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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
Less detail
Other Name
ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL NURSING CAPE
Date Range From
1953
Date Range To
1956
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20020088000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL NURSING CAPE
Date Range From
1953
Date Range To
1956
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
124.0
Description
CAPE IS WOOL. EXTERIOR IS NAVY BLUE, INTERIOR IS RED. CAPE HAS A SHORT STAND-UP COLLAR WITH "SMH" EMBROIDERED ON IT IN YELLOW. THERE IS A HOOK AND EYE ON COLLAR FOR CLOSING. FRONT OF CAPE HAS A STRIP OF MATERIAL WITH 2 BUTTONHOLES IN IT THAT ATTACHES TO A BLACK PLASTIC BUTTON ON EITHER SIDE OF FRONT OPENING. INSIDE COLLAR IS LINED WITH BLACK SATIN. HANGING FROM INSIDE OF COLLAR IS A SHORT STEEL CHAIN; SATIN IS WORN AND FRAYING WHERE CHAIN HANGS. THERE IS A LABEL INSIDE CAPE THAT IS BLACK WITH GOLD EMBROIDERY AND READS "LAC-MAC LONDON CANADA". INSIDE LEFT SIDE OF CAPE IS A SMALL POCKET WITH THE LETTERS "L.A.S." EMBROIDERED ON IT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
CAPE BELONGED TO DONOR'S CLASSMATE, ALBERTA SNELL. CAPE WAS GIVEN TO DONOR BY ALBERTA ABOUT 7 YEARS AGO, WANTING HER TO DONATE IT TO THE MUSEUM AFTER SEEING A DISPLAY HERE IN WHICH SHE NOTICED WE DIDN'T HAVE A CAPE FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL. ALBERTA ATTENDED ST. MICHAEL'S NURSING SCHOOL, AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE FIRST CLASS THERE IN JANUARY 1953. SHE ATTENDED FOR 3 YEARS, GRADUATING IN MAY 1956. DURING THIS TIME SHE PURCHASED THE CAPE, AS ALL STUDENTS WERE REQUIRED TO DO SO. DONOR RELATES THAT CAPES WERE HARDLY USED BY STUDENTS; ONLY WHEN REQUIRED. AFTER ALBERTA GRADUATED, SHE RETURNED TO HER HOMETOWN OF OYEN AND WORKED AS A NURSE THERE. SHE MARRIED FARMER, EDWARD MCKINSTRY. ALBERTA ATTENDS THE NURSING SCHOOL REUNIONS HELD EVERY 5 YEARS (5 YEARS OF GRADUATING CLASSES ATTEND), AS DOES DONOR. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING CAPE DONATED BY JEANINE HANSEN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON JUNE 9, 1996 IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD GIVES SOME DETAILS ABOUT ALBERTA SNELL’S TIME IN NURSING SCHOOL: “SHE FIRST ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE MORE THAN 40 YEARS AGO, A YOUNG WOMAN FROM THE TINY CENTRAL ALBERTA TOWN OF OYEN WITH A TICKET TO SAN FRANCISCO IN PURSE, LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE. ‘I JUST WANTED TO SEE THE WORLD,’ SAYS ALBERTA MCKINSTRY, NOW 70. BUT HER 17-YEAR-OLD BROTHER GOT A JOB HERE AND ‘EVERY TIME I SAID I WANTED TO GO, HIS ADAM’S APPLE WOULD RISE IN HIS THROAT,’ SHE SAYS. ‘HE WAS HOMESICK AND DIDN’T WANT ME TO LEAVE.’ SO SHE STAYED IN LETHBRIDGE, FINDING ADVENTURE ANYWAYS WHEN SHE BECAME ONE OF THE FIRST TO GRADUATE FROM THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1956.” THE ARTICLE CONTINUES: “’I HADN’T PLANNED TO GO INTO NURSING,’ MCKINSTRY SAYS. ‘I PRET’ NEAR FAINTED AT THE SIGHT OF A PIN PRICK.’ BUT WHEN SHE GOT A JOB ON THE ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL SWITCHBOARD, ONE OF THE NUNS … CONVINCED HER TO GIVE NURSING A TRY … ‘I ENJOYED THE TRAINING AND I LOVED THE NUNS,’ SHE SAYS. ‘THEY WERE WONDERFUL PEOPLE. THEY EMPHASIZED SERVICE, NOT DOING IT JUST FOR THE BUCKS. THE NUNS’ LIVES WERE DEDICATED TO SERVICE AND THEY TRIED TO INSTILL THAT IN US. SCIENCE, SERVICE, AND SANCTITY WAS OUR MOTTO.’” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20020088000
Acquisition Date
2003-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NURSE'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FABRIC
Catalogue Number
P19990030003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSE'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Materials
FABRIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
28.0
Description
WRAP-AROUND STYLE; WHITE; STARCHED; 6.5 CM WIDE WAISTBAND; LAPS OVER IN THE BACK WITH TWO BUTTONS ON EACH SIDE; TWO SETS OF BUTTON HOLES MATCH UP; HEM IS 10.0 CM WIDE; SKIRT IS SLIGHTLY GATHERED; INSIDE THE SKIRT IS A RECTANGULAR PIECE OF FABRIC (13.2 X 6 CM) ATTACHED TO THE CENTRE OF THE WAISTBAND. ON ONE OF THE SIDE HEMS IS THE NAME "J.A.DAY" WHICH HAS BEEN SCRATCHED OUT. WRITTEN IN BLACK IS "721", WHICH CORRESPONDS WITH THE UNIFORM (P19990030001-GA). SOILED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES ON FRONT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
SKIRT IS PART OF THE NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY). SHE TRAINED AT THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING FROM 1960-1962. IN 1962, SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE BAILIE. DURING 1962-64, SHE WORKED AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN CALGARY. HER CAREER ENDED IN 1965, WHEN THEY MOVED TO STETTLER, ALBERTA. BETTE WON AN AWARD FOR PEDIATRICS. FARMING BROUGHT HER FAMILY TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1909. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF BUD AND INGA (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) DAY. SHE RECEIVED HER PRIMARY EDUCATION IN FORT MACLEOD AND GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1962. ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1962, BETTE WAS MARRIED TO LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE COUPLE LIVED IN CALGARY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WHERE BETTE WORKED AT THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL. THEY THEN MOVED TO STETTLER FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE. BETTE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 ON JANUARY 13, 1998. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE BAILIE. ON 24 NOVEMBER 2017 PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, LAWRENCE BAILIE, WHO WAS MARRIED TO BETTE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: LAWRENCE BAILIE EXPLAINS HE DONATED THIS OUTFIT BECAUSE, “MY LATE WIFE HAD SAVED THIS FROM HER DAYS OF TRAINING AT THE LETHBRIDGE GALT HOSPITAL. AND SHE, OH I THINK SHE STARTED IN 1960 AND GRADUATED IN 1962… I THINK FOR YEARS WE HAD IT IN A SUITCASE OR TRUNK JUST ‘CAUSE IT WAS – ACTUALLY HER WHOLE IDEA WAS, I THINK, THAT SHE WANTED TO SHOW HER GRANDDAUGHTER THIS AS PART OF HER LIFE, I GUESS IS WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW HIS WIFE FIRST ACQUIRED THE NURSING OUTFIT, BAILIE REPLIED, “THEY DIDN’T START OUT WITH THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM BECAUSE THEY STARTED OUT WITH A DIFFERENT TYPE WHEN THEY WERE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR AND I THINK THEY CALLED THEM ‘PEROGIES,’ AND THEN AFTER THE FIRST YEAR IS WHEN THEY GOT THEIR UNIFORMS AND THEY WORE THEM ALL THE TIME… I WOULD SAY [THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM WAS WORN] FROM THE FIRST YEAR [TO THE] END OF THE SECOND YEAR WHILE THEY WERE WORKING AND THIS SORT OF PUT THEM APART FROM OTHER NURSES IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY HAD THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM ON... NOW ONCE THEY GRADUATED THEY DIDN’T HAVE THIS UNIFORM ANYMORE, THEY ACTUALLY HAD WHAT YOU WOULD BUY, LIKE A COMMERCIALLY-MADE NURSE’S DRESS… THEY WERE WHITE AND YOU COULD BUY DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF THEM. THEY HAD TO GO TO A SPECIAL PLACE TO BUY THE NURSE’S UNIFORMS THAT THEY WORE ONCE THEY WERE WORKING.” BAILIE CONTINUED, “AFTER SHE GRADUATED AND WE WERE MARRIED… SHE WORKED IN CALGARY AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL, AND NURSES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES WHILE THEY WERE NURSING – THEIR STREET CLOTHES – THEY HAD TO HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES IN THE LOCKERS THAT THEY HAD TO PUT ON SO THEY COULDN’T BRING, SUPPOSEDLY, GERMS INTO THE HOSPITAL. SO THEIR SHOES, EVERYTHING HAD TO BE CHANGED ... [SO] SHE HAD TO BRING HER UNIFORMS [TO THE HOSPITAL]. THEY HAD TO BE WASHED AND CLEANED, SO SHE HAD TO WASH, CLEAN THEM, AND TAKE THEM BACK AND FORTH, AND PUT THEM IN HER LOCKER AND WHATEVER.” WHEN ASKED WHY HIS WIFE BECAME A NURSE, BAILIE EXPLAINED, “MY WIFE USED TO ALWAYS SAY, “WELL I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS BECAUSE” SHE SAID, ‘I EITHER HAD TO BE A SCHOOLTEACHER OR NURSE.’ AND SHE SAID, ‘I DIDN’T WANT TO BE A SCHOOL TEACHER.’ AND SHE KNEW THAT, WELL HER MOTHER WAS, MAKE SURE THAT SHE BECAME SOMETHING. SHE HAD TO. LIKE HER MOM SAID, ‘YOU’LL STAY THERE FOREVER. YOU HAVE TO GRADUATE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WHATEVER.’ SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE.” THE WAY THAT LAWRENCE AND BETTE MET WAS THROUGH A FUNDRAISING DANCE FOR THE NURSING ALUMNI. BAILIE SHARED THE STORY: “I THINK THE PROCEEDS FROM TWO DANCES A YEAR TO GO TO THEIR ALUMNI OR WHATEVER THEY HAD [THROUGH THE NURSING SCHOOL]. AND SO THEN, THEY HAD THESE DANCES AT THE PAVILION, AT THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILION, AND SO ONE OF THE DANCES THE GALT SCHOOL WAS PUTTING ON. I MET HER THERE AT ONE OF THE DANCES…I COULD TELL YOU ALL KINDS OF – IT WAS KIND OF CUTE, IN THE SENSE THAT, I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE HER HOME AND SHE SAID, ‘WELL ONLY IF I COULD BRING MY FRIEND.’ AND I SAID, “NO, NOT A PROBLEM.” SO THEN SHE SAID – AND I SAID, “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET HOME OTHERWISE?” AND SHE SAID, “WELL WE, WE HAD,” I DON’T KNOW, LET’S SAY, A COUPLE OF DOLLARS IN HER SHOE, SO SHE COULD GET A TAXI BACK TO THIS THING, AND IF, YOU KNOW, SO. AND SHE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE I WAS SAFE ENOUGH TO RIDE HOME WITH SO, AND ANYWAYS I TOOK HER HOME FROM THE DANCE AND THAT’S HOW WE STARTED OUR COURTSHIP OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY FROM THAT TIME. I CALLED HER UP LATER… I LIVED WAY OUT IN SKIFF AND WE HAD A LOCAL PAY DIAL OR PAY PHONE THERE, SO WHEN I USED TO GO IN TO PHONE HER AND ASK HER FOR A DATE WHEN EVERYBODY IN THE STORE WOULD HEAR WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. SO YOU COULDN’T SAY VERY MUCH PERSONAL ‘CAUSE EVERYBODY WOULD HEAR.” BAILIE WENT ON TO SAY, “MY WIFE CONSIDERED HER TRAINING AND LIVING IN RESIDENCE WITH THESE OTHER GIRLS THE BEST TIME OF HER LIFE. SHE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME WITH THE OTHER GIRLS AND SHE REALLY CHERISHED THAT AND SHE HAD SOME VERY, VERY DEAR FRIENDS. I DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THAT CLOSE OF FRIENDS, BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR TWO YEARS AND THEY FOUND A NUMBER OF THEM UP AND DOWN THE HALLS AND THEY DID LITTLE TRICKS WITH EACH OTHER, AND WENT OUT FOR COFFEE WITH EACH OTHER…THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER SO THEY BECAME VERY, VERY GOOD FRIENDS.” BAILIE BROUGHT A SCRAPBOOK TO THE MUSEUM ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW THAT BETTE HAD PUT TOGETHER FROM HER NURSING DAYS, WHICH INCLUDED INFORMATION ABOUT HER GRADUATION. SHE RECEIVED THE “EMILY HICK MEMORIAL AWARD FOR PROFICIENCY IN PEDIATRICS.” BAILIE EXPLAINS THAT WORKING IN PEDIATRICS WAS “HER LIFE. THAT’S WHAT SHE LOVED.” UPON GRADUATION, BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE AND BEGAN NURSING IN CALGARY – WORKING ON THE PEDIATRIC WARD – WHILE LAWRENCE HAD WORKED FOR A TELEPHONE COMPANY. HE EXPLAINS, “BEING A FARM BOY, WELL I DIDN’T LIKE CALGARY, AND SO I WANTED TO GO TO A SMALLER PLACE, SO AT THAT TIME WE COULD BID OUT, SO I WENT TO STETTLER, SO NATURALLY SHE MOVED WITH ME TO STETTLER AND SHE DIDN’T WANT TO GET A JOB…SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE A NURSE THEN, ‘CAUSE THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE WAS THAT, AND SHE LOVED THE KIDS AND EVERYTHING, BUT WHEN THERE WAS A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN SHE WAS IN CALGARY WHERE SHE WOULD BE ON HEAD NURSE OR SOMETHING, AND SOME KIDS WOULD COME IN IN VERY SERIOUS CONDITION. AND SHE HAD TO [DECIDE] A LOT OF SERIOUS THINGS TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WITH THE CHILD. AND THAT REALLY BOTHERED HER… SHE TOOK HER WORK HOME [WITH HER]... SO SHE RETIRED AND RAISED OUR FAMILY.” WHILE BETTE RETIRED FROM NURSING, SHE CONTINUED TO USE HER SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE FROM NURSING SCHOOL THROUGHOUT THE BAILIE’S FAMILY LIFE. BAILIE REMEMBERS, “BEING THAT IN HER TRAINING, THEY LEARNED ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT AND WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T EAT AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS OR WHATEVER, SO WE ATE VERY HEALTHY…THE NATURAL THINGS THAT SHE LEARNED WHEN SHE WAS TRAINING TO BE A NURSE. SHE TOOK THEM, SHE KEPT THEM WITH HER AND SHE WAS RAISING HER FAMILY WITH THE STUFF THAT SHE HAD LEARNED, YOU KNOW. AND THEN, NATURALLY, ONE OF OUR KIDS FELL AND HURT HIMSELF OR DID SOMETHING AND SHE’D DO THAT DOCTOR/NURSING THING – ‘CAN YOU MOVE THIS? SO YOU ARM’S NOT BROKEN?’ OR SHE WOULD BANDAGE OR WHATEVER. AND SHE SAID, ‘YOU’LL LIVE.’ YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER STILL. THAT WAS ONE OF HER FAVOURITE THINGS. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE KIDS WOULD GET HURT OR SOMETHING AND SHE’D SAY, ‘THEY’LL BE OKAY. THEY’LL LIVE.’” THE BAILIE’S SONS ARE NAMED NEIL AND ROBERT (BOB). BETTE PASSED AWAY AFTER A SECOND BATTLE WITH CANCER, BAILIE EXPLAINS, “AS FAR AS CANCER TAKING HER AT A YOUNG AGE WAS – DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, I GUESS. BUT SHE WAS A VERY HEALTHY-LIVING PERSON. LIKE SHE NEVER SMOKED, SHE NEVER DRANK, AND IT DIDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COME TO THE CANCER. YOU KNOW. AND SHE DID LOOK AFTER HERSELF… PRIOR TO HER GETTING, FINDING OUT SHE HAD CANCER THE SECOND TIME, SHE TRAINED WITH A GIRL NEXT DOOR FOR THE IRON MAN.” BAILIE ALSO SAID, “I COULD TALK FOREVER ON HER, ABOUT HER. SHE WAS A GREAT GIRL... SHE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY. VERY QUIET, SHE WAS QUIET BUT YEAH. BUT AGAIN, LIKE I SAY, I DON’T KNOW. LIKE THIS STUFF WE’VE KEPT, LIKE I’VE GOT THIS STUFF NOW. AND I DON’T KNOW. LIKE I’VE GOT TONS OF STUFF THAT BELONGS TO HER AND I JUST DON’T WANT TO GIVE IT UP. BUT IF I GIVE IT TO MY SON, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’LL DO WITH IT. LIKE I HATE TO SEE IT LOST BECAUSE SHE WAS IMPORTANT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P19990030003
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19990030001
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Materials
RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Length
95.5
Description
SHIFT-STYLE DRESS; WHITE; SHORT SLEEVES; SIX BUTTON PLACKET FRONT CLOSURE ON UNIFORM. TWO FRONT POCKETS (15.5 X 17.0 CM) WITH ROUNDED CORNERS. INSIDE THE RIGHT POCKET IS A RECTANGULAR POCKET (11.5 X 6.8 CM). THE SLEEVES HAVE ONE BUTTON AS DECORATION. ALL BUTTONS ON THE UNIFORM ARE PEARL WHITE. THE BACK HAS A CENTRE SEAM. AT THE HEM LINE IS A KICK PLACKET (12.0 CM LONG). THOUGH THE UNIFORM IS WHITE, ITS DESIGN IS PINSTRIPED AND THREE PETAL "FLOWERS" MADE OF WHITE THREAD. AT THE NECK IS A WHITE CLOTH LABEL WITH RED LETTERS "A ROBBIN-DALE".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
UNIFORM IS PART OF THE NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY). SHE TRAINED AT THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING FROM 1960-1962. IN 1962, SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE BAILIE. DURING 1962-64, SHE WORKED AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN CALGARY. HER CAREER ENDED IN 1965, WHEN THEY MOVED TO STETTLER, ALBERTA. BETTE WON AN AWARD FOR PEDIATRICS. FARMING BROUGHT HER FAMILY TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1909. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF BUD AND INGA (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) DAY. SHE RECEIVED HER PRIMARY EDUCATION IN FORT MACLEOD AND GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1962. ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1962, BETTE WAS MARRIED TO LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE COUPLE LIVED IN CALGARY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WHERE BETTE WORKED AT THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL. THEY THEN MOVED TO STETTLER FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE. BETTE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 ON JANUARY 13, 1998. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE BAILIE. ON 24 NOVEMBER 2017 PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, LAWRENCE BAILIE, WHO WAS MARRIED TO BETTE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: LAWRENCE BAILIE EXPLAINS HE DONATED THIS OUTFIT BECAUSE, “MY LATE WIFE HAD SAVED THIS FROM HER DAYS OF TRAINING AT THE LETHBRIDGE GALT HOSPITAL. AND SHE, OH I THINK SHE STARTED IN 1960 AND GRADUATED IN 1962… I THINK FOR YEARS WE HAD IT IN A SUITCASE OR TRUNK JUST ‘CAUSE IT WAS – ACTUALLY HER WHOLE IDEA WAS, I THINK, THAT SHE WANTED TO SHOW HER GRANDDAUGHTER THIS AS PART OF HER LIFE, I GUESS IS WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW HIS WIFE FIRST ACQUIRED THE NURSING OUTFIT, BAILIE REPLIED, “THEY DIDN’T START OUT WITH THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM BECAUSE THEY STARTED OUT WITH A DIFFERENT TYPE WHEN THEY WERE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR AND I THINK THEY CALLED THEM ‘PEROGIES,’ AND THEN AFTER THE FIRST YEAR IS WHEN THEY GOT THEIR UNIFORMS AND THEY WORE THEM ALL THE TIME… I WOULD SAY [THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM WAS WORN] FROM THE FIRST YEAR [TO THE] END OF THE SECOND YEAR WHILE THEY WERE WORKING AND THIS SORT OF PUT THEM APART FROM OTHER NURSES IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY HAD THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM ON... NOW ONCE THEY GRADUATED THEY DIDN’T HAVE THIS UNIFORM ANYMORE, THEY ACTUALLY HAD WHAT YOU WOULD BUY, LIKE A COMMERCIALLY-MADE NURSE’S DRESS… THEY WERE WHITE AND YOU COULD BUY DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF THEM. THEY HAD TO GO TO A SPECIAL PLACE TO BUY THE NURSE’S UNIFORMS THAT THEY WORE ONCE THEY WERE WORKING.” BAILIE CONTINUED, “AFTER SHE GRADUATED AND WE WERE MARRIED… SHE WORKED IN CALGARY AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL, AND NURSES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES WHILE THEY WERE NURSING – THEIR STREET CLOTHES – THEY HAD TO HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES IN THE LOCKERS THAT THEY HAD TO PUT ON SO THEY COULDN’T BRING, SUPPOSEDLY, GERMS INTO THE HOSPITAL. SO THEIR SHOES, EVERYTHING HAD TO BE CHANGED ... [SO] SHE HAD TO BRING HER UNIFORMS [TO THE HOSPITAL]. THEY HAD TO BE WASHED AND CLEANED, SO SHE HAD TO WASH, CLEAN THEM, AND TAKE THEM BACK AND FORTH, AND PUT THEM IN HER LOCKER AND WHATEVER.” WHEN ASKED WHY HIS WIFE BECAME A NURSE, BAILIE EXPLAINED, “MY WIFE USED TO ALWAYS SAY, “WELL I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS BECAUSE” SHE SAID, ‘I EITHER HAD TO BE A SCHOOLTEACHER OR NURSE.’ AND SHE SAID, ‘I DIDN’T WANT TO BE A SCHOOL TEACHER.’ AND SHE KNEW THAT, WELL HER MOTHER WAS, MAKE SURE THAT SHE BECAME SOMETHING. SHE HAD TO. LIKE HER MOM SAID, ‘YOU’LL STAY THERE FOREVER. YOU HAVE TO GRADUATE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WHATEVER.’ SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE.” THE WAY THAT LAWRENCE AND BETTE MET WAS THROUGH A FUNDRAISING DANCE FOR THE NURSING ALUMNI. BAILIE SHARED THE STORY: “I THINK THE PROCEEDS FROM TWO DANCES A YEAR TO GO TO THEIR ALUMNI OR WHATEVER THEY HAD [THROUGH THE NURSING SCHOOL]. AND SO THEN, THEY HAD THESE DANCES AT THE PAVILION, AT THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILION, AND SO ONE OF THE DANCES THE GALT SCHOOL WAS PUTTING ON. I MET HER THERE AT ONE OF THE DANCES…I COULD TELL YOU ALL KINDS OF – IT WAS KIND OF CUTE, IN THE SENSE THAT, I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE HER HOME AND SHE SAID, ‘WELL ONLY IF I COULD BRING MY FRIEND.’ AND I SAID, “NO, NOT A PROBLEM.” SO THEN SHE SAID – AND I SAID, “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET HOME OTHERWISE?” AND SHE SAID, “WELL WE, WE HAD,” I DON’T KNOW, LET’S SAY, A COUPLE OF DOLLARS IN HER SHOE, SO SHE COULD GET A TAXI BACK TO THIS THING, AND IF, YOU KNOW, SO. AND SHE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE I WAS SAFE ENOUGH TO RIDE HOME WITH SO, AND ANYWAYS I TOOK HER HOME FROM THE DANCE AND THAT’S HOW WE STARTED OUR COURTSHIP OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY FROM THAT TIME. I CALLED HER UP LATER… I LIVED WAY OUT IN SKIFF AND WE HAD A LOCAL PAY DIAL OR PAY PHONE THERE, SO WHEN I USED TO GO IN TO PHONE HER AND ASK HER FOR A DATE WHEN EVERYBODY IN THE STORE WOULD HEAR WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. SO YOU COULDN’T SAY VERY MUCH PERSONAL ‘CAUSE EVERYBODY WOULD HEAR.” BAILIE WENT ON TO SAY, “MY WIFE CONSIDERED HER TRAINING AND LIVING IN RESIDENCE WITH THESE OTHER GIRLS THE BEST TIME OF HER LIFE. SHE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME WITH THE OTHER GIRLS AND SHE REALLY CHERISHED THAT AND SHE HAD SOME VERY, VERY DEAR FRIENDS. I DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THAT CLOSE OF FRIENDS, BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR TWO YEARS AND THEY FOUND A NUMBER OF THEM UP AND DOWN THE HALLS AND THEY DID LITTLE TRICKS WITH EACH OTHER, AND WENT OUT FOR COFFEE WITH EACH OTHER…THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER SO THEY BECAME VERY, VERY GOOD FRIENDS.” BAILIE BROUGHT A SCRAPBOOK TO THE MUSEUM ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW THAT BETTE HAD PUT TOGETHER FROM HER NURSING DAYS, WHICH INCLUDED INFORMATION ABOUT HER GRADUATION. SHE RECEIVED THE “EMILY HICK MEMORIAL AWARD FOR PROFICIENCY IN PEDIATRICS.” BAILIE EXPLAINS THAT WORKING IN PEDIATRICS WAS “HER LIFE. THAT’S WHAT SHE LOVED.” UPON GRADUATION, BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE AND BEGAN NURSING IN CALGARY – WORKING ON THE PEDIATRIC WARD – WHILE LAWRENCE HAD WORKED FOR A TELEPHONE COMPANY. HE EXPLAINS, “BEING A FARM BOY, WELL I DIDN’T LIKE CALGARY, AND SO I WANTED TO GO TO A SMALLER PLACE, SO AT THAT TIME WE COULD BID OUT, SO I WENT TO STETTLER, SO NATURALLY SHE MOVED WITH ME TO STETTLER AND SHE DIDN’T WANT TO GET A JOB…SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE A NURSE THEN, ‘CAUSE THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE WAS THAT, AND SHE LOVED THE KIDS AND EVERYTHING, BUT WHEN THERE WAS A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN SHE WAS IN CALGARY WHERE SHE WOULD BE ON HEAD NURSE OR SOMETHING, AND SOME KIDS WOULD COME IN IN VERY SERIOUS CONDITION. AND SHE HAD TO [DECIDE] A LOT OF SERIOUS THINGS TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WITH THE CHILD. AND THAT REALLY BOTHERED HER… SHE TOOK HER WORK HOME [WITH HER]... SO SHE RETIRED AND RAISED OUR FAMILY.” WHILE BETTE RETIRED FROM NURSING, SHE CONTINUED TO USE HER SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE FROM NURSING SCHOOL THROUGHOUT THE BAILIE’S FAMILY LIFE. BAILIE REMEMBERS, “BEING THAT IN HER TRAINING, THEY LEARNED ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT AND WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T EAT AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS OR WHATEVER, SO WE ATE VERY HEALTHY…THE NATURAL THINGS THAT SHE LEARNED WHEN SHE WAS TRAINING TO BE A NURSE. SHE TOOK THEM, SHE KEPT THEM WITH HER AND SHE WAS RAISING HER FAMILY WITH THE STUFF THAT SHE HAD LEARNED, YOU KNOW. AND THEN, NATURALLY, ONE OF OUR KIDS FELL AND HURT HIMSELF OR DID SOMETHING AND SHE’D DO THAT DOCTOR/NURSING THING – ‘CAN YOU MOVE THIS? SO YOU ARM’S NOT BROKEN?’ OR SHE WOULD BANDAGE OR WHATEVER. AND SHE SAID, ‘YOU’LL LIVE.’ YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER STILL. THAT WAS ONE OF HER FAVOURITE THINGS. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE KIDS WOULD GET HURT OR SOMETHING AND SHE’D SAY, ‘THEY’LL BE OKAY. THEY’LL LIVE.’” THE BAILIE’S SONS ARE NAMED NEIL AND ROBERT (BOB). BETTE PASSED AWAY AFTER A SECOND BATTLE WITH CANCER, BAILIE EXPLAINS, “AS FAR AS CANCER TAKING HER AT A YOUNG AGE WAS – DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, I GUESS. BUT SHE WAS A VERY HEALTHY-LIVING PERSON. LIKE SHE NEVER SMOKED, SHE NEVER DRANK, AND IT DIDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COME TO THE CANCER. YOU KNOW. AND SHE DID LOOK AFTER HERSELF… PRIOR TO HER GETTING, FINDING OUT SHE HAD CANCER THE SECOND TIME, SHE TRAINED WITH A GIRL NEXT DOOR FOR THE IRON MAN.” BAILIE ALSO SAID, “I COULD TALK FOREVER ON HER, ABOUT HER. SHE WAS A GREAT GIRL... SHE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY. VERY QUIET, SHE WAS QUIET BUT YEAH. BUT AGAIN, LIKE I SAY, I DON’T KNOW. LIKE THIS STUFF WE’VE KEPT, LIKE I’VE GOT THIS STUFF NOW. AND I DON’T KNOW. LIKE I’VE GOT TONS OF STUFF THAT BELONGS TO HER AND I JUST DON’T WANT TO GIVE IT UP. BUT IF I GIVE IT TO MY SON, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’LL DO WITH IT. LIKE I HATE TO SEE IT LOST BECAUSE SHE WAS IMPORTANT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P19990030001
Acquisition Date
1999-10
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
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
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
BABY DRESS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON, COTTON, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19960116005
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BABY DRESS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
RAYON, COTTON, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
2
Length
32
Width
22.5
Description
WHITE RAYON BLEND SHIFT WITH SINGLE BODICE, ROUNDED NECKLINE AND SLEEVELESS TRAPEZE CUT. BOTTOM HEM HAS SCALLOPED LACE TRIM. OUTER DRESS HAS SHEER SCALLOPED LACE BODICE WITH PUFFED SLEEVES AND POLO STYLE COLLAR. PUFF SLEEVES ARE PLAIN WHITE WITH LACE TRIM. SEWN TO FRONT BELOW COLLAR IS BEIGE RIBBON BOW. DRESS OPENS AT BACK WITH TWO PEARL COLORED BUTTONS. SEWN INSIDE BACK COLLAR IS WHITE PAPER LABEL WITH "SIZE #1" TYPED ON ONE SIDE AND "6" WRITTEN IN RED INK ON BACK. COLLAR HAS SLIGHT YELLOW STAINS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
HEALTH SERVICES
History
DRESS WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19960116001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19960116005
Acquisition Date
1996-01
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
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Museum
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