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Other Name
CARDIGAN
Date Range From
1959
Date Range To
1961
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, FELT, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20000011012
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CARDIGAN
Date Range From
1959
Date Range To
1961
Materials
WOOL, FELT, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Length
57.0
Description
OFFWHITE KNIT WOOL CARDIGAN. NECKLINE AND DOWN FRONT OF SWEATER ARE DONE IN GREEN AND YELLOW, IN LOOSE STITCH. THERE ARE THREE WOOD BUTTONS TOWARDS BUTTON OF FRONT. THERE ARE TWO PATCH POCKETS SEWN NEAR WAIST WITH GREEN AND YELLOW STRIPES ACROSS TOP (SAME STITCH AS NECKLINE). CUFFS ARE RIBBED AND FITTED. THERE IS A "C" CUT OUT OF GREEN AND YELLOW FELT ATTACHED TO LEFT BREAST. A TAG INSIDE NECKLINE READS "100% PURE WOOL PRIDE OF THE WEST VANCOUVER, B.C.".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
BELONGED TO DONOR WHO ATTENDED LCI IN GRADES 10 & 11. IN GRADE 12 SHE MOVED TO CALGARY AND ATTENDED ST. MARY'S SCHOOL AT THE SACRED HEART CONVENT. SHE THEN RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE AND TOOK ONE MORE CLASS AT LCI AS A SUPER SENIOR.
Catalogue Number
P20000011012
Acquisition Date
2004-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, PLASTIC, RIBBON
Catalogue Number
P19940021001
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
POLYESTER, PLASTIC, RIBBON
No. Pieces
1
Length
110.5
Width
60
Description
TEAL POLYESTER SEMI-FORMAL DRESS HAS V-SHAPE NECK WITH CAP SLEEVES. KNIFE PLEAT ON THE SHOULDER SEAM. DRESS IS FITTED AT THE WAIST AND HAS A BELT OF THE SAME MATERIAL THROUGH TWO STRING BELT LOOPS AND FASTENS WITH A RECTANGULAR PLASTIC BUCKLE AND HOLES. THE SKIRT FALLS TO AROUND THE KNEE AND IS FAIRLY FITTED WITH ONLY TWO KNIFE PLEATS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE WAIST. THE REVERSE IS THE SAME EXCEPT THERE ARE TWO DARTS ON THE BUTTOCKS AND IT HAS A SEAM DOWN THE CENTER OF THE SKIRT WHICH ENDS IN A KICK PLEAT. THERE IS A ZIPPER ALONG THE SIDE OF THE TORSO. THE WAIST AND ZIPPER ARE LINED WITH A GREEN RIBBON ON THE INSIDE, AND THE HEM A BLUE RIBBON. THE MATERIAL IS SHINY WITH GREEN, BLUE, AND PURPLE CHECK DESIGN DEPENDING ON THE LIGHT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
THIS DRESS WAS WORN UNDER THE DOCTORAL ROBES DUE TO THE COMPLEMENTS OF COLOURS OF THE DRESS AND SATIN, AND THE DONOR FELT IT FILLED THE NECK IN WELL. DONOR DR. ISABEL WILKINS WAS BORN IN CALGARY IN 1907 AND GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL THERE. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL SHE ATTENDED CALGARY NORMAL SCHOOL TO BECOME A TEACHER. AFTER TWO YEARS SHE HAD SAVED ENOUGH MONEY TO GO TO UNIVERSITY IN EDMONTON. IN 1930 SHE GRADUATED AS B.A. GOLD MEDALLIST AND THEN BEGAN WORK AT THE LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE WHERE SHE STAYED TEACHING AN ESTIMATED 7,000-10,000 STUDENTS UNTIL HER RETIREMENT IN 1971. SHE MARRIED DR. FRANK WILKINS, A PIONEER LETHBRIDGE OPTOMETRIST. IN 1942 SHE OBTAINED AN M.A. THROUGH SUMMER SESSIONS AT MCGILL AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. HER THESIS WAS "A COMPARISON OF SIR WALTER SCOTT AND PROSPER MERIMEE IN THE FIELD OF THE HISTORIC NOVEL." IN 1947 THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF LAVAL SHE COMPLETED HER PH.D. "MAGNA CUM LAUDE". THIS THESIS WAS "AN IN-DEPTH STUDY OF CANADA DURING THE DOZEN YEARS PRIOR TO THE END OF THE FRENCH REGIME, BASED ON A RECENTLY-DISCOVERED SERIES OF PRIVATE LETTERS WRITTEN AT THAT TIME, IN THE FORM OF A DIARY ('LA CORRESPONDANCE DE MADAME BEGON')." SHE DID POST-DOCTORAL WORK AT SORBONNE FROM 1964-1965. SEE ATTACHED PICTURE OF DONOR, AND ATTACHED DOCUMENTATION FOR FURTHER PERSONAL AND ARTIFACT HISTORY. ALSO SEE BRUCE HAIG'S "WHO'S WHO IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA 1988-1989." P.849.
Catalogue Number
P19940021001
Acquisition Date
1994-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
WOMAN'S OUTFIT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19840004000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WOMAN'S OUTFIT
Date
1963
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Description
WOMEN'S SUIT. .1 SKIRT, SIZE 12-14. WOOL, COTTON. ROYAL BLUE. STRAIGHT LINE SKIRT. BACK KICK PLEAT. SIDE PLASTIC ZIPPER CLOSURE. BLACK COTTON FACING AT WAISTLINE. HANDWOVEN MATERIAL, MACHINE SEWN SUIT. .2 JACKET. SIZE 10. WOOL BOUCLE'. ROYAL BLUE, SKY BLUE. BOLERO STYLE. 3/4 LENGTH SLEEVES. JACKET FACING MADE FROM SAME MATERIAL AS SKIRT. HAND WOVEN MATERIAL. MACHINE SEWN JACKET. SMALL STAIN IN FRONT RIGHT HIP EVEN. YELLOWISH STAIN AT BACK OF NECK ON COLLAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
TRADES
History
DONOR BORN IN PILOT MOUNTAIN, MANITOBA IN 1897. GEORGE ELFORD DICKSON BORN ABOUT 1900 IN MANITOBA, DIED 1983. MARRIED IN CLARESHOLM IN 1925. EMPLOYED BY BANK OF COMMERCE IN MANY SOUTHERN ALBERTA LOCATIONS. THEY RETIRED TO CLARESHOLM ABOUT 1962. BOTH ACTIVE & COMPETENT IN WEAVING. BEGAN AS HOBBY IN 1930'S AFTER WATCHING A DISPLAY AT CALGARY STAMPEDE. THEY WOVE MATERIAL & SOLD YARDAGE. WOOL BOUGHT FROM THE CEREAL GRAIN COIN WINNIPEG. DONOR TRAINED AT BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS & TOOK A WEAVING COURSE AT OLDS SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE. MRS. DICKSON WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINATORS & INSTRUCTORS AT THE CLARESHOLM CARE CENTRE, NOW A WELL KNOWN CRAFT CENTRE. MATERIAL FOR SUIT DONATION WOVEN BY DICKSONS & SEWN BY MRS. DICKSON. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A SUIT AND SKIRT DONATED BY EVA A. DICKSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. EVA ANN DICKSON (NEE MOFFATT) WAS THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM MOFFAT, EX-MLA. SHE WAS MARRIED TO GEORGE ELFORD DICKSON, THE SON OF JAMES DICKSON, ON MAY 5, 1925. THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THEIR WEDDING GIVES THE FOLLOWING DETAILS: “THE MANY USEFUL AND COSTLY GIVES RECEIVED WERE A TESTITMONY OF THE VERY HIGH ESTEEM IN WHICH BOTH ARE HELD BY THEIR MANY FRIENDS IN AND AROUND CLARESHOLM, AND THEIR GREAT POPULARITY THROUGH OUT THE DISTRICT WHERE BOTH HAVE RESIDED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. THE GROOM IS A MEMBER OF THE STAFF OF THE INSPECTOR’S DEPARTMENT OF THE CANADIAN BANK OF COMMERCE AT CALGARY, BUT WAS FORMERLY ON THE STAFF OF THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE BANK … THE BRIDGE, WHOSE PARENTS CAME HERE IN THE EARLIER DAYS OF THE TOWN AND DISTRICT, HAS GROWN UP IN THE COMMUNITY, AND HAS ENDEARED HERSELF TO A VERY LARGE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS IN CHURCH, SOCIAL, AND MUSICAL CIRCLES, AND HER PRESENCE WILL BE VERY GREATLY MISSED.” ON DECEMBER 2, 1946, AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE STAVELY UNITED CHURCH WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION APPEARED IN THE HERALD: “MRS. EVA DICKSON OF CLARESHOLM ATTENDED THE MEETING AND DISPLAYED ARTICLES SHE MAKES ON A LOOM. THESE INCLUDED LUNCHEON SETS, TOWELS, SCARVES, AND WOOLEN SUIT LENGTHS.” GEORGE ELFORD DICKSON PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 83 ON JULY 1, 1983. EVA DICKSON PASSED AWAY IN 1991. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19840004000
Acquisition Date
1984-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
DOCTORAL ROBES
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK, SATIN
Catalogue Number
P19940021004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DOCTORAL ROBES
Date
1953
Materials
SILK, SATIN
No. Pieces
1
Length
151.5
Width
156
Description
BLACK SILK DOCTORAL ROBE IS OPEN DOWN THE CENTER. A WIDE SEAM RUNS THE LENGTH OF THE ROBE AND THE REST OF THE MATERIAL IN THE FRONT GETS WIDER TOWARDS THE FLOOR. THE SLEEVE IS VERY WIDE AND TIGHTLY GATHERED ON THE BACK OF THE SHOULDER. THE SLEEVE FALLS TO ABOUT THE WRIST ON THE TOP OF THE ARM, AND PAST THE KNEES ON THE UNDERSIDE. IS LINED WITH PALE BLUE SATIN WHICH IS TURNED UP TO FORM A CUFF ON THE SHORTEST PART OF THE SLEEVE. THE FOLDED CORNER IS DIVIDED IN TO FOUR SECTIONS. THE MIDDLE TWO ARE FOLDED UP A CUMBERBUND, AND THE OUTER TWO ARE PLEATED. THERE ARE THREE VERTICAL STRIPS OF MATERIAL THAT HAVE SATIN BUTTONS ON THE TOP. ON THE TOP OF THE ROBE IS A METAL HOOK AND EYE, AND ON THE OUTSIDE OF THIS, ARE TWO BLACK SILK BUTTONS THAT HAVE PALE BLUE SATIN LANYARDS. THEY ARE TWISTED, AND THEN HAVE LARGE TASSELS AT THE END THAT HAVE BRAIDED SUPPORT WOUND AROUND THE TOP, AND CRIMPED STRANDS OF SATIN HANGING BELOW. THE BACK OF THE ROBE HAS A ROUND NECK WHICH HAS A FLAT SIMPLE YOKE, UNDERNEATH THIS THE SEAM IS TIGHTLY GATHERED, AND THE ROBE FALLS TO THE FLOOR. THE HOOD BEGINS AT THE FRONT OF THE SHOULDER, AND FALLS OVER THE SHOULDERS TO THE BACK OF THE LEGS. THE HOOD IS LINED WITH BLUE SATIN AND HAS TWO SECTIONS OF FOLDS, AND OVER THE SHOULDERS IT FALLS IN PLEATS. THE HOOD IS TRIMMED WITH A FAKE CREAM COLOURED FUR THAT HAS SECTIONS OF YELLOW AND BROWN FUR. THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOOD IS BLACK SILK. THE INSIDE OF THE ROBE HAS TWO TIES THAT FALL FROM THE NECK DOWN TO THE LEGS. INSIDE THE BACK IS EMBROIDERED IN YELLOW "MME DR. ISABEL LANDELS WILKINS" ON A BLACK SILK TAG WHICH IS STITCHED ON IN WHITE CHEVRON STITCHING. BELOW ANOTHER TAG IN SILVER STITCHING READS "COMPAGNIE PAQUET LIMITEE QUEBEC". SOME THREADS ARE LOOSE. THERE ARE SOME STAINS ON THE SATIN AND MINOR RUNS IN THE SILK.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
ROBE WAS HANDMADE BY NUNS AT THE SEMINARY IN QUEBEC CITY. THE ROBE IS IN THE FRENCH TRADITION WITH THE LONG HOOD HANGING DOWN THE BACK AND TRIMMED WITH ARTIFICIAL FUR. THE USUAL ONES CONFERRED BY CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES HAVE MUCH SHORTER HOODS AT SHOULDER LENGTH. THIS ROBE IS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LAVAL, AND PRODUCTION BEGAN WHEN DONOR DR. ISABEL WILKINS WENT TO FRANCE IN 1953. SHE STOPPED IN QUEBEC CITY TO VISIT WITH FRIENDS AND HAVE HER MEASUREMENTS TAKEN ON THE WAY THERE, AND THREE MONTHS LATER ON HER WAY HOME SHE STOPPED AND PICKED UP THE ROBES, HER HUSBAND PAID FOR THEM FOR HER. FOR A PERSONAL HISTORY OF THE DONOR, SEE P19940021001-GA. SEE ATTACHED PHOTO OF DONOR WEARING DOCTORAL ROBES.
Catalogue Number
P19940021004
Acquisition Date
1994-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
PROJECTIONIST SMOCK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970071006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PROJECTIONIST SMOCK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
110
Width
70
Description
GREY THIGH-LENGTH SMOCK WITH FRONT CLOSURE. LONG SLEEVES; TWO FRONT WAIST POCKETS AND ONE OUTER BREAST POCKET ON LEFT PROPER. VERTICAL SLOT OPENINGS AT SIDES FOR ACCESS TO PERSONAL GARMENTS. "H.B." EMBROIDERED IN RED ABOVE BREAST POCKET. FOUR GREY BUTTONS ALONG FRONT, WITH COTTER PIN BACKINGS. TAG IN GARMENT READS "WEAR THE BEST SUNNY SOUTH GARMENTS LETHBRIDGE ALTA." SLIT AT BOTTOM BACK; BAND AT BACK WAIST, WITH SLIGHT PLEATS IN THE FABRIC. MINOR REDDISH STAINS ON SLEEVES AND ON FRONT. SIZE 40.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
TRADES
History
WORN AS PROJECTIONIST SMOCK BY DONOR'S FATHER, HARRY BOYSE, WHO WORKED FOR THE SHACKLEFORD THEATRES FOR OVER 25 YEARS. FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19970071001-GA *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING A PORTRAIT OF ALFRED WILLIAM SHACKLEFORD (P20060025001-GA), OWNER OF THE SHACKLEFORD THEATRES. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF MAYOR SHACKLEFORD WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE AND A LETHBRIDGE HERALD TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM MAY 31, 1992. A.W. SHACKLEFORD WAS BORN IN ESSEX, ENGLAND IN 1899 AND CAME TO CALGARY WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1909. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE TRAINED AS A DRAFTSMAN BUT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE FILM EXCHANGE AND FOX FILMS. IN 1921 HE WAS HIRED TO MANAGED THE KING'S THEATRE IN LETHBRIDGE AND BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH MARK ROGERS, A LETHBRIDGE BUSINESSMAN WHO OWNED THREE LOCAL MOVIE THEATRES. SHACKLEFORD ALSO BECAME PARTNER IN THE AMUSEMENT COMPANY THAT OPENED THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILLION IN 1924. BY 1925 HE WAS PART-OWNER OF THE FORMER EMPRESS THEATRE ON 5TH AVENUE SOUTH, RENAMING IT THE ROXY. HE THEN TEAMED UP WITH THE FAMOUS PLAYERS COMPANY TO REMODEL THE FORMER PALACE THEATRE AND RENAME IT THE CAPITOL. SHACKLEFORD ALSO OPENED THE THEATRE IN THE FORMER COLLEGE MALL, BUILT THE 960-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE ON 4TH AVENUE SOUTH, AND TOOK OVER OPERATION OF THE DIRVE-IN THEATRE AT THE SOUTH CITY LIMITS. SHACKLEFORD WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN CIVIC LIFE, ACTIVE IN GROUPS INCLUDING THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE GYRO CLUB, UNITED WAY, LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT EXHIBITION BOARD, BOARD OF TRADE, ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH, AND THE ALBERTA THEATRE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION. HE AND HIS WIFE ADA HAD TWO SONS, ROBERT AND DOUGLAS. AFTER SEVERAL TERMS AS ALDERMAN STARTING IN 1939, SHACKLEFORD FIRST SERVED AS MAYOR FROM 1944 - 1947, AND FOR TWO MORE TERMS FROM 1952 - 1955 AND 1957 - 1961. HE WORKED FOR 68 YEARS IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, RETIRING AT AGE 90. W.A. SHACKLEFORD DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 30, 1992. SEE PERMANENT FILE P20060025001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A VEST DONATED BY KEN BOYSE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. KENNETH BOYES IS THE SON OF CHARLES HENRY “HARRY” BOYES AND IRENE BOYSE (NEE JOHNSON). HE WAS MARRIED IN MAY 1964 TO DOREEN ELIZABETH ROWE IN THAMESFORD, ON. FOLLOWING THEIR MARRIAGE, THE COUPLE LIVED AT THE RCAF STATION IN MONT APLCA, QC. CHARLES HENRY “HARRY” BOYES PASSED AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1980 AT THE AGE OF 83. HE MARRIED IRENE JOHNSTON IN 1936. HE WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE SHRINE CLUB, SERVING WITH THE CLUB FOR OVER 33 YEARS. HE WAS THE CLUB PRESIDENT IN 1952. HE WAS ALSO MADE AN HONOURARY LIFE MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA SUGAR BEET GROWERS ASSOCIATION FOR 31 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE ORGANIZATION, WHERE HE SERVED AS LABOUR ADVISOR AND SECRETARY/MANAGER. HARRY ALSO SPENT OVER 40 YEARS WORKING AS A FILM PROJECTIONIST, HAVING WORKED IN VARIOUS THEATRES INCLUDING: IN LETHBRIDGE, THE ROXY, EMPRESS, CAPITOL, AND PARAMOUNT; IN BOW ISLAND, RED DEER, STETTLER, AND CALGARY. HARRY WAS ALSO AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE LIONS CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE. DURING WWII HARRY WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE LION INFANTRY TEAM IN THE VICTORY LOAN CAMPAIGN. AN ARTICLE FROM JULY 6, 1943 RECOUNTS THAT HARRY WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL AT SELLING WAR BONDS: “MR BOYSE … TOOK OUT A ‘STAMP-O-GRAM’ CARD AND WITH 18 CALLS SOLD $103 WORTH OF WAR SAVINGS STAMPS. A ‘DEPTH CHARGE’ COSTS $90 AND MR. BOYSE FEELS THAT HE WILL PERSONALLY BE ABLE TO SELL FOUR ‘DEPTH CHARGES’ FOR THE CORVETTE LETHBRIDGE.” ANOTHER ARTICLE FROM JUNE 18, 1943 EXPLAINS THAT HARRY HAD JUST COMPLETED A SUCCESSFUL TERM AS PRESIDENT OF THE LIONS CLUB. THE ARTICLE CONTINUES SAYING: “’LIONS THROUGHOUT CANADA POINT WITH PRIDE TO THE $117,000 ALREADY SENT OVERSEAS FOR THIS CAUSE. THIS MONEY IS ENTRUSTED TO THE WAIFS AND STRAYS SOCIETY, WHICH ADMINISTERS HOMES FOR LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS WHO HAVE BEEN EVACTUATED FROM TARGET AREAS, OR WHOSE PARENTS HAVE BEEN KILLED OR INJURED IN THE ‘BLITZ’’, [MR. BOYSE] SAID.” IRENE BOYSE (NEE JOHNSON) WAS BORN IN BANTRY, ND ON AUGUST 20, 1908 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. SHE WAS RAISED AND EDUCATED IN THE FOREMOST, AB AREA. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 89 ON OCTOBER 16, 1997. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19970071006
Acquisition Date
1997-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CARDIGAN
Date Range From
1959
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20000011013
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CARDIGAN
Date Range From
1959
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
59.0
Description
OFFWHITE KNIT WOOL SWEATER. HAS A ZIPPER DOWN THE FRONT. HAS 2 WELT POCKETS NEAR WAIST, WITH WIDE BLUE KNITTED WELT. POCKETS THEMSELVES ARE MADE OF WHITE COTTON. WAISTLINE OF SWEATER IS RIBBED AND HAS TWO HORIZONTAL STRIPES - ONE YELLOW, ONE BLUE. CUFFS ARE ALSO RIBBED WITH A YELLOW AND BLUE STRIPE. NECKLINE AND DOWN FRONT OF SWEATER ARE FORMED WITH A DIFFERENT STITCH THAN REST OF SWEATER. INSIDE NECKLINE IS A TAG THAT READS "CLOVERDALE KNITTING MILLS EDMONTON-ALBERTA WOOL - 10% NYLON".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
ASSOCIATIONS
History
SIGMA OMEGA XI (SOX) SORORITY SWEATER WORN BY DONOR IN GRADES 10 & 11 WHILE ATTENDING LCI. THE SORORITY WAS MORMON BASED. EVEN THOUGH DONOR WAS NOT MORMON (OR RELIGIOUS SHE SAYS), MANY OF HER FRIENDS WERE. IN GRADE 12 SHE MOVED TO CALGARY TO ATTEND ST. MARY'S SCHOOL AT THE SACRED HEART CONVENT (EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS NOT ROMAN CATHOLIC EITHER). DONOR SAYS ALTHOUGH SHE IS NOT RELIGIOUS, SHE ENJOYS RELIGION AND LEARNING FROM IT. SHE THEN RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE AND TOOK ONE MORE CLASS AT LCI AS A SUPER SENIOR.
Catalogue Number
P20000011013
Acquisition Date
2004-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
LCI RAMS VARSITY FOOTBALL JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, LEATHER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20080001000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LCI RAMS VARSITY FOOTBALL JACKET
Date
1960
Materials
WOOL, LEATHER, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
80
Width
68
Description
GREEN WOOL-BODIED “LCI RAMS” LETTERMAN FOOTBALL JACKET. GOLD KNIT FABRIC BANDS DISPLAYED ON UPPER SLEEVES AND CUFFS. SLASH FRONT POCKETS EDGED IN GOLD LEATHER. SIX YELLOW-PAINTED SNAP CLOSURES. DIAMOND PATTERN INTERIOR LINING. LEFT SLEEVE PATCHES EMBROIDERED “67”,”KENDALL”. LEFT SLEEVE CUFF DISPLAYS WEAR AND HOLES. WHITE RESIDUE ON RIGHT SLEEVE AT CUFF SEAM. HOLE ALONG REVERSE SEAM OF LEFT GOLD KNIT BAND. FADED AND WORN OVERALL. PAINT WORN OFF OF SOME SNAP CLOSURES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
EDUCATION
History
LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE LETTERMAN/ VARSITY RAMS’ FOOTBALL JACKET PURCHASED BY THE GALT MUSEUM VIA EBAY ON 7 JANUARY 2008 FOR $164.00 US. THE JACKET’S KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON STATE SELLER, MARTY (LAST NAME UNKNOWN), CLAIMED HIS FATHER PURCHASED THE JACKET SIX TO SEVEN YEARS PRIOR AT A KENNEWICK-BASED SAINT VINCENT DEPAUL STORE. ACCORDING TO THE SCHOOL’S YEARBOOK “SPOTLITE”, THE “KENDALL” NAMED JACKET WAS WORN IN 1961 BY KENDALL RUSSELL WHO, WENT ON TO BE THE SCHOOL’S STUDENT VICE PRESIDENT AND THE FOOTBALL TEAM’S CAPTAIN IN HIS GRADUATING YEAR. RUSSELL WAS LOCATED BY THE GALT IN KENNEWICK, WA, WHERE HE RESIDED AT THE TIME OF THE DONATION. HE CLAIMED THAT HE LOST TRACK OF THE JACKET, WORN ONLY IN GRADE 10, IN THE EARLY 60S AND WAS UNSURE, AT THE TIME OF HIS 2008 GALT INTERVIEW, AS TO HOW IT WAS/WHEN DISPOSED OF. FURTHER, HE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE HOW IT CAME TO BE LOCATED IN KENNEWICK WASHINGTON – THE SAME COMMUNITY HE RESIDED IN AT THE TIME OF THE EBAY SALE. IN AN INTERVIEW IN 2008, HE SAID, “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS JACKET. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THIS EVER ENDED UP IN KENNEWICK, WASH.” ADDITIONALLY, HIS WIFE OF FORTY YEARS HAD NEVER LAID EYES ON THE JACKET UNTIL SHE VISITED THE GALT WITH HER HUSBAND IN 2008. INFORMATION BELOW DERIVED FROM GALT INTERVIEW WITH KENDALL RUSSELL ON 12 OCTOBER 2008. RUSSELL WAS BORN AT ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL IN 1944. IN THE MID 50S, HE RECALLED DRIVING BY THE CIVIC CENTER FIELD WITH HIS PARENTS, SEEING THE RAM’S FOOTBALL TEAM PLAYING IN THE FIELD. HIS PARENTS NEVER ENCOURAGED HIM TO PLAY NOR WAS HE INFLUENCED BY AN OLDER BROTHER (12 YEARS HIS SENIOR) WHO PLAYED THE GAME WHILE HE WAS A CHILD. DESCRIBING HIMSELF AS ATHLETIC IN HIS YOUTH, RUSSELL FREQUENTED THE LOCAL YMCA “HEAVILY”, PARTICIPATING IN THE INSTITUTION’S SWIMMING AND GYMNASTICS PROGRAMS. IN ORDER TO PLAY FOOTBALL, HE HAD TO WAIT UNTIL HE ATTENDED LCI ON ACCOUNT THAT NO JUNIOR FOOTBALL PROGRAM OR ORGANIZED TOUCH/FLAG FOOTBALL OPPORTUNITIES EXISTED. WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY FINALLY AROSE, HIS PARTICIPATION WAS, “THE THING TO DO, AN ACCOMPLISHMENT…A RIGHT OF PASSAGE”. RUSSELL CLAIMED THAT A NUMBER OF EARLY ORGANIZED LCI SPORTS, INCLUDING FOOTBALL, WERE THE RESULT OF RAMS’ COACH JIM WHITELAW. IN RUSSELL’S OPINION, WHITELAW HAD AN EXTRAORDINARY VISION FOR THE TIME, SAYING, “HE WAS INTERESTED IN SPORTS BUT HE WAS REALLY INTERESTED IN THE PEOPLE WHO PLAYED. IT WAS A TEAM; IT WASN’T AN INDIVIDUAL EFFORT”. RUSSELL’S POSITION ON THE TEAM WAS DETERMINED BY COACH JIM WHITELAW. WHEN HE FIRST JOINED THE TEAM, RUSSELL PLAYED RIGHT END AND SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE BENCH. IN GRADE ELEVEN HE WAS SWITCHED TO RIGHT TACKLE ON OFFENCE OR TACKLE ON DEFENSE. IN SOME CASES, HE SPENT SIXTY MINUTES OF EVERY GAME ON THE FIELD. “IF YOU WERE LARGE IN STATURE (YOU PLAYED) GUARD/TACKLE/CENTER. IF YOU WERE FAST AND TALL (YOU PLAYED) THE RECEIVING/PASSING POSITIONS. (AND) THAT’S HOW I PLAYED TACKLE. THE LAST YEAR I ALSO PLAYED CORNER LINEBACKER. WHERE HE NEEDED ME, THAT’S WHERE I PLAYED.” MOTIVATION TO PLAY FOOTBALL CAME FROM HIS ENJOYMENT OF THE GAME AND FRIENDSHIPS WITH OTHER TEAM MEMBERS. COMMENTED RUSSELL, “I JUST LIVED FOR FRIDAY NIGHTS OR SATURDAY, IT WASN’T DRUDGERY, IT WASN’T A TASK, (IT WAS) JUST PURE FUN.” DURING RUSSELL’S ERA THERE WERE VERY FEW TEAMS TO PLAY AGAINST. THE RAMS, HE SAID, TRAVELED TO PLAY AGAINST TEAMS FROM MEDICINE HAT, CARDSTON (GAME WAS AN ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HORROR EVENT), CUT BANK, MN, AND PICTURE BUTTE. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AT LCI, HE PLANNED TO ATTEND BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY TO PLAY COLLEGE BALL ON A SCHOLARSHIP, HOWEVER, HIS PARENTS URGED HIM TO PURSUE STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA WHICH, ENDED HIS FOOTBALL PURSUITS. DURING THE INTERVIEW, HE PRODUCED JACKET LETTERS AND PHOTOS OF HIMSELF IN HIS FOOTBALL UNIFORM. ALL MATERIALS WERE FOR DONATION TO THE GALT. THE LCI JACKET LETTERS – THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ANY JACKET - WERE NEVER WORN HE SAID, COMMENTING, “IF YOU HAD THE JACKET, IT WAS FAIRLY APPARENT THAT YOU HAD EARNED THE LETTER”. BEING AWARDED A LETTER MEANT THAT YOU HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE OVERALL EFFORT OF THE TEAM. THIS JACKET (DONATED) WAS RECEIVED, “AT THE END OF THE FOOTBALL SEASON IN GRADE TEN (1960), AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PUT ON THE DAY IT CAME”. HIS PARENTS WOULD HAVE PAID FOR THE JACKET AND IT WAS WORN BY RUSSELL EVERY DAY UNTIL, IN GRADE ELEVEN; HE RECEIVED A NEW, FULL LEATHER-SLEEVED RAMS’ JACKET THE LOOSE LETTERS (DONATED) WERE ACQUIRED IN GRADES ELEVEN AND TWELVE AND WERE ASSOCIATED WITH HIS FULL LEATHER SLEEVED JACKET – ALBEIT NEVER DID SEW THEM ON. TO RECEIVE THE LETTERS, HE SAID, “YOU HAD TO DISPLAY A LEVEL OF COMPETENCE (AND) … HAD TO PLAY SO MUCH TIME ON THE FIELD.” THE LCI COACH DECIDED IF THE LETTER WAS TO BE AWARDED AND, IF GRANTED, IT WAS HANDED OUT BY HIM AT THE ANNUAL AWARDS ASSEMBLY. ONLY IN GRADE TEN, HE SAID, COULD YOU HAVE THE JACKET BUT NOT THE LETTER. IN GRADE ELEVEN YOU HAD TO GET THE LETTER TO GET THE JACKET. THE LOOSE LETTERS (P20080032001-2) WERE NEVER SEWN ON RUSSELL’S GRADE ELEVEN JACKET BECAUSE HE “VALUED THEM BEYOND THE VALUE OF THE JACKET”. THE LITTLE STAR REPRESENTS CAPTAIN AND THE TWO BARS MEANT HE HAD TWO LETTERS. “WHEN PEOPLE LOOK AT YOU, CAPTAIN OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM/TWO LETTERS, FOR WHATEVER THAT’S WORTH, IT’S IMPORTANT TO SOME PEOPLE”, HE SAID. FOR FULL INTERVIEW AND OTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080001000
Acquisition Date
2008-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL TWEED
Catalogue Number
P19840005000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date
1963
Materials
WOOL TWEED
No. Pieces
1
Length
65
Width
55.5 (BOTTOM HEM)
Description
SIZE 12-14. STRAIGHT LINE SKIRT. BACK KICK PLEAT. SIDE PLASTIC ZIPPER CLOSURE. HAND WOVEN MATERIAL, MACHINE SEWN SKIRT. BROWN COLOR. YELLOW LINING ON INSIDE IS LOSING STITCHING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
TRADES
PERSONAL CARE
History
REF: P19840004000-GA FOR COMPLETE DONOR HISTORY. SKIRT MATERIAL WOVEN BY DICKSONS & SEWN BY MRS. DICKSON. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A SUIT AND SKIRT DONATED BY EVA A. DICKSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. EVA ANN DICKSON (NEE MOFFATT) WAS THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM MOFFAT, EX-MLA. SHE WAS MARRIED TO GEORGE ELFORD DICKSON, THE SON OF JAMES DICKSON, ON MAY 5, 1925. THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THEIR WEDDING GIVES THE FOLLOWING DETAILS: “THE MANY USEFUL AND COSTLY GIVES RECEIVED WERE A TESTITMONY OF THE VERY HIGH ESTEEM IN WHICH BOTH ARE HELD BY THEIR MANY FRIENDS IN AND AROUND CLARESHOLM, AND THEIR GREAT POPULARITY THROUGH OUT THE DISTRICT WHERE BOTH HAVE RESIDED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. THE GROOM IS A MEMBER OF THE STAFF OF THE INSPECTOR’S DEPARTMENT OF THE CANADIAN BANK OF COMMERCE AT CALGARY, BUT WAS FORMERLY ON THE STAFF OF THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE BANK … THE BRIDGE, WHOSE PARENTS CAME HERE IN THE EARLIER DAYS OF THE TOWN AND DISTRICT, HAS GROWN UP IN THE COMMUNITY, AND HAS ENDEARED HERSELF TO A VERY LARGE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS IN CHURCH, SOCIAL, AND MUSICAL CIRCLES, AND HER PRESENCE WILL BE VERY GREATLY MISSED.” ON DECEMBER 2, 1946, AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE STAVELY UNITED CHURCH WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION APPEARED IN THE HERALD: “MRS. EVA DICKSON OF CLARESHOLM ATTENDED THE MEETING AND DISPLAYED ARTICLES SHE MAKES ON A LOOM. THESE INCLUDED LUNCHEON SETS, TOWELS, SCARVES, AND WOOLEN SUIT LENGTHS.” GEORGE ELFORD DICKSON PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 83 ON JULY 1, 1983. EVA DICKSON PASSED AWAY IN 1991. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19840005000
Acquisition Date
1984-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
"GSN" CREST
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1959
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, MOTHER OF PEARL, ACRYLIC
Catalogue Number
P20090026000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"GSN" CREST
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1959
Materials
WOOL, MOTHER OF PEARL, ACRYLIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
72.6
Width
65.1
Description
BLAZER, WOOL, DARK GREEN. TWO ROWS OF TWO MOTHER OF PEARL BUTTONS EACH. TWO PATCH POCKETS AT WAIST. BREAST POCKET HAS SHIELD SHAPED PATCH WITH NAVY BACKGROUND, GREEN BORDER AND “GSN” EMBROIDERED IN YELLOW.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR FERN HICKEN (NEE DAHL), AT THE TIME OF THE DONATION, SHE ACQUIRED THE BLAZER AS A STUDENT IN THE "GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING," (GSN). ACCORDING TO HICKEN, "BLAZERS WERE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BY THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS... I DON'T REMEMBER THE PRICE... MY BLAZER... [WAS] WORN QUITE FREQUENTLY DURING TRAINING DAYS... FOR STUDENT NURSING EVENTS- ESPECIALLY GLEE CLUB." HICKEN DECIDED TO BECOME A NURSE BECAUSE SHE HAD FAMILY IN THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONS WHO ENCOURAGED HER TO ATTEND THE GSN. IN ADDITION, SHE HAD FRIENDS ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM, ENJOYED WORKING WITH PEOPLE AND LIVED NEAR THE RESIDENCE AND HOSPITAL. SHE ATTENDED THE GSN FROM 1956-1959. THROUGHOUT HER TIME THERE, SHE RECALLS "SO MANY MEMORIES - SUNBATHING ON THE ROOF OF THE RESIDENCE;... DANCES AT HENDERSON LAKE PAVILLION; CARING FOR PATIENTS; THE 1957 FLU EPIDEMIC - WE WERE CONFINED TO OUR RESIDENCE ROOMS (SUPPOSEDLY); THE GALT TENDUTTS BASKETBALL TEAM WINNING THE CITY CHAMPIONSHIP," AND OTHER GOOD TIMES. FOLLOWING GRADUATION IN OCTOBER OF 1959, SHE WORKED IN A RURAL HOSPITAL UNTIL 1960, WHEN SHE WAS MARRIED. SHE THEN WORKED IN EDMONTON AT THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN PEDIATRIC SURGERY. SHE WORKED CASUALLY DURING HER CHILD BEARING YEARS. "IN 1979 I WAS HIRED AS A COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE, WHICH NORMALLY REQUIRED ONE TO HAVE A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN NURSING, SO I EMBARKED ON A COURSE OF STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE, WHICH ENABLED ME TO OBTAIN A BACHELOR OF NURSING IN FIVE YEARS BY ATTENDING NIGHT CLASSES AND SUMMER SCHOOL WHILE CONTINUING TO WORK FULL TIME. I CONTINUED IN THIS OCCUPATION UNTIL I RETIRED IN 1993." FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. THIS DONATION WAS PART OF A COMPOSITE UNIFORM DONATION FROM THE "GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING" CLASS OF 1959 AND 1961. IT INCLUDES A COMPLETE GRADUATION DRESS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES RELATED TO THE GSN. SEE ALSO P20090023001-15, P20090024000, AND P20090025000. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CLASS OF 1959 SEE ARCHIVES 19705886000, 19752303429, 19941046008, AND 20001076001.
Catalogue Number
P20090026000
Acquisition Date
2009-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NURSE'S, GALT HOSPITAL
Date Range From
1951
Date Range To
1953
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, LINEN, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20080024000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSE'S, GALT HOSPITAL
Date Range From
1951
Date Range To
1953
Materials
WOOL, LINEN, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
4
Length
95.5
Width
111.0
Description
CAPE WITH TWO CLOSURES ON OUTSIDE OF CAPE, ONE ON INSIDE - 4 PIECES. NURSE’S CAPE, WOOL, NAVY BLUE. OUTSIDE IS PILLING. FOUR BUTTONS IN FRONT. SHIELD SHAPED PATCH ON PROPER LEFT SIDE WITH GREEN EMBROIDERED BORDER, NAVY BACKGROUND AND “GH” MARKED IN GOLD. COLLAR STANDS UP WITH A GAP IN THE MIDDLE. INSIDE OF CAPE IS RED, LABEL ON PROPER RIGHT MARKED “…BLAND…”, POCKET ON PROPER RIGHT HAND STITCHED “FUDGE.” CAPE FASTENED BY SET OF THREE CLOSURES, WOOL, NAVY BLUE, STUFFED, TWO BUTTON HOLES ON EACH END, ENDS OF BAND ARE POINTED. CLOSURES MEASURE 13.9 CM LONG BY 4.0 CM WIDE BY 0.9 CM DEEP.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
KEVIN MACLEAN, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN, CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH DONOR AKIKO KAMITAKAHARA (ANNIE/ANNE FUJIMAGARI OR "FUDGE") VIA TELEPHONE ON APRIL 23, 2010. ACCORDING TO AKIKO, SHE GOT THE CAPE IN HER SECOND OR THIRD YEAR. SHE SAID "I REMEMBER WEARING IT ON A GALT FLOAT IN THE MAY DAY PARADE... IT BECAME PART OF OUR UNIFORM WHENEVER WE ATTENDED FORMAL EVENTS." ADDITIONALLY, SHE WORE IT BETWEEN THE NURSE'S RESIDENCE AND THE HOSPITAL FACILITY ON COLD NIGHTS AS "A COAT," BUT IT WAS NEVER PART OF HER DAILY UNIFORM. WEARING THE CAPE, SHE "FELT LIKE A NURSE INSTEAD OF A 'PROBIE' OR A STUDENT." IT WAS "WORN WITH GREAT, GREAT PRIDE." FOLLOWING HER GRADUATION IT WAS STORED AWAY. LITTLE ELSE FROM HER STUDENT YEARS SURVIVED. KAMITAKAHARA ORIGINALLY WANTED TO BE A MUSICIAN OR A DANCER BUT THERE WERE NOT MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN OF THAT OCCUPATION. SHE WENT INTO THE "GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING" (GSN) BECAUSE "IT WAS AFFORDABLE... I LOVE CARE GIVING AND ELDERLY PEOPLE." COMING FROM A "CULTURAL BACKGROUND... WE TOOK CARE OF OUR ELDERLY AND MY INTEREST IN NURSING WAS AN EXTENSION OF THAT." KAMITAKAHARA RECALLED THAT THE FIRST JAPANESE CANADIAN (JC) STUDENT TO ENTER THE GSN WAS AIMEE SASAKI WHO GRADUATED IN 1951. SHE CREDITS SASAKI'S ADMISSION INTO THE PROGRAM TO THE LEADERSHIP OF CLAUDIA TENNANT, DIRECTOR OF NURSING (1949-1969), WHO, ACCORDING TO KAMITAKAHARA, WAS HER MENTOR. "SHE (TENNANT) LOOKED AT YOU AS A PERSON AND NOT THE COLOUR OF YOUR SKIN." AIMEE APPLIED AND WAS INTERVIEWED AND CLAUDIA, IN HER ASSESSMENT OF AIMEE, FELT THAT SHE WAS A GOOD FIT. "NOT EVEREYONE COULD GET PAST THAT PREJUDICE." SHE SAID. SASAKI WOULD GRADUATE AS THE VALEDICTORIAN OF HER CLASS. HER ADMISSION TO THE GSN OPENED THE DOOR FOR OTHER JAPANESE STUDENTS TO ENTER THE PROGRAM. WHILE SASAKI WAS THE FIRST JC TO BE ADMITTED TO THE GSN, THE MEDICINE HAT GENERAL HOSPITAL'S SCHOOL OF NURSING WAS THE FIRST SCHOOL TO ACCEPT JC'S. MAY SHIMBASHI (GRADUATED IN 1949) AND HELEN IKEBUCHI (GRAD DATE UNKNOWN) FOUND WORK AT THE GALT HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEY SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THEIR NURSING SCHOOL. HAVING GRADUATED IN 1953, KAMITAKAHARA FOUND EMPLOYMENT AT THE "CAMPBELL MEDICAL CLINIC." SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION. SEE ARCHIVES FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CLASS OF 1953 - 198000150000, 19841033000, 19941046008, 19981035083, 20001076001, 20011056001, AND 20011056002.
Catalogue Number
P20080024000
Acquisition Date
2008-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
GOWN
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LACE, SILK, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19940043002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GOWN
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
LACE, SILK, STEEL
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. DRESS: 142CM (L) X 183CM (W). BLACK LACE DRESS HAS V-NECK AND IS SLEEVELESS. YOKE HAS BLACK SWIRL PATTERNED LACE TOP WHICH CROSSES IN MIDDLE AND IS SEWN IN PLACE AT YOKE SEAM AND TOP LINE. BELOW IS A CREAM SILK SLIP THAT FOLLOWS THE LINES OF THE DRESS, AND BECOMES BLACK WHERE THE "V" OF THE LACE IS. THE SLIP IS ATTACHED TO THE LACE TOP AT THE YOKE SEAM. ON LEFT OF DRESS THE SLIP IS OPEN FROM THE TOP TO SLIGHTLY BELOW THE YOKE SEAM. THIS FASTENS WITH THREE SNAPS AT THE TOP AND BOTTOM, AND FIVE HOOK AND EYES IN BETWEEN. A SMALLER SLIT OCCURS IN THE LACE ABOVE THE SLIP'S OPENING WHICH FASTENS WITH SIX SNAPS. THE LACE AND SLIP FALL WITH A TINY FLARE TO ABOUT MID-CALF AND END IN A SCALLOPED AND ZIG-ZAG PATTERN WHICH IS CONNECTED TO A LARGELY FLARED VELVET SKIRT BOTTOM. BACK IS IDENTICAL EXCEPT THE CREAM SILK TOP OF THE SLIP AND NECKLINE ARE LOWER. LACE IS TORN IN NUMEROUS SPOTS. APPEARS THAT THE SLIP STRAPS WERE ATTACHED TO THE LACE TOP STRAPS AT THE TOP OF THE SHOULDERS, BUT HAS SINCE COME UNDONE. HAS SOME FRAYING OF LACE AT THE EDGES. 2. TOP: 53CM (L) X 73CM (W). LACE COVER IS SAME PATTERN AS DRESS. HAS CAP SLEEVES AND AN OPEN FRONT WHICH TIES TOGETHER AT THE BOTTOM WITH TWO LACE STRAPS. BACK OF NECK IS ROUND AND HAS WIDE LACE PIECE WHICH ENDS IN ZIG-ZAGS TO A VELVET BACK. THE BACK OF THE SLEEVES ARE LACE, AND ALSO END IN ZIG-ZAGS TO VELVET. THE BOTTOM IS WAIST LENGTH AND THE VELVET COMES AROUND THE FRONT BOTTOM IN A SMALL NARROWING STRIP. LACE HAS SOME HOLES, AND SLEEVES ARE RIPPED ON ENDS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
EDUCATION
History
SEE FILE P19940043001-GA. DRESS WORN AT DONOR'S GRADUATION. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A COAT AND DRESS DONATED BY LENA HERBST . THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “ETZIKOM: PRAIRIE & PEOPLE”. LENA HERBST (NEE WOLLERSHEIM) WAS BORN ON JANUARY 11, 1913, THE FIFTEENTH CHILD OF PHILIP AND THERESA WOLLERSHEIM. SHE ATTENDED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT SEXTON CREEK AND KNEW FROM A YOUNG AGE THAT SHE WANTED TO BE A TEACHER. SHE COMPLETED GRADE NINE AT ST. PATRICK’S IN LETHBRIDGE, TOOK GRADES TEN AND ELEVEN AT ST. MARY’S IN CALGARY, AND FOR GRADE TWELVE LENA RETURNED TO ST. PATRICK’S. SHE THEN ATTENDED CALGARY NORMAL SCHOOL FOR EIGHT MONTHS. LENA WAS HIRED TO TEACH AT EHNES SCHOOL ON JULY 6, 1933 AND SHE BEGAN TEACHING ON SEPTEMBER 5 OF THAT YEAR. SHE LOVED TEACHING AND CONTINUED TO DO SO AFTER HER MARRIAGE TO NICKODEMUS “NICK” HERBST. HER ANNUAL SALARY WAS $750.00 WHICH SHE CALLED “A REAL GOLDMINE IN THOSE DEPRESSION DAYS.” UNFORTUNATELY LENA’S TEACHING CAREER WAS ENDED WHEN PREMIER ABERHART DECLARED THAT NO WOMAN MARRIED TO AN ABLE BODIED MAN COULD BE A TEACHER. NICK AND LENA WERE MARRIED ON JULY 3, 1936 AND WELCOMED THEIR FIRST CHILD IN JANUARY 1942. THEY REMAINED ON THE FARM UNTIL 1968 WHEN THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS AWAY FROM THE CLASSROOM, LENA WAS ABLE TO RESUME TEACHING AND DID SO UNTIL RETIREMENT AT AGE 65. LENA PASSED AWAY AT AGE 85 ON SEPTEMBER 9, 1998. NICK DIED AT 92 ON JANUARY 27, 2001. HE WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 26, 1908 IN SEVASTOPOL, RUSSIA, TO MATHIAS AND MAGDELENA HERBST, AND THE FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO THE FAITH DISTRICT TO 1909. PHILIP WOLLERSHEIM PASSED AWAY IN MAY 1932 AND THERESA (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 12, 1949. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARD COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES AND “ETZIKOM: PRAIRIE & PEOPLE”.
Catalogue Number
P19940043002
Acquisition Date
1994-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CUFFS, APRON, BIB, COLLAR
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1959
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20090024000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CUFFS, APRON, BIB, COLLAR
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1959
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
9
Description
ALL ITEMS LABELED AS COMPONENT PARTS (DESIGNATED BY LETTERS). A. CUFFS, PAIR. COTTON, WHITE, HEAVY STARCH. ONE BUTTON HOLE ON EITHER SIDE OF EACH CUFF. MARKED “PEARSON, TOOKE – MADE IN ENGLAND, MGH 7 1/2.” BOTH ARE SOILED (MINOR) THROUGHOUT, ESP. ON EDGES. IDENTICAL EXCEPT PLACEMENT OF MARKING “PIER,” ONE STAMPED ON EDGE, OTHER STAMPED APPX. 2 CM BELOW EDGE. 23.7 CM LONG BY 8.2 CM WIDE. LOCATED IN PA U40 S01 B. APRON WITH FOUR IDENTICAL BUTTONS - FIVE PIECES APRON, COTTON, WHITE, HEAVY STARCH. HAND MARKED, “PEARSON” ON INSIDE OF WAISTBAND. LONG HALF APRON, WRAP STYLE, EIGHT BUTTON HOLES, THICK WAISTBAND AND HEMLINE. APRON MEASURES 82.0 CM LONG BY 82.5 CM WIDE. APRON FASENTED BY BUTTONS, FOUR. PLASTIC, WHITE SLIGHTLY OPALESCENT COLOR. ONE LARGER CIRCLE ATTACHED TO A SECOND SMALLER CIRCLE WITH A PLASTIC ROD. BUTTONS MEASURE 2.5 CM IN DIAMETER BY 0.8 CM DEEP. LOCATED IN PA U40 S03. C. BIB, COTTON, WHITE, HEAVY STARCH. HAND MARKED, “PEARSON” AT BOTTOM, FRONT, ALSO STAMPED, “PIER” THREE TIMES, UPSIDE DOWN AT BOTTOM FRONT. BOTTOM IS NARROW AND GETS WIDER AS IT REACHES CHEST LEVEL, AT NECKLINE, BIB SPLITS SO THERE ARE TWO WIDE STRAPS HANGING DOWN THE BACK. SMALL PIN HOLES, ESP. AT WAIST, BOTTOM OF STRAPS, NECKLINE AND CHEST AREA. 42.2 CM WIDE BY 97.5 CM LONG. LOCATED IN PA U40 S03. D. COLLAR, COTTON, WHITE, HEAVY STARCH. MARKED “TOOKE, MADE IN ENGLAND, PEARSON, R.V.H. – I – TAB” ALSO MARKED “PI(?)R” AND “PEARS.” ONE BUTTON HOLE IN CENTER. ROUNDED TAB AT CENTER HAS SMALL TEAR WHERE IT MEETS UP WITH THE COLLAR, YELLOWING ALONG NECKLINE AND AROUND EDGES OF COLLAR, SEVERAL PINHOLES ON TABS ON EITHER SIDE OF COLLAR. 59.8 CM LONG BY 12.6CM WIDE. LOCATED IN PA U40 S01
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, AILEEN PATTON (NEE PEARSON), AT THE TIME OF DONATION, THE CUFFS, APRON, BIB AND COLLAR WERE WORN AS PART OF A GRADUATION UNIFORM. THEY WERE ISSUED TO HER BY THE "GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING" (GSN). THE APRON AND COLLAR WERE BOTH WORN AS PART OF THE BLUE DRESS WORN IN THE NURSE'S FIRST AND SECOND YEARS. THE BIB WAS ALSO WORN WITH THE BLUE DRESS BUT THE GIRLS DID NOT RECIEVE IT UNTIL AFTER THEY HAD PASSED THEIR PROBABTIONARY PERIOD. FINALLY, THE CUFFS WERE ONLY WORN WITH THE GRADUATION OUTFIT. THE GRAD CEREMONY WAS HELD IN THE "SOUTHMINISTER UNITED CHURCH" IN LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. PATTON SAID, "I WAS VERY PROUD TO WEAR THE GRADUATION UNIFORM AS IT MEANT I HAD OBTAINTED THE TITLE OF REGISTERED NURSE. IT WAS A VERY HAPPY AND EMOTIONAL DAY." WHILE SOME OF THE GRADUATES WORE THIER GRAD UNIFORMS AFTER THEY HAD GRADUATED, PATTON NEVER USED THE BIB, CUFFS, COLLAR OR APRON AGAIN. INSTEAD, SHE STORED THEM IN A TRUNK, "IT MOVED WITH ME WHEREVER I WENT." OF THE GSN, PATTON SAID, "I FEEL SO PRIVILEGED TO HAVE LIVED IN RESIDENCE WITH MY CLASSMATES FOR THREE YEARS. WHAT A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE - WE SHARED SO MUCH OF OUR LIVES. WE LAUGHED AND WE CRIED TOGETHER. WE WERE NEVER LONELY. OUR INSTRUCTORS WERE EXCEPTIONAL AS WERE THE DOCTORS WHO TAUGHT US. WE OWED SO MUCH TO SENIOR NURSING STAFF WHO TAUGHT US SO MUCH AT THE BEDSIDE AND WERE OUR MENTORS." HAVING COMPLETED HER DEGREE, PATTON, "WORKED OBSTETRICS AT THE 'LETHBRIDGE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL,' PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING AT THE 'CHINOOK HEALTH UNIT' IN FORT MACLEOD, ALSO WORKED IN BANFF, 'GRACE HOSPITAL' IN CALGARY, PEACE RIVER AND THEN FINALLY AT THE 'MISERICORDIA HOSPITAL' EDMONTON IN EMERGENCY AND BECAME NIGHT SUPERVISOR BEFORE RETIRING IN 1992 WHEN I BECAME SUBJECT OF HEALTH CUTS. MY NURSING TRAINING CERTAINLY PREPARED ME TO WORK IN ALL OF THESE HOSPITALS." SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CLASS OF 1959 SEE ARCHIVES 19705886000, 19752303429, 19941046008, AND 20001076001. PART OF A COMPOSITE UNIFORM DONATION FROM THE GSN GRADUATING CLASSES OF 1959 AND 1961. SEE P20090023001-15, P20090025000, AND P20090026000. ________________________________________ UPDATE: THE RESEARCH BELOW WAS GENERATED IN CONSULTATION WITH GALT DONOR AND G.S.N. NURSE PAT SASSA AS PART OF A RECENT ACQUISITIONS EXHIBIT IN 2011. LAMPS WERE GIVEN TO THE SCHOOL’S NURSING STUDENTS AS PART OF ITS ANNUAL CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY. THE EVENT WAS HELD TO COMMEMORATE THE COMPLETION OF ITS FIRST YEAR STUDENTS’ PROBATIONARY PERIOD. IN ADDITION TO THE LAMP’S PRESENTATION, STUDENT NURSES EARNED THE RIGHT TO WEAR A CAP AND BIB AS PART OF THEIR UNIFORM UPON THE COMPLETION OF THEIR PROBATION.
Catalogue Number
P20090024000
Acquisition Date
2009-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
DRESS, BLUE CHECKED
Date Range From
1913
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20140006002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DRESS, BLUE CHECKED
Date Range From
1913
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.1
Length
130
Width
48
Description
FULL-LENGTH COTTON DRESS IN BLUE AND WHITE CHECKED PATTERN WITH WHITE COLLAR. FRONT CLOSURE WITH SIX WHITE PEARLIZED BUTTONS. SLEEVES EACH HAVE ONE BUTTON 1/3 UP FROM HEMMED WRIST. RUCHING ALONG WAIST SEAM. POCKET ON RIGHT SIDE OF SKIRT. MINOR WEAR ON INNER COLLAR; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PAST ARCHIVIST ELAINE HAMILTON IDENTIFIED THIS DRESS AS PART OF THE “OLD UNIFORM”, SAYING THE DRESS WOULD HAVE HAD “LONG CUFFS THAT BUTTONED ON”. THIS GARMENT, ALONG WITH P20140006001, P20140006003, P20140006004, AND P20140006005, WAS USED TO DRESS THE ALUMNAE’S MANNEQUIN THAT WAS ON DISPLAY IN THE ATRIUM AT THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL HOSPITAL. IN SUMMER 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE PAST ARCHIVISTS OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLECTION, SHIRLEY HIGA, ELAINE HAMILTON, AND SUE KYLLO, ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GSN ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION AND THE HISTORY OF THE COLLECTED ARTIFACTS. HIGA, THE EARLIEST GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST, SAID: “I TRAINED MOSTLY AT THE GALT. THE STUDENTS, WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER, HELPED EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE WERE MOSTLY STUDENTS THERE: ONE REGISTERED NURSE FROM 7AM TO 7PM. THE REST WERE ALL US STUDENTS THAT RAN THE HOSPITAL SO, BUT WE WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND WE HELPED EACH OTHER… WE HAD SUCH GOOD RAPPORT BETWEEN THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS… I JOINED [THE ALUMNAE] WHEN I GRADUATED IN 1955… I WAS INTERESTED IN HOW EVERYBODY TURNED OUT, AND THE ALUMNAE SORT OF KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THEM, AND IT WAS QUITE IMPORTANT TO ME. I FELT QUITE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE OTHER [NURSES]… IT’S NICE WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE REUNIONS. YOU SEE ALL THESE GIRLS YOU WORKED WITH, MAYBE ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT YOU REMEMBER THEM… I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ARCHIVIST, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT OFFER TO DO THINGS… I WAS INTERESTED IN ALL THE HISTORY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT THE GIRLS THOUGHT ABOUT IT… [THE ARCHIVIST WAS TO] KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED, AND KEEP TRACK OF THE STUFF WE COLLECT[ED]… [THE COLLECTION IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE] I LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALT AND HOW WE TRAINED AND HOW IT PROGRESSED… AS YOU GET OLDER YOU KIND OF HAVE MEMORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP, AND YOU KNOW YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS… [WHEN] YOU LOOK AT [THE OBJECTS] YOU REMEMBER.” ELAINE HAMILTON BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN THE LATE 1980S AFTER SHIRLEY HIGA STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, HAMILTON SAID: “I THINK THE RETIRED NURSES DECIDED THAT THEY SHOULD FORM A GROUP TO HELP THE STUDENTS… I WASN’T THERE BUT IT WAS ’45 WHEN THEY FORMED, AND THEY DID THINGS FOR THE NURSES STUDENTS LIKE, THEY BOUGHT FURNITURE [FOR STUDENT RESIDENCES]… THEY DID A WHOLE BUNCH OF BAKE SALES AND CRAFT SALES; THEY WORKED AT THE BULL SALE OUT AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS. THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT COULDN’T BE BOUGHT OTHERWISE, LIKE THE PATIENT COMFORT, LIKE PATIENTS WOULD COME IN WITHOUT TOOTHBRUSHES AND COMBS… THEY HAD A BANQUET [FOR NURSING STUDENTS], AND THEY HAD A TEA WITH OUR PARENTS TOO, FOR US IN THE RESIDENCE… FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS THE BANQUETS, AND HAVING MY CLASSMATES COME EVERY FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE SISTERS TO ME… OF COURSE I LIKE HISTORY AND ARCHIVES TOO SO [THE COLLECTION] IS KIND OF IMPORTANT TO ME TOO… WE LIVED TOGETHER, AND ATE TOGETHER, AND CRIED TOGETHER AND DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR THREE YEARS, BECAUSE WE LIVED RIGHT IN A RESIDENCE. SO, WE BECAME VERY CLOSE… AND IF YOU WORK IN THE ALUMNI, YOU BECOME KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE FAMILY TOO BECAUSE THERE’S NOT THAT MANY OF US THAT GO TO OUR MEETINGS, SO WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, IT’S KIND OF NICE TO SHARE WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON… IT’S A FELLOWSHIP.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, HAMILTON SAID: “IT’S AN ACCUMULATION OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE HOSPITALS AND FROM OUR TRAINING DAYS. AND, IT’S PART OF THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE IN A WAY, BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE… I’M A CARE GIVER AND I LIKE TO LOOK AFTER STUFF. SO, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT IT GOT CARED FOR… I THINK WITH THE CLOSING [OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, IN 1979] WE GOT ALL THE CHARTS, AND WE ALREADY HAD THINGS FROM THE GALT HOSPITAL IN OUR STUFF THAT PROBABLY SOMEBODY [BEFORE HIGA] ACCEPTED… WHEN WE WENT INTO THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL [IN 1955] IT WAS ALL BRAND NEW, STAINLESS STEEL, SO THERE WAS NONE OF THE ENAMEL STUFF, AND THEN WHEN THE MUNICIPAL CLOSED [IN 1988], THE OPERATING ROOM GAVE US A LOT OF THINGS. THERE WERE A LOT OF DONATIONS THEN FROM DIFFERENT SPOTS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO MOVE STUFF SINCE IT WAS OLD… WE GOT A PLACE [FOR STORING THE COLLECTION IN THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL], ACTUALLY ABOVE THE WASHERS IN THE LAUNDRY FIRST. BUT IT WAS PRETTY MOIST UP THERE. AND THEN THEY GAVE US A ROOM IN THE SEWING ROOM, WHICH WAS VERY NICE, OUR OWN SEPARATE LITTLE ROOM THERE FOR OUR STORAGE… WE HAD THINGS UP ON A SHELF AND WE HAD A TRUNK IN THERE, AND… WE HAD ALL THE LETTERS FROM THE RESIDENCE… WE HAD A DISPLAY CASE THAT THEY BUILT AT THE REGIONAL [IN THE HOSPITAL ATRIUM] AND WE HAD STUFF IN THERE, AND WE’D MOVE IT AROUND… HAVING THE DISPLAY CASE WAS IMPORTANT TO ME, AND CHANGING THE UNIFORM ON [THE DISPLAY MANNEQUIN] EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, AND HAVING HER IN DIFFERENT OUTFITS… I ALWAYS HAD IT ALL TIDY FOR A REUNION… I WOULD CHANGE THE UNIFORM FOR THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT CLASS WAS HAVING THEIR REUNION.” SUE KYLLO BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN 2010 AFTER ELAINE HAMILTON STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, KYLLO SAID: “[I ATTENDED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING] FROM ’66 TO ’69, AND I JOINED IN 1976 AFTER I CAME BACK TO LETHBRIDGE. I HAD TWO LITTLE KIDS AND I WANTED TO GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE AND THE ALUMNI GAVE ME THAT… I WANTED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY NURSING FRIENDS AND SEE IF I CAN HELP OUT IN SOME WAY… THE ALUMNI IS THE WAY TO GO TO KEEP OUR NURSING MEMORIES ALIVE AND I WANT TO DO THAT. SO NOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME WAY MORE THAN WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MOTHER THAT WANTED TO GET OUT… IT MEANS COMPANIONSHIP [AND] TO HELP EACH OTHER.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, KYLLO SAID: “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT GOT STARTED. I WOULD THINK THAT MRS. BOYCHUCK WOULD HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT BECAUSE [SHE] WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THE ALUMNI AT THE BEGINNING, AND I WOULD THINK THAT IF ANYBODY, IT WOULD BE HER THAT STARTED COLLECTING THE ODD LITTLE THING, AND THEN IT WENT TO SHIRLEY. I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS ANYBODY BEFORE SHIRLEY… OUR ALUMNI ONLY STARTED IN [1945], SO THERE WERE THOSE PERIODS WHERE I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CARED ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF… TO ME, IT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT. IT MEANS THAT WE EXISTED REALLY… IF WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THIS STUFF, WELL WHAT WERE WE? A NURSE, WHAT DOES A NURSE DO? WITH THIS WE CAN SHOW THEM THAT WE DIDN’T JUST GIVE BEDPANS. WE DID A LOT OF THINGS, AND I’M REALLY PROUD THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE’VE GOT.” OF THE SITUATION LEADING UP TO THE DONATION OF THE GSN COLLECTION TO THE GALT MUSEUM, KYLLO SAID: “WE HAD A DISPLAY AT THE NORTH END OF THE HOSPITAL [THAT] WAS GOING TO STAY THERE [AND ADDITIONAL COLLECTION STORAGE] AND WE DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM... WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION OF ALL THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WE ALWAYS HAD A PLACE IN THAT HOSPITAL… NOW THAT ALL THE OLD GUYS HAVE GONE, THEY JUST UP AND MOVED [THE COLLECTION, IN FALL 2012] AND DIDN’T CARE. THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW WING AND ‘TO HECK WITH YOUR GUYS’ STUFF’… NOBODY WANTED TO EVEN TALK TO US ABOUT IT. I FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF THE GUY IN CHARGE OF MAINTENANCE, [HE] SAID, “WELL IT’S UPSTAIRS IN THE PENTHOUSE.” WELL, WE KNEW WHAT THE PENTHOUSE WAS LIKE, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY HOT AND YOU DON’T WANT [THESE ARTIFACTS] IN SOMEPLACE REALLY HOT, SO I WANTED IT OUT OF THERE… SO THAT’S WHEN IT WENT OUT INTO A STORAGE LOCKER. AND IN THE STORAGE LOCKER… IT WAS JUST NOT CLEAN ENOUGH TO BE IN THERE… WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED.” HAMILTON ADDED: “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE FOR [THE COLLECTION], AND IT’S IN PEOPLE’S GARAGES AND BASEMENTS AND LIVING ROOMS… [THE MUSEUM IS HOUSED IN] THE GALT HOSPITAL. AND A LOT OF OUR MEMBERS TRAINED HERE. SO IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL TO THEM, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE SOMETHING HERE TO BE REMEMBERED BY… IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US TO LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20140006002
Acquisition Date
2014-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COLLAR, “GSN”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140006004
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COLLAR, “GSN”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.1
Length
50
Width
19
Description
CURVED STRIP OF WHITE, STARCHED COTTON SEWN TO SHORTER, WIDER STRIP OF WHITE, STARCHED COTTON WITH ROUNDED EDGES. HANDWRITTEN TEXT IN BLACK INK ON UNDERSIDE OF LONGER STRIP READS “GSN”. SLIGHT WEAR ALONG EDGES; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PAST ARCHIVIST ELAINE HAMILTON IDENTIFIED THIS COLLAR AS BEING PART OF THE “OLDEST UNIFORM” HELD IN THE ALUMNAE’S COLLECTION. THIS COLLAR, ALONG WITH P20140006001, P20140006002, P20140006003, AND P20140006005, WAS USED TO DRESS THE ALUMNAE’S MANNEQUIN THAT WAS ON DISPLAY IN THE ATRIUM AT THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL HOSPITAL. IN SUMMER 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE PAST ARCHIVISTS OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLECTION, SHIRLEY HIGA, ELAINE HAMILTON, AND SUE KYLLO, ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GSN ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION AND THE HISTORY OF THE COLLECTED ARTIFACTS. HIGA, THE EARLIEST GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST, SAID: “I TRAINED MOSTLY AT THE GALT. THE STUDENTS, WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER, HELPED EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE WERE MOSTLY STUDENTS THERE: ONE REGISTERED NURSE FROM 7AM TO 7PM. THE REST WERE ALL US STUDENTS THAT RAN THE HOSPITAL SO, BUT WE WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND WE HELPED EACH OTHER… WE HAD SUCH GOOD RAPPORT BETWEEN THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS… I JOINED [THE ALUMNAE] WHEN I GRADUATED IN 1955… I WAS INTERESTED IN HOW EVERYBODY TURNED OUT, AND THE ALUMNAE SORT OF KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THEM, AND IT WAS QUITE IMPORTANT TO ME. I FELT QUITE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE OTHER [NURSES]… IT’S NICE WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE REUNIONS. YOU SEE ALL THESE GIRLS YOU WORKED WITH, MAYBE ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT YOU REMEMBER THEM… I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ARCHIVIST, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT OFFER TO DO THINGS… I WAS INTERESTED IN ALL THE HISTORY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT THE GIRLS THOUGHT ABOUT IT… [THE ARCHIVIST WAS TO] KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED, AND KEEP TRACK OF THE STUFF WE COLLECT[ED]… [THE COLLECTION IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE] I LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALT AND HOW WE TRAINED AND HOW IT PROGRESSED… AS YOU GET OLDER YOU KIND OF HAVE MEMORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP, AND YOU KNOW YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS… [WHEN] YOU LOOK AT [THE OBJECTS] YOU REMEMBER.” ELAINE HAMILTON BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN THE LATE 1980S AFTER SHIRLEY HIGA STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, HAMILTON SAID: “I THINK THE RETIRED NURSES DECIDED THAT THEY SHOULD FORM A GROUP TO HELP THE STUDENTS… I WASN’T THERE BUT IT WAS ’45 WHEN THEY FORMED, AND THEY DID THINGS FOR THE NURSES STUDENTS LIKE, THEY BOUGHT FURNITURE [FOR STUDENT RESIDENCES]… THEY DID A WHOLE BUNCH OF BAKE SALES AND CRAFT SALES; THEY WORKED AT THE BULL SALE OUT AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS. THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT COULDN’T BE BOUGHT OTHERWISE, LIKE THE PATIENT COMFORT, LIKE PATIENTS WOULD COME IN WITHOUT TOOTHBRUSHES AND COMBS… THEY HAD A BANQUET [FOR NURSING STUDENTS], AND THEY HAD A TEA WITH OUR PARENTS TOO, FOR US IN THE RESIDENCE… FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS THE BANQUETS, AND HAVING MY CLASSMATES COME EVERY FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE SISTERS TO ME… OF COURSE I LIKE HISTORY AND ARCHIVES TOO SO [THE COLLECTION] IS KIND OF IMPORTANT TO ME TOO… WE LIVED TOGETHER, AND ATE TOGETHER, AND CRIED TOGETHER AND DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR THREE YEARS, BECAUSE WE LIVED RIGHT IN A RESIDENCE. SO, WE BECAME VERY CLOSE… AND IF YOU WORK IN THE ALUMNI, YOU BECOME KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE FAMILY TOO BECAUSE THERE’S NOT THAT MANY OF US THAT GO TO OUR MEETINGS, SO WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, IT’S KIND OF NICE TO SHARE WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON… IT’S A FELLOWSHIP.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, HAMILTON SAID: “IT’S AN ACCUMULATION OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE HOSPITALS AND FROM OUR TRAINING DAYS. AND, IT’S PART OF THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE IN A WAY, BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE… I’M A CARE GIVER AND I LIKE TO LOOK AFTER STUFF. SO, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT IT GOT CARED FOR… I THINK WITH THE CLOSING [OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, IN 1979] WE GOT ALL THE CHARTS, AND WE ALREADY HAD THINGS FROM THE GALT HOSPITAL IN OUR STUFF THAT PROBABLY SOMEBODY [BEFORE HIGA] ACCEPTED… WHEN WE WENT INTO THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL [IN 1955] IT WAS ALL BRAND NEW, STAINLESS STEEL, SO THERE WAS NONE OF THE ENAMEL STUFF, AND THEN WHEN THE MUNICIPAL CLOSED [IN 1988], THE OPERATING ROOM GAVE US A LOT OF THINGS. THERE WERE A LOT OF DONATIONS THEN FROM DIFFERENT SPOTS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO MOVE STUFF SINCE IT WAS OLD… WE GOT A PLACE [FOR STORING THE COLLECTION IN THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL], ACTUALLY ABOVE THE WASHERS IN THE LAUNDRY FIRST. BUT IT WAS PRETTY MOIST UP THERE. AND THEN THEY GAVE US A ROOM IN THE SEWING ROOM, WHICH WAS VERY NICE, OUR OWN SEPARATE LITTLE ROOM THERE FOR OUR STORAGE… WE HAD THINGS UP ON A SHELF AND WE HAD A TRUNK IN THERE, AND… WE HAD ALL THE LETTERS FROM THE RESIDENCE… WE HAD A DISPLAY CASE THAT THEY BUILT AT THE REGIONAL [IN THE HOSPITAL ATRIUM] AND WE HAD STUFF IN THERE, AND WE’D MOVE IT AROUND… HAVING THE DISPLAY CASE WAS IMPORTANT TO ME, AND CHANGING THE UNIFORM ON [THE DISPLAY MANNEQUIN] EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, AND HAVING HER IN DIFFERENT OUTFITS… I ALWAYS HAD IT ALL TIDY FOR A REUNION… I WOULD CHANGE THE UNIFORM FOR THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT CLASS WAS HAVING THEIR REUNION.” SUE KYLLO BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN 2010 AFTER ELAINE HAMILTON STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, KYLLO SAID: “[I ATTENDED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING] FROM ’66 TO ’69, AND I JOINED IN 1976 AFTER I CAME BACK TO LETHBRIDGE. I HAD TWO LITTLE KIDS AND I WANTED TO GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE AND THE ALUMNI GAVE ME THAT… I WANTED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY NURSING FRIENDS AND SEE IF I CAN HELP OUT IN SOME WAY… THE ALUMNI IS THE WAY TO GO TO KEEP OUR NURSING MEMORIES ALIVE AND I WANT TO DO THAT. SO NOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME WAY MORE THAN WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MOTHER THAT WANTED TO GET OUT… IT MEANS COMPANIONSHIP [AND] TO HELP EACH OTHER.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, KYLLO SAID: “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT GOT STARTED. I WOULD THINK THAT MRS. BOYCHUCK WOULD HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT BECAUSE [SHE] WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THE ALUMNI AT THE BEGINNING, AND I WOULD THINK THAT IF ANYBODY, IT WOULD BE HER THAT STARTED COLLECTING THE ODD LITTLE THING, AND THEN IT WENT TO SHIRLEY. I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS ANYBODY BEFORE SHIRLEY… OUR ALUMNI ONLY STARTED IN [1945], SO THERE WERE THOSE PERIODS WHERE I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CARED ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF… TO ME, IT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT. IT MEANS THAT WE EXISTED REALLY… IF WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THIS STUFF, WELL WHAT WERE WE? A NURSE, WHAT DOES A NURSE DO? WITH THIS WE CAN SHOW THEM THAT WE DIDN’T JUST GIVE BEDPANS. WE DID A LOT OF THINGS, AND I’M REALLY PROUD THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE’VE GOT.” OF THE SITUATION LEADING UP TO THE DONATION OF THE GSN COLLECTION TO THE GALT MUSEUM, KYLLO SAID: “WE HAD A DISPLAY AT THE NORTH END OF THE HOSPITAL [THAT] WAS GOING TO STAY THERE [AND ADDITIONAL COLLECTION STORAGE] AND WE DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM... WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION OF ALL THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WE ALWAYS HAD A PLACE IN THAT HOSPITAL… NOW THAT ALL THE OLD GUYS HAVE GONE, THEY JUST UP AND MOVED [THE COLLECTION, IN FALL 2012] AND DIDN’T CARE. THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW WING AND ‘TO HECK WITH YOUR GUYS’ STUFF’… NOBODY WANTED TO EVEN TALK TO US ABOUT IT. I FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF THE GUY IN CHARGE OF MAINTENANCE, [HE] SAID, “WELL IT’S UPSTAIRS IN THE PENTHOUSE.” WELL, WE KNEW WHAT THE PENTHOUSE WAS LIKE, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY HOT AND YOU DON’T WANT [THESE ARTIFACTS] IN SOMEPLACE REALLY HOT, SO I WANTED IT OUT OF THERE… SO THAT’S WHEN IT WENT OUT INTO A STORAGE LOCKER. AND IN THE STORAGE LOCKER… IT WAS JUST NOT CLEAN ENOUGH TO BE IN THERE… WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED.” HAMILTON ADDED: “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE FOR [THE COLLECTION], AND IT’S IN PEOPLE’S GARAGES AND BASEMENTS AND LIVING ROOMS… [THE MUSEUM IS HOUSED IN] THE GALT HOSPITAL. AND A LOT OF OUR MEMBERS TRAINED HERE. SO IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL TO THEM, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE SOMETHING HERE TO BE REMEMBERED BY… IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US TO LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20140006004
Acquisition Date
2014-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
APRON, “HATCH”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1913
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140006001
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
APRON, “HATCH”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1913
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.2
Length
94
Width
104
Description
WHITE, STARCHED COTTON APRON SKIRT, WITH OPEN BACK SEAM AND THREE SETS OF GRADUATED BUTTONHOLE CLOSURES ON WAISTBAND. FOUR WHITE PEARLIZED BUTTONS SEWN TO WAISTBAND. STAMP IN BLACK INK ON INSIDE OF WAISTBAND READS “E1040” AND HANDWRITTEN TEXT READS “HATCH”. GENERAL WEAR, PRIMARILY ALONG WAISTBAND, WHERE REPAIRS AND REINFORCING STITCHES ARE VISIBLE. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PAST ARCHIVIST ELAINE HAMILTON IDENTIFIED THIS APRON AS BELONGING TO GALT NURSE LUCY HATCH MCINNIS. ACCORDING TO LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM THE 1960S AND 70S AND GALT ARCHIVES RECORD 19760225055, LUCY HATCH WAS BORN IN TIMBER, MONTANA IN 1890 AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910 TO BEGIN NURSES TRAINING. SHE WAS ONE OF THREE FIRST GRADUATES OF THE GSN IN DECEMBER 1913, ALONG WITH LILLIAN DONALDSON AND ELIZABETH PATTESON. HATCH NURSED IN THE GALT HOSPITAL FOR EIGHT YEARS, BRIEFLY MOVED TO NEW YORK, AND RETURNED TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA TO WORK IN THE COALHURST HOSPITAL. HATCH MARRIED JAMES MCINNIS IN 1922 AND REJOINED THE GALT HOSPITAL THAT YEAR AS FLOOR SUPERVISOR. SHE WENT ON TO FOUND THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION IN 1945, SERVING AS ITS HONOURARY PRESIDENT UNTIL HER DEATH IN 1955. IN SUMMER 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE PAST ARCHIVISTS OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLECTION, SHIRLEY HIGA, ELAINE HAMILTON, AND SUE KYLLO, ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GSN ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION AND THE HISTORY OF THE COLLECTED ARTIFACTS. HIGA, THE EARLIEST GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST, SAID: “I TRAINED MOSTLY AT THE GALT. THE STUDENTS, WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER, HELPED EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE WERE MOSTLY STUDENTS THERE: ONE REGISTERED NURSE FROM 7AM TO 7PM. THE REST WERE ALL US STUDENTS THAT RAN THE HOSPITAL SO, BUT WE WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND WE HELPED EACH OTHER… WE HAD SUCH GOOD RAPPORT BETWEEN THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS… I JOINED [THE ALUMNAE] WHEN I GRADUATED IN 1955… I WAS INTERESTED IN HOW EVERYBODY TURNED OUT, AND THE ALUMNAE SORT OF KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THEM, AND IT WAS QUITE IMPORTANT TO ME. I FELT QUITE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE OTHER [NURSES]… IT’S NICE WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE REUNIONS. YOU SEE ALL THESE GIRLS YOU WORKED WITH, MAYBE ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT YOU REMEMBER THEM… I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ARCHIVIST, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT OFFER TO DO THINGS… I WAS INTERESTED IN ALL THE HISTORY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT THE GIRLS THOUGHT ABOUT IT… [THE ARCHIVIST WAS TO] KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED, AND KEEP TRACK OF THE STUFF WE COLLECT[ED]… [THE COLLECTION IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE] I LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALT AND HOW WE TRAINED AND HOW IT PROGRESSED… AS YOU GET OLDER YOU KIND OF HAVE MEMORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP, AND YOU KNOW YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS… [WHEN] YOU LOOK AT [THE OBJECTS] YOU REMEMBER.” ELAINE HAMILTON BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN THE LATE 1980S AFTER SHIRLEY HIGA STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, HAMILTON SAID: “I THINK THE RETIRED NURSES DECIDED THAT THEY SHOULD FORM A GROUP TO HELP THE STUDENTS… I WASN’T THERE BUT IT WAS ’45 WHEN THEY FORMED, AND THEY DID THINGS FOR THE NURSES STUDENTS LIKE, THEY BOUGHT FURNITURE [FOR STUDENT RESIDENCES]… THEY DID A WHOLE BUNCH OF BAKE SALES AND CRAFT SALES; THEY WORKED AT THE BULL SALE OUT AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS. THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT COULDN’T BE BOUGHT OTHERWISE, LIKE THE PATIENT COMFORT, LIKE PATIENTS WOULD COME IN WITHOUT TOOTHBRUSHES AND COMBS… THEY HAD A BANQUET [FOR NURSING STUDENTS], AND THEY HAD A TEA WITH OUR PARENTS TOO, FOR US IN THE RESIDENCE… FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS THE BANQUETS, AND HAVING MY CLASSMATES COME EVERY FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE SISTERS TO ME… OF COURSE I LIKE HISTORY AND ARCHIVES TOO SO [THE COLLECTION] IS KIND OF IMPORTANT TO ME TOO… WE LIVED TOGETHER, AND ATE TOGETHER, AND CRIED TOGETHER AND DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR THREE YEARS, BECAUSE WE LIVED RIGHT IN A RESIDENCE. SO, WE BECAME VERY CLOSE… AND IF YOU WORK IN THE ALUMNI, YOU BECOME KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE FAMILY TOO BECAUSE THERE’S NOT THAT MANY OF US THAT GO TO OUR MEETINGS, SO WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, IT’S KIND OF NICE TO SHARE WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON… IT’S A FELLOWSHIP.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, HAMILTON SAID: “IT’S AN ACCUMULATION OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE HOSPITALS AND FROM OUR TRAINING DAYS. AND, IT’S PART OF THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE IN A WAY, BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE… I’M A CARE GIVER AND I LIKE TO LOOK AFTER STUFF. SO, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT IT GOT CARED FOR… I THINK WITH THE CLOSING [OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, IN 1979] WE GOT ALL THE CHARTS, AND WE ALREADY HAD THINGS FROM THE GALT HOSPITAL IN OUR STUFF THAT PROBABLY SOMEBODY [BEFORE HIGA] ACCEPTED… WHEN WE WENT INTO THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL [IN 1955] IT WAS ALL BRAND NEW, STAINLESS STEEL, SO THERE WAS NONE OF THE ENAMEL STUFF, AND THEN WHEN THE MUNICIPAL CLOSED [IN 1988], THE OPERATING ROOM GAVE US A LOT OF THINGS. THERE WERE A LOT OF DONATIONS THEN FROM DIFFERENT SPOTS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO MOVE STUFF SINCE IT WAS OLD… WE GOT A PLACE [FOR STORING THE COLLECTION IN THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL], ACTUALLY ABOVE THE WASHERS IN THE LAUNDRY FIRST. BUT IT WAS PRETTY MOIST UP THERE. AND THEN THEY GAVE US A ROOM IN THE SEWING ROOM, WHICH WAS VERY NICE, OUR OWN SEPARATE LITTLE ROOM THERE FOR OUR STORAGE… WE HAD THINGS UP ON A SHELF AND WE HAD A TRUNK IN THERE, AND… WE HAD ALL THE LETTERS FROM THE RESIDENCE… WE HAD A DISPLAY CASE THAT THEY BUILT AT THE REGIONAL [IN THE HOSPITAL ATRIUM] AND WE HAD STUFF IN THERE, AND WE’D MOVE IT AROUND… HAVING THE DISPLAY CASE WAS IMPORTANT TO ME, AND CHANGING THE UNIFORM ON [THE DISPLAY MANNEQUIN] EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, AND HAVING HER IN DIFFERENT OUTFITS… I ALWAYS HAD IT ALL TIDY FOR A REUNION… I WOULD CHANGE THE UNIFORM FOR THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT CLASS WAS HAVING THEIR REUNION.” SUE KYLLO BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN 2010 AFTER ELAINE HAMILTON STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, KYLLO SAID: “[I ATTENDED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING] FROM ’66 TO ’69, AND I JOINED IN 1976 AFTER I CAME BACK TO LETHBRIDGE. I HAD TWO LITTLE KIDS AND I WANTED TO GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE AND THE ALUMNI GAVE ME THAT… I WANTED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY NURSING FRIENDS AND SEE IF I CAN HELP OUT IN SOME WAY… THE ALUMNI IS THE WAY TO GO TO KEEP OUR NURSING MEMORIES ALIVE AND I WANT TO DO THAT. SO NOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME WAY MORE THAN WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MOTHER THAT WANTED TO GET OUT… IT MEANS COMPANIONSHIP [AND] TO HELP EACH OTHER.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, KYLLO SAID: “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT GOT STARTED. I WOULD THINK THAT MRS. BOYCHUCK WOULD HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT BECAUSE [SHE] WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THE ALUMNI AT THE BEGINNING, AND I WOULD THINK THAT IF ANYBODY, IT WOULD BE HER THAT STARTED COLLECTING THE ODD LITTLE THING, AND THEN IT WENT TO SHIRLEY. I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS ANYBODY BEFORE SHIRLEY… OUR ALUMNI ONLY STARTED IN [1945], SO THERE WERE THOSE PERIODS WHERE I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CARED ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF… TO ME, IT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT. IT MEANS THAT WE EXISTED REALLY… IF WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THIS STUFF, WELL WHAT WERE WE? A NURSE, WHAT DOES A NURSE DO? WITH THIS WE CAN SHOW THEM THAT WE DIDN’T JUST GIVE BEDPANS. WE DID A LOT OF THINGS, AND I’M REALLY PROUD THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE’VE GOT.” OF THE SITUATION LEADING UP TO THE DONATION OF THE GSN COLLECTION TO THE GALT MUSEUM, KYLLO SAID: “WE HAD A DISPLAY AT THE NORTH END OF THE HOSPITAL [THAT] WAS GOING TO STAY THERE [AND ADDITIONAL COLLECTION STORAGE] AND WE DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM... WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION OF ALL THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WE ALWAYS HAD A PLACE IN THAT HOSPITAL… NOW THAT ALL THE OLD GUYS HAVE GONE, THEY JUST UP AND MOVED [THE COLLECTION, IN FALL 2012] AND DIDN’T CARE. THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW WING AND ‘TO HECK WITH YOUR GUYS’ STUFF’… NOBODY WANTED TO EVEN TALK TO US ABOUT IT. I FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF THE GUY IN CHARGE OF MAINTENANCE, [HE] SAID, “WELL IT’S UPSTAIRS IN THE PENTHOUSE.” WELL, WE KNEW WHAT THE PENTHOUSE WAS LIKE, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY HOT AND YOU DON’T WANT [THESE ARTIFACTS] IN SOMEPLACE REALLY HOT, SO I WANTED IT OUT OF THERE… SO THAT’S WHEN IT WENT OUT INTO A STORAGE LOCKER. AND IN THE STORAGE LOCKER… IT WAS JUST NOT CLEAN ENOUGH TO BE IN THERE… WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED.” HAMILTON ADDED: “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE FOR [THE COLLECTION], AND IT’S IN PEOPLE’S GARAGES AND BASEMENTS AND LIVING ROOMS… [THE MUSEUM IS HOUSED IN] THE GALT HOSPITAL. AND A LOT OF OUR MEMBERS TRAINED HERE. SO IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL TO THEM, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE SOMETHING HERE TO BE REMEMBERED BY… IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US TO LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20140006001
Acquisition Date
2014-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BIB, “B. KIPP”
Date Range From
1928
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140006003
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BIB, “B. KIPP”
Date Range From
1928
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.2
Length
116
Width
38.5
Description
WHITE, STARCHED COTTON APRON BIB, V-NECKED WITH TWO WIDE SHOULDER STRAPS. WAISTBAND AND ENDS OF STRAPS ARE ADDITIONAL PIECES OF FABRIC SEWN TO LARGER BIB PIECE. BACK OF WAISTBAND IS STAMPED WITH ILLEGIBLE TEXT AND THE NUMBER “07013” IN BLACK INK, AND HANDWRITTEN TEXT READING “B. KIPP”. FABRIC IS CREASED FROM PRIOR STORAGE AND FRONT OF WAISTBAND HAS TWO BLACK STAINS FROM INK ON BACK SIDE. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PAST ARCHIVIST ELAINE HAMILTON IDENTIFIED THIS BIB AS BELONGING TO GALT NURSE BERTHA KIPP. ACCORDING TO HER LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY AND GALT ARCHIVES RECORD 19911050001, BERTHA KIPP WAS BORN IN 1907, AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE FROM FORT MACLEOD IN 1925 TO PURSUE HER NURSING CAREER. SHE GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1928, AND NURSED IN THE GALT HOSPITAL, TAUGHT STUDENTS AT ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING, AND SERVED AS THE SUPERINTENDENT OF NURSING AT THE GALT. SHE RETIRED IN 1973 AND WAS A LIFE MEMBER OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION AND AN HONOURARY LIFE MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA ASSOCIATION OF REGISTERED NURSES. KIPP SERVED ON THE LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD, LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD, AND UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE SENATE. SHE WAS ALSO AN HISTORIAN OF EARLY NURSING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. BERTHA KIPP DIED IN DECEMBER 1989. IN SUMMER 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE PAST ARCHIVISTS OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLECTION, SHIRLEY HIGA, ELAINE HAMILTON, AND SUE KYLLO, ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GSN ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION AND THE HISTORY OF THE COLLECTED ARTIFACTS. HIGA, THE EARLIEST GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST, SAID: “I TRAINED MOSTLY AT THE GALT. THE STUDENTS, WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER, HELPED EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE WERE MOSTLY STUDENTS THERE: ONE REGISTERED NURSE FROM 7AM TO 7PM. THE REST WERE ALL US STUDENTS THAT RAN THE HOSPITAL SO, BUT WE WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND WE HELPED EACH OTHER… WE HAD SUCH GOOD RAPPORT BETWEEN THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS… I JOINED [THE ALUMNAE] WHEN I GRADUATED IN 1955… I WAS INTERESTED IN HOW EVERYBODY TURNED OUT, AND THE ALUMNAE SORT OF KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THEM, AND IT WAS QUITE IMPORTANT TO ME. I FELT QUITE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE OTHER [NURSES]… IT’S NICE WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE REUNIONS. YOU SEE ALL THESE GIRLS YOU WORKED WITH, MAYBE ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT YOU REMEMBER THEM… I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ARCHIVIST, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT OFFER TO DO THINGS… I WAS INTERESTED IN ALL THE HISTORY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT THE GIRLS THOUGHT ABOUT IT… [THE ARCHIVIST WAS TO] KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED, AND KEEP TRACK OF THE STUFF WE COLLECT[ED]… [THE COLLECTION IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE] I LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALT AND HOW WE TRAINED AND HOW IT PROGRESSED… AS YOU GET OLDER YOU KIND OF HAVE MEMORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP, AND YOU KNOW YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS… [WHEN] YOU LOOK AT [THE OBJECTS] YOU REMEMBER.” ELAINE HAMILTON BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN THE LATE 1980S AFTER SHIRLEY HIGA STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, HAMILTON SAID: “I THINK THE RETIRED NURSES DECIDED THAT THEY SHOULD FORM A GROUP TO HELP THE STUDENTS… I WASN’T THERE BUT IT WAS ’45 WHEN THEY FORMED, AND THEY DID THINGS FOR THE NURSES STUDENTS LIKE, THEY BOUGHT FURNITURE [FOR STUDENT RESIDENCES]… THEY DID A WHOLE BUNCH OF BAKE SALES AND CRAFT SALES; THEY WORKED AT THE BULL SALE OUT AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS. THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT COULDN’T BE BOUGHT OTHERWISE, LIKE THE PATIENT COMFORT, LIKE PATIENTS WOULD COME IN WITHOUT TOOTHBRUSHES AND COMBS… THEY HAD A BANQUET [FOR NURSING STUDENTS], AND THEY HAD A TEA WITH OUR PARENTS TOO, FOR US IN THE RESIDENCE… FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS THE BANQUETS, AND HAVING MY CLASSMATES COME EVERY FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE SISTERS TO ME… OF COURSE I LIKE HISTORY AND ARCHIVES TOO SO [THE COLLECTION] IS KIND OF IMPORTANT TO ME TOO… WE LIVED TOGETHER, AND ATE TOGETHER, AND CRIED TOGETHER AND DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR THREE YEARS, BECAUSE WE LIVED RIGHT IN A RESIDENCE. SO, WE BECAME VERY CLOSE… AND IF YOU WORK IN THE ALUMNI, YOU BECOME KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE FAMILY TOO BECAUSE THERE’S NOT THAT MANY OF US THAT GO TO OUR MEETINGS, SO WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, IT’S KIND OF NICE TO SHARE WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON… IT’S A FELLOWSHIP.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, HAMILTON SAID: “IT’S AN ACCUMULATION OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE HOSPITALS AND FROM OUR TRAINING DAYS. AND, IT’S PART OF THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE IN A WAY, BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE… I’M A CARE GIVER AND I LIKE TO LOOK AFTER STUFF. SO, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT IT GOT CARED FOR… I THINK WITH THE CLOSING [OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, IN 1979] WE GOT ALL THE CHARTS, AND WE ALREADY HAD THINGS FROM THE GALT HOSPITAL IN OUR STUFF THAT PROBABLY SOMEBODY [BEFORE HIGA] ACCEPTED… WHEN WE WENT INTO THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL [IN 1955] IT WAS ALL BRAND NEW, STAINLESS STEEL, SO THERE WAS NONE OF THE ENAMEL STUFF, AND THEN WHEN THE MUNICIPAL CLOSED [IN 1988], THE OPERATING ROOM GAVE US A LOT OF THINGS. THERE WERE A LOT OF DONATIONS THEN FROM DIFFERENT SPOTS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO MOVE STUFF SINCE IT WAS OLD… WE GOT A PLACE [FOR STORING THE COLLECTION IN THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL], ACTUALLY ABOVE THE WASHERS IN THE LAUNDRY FIRST. BUT IT WAS PRETTY MOIST UP THERE. AND THEN THEY GAVE US A ROOM IN THE SEWING ROOM, WHICH WAS VERY NICE, OUR OWN SEPARATE LITTLE ROOM THERE FOR OUR STORAGE… WE HAD THINGS UP ON A SHELF AND WE HAD A TRUNK IN THERE, AND… WE HAD ALL THE LETTERS FROM THE RESIDENCE… WE HAD A DISPLAY CASE THAT THEY BUILT AT THE REGIONAL [IN THE HOSPITAL ATRIUM] AND WE HAD STUFF IN THERE, AND WE’D MOVE IT AROUND… HAVING THE DISPLAY CASE WAS IMPORTANT TO ME, AND CHANGING THE UNIFORM ON [THE DISPLAY MANNEQUIN] EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, AND HAVING HER IN DIFFERENT OUTFITS… I ALWAYS HAD IT ALL TIDY FOR A REUNION… I WOULD CHANGE THE UNIFORM FOR THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT CLASS WAS HAVING THEIR REUNION.” SUE KYLLO BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN 2010 AFTER ELAINE HAMILTON STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, KYLLO SAID: “[I ATTENDED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING] FROM ’66 TO ’69, AND I JOINED IN 1976 AFTER I CAME BACK TO LETHBRIDGE. I HAD TWO LITTLE KIDS AND I WANTED TO GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE AND THE ALUMNI GAVE ME THAT… I WANTED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY NURSING FRIENDS AND SEE IF I CAN HELP OUT IN SOME WAY… THE ALUMNI IS THE WAY TO GO TO KEEP OUR NURSING MEMORIES ALIVE AND I WANT TO DO THAT. SO NOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME WAY MORE THAN WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MOTHER THAT WANTED TO GET OUT… IT MEANS COMPANIONSHIP [AND] TO HELP EACH OTHER.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, KYLLO SAID: “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT GOT STARTED. I WOULD THINK THAT MRS. BOYCHUCK WOULD HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT BECAUSE [SHE] WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THE ALUMNI AT THE BEGINNING, AND I WOULD THINK THAT IF ANYBODY, IT WOULD BE HER THAT STARTED COLLECTING THE ODD LITTLE THING, AND THEN IT WENT TO SHIRLEY. I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS ANYBODY BEFORE SHIRLEY… OUR ALUMNI ONLY STARTED IN [1945], SO THERE WERE THOSE PERIODS WHERE I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CARED ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF… TO ME, IT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT. IT MEANS THAT WE EXISTED REALLY… IF WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THIS STUFF, WELL WHAT WERE WE? A NURSE, WHAT DOES A NURSE DO? WITH THIS WE CAN SHOW THEM THAT WE DIDN’T JUST GIVE BEDPANS. WE DID A LOT OF THINGS, AND I’M REALLY PROUD THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE’VE GOT.” OF THE SITUATION LEADING UP TO THE DONATION OF THE GSN COLLECTION TO THE GALT MUSEUM, KYLLO SAID: “WE HAD A DISPLAY AT THE NORTH END OF THE HOSPITAL [THAT] WAS GOING TO STAY THERE [AND ADDITIONAL COLLECTION STORAGE] AND WE DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM... WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION OF ALL THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WE ALWAYS HAD A PLACE IN THAT HOSPITAL… NOW THAT ALL THE OLD GUYS HAVE GONE, THEY JUST UP AND MOVED [THE COLLECTION, IN FALL 2012] AND DIDN’T CARE. THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW WING AND ‘TO HECK WITH YOUR GUYS’ STUFF’… NOBODY WANTED TO EVEN TALK TO US ABOUT IT. I FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF THE GUY IN CHARGE OF MAINTENANCE, [HE] SAID, “WELL IT’S UPSTAIRS IN THE PENTHOUSE.” WELL, WE KNEW WHAT THE PENTHOUSE WAS LIKE, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY HOT AND YOU DON’T WANT [THESE ARTIFACTS] IN SOMEPLACE REALLY HOT, SO I WANTED IT OUT OF THERE… SO THAT’S WHEN IT WENT OUT INTO A STORAGE LOCKER. AND IN THE STORAGE LOCKER… IT WAS JUST NOT CLEAN ENOUGH TO BE IN THERE… WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED.” HAMILTON ADDED: “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE FOR [THE COLLECTION], AND IT’S IN PEOPLE’S GARAGES AND BASEMENTS AND LIVING ROOMS… [THE MUSEUM IS HOUSED IN] THE GALT HOSPITAL. AND A LOT OF OUR MEMBERS TRAINED HERE. SO IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL TO THEM, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE SOMETHING HERE TO BE REMEMBERED BY… IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US TO LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20140006003
Acquisition Date
2014-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CAP, “GSN”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20140006005
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CAP, “GSN”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
3
Height
0.1
Length
60
Width
30
Description
.A - TRIANGULAR PIECE OF WHITE, STARCHED COTTON WITH WIDE HEM ALONG BOTTOM EDGE AND CONCAVE CURVES ALONG EACH UPPER SIDE. TOP IS HEMMED AND HAS TWO HORIZONTAL BUTTONHOLE ALONG EDGE. A SMALLER PIECE OF WHITE COTTON IS SEWN ONTO THE BACK OF THE TOP HEM, AND MARKED WITH HANDWRITING IN BLACK INK READING “GSN”. MINOR WEAR ALONG EDGES, BROWN STAINED DOT NEAR BOTTOM CENTRE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 0.1 X 60 X 30 .B & .C – WHITE ROUND PEARLIZED BUTTONS, ATTACHED NEAR CENTRE OF TRIANGULAR PIECE OF FABRIC AT EDGES OF CONCAVE CURVES. PINNED TO .A WITH METAL SAFETY PINS. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 0.1 X 1.4 X 1.4
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PAST ARCHIVIST ELAINE HAMILTON IDENTIFIED THIS CAP AS BEING PART OF THE “OLDEST UNIFORM” HELD IN THE ALUMNAE’S COLLECTION. THIS CAP, ALONG WITH P20140006001, P20140006002, P20140006003, AND P20140006004, WAS USED TO DRESS THE ALUMNAE’S MANNEQUIN THAT WAS ON DISPLAY IN THE ATRIUM AT THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL HOSPITAL. IN SUMMER 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE PAST ARCHIVISTS OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLECTION, SHIRLEY HIGA, ELAINE HAMILTON, AND SUE KYLLO, ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GSN ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION AND THE HISTORY OF THE COLLECTED ARTIFACTS. HIGA, THE EARLIEST GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST, SAID: “I TRAINED MOSTLY AT THE GALT. THE STUDENTS, WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER, HELPED EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE WERE MOSTLY STUDENTS THERE: ONE REGISTERED NURSE FROM 7AM TO 7PM. THE REST WERE ALL US STUDENTS THAT RAN THE HOSPITAL SO, BUT WE WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND WE HELPED EACH OTHER… WE HAD SUCH GOOD RAPPORT BETWEEN THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS… I JOINED [THE ALUMNAE] WHEN I GRADUATED IN 1955… I WAS INTERESTED IN HOW EVERYBODY TURNED OUT, AND THE ALUMNAE SORT OF KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THEM, AND IT WAS QUITE IMPORTANT TO ME. I FELT QUITE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE OTHER [NURSES]… IT’S NICE WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE REUNIONS. YOU SEE ALL THESE GIRLS YOU WORKED WITH, MAYBE ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT YOU REMEMBER THEM… I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ARCHIVIST, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT OFFER TO DO THINGS… I WAS INTERESTED IN ALL THE HISTORY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT THE GIRLS THOUGHT ABOUT IT… [THE ARCHIVIST WAS TO] KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED, AND KEEP TRACK OF THE STUFF WE COLLECT[ED]… [THE COLLECTION IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE] I LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALT AND HOW WE TRAINED AND HOW IT PROGRESSED… AS YOU GET OLDER YOU KIND OF HAVE MEMORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP, AND YOU KNOW YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS… [WHEN] YOU LOOK AT [THE OBJECTS] YOU REMEMBER.” ELAINE HAMILTON BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN THE LATE 1980S AFTER SHIRLEY HIGA STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, HAMILTON SAID: “I THINK THE RETIRED NURSES DECIDED THAT THEY SHOULD FORM A GROUP TO HELP THE STUDENTS… I WASN’T THERE BUT IT WAS ’45 WHEN THEY FORMED, AND THEY DID THINGS FOR THE NURSES STUDENTS LIKE, THEY BOUGHT FURNITURE [FOR STUDENT RESIDENCES]… THEY DID A WHOLE BUNCH OF BAKE SALES AND CRAFT SALES; THEY WORKED AT THE BULL SALE OUT AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS. THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT COULDN’T BE BOUGHT OTHERWISE, LIKE THE PATIENT COMFORT, LIKE PATIENTS WOULD COME IN WITHOUT TOOTHBRUSHES AND COMBS… THEY HAD A BANQUET [FOR NURSING STUDENTS], AND THEY HAD A TEA WITH OUR PARENTS TOO, FOR US IN THE RESIDENCE… FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS THE BANQUETS, AND HAVING MY CLASSMATES COME EVERY FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE SISTERS TO ME… OF COURSE I LIKE HISTORY AND ARCHIVES TOO SO [THE COLLECTION] IS KIND OF IMPORTANT TO ME TOO… WE LIVED TOGETHER, AND ATE TOGETHER, AND CRIED TOGETHER AND DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR THREE YEARS, BECAUSE WE LIVED RIGHT IN A RESIDENCE. SO, WE BECAME VERY CLOSE… AND IF YOU WORK IN THE ALUMNI, YOU BECOME KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE FAMILY TOO BECAUSE THERE’S NOT THAT MANY OF US THAT GO TO OUR MEETINGS, SO WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, IT’S KIND OF NICE TO SHARE WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON… IT’S A FELLOWSHIP.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, HAMILTON SAID: “IT’S AN ACCUMULATION OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE HOSPITALS AND FROM OUR TRAINING DAYS. AND, IT’S PART OF THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE IN A WAY, BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE… I’M A CARE GIVER AND I LIKE TO LOOK AFTER STUFF. SO, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT IT GOT CARED FOR… I THINK WITH THE CLOSING [OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, IN 1979] WE GOT ALL THE CHARTS, AND WE ALREADY HAD THINGS FROM THE GALT HOSPITAL IN OUR STUFF THAT PROBABLY SOMEBODY [BEFORE HIGA] ACCEPTED… WHEN WE WENT INTO THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL [IN 1955] IT WAS ALL BRAND NEW, STAINLESS STEEL, SO THERE WAS NONE OF THE ENAMEL STUFF, AND THEN WHEN THE MUNICIPAL CLOSED [IN 1988], THE OPERATING ROOM GAVE US A LOT OF THINGS. THERE WERE A LOT OF DONATIONS THEN FROM DIFFERENT SPOTS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO MOVE STUFF SINCE IT WAS OLD… WE GOT A PLACE [FOR STORING THE COLLECTION IN THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL], ACTUALLY ABOVE THE WASHERS IN THE LAUNDRY FIRST. BUT IT WAS PRETTY MOIST UP THERE. AND THEN THEY GAVE US A ROOM IN THE SEWING ROOM, WHICH WAS VERY NICE, OUR OWN SEPARATE LITTLE ROOM THERE FOR OUR STORAGE… WE HAD THINGS UP ON A SHELF AND WE HAD A TRUNK IN THERE, AND… WE HAD ALL THE LETTERS FROM THE RESIDENCE… WE HAD A DISPLAY CASE THAT THEY BUILT AT THE REGIONAL [IN THE HOSPITAL ATRIUM] AND WE HAD STUFF IN THERE, AND WE’D MOVE IT AROUND… HAVING THE DISPLAY CASE WAS IMPORTANT TO ME, AND CHANGING THE UNIFORM ON [THE DISPLAY MANNEQUIN] EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, AND HAVING HER IN DIFFERENT OUTFITS… I ALWAYS HAD IT ALL TIDY FOR A REUNION… I WOULD CHANGE THE UNIFORM FOR THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT CLASS WAS HAVING THEIR REUNION.” SUE KYLLO BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN 2010 AFTER ELAINE HAMILTON STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, KYLLO SAID: “[I ATTENDED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING] FROM ’66 TO ’69, AND I JOINED IN 1976 AFTER I CAME BACK TO LETHBRIDGE. I HAD TWO LITTLE KIDS AND I WANTED TO GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE AND THE ALUMNI GAVE ME THAT… I WANTED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY NURSING FRIENDS AND SEE IF I CAN HELP OUT IN SOME WAY… THE ALUMNI IS THE WAY TO GO TO KEEP OUR NURSING MEMORIES ALIVE AND I WANT TO DO THAT. SO NOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME WAY MORE THAN WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MOTHER THAT WANTED TO GET OUT… IT MEANS COMPANIONSHIP [AND] TO HELP EACH OTHER.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, KYLLO SAID: “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT GOT STARTED. I WOULD THINK THAT MRS. BOYCHUCK WOULD HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT BECAUSE [SHE] WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THE ALUMNI AT THE BEGINNING, AND I WOULD THINK THAT IF ANYBODY, IT WOULD BE HER THAT STARTED COLLECTING THE ODD LITTLE THING, AND THEN IT WENT TO SHIRLEY. I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS ANYBODY BEFORE SHIRLEY… OUR ALUMNI ONLY STARTED IN [1945], SO THERE WERE THOSE PERIODS WHERE I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CARED ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF… TO ME, IT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT. IT MEANS THAT WE EXISTED REALLY… IF WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THIS STUFF, WELL WHAT WERE WE? A NURSE, WHAT DOES A NURSE DO? WITH THIS WE CAN SHOW THEM THAT WE DIDN’T JUST GIVE BEDPANS. WE DID A LOT OF THINGS, AND I’M REALLY PROUD THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE’VE GOT.” OF THE SITUATION LEADING UP TO THE DONATION OF THE GSN COLLECTION TO THE GALT MUSEUM, KYLLO SAID: “WE HAD A DISPLAY AT THE NORTH END OF THE HOSPITAL [THAT] WAS GOING TO STAY THERE [AND ADDITIONAL COLLECTION STORAGE] AND WE DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM... WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION OF ALL THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WE ALWAYS HAD A PLACE IN THAT HOSPITAL… NOW THAT ALL THE OLD GUYS HAVE GONE, THEY JUST UP AND MOVED [THE COLLECTION, IN FALL 2012] AND DIDN’T CARE. THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW WING AND ‘TO HECK WITH YOUR GUYS’ STUFF’… NOBODY WANTED TO EVEN TALK TO US ABOUT IT. I FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF THE GUY IN CHARGE OF MAINTENANCE, [HE] SAID, “WELL IT’S UPSTAIRS IN THE PENTHOUSE.” WELL, WE KNEW WHAT THE PENTHOUSE WAS LIKE, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY HOT AND YOU DON’T WANT [THESE ARTIFACTS] IN SOMEPLACE REALLY HOT, SO I WANTED IT OUT OF THERE… SO THAT’S WHEN IT WENT OUT INTO A STORAGE LOCKER. AND IN THE STORAGE LOCKER… IT WAS JUST NOT CLEAN ENOUGH TO BE IN THERE… WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED.” HAMILTON ADDED: “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE FOR [THE COLLECTION], AND IT’S IN PEOPLE’S GARAGES AND BASEMENTS AND LIVING ROOMS… [THE MUSEUM IS HOUSED IN] THE GALT HOSPITAL. AND A LOT OF OUR MEMBERS TRAINED HERE. SO IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL TO THEM, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE SOMETHING HERE TO BE REMEMBERED BY… IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US TO LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20140006005
Acquisition Date
2014-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
JUDICIAL ROBE OR CHORAL GOWN
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Catalogue Number
P19990053034
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JUDICIAL ROBE OR CHORAL GOWN
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.0
Length
116.0
Width
49.0
Description
BACHELOR'S GOWN. BLACK, COLLARLESS. HAS AN OPENING IN THE FRONT WITH TWO WIDE BOX PLEATS EXTENDING TO THE HEM. HAS LARGE FLOWING, ANGEL SLEEVES ENDING IN POINTS. BACK AND SLEEVES ARE SET INTO A SQUARE YOKE WITH CARTRIDGE PLEATS. FRONT OF SQUARE YOKE CLOSES WITH A HOOK AND EYE. ON BACK INSIDE OF NECK IS STITCHING IN A RECTANGLE SHAPE WHERE TAG USED TO BE (TAG IS MISSING).
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
RELIGION
History
MAY HAVE BEEN EITHER AN ACADEMIC OR CHORAL GOWN. DONOR USED AS A JUDICIAL ROBE FOR DRAMATIC PURPOSES. DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “ACADEMIC GOWN/ JUDICIAL ROBE WORN BY THE CHARACTER PLAYING THE JUDGE IN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF “HELLO DOLLY” 1986.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053034
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
PNEUMONIA VEST, “GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING”
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FLANNEL
Catalogue Number
P20140006033
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PNEUMONIA VEST, “GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING”
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1960
Materials
FLANNEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
42
Width
48.5
Description
WHITE COTTON FLANNEL VEST, OPEN AT LEFT SIDE AND LEFT SHOULDER. WHITE COTTON TWILL TIES AT OPEN SIDE AND SHOULDER FOR CLOSURE. BOTTOM HEMMED WITH BLUE THREAD. STAMP AT BOTTOM LEFT CORNER READS “GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING” IN BLACK INK. MINOR STAINING AND YELLOWING ALONG UNDERARM SEAMS; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
MEDICAL & DENTAL T&E
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PAST ARCHIVIST ELAINE HAMILTON IDENTIFIED THIS VEST AS A “PNEUMONIA VEST USED WHEN PATIENT WENT TO THE O.R. [OPERATING ROOM]. PATIENT ALSO WORE A GOWN OVER THIS AND FLANNEL BOOTS THAT TIED AT OR ABOVE THE KNEE. [THIS VEST WAS] POSSIBLY USED AT THE GALT [HOSPITAL]. IN 1955 WHEN I ENTERED TRAINING AT THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL WE DRESSED PATIENTS THIS WAY TO GO TO THE O.R.” IN SUMMER 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE PAST ARCHIVISTS OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLECTION, SHIRLEY HIGA, ELAINE HAMILTON, AND SUE KYLLO, ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GSN ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION AND THE HISTORY OF THE COLLECTED ARTIFACTS. HIGA, THE EARLIEST GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST, SAID: “I TRAINED MOSTLY AT THE GALT. THE STUDENTS, WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER, HELPED EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE WERE MOSTLY STUDENTS THERE: ONE REGISTERED NURSE FROM 7AM TO 7PM. THE REST WERE ALL US STUDENTS THAT RAN THE HOSPITAL SO, BUT WE WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND WE HELPED EACH OTHER… WE HAD SUCH GOOD RAPPORT BETWEEN THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS… I JOINED [THE ALUMNAE] WHEN I GRADUATED IN 1955… I WAS INTERESTED IN HOW EVERYBODY TURNED OUT, AND THE ALUMNAE SORT OF KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THEM, AND IT WAS QUITE IMPORTANT TO ME. I FELT QUITE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE OTHER [NURSES]… IT’S NICE WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE REUNIONS. YOU SEE ALL THESE GIRLS YOU WORKED WITH, MAYBE ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT YOU REMEMBER THEM… I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ARCHIVIST, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT OFFER TO DO THINGS… I WAS INTERESTED IN ALL THE HISTORY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT THE GIRLS THOUGHT ABOUT IT… [THE ARCHIVIST WAS TO] KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED, AND KEEP TRACK OF THE STUFF WE COLLECT[ED]… [THE COLLECTION IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE] I LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALT AND HOW WE TRAINED AND HOW IT PROGRESSED… AS YOU GET OLDER YOU KIND OF HAVE MEMORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP, AND YOU KNOW YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS… [WHEN] YOU LOOK AT [THE OBJECTS] YOU REMEMBER.” ELAINE HAMILTON BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN THE LATE 1980S AFTER SHIRLEY HIGA STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, HAMILTON SAID: “I THINK THE RETIRED NURSES DECIDED THAT THEY SHOULD FORM A GROUP TO HELP THE STUDENTS… I WASN’T THERE BUT IT WAS ’45 WHEN THEY FORMED, AND THEY DID THINGS FOR THE NURSES STUDENTS LIKE, THEY BOUGHT FURNITURE [FOR STUDENT RESIDENCES]… THEY DID A WHOLE BUNCH OF BAKE SALES AND CRAFT SALES; THEY WORKED AT THE BULL SALE OUT AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS. THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT COULDN’T BE BOUGHT OTHERWISE, LIKE THE PATIENT COMFORT, LIKE PATIENTS WOULD COME IN WITHOUT TOOTHBRUSHES AND COMBS… THEY HAD A BANQUET [FOR NURSING STUDENTS], AND THEY HAD A TEA WITH OUR PARENTS TOO, FOR US IN THE RESIDENCE… FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS THE BANQUETS, AND HAVING MY CLASSMATES COME EVERY FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE SISTERS TO ME… OF COURSE I LIKE HISTORY AND ARCHIVES TOO SO [THE COLLECTION] IS KIND OF IMPORTANT TO ME TOO… WE LIVED TOGETHER, AND ATE TOGETHER, AND CRIED TOGETHER AND DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR THREE YEARS, BECAUSE WE LIVED RIGHT IN A RESIDENCE. SO, WE BECAME VERY CLOSE… AND IF YOU WORK IN THE ALUMNI, YOU BECOME KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE FAMILY TOO BECAUSE THERE’S NOT THAT MANY OF US THAT GO TO OUR MEETINGS, SO WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, IT’S KIND OF NICE TO SHARE WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON… IT’S A FELLOWSHIP.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, HAMILTON SAID: “IT’S AN ACCUMULATION OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE HOSPITALS AND FROM OUR TRAINING DAYS. AND, IT’S PART OF THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE IN A WAY, BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE… I’M A CARE GIVER AND I LIKE TO LOOK AFTER STUFF. SO, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT IT GOT CARED FOR… I THINK WITH THE CLOSING [OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, IN 1979] WE GOT ALL THE CHARTS, AND WE ALREADY HAD THINGS FROM THE GALT HOSPITAL IN OUR STUFF THAT PROBABLY SOMEBODY [BEFORE HIGA] ACCEPTED… WHEN WE WENT INTO THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL [IN 1955] IT WAS ALL BRAND NEW, STAINLESS STEEL, SO THERE WAS NONE OF THE ENAMEL STUFF, AND THEN WHEN THE MUNICIPAL CLOSED [IN 1988], THE OPERATING ROOM GAVE US A LOT OF THINGS. THERE WERE A LOT OF DONATIONS THEN FROM DIFFERENT SPOTS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO MOVE STUFF SINCE IT WAS OLD… WE GOT A PLACE [FOR STORING THE COLLECTION IN THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL], ACTUALLY ABOVE THE WASHERS IN THE LAUNDRY FIRST. BUT IT WAS PRETTY MOIST UP THERE. AND THEN THEY GAVE US A ROOM IN THE SEWING ROOM, WHICH WAS VERY NICE, OUR OWN SEPARATE LITTLE ROOM THERE FOR OUR STORAGE… WE HAD THINGS UP ON A SHELF AND WE HAD A TRUNK IN THERE, AND… WE HAD ALL THE LETTERS FROM THE RESIDENCE… WE HAD A DISPLAY CASE THAT THEY BUILT AT THE REGIONAL [IN THE HOSPITAL ATRIUM] AND WE HAD STUFF IN THERE, AND WE’D MOVE IT AROUND… HAVING THE DISPLAY CASE WAS IMPORTANT TO ME, AND CHANGING THE UNIFORM ON [THE DISPLAY MANNEQUIN] EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, AND HAVING HER IN DIFFERENT OUTFITS… I ALWAYS HAD IT ALL TIDY FOR A REUNION… I WOULD CHANGE THE UNIFORM FOR THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT CLASS WAS HAVING THEIR REUNION.” SUE KYLLO BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN 2010 AFTER ELAINE HAMILTON STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, KYLLO SAID: “[I ATTENDED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING] FROM ’66 TO ’69, AND I JOINED IN 1976 AFTER I CAME BACK TO LETHBRIDGE. I HAD TWO LITTLE KIDS AND I WANTED TO GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE AND THE ALUMNI GAVE ME THAT… I WANTED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY NURSING FRIENDS AND SEE IF I CAN HELP OUT IN SOME WAY… THE ALUMNI IS THE WAY TO GO TO KEEP OUR NURSING MEMORIES ALIVE AND I WANT TO DO THAT. SO NOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME WAY MORE THAN WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MOTHER THAT WANTED TO GET OUT… IT MEANS COMPANIONSHIP [AND] TO HELP EACH OTHER.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, KYLLO SAID: “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT GOT STARTED. I WOULD THINK THAT MRS. BOYCHUCK WOULD HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT BECAUSE [SHE] WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THE ALUMNI AT THE BEGINNING, AND I WOULD THINK THAT IF ANYBODY, IT WOULD BE HER THAT STARTED COLLECTING THE ODD LITTLE THING, AND THEN IT WENT TO SHIRLEY. I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS ANYBODY BEFORE SHIRLEY… OUR ALUMNI ONLY STARTED IN [1945], SO THERE WERE THOSE PERIODS WHERE I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CARED ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF… TO ME, IT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT. IT MEANS THAT WE EXISTED REALLY… IF WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THIS STUFF, WELL WHAT WERE WE? A NURSE, WHAT DOES A NURSE DO? WITH THIS WE CAN SHOW THEM THAT WE DIDN’T JUST GIVE BEDPANS. WE DID A LOT OF THINGS, AND I’M REALLY PROUD THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE’VE GOT.” OF THE SITUATION LEADING UP TO THE DONATION OF THE GSN COLLECTION TO THE GALT MUSEUM, KYLLO SAID: “WE HAD A DISPLAY AT THE NORTH END OF THE HOSPITAL [THAT] WAS GOING TO STAY THERE [AND ADDITIONAL COLLECTION STORAGE] AND WE DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM... WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION OF ALL THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WE ALWAYS HAD A PLACE IN THAT HOSPITAL… NOW THAT ALL THE OLD GUYS HAVE GONE, THEY JUST UP AND MOVED [THE COLLECTION, IN FALL 2012] AND DIDN’T CARE. THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW WING AND ‘TO HECK WITH YOUR GUYS’ STUFF’… NOBODY WANTED TO EVEN TALK TO US ABOUT IT. I FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF THE GUY IN CHARGE OF MAINTENANCE, [HE] SAID, “WELL IT’S UPSTAIRS IN THE PENTHOUSE.” WELL, WE KNEW WHAT THE PENTHOUSE WAS LIKE, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY HOT AND YOU DON’T WANT [THESE ARTIFACTS] IN SOMEPLACE REALLY HOT, SO I WANTED IT OUT OF THERE… SO THAT’S WHEN IT WENT OUT INTO A STORAGE LOCKER. AND IN THE STORAGE LOCKER… IT WAS JUST NOT CLEAN ENOUGH TO BE IN THERE… WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED.” HAMILTON ADDED: “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE FOR [THE COLLECTION], AND IT’S IN PEOPLE’S GARAGES AND BASEMENTS AND LIVING ROOMS… [THE MUSEUM IS HOUSED IN] THE GALT HOSPITAL. AND A LOT OF OUR MEMBERS TRAINED HERE. SO IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL TO THEM, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE SOMETHING HERE TO BE REMEMBERED BY… IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US TO LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS.
Catalogue Number
P20140006033
Acquisition Date
2014-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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