FUNNY, LIKE, “WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?” BUT, AFTER YOU STOPPED AND TALKED TO A FEW PEOPLE, THEY UNDERSTOOD, AND THEY WISHED US LUCK, AND ALL THAT, SO IT WAS GOOD.” DAVID REMEMBERS HER RUN, “WELL, OF COURSE, OUR FAMILIES WERE THERE. MY FATHER, AND MY MOTHER-IN-LAW, BOTH THE KIDS, FRIENDS THAT WE HAD BEEN IN LETHBRIDGE FOR A LONG TIME WITH…THERE WAS A LARGE CROWD OF PEOPLE GATHERED TO SEE THE TORCH BUT WE WERE ABLE TO GET CLOSE TO SEE HER TAKE THE TORCH AND BEGIN HER RUN. SHE RAN ON HIGHWAY 3 WHERE THE EXIT FOR WESTSIDE DR IS TO THE OVERPASS OF HIGHWAY 3 AND HIGHWAY 25…IT WAS UNREAL. SHE WAS JUST HAPPY. SHE HAD THE BIGGEST SMILE ON HER FACE, EAR TO EAR!...SHE WAS COMPLETELY FOCUSED, AND HAVING A GOOD TIME! IT WAS A BLAST! THAT WAS WHAT SHE WANTED! IT WAS REALLY WELL-DONE…SHE WAS 40 AT THE TIME.” DAYLE RAN THE TORCH FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1988, DAY 81 OF THE TORCH RELAY AS A PART OF THE 86 KM BROCKET TO LETHBRIDGE STRETCH. THE SCHEDULE HAD HER BEGIN RUNNING AT 5:31 P.M. AND END HER RUN AT 5:38 P.M. AFTER REACHING THE 78.7 KM MARK. SHE WAS THE THIRD OF TEN RUNNERS PASSING THE TORCH FROM COALHURST TO LETHBRIDGE. ON ACQUIRING THE UNIFORM, “THEY PHONED HER, AND WANTED TO KNOW HER SIZE. SHE WAS A VERY SMALL LADY. SHE WAS ONLY 4’11”. QUITE SLIM BUILD. SHE GOT IT, I THINK, 2-3 WEEKS AHEAD OF TIME, AND SHE HAD TO GO DOWN AND PICK IT UP. THEY DIDN’T WANT TO SHIP IT, AND HAVE IT LOST, AND THAT WAS ABOUT IT. IT’S FIRST-CLASS MATERIAL. OF COURSE, SUN ICE, THEY MADE THE BEST CLOTHING IN THE WORLD.” ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE PUBLISHED JANUARY 30, 1988, “THE UNIFORMS GIVEN TO EACH RUNNER HAVE BEEN STASHED ALONG THE ROUTE AT RCMP DETACHMENTS. EACH CONSISTS OF A JACKET, PANTS AND A TOQUE IN RED AND WHITE…THE TRACK SUITS WERE MADE BY SUN ICE OF WINNIPEG FROM MATERIALS SUPPLIED BY 3M, AND INCLUDE THINTECH, THE LATEST IN BREATHABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET LINING.” DAVID EXPLAINED THAT AFTER THE RUN, DAYLE WOULD WEAR THE UNIFORM FOR SPECIAL EVENTS; “AT MCMAHON STADIUM, THEY HAD AN APPRECIATION DAY ONE TIME, AND WE WENT. I THINK THERE WAS A FOOTBALL GAME THAT WE WENT AND SAW, AND SHE WORE THAT. OF COURSE, THEY ALL WORE IT. STUFF LIKE THAT. IF THERE WAS A BARBECUE IN TOWN, SHE WORE IT THEN. PEOPLE WOULD SEE HER, AND JUST ASK HER QUESTIONS, LIKE, “HOW WAS IT? WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!” THAT WAS A HIGHLIGHT TO HER. IN HER LIFE!” DAYLE GASKARTH PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY 2019. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, AND COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20200033000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20200033000
Acquisition Date
2020-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20200022001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date
2020
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
66.5
Width
65.5
Description
BLACK COTTON T-SHIRT THAT HAS BEEN BLEACHED ORANGE IN SOME PARTS. THE FRONT OF THE SHIRT HAS A STENCILED DESIGN THAT SAYS “GUARD” ON THE TOP, A RAISED BLACK FIST ON AN ORANGE SHIELD BACKDROP IN THE CENTRE, AND “LETHBRIDGE” AT THE BOTTOM. THE BACK HAS A SPLATTERED TIE DYE APPEARING PATTERN. THE INSIDE TAG AT THE NECK SAYS “GEORGE XL…93X”. THE FABRIC IS SLIGHTLY FADED BUT THE SHIRT IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ON THE 12TH OF JUNE 2020, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH JORDAN LEDYIT, ORGANIZER OF THE BLACK LIVES MATTER (BLM) EVENT HELD IN LETHBRIDGE ON THURSDAY, JUNE 4TH WITH THE GROUP UNITED AGAINST RACIAL DISCRIMINATION (GUARD). THE RALLY WAS SPURRED BY THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD, A BLACK MAN KILLED BY POLICE DURING AN ARREST IN MINNEAPOLIS IN MAY OF 2020. ACTIONS AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND IN SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES MATTER WERE WIDESPREAD IN RESPONSE. JORDAN DONATED A COLLECTION OF ITEMS FROM THE EVENT TO THE MUSEUM. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM THEIR INTERVIEW. JORDAN COMMENTED ON THE EXPERIENCE OF ORGANIZING THE BLM EVENT: “…IT’S BEEN A ROLLER COASTER, I’LL SAY THAT. LOTS OF HIGHS, LOWS, IN BETWEEN… VERY BUSY… THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS HAVE...DIED DOWN BUT…FROM THE TWO DAYS LEADING UP TO THE RALLY ALL THE WAY UNTIL…AT LEAST…TUESDAY OF THIS WEEK…[THERE WAS] MESSAGE UPON MESSAGE UPON MESSAGE AND…THINGS GOING ON…FACEBOOK, PEOPLE CONTACTING ME [ASKING] ‘CAN I DONATE?’ ‘CAN I DO THIS?’ ‘DO YOU NEED HELP?’ ‘WHAT DO YOU NEED?’ BEFORE AND AFTER [THE EVENT]… IT WAS A LOT GOING ON.” JORDAN SPOKE ABOUT THE T-SHIRT THAT SHE CREATED, WORE TO THE RALLY, AND THEN DONATED TO THE MUSEUM: “[MAKING THE T-SHIRTS] HAPPENED ON THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE [THE RALLY]… [I HAVE A] LITTLE BIT OF A STORY SO THAT I CAN GIVE YOU A BACKGROUND AS TO WHY I CHOSE TO [MAKE THE T-SHIRT DESIGN] THIS WAY. SO…I’M A DANCE TEACHER, THAT’S WHAT I DO AS MY PROFESSION… I BELIEVE I HAD JUST GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AND I WAS WORKING WITH [AN] INSTRUCTOR AT CHINOOK HIGH SCHOOL WITH THEIR ADVANCED PROGRAM. I WASN’T MAKING ANY MONEY BUT IT WAS JUST MORE SOMETHING I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT, DANCE AND ALL OF THAT. SO WHAT I HAD DONE [WAS] I HAD CREATED THIS [DANCE] PIECE…AND…WE WERE DOING COSTUMING… THERE WAS NOTHING THAT REALLY FIT THE STORY THAT I WAS TRYING TO CREATE WITH MY DANCE… I [THOUGHT] MAYBE I CAN TAKE SOME T-SHIRTS AND…LAY THEM OUT AND SPRAY BLEACH ON THEM IN LITTLE DROPLETS THAT LOOK LIKE STARS IN THE SKY. SO THAT’S WHAT I DID… I THINK I MADE…FIFTEEN T-SHIRTS LIKE THESE AND SPRAYED BLEACH ON THEM…LET THEM DRY OVERNIGHT, AND BROUGHT THEM FOR THE GIRLS THAT WERE DANCING IN THE DANCE… WHEN IT CAME TO THE RALLY, I WAS [THINKING] I [WANT TO] MAKE A T-SHIRT…MY OWN SHIRT… I WANT SOMETHING WITH MY OWN SYMBOL ON IT… I [HAD THE IDEA THAT]…I CAN DO WHAT I DID FOR MY DANCE…HOWEVER MANY YEARS AGO… I’LL MAKE A STENCIL AND MY HUSBAND…DID…THE SHIELD WITH THE FIST ON IT, HE DREW THAT… I DID ALL OF THE LETTERING AROUND THE OUTSIDE AND I TAPED FOUR PIECES OF…REGULAR COMPUTER PAPER TOGETHER AND THEN I USED ONE OF THOSE PEN KNIVES AND…CUT OUT THE SHAPES... I ACTUALLY DID THE BACK OF THE SHIRT FIRST… I LAID IT IN THE TUB AND TWISTED IT AND SPRAYED THE BLEACH ON IT AND LET THAT DRY A LITTLE BIT THEN FLIPPED IT OVER, PUT ON THE STENCIL, JUST BLEACHED THAT, LAID IT ON MY KITCHEN TO DRY AND THAT’S WHAT WE ENDED UP WITH…” “…I DID SEE SOME [OTHER] CUSTOM MADE T-SHIRTS [AT THE RALLY]. THIS GUY…[WHO] WAS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE GUYS WHO DID AN IMPROMPTU SPEECH AT THE RALLY… [HE] AND HIS WIFE HAD ON BLACK SHIRTS THAT SAID ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ IN GLITTER ON THEM, THEY WERE…SUPER COOL SHIRTS… THOSE WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT I SAW OTHER THAN MINE PERSONALLY, I DON’T KNOW IF ANYONE ELSE DID [CUSTOM SHIRTS].” “…I HAD A FEW PEOPLE COME UP TO ME AND ASK ME HOW I DID [THE T-SHIRT DESIGN]… I HAD A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW THAT WAS DONE.” JORDAN WAS HAPPY TO DONATE THE T-SHIRT TO THE MUSEUM: “…I WANT THESE [T-SHIRTS] TO BE PRESERVED… I FEEL LIKE THE MUSEUM WILL DO A LOT MORE JUSTICE TO THESE THEN I WOULD AND ON THAT SAME TRAIN OF THOUGHT OF THAT AS WELL, I CAN JUST MAKE MORE IF I NEED ANOTHER ONE DOWN THE ROAD… I THINK THAT THIS WOULD BE MORE BENEFICIAL FOR PEOPLE DOWN THE ROAD WHO NEED TO HEAR ABOUT THIS HISTORY TO HAVE THESE..." JORDAN SPOKE ABOUT THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING THE EVENT: “[ORGANIZING THE RALLY] WAS A LITTLE COMPLICATED BECAUSE IT WAS SO FAST. DOING IT IN…TWO DAYS WAS A LOT, BUT ANOTHER GIRL THAT HAD BEEN HELPING ORGANIZE THIS WHOLE THING, SHE WAS ALREADY WORKING ON ANOTHER PROJECT INVOLVING POLICE AND PEOPLE OF COLOUR AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND...HAVING A DIALOGUE WITH THAT. SO…WE WERE THINKING ABOUT THAT AS WELL AND THAT’S…SOMETHING WE WERE GOING TO DO…IN THE NEAR FUTURE HOPEFULLY… WE WERE THINKING ABOUT [THE MONTHS TO COME]…BUT MOSTLY WE WERE VERY FOCUSED ON WHAT WE WERE DOING IN THE MOMENT BECAUSE…WE HAD TO GET THINGS DONE SO QUICKLY BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME…” “[THE ORIGINAL ORGANIZER] REACHED OUT TO ME WHEN THIS WAS ALL HAPPENING AND…BASICALLY WE WERE DOING IT TOGETHER BUT SHE WAS LEADING ON IT AND THEN IT SWITCHED… THEN I WAS LEADING AND I WAS NOT ANTICIPATING THAT WHATSOEVER, BUT IT KIND OF JUST WORKED OUT AND I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHY I WAS SO CALM AND SO COLLECTED AND SO OKAY, BUT IT DIDN’T STRESS ME OUT AT ALL… I WAS FINE, I WASN’T NERVOUS, I WASN’T STRESSED, I WASN’T WORRIED, IT JUST HAPPENED AND IT ALL JUST LAID OUT PERFECTLY.” “[THE ORIGINAL ORGANIZER CREATED THE EVENT] ON THE MONDAY, IT WAS…LATE MONDAY, I BELIEVE.” “HONESTLY IF IT WASN’T FOR [THE ORIGINAL ORGANIZER] THERE PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN [THE RALLY].” JORDAN WAS NOT THE ORIGINAL EVENT ORGANIZER, AND SHE PROVIDED THE STORY BEHIND HOW SHE ENDED UP IN THIS ROLE: “…I HAD NO INTENTIONS…OF DOING ANY OF THIS. THAT WASN’T EVEN ON MY RADAR AT ALL… IT’S NOT THAT I WASN’T INVESTED IN WHAT’S GOING ON RIGHT NOW, IT WAS MORE THAT I WAS SCARED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. BEING A BLACK WOMAN SOMETIMES…YOU GET MORE BACKLASH FOR THE THINGS YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT BECAUSE OF THE COLOUR OF YOUR SKIN…” “…[THE ORIGINAL ORGANIZER SAID] 'I WANT TO DO SOMETHING'… HER…STANCE WITH THAT…WAS…’I WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I CARE AND I LOVE EVERYBODY’ AND SHE ADDED ‘BUT I DON’T NECESSARILY WANT TO BE THE ONE…BEING THE HEAD AND THE FACE OF THIS BECAUSE I’M WHITE AND I DON’T WANT TO BE TAKEN THE WRONG WAY’… I TOTALLY RESPECT THAT AND I UNDERSTAND WHERE SHE’S COMING FROM, BECAUSE IT COULD BE SEEN AS…APPROPRIATION… AT FIRST…WE WERE DOING IT TOGETHER, IT WAS...A COLLABORATION…” “…SO [HOW] IT STARTS OUT, [THE ORIGINAL ORGANIZER] MAKES THE [FACEBOOK] PAGE, SHE MAKES THE EVENT… PRIOR TO HER MAKING ALL OF THIS I DIDN’T KNOW SHE WAS DOING IT, SHE JUST DID IT... THEN SHE REACHES OUT TO ME AND [ASKED] ‘WILL YOU HELP ME WITH THIS?’ AND I [REPLIED] ‘ABSOLUTELY…I WILL HELP YOU, LET’S DO IT’… THEN, TUESDAY SHE TELLS ME [SHE HAS A FAMILY ISSUE TO ATTEND TO]… [AND THE EVENT ORGANIZING] IS A LOT TO BE HANDLING WHEN DEALING WITH [A FAMILY MATTER] AND I [DECIDED] ‘YOU KNOW WHAT? IF I HAVE TO TAKE IT OVER AND I HAVE TO DO IT, I’LL DO IT THAT’S FINE.’ AND FROM THERE, EVERYTHING JUST WENT [FORWARD]… [THE INITIAL ORGANIZER WAS] ACTUALLY THE ONE THAT FOUND THE TWO OTHER LADIES THAT I’VE BEEN WORKING WITH ON THIS PROJECT. THE ONE LADY IS LEGACY…AND THE OTHER IS MYSTIQUE... [THE INITIAL ORGANIZER] REACHED OUT TO THEM TO HELP WITH THE PROJECT AND THEY WERE BOTH ON BOARD… THEN I CREATED A MESSENGER GROUP WITH TWO OF THEM, SO THAT WE COULD…BE ON THE SAME PAGE WITH EVERYTHING THAT WAS GOING ON… WE WERE ABLE TO JUST PULL THIS ALL TOGETHER… MYSTIQUE ACTUALLY KNEW SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE MEMBERS OF THE [LETHBRIDGE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ALLIANCE] (LDIA) GROUP AS WELL SO WE…COLLABORATED WITH THEM TO AN EXTENT…WHICH WAS REALLY…HELPFUL BECAUSE THEY GAVE US SOME REALLY GOOD POINTERS.” JORDAN SPOKE ABOUT THE INPUT FROM THE LDIA: “…WE HAD A VIDEO CALL WITH [THE LDIA]…ON THE TUESDAY AT…3 O’CLOCK… WE TALKED ABOUT…WHERE WE WANTED TO GO WITH THIS…THE MESSAGE WE WANTED TO SEND OUT ABOUT…BEING AGAINST…SYSTEMIC RACISM…AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE, AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, AND ANY PERSON OF COLOUR… THEY POINTED OUT TO ME… [THAT WHAT] WE HAD…IN OUR ‘ABOUT’ SECTION [ON FACEBOOK] FOR THE EVENT…WAS [PUT TOGETHER VERY QUICKLY]… THEY TOLD US ‘…THAT SECTION IS A BIT OF A CONCERN BECAUSE IT KIND OF SENDS OUT A CERTAIN MESSAGE…’ BECAUSE, AT THE TIME, THE ABOUT SECTION WAS ONLY ABOUT BLACK LIVES MATTER…” JORDAN REVEALED HOW THE NAME ‘GUARD’ WAS CREATED FOR THE GROUP: “…THE…COVER PHOTO…JUST SAID ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ ON IT AND…ONCE SPEAKING WITH THEM THEY WERE [WONDERING] ‘IS THIS JUST BLACK LIVES MATTER OR INDIGENOUS LIVES MATTER?’ THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF CONFUSION WHEN IT COMES TO THAT. SO THEY…POINTED US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH THAT, WHICH WAS SUPER GOOD… FROM THAT…WE ACTUALLY CHANGED THE NAME OF THE GROUP. IT STARTED OUT AS…'LETHBRIDGE GROUP AGAINST RACIAL DISCRIMINATION' AND THEN WE CHANGED IT TO 'LETHBRIDGE GROUP UNITED AGAINST RACIAL DISCRIMINATION', SO WE COULD USE THE TERM GUARD, WHICH I THOUGHT…WAS SUPER COOL…AS AN ACRONYM… MY HUSBAND CREATED THE BANNER…THAT WE USE NOW. HE’S A GRAPHIC DESIGNER, SO HE DID THAT…” JORDAN FURTHER DESCRIBED THE SPECIFIC ROLES OF EACH INDIVIDUAL INVOLVED IN PLANNING THE EVENT: “…I ACTUALLY DIDN’T HAVE MUCH TO DO WITH THE SPEAKERS, THAT WAS MORE LEGACY AND MYSTIQUE. THEY WERE ALL OVER THAT. THAT WASN’T ME. I DID MORE OF THE ORGANIZATION, LIKE WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING, WHEN ARE WE DOING THIS. I COLLABORATED WITH MYSTIQUE ON DOING THE SCHEDULE AND…[LOGISTICS] LIKE, ‘OKAY, THIS PERSON IS SPEAKING AT THIS TIME, THIS PERSON IS SPEAKING AT THIS TIME, WE’RE HAVING A BREAK HERE, WE’RE GETTING THIS.’ AS WELL AS GETTING THE SNACKS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. MYSELF AND MY HUSBAND…WENT ALL OVER THE CITY, WE WENT TO GREGG’S, WE WENT TO WALMART, WE WENT TO DOLLAR STORE, ALL OVER THE PLACE.” “…[MY ROLE ORGANIZING WAS DIRECTING] ‘YOU GO HERE, YOU TALK TO THIS PERSON, I’LL PUT YOU WITH THIS GUY, OKAY…YOU NEED THIS, I’LL CONNECT YOU TO THIS PERSON, I’LL DO THIS’… I WAS DEFINITELY LIKE…PULL OUT HERE, PUSH IN THERE… IT WAS VERY MUCH THE ORGANIZATION, THE CONNECTING THE DOTS WAS…WHAT I DID. MYSTIQUE WAS VERY MUCH…CONNECTING [AND] GETTING PEOPLE INVOLVED. LEGACY WAS…[ORGANIZING] SPEAKERS, WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH THAT, WHO’S TALKING. SHE REACHED OUT TO…THE POLICE SERVICE AND SHE REACHED OUT TO…CITY HALL AND ALL THAT SORT OF THING… MY HUSBAND KYLE…WAS…KEEPING EVERYONE ON TASK, LIKE…WHAT’S NEXT, WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO. HE…LISTED OUT…EVERY SINGLE THING WE NEEDED TO GET DONE AND CHECKED IT OFF AS WE DID IT.” KYLE WAS VERY INVOLVED IN THE ORGANIZATION AND LOGISTICAL CONCERNS: “…HE IS SO GOOD AT MANAGEMENT, IT’S RIDICULOUS… HE CAME UP WITH…ALL THE THINGS WE NEEDED TO HAVE, LIKE HOW MANY SPEAKERS WE NEEDED TO HAVE.” “…HE WASN’T INVOLVED IN THIS AT ALL ORIGINALLY, BUT…I SAID TO HIM… 'I NEED HELP WITH THIS, HELP ME. YOU’RE SO GOOD AT KEEPING THINGS ORGANIZED, YOU’RE SO GOOD AT MAKING SURE EVERYTHING GETS DONE, I NEED YOU.’” “…MY HUSBAND…CREATED…EMERGENCY PROTOCOL, JUST IN CASE WE HAD AN ISSUE… LIKE, IF SOMEBODY WAS TOO ROWDY AND STARTED RIOTING…AND STARTED VANDALIZING, HE HAD...A WHOLE PLAN READY FOR THE VOLUNTEERS TO FOLLOW. OR IF THERE WAS A HECKLER, WHAT CHANTS THEY WERE GOING TO USE, HE HAD ALL OF THIS READY TO GO…” “SO THIS IS MY HUSBAND: ‘SO WE HAVE A DATE, TIME, AND EXACT PLACE TO SET UP. DO WE HAVE PERMITS IN PLACE? DO WE HAVE BRANDING AND SIGNAGE? WHAT IS OUR MESSAGE IN TWELVE WORDS OR LESS? WHAT ACTIONABLE CHANGE DO WE WANT TO HAVE HAPPEN AND HOW WILL WE ACCOMPLISH THAT? DO WE HAVE AN EVENT ITINERARY? DO WE HAVE THE SUPPLIES NEEDED TO SUPPORT SOCIAL DISTANCING AT THE EVENT? DO WE HAVE AN ACTION PLAN FOR UNFORESEEN…AGGRESSION? WHAT IS OUR CURRENT ONLINE PRESENCE? DO WE HAVE METHODS SET IN PLACE FOR VISIBILITY DURING AND AFTER THE EVENT? DO WE HAVE WAYS SET UP WHERE PEOPLE CAN BEGIN DISCUSSIONS WITH THEIR COMMUNITY? HAVE PROMINENT FIGURES BEEN CONTACTED AND INVITED? DO WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO CAN VOLUNTEER TO SPEAK AT THE EVENT AS OUR EYES AND EARS? WHAT WAYS ARE WE CURRENTLY SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT EVENT? HOW ARE WE MANAGING TASKS AND ENSURING THEIR COMPLETION BEFORE THE EVENT?’ …HE JUST CAME UP WITH THAT.” A LOT OF PEOPLE WANTED TO SPEAK AT THE EVENT, WHICH JORDAN APPRECIATED: “LOTS OF PEOPLE ACTUALLY REACHED OUT TO US BECAUSE…WE POSTED ON THE EVENT AS WELL AS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE…THAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR SPEAKERS… EVEN AT THE EVENT ITSELF, WE HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE COME UP AND SAY, ‘HEY, I’VE GOT SOMETHING TO SAY’… THE ENERGY AT THAT RALLY WAS AMAZING… IT WAS JUST BUZZING AND PEOPLE WERE SO PASSIONATE… I THINK WE HAD…AT LEAST FOUR OR FIVE SPEAKERS [WHO] DID IT ON THE SPOT… WE HAD MORE THAN WHAT WE COULD ALLOW, BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD SO MUCH TIME. WE HAD SO MUCH TIME, BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE HAD SO LITTLE TIME BECAUSE EVERYONE WANTED TO SAY SOMETHING… WE ACTUALLY HAD TO TELL PEOPLE, ‘WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR YOU, I’M SORRY’… WE HAD LEGACY, ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED ORGANIZE THE EVENT, SHE ACTUALLY STARTED OUT AS SOMEBODY WHO…WANTED TO SAY SOMETHING. THEN…THE [ORIGINAL ORGANIZER] REACHED OUT TO HER AND [ASKED] ‘WOULD YOU WANT TO HELP ORGANIZE IT?’ AND SHE…[ACCEPTED]. SO, THAT’S…HOW SHE GOT INVOLVED AND THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING WITH MYSTIQUE AS WELL. SHE JUST REACHED OUT WANTING TO HAVE A SAY, AND ENDED UP HELPING ORGANIZE, WHICH WAS SUPER COOL BECAUSE…SHE WAS SO INTEGRAL WITH…GETTING…BLACK PEOPLE INVOLVED BECAUSE SHE’S VERY MUCH WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN LETHBRIDGE… WHICH WAS INTEGRAL TO GETTING PEOPLE SPEAKING, BECAUSE SHE BROUGHT…AT LEAST FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE TO SPEAK…WHICH WAS AMAZING.” THE ARRANGEMENTS WERE MOSTLY MADE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA: “…ON ANOTHER [FACEBOOK] POST WE REACHED OUT AND WE POSTED THAT WE…WERE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND WITH THAT WE GOT…THIRTY VOLUNTEERS... SO WE MADE A [VOLUNTEER] PAGE AND THEN PEOPLE WOULD DIRECT MESSAGE US AND [ASK], ‘HEY I’M LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER, WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE?’ AND WE’D CORRESPOND WITH THAT… IF THEY WERE INTERESTED WE’D ADD THEM TO A SEPARATE GROUP ON FACEBOOK THAT WAS A SPECIFICALLY JUST FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WERE LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER… ON THAT PAGE, WE POSTED ‘…WE ARE LOOKING FOR DONATIONS, WE HAVE TO GET SUPPLIES,’ AND ALL OF OUR FUNDS WERE COVERED BY VOLUNTEERS, WHICH WAS AMAZING…” THE REQUIRED SUPPLIES WERE OBTAINED BY JORDAN AND OTHERS INVOLVED: “…WHEN WE WENT SHOPPING, WE SPENT APPROXIMATELY THREE [OR] FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY. SO I THINK ALL BUT TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS WAS COVERED BY DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE REACHING OUT WANTING TO DONATE WHICH WAS SO AMAZING…” “…WE HAD THIS ONE LADY… SHE WENT OUT TO COSTCO, WALMART, ALL OVER THE PLACE AND GOT BANANAS, SNACKS, WATER, ALL SORTS OF STUFF. AMAZING PERSON, AND SHE WENT AND FOUND…[COVID PPE]… MYSELF AND MY HUSBAND…WENT EVERYWHERE, WE COULDN’T FIND ANY [MASKS]. WE WENT TO THE DOLLAR STORE WE WENT TO WALMART, WE WENT TO SAVE-ON-[FOODS], WE WENT TO TONS OF DIFFERENT PLACES… THEN RIGHT WHEN WE WERE ABOUT TO GIVE UP ON THE MASKS MY HUSBAND [SAID] ‘WE CAN GO TO GREGG’S’… SO WE WENT THERE…– GREGG’S IS LIKE A WAREHOUSE…WHEN YOU WALK IN THERE, THERE’S THE ITEMS THAT ARE…BEHIND THE COUNTER… THEY SELL THINGS FOR…FARMERS TOOLS AND…THEY SELL ELECTRICIAN STUFF, LIKE VERY…NICHE TRADES ITEMS, INDUSTRIAL. IT’S…CLOSE TO THE WALMART ON THE NORTH SIDE…NEAR THAT INDUSTRIAL AREA… [WE DECIDED TO]…TRY OUR LUCK THERE. WE GO THERE, AND THEY HAD JUST GOT A SHIPMENT OF…TWO THOUSAND [FACE] MASKS, LITERALLY…THAT DAY… I BELIEVE WE BOUGHT TWO HUNDRED OF THEM.” “…WE DECIDED WE’D GET ENOUGH [MASKS] FOR TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE BECAUSE [SOMEONE ELSE] HAD GOTTEN ENOUGH FOR FOUR [OR] FIVE HUNDRED PEOPLE. SO…WE’LL DO TWO HUNDRED AND MAYBE THAT WILL COVER MOST OF IT… IT WAS AMAZING HOW MUCH STUFF THERE WAS… IT WARMED MY HEART SEEING ALL OF THE WATER AND ALL OF THE FOOD FOR PEOPLE… MY WHOLE THING IS THAT I’M AWARE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE OF COLOUR…THERE IS SUCH A DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE HOMELESS, OR WHO ARE LOW INCOME… I DON’T WANT TO HAVE THESE PEOPLE…COME [TO THE RALLY] AND BE HUNGRY ALL DAY, THAT’S NOT FAIR… I DON’T WANT THEM TO COME AND BE THIRSTY STANDING OUT IN THE SUN… IT REALLY MADE ME HAPPY THAT WE WERE ABLE TO FACILITATE PEOPLE HAVING SOME WATER AND A SNACK, THAT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME… WE HAD LOTS LEFT OVER, AND [SOMEONE] TOOK IT OVER TO THE SAFE CONSUMPTION SITE AND DONATED IT TO THEM AFTERWARDS, WHICH…WAS…SO IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS CITY ARE SO AGAINST THAT… THE SAFE CONSUMPTION SITE IS DOING SUCH AN IMPORTANT SERVICE TO THESE PEOPLE WHO NEED COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING, AND TO BE ABLE TO…JUST GIVE THEM SOME BANANAS REALLY WAS SO IMPORTANT TO ME TO GIVE THEM WATER AND MASKS. WE HAD SO MANY MASKS LEFT OVER [BE]CAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE BROUGHT THEIR OWN… TO BE ABLE TO GIVE MASKS TO PEOPLE—YOU SEE HOMELESS PEOPLE WALKING AROUND ON THE STREETS, LIKE THEY DON’T HAVE MASKS ON, THEY HAVE NO PROTECTION [FROM COVID-19] BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD IT—SO…TO BE ABLE TO DONATE…TO THAT PLACE WHERE VULNERABLE PEOPLE GO ALL THE TIME…SO THEY CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES, EVEN JUST THAT LITTLE BIT, WAS SO IMPORTANT TO ME… I’M SO GLAD THEY WERE ABLE TO TAKE SO [MANY] OF THE THINGS WE WERE ABLE TO COLLECT FOR THEM… IT WAS JUST SO AMAZING, IT WAS SO GOOD.” THERE WERE MULTIPLE ACTIONS ORGANIZED FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER IN LETHBRIDGE AROUND THE SAME TIME, WHICH JORDAN SPOKE ABOUT: “…THERE WAS ALSO A RALLY ON THE SATURDAY THAT SOMEONE ELSE HAD SET UP AND I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT…” “…AND…THE POLICE STATION…[PROTEST] ON THE WEDNESDAY. I ACTUALLY DROVE BY THAT ONE AND I DID SEE IT… THE ONE ON THE WEDNESDAY AND THE ONE ON THE SATURDAY DIDN’T GET AS MUCH EXPOSURE AS WHAT WE GOT AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHY…" “…I BELIEVE [THE ONE WE ORGANIZED] WAS THE BIGGEST RALLY IN LETHBRIDGE, IF I’M NOT MISTAKEN. AT LEAST FROM WHAT I HAD SEEN FROM THE INTERVIEWS THAT I HAD DONE WITH DIFFERENT NEWS OUTLETS, THEY WERE SAYING ON THEIR ARTICLES THAT IT WAS THE BIGGEST RALLY IN LETHBRIDGE AND HAD THE BIGGEST TURNOUT… IF YOU’RE STANDING AT CITY HALL LOOKING AT THE STREET, THERE WERE PEOPLE ALL THE WAY FROM THE LEFT SIDE OF THE STREET… THE GRASS ON STAFFORD FROM CITY HALL ALL THE WAY TO THE YATES… IN BETWEEN THE BUILDINGS IT WAS PACKED. THERE WERE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, I WAS FLOORED, IT WAS WILD…” JORDAN WAS SURPRISED BY THE ATTENDANCE: “PERSONALLY, I WOULDN’T HAVE THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE [THE BIG TURNOUT THAT OCCURRED AT THE EVENT]…ESPECIALLY GIVEN MY EXPERIENCE IN LETHBRIDGE. I DON’T KNOW A LOT OF BLACK PEOPLE MYSELF, EVEN THOUGH…I’M BLACK I DON’T. I CAN COUNT ON ONE HAND HOW MANY BLACK PEOPLE I KNOW PERSONALLY, IN LETHBRIDGE SPECIFICALLY… I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT THAT THIS CITY WOULD HAVE SO MUCH OF A POSITIVE RECEPTION TO A BLACK LIVES MATTER OR AN INDIGENOUS LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT… I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT WOULD’VE BEEN SO MANY PEOPLE COMING AND PICKETING AND GETTING ANGRY…BECAUSE I FACE SO MUCH RACISM HERE, IT’S JUST RAMPANT. BUT…TO ME I THINK THAT…SPEAKS TO HOW LETHBRIDGE IS A LITTLE BIT, BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF DIVERSITY HERE BUT YOU DON’T SEE IT… I THINK THERE IS A LOT OF QUIET IGNORANCE AND A LOT OF MICROAGGRESSIONS THAT PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE THEY’RE BEING RACIST… I THINK A LOT OF THAT COMES FROM LETHBRIDGE’S FOUNDATIONS IN…THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS HERE AND HOW MUCH THE CULTURE OF…INDIGENOUS PEOPLES…WAS ALL JUST ERASED… I FEEL LIKE BECAUSE OF THAT ERASURE, THAT THE WHITE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE DON’T REALIZE WHAT THEY’RE DOING…WHAT THEY’RE SAYING AND HOW THEY’RE ACTING AND THE WAY THAT THEY LOOK AT OTHER PEOPLE… I DON’T THINK IT’S NECESSARILY THAT THEY’RE FULL ON…RACIST, HORRIBLE, JUST ANTI-PEOPLE OF COLOUR, I DON’T THINK IT’S THAT. I THINK WHAT IT IS, IS JUST IGNORANCE. JUST IGNORANCE, A LACK OF EDUCATION, A LACK OF PROPER WAYS TO ADDRESS PEOPLE OF COLOUR AND ADDRESS DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE BECAUSE…LETHBRIDGE IS VERY COOKIE CUTTER, EVERYONE DOES THINGS IN A CERTAIN WAY AND IF YOU DON’T DO IT THAT WAY [THE REACTION IS] ‘OKAY, WELL YOU JUST GO OVER THERE BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOU, I DON’T WANT TO TALK TO YOU, YOU GO THAT WAY.’” JORDAN TALKED ABOUT THE HEALING AND POSITIVE IMPACT THE EVENT HAD: “I CAN’T EVEN PUT WORDS TO IT. IT WAS INCREDIBLE… WHEN I WENT TO THE RALLY, I HAD NO INTENTIONS OF SAYING ANYTHING. MY HUSBAND WROTE OUT…END COMMENTS WITH OUR ACTIONABLE SOLUTIONS AND SAYING THANK YOU…BECAUSE…HE’S VERY DIPLOMATIC, HE’S VERY GOOD AT THAT SORT OF THING… THEN THROUGH THE PROCESS OF HAVING ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT PEOPLE COME UP AND SPEAK, AND SEEING ALL THE HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE STANDING THERE IN SUPPORT OF PEOPLE LIKE ME, I WAS MOVED TO ACTUALLY SHARE MY OWN STORY, AND I HAD NO INTENTIONS OF DOING IT WHATSOEVER… I THINK THAT SPEAKS TO REALLY HOW IT MADE ME FEEL, BECAUSE I FELT THE MOST AT HOME IN LETHBRIDGE THAN I HAVE FELT IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. EVEN TO THIS DAY, EVEN PAST THE RALLY I FELT MORE AT HOME THAT DAY. I SAW PEOPLE IN THAT CROWD WHO WERE LIKE ME, WHO WERE NOT LIKE ME, WHO WERE LIKE MY INDIGENOUS FAMILY MEMBERS… THERE WERE PEOPLE I FELT LIKE I COULD RELATE TO BECAUSE THEY WERE SUPPORTING ALL THE WORK I HAD DONE AND THERE WAS SUCH AN OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE RESPONSE TO IT THAT IT JUST MADE ME FEEL SO IMPASSIONED AND FEEL SO COMFORTABLE… IT WAS TOTALLY NOT WHAT I EXPECTED FROM…A PROTEST. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MORE ANGRY BUT IT WAS SO CATHARTIC, AND IT…WAS VERY THERAPEUTIC TO BE HONEST. IT WAS VERY MUCH…SOOTHING FOR YOUR…SOUL, I SWEAR… I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO DESCRIBE IT… WHEN I WAS THERE WE DID THE KNEEL TWICE. THE FIRST TIME I DID IT I…RAN THAT… THEN THE SECOND TIME WE DID THAT THIS OTHER GENTLEMEN…[WHO] WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE A[N]…IMPROMPTU SPEECH… HE LED SOME CHANTS AND THEN WE TOOK A KNEE AND I…[DECIDED] I’M [GOING TO] TO LAY DOWN, AND I LAID DOWN ON THE PAVEMENT… ATTALIA, SHE CAME AND LAID BESIDE ME… [SHE’S] THE ONE WITH THE OTHER PIECE OF ART THAT [WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM]. SHE…LAID BESIDE ME AND SHE JUST BAWLED… I PUT MY HAND ON HER SHOULDER… I HAD NEVER KNOWN THIS GIRL, I DIDN’T KNOW SHE EXISTED BEFORE THAT DAY AND I FELT SUCH A CONNECTION TO HER BECAUSE I COULD FEEL HER PAIN AND THE SUFFERING THAT SHE HAD GONE THROUGH AS A WOMAN OF COLOUR… I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHE EXPERIENCED, BUT I COULD FEEL IT… IN THAT MOMENT I WAS LAYING THERE AND I THOUGHT ABOUT ALL OF THE TERRIBLE THINGS PEOPLE OF COLOUR AND THE INJUSTICES THEY HAVE FACED, NOT JUST IN CANADA BUT IN THE WHOLE WORLD AND HOW…AWFUL IT IS… PEOPLE HAVE DIED FOR JUST BEING A DIFFERENT COLOUR AND…[I THOUGHT]…AS THE PERSON WHO BASICALLY ORGANIZED THIS, I CAN’T NOT STAND UP AND SAY SOMETHING… I FELT LIKE I HAD TO, AND THEN I GOT UP AND I WAS A LITTLE BIT TIMID AGAIN… THEN AGAIN THIS LOVELY GIRL…I HAVE KNOWN HER FOR YEARS, [WHO] HAS HAD SOME OF THE WORST RACISM IN THIS CITY THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN, JUST HORRIBLE… SHE CAME UP AND SPOKE, AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT SHE SPOKE ABOUT I HAD WITNESSED MYSELF… I WAS STANDING THERE AND I…[DECIDED]…I [HAVE TO] SUPPORT MY FRIENDS TOO, BECAUSE…IF SHE CAN COME UP HERE AND SHE CAN TALK ABOUT PEOPLE CALLING HER [RACIAL SLURS]…IN LETHBRIDGE AT SCHOOL, I [HAVE TO] SAY SOMETHING… I CAN’T JUST DO ALL THIS AND JUST KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT… I’M [GOING TO] SAY SOMETHING…FOR MY GRANDMA WHO’S WHITE AND WHO’S AMAZING, I’M [GOING TO] SAY SOMETHING. FOR MY AUNTIE AND MY COUSINS WHO ARE ALL INDIGENOUS, THEY’RE BLACKFOOT, CREE, INUIT, METIS…AND MY MOM WHO’S SWISS AND ITALIAN… [FOR] THESE PEOPLE HAVE SHAPED WHO I AM AND SHAPED ME BEING ABLE TO STAND UP HERE, AND MY FRIENDS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THESE INJUSTICES TOO…I HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING. SO I GOT UP THERE AND I SAID SOMETHING… I SPOKE ABOUT MY HISTORY AND WHY I’M HERE AND WHY I FEEL THE WAY I DO… IT ALL CAME FROM MY HEART… MY MIND JUST WENT COMPLETELY BLANK… I DON’T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT I SAID, IT WAS SO PASSIONATE AND IN THE MOMENT… SPEAKING ABOUT MY EXPERIENCES AND THE PAIN THAT I’VE FELT AND SEEING THE CROWD RESPOND…IT WAS INCREDIBLE. IT WAS SO SOOTHING…TO BE HEARD FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE BECAUSE REALLY, THROUGH MY WHOLE LIFE THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO EVER LISTENED TO ME WERE MY MOM, MY DAD AND MY HUSBAND, MAYBE MY BEST FRIEND IF I CHOSE TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT IT… MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO I KNOW…IF THEY COME AT ME WITH SOMETHING IGNORANT I TRY TO EDUCATE THEM, THEY [THEN] TRY TO SHUT ME [UP SAYING] ‘I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THAT’… TO ACTUALLY BE THERE AND TO BE HEARD…ACCEPTED AND…BELIEVED WAS AMAZING, [BE]CAUSE USUALLY AS A BLACK PERSON, WHEN YOU TRY TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT RACISM PEOPLE…JUST [DISMISS IT AS], ‘OH YOU’RE JUST SENSITIVE’… NO I’M NOT SENSITIVE, YOU’RE BEING INSENSITIVE, YOU’RE SAYING SOMETHING THAT’S RUDE AND I’M TRYING TO TELL YOU THAT YOU’VE HURT MY FEELINGS… IT WAS INCREDIBLE TO BE LISTENED TO BECAUSE PEOPLE DON’T LISTEN ENOUGH… [E]SPECIALLY AS A PERSON OF COLOUR, PEOPLE DON’T LISTEN TO YOU, THEY TRAMPLE ALL OVER YOU…” JORDAN ELABORATED ON THE ISSUES ADDRESSED IN THE RALLY AND THE PREVALENT RACISM THAT EXISTS: “…I THINK [LETHBRIDGE IS]…TOO PREJUDICE[D]… THERE’S THE COOKIE CUTTER, IF YOU DON’T FIT INTO THE COOKIE CUTTER, YOU’RE OUT. OR 'YOU CAN STAY HERE BUT YOU HAVE TO BE QUIET'… THAT’S HOW I’VE FELT MY WHOLE LIFE, PEOPLE KIND OF BEING HUSH HUSH, OH YOU DON’T TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOU’RE BLACK, LIKE YOU WERE RAISED BY WHITE PEOPLE SO YOU’RE NOT EVEN REALLY BLACK. WELL I AM BLACK… IT’S JUST SO MUCH DISRESPECT FOR MY CULTURE AND FOR MY HISTORY… MY MOM, WHO’S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, SHE’S WHITE BUT SHE’S ALSO ADOPTED AND MY MOM RAISED ME IN A WAY [TO THINK] ‘EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY, YOU LOVE EVERYBODY, YOU’RE FRIENDS WITH EVERYBODY’… THE REASON WHY SHE DID THAT FOR ME IS THAT SHE WANTED EVERYONE TO LOVE ME BACK… MY MOM LEARNED HOW TO BRAID MY HAIR, SHE LEARNED HOW TO TEACH ME DIFFERENT THINGS ABOUT MY CULTURE. EVERY TIME SHE WOULD BUY A DOLL AT THE STORE SHE’D BUY THE BLACK ONE, SO SHE COULD SHOW ME THAT…‘YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL. YOU MATTER. THERE’S PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE YOU OUT THERE. YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ANY BUT THEY EXIST’… MY MOM REALLY FOSTERED THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCEPTING WHO YOU ARE CULTURALLY EVEN IF YOU LOOK DIFFERENT FROM EVERYBODY ELSE… [IT WAS INSTILLED IN ME] THAT WHOLE PERSPECTIVE AND THAT WHOLE WAY OF LIVING AND TEACHING YOUR FAMILY THAT…BLOOD DOESN’T MATTER…AND THAT…WE’RE ALL FAMILY. ANY SHAPE, SIZE, COLOUR… ALL OF THAT I THINK IS…WHAT SHAPED MY MOM AND THEN…SHAPED ME AS WELL… FOR ME IT WAS REALLY A CULTURE SHOCK…WHEN I WENT TO SCHOOL AND…HAVING PEOPLE BE SO CLOSED MINDED AND SO PREJUDICED TOWARDS ME AND…INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND BLACK PEOPLE… I REALLY THINK IT COMES DOWN TO…A LACK OF EDUCATION, A LACK OF EXPOSURE AND IGNORANCE. THAT’S WHERE I THINK IT COMES FROM IN LETHBRIDGE. I THINK IT’S JUST SO MUCH IGNORANCE; PEOPLE JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT THE COLOUR OF YOUR SKIN DOES NOT DICTATE…YOUR CHARACTER WHATSOEVER. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT, AND FOR SOME REASON I FIND PEOPLE IN THIS CITY CAN’T GET PASSED THAT… LIKE I’VE SAID, IT’S NOT NECESSARILY IN YOUR FACE RACIST, COMING TO YOUR DOOR TELLING YOU TO GET OUT OF HERE, IT’S NOT THAT. IT’S VERY MUCH ‘WHY DO YOU LOOK LIKE THAT? WHY IS YOUR HAIR THIS COLOUR? WHY IS IT THIS TEXTURE? WHY IS YOUR SKIN LIKE THIS? WHY IS THIS PERSON DARKER THAN YOU AND YOU’RE THIS COLOUR? OH, YOU’RE INDIGENOUS, WELL SHOULDN’T YOU LIVE ON THE [RESERVE]?’ …JUST THESE VERY PREJUDICE, UNEDUCATED QUESTIONS [ARE]…WHAT THIS CITY IS BUILT ON. I THINK THAT DOING THIS RALLY…AND GIVING A VOICE TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING SILENCED BY ALL OF THE PREJUDICE AND BY ALL OF THE IGNORANCE…IS REALLY…GOOD FOR THE CITY, BECAUSE IT NEEDS AN EDUCATION… I DO GENUINELY HOPE THAT WE MOVE ON FROM THIS AND WE CAN EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN BETTER, ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS BECAUSE THAT WAS A HUGE PROBLEM… THERE’S…SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS CITY WHO THINK THAT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS ENDED [A LONG TIME AGO]. THE LAST ONE CLOSED IN 1996, THAT WAS THE YEAR I WAS BORN…THERE ARE PEOPLE STILL IN THEIR TWENTIES WHO WENT TO A RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL AND EVERYONE THINKS IT’S ANCIENT HISTORY AND…IT’S NOT… WE NEED TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THIS, THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT…THERE’S BEEN SO MUCH SYSTEMIC RACISM AGAINST…THESE…PEOPLE WHO DON’T DESERVE THAT... CANADA DECIDED THAT THEY WEREN’T GOOD ENOUGH AND PACKED THEM AWAY, WOULDN’T LET THEM SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE, AND HURT THEM AND WERE TERRIBLE AND THEY STILL DO IT TO THIS DAY… LIKE STARLIGHT TOURS, IN SASKATCHEWAN, [FOR EXAMPLE]… STARLIGHT TOURS [ARE] WHEN THE RCMP WOULD TAKE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THEY WOULD DRIVE, IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER…OUTSIDE OF THE CITY, KICK THEM OUT OF THE CAR AND MAKE THEM WALK ALL THE WAY BACK AND PEOPLE DIED… THEY DID IT IN EDMONTON, THEY DID IT IN SASKATCHEWAN, I’VE HEARD STORIES OF IT HAPPENING IN LETHBRIDGE, I MEAN YEARS AGO, BUT IT HAPPENED HERE AND PEOPLE DON’T TALK ABOUT THAT. PEOPLE DON’T KNOW WHAT STARLIGHT TOURS [ARE]… WE NEED TO EDUCATE THE PEOPLE SO THAT THEY KNOW ABOUT THE HISTORIES OF THIS LAND IN…CANADA. BEING IN CANADA PEOPLE THINK ‘OH THERE’S NO RACISM HERE’… CANADA IS BUILT UPON RACISM… WE NEED TO EDUCATE OUR KIDS ABOUT THIS, YOU’RE NOT PROTECTED. IF YOU’RE A PERSON OF COLOUR, YOU’RE NOT PROTECTED... THEY HAVE TO ABIDE BY TREATIES AND YET THEY DON’T EVEN DO THAT HALF THE TIME. WE’RE LITERALLY ON TREATY 7’S LANDS… THEY STOLE THESE LANDS FROM THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND THIS CITY’S HERE AND THESE ARE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, BLACKFOOT PEOPLE’S TRADITION. [THIS IS] THEIR LAND AND WE’RE HERE BORROWING FROM THEM AND YET WE KICK THEM OUT TO THE RESERVATIONS AND…CALL THEM THESE DISGUSTING NAMES, BUT YET WE’RE THE ONES WHO STOLE FROM THEM… I MEAN I’M HALF AFRICAN, HALF WHITE. WHAT REALLY BUGS ME ABOUT THIS IS LIKE HALF OF MY ANCESTORS WERE SLAVERS AND HALF OF MY ANCESTORS WERE SLAVES AND…IT’S MESSED UP… PART OF MY ANCESTRY AND MY HISTORY IS…COLONIALISM AND THE HORRIBLE THINGS PEOPLE DID TO MY OWN PEOPLE… EVEN JUST TO THINK ABOUT THAT…JUST BURNS TO MY CORE SOMETIMES…” JORDAN EXPRESSED HOW RACE HAS IMPACTED HER SENSE OF IDENTITY AND BELONGING: “I RECONCILE WITHIN MYSELF…I JUST IDENTIFY MORE WITH MY AFRICAN SIDE BECAUSE I DO PRESENT MORE AFRICAN… I FEEL AS THOUGH FOR MYSELF, WHAT I NEED TO DO IS…PAY MY RESPECTS TO THE PEOPLE WHO LITERALLY BUILT THE FOUNDATIONS THAT I STAND UPON AND RECOGNIZE THAT THESE PEOPLE HAD A HORRIBLE INJUSTICE DONE TO THEM… EVEN THOUGH I’VE NEVER BEEN A SLAVE IN MY LIFE, AND EVEN THOUGH I’VE NEVER EXPERIENCED THAT KIND OF HARDSHIP, I HAVE EXPERIENCED RACISM ON A DAILY BASIS. SO I CAN…UNDERSTAND AND EMPATHIZE WITH THOSE ANCESTORS TO A DEGREE… EVEN DOING THIS RALLY IS SOMETHING I CAN DO TO HONOR THEM AND HONOR ALL OF THE AFRICAN SLAVES THAT WERE…FORCIBLY TAKEN FROM THEIR HOMES AND BROUGHT HERE… THEN FOR THE WHITE SIDE, I THINK WHAT’S IMPORTANT FOR ME IS EDUCATION AND TEACHING PEOPLE. TEACHING…MY WHITE RELATIVES OR MY WHITE FRIENDS…AND SHOWING THEM ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO BLACK PEOPLE AND STILL DO TO THIS DAY, SO IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TO MY CHILDREN AND IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TO MY GRANDCHILDREN AND IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE… I DON’T THINK THAT KEEPING MY MOUTH SHUT IS A WAY TO MOVE FORWARD… YOU’VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT INSTEAD OF JUST [THINKING] ‘…IT IS WHAT IT IS’… WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT AND WE NEED TO CHANGE THINGS AND MOVE FORWARD IN SOME KIND OF WAY, BE NICER TO EACH OTHER…” “IT’S EXHAUSTING… I DON’T LIKE TO COME AT PEOPLE WITH ANGER, IT’S JUST NOT WHO I AM… I’M VERY MUCH AN ADVOCATE FOR EDUCATION… REALLY WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO THE FOUNDATION OF WHAT RACISM IS, IT’S IGNORANCE, IT’S A LACK OF EDUCATION… IT’S AN IGNORANCE AND A NOT UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOUL OF WHO SOMEONE IS VERSUS THE APPEARANCE… PEOPLE JUST LOOK AT WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE, THEY DON’T SEE YOUR SOUL FROM JUST LOOKING AT YOU, BUT YOU CAN SEE SOMEONE’S SOUL AND SEE SOMEONE’S SPIRIT FROM HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH THEM… THAT’S HOW PEOPLE CONNECT, BUT INSTEAD OF CONNECTING AND LEARNING PEOPLE [ASSUME], ‘…YOU LOOK LIKE THIS…THEN YOU’RE THAT’…” JORDAN OFFERED HER THOUGHTS ON POLICE BRUTALITY: “MY VIEW ON THE POLICE IS A LITTLE BIT COMPLICATED… I THINK THAT THE SYSTEM THEY ARE WORKING WITHIN IS NO GOOD, IT’S AWFUL… FIRST OF ALL THEY’RE NOT TRAINED FOR NEARLY ENOUGH, THEY NEED MORE EXTENSIVE TRAINING PERIOD. MORE DE-ESCALATION MESSAGES, LESS TRIGGER, TRIGGER, TRIGGER. THEY NEED TO BE EDUCATED ON ADDICTIONS, SOCIAL WORK…DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE, DIFFERENT CULTURES… POLICE OFFICERS NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHY SOMEONE’S ACTING THE WAY SOMEONE’S ACTING BEFORE THEY TALK TO THEM… I THINK THAT’S WHERE THE SYSTEM ISN’T DOING ANYONE ANY JUSTICE BECAUSE ALL THEY’RE TAUGHT, FROM WHAT I’M AWARE OF, IS HOW TO SHOOT A GUN, THE LAW, THINGS LIKE THAT. THEY’RE NOT NECESSARILY TAUGHT A LOT ABOUT THE SOCIAL ASPECT OF POLICING, AND POLICING IS A VERY SOCIAL JOB… I DON’T THINK PEOPLE REALIZE THAT. YOU ARE LITERALLY WORKING WITH THE PUBLIC ALL THE TIME... IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE VULNERABLE, YOU NEED TO COME IN WITH A LEVEL OF RESPECT THAT IS SO HIGH… IF YOU COME IN THERE KNOWING YOU’RE GOING TO BE INTERACTING WITH SOMEONE WHO IS…VERY VULNERABLE, YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW THAT PERSON IS FEELING BEFORE YOU EVEN WALK INTO THAT SITUATION, BECAUSE IF YOU’RE COMING INTO THAT SITUATION ALREADY IRRITATED BECAUSE YOU’RE SICK OF DEALING WITH PEOPLE LIKE THAT, YOU SHOULD NOT BE A POLICE OFFICER... IF YOU’RE [GOING TO] BE ANGRY BECAUSE THAT’S SOMETHING THEY’RE STRUGGLING WITH, WHY ARE YOU A POLICE OFFICER? YOU’RE BASICALLY A SOCIAL WORKER… YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT, YOU HAVE TO HELP THEM, YOU’RE NOT THERE TO PUT CUFFS ON THEM AND TAKE THEM TO THE JAIL, YOU’RE THERE TO SAY ‘HEY WHAT’S GOING ON, WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU, HOW CAN I HELP YOU?’ AND IF THEY GET AGGRESSIVE, YOU’RE THERE TO [SAY], ‘HEY CALM DOWN, I’M HERE TO HELP YOU.’ YOU’RE NOT THERE TO [JUST SAY] ‘…GET ON THE GROUND.’ THAT’S NOT…WHAT A POLICE OFFICER SHOULD BE. THEY SHOULD BE SOMEONE WHO IS THERE TO PROTECT PEOPLE WHO [ARE] HAVING A CRISIS… IF SOMEBODY IS HAVING A CRISIS, YOU SHOULDN’T BE THERE COMING IN MAD ALREADY, AND I FIND THAT SO MANY POLICE OFFICERS ARE ALREADY ANGRY WHEN THEY PUT THE SUIT ON THEY’RE ALREADY IRRITATED. THEY ARE SICK OF DEALING WITH THIS CRAP… IF YOU’RE NOT WILLING AND PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THOSE VERY DIFFICULT ISSUES, YOU SHOULD NOT BE A POLICE OFFICER, AND THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING INTO SCHOOL TO BE A POLICE OFFICER SHOULD BE TRAINED ON HOW TO…NOT ONLY…DEAL WITH THAT IN THE MOMENT, BUT HOW TO DEAL WITH THE TRAUMA OF HAVING TO HELP WITH THAT SORT OF CRISIS AFTERWARDS… POLICE OFFICERS NEED TO BE AT THERAPY… THEY’RE JUST THROWN INTO THIS WITH NOT ENOUGH EDUCATION AND THEN ARE GETTING ANGRY AND TRAUMATIZED AND UPSET BY ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS THEY HAVE TO EXPERIENCE… IMAGINE SEEING SOMEONE OVERDOSE ALMOST EVERY DAY, THAT WOULD BE TRAUMATIZING TO ALMOST ANYBODY, THAT’S AWFUL… THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT… NO WONDER THEY’RE ALL ANGRY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, DOES THAT EXCUSE IT? ABSOLUTELY NOT. IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE PRESSURE, YOU SHOULDN’T BE DOING IT… I FEEL AS THOUGH LIKE WHEN YOU’RE HIRING POLICE OFFICERS YOU NEED TO BE SERIOUSLY LOOKING AT THEM, THEIR CHARACTER… YOU NEED TO LOOK AT THAT POLICE OFFICER THAT YOU MIGHT BE POTENTIALLY HIRING FOR YOUR POLICE SERVICE AND [EXAMINE] WHO ARE YOU AS A PERSON, THE FOUNDATIONS OF WHO YOU ARE. ARE YOU RACIST, ARE YOU BIASED, ARE YOU AN ANGRY PERSON? DO YOU HAVE THESE ISSUES, BECAUSE IF YOU’RE SOMEBODY WHO CAN’T HANDLE HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO DEAL WITH TRAUMATIC SITUATIONS EVERY SINGLE DAY, YOU SHOULD NOT BE A POLICE OFFICER… I FEEL LIKE THE POLICE SERVICE NEEDS TO SCREEN FOR THAT MUCH MORE HEAVILY BECAUSE I THINK [IN] CANADA [AND] THE UNITED STATES…THE PEOPLE THAT THE POLICE SERVICE ATTRACTS TENDS TO BE PEOPLE WITH AN EGO, THAT ENJOY BEING KIND OF THE AUTHORITY... I THINK THAT THAT IS A FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN AUTHORITY COMPLEX SHOULD NOT BE IN CHARGE OF THE LAW, PUTTING PEOPLE IN JAIL, FIGURING OUT…WHAT’S THE BEST PLACE FOR YOU WHEN YOU COME INTO A SITUATION WHERE THERE’S AN ISSUE… SHOULD THIS PERSON BE GOING TO JAIL, OR SHOULD THEY BE GOING TO REHAB? OR SHOULD THEY BE GOING TO THE HOSPITAL, WHERE DO THEY NEED TO GO… IF YOU’RE COMING INTO THAT ALREADY HAVING AN AUTHORITY COMPLEX YOU’RE [GOING TO] THROW THEM IN JAIL, NO QUESTION… WE SHOULDN’T BE LETTING PEOPLE WITH [THOSE] KIND OF IDEALS INTO THE POLICE FORCE, WHATSOEVER… I ALSO DEFINITELY ADVOCATE FOR BODY CAMS ON POLICE OFFICERS…BECAUSE THEY GET AWAY WITH SO MUCH HERE… I THINK THAT IS ANOTHER BIG REASON WHY CANADIANS THINK WE DON’T HAVE ANY RACISM IN OUR POLICE BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE EVIDENCE OF ANYTHING AND…IF YOU HAVE TO BASE A CASE AGAINST THE POLICE SERVICE OR POLICE OFFICER…BASED ON WITNESS STATEMENTS OR THE EXPERIENCE OF SOMEBODY WHO WAS LITERALLY IN THE HANDCUFFS, WHO ARE YOU [GOING TO] BELIEVE? THE POLICE OFFICER OR THE PERSON IN THE CUFFS? IT’S NOT LOGICAL TO BELIEVE THE PERSON WHO WAS ARRESTED, THEY WERE ARRESTED, THAT’S JUST NOT LOGICAL. THEIR ACCOUNTABILITY IS SHOT. THE POLICE OFFICER, THE PERSON WHO KNOWS THE LAW, THEY HAVE ALL THE CREDIBILITY IN A COURT OF LAW PERIOD… IF THERE’S NO EVIDENCE OF WHY THIS PERSON WAS ARRESTED AND YOU…CAN’T PHYSICALLY SEE WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN THAT INTERACTION, HOW DO YOU KNOW WHOSE CREDIBLE? YOU DON’T… THERE’S SO MANY THINGS THAT COULD BE DONE BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO POLICE AND THOSE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS...” JORDAN TALKED ABOUT THE POSITIVE ROLE MUSEUMS CAN HAVE IN PRESERVING THE MEMORY OF THESE MOVEMENTS: “…WHEN IT COMES TO MUSEUMS NOW… [IT’S] SO IMPORTANT TO TAKE THESE PIECES OF HISTORY AND TO DOCUMENT THEM SO THAT WE CAN EDUCATE PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE…” “CONTACTING ANYBODY WHO DOES ANY SORT OF ACTIVIST MOVEMENT, ANYONE WHO IS…MAKING HISTORY OF WHEREVER YOUR MUSEUM IS, YOU NEED TO BE REACHING OUT TO THESE PEOPLE… TO DOCUMENT THIS SO THIS DOESN’T GET FORGOTTEN AND THIS DOESN’T GET LOST… THESE MOVEMENTS, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW WITHIN… THIS WHOLE MOVEMENT OF COLOUR AND…HOW YOU NEED TO TREAT PEOPLE BETTER… WE NEED TO DOCUMENT EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON AND WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT IT… THIS NEEDS TO BE SAVED BECAUSE WE CAN’T LET THIS CONTINUE. WE CAN’T LET THIS DISCRIMINATION AND THIS RACISM CONTINUE ON INTO THE FUTURE… I FEEL LIKE SO MUCH OF THE REASON WHY IT’S STILL HAPPENING NOW IS THAT THERE’S PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT IT. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND, THEY WEREN’T EDUCATED ON IT, THE INFORMATION WASN’T SAVED, PEOPLE WEREN’T TALKING ABOUT IT ENOUGH… IF WE HAVE THESE MUSEUMS THAT WERE…[PRESENTING] THE INFORMATION [LIKE] THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED, THIS IS THE WAY IT WENT DOWN, THESE PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED, IF YOU [WANT TO] KNOW MORE GO LOOK THIS UP… CHILDREN NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS, CHILDREN COME TO MUSEUMS…ON A FIELD TRIP AND THEY COULD COME HERE IN HOW MANY YEARS AND [SEE]…THERE WAS A PROTEST ON RACIAL DISCRIMINATION… THESE ITEMS ARE ARCHIVED AND REMEMBERED… PEOPLE AND CAN [FIND OUT]…WHAT’S THE GUARD GROUP, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN WHAT DID THEY DO… THAT’S SO IMPORTANT… THESE SIGNS THAT I HAVE [SHOW] THAT PEOPLE CAME AND MADE THESE IN THEIR OWN HOMES AND CAME TO CITY HALL AND WERE SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE BEING MURDERED FOR THE COLOUR OF THEIR SKIN. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THIS, THIS CAN’T BE FORGOTTEN, IT CAN’T BE ERASED… I THINK THAT HAVING A PLACE WHERE THESE THINGS CAN BE COLLECTED TO BE REMEMBERED FOR THE FUTURE IS SO IMPORTANT… LEARNING A PIECE OF HISTORY AND HAVING IT SPELLED OUT IN A WAY THAT’S VERY INFORMATIONAL…EVEN THOUGH IT’S VERY BLACK AND WHITE, VERY CLINICAL...INFORMATION, EVEN THOUGH IT MAY BE…PRESENTED IN A SPECIFIC WAY, IT’S STILL THERE AND THAT IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT IT’S THERE… I THINK LIKE A LOT OF THE TIMES WITHIN, EVEN LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING [JR.’S] TIME, SO MUCH WAS LOST. AS MUCH AS WAS DOCUMENTED, I KNOW THERE WERE MORE PROTESTS AND MORE PEOPLE WHO’D RISEN UP AND SAID SOMETHING, AND THEY’D BEEN DROWNED OUT BY HIM… NOT SAYING THAT HE’S BAD, IT’S AMAZING THAT HIS STORY WAS DOCUMENTED AS WELL AS IT WAS AND PEOPLE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT AND [I THINK ABOUT] WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES? THERE WERE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE THAT WERE SCREAMING AND YELLING AND BEING MURDERED FOR TAKING A STAND… [I WONDER] WHERE ARE THOSE STORIES, THEY ARE GONE… WE DON’T EVEN KNOW… TO HAVE A SPACE LIKE [THE GALT MUSEUM] REACHING OUT TO ME…I [THOUGHT] THIS IS SO IMPORTANT, I NEED TO GET IN ON THIS BECAUSE…THIS IS IMPORTANT TO…LETHBRIDGE’S FUTURE… IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE EXISTING RIGHT NOW TO UNDERSTAND WHERE I’M COMING FROM, AND TO UNDERSTAND WHERE EVERYONE WAS PROTESTING WAS COMING [FROM AND] THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO ENDS UP LIVING IN THIS CITY TO HAVE THIS PIECE OF HISTORY… WE TOOK A STAND, WE DID SOMETHING, WE DIDN’T JUST SIT HERE IDLY WHILE THIS WHOLE BIG MOVEMENT WAS GOING ON, DOING NOTHING AND BEING IN OUR OWN LITTLE RACISM BUBBLE… NO WE ALL STOOD UP AND WE TOOK A STAND AND WE HAVE A VOICE AND WE TOLD PEOPLE, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH…” FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20200022001
Acquisition Date
2020-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CENTENNIAL SOUVENIR
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19860132002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CENTENNIAL SOUVENIR
Date
1985
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
78.0
Description
WHITE & BLACK "BASEBALL SHIRT" WITH 3/3/4 LENGTH SLEEVES & LETHBRIDGE CENTENNIAL CREST 1885-1985 ON LEFT BREAST. TAG SEWN AT BACK OF NECK READS "BRIGHTLINE SPORTSWEAR MFG. INC. 50% POLYESTER COTTON/COTON MADE IN CANADA FABRIQUE AU CANADA CA 05321 XL/TG".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
History
SHIRTS WERE COMMISSIONED BY LETHBRIDGE CENTENNIAL SOCIETY & WERE SOLD AS SOUVENIRS.
Catalogue Number
P19860132002
Acquisition Date
1986-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SHORT SLEEVED, "MARATHON OF HOPE TERRY FOX"
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20160024000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHORT SLEEVED, "MARATHON OF HOPE TERRY FOX"
Date
1981
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
64.5
Width
48.5
Description
T-SHIRT MADE OF WHITE COTTON WITH RED TRIM AND PRINT. THE CAPTION READS, “MARATHON OF HOPE TERRY FOX GIVE FOR CANCER RESEARCH CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY” ; LOGO DEPICTS TERRY FOX RUNNING, IMPOSED ON A MAP OF CANADA AND ENCLOSED BY A MAPLE LEAF. FAIR CONDITION. THE WHITE COTTON IS YELLOWING OVERALL. ON THE FRONT THERE ARE SEVERE BROWN STAINS AT THE RIGHT HIP OF THE SHIRT. SLIGHT RED STAIN AT THE CENTER, BOTTOM OF THE FRONT SIDE. ON THE BACK SIDE, THERE IS SEVERE BROWN STAINING AT THE LEFT HIP AND ON THE UPPER LEFT SHOULDER. SLIGHT DARK BROWN ON THE BOTTOM, LEFT OF CENTER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
ASSOCIATIONS
SPORTS
History
THIS T-SHIRT IS AN ARTIFACT THAT WAS DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES ARCHIVAL COLLECTION IN NOVEMBER OF 1981 BY PAULINE APPLETON. IN AUGUST 2016, THIS ARTIFACT WAS TRANSFERRED TO COLLECTIONS. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM THE ORIGINAL ACQUISITION RECORD AND FURTHER RESEARCH INTO THE LIFE OF TERRY FOX: THE SHIRT [WAS USED] TO PROMOTE THE CROSS-CANADA RUN OF TERRY FOX, BEGINNING IN NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA. FOX, A CANCER PATIENT, JOGGED HALF-WAY ACROSS CANADA IN THE SUMMER OF 1980 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH. HE RAN 5, 373KM BEFORE HE WAS FORCED TO END HIS RUN BECAUSE HIS CANCER HAD APPEARED IN HIS LUNGS. FOX PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 28, 1981. ACCORDING TO HER LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY, PAULINE APPLETON (NEE SCHMUNK), PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 22, 1999. SHE WAS FROM MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA. SHE WAS BORN IN WINNIPEG, MANITOBA ON NOVEMBER 12, 1915 TO HER PARENTS, DAVID AND ANNA ELIZABETH SCHMUNK. THEY LATER MOVED TO A FARM IN LEADER, SASKATCHEWAN. APPLETON MOVED TO CALGARY WITH HER TWO OLDER SISTERS, WHERE SHE MARRIED ERNEST J. “HAPPY” APPLETON IN 1938. DURING WORLD WAR II, SHE LIVED IN NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. UNTIL HER HUSBAND COMPLETED HIS MILITARY SERVICES IN EUROPE. FOLLOWING THAT, PAULINE AND ERNEST MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA WHERE ERNEST WORKED AT MOLSONS BREWERY UNTIL RETIREMENT. PAULINE WORKED AS A CASHIER AND RECEPTIONIST AT A GOLF COURSE IN LETHBRIDGE FOR SEVERAL YEARS. THE COUPLE MOVED TO MEDICINE HAT YEARS AFTER ERNEST’S RETIREMENT. ERNEST PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 3, 1994. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INITIAL DONATION AND FULL OBITUARY PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20160024000
Acquisition Date
1981-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
QUEEN'S JUBILEE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20020082000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
QUEEN'S JUBILEE
Date
2002
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
77.0
Description
WHITE COTTON T-SHIRT. SHORT SLEEVED. SILKSCREENED ON LEFT BREAST IS A GARLAND OF RED, YELLOW, AND GREE MAPLE LEAVES WITH "50" IN THE CENTER, IN YELLOW. ABOVE CARLAND IS "E II R" IN YELLOW, AND ABOVE THIS IS A QUEEN'S CROWN. BELOW GARLAND IS "CELEBRATE CANADA 2002", ALSO IN YELLOW. THERE ARE TWO TAGS INSIDE NECKLINE; ONE READS "GILDAN ACTIVEWEAR ULTRA COTTON HEAVYWEIGHT", OTHER GIVES MANUFACTURING INFO. AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
DONOR RECEIVED SHIRT IN CONJUNCTION WITH A LETHBRIDGE CITZENSHIP AWARD ON CANADA DAY 2002. AT THE SAME TIME DONOR WAS ALSO PRESENTED WITH A MINT COPY OF A VOLUNTEER DIME THAT WAS ISSUED THAT YEAR. SHIRT WAS TOO BIG FOR DONOR AND SHE NEVER WORE IT. DONOR RECEIVED AWARD FOR HER MANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY. SHE SERVED ON THE CANADA DAY COMMITTEE ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS. SHE WORKED WITH A SMALL GROUP OF LADIES IN THE COMMUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTION OF WOMEN TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF LETHBRIDGE. SHE WAS ABLE TO PERSUADE CITY COUNCIL, THE DEVELOPERS AND THE CITY NAMING COMMITTEE THAT A NEW DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH LETHBRIDGE SHOULD CELEBRATE WOMEN BY NAMING THE STREETS AFTER PROMINENT WOMEN WHO HAVE MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO LETHBRIDGE. SHE ALSO CONVINCED THEM TO NAME THE NEW URBAN PARKS THAT WERE TO BE DEVELOPED IN NORTH LETHBRIDGE AFTER WOMEN (ONE NATIVE AND ONE NON-NATIVE). DONOR COMPILED THE NAMES AND HISTORIES OF OVER 30 WOMEN WHO HAVE HAD A LARGE IMPACT ON LIFE IN LETHBRIDGE, WHICH WERE THEN TO BE COMPILED INTO A PAMPHLET WHICH WOULD BE GIVEN TO HOME OWNERS AND SCHOOL CHILDREN IN THE AREA. DONOR ALSO PUBLISHED A BOOK "WHERE WAS IT", WHICH DESCRIBES THE ORIGINAL BUILDINGS IN LETHBRIDGE, WITH THEIR LOCATIONS, HISTORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS. DONOR HAS BEEN SECRETARY OF THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND HAS COMPILED THEIR NEWSLETTER FOR OVER 15 YEARS, AS WELL AS VOLUNTEERING EXTENSIVELY AT THE GALT MUSEUM. SHE IS A MEMBER OF THE GALT MUSEUM BOARD AND CHAIRS THE ACQUISITION COMMITTEE. SHE ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO THE CREATION OF THE MUSEUM'S 2005 EXPANSION PROPOSAL FOR SUBMISSION TO THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT. SHE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE GALT NO. 8 MINE SOCIETY AND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING THE NUMEROUS PLAQUES PLACED IN THE RIVER VALLEY WHICH DOCUMENT THE HISTORY OF MINING IN LETHBRIDGE. IN 2000 DONOR RECEIVED AN ALBERTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AWARD. *** INFORMATION BELOW PROVIDED BY DONOR AT THE REQUEST OF THE GALT IN 2010. “NO FURTHER INFORMATION.” ***
Catalogue Number
P20020082000
Acquisition Date
2003-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAFS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20010026000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAFS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Date
2001
Materials
POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Length
79.0
Description
BEIGE SHIRT. HAS A KNIT COLLAR, THAT IS BLACK WITH BEIGE STRIPES. BOTTOM OF SHIRT AND CUFFS ARE MADE OF SAME KNIT MATERIAL. EMBROIDERED ON TOP LEFT OF SHIRT FRONT IS AN ORANGE MAPLE LEAF WITH "LETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAFS" IN THE CENTER. EMBROIDERED ABOVE MAPLE LEAF, IN ORANGE, IS "WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONS", AND BELOW IS "50TH ANNIVERSARY". THERE ARE TWO TAGS SEWN INTO SHIRT; ONE READS "WHITE RIDGE".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
TEAM MEMBERS FROM THE 1951 WORLD CHAMPION LETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAFS RAISED MONEY UPON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TEAM'S TITLE, AND PURCHASED THESE SHIRTS TO COMMEMORATE THE OCCASION. TO CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY THE REMAINING TEAM MEMBERS HAD A SMALL GATHERING WHICH INCLUDED A SUPPER. THE TEAM PAID FOR AND ARRANGED EVERYTHING. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A JACKET SUIT DONATED BY THE 1951 LETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAFS. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON MARCH 19, 2001 RECOUNTS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP WIN BY THE 1951 LETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAFS HOCKEY TEAM. “SATURDAY NIGHT, MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE GATHERED IN THE CHIEF CROWFOOT ROOM ATOP THE EXHIBITION PARK GRANDSTAND FOR A NIGHT OF FINE FOOD, HONOURING OF THIS CITY’S HOCKEY LEGENDS, AND EVEN A LITTLE DANCING. GARY BOWIE AND VERYL TODD HANDLED THE BEHIND-THE-MICROPHONE DUTIES, EXTOLLING THE VIRTUES OF THE BOYS WHO WON THE WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP 50 YEARS TO THE DAY, MARCH 17, 1951, IN PARIS’ PALAIS DES SPORTS, DEFEATING SWEDEN 5-1. … IN THE END, THE MAPLE LEAFS OF 1950-1951 PLAYED 62 GAMES OVERSEAS, WON 51, LOST SEVEN AND TIED FOUR, AND DURING ONE STREAK WENT 44 STRAIGHT GAMES WITHOUT A LOSS.” AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON MARCH 19, 1951 INCLUDES A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE TEAM AND LISTS ALL OF THE PLAYERS NAMES. THEY INCLUDE: JIM MALACKO, DON MCLEAN, CARL SOROKOSKI, MALLIE HUGHES, BERT KNIBBS, NAP MILROY, HEC NEGRELLO (CAPTAIN), TOM WOOD, STAN OBODIAC, DICK GRAY (PLAYING COACH), BILL GIBSON, WHITEY RIMSTAD, LON SIRAY, KEN BRANCH, DON VOGAN, BILL CHANDLER, ROBERT MCGREGOR, AND JACK SUMNER. NOT INCLUDED IN THE PHOTOGRAPH ARE THE THREE PLAYERS WHO JOINED THE TEAM LATE IN THE TOURNAMENT FROM THE KITCHENER-WATERLOO FLYING DUTCHMEN: MICKEY ROTH, DINNY FLANNAGAN, AND BILL FLICK. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED AUGUST 30, 2000 GIVES MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: “MARCH 17, 1951, IN THE PALAIS DES SPORTS IN PARIS IN FRONT OF 17, 000 PEOPLE, THE LETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAFS SKATED INTO HOCKEY HISTORY. … THE LEAFS SCORED 62 GOALS IN THEIR SIX WORLD TOURNAMENT GAMES, AND ONLY ALLOWED SIX … THE LONG VOYAGE FOR THE MAPLE LEAFS BEGAN DURING THE 1949-50 INTERMEDIATE HOCKEY SEASON WHEN THE TEAM EARNED THE RIGHT TO REPRESENT CANADA AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. … THE LEAFS WEREN’T JUST GOING FOR A SIX-GAME WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT, BUT FOR A FOUR-MONTH TOUR, WITH TWO OTHER TOURNAMENTS AND DOZENS OF EXHIBITION GAMES. ALONG THE WAY THE MAPLE LEAFS ALSO WON THE JEAN POTIN CUP AND THE WINSTON CHURCHILL CUP. NEGRELLO USED TO TELL OF A TIME WHEN THE MAPLE LEAFS WERE PLAYING IN MUNICH AND THE TEAM WAS APPROACHED BY SOME FORMER GERMAN SOLDIERS WHO HAD BEEN PRISONERS OF WAR AT THE CAMP AT LETHBRIDGE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. THEY CAME TO CHEER FOR THE MAPLE LEAFS. … OVERALL THE MAPLE LEAFS PLAYED 62 GAMES, WINNING 51, LOSING SEVEN AND TYING FOUR. THEY HAD A 44-GAME WINNING STREAK AT ONE TIME AND WHILE IN SWITZERLAND PLAYED 13 GAMES IN 14 NIGHTS.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20010026000
Acquisition Date
2001-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TRADITIONAL CHINESE WEDDING OUTFIT
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SILK, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073149
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TRADITIONAL CHINESE WEDDING OUTFIT
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
WOOL, SILK, COTTON
No. Pieces
4
Length
78.2
Width
137.2
Description
1. PURPLE WOOL MANDARIN JACKET. BLACK SILK WIDE CUFFS AND TRIM AROUND NECKLINE SIDE CLOSURE, WITH FIVE FROG FASTENERS AND BLACK SILK WIDE TRIM AT BORDER. STRAIGHT SLEEVES AND SLIGHTLY FLARED BODICE. UNLINED; INNER RIGHT BREAST POCKET; HIP LENGTH. FAINT SIGNS OF INSECT DAMAGE WHERE TOP LAYER OF WOOL 2.TROUSERS. 110.5CM L X 66CM W. TRADITIONAL WIDE LEG SILK PANTS. BURGUNDY WITH FLORAL-LEAF PATTERN WOVEN IN. BLACK GEOMETRIC APPLIQUED DESIGN NEAR BOTTOM, WITH WIDE BLACK SILK BAND AT BOTTOM OF LEGS. TRIMMED WITH THIN BLUE AND WHITE HORIZONTAL BANDS. LIGHT BLUE GLAZED COTTON WAISTBAND, WITH PALE BLUE SILK LINING. 3.SKIRT/APRON. 95.3CM L X 170CM W. TRADITIONAL CHINESE SILK WRAP-AROUND SKIRT. WHITE WITH FINE FLORAL PATTERN WOVEN IN. TRIMMED WITH BLACK SILK BORDER, EMBROIDERED WITH BLUE FLORAL PATTERN. BLUE FLOWERS ALSO EMBROIDERED ON WHITE PORTION OF SKIRT. HEAVILY PLEATED WITH FINE PLEATS, EXCEPT TWO PANELS ON SKIRT WHICH HAVE FINELY EMBROIDERED BUTTERFLY PATTERN IN SHADES OF BLUE, PINK, ORANGE, AND GREEN. FUCHSIA SILK LINING. WIDE PALE BLUE COTTON WAISTBAND WITH REMNANTS OF CRIMSON TIES AT ENDS, WHICH HAVE BEEN TORN OFF. HANDMADE. 4. SCARF. 49.2CM X 49.2CM. ROYAL BLUE COTTON SCARF WITH CIRCLE DESIGN WOVEN INTO FABRIC. BUTTON HOLE IN ONE CORNER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
PIECES OF TWO TRADITIONAL CHINESE WEDDING OUTFITS BELONGING TO THE ING FAMILY (ONE MAN'S, ONE WOMAN'S). *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
P19950073149
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ENSEMBLE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20170021000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ENSEMBLE
Date
1985
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
7
Length
143
Width
37
Description
A. DRESS: PINK DRESS WITH WHITE LACE HIGH-NECK COLLAR, SLEEVE TRIM, AND LACE SURROUNDING WHITE RIBBON FLOWERS ON SKIRT. DRESS HAS PUFFED SLEEVES THAT NARROW FROM ELBOW TO WRIST; SLEEVES HAVE FOUR TAN PLASTIC BUTTONS WITH FOUR WHITE COTTON BUTTON LOOPS AT CUFFS. DRESS HAS WHITE LACE HIGH-NECK COLLAR WITH FOUR PINK FLOWER-SHAPED BUTTONS DOWN BACK AND FOUR WHITE COTTON BUTTON LOOPS. DRESS HAS MACHINE-STITCHED SEAM AT CHEST AND SLEEVES, AND SEAM BELOW KNEES TO CREAT RUFFLED TRIM. INSIDE OF DRESS HAS FRAYING AT LOWER SEAM; INSIDE OF DRESS HAS WHITE COTTON PADDING AND PINK STITCHING TO ATTACH RIBBON-FLOWERS TO FRONT. DRESS HAS SMALL STAINING ON FRONT LOWER RUFFLED-TRIM AND ON FRONT LEFT-WEARING SIDE; DRESS SHOWS LITTLE VISIBLE SIGNS OF WEAR; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. B. CRINOLINE: CREAM CRINOLINE, 85.5CM LONG X 30.5CM WIDE. HAS CREAM COTTON SKIRT WITH FLORAL LACE HEMS AND MESH COVERING SKIRT HALFWAY DOWN. SKIRT HAS SLITS UP SIDES RUNNING HALFWAY UP SIDES; FRONT MESH LAYERS HAVE CREAM TULLE EDGING; BACK MESH LAYERS ARE LONGER THAN FRONT. SKIRT WAIST HAS TWO SILVER SAFETY PINS ATTACHED; FRONT AND BACK LAYERS OF MESH HAVE CLEAR, WAXY STAINING IN PATCHES. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. C. HAT: PINK HAT, 10 CM TALL X 38CM DIAMETER. HAS CREAM LACE TRIM AROUND BASE AND RIM, WITH TWO LOOSE LACE STRANDS AT BACK. HAT IS WOVEN WHITE POLYESTER WITH ADDED PINK CLOTH COVERING. LACE IS MACHINE-STITCHED TO HAT. BACK OF HAT HAS THREE CREAM RIBBON ROSES ATTACHED AND PEARL HAT PIN. HAT HAS PINK CLOTH PADDED INSIDE OF BRIM AND PADDING HALF INSIDE. WHITE TAG ON INSIDE OF HAT HAS BLACK TEXT “R4001, MADE IN TAIWAN, FABRIQUE A TAIWAN, OLEFIN 100% OLEFIN, CA-00230 LAVABLE/WASHABLE”. HAT SHOWS LITTLE VISIBLE SIGN OF WEAR; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION. D. CUMBERBUN: PINK CLOTH CUMBERBUN, 96.1CM LONG X 12CM WIDE. CUMBERBUN HAS PINK BOW AT FRONT AND TWO ROWS OF FOUR SILVER HOOK-CLASPS TO SECURE ENDS AROUND. BACK HAS FOUR DECORATIVE FOLDS ACROSS. BOW IS SECURED WITH HAND-STITCHING; LEFT WEARING SIDE HAS STITCH TORN FROM BOW TO CUMBERBUN. CUMBERBUN SHOWS LITTLE VISIBLE SIGN OF WEAR; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. E. SASH: PINK CLOTH SASH, 148.6CM LONG X 12CM WIDE. SASH HAS HALF-FOLD OVER BEGINNING AT END THAT TAPERS TO NO FOLD ALONG SASH AT OTHER END. EDGES ARE MACHINE STITCHED; SASH HAS DARK STAIN ON INSIDE. SASH SHOWS LITTLE SIGN OF VISIBLE WEAR; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. F. SHOES: PAIR OF SHOES, 14.6CM TALL X 19CM LONG; THREE INCH HEELED SHOES, BROWN WITH PINK BOWS AT TOES; SIDES AND TOES OF SHOES ARE MESH; INSIDE SOLES ARE WHITE LEATHER. INSIDE ON HEEL IS EMBROIDERED FLAG WITH RED STITCHING “9 WEST TM”. INSIDE SHOES ARE BLACK WEAR MARKS AT HEELS AND TOES. BOTTOM OF SHOES IS BROWN LEATHER; LEATHER IS WORN AND STAINED; HEELS ARE SCUFFED AND WORN AT BASE. BOTTOMS OF SHOES HAVE EMBOSSED TEXT IN LEATHER “L-CARLOTTA, MADE IN BRAZIL, LEATHER SOLE, 8M”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. G. BAG: PINK DRAWSTRING BAG, 69CM LONG X 21.3CM WIDE. BAG HAS CREAM FLORAL LACE OVERLAY ON PINK CLOTH, WITH FLORAL LACE TRIM AT BOTTOM AND PINK-PEACH CORD HANDLES. BAG HAS PINK LINING; SMALL STAINING INSIDE BAG AND SMALL STAIN ON FRONT LACE. BAG SHOWS LITTLE VISIBLE SIGN OF WEAR; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ON JUNE 21, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED PEGGIE STICKEL REGARDING HER DONATION OF A HOME-MADE LETHBRIDGE CENTENNIAL DRESS AND ACCESSORIES. STICKEL WORE THE DRESS IN THE CENTENNIAL PARADE AND FOR THE FESTIVITIES IN 1985. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE DRESS ENSEMBLE, STICKEL RECALLED, “WOODWARD’S…HAD A FLOAT IN THE PARADE FOR THE CENTENNIAL, AND I WAS ON THE FLOAT, WEARING THIS DRESS. IT WAS JUST A REMINDER OF THE GOOD OLD DAYS.” “[WOODWARDS WAS] ALWAYS VERY DRIVEN TO BE ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY DID A LOT OF CHARITY THINGS…ONE OF THE MANAGERS HAD AN OLD, BEAT UP…FARM TRUCK, AND THEY GOT THIS IDEA THEY WERE GOING TO DO A FLOAT…THEY DID A FLOAT [FOR THE CENTENNIAL], AND THEY ASKED MYSELF AND TWO OTHER GALS TO PARTICIPATE, AND WE WERE GOING TO DRESS IN THAT TURN OF THE CENTURY ATTIRE. MY SISTER-IN-LAW [GAIL STICKEL], WHO IS A SEAMSTRESS, SPENT WEEKS PUTTING THIS DRESS TOGETHER. SHE RESEARCHED IT. SHE RESEARCHED ALL THAT AGE, THE TYPE OF LACE…EVEN THE BUTTONS THAT THEY WORE. IT TOOK HER WEEKS TO MAKE IT AND I WENT DOWN [TO COUTTS] ABOUT EVERY WEEK AND WE’D FIT IT, AND MESS WITH IT AND TRY IT ON AGAIN. SHE FINALLY HAD IT DONE AND THEN PARADE DAY CAME, AND THERE I WAS ON TOP OF THE FLOAT.” “I WAS WILLING TO MAKE THE EFFORT TO BUY THE MATERIAL, AND ARRANGE TO HAVE MY SISTER-IN-LAW MAKE IT FOR ME…NOT EVERYBODY WANTED TO GO TO THAT MUCH TROUBLE. THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT RODE ON THE FLOAT OR DROVE IN IT, BUT WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT WERE ALL DRESSED UP.” “I MUST HAVE GONE DOWN [TO MY SISTER-IN-LAW’S] AT LEAST FOUR TIMES WHEN I WAS OFF ON THE WEEKENDS, SO IT MUST HAVE TAKEN HER OVER A MONTH [TO MAKE]. SHE WAS WORKING FULLTIME TOO BUT SHE’D WORK [ON THE DRESS IN] EVENINGS. I’D COME DOWN THE WEEKEND AND SHE’D WANT MORE OF THE LACE OR FORM FOR THE HAT, SO IT WAS GOOD TIMES WITH HER TOO. WE GOT VERY CLOSE.” “[GAIL] COULD REALLY SEW. SHE MADE CLOTHES FOR HER GRANDKIDS. SHE COULD PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER OUT OF NOTHING…SHE WAS RELAXED AND HAPPY I WOULD BE JUMPING OUT OF MY SKIN.” ON HER TIME WEARING THE DRESS, STICKEL NOTED, “THE ONLY THING I REALLY REMEMBER WAS WE GOT IN FRONT OF THE OLD…YORK HOTEL ON 13TH STREET. IT STARTED UP AT THE NORTH END AND WENT DOWNTOWN. WE GOT TO THE YORK, AND FOR WHATEVER REASON THE PARADE STOPPED. THERE WAS SOME SORT OF [STOP] UP AHEAD. THERE WE WERE ON THE FLOAT, AND THE CAMERAMEN FROM THE LOCAL TELEVISION STATION ARE UP ON THE ROOF. WE’RE LOOKING AROUND, ESPECIALLY ME, “WHAT’S GOING ON? WHY ARE WE STOPPED, WHY ARE WE STOPPED?”. THESE GUYS ARE UP ON THE ROOF AND THEY’RE GOING “SMILE, SMILE” AND WE’RE STUCK THERE FOR FIVE MINUTES. I COULDN’T SMILE THAT LONG. THAT’S MY ONLY REAL STRONG MEMORY OF THAT DAY.” “THERE WAS ANOTHER PARADE AND I DID WEAR THE DRESS IN THAT TOO…IT COULD HAVE BEEN THE [HUDSON’S] BAY…BECAUSE THEY BOUGHT OUT WOODWARD’S… THEY HAD WAS THAT BIG BOAT AND I WASN’T WORKING [AT THE BAY]…SOMEONE THAT WORKED THERE KNEW THAT I HAD THIS DRESS AND SO THEY INVITED ME TO COME AND RIDE IN THAT PARADE. SO I DID. MY HUSBAND WAS IN IT TOO. THE THEME WAS “TRADING DAYS” WITH THE BAY…THAT’S THE ONLY OTHER TIME I WORE IT.” “I THINK BACK THEN I WAS PRETTY PROUD OF MYSELF. THE IDEA OF RIDING IN THE PARADE, GETTING THE ATTENTION, HAVING MY FAMILY SEE ME IN THE PARADE, AND I THOUGHT I WAS VERY PRETTY. I WANTED TO SHOW OFF A LITTLE I GUESS. THAT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DRESS SO IT WAS A GOOD TIME.” STICKEL ELABORATED ON HER TIME AT WOODWARDS, “I STARTED AT WOODWARD’S IN THE EARLY ‘80S. I WORKED THERE FOR 15 YEARS. I WAS A SUPERVISOR [FULL-TIME IN COSMETICS], AND IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST PHASES OF MY LIFE. THE MOST FUN. THAT’S WHEN PEOPLE REALLY GOT OUT AND DID THINGS, AND WEREN’T ALWAYS LOOKING AT THEIR PHONES AND PLAYING GAMES. WE USED TO SIT AROUND AND TALK, AND VISIT, AND GO OUT. THE DRESS JUST MEANT MY YOUTH.” ON HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING THE DRESS ENSEMBLE, STICKEL NOTED, “BASICALLY, WE’RE GETTING OLDER, AND WE WANT TO DOWNSIZE. I WANTED TO PUT THE DRESS SOMEWHERE WHERE IT COULD BE POSSIBLY ADMIRED. I REALLY DIDN’T HAVE ANYONE ELSE THAT I COULD THINK OF OTHER THAN THE GALT THAT MIGHT WANT TO HAVE IT.” “IT WAS A PART OF MY LIFE IT’S OVER NOW, AND IF SOMEBODY CAN LOOK AT IT AND SAY “WOW, YOU KNOW SOMEBODY PUT A LOT OF WORK INTO THAT” OR “WHAT A GORGEOUS COLOUR”…IT’S BETTER THAN SENDING IT OFF TO THE DUMP OR TEARING IT UP FOR RAGS. I WOULD HATE TO SEE THAT.” THE LETHBRIDGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS ON APRIL 6, 1985 INCLUDED A PARADE, BALL, AND FASHION SHOW WITH CATEGORIES FOR STYLING FROM EVERY DECADE FROM THE 1880S TO THE 1980S. ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD INDICATED ATTENDANCE REACHED APPROXIMATELY 300 PEOPLE AT EXHIBITION PARK, AND ATTRACTED FAMILIES WITH THE PARADE, A PENNY ARCADE, CARTOONS, WAGONS AND AN ICE CREAM PARLOUR. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170021000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170021000
Acquisition Date
2017-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BOY SCOUTS CARDIGAN
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
YARN, FABRIC, THREAD
Catalogue Number
P20200029006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUTS CARDIGAN
Date
1929
Materials
YARN, FABRIC, THREAD
No. Pieces
1
Length
68
Width
60
Description
GREEN AND YELLOW KNIT CARDIGAN SWEATER WITH 7 BUTTONS AND TWO FRONT POCKETS. THE COLLAR, BUTTON BAND, CUFFS, AND POCKETS HAVE YELLOW STRIPES. THERE IS AN EMBROIDERED PATCH ON THE LEFT CHEST FEATURING A GREEN MAPLE LEAF WITH A RED OUTLINE. ABOVE THE LEAF ON THE PATCH, “CANADA” IS EMBROIDERED IN ORANGE. THE INSIDE TAG READS “OFFICIAL DESIGN SUPPLIED BY THE STORES DEPT. BOY SCOUTS ASSOCIATION DOMINION HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA—CANADA”. WRITTEN IN VERY FADED INK ON THE TAG IS THE NUMBER “294”. A TAG IS SEWN INSIDE BOTH OF THE POCKETS, WHICH SAYS “WARREN BROS. LIMITED ST. CATHARINES” IN YELLOW THREAD. THERE ARE HOLES IN THE SWEATER ON THE LEFT CUFF AND ABOVE THE MAPLE LEAF PATCH.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
COMMEMORATIVE
LEISURE
History
KENNETH RUSSELL, WHO PASSED AWAY IN 1983, WAS A LETHBRIDGE BOY SCOUT IN HIS YOUTH; A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS; AND LATER BECAME A SCOUT LEADER AND SCHOOL TEACHER. HE WAS ONE OF 150 CANADIAN CONTINGENT BOY SCOUTS TO ATTEND THE 3RD WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE IN ENGLAND IN 1929, ALSO CALLED THE “COMING-OF-AGE” JAMBOREE DUE TO IT FALLING ON THE 21ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE PUBLICATION OF “SCOUTING FOR BOYS”. ACCORDING TO A MAY 9, 1929 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE, KEN RUSSELL WAS SELECTED TO ATTEND THE WORLD JAMBOREE BY THE DISTRICT BOY SCOUT COUNCIL ALONG WITH FELLOW LOCAL KING SCOUT NORMAN MIDDLETON. THE COST OF THE TRIP WAS COVERED THROUGH FUNDRAISING EFFORTS. A SEPTEMBER 7TH, 1929 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE MENTIONED THAT THE ATTENDEES FROM CANADA TRAVELLED BY BOAT ABOARD THE ANTONIA TO ENGLAND, THEN CONGREGATED WITH AROUND 50 000 SCOUTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN A CAMP IN ARROWE PARK. THE JAMBOREE CONSISTED OF VARIOUS EVENTS AND INCLUDED APPEARANCES FROM FOUNDER OF THE SCOUTING MOVEMENT BADEN-POWELL, THE DUKE OF CONNAUGHT, AND THE PRINCE OF WALES. A SEPTEMBER 7TH, 1929 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE DIRECTLY REFERENCED THE DONATED BOY SCOUT SWEATER BEING WORN DURING THE INTERNATIONAL MARCH WHEN LETHBRIDGE SCOUT NORMAN MIDDLETON RECALLED THAT “BOYS FROM PRACTICALLY EVERY COUNTRY TOOK PART AND MARCHED BENEATH THEIR BANNERS AND FLAGS…CANADIAN BOYS WERE CONSPICUOUS AMONG THE NATIONS WITH THEIR JAMBOREE SWEATERS OF GREEN AND GOLD AND AS OUR CONTIGENT MARCHED PAST THEY WERE GREETED WITH CHEERS.” KEN KEPT A JOURNAL OF HIS TRIP TO THE 1929 WORLD JAMBOREE, IN WHICH HE REFERENCED HIS UNIFORM MULTIPLE TIMES. ON SUNDAY, JULY 14 HE WROTE "DRESSED IN UNIFORM AT 10:10 HAD INSPECTION". ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH KEN MENTIONS THE SUNDAY SERVICE AT THE JAMBOREE, WRITING THAT HE WAS "UP AT 9:00. DRESSED IN NO I UNIFORM AND WENT TO THE RALLY GROUNDS FOR THE SCOUTS OWN. THE ARCHBISHOP WAS THERE." ON THE 7TH OF AUGUST 2020, KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH JOYCE ROSS, RICK ROSS, AND RON SHIELDS. THE THREE HAVE ALL BEEN INVOLVED WITH BOY SCOUTS, AND WERE CONSULTED TO PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO THE LATE KENNETH RUSSELL’S BOY SCOUT MATERIALS, WHICH WERE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM BY HIS DAUGHTER, KENNA ASPLUND. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THEIR DISCUSSION. RON DESCRIBED THE DONATED SWEATER: “I’M ASSUMING THAT [SWEATER] WOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF HIS CONTINGENCE UNIFORM FROM GOING TO THE JAMBOREE. IT LOOKS…VINTAGE. THE AGE OF THE MATERIAL, THE FADING, AND THE SIZE OF IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SOMETHING THAT HE ACTUALLY WORE AT THE JAMBOREE.” RON CONTINUED: “…IT IS A SPECIAL UNIFORM JUST FOR THE JAMBOREE AND IT IS USUALLY DESIGNED FOR THE CLIMATE YOU ARE GOING TO.” RICK PROVIDED THE POSSIBLE ORIGIN OF THE SWEATER: “…THE STANDARD PROCESS FOR THE CANADIAN [BOY SCOUT] CONTINGENT WAS ‘HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL WEAR AT THE JAMBOREE’, SO YOU WERE ALL [IDENTIFIED AS] CANADIANS. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF THAT SET.” JOYCE ADDED: “THEY GOT SWEATERS, NOW WE GET JACKETS.” RON KNEW THE RUSSELL FAMILY, BUT WAS NOT AWARE OF KEN’S INVOLVEMENT WITH BOY SCOUTS: “…THIS [DONATION] ACTUALLY IS A TOTAL SURPRISE TO ME BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE YEARS THAT I GREW UP WITH [KEN RUSSELL’S] FAMILY, I NEVER…HEARD HIM SPEAK OF ANY SCOUTING EXPERIENCE, SO I WAS KIND OF SHOCKED WHEN I SAW THIS. HE OBVIOUSLY HAD A VERY VAST EXPERIENCE IN SCOUTING, BUT HE NEVER SHARED IT WITH ANYBODY THAT I AM AWARE OF.” ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH SIBLINGS KENNA ASPLUND, DALE RUSSELL, GRAEME RUSSELL, AND CHRISTOPHER (KIT) RUSSELL TO DISCUSS THEIR LATE FATHER KENNETH RUSSELL’S BOY SCOUT ITEMS THAT KENNA DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS DERIVED FROM THEIR MEETING. KENNA SPOKE ABOUT HER DAD’S JOURNAL MENTIONING CERTAIN CLOTHING ITEMS HE RECEIVED WHILE IN BOY SCOUTS: “…HE TALKS A LOT ABOUT THEM GETTING THEIR DISPLAYS READY AND THEIR STUNTS AND PUTTING ON THEIR PLAYS. IN THE ONE PART OF HIS JOURNAL, HE DOES MAKE A LIST OF WHAT HIS CLOTHING WAS WHEN HE GOT [TO THE JAMBOREE]; IT WAS HANDED TO HIM.” KENNA QUOTED THE JOURNAL ENTRY THAT LISTED THE CLOTHING ITEMS, INCLUDING A SWEATER: “[DAD] JUST SAID THAT HE ‘PICKED UP HIS SUIT FROM HEADQUARTERS AND IT SURE IS SWELL. IT INCLUDES A SLICKER, A SOU’WESTER HAT, SHIRT, SHORTS, SWEATER, TURK HEAD [WOGGLE], NECKER, AND A SPINNING ROPE.’” KIT POINTED OUT THE NUMBER ON THE GARMENT’S TAG: “[ON] THE SWEATER, YOU WILL NOTICE ON THE LABEL, IT SAYS 294.” “THAT WAS [MY DAD’S] NUMBER ON ALL OF HIS STUFF.” KENNA SAID HER MOM BRIEFLY SPOKE ABOUT THE SCOUT MATERIALS BEFORE HER PASSING: “…[MY MOM TOLD ME] THAT IT WAS [DAD’S] STUFF FROM THE WORLD JAMBOREE. SOMEHOW I KNEW BEFORE THAT HE HAD ATTENDED IT… THERE WASN'T ANYTHING SPECIFIC SHE SAID ABOUT ANY SPECIFIC ITEMS, BUT SHE SEEMED VERY AWARE WHAT ALL THE STUFF WAS.” KENNA WENT ON: “…IT WAS THE SHIRT, THE NECKER, [AND] THE SWEATER…[THAT MOM IDENTIFIED SPECIFICALLY].” KENNA EXPLAINED WHY SHE DECIDED TO DONATE THE ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM: “…ALTHOUGH MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY, HER HOUSE WAS NOT TOTALLY CLEANED OUT. SO WHEN GOING THROUGH ALL OF THE THINGS, SOME OF WHICH I HAD AT MY HOUSE…AND REALIZING THIS WAS SOMETHING VERY COOL…I JUST THOUGHT IT WOULD BE [VALUABLE] TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA BECAUSE IT ORIGINATED HERE. IT ALL HAD TO DEAL WITH BEING A CANADIAN SCOUT AND BEING ABLE TO GO TAKE PART IN THIS [JAMBOREE]. THERE WAS ONLY [A RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF] SCOUTS FROM CANADA. I FOUND A BOOK THAT TOLD ME…OUT OF ALL OF ALBERTA THERE WERE ONLY SIX THAT WERE ALLOWED TO GO.” KENNA EXPLAINED HOW SHE WAS ACQUAINTED WITH A TRUNK THAT HOUSED THE SCOUT ITEMS: “…AS A CHILD I REMEMBER THE TRUNK IN…MY FIRST HOUSE IN DIAMOND CITY DOWN IN THE BASEMENT BY THOSE STEEL CABINETS… I KNEW IT WAS A TRUNK OF DAD’S STUFF, BUT NOBODY EVER SHOWED ME AT THAT TIME WHAT WAS IN IT. IT WASN’T UNTIL LATER AT THE SECOND HOUSE WHEN WE TOOK IT OUT AND PUT IT INTO A ROUGH TOTE, THAT MOM EXPLAINED WHAT ALL OF THE STUFF WAS AND I HAD PINNED ON THINGS SO THAT I KNEW WHERE THEY WERE FROM.” WHEN ASKED IF THE OTHER SIBLINGS REMEMBERED SEEING THEIR FATHER’S SCOUT ITEMS AS KIDS, GRAEME RESPONDED: “I REMEMBER SEEING THEM BUT THEY WERE PACKED AWAY IN THE TRUNK. HE HAD A SPECIAL TRUNK THAT WAS HIS SCOUT TRUNK, AND THIS [DONATED] STUFF WAS IN THERE.” DALE ALSO REMEMBERED THE TRUNK OF SCOUT MATERIALS BEING IN HIS GRANDPARENT’S HOME AT AN EARLIER TIME: “I REMEMBER THE TRUNK WHEN IT WAS IN OUR GRANDFATHER’S HOME UPSTAIRS… DAD TOOK ME UP THERE TO LOOK AT IT. HE WAS PULLING STUFF OUT...” DALE CONTINUED: “HE DID NOT TALK ABOUT IT, HE JUST PULLED IT OUT AND SHOWED ME SOME OF IT. I WAS A BOY SCOUT AT THE TIME...” DALE REMEMBERED ANOTHER ITEM BEING IN THE TRUNK AT SOME POINT IN TIME: “…THERE USED TO BE A ROPE IN THAT BOX ALSO, BUT I DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO IT. HE WAS DOING ROPE TRICKS WHEN HE WAS OVER IN ENGLAND AS A DEMONSTRATION.” DALE PROVIDED MORE DETAILS AND THE TEACHING HIS DAD SHARED ALONG WITH THE ROPE: “…[IT WAS] A WHITE BRAIDED COTTON ROPE. HE TOLD ME THE STORY THAT HE WAS ON A STREET CORNER IN LONDON DOING ROPE TRICKS AS PART OF THEIR ASSIGNMENT, AND A MAN CAME UP AND STARTED TALKING TO HIM WHO ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO BE FROM LETHBRIDGE. HE SAID THE…LESSON HE WAS TRYING TO EMPHASIZE TO ME AT THE TIME WAS, ‘NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE PEOPLE PROBABLY KNOW YOU [SO] ACT ACCORDINGLY.’ I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE ROPE IS, I HAVEN’T SEEN IT FOR YEARS, BUT I DID SEE IT ONE TIME IN THAT BOX.” DALE ADDED: “I WAS PROBABLY A SCOUT, ABOUT TWELVE [OR] THIRTEEN YEARS OLD [WHEN HE TOLD ME THE STORY].” KIT RECOLLECTED WHAT HIS FATHER SHARED ABOUT THE WORLD BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE: “…WHEN I WAS IN SIXTH GRADE [MY DAD] TAUGHT ME IN COALHURST, AND HE TOLD THE WHOLE CLASS ABOUT BEING IN ENGLAND AND…BEING SHOWN AROUND SHERWOOD FOREST. I CAN’T REMEMBER WHO HE SAID THE OWNER OF THE PLACE WAS, SOME DUKE OR EARL, BUT HE SAID THE GUY TOOK GREAT PLEASURE IN TAKING [THE SCOUTS] AROUND AND SHOWING THEM HOW IN SHERWOOD FOREST, THERE WERE CAVES THAT WERE COVERED IN VINES, WHICH ADDED TO THE MYSTIQUE OF ROBIN HOOD, SO TO SPEAK... [THOSE ARE THE MEMORIES] I HAVE.” A SEPTEMBER 7TH, 1929 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE DOCUMENTED KIT’S MEMORY OF KEN’S STOP IN OTTAWA, NOTING THAT “LEAVING LETHBRIDGE THE SCOUT’S WERE GIVEN A WEEK’S SPECIAL TRAINING AT OTTAWA UNDER THE DIRECTION OF REV. G. GUITON. AT THE CAPITOL…TUMBLING [WAS] PRACTICED”. KENNA ALSO REMEMBERED SOME FRAGMENTS HER DAD HAD TOLD HER ABOUT THE JAMBOREE: “…HE TOLD ME ABOUT RUNNING AROUND THE TENT AND RUNNING INTO THE PRINCE OF WALES, AND HOW EMBARRASSED HE WAS AND HOW ‘UN-SCOUT-LIKE’ HIS CONDUCT WAS… I DO REMEMBER HIM QUITE OFTEN MESSING AROUND AND PRETENDING TO DO THE SWORD DANCE USING STICKS AND THE STUFF HE HAD BEEN TAUGHT WHEN HE WAS IN ENGLAND. IT IS INTERESTING, BECAUSE I AM READING THIS ONE BOOK; IT IS WRITTEN BY LORD BADEN-POWELL BUT IT IS A SUMMARY OR A REPORT ON THE CANADIANS TO HIS EXCELLENCY COUNT WELLINGTON WHO WAS THE CHIEF SCOUT FOR CANADA. HE [TALKED ABOUT]...THE CANADIAN SCOUTS AND THE VISITORS THEY HAD TO THEIR CAMP AND…ABOUT HOW THE SCOTTISH CONTINGENT CAME OVER AND TAUGHT THEM ALL THEIR FOLK DANCING. I AM WONDERING IF THAT IS WHERE THAT CAME FROM, [HOWEVER MY DAD] NEVER ACTUALLY SAID THAT.” DALE SHARED ANOTHER OUTING HIS FATHER WENT ON WITH BOY SCOUTS: “…HE SPENT I THINK A SUMMER...IN GLACIER PARK WITH THE AMERICANS AND HE WAS SHORT HIS SWIMMING [BADGE] TO GET HIS EAGLE SCOUT ON THE U.S. SIDE. THE REASON HE COULD NOT DO THAT WAS BECAUSE HE SAID THE WATER WAS TOO COLD AND HE KEPT LOSING HIS BREATH WHEN HE WAS DIVING IN THE WATER TRYING TO PASS THEIR SWIMMING REQUIREMENTS. OTHERWISE, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN AN EAGLE SCOUT IN ADDITION TO A QUEEN SCOUT…OR KING SCOUT, WHATEVER IT WAS AT THAT TIME. HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THAT CAMP. THEY HAD A CUB COME INTO THE CAMP, SO THE BOYS FORMED A CIRCLE AROUND IT, THEY WERE GOING TO CATCH IT. SO THESE SCOUTS ALL GOT IN A CIRCLE AND WENT AROUND THIS CUB, THINKING THEY WERE GOING TO CORRAL [AROUND] IT, AND HE SAID THE CUB TOOK OFF AND IT JUST KNOCKED THE BOYS OVER. HE SAID, ‘NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE STRENGTH OF A BEAR’… I THINK THAT [STORY] AND BUILDING THE TRAIL ARE ABOUT ALL I CAN REMEMBER OF WHAT HE SAID…” WHEN ASKED TO SPEAK ABOUT THEIR DAD’S INVOLVEMENT IN BOY SCOUTS, KIT SAID: “…WHEN I BECAME A SCOUT LEADER, HE WAS TOTALLY SUPPORTIVE OF ME DOING IT ALL. HE REALLY LIKED THE SCOUT PROGRAM.” KIT WENT ON: “I THINK BECAUSE [SCOUTING] GAVE KIDS DIRECTION… IT GAVE PARTICULARILY CITY KIDS SOMETHING TO KEEP THEM OUT OF TROUBLE. IT GAVE THEM SOMETHING TO BE DOING THAT WAS WORTHWHILE. IT IS A WORTHWHILE PROGRAM.” DALE ALSO INTERPRETED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SCOUTS TO HIS DAD: “…HE WAS A VERY SMALL INDIVIDUAL. WHEN HE WENT TO UNIVERSITY HE WAS NINETY-EIGHT POUNDS. IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD THERE ARE MANY REFERENCES TO HIS AWARDS IN TRACK-AND-FIELD, SO HE WAS VERY ATHLETIC, BUT HE WAS VERY TINY. THE SCOUTING PROGRAM GAVE HIM SELF-CONFIDENCE. THERE ARE MANY ARTICLES WHEN HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL IN…THE PAPER…AT THE TIME, ACKNOWLEDGING HIS AWARDS IN TRACK-AND-FIELD.” DALE CONTINUED: “…I NEVER WENT VERY FAR IN SCOUTING. I ENJOYED IT, BUT I DID NOT ACCOMPLISH [EVEN CLOSE TO] WHAT HE DID...” DALE SPOKE ON HOW HIS DAD USED THE LESSONS HE LEARNT THROUGH SCOUTS IN HIS PARENTING: “…HE WAS VERY RETICENT TO PUSH HIMSELF FORWARD; HE PREFERRED TO BE ON THE BACK SEAT OF THINGS. HE HAD A LOT OF PRIDE IN [THESE OBJECTS] OBVIOUSLY BY KEEPING [THEM], BUT HE NEVER REALLY DEMONSTRATED IT… HE ONLY TALKED ABOUT IT IN PASSING WHEN THERE WAS A TOPIC THAT IT WAS RELEVANT TO. OTHER THAN THAT, HE DID NOT. FOR EXAMPLE, GIVING ME A LECTURE ON MY CONDUCT, EVEN WHEN I WAS AWAY FROM HOME, AND WITH THAT REFERENCE, THE ROPE TRICK. THAT WAS HIS STYLE, IT WASN’T TO TELL US HOW HE WAS ON THE CORNER DOING ROPE TRICKS, IT WAS TO TELL ME TO PAY ATTENTION.” KENNA ADDED: “AND I THINK THAT IS THE SAME REASON WHY I HEARD ABOUT HIM RUNNING AROUND THE TENT, WAS BECAUSE SOMETIMES I WOULD RUN TO THINGS OR PEOPLE HEAD-LONG.” KENNA CONTINUED TO SPEAK ABOUT GROWING UP WITH THEIR DAD UTILIZING LESSONS LEARNED THROUGH BEING A SCOUT: “…I JUST REMEMBER BEING REALLY JEALOUS THAT MY BROTHERS HAD THESE COOL [SCOUT] HATS… [I WAS] READING HIS JOURNAL…LAST NIGHT AND THEN I FOUND THIS NOTEBOOK THAT HE HAS HANDWRITTEN ALL THAT IS REQUIRED OF A SCOUT LEADER AND THE TRAINING COURSE... AS I WAS READING THROUGH IT, I REALIZED THAT THE TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE THAT HE HAD, HE DID USE THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. IT WAS LITTLE THINGS, JUST IN TEACHING YOU HOW TO WALK DOWN THE COULEE AND CHECK FOR RATTLESNAKES. A LOT IT WAS HIS KNOWLEDGE THAT HE HAD LEARNED AS A SCOUT AND AS A SCOUT LEADER. HE WAS JUST CALMLY PASSING ON, LIKE DALE SAID, AS THE MOMENT [WARRANTED] IT, NOT NECESSARILY AS A BIG THING.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO ACCESS THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20200029006
Acquisition Date
2020-07
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