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Other Name
BOY SCOUT'S SHIRT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073137
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUT'S SHIRT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
8
Length
74.5
Width
48.5
Description
FOREST GREEN COTTON BUTTON-UP SHIRT, WITH LONG SLEEVES AND COLLAR. SHOULDER TABS, POCKETS, AND SHIRT HAVE BROWN BUTTONS, EMBOSSED WITH "BOY SCOUTS CANADA" WITH FLEUR-DE-LIS AND "BE PREPARED". LOWER PORTION OF LEFT BREAST POCKET HAS BEEN REMOVED, WITH LOOSE THREADS REMAINING ON SHIRT IN ITS PLACE. GREEN COTTON PATCH SEWN ABOVE RIGHT BREAST POCKET, WITH "BOY SCOUTS-CANADA" EMBROIDERED IN YELLOW THREAD. WHITE PATCH PINNED DIRECTLY ABOVE (PIN REMOVED), WITH "11TH LETHBRIDGE" EMBROIDERED IN RED. POCKET HAS BEIGE MACHINE-EMBROIDERED BADGE OF ALBERTA CREST PINNED AT CENTRE (PIN REMOVED), WITH LOOSE RED THREADS BELOW. ABOVE LEFT BREAST POCKET IS PINNED YELLOW BADGE (PIN REMOVED) READING "LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT", WITH IMAGE OF THE HIGH-LEVEL BRIDGE, A WHEAT BUSHEL AND COAL MINING PICK AND HAT. AT THE END OF THE LEFT SHOULDER TAB IS PINNED (PIN REMOVED) ONE BLACK AND ONE YELLOW COTTON RIBBON, FOLDED IN HALF AND STAPLED TOGETHER NEAR TOP. DETACHED POCKET HAS WHITE WOOLEN BAND PINNED VERTICALLY TO THE LEFT OF BEIGE OVAL BADGE EMBROIDERED WITH "BOY SCOUTS" AND RED FLEUR-DE-LIS, WHICH IS PINNED TO CENTRE OF POCKET (PINS REMOVED).
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR. BADGES HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND ARE STORED SEPARATELY, WITH DETACHED POCKET. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073137
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ACRYLIC WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20030051025
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
ACRYLIC WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
58.0
Description
KNIT BURGUNDY SWEATER. HAS A V-NECK. THERE IS AN EMBROIDERED MINERS' LIBRARY LOGO ON UPPER LEFT. LOGO CONSISTS OF A CIRCLE WITH A MINER'S CAP ON YELLOW BACKGROUND IN THE CENTER, AND "MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB" AROUND THE PERIMETER. ACROSS BOTTOM IS A BANNER WITH "LETHBRIDGE", BELOW WHICH IS AN OPEN BOOK. A BURGUNDY LABEL INSIDE NECKLINE OF SWEATER READS "CREST CAREERS MADE IN U.S.A." WITH A SMALLER LABEL THAT READS "M". A WORN LABEL SEWN INSIDE SIDE OF SWEATER READS "MALE 4859". THIS LABEL IS FALLING OFF. SWEATER IS STRETCHED OUT AND HAS ORANGE COLOURED ACCRETION ALONG BOTTOM. THERE ARE TWO HOLES IN SWEATER AT TOP NEAR LOGO.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
RETRIEVED FROM THE MINERS' LIBRARY BUILDING ON 13TH STREET NORTH AFTER ITS CLOSURE. LIBRARY MATERIALS AND MINING MEMORABILIA WERE KEPT IN A DISPLAY CASE LOCATED IN THE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF THE MAIN FLOOR CLUB ROOM. THE ORIGIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY AND READING ROOM BY THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND COAL CO., IN 1890. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LIBRARY WAS FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF THE MECHANICS' LIBRARIES, ALSO CALLED MECAHNICS' INSTITUTES, THAT SPRANG UP ACROSS EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN THE MID 1800S. THEY WERE SELF-HELP INSTITUTES SET UP BY WORKING MEN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR WORKING MEN SO THEY COULD BETTER THEMSELVES IN LIFE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE UP THE ECHELON IN THE COAL MINE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY HOUSED IN A SMALL BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO 108 5TH STREET SOUTH, AND MEMBERSHIP WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO MINERS. A YEAR LATER THE EMPLOYEES RENOVATED THE FORMER #1 BOARDING HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MACLEOD ROAD, FOR RELOCATION OF THE LIBRARY AND WHEN THIS LARGER BUILDING OPENED IT IS SAID TO HAVE HAD 300 BOOKS. WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF THE GALT COMPANIES IN 1904, THE AR&C COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES' READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY BECAME THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND IRRIGATION COMPANY'S EMPLOYEE'S READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY. THE LIBRARY CONTAINED 1500 BOOKS, PLUS MANY MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. IN 1908 THE SOCIETY WAS REFERRED TO AS THE GALT MINER'S LIBRARY, AND STILL IN THE #1 BOARDING HOUSE BUILDING, IT CONTAINED A BILLIARD ROOM AND GYMNASIUM. THE NEXT KNOWN MOVE OF THE LIBRARY WAS IN 1917 WHEN THE GALT MINES LIBRARY PURCHASED THE BAILEY ST. SCHOOL AND MOVED IT TO 733 13TH ST. NORTH - WHERE IT IS STILL PART OF THE MODERN BUILDING THAT USED TO BE THE MINER'S LIBRARY. AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY IN THE YMCA IN 1919 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GALT GARDENS, THE 'LIBRARY AND READING ROOM' ACTIVITIES BECAME OF LESSER IMPORTANCE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY BECAME MORE OF A SOCIAL CLUB WHICH HAS GIVEN GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MANY ASPECTS OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. A BAR AREA IN THE CLUB'S BASEMENT PROVIDED A SPACE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, OFFICE PARTIES, FUNERALS AND VARIOUS CLUB ACTIVITIES. THE UPSTAIRS BLACK NUGGET LOUNGE OFFERED MEALS, DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, DARTS, POOL, CRIB AND VLTS. LONG TIME MEMBERS COULD BUY THEIR CHAIR AND HAVE THEIR NAME ON IT. A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, THE CLUB MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FORMER ADAMS PARK BALL FIELD AND SPECTATOR STANDS, AND SUPPORTED MANY SPORTS AND SPORTS TEAMS THROUGH THE YEARS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PARKS THAT HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY. THE CLUB WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING PAVAN PARK, AND VARIOUS SPORTS VENUES. AS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLUB DWINDLED THE CLUB'S SALES COULD NOT COVER THE DAILY COSTS OF RUNNING THE OPERATION. IN 2000 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS WERE UNDERTAKEN, AND ALONG WITH AN AUCTION AND CRAFT AND BAKE SALES, THE CLUB SOLICITED DONATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, BY 2003 THE CLUB HAD ONLY 300 MEMBERS (LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT 3 YEARS PRIOR) AND AFTER 113 YEARS IT WAS FORCED TO CLOSE IT'S DOORS. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB WAS THE LONGEST STANDING MEN-ONLY CLUB, AND THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING CLUB IN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20030051025
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BOY SCOUTS UNIFORM W/ QUEEN’S SCOUT BADGE
Date Range From
1958
Date Range To
1963
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, NYLON, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P20140034001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUTS UNIFORM W/ QUEEN’S SCOUT BADGE
Date Range From
1958
Date Range To
1963
Materials
COTTON, NYLON, LEATHER
No. Pieces
5
Height
4
Length
78
Width
48
Description
.A –SHIRT - SHORT-SLEEVED, COLLARED SHIRT MADE OF DARK GREEN COTTON. FIVE BROWN PLASTIC BUTTONS DOWN THE FRONT HAVE FLEUR-DE-LIS PATTERN AND TEXT READING “BOY SCOUTS CANADA”. SHIRT HAS 31 EMBROIDERED CLOTH PATCHES HANDSEWN ON THE SLEEVES, CHEST POCKETS, AND UPPER CHEST PANELS. PATCHES ARE BRIGHTLY COLOURED, WITH CENTRAL SYMBOLS AND IN MOST CASES, TEXT READING “BOY SCOUTS”. THREE STRIPES OF WHITE CLOTH ARE SEWN VERTICALLY ACROSS THE LEFT CHEST POCKET. SOME STITCHING ON EDGES OF PATCHES UNRAVELLING; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 4 X 78 X 48 .B –CORD – SPIRAL-WRAPPED CORD MADE OF INDIVIDUAL TWISTED NYLON THREADS IN WHITE, RED, GREEN, AND YELLOW. CORD IS UNRAVELLING AT ONE END AND KNOTTED AT THE OTHER WITH A GOLD-CAPPED TIP. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 1 X 130 X 2 .C –THONG – STRIP OF LEATHER WRAPPED AND KNOTTED INTO A CYLINDER WITH KNOBBED ENDS. GOLD, SPIRAL-WRAPPED NYLON CORD IS TIED AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF THE THONG, WITH TASSELED ENDS HANGING DOWN. THONG IS SAFETY-PINNED ABOVE THE RIGHT CHEST POCKET OF P20140034001.A AND LOOPED THROUGH THE RIGHT SHOULDER EPAULET. DISCOLOURATION ON LEATHER; GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. 3 X 14 X 3 .D & .E –EPAULET DECORATION – TWO STRIPS OF WOVEN BLUE FABRIC RIBBON FOLDED IN HALF AND PINNED TO THE LEFT EPAULET WITH A SAFETY PIN. EDGES ARE FRAYED; VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. 0.1 X 22 X 2.25
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
THIS SHIRT BELONGED TO THE DONOR, DON CHAPMAN. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE CHAPMAN FAMILY WAS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR AT THE TIME OF DONATION. THE CHAPMANS RESIDED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1958 TO 1963. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE FROM LACOMBE, ALBERTA, AFTER DON’S FATHER STUART ACCEPTED THE POSITION OF ADMINISTRATOR OF THE GALT REHABILITATION CENTRE, LOCATED IN THE OLD GALT HOSPITAL BUILDING. IN 1963 THE FAMILY MOVED TO LANGLEY, B.C. WHERE STUART BECAME THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE LANGLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. WHILE IN LETHBRIDGE, DON WAS ACTIVE IN BOY SCOUTS, ATTAINING QUEEN’S SCOUT STATUS AND BEING CHOSEN AS ONE OF TWO LETHBRIDGE SCOUTS TO TRAVEL TO NEW MEXICO ON AN “ADVENTURE TRIP” IN 1963. ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DON CHAPMAN ABOUT HIS FAMILY’S TIME IN LETHBRIDGE AND MEMORIES RELATED TO THE SPECIFIC DONATED OBJECTS. CHAPMAN SAID: “I WAS BORN IN 1947 AND WE CAME [TO LETHBRIDGE] BECAUSE MY FATHER GOT A JOB HERE… IT WAS EXCITING. WE HAD NO IDEA WHERE LETHBRIDGE WAS… IT WAS KIND OF LIKE, FINALLY THE FAMILY IS GETTING A FINANCIAL FOOTING AND THERE WAS A CAREER PATH AHEAD… THE MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE WAS KIND OF LIKE A NEW START… CERTAINLY FOR ME, LETHBRIDGE WAS FORMATIVE YEARS… SCOUTING WAS A SIGNIFICANT UNDERTAKING IN MY LIFE, I WAS QUITE COMMITTED TO IT… IT WAS A WAY TO LEARN FUNDAMENTAL LIFE SKILLS AND MEMBERSHIP… YOU WOULD LEARN WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE IN A GROUP, WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE ON A TEAM… I BELONGED TO THE 14TH LETHBRIDGE SCOUT TROOP AND IT WAS CENTERED IN THE MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH… A LOT OF IT WAS CENTERED AROUND AN ANNUAL CAMP. WE WOULD GO OUT FOR AT LEAST A WEEK… INTO THE EASTERN SLOPE OF THE ROCKIES… YOU HAD TO LEARN HOW TO COOK… YOU HAD TO LEARN SURVIVAL SKILLS, YOU HAD TO LEARN HOW TO TIE KNOTS, SINGING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE AT MEETINGS… IT WAS KIND OF A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.” OF THIS SPECIFIC OBJECT, CHAPMAN SAID: “IT WAS SIGNIFICANT IN MY LIFE BECAUSE IT REPRESENTED A CERTAIN LEVEL OF ATTAINMENT WITHIN THE BOY SCOUTS OF CANADA. NOT EVERYBODY BECAME A QUEEN’S SCOUT… YOU WERE CHALLENGED AT CERTAIN TIMES TO DO THINGS TO WIN AWARDS, SO ON THE UNIFORM YOU GET ALL KINDS OF BADGES. NOWADAYS IN SCOUTS THE BADGES ARE KEPT ON A SASH SO THAT THE UNIFORM IS MORE FUNCTIONAL, [BUT] IN THE DAYS THAT I WAS THERE THE BADGES WERE ALL ON YOUR SLEEVE. SO THERE’S A ST. JOHN’S AMBULANCE BADGE SO YOU LEARN THINGS LIKE FIRST AID; THERE’S EVEN A COUPLE [THAT] HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH FARMING… THIS WAS FORESTRY, THIS, SWIMMING… ONCE YOU EARNED A CERTAIN NUMBER OF BADGES THAT WOULD GIVE YOU BRAIDS… THE WHITE AND RED CORDS WERE THE FIRST YOU WOULD GET FOR A CERTAIN NUMBER OF BADGES. THEN YOU WOULD GO FROM THAT TO GREEN AND GOLD… THE GOLD CORD WAS THE HIGHEST YOU COULD GET… THIS IS A LEATHER THONG CALLED THE BUSHMAN’S THONG, AND YOU HAD TO ACQUIRE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF SKILLS, SURVIVAL SKILLS, CAMPING SKILLS, IN ORDER TO EARN THE BUSHMAN’S THONG… THESE STRIPES: IF YOU HAD TWO STRIPES YOU WERE A PATROL LEADER… IF YOU HAD THREE STRIPES YOU WERE THE LEADER OF THE TROOP… AFTER YOU HAD ACHIEVED A CERTAIN NUMBER OF THE REGULAR BADGES, THEN YOU WOULD GET SOME PREMIUM BADGES… IF YOU ACHIEVED A CERTAIN NUMBER OF [PREMIUM] BADGES ON THIS SLEEVE… YOU WOULD ACHIEVE THE LEVEL OF QUEEN’S SCOUT, THE HIGHEST ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU CAN GET. AND IN THE END YOU HAVE YOUNG FELLOWS WHO HAVE ALL KINDS OF LIFE SKILLS… EVERYTHING FROM WHATEVER ALL OF THE BADGES COVER RIGHT THROUGH TO LEADERSHIP AND SELF-STARTING ABILITIES AND [DEALING] WITH PROBLEMS THAT ARISE.” IN AN EMAIL DATED NOVEMBER 6, 2014, CHAPMAN PROVIDED FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE BLUE RIBBONS ATTACHED TO THE SHIRT’S LEFT SHOULDER EPAULET: “THIS UNIFORM ELEMENT WOULD INDICATE THE PARTICULAR PATROL TO WHICH THE WEARER BELONGED. ALL MEMBERS OF A PATROL WOULD WEAR HIS PATROL’S COLOURS. THE COLOURS DID NOT REPRESENT A PARTICULAR SKILL ATTAINMENT; ONLY PATROL MEMBERSHIP… DEPENDING ON SIZE, A TROOP WOULD HAVE SEVERAL PATROLS OF PERHAPS SIX TO EIGHT SCOUTS IN EACH PATROL. THE PATROLS WERE ALL NAMED AFTER ANIMALS.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS REPORTING ON CHAPMAN’S NEW MEXICO TRIP.
Catalogue Number
P20140034001
Acquisition Date
2014-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
"WOLF CUBS CANADA"
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20180028002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"WOLF CUBS CANADA"
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
56
Width
36.2
Description
GREEN COTTON-KNIT TURTLENECK SWEATER. SWEATER HAS TWO GREEN PLASTIC BUTTONS AT COLLAR ON RIGHT-WEARING SIDE, WITH BUTTON LOOPS ON LEFT-WEARING SIDE. FRONT OF SWEATER HAS ROUND PATCH SEWN ON LEFT SIDE OF CHEST WITH RED WOLF FACE AND RED EMBROIDERED TEXT BELOW “BOY SCOUTS”. FRONT OF SWEATER HAS PATCH SEWN ON RIGHT SIDE OF CHEST COMPRISED OF GREEN BAR WITH RED EMRBOIDERED TEXT “WOLF CUBS-CANADA” AND LIGHT GREEN SHIELD BELOW WITH EMBROIDERED RED AND GREEN COAT OF ARMS FORMING RED CROSS IN TOP SECTION OF SHIELD AND RED ROSE WITH GREEN STEM AND LEAVES IN BOTTOM SECTION OF SHIELD. LEFT SLEEVE HAS THREE YELLOW BARS SEWN ON, WITH BLACK TRIANGULAR PATCH SEWN ON AT SHOULDER. RIGHT SLEEVE HAS FIVE PATCHES SEWN ON, IN ORDER FROM SHOULDER DOWN: WHITE COTTON BAR WITH RED PRINTED TEXT “LETHBRIDGE”; WHITE COTTON SQUARE PATCH WITH RED PRINTED TEXT “4”; TRIANGULAR PATCH WITH BLUE BACKGROUND, GREEN TRIM AND WHITE EMBROIDERED TEXT “BOY SCOUTS” WITH WHITE EMBROIDERED MAGNIFYING GLASS BELOW; TRIANGULAR PATCH WITH YELLOW BACKGROUND, GREEN TRIM, AND BLACK EMBROIDERED TEXT “BOY SCOUTS” WITH BLACK EMBROIDERED HOUSE BELOW; TRIANGULAR PATCH WITH YELLOW BACKGROUND, BLACK TRIM, AND BLACK EMRBOIDRED TEXT “BOY SCOUTS” WITH BLACK EMBROIDERED PENCIL BELOW. BACK OF RIGHT SLEEVE HAS TRIANGULAR PATCH WITH RED BACKGROUND, BLACK TRIM, AND BLACK EMBROIDERED TEXT “BOY SCOUTS” WITH BLACK EMBROIDERED BROOM BASE BELOW. SLEEVE CUFFS ELASTIC. INSIDE SWEATER COLLAR IS WHITE TAG WITH ORANGE EMBROIDERED TEXT “OFFICIAL DESIGN FROM THE STORES DEPARTMENT, THE BOY SCOUTS ASSOCIATION, OTTAWA, CANADA”. YELLOW BARS ON LEFT SLEEVE ARE FADED; TAG INSIDE COLLAR IS DISCOLORED; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ON DECEMBER 13, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED BILL LINGARD REGARDING HIS DONATION OF BOY SCOUTS AND WOLF CUBS REGALIA. LINGARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE WOLF CUB AND BOY SCOUT TROUPES AS A YOUTH. ON THE WOLF CUBS SWEATER, LINGARD ELABORATED, “THIS WAS INHERITED FROM WHEN MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY [IN 2007]. THAT’S PROBABLY WHERE IT WAS FIRST SO THAT’S ALL I CAN REMEMBER…[THE] LAST TIME I SAW IT…WAS PROBABLY A NUMBER OF YEARS [AGO].” “I CAN REMEMBER THINGS ABOUT CUBS. I CAN REMEMBER VERA SHIRLEY, WHO WAS OUR LEADER…THAT’S ABOUT WHAT I REMEMBER ABOUT IT.” LINGARD RECALLED HIS TIME IN THE BOY SCOUTS AND WOLF CUBS, “YOU HAD TO BE EIGHT YEARS OLD [TO ENROLL IN WOLF CUBS]. THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN ONE OR TWO OTHER KIDS THAT I KNEW FROM SCHOOL THAT HAD GOTTEN INTERESTED IN IT. I CAN’T REALLY SAY THERE WAS ONE DEFINING MOMENT THAT I [WANTED TO JOIN]-–I OBVIOUSLY TRIED IT OUT AND LIKED IT BECAUSE I WAS IN IT FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. [I WAS] ABOUT 10 OR 11 WHEN THEY BOOSTED [ME] UP TO BOY SCOUTS BECAUSE I WENT TO SCOUTS AFTER THAT. WHEN I STARTED OUT, I GOT TO BE A SIXER AND THEN I GOT TO BE WHAT WAS CALLED A SENIOR SIXER, THAT’S LIKE A SERGEANT [WHERE] YOU GET THREE STRIPES. I DID [THE] THINGS YOU DID IN CUBS.” “[I REMEMBER] GOING TO MEETINGS, I JUST WALKED. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN [AT] 14TH STREET AND ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH, ON 11TH AND 4TH AVENUE. IT’S A MATTER OF 6 BLOCKS. YOU WALKED EVERYWHERE THEN. I THINK WE HAD A TRUCK [THEN]. THAT’S ABOUT THE FIRST THING I REMEMBER [ABOUT] JOINING, AND I ENJOYED IT. I KNEW VERA SHIRLEY UP UNTIL THE TIME SHE PASSED AWAY, A NICE LADY.” “[WE MET] TUESDAY OR THURSDAY EVENINGS. IT WAS ABOUT 6:30 OR 7, PROBABLY 6:30 TILL ABOUT 7:30. I REMEMBER IN THE SUMMER TIME WE GENERALLY MET OUTSIDE A LOT ON THE FRONT LAWN OF THE MANSE AT ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH WHICH IS WHERE THE NEW CHURCH SITS. THAT WAS FRONT LAWN THEN AND WE USED TO MEET OUTSIDE A LOT. IN THE WINTER IT WAS DOWN IN THE BASEMENT IN THE CHURCH AND WE USED TO DO [A] CERTAIN AMOUNT OF ACTIVITIES OVER IN THE RCMP GROUNDS.” “WE PROBABLY PLAYED GAMES. IT SEEMS AT A CUBS' MEETING WE HAD AN OPENING AND THEN WE DID…TYING KNOTS. I THINK THERE WERE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF CUB-LIKE ACTIVITIES, TEACHING YOU HOW TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. THERE WAS USUALLY TIME TO BURN OFF A BIT OF ENERGY AND A CLOSING THING. I CAN IMAGINE THAT CUB MEETINGS WERE ABOUT AN HOUR AT THAT AGE. IT SEEMED LIKE A LONG TIME THEN BUT THAT’S PROBABLY [ALL] IT WAS.” “[WE NEVER LEFT THE CITY] WITH CUBS. IN SCOUTS, I WENT TO CAMP ONCE BUT CUBS WAS IN TOWN…IN SCOUTS, THEY HAD A FATHER AND SON BANQUET ONCE A YEAR…IT WAS JUST RIGHT AFTER THE WAR AND THERE WEREN’T A WHOLE LOT OF THINGS THAT WE DID, THAT WERE EXTRACURRICULAR…THAT REQUIRED TRANSPORTATION AND MOVING AROUND A LOT. WE HAD BADGES.” “I’M SURE THERE WERE TROUPES ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE CITY. PROBABLY AT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND PROBABLY AT THE MORMON CHURCH. WHEN I WENT TO SCOUTS, THE SCOUT TROUPE WAS AT SOUTHMINSTER CHURCH BUT I DON’T THINK THEY HAD CUBS AT SOUTHMINSTER. IT WAS AT ST. AUGUSTINE’S. I DON’T THINK THERE WERE THAT MANY CUB TROUPES BECAUSE THERE WERE ONLY ABOUT 15,000 PEOPLE IN LETHBRIDGE RIGHT AFTER THE WAR SO IT WASN’T THAT BIG OF A PLACE…WE WERE NUMBER 4 SO MAYBE THERE WERE 4 OR 5.” “SCOUTS WAS [THE] ADOLESCENT—PRETTY SOON [I WAS] LESS INTERESTED IN SCOUTS AND MORE INTERESTED IN GIRLS. I ENJOYED CUBS VERY MUCH AND VERA SHIRLEY WAS CERTAINLY A VERY POSITIVE PERSON. I WOULD SAY THAT THE OVERALL EFFECT, WHICH I DIDN’T REALLY REALIZE AT THE TIME, SINCE THEN THROUGHOUT MY LIFE, I HAVE BELONGED TO A LOT OF THINGS AND HAVE ENJOYED THEM. I THINK THAT [IT] PROBABLY HELPED TO [INFLUENCE] THAT FROM KIND OF A SHY KID TO BEING ABLE TO DO OTHER THINGS. I FEEL THAT THE CUB EXPERIENCE THERE WITH THAT GROUP OF PEOPLE…WAS POSITIVE.” “ONCE I GOT INTO JUNIOR HIGH AND THEN EVEN TOWARD HIGH SCHOOL THEN IT WAS CURLING AND THINGS LIKE THAT I WAS GETTING INTERESTED IN…I’M NOT SURE THAT I EVEN GOT ANY BADGES IN SCOUTS.” LINGARD EXPRESSED HIS MOTIVES FOR DONATING THE CAP AND JACKET, STATING, “WE’RE DOWNSIZING. I DON’T THINK WE EVEN KNEW THIS EXISTED TWO YEARS AGO, IT WAS PUT AWAY SOMEWHERE. IT WAS [TIME TO DECIDE] WHAT TO DO WITH THIS. WE DIDN’T REQUIRE IT ANYMORE SO I THOUGHT I WOULD CHECK WITH [THE MUSEUM] BEFORE IT WENT ELSEWHERE.” “I’D SAY IT’S VALUED BUT IT WAS A MATTER [OF] ONE DAY THIS IS GOING TO GO. IF IT HAS SOME VALUE [I’D LIKE TO SEE] THAT IT GOES SOMEWHERE WHERE IT CAN BE APPRECIATED, WHERE IT BRINGS BACK SOME MEMORIES.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180028001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180028002
Acquisition Date
2018-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BASEBALL PANTS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19970073019
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL PANTS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Length
70.2
Width
40.8
Description
WHITE POLYESTER/NYLON PANTS WITH BLUE VERTICAL STRIPES. ELASTICIZED HEMS ON LEGS; BACK OF WAISTBAND ALSO ELASTICIZED. FIVE LARGE BELT LOOPS AT WAIST; BUTTON AND ZIPPER AT FRONT. TAG IN BACK OF PANTS READING "PRIDE ATHLETIC UNIFORMS LARGE A MEDALIST COMPANY FOND DU LAC, WI. 54935"; WASHING DIRECTIONS BELOW. ONE REAR RIGHT POCKET. CHILD'S UNIFORM.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
ASSOCIATIONS
History
DONATED TO MUSEUM BY CANADIAN LEGION; PRIOR USE/HISTORY UNKNOWN. SEE P19970073018-20-GA FOR RELATED PIECES AND P19970073001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970073019
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SKI BOOTS (PAIR)
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19920057004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SKI BOOTS (PAIR)
Date
1943
Materials
LEATHER
No. Pieces
2
Height
14.0
Length
28.0
Width
10.0
Description
LEATHER UPPER & SOLE WITH YELLOW LACES & LEATHER STRAP. ANGLE BOOT. NOTCHED HEEL FOR CABLE BINDING. SMOOTH SOLE & HEEL. HARD TOE. LEATHER TABS AT BACK.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
LEISURE
History
BOOTS PURCHASED WITH SKIS AS A SET IN 1943, FROM CONSUMERS HARDWARE LOCATED ON 3 AVENUE. COST $8.95 FOR SET. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE DONATED BY LLOYD TRONE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE DONOR WAS FOUND IN HIS OBITUARY, PUBLISHED IN THE JUNE 1, 2010 ISSUE OF THE CROWSNEST PASS HERALD. LLOYD TRONE WAS BORN IN 1928 IN MEDICINE HAT, AND MOVED WITH HIS FAMILY TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930. HE WORKED FOR CANADA PACKERS FOR 25 YEARS AND RETIRED TO THE CROWSNEST PASS, WHERE HE PASSED AWAY IN MAY 2010. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19990049001-GA FOR HARDCOPY OF DONOR'S OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19920057004
Acquisition Date
1992-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BASEBALL SHIRT
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1998
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19970073018
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL SHIRT
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1998
Materials
POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Length
56.8
Width
66
Description
WHITE POLYESTER/NYLON SHORT-SLEEVED SHIRT WITH BLUE VERTICAL PINSTRIPES. LIGHT BLUE LETTER "N" STITCHED TO LEFT FRONT CHEST AREA. BADGE SEWN TO RIGHT SLEEVE, EMBROIDERED WITH "MEMORIAM EORUM RETINEBIMUS LEGION" WITH MAPLE LEAF AND CROWN. BACK OF SHIRT HAS LIGHT BLUE NUMBERS "1 5" STITCHED AT CENTRE. TAG INSIDE COLLAR READING "PRIDE ATHLETIC UNIFORMS LARGE A MEDALIST COMPANY FOND DU LAC, WI. 54935"; WASHING INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
ASSOCIATIONS
History
FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE CANADIAN LEGION INITIATED A CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. SPORTS INCLUDING HOCKEY, BASEBALL, AND SOCCER, BECAME THE LARGEST AREA OF SPONSORSHIP, FUNDED THROUGH REVENUE FROM THE POPPY CAMPAIGN. WHILE STILL SERVING ITS OWN MEMBERS, THE GENERAL STEWART BRANCH OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION NOW SUPPORTS A NUMBER OF AMATEUR SPORTS PROGRAMS IN THE BROADER COMMUNITY. DONATED TO MUSEUM BY CANADIAN LEGION; PRIOR USE/HISTORY UNKNOWN. SEE P19970073019-20-GA FOR RELATED PIECES AND P19970073001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970073018
Acquisition Date
1997-08
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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Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20000011008
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Material Type
Artifact
Date
1956
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
60.5
Description
WHITE. HAS RED LOGO ON FRONT CONSISTING OF THE HEAD OF A NATIVE MAN WEARING A HEADDRESS WITHIN A TRIANGLE. ABOVE TRIANGLE READS "CAMP" AND BELOW READS "INUSPI". BELOW THIS IS AN ORANGE, BLUE, AND PURPLE EMBROIDERED FISH SEWN TO SHIRT. INSIDE BACK OF NECKLINE IS A TAG THAT READS "STANFIELD'S SPORT SHIRT". SHIRT HAS A FEW SMALL HOLES AND IS YELLOWING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
LEISURE
ASSOCIATIONS
History
WORN BY DONOR WHO ATTENDED CAMP INUSPI AT THE AGE OF 13. AFTER THAT YEAR DONOR BECAME INVOLVED WITH ACTIVITIES RUN BY THE CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS (CAMPS, BEEHIVE GIRLS, SORORITIES - SEE OTHER DONATIONS). CAMP INUSPI WAS SITUATED IN WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK AND WAS RUN BY THE LETHBRIDGE YMCA. IN 1932, THE COMISSIONER FOR DOMINION PARKS APPROACHED THE LETHBRIDGE YMCA WITH THE IDEA OF ESTABLISHING A SUMMER YOUTH CAMP FOR BOYS IN WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK FOR THE PURPOSES OF OUTDOOR FITNESS AND RECREATION. A SITE WAS CHOSEN IN 1933 AND THE FIRST CAMP, IN TENTS, WAS HELD IN 1934. THE FIRST PERMANENT BUILDING WAS BUILT IN 1935. THE FIRST GIRL'S CAMP BEGAN IN 1939 AND CONTINUED EACH AUGUST UNTIL THE FIRST CO-ED CAMP IN THE SUMMER OF 1968. IN THE FALL OF THAT YEAR PARKS CANADA TERMINATED THE LAND LEASE CAMP INUSPI HAD HELD SINCE 1934 AND THE CAMP FOUNDERED.
Catalogue Number
P20000011008
Acquisition Date
2004-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CURLING SWEATER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990029013
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CURLING SWEATER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
68.5
Description
KNIT SWEATER IS A LIGHT CREAM COLOUR. HAS STRIPES DOWN LENGTH OF ARMS AND AROUND COLLAR OF BLUE, BROWN AND GREY. ONE ARM HAS A PATCH OF AN ELK'S HEAD SEWN ON. THERE IS A PLASTIC ZIPPER IN FRONT OF SWEATER AND A TAG INSIDE NECKLINE. BACK OF SWEATER HAS 3 CRESTS. LEFT: LEGION CREST OVER TWO CROSSED CURLING BROOMS; READS "MIXED CHAMP 1982 ZONE NO 3". CENTER: 3 CONCENTRIC CIRCLES OF RED, WHITE AND BLUE, WITH A CURLING ROCK IN THE CENTER OVER TWO CROSSED CURLING BROOMS; READS "LEGION" "LETHBRIDGE". RIGHT: LEGION CREST OVER TWO CROSSED CURLING BROOMS; READS "MIXED CHAMP DIST. NO 6".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
ASSOCIATIONS
History
LEGION SPORTS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO ENHANCE COMRADESHIP, SPORTSMANSHIP AND MEMBERSHIP. THE SPORTS PROGRAM IS COMPOSED OF TWO SEPARATE PROGRAMS - ONE FOR LEGION MEMBERS CALLED "MEMBER SPORTS" AND A PROGRAM FOR CANADIAN YOUTH CALLED "TRACK AND FIELD". THE DOMINION REGULAR CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP WAS INTRODUCED IN 1957 AND IS OPEN TO ELIGIBLE LEGION MEMBERS AS SPECIFIED IN THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. THE DOMINION SENIOR CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP WAS INTRODUCED IN 1977 AND IS OPEN TO ELIGIBLE LEGION MEMBERS. ARTIFACTS PURCHASED BY DONOR AT VARIOUS ANTIQUE SHOPS, GARAGE SALES, ETC. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DONATING TO THE MUSEUM. THIS PARTIFCULAR ARTIFACT WAS PURCHASED FROM THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORE FOR $4.99. ARTIFACTS WERE PURCHASED FROM 1999 TO 2002 WHILE DONOR WAS DIRECTOR OF THE GALT MUSEUM. SEE PREVIOUS DONATIONS.
Catalogue Number
P19990029013
Acquisition Date
2002-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19990021000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date
1984
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Length
73.0
Width
53.5
Description
BLUE NYLON. ON FRONT, LEFT ARE TWO VERTICAL YELLOW STRIPES. THERE IS A POCKET ON EACH SIDE OF JACKET. ON LEFT BREAST IS A ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION LOGO SEWN ON RIGHT BREAST IS A WHITE RECTANGLE WITH A BLUE BORDER; IT READS "LETHBRIDGE". BELOW THIS IS A ROUND PATCH WITH A BLUE BORDER. WITHIN BORDER READS "ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA". IN THE CENTER OF PATCH IS THE IMAGE OF A PLANE OVER A BLUE SKY, BENEATH WHICH ARE WHITE CLOUDS BELOW THIS IS THE IMAGE OF A CANNON OVERLAID WITH AN ANCHOR. THE IMAGE OF A YELLOW BANNER GOES ACROSS PATCH, AND ON BANNER READS "GENERAL STEWART BRANCH NO.4". A SMALL, FRAYED TAG ON INSIDE NECK OF JACKET READS "XL" IN RED. BACK OF COAT HAS AN OVAL SHAPED PATCH SEWN ON THAT HAS A YELLOW BORDER. AT TOP OF PATCH READS "NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS" IN BLUE. BELOW THIS IS THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION LOGO. BELOW THIS IS A BLUE CUP SHAPE WITH A YELLOW DART IN THE CENTER. BELOW THIS READS "1984" IN RED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
SPORTS
History
JACKET REPORTEDLY ORIGNALLY BELONGED TO MILT WRAY. DART THROWING CHAMPION? *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A JACKET DONATED BY THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH #4. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 1984 “LETHBRIDGE GENERAL STEWART BRANCH OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION WILL BE ONE BUSY AND EXCITING SPOT THE WEEKEND OF MAY 18-20. DART PLAYERS FROM LEGION BRANCHES ACROSS CANADA WILL CONVERGE ON LETHBRIDGE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION DOMINION DART CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE MEMORIAL HALL OF THE GENERAL STEWART BRANCH NO. 4 SATURDAY.” A MAY 22, 1984 ARTICLE ‘OFF-TARGET SIDELIGHTS’ INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING ABOUT THE DART PLAYOFFS: “JACKETS COVERED WITH CRESTS FROM LEGION CLUBS ACROSS CANADA WERE IN ABUNDANCE … MILT WRAY OF THE LOCAL LEGION PUTTING IN SOME LONG, HARD HOURS.” MILTON “BUD” NICHOL WRAY WAS BORN ON JULY 1, 1918 IN LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE WAS RAISED AND EDUCATED. HE SERVED OVERSEAS DURING WWII, RETURNING TO CANADA IN JULY 1945. UPON HIS RETURN HE BEGAN WORKING FOR THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE, WHERE HE WORKED UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1979. MILTON WAS MARRIED TO ISOBEL FLORENCE WRAY (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) ON FEBRUARY 26, 1948. ISOBEL PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON JULY 21, 2007. MILTON PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 81 ON JULY 22, 1999. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19990021000
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SUIT JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20100047001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SUIT JACKET
Date
1954
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.5
Length
77.5
Width
74.5
Description
BROWN WOOL SUIT JACKET. TAN STRIPED LINING. THREE FRONT POCKETS AND TWO INSIDE BREAST POCKETS. OUTER LEFT BREAST POCKET HAS CREST WITH UPSIDE DOWN RED TRIANGLE, MAPLE LEAF AND READS “GRADUATE LEADER 1954”. INSIDE RIGHT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH "IN THE TRADITION OF GOOD TASTE, LAURENTIDE CLOTHES". LEFT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH “TAILORED FOR STAN’S MEN’S WEAR, STAN PESZAT, LETHBRIDGE ALTA”. THREE BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; ONE BUTTON AT EACH CUFF. NOTCHED LAPELS; SINGLE-BREASTED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
LEISURE
History
DONOR JACK LEE WAS BORN IN VANCOUVER IN 1924. HE RELOCATED WITH HIS PARENTS TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1928. IN THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED LEE’S DISCHARGE FROM OVERSEAS SERVICE DURING WORLD WAR TWO, HE DECIDED AT AGE 23/24 TO JOIN THE LETHBRIDGE YMCA BECAUSE, ACCORDING TO LEE IN 2010, “I NEEDED EXERCISE, I HAD NO HOBBY, NO OUTLET”. “IT WAS THE ONLY OUTLET THAT HAD PHYSICAL ACTIVITY” HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE Y’S WEIGHT TRAINING PROGRAM WAS WHAT ORIGINALLY ATTRACTED HIM TO BECOMING INVOLVED AT THE ‘Y’. LEE MAINTAINED HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ‘Y’ “OFF AND ON FOR TWENTY YEARS”, PARTICIPATING IN CALISTHENICS, SWIMMING, BASKETBALL AND SCUBA DIVING LESSONS. INCREASING DEMANDS OF HIS TIME MADE BY THE LOCAL MILITIA ULTIMATELY LED TO HIS WITHDRAWAL FROM THE ‘Y’. THE JACKET, ACCORDING TO LEE, WAS NOT “OFFICIAL WEAR FOR THE SENIOR LEADER” NOR WAS THE JACKET’S CREST OFFICIAL. “AFTER I BECAME A GRADUATE LEADER, I WAS PROUD AND DECIDED TO GET A JACKET MADE.” ONCE IN POSSESSION OF THE JACKET, HOWEVER, HE FELT FOOLISH, SAYING, “I DIDN’T WEAR IT BECAUSE THE REST OF THE GROUP WOULD THINK I WAS A SHOW OFF – AND THAT’S WHY IT IS STILL BRAND NEW”. LEE ONLY WORE THE JACKET ONCE TO A NON-YMCA SOCIAL GATHERING. HE RECALLS THAT OF ALL THE SENIOR LEADERS, HE WAS THE ONLY ONE TO ACHIEVE GRADUATE LEADER STATUS STATING, HOWEVER, THAT FORMER MEMBERS LIKE BERT STRATTON HAD ACHIEVED THE TITLE PRECIOUS. THERE WAS NO PRIVILEGE ASSOCIATED WITH THE TITLE “JUST THE PERSONAL SATISFACTION THAT I DID IT”. TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A GRADUATE LEADER, LEE WAS REQUIRED TO SERVE AS A SENIOR LEADER FOR FOUR. THEREAFTER, HE QUALIFIED PER SET CRITERIA IN BASKETBALL – HIS SPORT OF CHOICE AND ONE OF MANY ACTIVITIES OFFERED AT THE ‘Y’. THE CRITERIA INCLUDED: PLAY IN AN ORGANIZED LEAGUE, REFEREE IN AN ORGANIZED LEAGUE, COACH A TEAM IN AN ORGANIZED LEAGUE, AND DEVELOP AN ORGANIZED LEAGUE. LEE STATED THAT HE COACHED A ‘Y’ WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LEAGUE, ORGANIZED A JUNIOR BASKETBALL LEAGUE INCLUDING TEAMS FROM THE ‘Y’ AND LOCAL CHURCHES AND PLAYED ON A SENIOR ‘Y’ MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM. THE BLAZER JACKET, HE RECALLED, WAS BOUGHT LOCALLY AT STAN’S MEN’S WEAR. THE DONATED, OFFICIAL GRADUATE LEADER CREST WAS WORN DAY-TO-DAY ON ATHLETIC SHIRTS BY MEANS OF SNAPS ON CREST’S REVERSE. THE CREST, LEE THINKS, WAS SENT DOWN EAST TO AN APPAREL COMPANY IN ORDER THAT AN UNOFFICIAL, BLAZER-APPROPRIATE FACSIMILE COULD BE MOUNTED ON HIS JACKET. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20100047001
Acquisition Date
2010-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
HIGHLAND COSTUME SET
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19705629000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HIGHLAND COSTUME SET
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, LEATHER
No. Pieces
14
Description
.1 SCOTTISH CAPE OR PLAID. 10 CM. WTH., 26.6 CM LTH. GREEN, RED PLAID. FRINGED. .2 SCOTTISH KILT (SET). WOOL, COTTON. SIZE: 35 WAIST, 24 3/8 LENGTH. "J. STEWART" IN INDELIBLE INK IN WAISTBAND. SIX BUTTONS AT WAIST. LEATHER STRAP, FRONT CLOSING. GREEN AND RED PLAID. PARTIALLY LINED IN BACK WITH COTTON. .3 SCOTTISH MILITARY JACKET. WOOL, STEEL, COTTON. 3 PIECES. SIZE: 42 EIGHT STEEL BUTTON FRONT, THISTLE EMBOSSED ON FRONT. FOUR SETS OF DOUBLE FLAPS AT WAISTLINE WITH THREE BUTTONS ON EACH. GREEN EPAULETS (DETACHABLE) ATTACHED TO JACKET THROUGH SHOULDER TABS. BEIGE, GREEN AND BLUE PLAID WOOL LINING. SLEEVES LINED IN COTTON. .4 SCOTTISH SPORRAN (SET).15.2 CM WTH., 45.7 CM LTH. HORSE HAIR, LEATHER, STEEL. 2 PIECES. WHITE HORSE HAIR. BACKGROUND TWELVE BLACK HORSE HAIR TASSELS. BROWN LEATHER BACKING HAS POCKET. C/W BROWN LEATHER BELT. STEEL TOP EMBOSSED WITH THISTLE .5 "CAIRNGORM" OR CAPE PIN. 9.5 CM DIA. STEEL, AMBER STONE. AMBER COLOURED STONE, SET IN STEEL BACKGROUND WITH TASSELS EMBOSSED ON IT. PLEASE REFERENCE HISTORY FIELD FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CAIRNGORM'S CONDITION . .6 SCOTTISH LEGGINGS. 17 CM WTH., 34 CM LTH. HAND KNIT. TWEED AND ARGYLE PATTERN IN RED, GREEN AND NAVY. .7 IDENTICAL TO .6 .8 SCOTTISH OVERGAITERS. 27.6 CM HT. LEATHER, CANVAS, COTTON, PLASTIC. WHITE CANVAS GAITERS WITH WHITE COTTON LINING, LEATHER FOOT STRAPS. EIGHT BUTTON SIDE OPENINGS. FOUR ORIGINAL BUTTONS, TWO REPLACEMENTS. "JS" IN PURPLE FELT PEN INSIDE EACH. "7" "6 DUNN (?)" ON PT. 9. .9 IDENTICAL TO .8. HAS THREE ORIGINAL BUTTONS, ONE REPLACEMENT. .10 SCOTTISH GARTERS (SET). 15.8 CM WTH., 15.2 CM LTH. HANDMADE. DECORATION OF RED WOOL RIBBON GARTER OF INNER TUBE. .11 IDENTICAL TO .10
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
LEISURE
History
WORN BY JAMES STEWART, MEMBER OF THE CALEDONIAN PIPE BAND. AS A RESULT OF RESEARCH DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH A SCOTTISH-THEMED EXHIBIT IN 2009, THE GALT CONDUCTED NEW RESEARCH INTO THE EXISTENCE AND ACTIVITIES OF THE CALEDONIAN PIPE BAND. THIS UNIFORM WAS WORN BY CALEDONIAN PIPE BAND MEMBER JAMES STEWART WHO LEFT SCOTLAND AND CAME TO CANADA WITH HIS WIFE GEORGINA AND FAMILY IN 1914. THE FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN APRIL 1914, WHERE THEY WOULD REMAIN FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. STEWART WAS BORN IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND ON 23 JANUARY 1887. HE JOINED LETHBRIDGE'S 61ST OVERSEAS ARTILLERY BATTERY IN 1916 AND WAS PREVIOUSLY EMPLOYED IN LETHBRIDGE AS A MINER. FORMED IN APPROXIMATELY 1909, THE BAND WAS CLOSELY LINKED WITH LETHBRIDGE’S CALEDONIAN SOCIAL CLUB. IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT IN LOCAL HALLS OR AT SOMBER FUNERARY EVENTS, THE BAND TRAVELED THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND MONTANA TO PARTICIPATE IN OTHER COMMUNITIES’ COMPETITIONS AND ROBBIE BURNS’ EVENTS. THE BAND WAS EXTREMELY ACTIVE IN THE 20S, HOWEVER, INTEREST WANED BY THE DECADE’S END AND THE BAND IS SUSPECTED TO HAVE DISBANDED BY 1933. BASED ON THE UNIFORM’S SHOULDER DETAILS AND AVAILABLE PHOTOGRAPHS IN ARCHIVES, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS UNIFORM DATES TO THE 1920S. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON JAMES STEWART, PLEASE REFER TO THE DONATION'S PERMANENT FILE. CAIRNGORM DISCOVERED TO BE IN MULTIPLE PIECES, DAMAGED CONDITION BY COLLECTIONS STAFF IN THE MID 1990'S. UNKNOWN WHEN THE DAMAGE OCCURRED. ONE SECTION OF SETTING WAS MISSING AND ONE SECTION OF SETTING AND JEWEL WERE ACCOUNTED FOR BUT DETACHED (SEE PHOTOS IN PERMANENT FILE ). IN DECEMBER/JANUARY, 2010 THE GALT CONTACTED DAVE MERESKI OF THE LOCAL BUSINESS 'THE GOLDWORKS' TO REPAIR THE SETTING ON ACCOUNT OF A REQUEST BY ROY STEWART - A DESCENDANT OF JAMES STEWART. ADDITIONALLY, THE UNIFORM SET WAS ON REGULAR DISPLAY THROUGHOUT IN 2009 AND WAS SCHEDULED FOR EXHIBIT IN 2010. DAVE MERESKI RE-BUILT THE MISSING SECTION WITH SPECIALTY LASER EQUIPMENT, RETURNING THE JEWEL TO ITS ORIGINAL MOUNT.
Catalogue Number
P19705629000
Acquisition Date
1970-05
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
“2012 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES VOLUNTEER”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20120040002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“2012 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES VOLUNTEER”
Date
2012
Materials
POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.1
Length
72
Width
43
Description
PURPLE T-SHIRT MADE OF TIGHTLY WOVEN POLYESTER MESH, WITH BLACK STITCHING AT SEAMS. LOGO ON CHEST IN WHITE, BLACK AND GREEN DEPICTING TWO STYLIZED FIGURES AND TEXT READING “2012 LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES”. WHITE TEXT ALONG THE BACK READS “VOLUNTEER”. VERY GOOD CONDITION – NO VISIBLE WEAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
ASSOCIATIONS
History
THIS ARTIFACT WAS PART OF A DONATION FROM KNUD PETERSEN OF OBJECTS THAT RELATED TO HIS EXPERIENCE AS A VOLUNTEER OF THE 2012 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES THAT WERE HOSTED IN LETHBRIDGE. IN NOVEMBER 2012, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED PETERSEN ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE AT THE 2012 GAMES AND HIS HISTORY WITH ATHLETICS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. PETERSEN SAID: “I’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERING A LOT WITH THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES OVER THE YEARS… I WAS ACTUALLY THE SPORT CHAIRMAN FOR THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES IN COALDALE IN 1997 [SO] IT WAS NOT NEW TO ME TO BE PART OF SOMETHING LIKE THAT… I RETIRED WHEN I WAS 50 IN 1994, AND I BECAME INVOLVED WITH THE SPORTS PRETTY EXTENSIVELY AT THAT TIME, AND WITH THE UNIVERSITY AND THE COLLEGE PROGRAMS, AND ACTUALLY COACHED AT THE COLLEGE IN THE WOMEN’S SOCCER PROGRAM THERE. AND, YEAH, SPORTS HAS ALWAYS BEEN CLOSE TO MY HEART BUT I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN MANY OTHER VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES AS WELL [INCLUDING BEING] THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA COUNCIL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS… I’VE ALWAYS SAID THAT IT’S GOOD TO RETIRE EARLY, AS LONG AS YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING ELSE. TO RETIRE TO DO NOTHING IS THE WORST THING ANYBODY CAN DO. TO KEEP YOUR MIND OCCUPIED AND TRY AND STAY YOUNG, YOU HAD BETTER BE INVOLVED WITH A LOT OF THINGS. THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR VOLUNTEERS, AS LONG AS YOU ARE NOT LOOKING FOR PAY, THERE’S ALL KINDS OF JOBS AVAILABLE. YOU GET TO WORK WITH GREAT PEOPLE, THAT’S ONE OF THE BEST PARTS AND CERTAINLY, ESPECIALLY YOUNGER PEOPLE, IT’S GREAT TO WORK WITH THEM… [FOR THE 2012 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES] I WAS ABLE TO GET THE KIND OF JOB THAT I WAS KIND OF INTERESTED IN DOING; IT WAS AVAILABLE. SO, YEAH, I JUST, I ENDED UP BEING A SUPERVISOR AT ONE OF THE SCHOOLS, IN THE AFTERNOON SHIFT, AND ABLE TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE TRACK AND FIELD EVENT IN THE MORNING SHIFT… THE MORNING SHIFT WAS AT THE TRACK AND FIELD AND I DID THAT FROM 8 TILL 3, AND THEN FROM 3 TILL MIDNIGHT, I WAS AT THE SCHOOL… IT WAS WONDERFUL TO BE PART OF IT… THE YOUNG GENERATION HAS GOT AN AMAZING AMOUNT OF ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM AND, GENERALLY SPEAKING, PRETTY RESPECTFUL, I HAVE TO SAY. AND SPORTS IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT BRINGS RESPECT TO YOUNG PEOPLE; THEY RESPECT EACH OTHER, AND RESPECT THE OFFICIALS, GENERALLY SPEAKING… WE HAD GREAT WEATHER… THAT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT, AND FROM WHAT I HEARD, BEING SUPERVISOR AT THE SCHOOL, THE MEALS WERE SECOND TO NONE. THEY WERE GREAT MEALS AND THOSE TWO INGREDIENTS GOES A LONG WAYS TO A SUCCESSFUL GAMES, AND GENERALLY SPEAKING, I THINK PEOPLE WERE EXTREMELY HAPPY WITH THE FACILITIES, AND THAT, AND THE VOLUNTEERISM WAS, YOU KNOW, IN THE END , THEY HAD ENOUGH VOLUNTEERS… IF ANYBODY EVER IS THINKING ABOUT VOLUNTEERING FOR THESE KIND OF EVENTS, YOU KNOW, IT’S A GREAT EXPERIENCE. IT’S SOMETHING I WOULD RECOMMEND ANYBODY TO DO AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIFE.” THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC ARTIFACT WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE NOVEMBER 2012 INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR. PETERSEN WORE THE SHIRT FOR THE THREE DAYS OF THE EVENT, AND SAID: “THEY GAVE ME A SHIRT, AND MOST VOLUNTEERS DIDN’T GET A BAG, BUT I JUST SOMEHOW HAPPENED TO GET A BAG AS WELL. AND THEY GIVE YOU HAND BOOKS AND WE GOT FED DURING THE EVENTS, OF COURSE, JUST LIKE THE ATHLETES DID.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, AND FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2012 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20120040002
Acquisition Date
2012-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
FELT NAVY JERKIN
Date Range From
1942
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FELT
Catalogue Number
P19990072002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FELT NAVY JERKIN
Date Range From
1942
Date Range To
1945
Materials
FELT
No. Pieces
1
Length
57.5
Width
58.5
Description
FELT VEST. INSIDE AND TRIM OF VEST ARE BLUE. OUTSIDE OF VEST IS MADE UP OF VARIOUS SHAPED, SIZE, AND COLOURED REMNANTS OF FABRIC. THESE PIECES OF FELT ARE ALL TOP STITCHED. TOP STITCHING IS RATHER CRUDE (NOT IN STRAIGHT LINES, GOES OFF FABRIC IN SOME PLACES, NOTICEABLE REPAIRS, ETC.). VEST IS SLEEVELESS AND COLLARLESS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
MILITARY
History
THIS FELT JERKIN (VEST) WAS MADE DURING WORLD WAR TWO BY THE LATE MRS. NELLIE SEWARD OF FARM HILL (NORTH OF MAGRATH), ALBERTA. SEWARD PRODUCED THE JERKIN AS PART OF HER INVOLVEMENT WITH THE FARM HILL BRANCH OF THE ALBERTA WOMEN’S INSTITUTE. THE VOLUNTARY SERVICE ORGANIZATION AIMED TO IMPROVE THE CONDITION OF CANADIAN SOLDIERS AND VICTIMS OF WAR BY PRODUCING “HOME COMFORTS”, SUCH QUILTS, DRESSES, SOCKS AND “DITTY BAGS”. THE ITEMS, THEREAFTER, WERE SENT TO THE RED CROSS AND THE NAVY LEAGUE OF CANADA FOR DISTRIBUTION OVERSEAS. ON 14 FEBRUARY, 1942, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD NOTED MRS. SEWARD’S KEY A.W.I. INVOLVEMENT WHEN IT REPORTED, “THE FARM HILL W.I. HAD ANOTHER QUILTING DAY AT MRS. EARL SEWARD’S HOME WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, WHEN SEVEN MORE QUILTS WERE MADE. THIS MAKES 16 QUILTS MADE FOR THE RED CROSS SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR”. THE DONOR, MRS. NELLIE SEWARD’S DAUGHTER, WAS AT HOME AS A 6/7 Y/O GIRL (B. 1936) WHEN WOMEN FROM NEARBY FARMS DESCENDED ON HER HOME TO, ALONG WITH HER MOTHER, DO THEIR BIT ON THE “HOME FRONT”. IN 2009, THE DONOR STATED, “I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL OF THIS … I REMEMBER THEM MAKING QUILTS AND ME CRAWLING UNDER THE QUILT FRAME (19990072001).” “WOMEN WERE IN ROWS ON EITHER SIDE” SHE SAID, “MANIPULATING NEEDLES” (TO THIS DAY SHE WONDERS IF THE QUILTS WERE TIED OR SEWN). THE ACTIVITY FASCINATED THE DONOR. SHE RECALLED THAT A CAT MANAGED ONE DAY TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE HOUSE DURING A BREAK IN THE QUILTING WORK AND FELL ASLEEP ON THE QUILT. SHE REMEMBERED THE WOMEN SCREAMING ON ACCOUNT THAT THERE WERE TO BE NO CATS IN THE HOUSE. REGARDING THE JERKIN, SHE RECALLED “VOLUMES OF FELT” AND SAID THAT “THE RED CROSS SENT PATTERNS AND THE JERKINS HAD TO BE MADE TO SPEC”. THE FELT PIECES FOR THE VESTS WERE CUT OUT IN THE KITCHEN AND TAKEN HOME BY THE LADIES TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL HOMES. “SPEED AND QUANTITY COUNTED … QUALITY WAS NOT AN ISSUE. MOTHER WOULD NEVER SEW A GARMENT LIKE THIS ONE IS SEWN (JERKIN)… JUST GET IT TOGETHER”. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE JERKIN WAS MADE FOR ISSUE TO A SAILOR IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY. IT IS UNKNOWN WHY MRS. SEWARD WAS STILL IN POSSESSION OF THE JERKIN AT THE END OF THE WAR. THE DONOR BELIEVES THAT THE FARM HILL LADIES WON AN AWARD FOR THE MOST NUMBER OF QUILTS PRODUCED BY ANY A.W.I. BRANCH DURING THE WAR. IN 1963, NELLIE SEWARD GAVE THE JERKIN TO HER DAUGHTER (DONOR), BEVERLY HAYES. THE DONOR VALUED THE JERKIN ON ACCOUNT THAT SHE KNEW HOW IMPORTANT THE INSTITUTE WAS TO HER MOTHER AND BECAUSE THE SHE WAS LITERALLY IN THE MIDST OF THE HOME FRONT WORK AS A CHILD. IN 2009, HAYES RECALLED THAT PRIOR TO 1963 THE JERKIN HUNG UNUSED IN A BAG ADJACENT A STAIRWELL IN HER MOTHER’S (DONOR’S CHILDHOOD) FARM HOME IN THE DISTRICT OF FARM HILL. AS FAR AS DONOR KNEW, THE VIRTUALLY NEW, UNWORN JERKIN WAS NOT TOUCHED FROM THE MID-40S THROUGH TO 1963. ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, IT WAS “THERE FOR YEARS” AND SHE HAS NO IDEA WHY IT NEVER MOVED. DURING WINTERS FROM 1967 TO 1969, THE DONOR WORE THE JERKIN ALONG WITH OVERALLS TO DO CHORES (EG. MILKING COWS) WITH HER HUSBAND IN SEVEN PERSONS, AB. IN 1987, THE JERKIN WAS LEFT BEHIND BY THIEVES AFTER THE DONOR’S LETHBRIDGE GARAGE WAS LEFT UNSECURED AND WAS ROBBED. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE AND CATHERINE C. COLE’S SUBMISSION TO THE BOOK FOR KING AND COUNTRY: ALBERTA IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR, ENTITLED EVERY KITCHEN IS AN ARSENAL.
Catalogue Number
P19990072002
Acquisition Date
2000-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20160022000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
73
Width
53
Description
GREEN WINDBREAKER JACKET WITH EMBROIDERED BADGE ON THE CHEST READING “KOREA VETERANS ASSOCIATION CANADA” IN GOLD THREAD, WITH RED MAPLE LEAF DETAILING AND A RED LOGO IN THE CENTER OF THE SHIELD; BADGE ON THE LEFT SHOULDER SHOWS A SHIELD WITH GOLD THREAD EDGING ALONG A FELT SHIELD WITH A BRASS CROWN AND SILVER TEXT “COMMONWEALTH.” RIGHT SHOULDER HAS RED FELT BADGE WITH RED EMBROIDERED EDGING, WITH BRASS-COLOURED LAUREL LEAVES SURROUNDING A MAPLE LEAF INSIDE AND BRASS-COLOURED TEXT “CANADA.” FRONT LEFT BREAST OF JACKET HAS A RED FELT POPPY PINNED WITH A GREEN METAL CENTER. JACKET HAS TWO SILVER SNAPS COVERED IN GREEN PLASTIC AT THE COLLAR. ZIPPER RUNS LENGTH OF JACKET CHEST. SLEEVES AND WAIST ARE ELASTIC. JACKET HAS TWO POCKETS ON LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES AT WAIST LINED WITH WHITE COTTON. INSIDE OF JACKET IS BLACK. JACKET HAS WHITE TAGS INSIDE AT COLLAR IN RED, BLUE AND BLACK TEXT “CORPORATE CLOTHING BY AVON SPORTSWEAR TORONTO, XXL/M,” AND BILINGUAL ENGLISH/FRENCH COLLAR TAG IN BLACK TEXT “#30, OUTER SHELL 100% NYLON, EXCLUSIVE OF TRIMMING, CA 00368, MADE IN CANADA, DRY CLEAN ONLY,” AND TAG ON LOWER LEFT INSIDE WITH BLACK TEXT “C-36.” COLLAR AND INSIDE OF JACKET HAS DIRT STAINING AND SOILING. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ON OCTOBER 17, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ERIC MORRIS ABOUT HIS ASSOCIATION WITH THE KOREA VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, PROMPTED BY THE DONATION OF A KOREA VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION MEMBER JACKET TO THE MUSEUM BY DWAYNE GOLDIE. THE JACKET ORIGINALLY BELONGED TO BILL RAMAGE OF LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. MACLEAN ASKED MORRIS ABOUT THE JACKET AND IF HE RECOGNIZED THE GARMENT, AND MORRIS RECALLED, “THIS IS THE GREEN DRESS JACKET THAT WE’RE ALL WEARING IN THE ASSOCIATION…EVERY DAY WEAR SORT OF THING.” “[THE BADGES ARE THE] PHANTOM AND THAT’S CANADA AS WELL. [EVERYONE WOULD HAVE THESE BADGES ON THEIR JACKETS] BASICALLY. BUT NOT THAT COLOUR. [YOU WOULDN’T BUY THE JACKET WITH THE BADGES ON IT] THERE IS A NATIONAL KIT SHOP [TO BUY BADGES]…YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET THE BADGES FROM THEM BUT THEY’RE NOT THESE…THAT’S JUST GOT THE CREST. …HE GOT THEM [THE SHOULDER BADGES] IN KOREA. THEY’RE PROBABLY THE FIRST ONES THAT WERE MADE BECAUSE ALL THE REFLECTING IS CANADA.” “[THE] MEDALS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FROM THE KIT SHOP. NOT MUCH ELSE.” “NOT MANY [OF THE LETHBRIDGE GUYS HAD OUTER SHELL JACKETS LIKE THIS]. BASICALLY [JUST] THE BLAZER. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS MEMORIES OF BILL RAMAGE, MORRIS SHARED, “I DIDN’T SEE TOO MUCH OF HIM [BILL RAMAGE]…HE WAS A MEMBER OF OUR ORGANIZATION. [HE WAS] ACTIVE. SUPPORTIVE. GOOD GUY. I DIDN’T SEE TOO MUCH OF HIM. HE HAD A SENSE OF HUMOUR.” MORRIS SHARED HIS MEMORIES OF HIS OWN TIME IN THE KOREA VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION IN LETHBRIDGE, NOTING, “I WAS PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS AND I’M A LIFETIME MEMBER OF KVA…THERE’S MANY KOREAN VETERANS IN THIS PART OF ALBERTA…WE HAD A MEDAL PRESENTATION LAST YEAR, THERE [WERE] ONE HUNDRED AND TEN FROM SOUTHERN ALBERTA WE INVITED TO IT. THAT’S ANYWHERE FROM SOUTHERN ALBERTA A LOT OF THEM ARE MEMBERS BUT NOT MEMBERS OF THE UNIT. THEY’RE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL SAME AS I AM NOW.” “WE WERE A FAIRLY ACTIVE UNIT…WE HAD OUR PARADES AND CEREMONIES. WE ALSO WORKED AT THE LOCAL BINGO HALL ONCE EVERY YEAR AND FROM THAT WE USED TO GET OVER THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR, WHICH OF COURSE ALL WE GOT OUT OF IT WAS ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND. WE HAD TO DISTRIBUTE THE REMAINDER TO DESERVING ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN OUR IMMEDIATE AREA WHICH WE DID. THE OTHER MEMBERS ARE STILL YOU KNOW, GOING, NOT IN GOOD HEALTH MOST OF THEM BUT THEY’RE STILL GOING. “THE LEGION [IS WHERE WE MET]. EVERYTHING OPERATED OUT OF THERE. THE LEGION DOES SUPPORT THEM [KOREA VETERAN’S ASSOCIATIONS ACROSS CANADA], [AS] MEETING PLACES.” “WE PARADED THERE [CITY HALL] ON REMEMBRANCE DAY. THAT WAS OUR PRIMARY PARADE AND IT WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL TO ALL. [IT WAS] PRETTY HARD TO GET THESE OLD GUYS OUT TO PARADE…A LOT OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATIONS, WHICH WE FUNDED…THE KOREAN COMMUNITY HERE IS A FAIR SIZE, AND THEY SUPPORTED US…AFTER OUR PARADE FOR EXAMPLE, THEY WOULD INVITE US TO THE CHURCH FOR DINNER. OR WHEN WE HAD OUR MEDAL PRESENTATION THEY SET UP THE KITCHEN AND FED EVERYBODY…THEY WERE VERY SUPPORTIVE.” “[THE ORGANIZATION IS] VERY IMPORTANT [TO ME]. IT IS TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF ANY VETERAN’S ORGANIZATION…WHEN YOU SPEAK TO THE LEGION MEMBERS FOR EXAMPLE IT’S IMPORTANT TO THEM THAT YOU BELONG TO A COMRADESHIP…WE WERE STAUNCH MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY…BECAUSE WE VOLUNTEERED…OUR ORGANIZATION IS CLOSED DOWN, AND THE NEXT CLOSEST ONE IS IN CALGARY WHICH WE CAN GO TO ANYTIME. WE CAN GO TO ANY LEGION.” PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20160022000-GA FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING A COPY OF THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P20160022000
Acquisition Date
2016-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS DRIVER'S UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20160009003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS DRIVER'S UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
2007
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Height
66
Length
69
Description
LIGHT BLUE COLLARED SHIRT. THERE ARE SEVEN WHITE, PEARLIZED BUTTONS DOWN THE FRONT OF THE SHIRT. THERE ARE TWO POCKETS, EACH WITH ONE BUTTON, ON EITHER SIDE OF THE CHEST. A LOGO IS EMBROIDERED ON THE LEFT CHEST WITH “LHB” IN WHITE. THE LOGO IS AN INVERTED MAROON TRIANGLE WITH A WHITE BORDER. THERE IS A PARTIAL HANDICAP SYMBOL IN THE CENTER, EMBROIDERED IN WHITE. THE INSIDE TAG ON THE BACK OF THE COLLAR READS, “MARK’S … XL”. THE TAG STATES IT IS A COTTON/POLYESTER SHIRT. THE SLEEVES ARE 61.5 CM LONG. VERY GOOD – EXCELLENT CONDITION. THERE IS A LOOSE THREAD AT THE TOP BUTTON, NEAR THE COLLAR AND ONE ON THE INSIDE TRIM AT THE FRONT BOTTOM LEFT SIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
TRANSPORTATION
History
THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT BEGAN IN 1975 WHEN THE KIWANIS CLUB DONATED THE FIRST VAN. ON AUGUST 1, 2007 – AFTER 32 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY – THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. AT THAT POINT, THE ASSOCIATION HAD A FLEET OF 20 BUSES – MANY OF WHICH WERE DONATED BY LOCAL SERVICE CLUBS – THAT WERE ALL TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY. THE NAME OF THE SERVICE BECAME ACCESS-A-RIDE UNDER THE CITY’S MANAGEMENT. THESE ARTIFACTS WERE DONATED BY A LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBER, LYNN SPRING. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON APRIL 12, 2016 WITH SPRING. HE EXPLAINS, “I WAS A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR HALF A DOZEN YEARS AT LEAST AND SOME OF THESE ITEMS WERE GIVEN TO ME BY THE DRIVERS. THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STARTED IN 1975 AND ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO, LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STOPPED THEIR CHARTER AS A NOT- FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION BECAUSE OF THE NATIONAL RULING IN TRANSPORTATION THAT MUNICIPALITIES WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCESSIBILITY RIDES, HANDICAP TRANSPORTATION. SO THE CITY TOOK OVER ALL OF THE BUSES, THEY PURCHASED THEM AND MOST OF THE DRIVERS WENT OVER TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE WE HAD, I BELIEVE, TWENTY-SIX AT THAT TIME AND YOU JUST DON’T JUST DON’T FIND TWENTY-SIX DRIVERS. THAT WAS PART OF THE AGREEMENT ON SALE THAT THEY WOULD TAKE THE BUSES. WE TOOK OUR PLATES OFF AND THE NEXT DAY CITY PUT THEIR PLATES ON AND THEIR INSURANCE. THE DRIVERS WENT OVER EVENTUALLY. THEY WERE WEARING THE CITY TRANSIT, LETHBRIDGE CITY TRANSIT UNIFORMS.” OF HIS TIME AS A BOARD MEMBER, SPRING SAID, “I CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN [2005]… THE MANAGER OF THE DAY, MURRAY CAMPBELL, WAS A LONGTIME FRIEND OF MINE AND HE ASKED ME [TO BE ON THE BOARD], AND I THOUGHT WELL IT IS A VERY WORTHWHILE ORGANIZATION. IT WAS A NOT-FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND DIDN’T INVOLVE A LOT OF HOURS.” SPRING WAS ON THE BOARD UNTIL 2011. SPRING REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS “A COLLECTOR AT HEART” AND AS A RESULT GATHERED THE DONATED ARTIFACTS DURING THE LAST DAYS OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION IN 2011. THEY WERE IN HIS POSSESSION FOR 5 TO 7 YEARS. HE EXPLAINS, “WELL I WAS ONE OF THREE THAT CLOSED DOWN AND CLOSED OUT HANDI BUS. WE HAD TO FILE WITH TAX CANADA AND OF COURSE, WORKERS COMP AND ALL THOSE THINGS SO FINALLY WE’RE AT THAT STAGE WHERE WE CAN GET RID OF A LOT OF THE PAPER RECORDS. IT PROMPTED THAT I SHOULD MAYBE DONATE THESE TO THE GALT MUSEUM FOR PROSPERITY… [T]HAT’S JUST MY NATURE, I GUESS, TO RETAIN THINGS AND SAY ‘WELL SOMEBODY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS IN A FUTURE DATE.’” SPRING WOULD HAVE WORN THIS SHIRT AS A BOARD MEMBER: ”WE WOULD WEAR THAT AT FUNDRAISERS AND DIFFERENT OCCASIONS LIKE THAT. THE ODD TIME AT THE BOARD MEETINGS, BUT MAINLY THE FUNDRAISERS, OR WHEN WE HAD MEDIA PEOPLE OR, SOME RECORDING OF THAT NATURE.” IT IS IDENTICAL TO THE SHIRTS WORN BY THE HANDI-BUS DRIVERS. SPRING DESCRIBES THE SHIRT’S DESIGN, “IT’S A DENIM SHIRT, AND OF COURSE A LOT OF OUR MATERIAL WAS FROM MARK’S WORK WAREHOUSE AS YOU SEE ON THE LABEL. THAT’S SIMPLY DENIM AND THE DISTINCTION IS HAVING THE LHB LOGO ON IT… THE LOGO LHB IS IN MAROON AND GRAY COLOURS, THAT WAS THEIR COLOUR AND OF COURSE LHB FOR LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20160009003
Acquisition Date
2016-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
REFLECTIVE TRAFFIC VEST
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, REFLECTIVE TAPE, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20160009001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
REFLECTIVE TRAFFIC VEST
Date
2006
Materials
POLYESTER, REFLECTIVE TAPE, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
122
Length
111.5
Width
3.7
Description
REFLECTIVE HARNESS MADE FROM ELASTIC, NEON YELLOW MATERIAL. THERE IS SILVER, REFLECTIVE COATING DOWN THE CENTER OF THE WHOLE HARNESS. THE HARNESS IS SUSPENDER STYLE AND CROSSES AT THE BACK. THERE IS A BLACK PLASTIC BUCKLE AT THE FRONT CENTER OF THE WAIST AND 4 BLACK PLASTIC STRAP ADJUSTORS ON EACH STRAP (ONE ON EITHER SIDE OF THE WAIST). THE TAG IS PLACED WHERE THE TWO SHOULDER STRAPS CROSS AND READS “NORTH… LOT 113485 APR/13/2006”. SIDE STRAPS ARE EACH APPROXIMATELY 122 CM IN LENGTH AND 3.7 CM IN WIDTH. THE WAIST BAND IS THE SAME WIDTH AND 111.5 IN LENGTH. GOOD CONDITION: MINOR WEAR/LOSS OF THE SILVER REFLECTIVE COATING. THERE IS SLIGHT STAINING OVERALL WITH A LARGE, RED STAIN ON THE INSIDE OF THE RIGHT STRAP (ON PERSON) OF THE HARNESS. THERE ARE LOOSE THREADS ON MANY PLACES OF THE SEAMS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
TRANSPORTATION
History
THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT BEGAN IN 1975 WHEN THE KIWANIS CLUB DONATED THE FIRST VAN. ON AUGUST 1, 2007 – AFTER 32 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY – THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. AT THAT POINT, THE ASSOCIATION HAD A FLEET OF 20 BUSES – MANY OF WHICH WERE DONATED BY LOCAL SERVICE CLUBS – THAT WERE ALL TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY. THE NAME OF THE SERVICE BECAME ACCESS-A-RIDE UNDER THE CITY’S MANAGEMENT. THESE ARTIFACTS WERE DONATED BY A LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBER, LYNN SPRING. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON APRIL 12, 2016 WITH SPRING. HE EXPLAINS, “I WAS A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR HALF A DOZEN YEARS AT LEAST AND SOME OF THESE ITEMS WERE GIVEN TO ME BY THE DRIVERS. THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STARTED IN 1975 AND ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO, LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STOPPED THEIR CHARTER AS A NOT- FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION BECAUSE OF THE NATIONAL RULING IN TRANSPORTATION THAT MUNICIPALITIES WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCESSIBILITY RIDES, HANDICAP TRANSPORTATION. SO THE CITY TOOK OVER ALL OF THE BUSES, THEY PURCHASED THEM AND MOST OF THE DRIVERS WENT OVER TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE WE HAD, I BELIEVE, TWENTY-SIX AT THAT TIME AND YOU JUST DON’T JUST DON’T FIND TWENTY-SIX DRIVERS. THAT WAS PART OF THE AGREEMENT ON SALE THAT THEY WOULD TAKE THE BUSES. WE TOOK OUR PLATES OFF AND THE NEXT DAY CITY PUT THEIR PLATES ON AND THEIR INSURANCE. THE DRIVERS WENT OVER EVENTUALLY. THEY WERE WEARING THE CITY TRANSIT, LETHBRIDGE CITY TRANSIT UNIFORMS.” OF HIS TIME AS A BOARD MEMBER, SPRING SAID, “I CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN [2005]… THE MANAGER OF THE DAY, MURRAY CAMPBELL, WAS A LONGTIME FRIEND OF MINE AND HE ASKED ME [TO BE ON THE BOARD], AND I THOUGHT WELL IT IS A VERY WORTHWHILE ORGANIZATION. IT WAS A NOT-FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND DIDN’T INVOLVE A LOT OF HOURS.” SPRING WAS ON THE BOARD UNTIL 2011. SPRING REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS “A COLLECTOR AT HEART” AND AS A RESULT GATHERED THE DONATED ARTIFACTS DURING THE LAST DAYS OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION IN 2011. THEY WERE IN HIS POSSESSION FOR 5 TO 7 YEARS. HE EXPLAINS, “WELL I WAS ONE OF THREE THAT CLOSED DOWN AND CLOSED OUT HANDI BUS. WE HAD TO FILE WITH TAX CANADA AND OF COURSE, WORKERS COMP AND ALL THOSE THINGS SO FINALLY WE’RE AT THAT STAGE WHERE WE CAN GET RID OF A LOT OF THE PAPER RECORDS. IT PROMPTED THAT I SHOULD MAYBE DONATE THESE TO THE GALT MUSEUM FOR PROSPERITY… [T]HAT’S JUST MY NATURE, I GUESS, TO RETAIN THINGS AND SAY ‘WELL SOMEBODY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS IN A FUTURE DATE.’” THE SAFETY VEST WOULD HAVE BEEN WORN BY THE BUS DRIVERS. “[THE] SAFETY VESTS I HAVE ARE A VERY OLD STYLE WHICH PRE-DATES THE BIB STYLE WITH THE FULL COLOUR… THAT’S JUST FOR SAFETY WHEN [THE DRIVER] GETS OFF THE BUS BECAUSE THEY HAD TO LOAD AND UNLOAD, ASSIST A LOT OF THE PASSENGERS. IT’S NOT LIKE YOUR OTHER TRANSIT WHERE THE DRIVER STAYS IN THE SEAT, PEOPLE ARE AMBULATORY AND GET OFF AND ON. A HANDI BUS DRIVER HAS A LOT MORE WORK TO DO IN THAT HE UNLOADS, HE HAS TO LOWER THE RAMP, LOCK DOWN THE WHEELCHAIR, HAS TO MAKE SURE IT’S A CERTAIN REVERSE DIRECTION SO THE WEIGHT DISPLACEMENT COMES UP. SOME PEOPLE HAD WALKERS, JUST A SAFETY THING WHILE HE IS OUT WALKING AROUND OR BESIDE THE BUS THAT HE IS VISIBLE TO OTHER DRIVERS.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20160009001
Acquisition Date
2016-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20030051024
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
No. Pieces
4
Description
1. SHIRT. 84.0(L). SLEEVELESS, COLLARLESS. OFF WHITE. OPENS DOWN FRONT. HAS 6 WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS FOR CLOSURES. AROUND NECK AND ARMHOLES IS ORANGE EDGING. ON RIGHT CHEST IS AN EMBROIDERED PATCH WITH "ALBERTA" ACROSS TOP IN A BANNER, BELOW THAT IS AN ALBERTA WILD ROSE, AND BELOW THAT IS THE ALBERTA CREST. ON LEFT CHEST THE NUMBERS "14" ARE SEWN ON IN BLACK. SEWN ONTO BACK OF SHIRT IS A LARGE YELLOW AND FADED BLUE OR GREEN PATCH. PATCH IS MINER'S LIBRARY CLUB LOGO. LOGO CONSISTS OF A CIRCLE WITH A MINER'S CAP IN THE CENTER AND "MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB" AROUND THE PERIMETER. ACROSS BOTTOM IS A BANNER WITH "LETHBRIDGE JR'S.", BELOW WHICH IS AN OPEN BOOK. A TAG INSIDE NECKLINE OF SHIRT READS "UNIQUE ATHLETIC SUPPLIES". TAG IS FRAYED AND WORN. SHIRT HAS SOME WEAR OVERALL. 2. PANTS. 91.0(L). OFF WHITE, WITH ORANGE EDGING RUNNING DOWN SIDES. HAS A WHITE PLASTIC BUTTON AND ZIPPER AT FRONT OF WAISTBAND. BACK HAS TWO FLAPPED PATCH POCKETS ONE WITH WHITE PLASTIC BUTTON (OTHER BUTTON MISSING). WAISTBAND HAS 3 NARROW, AND 3 VERY WIDE BELT LOOPS. BOTTOMS OF LEGS ARE ELASTICIZED. RIGHT KNEE HAS A PATCH AND REPAIR. BOTH KNEES ARE REINFORCED ON INSIDE WITH LARGE PATCHES OF BLUE DENIM. PANTS HAVE LARGE STAINS THROUGHOUT (LOTS OF BLUE STAINS), AND ARE WORN. 3. STIRRUPS. 46.5(L). PAIR OF KNIT, GREEN WOOL LEGGINGS WITH STIRRUPS AT THE BOTTOM. ELASTICIZED AT TOP. NARROW AT BOTTOM NEAR STIRRUPS. IN FAIR CONDITION, EACH HAS HOLES, ALONG WITH SOME FRAYING AND ACCRETIONS ON BOTTOM OF STIRRUPS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
ASSOCIATIONS
History
RETRIEVED FROM THE MINERS' LIBRARY BUILDING ON 13TH STREET NORTH AFTER ITS CLOSURE. LIBRARY MATERIALS AND MINING MEMORABILIA WERE KEPT IN A DISPLAY CASE LOCATED IN THE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF THE MAIN FLOOR CLUB ROOM. THE ORIGIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY AND READING ROOM BY THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND COAL CO., IN 1890. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LIBRARY WAS FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF THE MECHANICS' LIBRARIES, ALSO CALLED MECAHNICS' INSTITUTES, THAT SPRANG UP ACROSS EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN THE MID 1800S. THEY WERE SELF-HELP INSTITUTES SET UP BY WORKING MEN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR WORKING MEN SO THEY COULD BETTER THEMSELVES IN LIFE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE UP THE ECHELON IN THE COAL MINE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY HOUSED IN A SMALL BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO 108 5TH STREET SOUTH, AND MEMBERSHIP WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO MINERS. A YEAR LATER THE EMPLOYEES RENOVATED THE FORMER #1 BOARDING HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MACLEOD ROAD, FOR RELOCATION OF THE LIBRARY AND WHEN THIS LARGER BUILDING OPENED IT IS SAID TO HAVE HAD 300 BOOKS. WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF THE GALT COMPANIES IN 1904, THE AR&C COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES' READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY BECAME THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND IRRIGATION COMPANY'S EMPLOYEE'S READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY. THE LIBRARY CONTAINED 1500 BOOKS, PLUS MANY MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. IN 1908 THE SOCIETY WAS REFERRED TO AS THE GALT MINER'S LIBRARY, AND STILL IN THE #1 BOARDING HOUSE BUILDING, IT CONTAINED A BILLIARD ROOM AND GYMNASIUM. THE NEXT KNOWN MOVE OF THE LIBRARY WAS IN 1917 WHEN THE GALT MINES LIBRARY PURCHASED THE BAILEY ST. SCHOOL AND MOVED IT TO 733 13TH ST. NORTH - WHERE IT IS STILL PART OF THE MODERN BUILDING THAT USED TO BE THE MINER'S LIBRARY. AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY IN THE YMCA IN 1919 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GALT GARDENS, THE 'LIBRARY AND READING ROOM' ACTIVITIES BECAME OF LESSER IMPORTANCE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY BECAME MORE OF A SOCIAL CLUB WHICH HAS GIVEN GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MANY ASPECTS OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. A BAR AREA IN THE CLUB'S BASEMENT PROVIDED A SPACE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, OFFICE PARTIES, FUNERALS AND VARIOUS CLUB ACTIVITIES. THE UPSTAIRS BLACK NUGGET LOUNGE OFFERED MEALS, DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, DARTS, POOL, CRIB AND VLTS. LONG TIME MEMBERS COULD BUY THEIR CHAIR AND HAVE THEIR NAME ON IT. A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, THE CLUB MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FORMER ADAMS PARK BALL FIELD AND SPECTATOR STANDS, AND SUPPORTED MANY SPORTS AND SPORTS TEAMS THROUGH THE YEARS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PARKS THAT HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY. THE CLUB WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING PAVAN PARK, AND VARIOUS SPORTS VENUES. AS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLUB DWINDLED THE CLUB'S SALES COULD NOT COVER THE DAILY COSTS OF RUNNING THE OPERATION. IN 2000 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS WERE UNDERTAKEN, AND ALONG WITH AN AUCTION AND CRAFT AND BAKE SALES, THE CLUB SOLICITED DONATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, BY 2003 THE CLUB HAD ONLY 300 MEMBERS (LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT 3 YEARS PRIOR) AND AFTER 113 YEARS IT WAS FORCED TO CLOSE IT'S DOORS. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB WAS THE LONGEST STANDING MEN-ONLY CLUB, AND THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING CLUB IN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20030051024
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS DRIVER'S WINTER COAT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20160009004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS DRIVER'S WINTER COAT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
2007
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
78.5
Width
77
Description
A: DARK GREY WINTER JACKET. EMBROIDERED “LHB” LOGO ON THE PROPER LEFT SIDE OF THE CHEST (MAROON INVERTED TRIANGLE WITH LETTERS AND HANDICAP SYMBOL IN WHITE). THE JACKET HAS A HIGH COLLAR AND A GREY, PLASTIC ZIPPER DOWN THE FRONT. THERE ARE 5 METAL SNAP FASTENERS TO CLOSE THE JACKET IN ADDITION TO THE ZIPPER. THERE IS A POCKET ON EITHER SIDE OF THE CHEST, BOTH WITH VELCRO-ED FLAPS. THERE IS REFLECTIVE MATERIAL ATTACHED TO THESE POCKETS. THERE ARE TWO POCKETS AT THE LOWER SIDES OF THE JACKET WITH ZIPPERS TO CLOSE. THERE ARE TWO STUDS FROM SNAP FASTENERS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE JACKET (FRONT, LOWER LEFT SIDE). THERE IS ELASTIC AROUND THE BOTTOM HEM AND VELCRO AROUND THE CUFFS OF THE SLEEVES. A 20 CM REFLECTIVE STRIPE IS ATTACHED TO THE CENTER BACK OF THE JACKET. THE SLEEVES ARE 58 CM LONG. THE TAG AT THE BACK COLLAR READS "MARK'S 3XL" AND "MADE IN KOREA". B: A REMOVABLE BLACK FLEECE LINING IS ATTACHED TO THE INSIDE OF THE JACKET WITH A ZIPPER. THE FLEECE LINING HAS AN LHB LOGO IDENTICAL TO THE JACKET'S ON THE PROPER LEFT SIDE OF THE CHEST. THE INSIDE TAG READS “MARK’S… 3XL”. GOOD CONDITION. THE COLOUR OF THE GREY IS FADING OVERALL. THE FLEECE ON THE INSIDE IS BALLING. THERE ARE LOOSE THREADS AT VARIOUS PLACES OF THE JACKET. THE LOGO IS DIRTY/DISCOLOURED. THE VELCRO IS SLIGHTLY DIRTY. THE LEFT CHEST POCKET IS WRINKLED/MISSHAPED AND STICKING TO THE VELCRO. THERE IS A WHITE NEAR THE ZIPPER ON THE UPPER, LEFT SIDE OF THE JACKET.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
TRANSPORTATION
History
THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT BEGAN IN 1975 WHEN THE KIWANIS CLUB DONATED THE FIRST VAN. ON AUGUST 1, 2007 – AFTER 32 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY – THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. AT THAT POINT, THE ASSOCIATION HAD A FLEET OF 20 BUSES – MANY OF WHICH WERE DONATED BY LOCAL SERVICE CLUBS – THAT WERE ALL TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY. THE NAME OF THE SERVICE BECAME ACCESS-A-RIDE UNDER THE CITY’S MANAGEMENT. THESE ARTIFACTS WERE DONATED BY A LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBER, LYNN SPRING. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON APRIL 12, 2016 WITH SPRING. HE EXPLAINS, “I WAS A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR HALF A DOZEN YEARS AT LEAST AND SOME OF THESE ITEMS WERE GIVEN TO ME BY THE DRIVERS. THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STARTED IN 1975 AND ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO, LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STOPPED THEIR CHARTER AS A NOT- FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION BECAUSE OF THE NATIONAL RULING IN TRANSPORTATION THAT MUNICIPALITIES WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCESSIBILITY RIDES, HANDICAP TRANSPORTATION. SO THE CITY TOOK OVER ALL OF THE BUSES, THEY PURCHASED THEM AND MOST OF THE DRIVERS WENT OVER TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE WE HAD, I BELIEVE, TWENTY-SIX AT THAT TIME AND YOU JUST DON’T JUST DON’T FIND TWENTY-SIX DRIVERS. THAT WAS PART OF THE AGREEMENT ON SALE THAT THEY WOULD TAKE THE BUSES. WE TOOK OUR PLATES OFF AND THE NEXT DAY CITY PUT THEIR PLATES ON AND THEIR INSURANCE. THE DRIVERS WENT OVER EVENTUALLY. THEY WERE WEARING THE CITY TRANSIT, LETHBRIDGE CITY TRANSIT UNIFORMS.” OF HIS TIME AS A BOARD MEMBER, SPRING SAID, “I CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN [2005]… THE MANAGER OF THE DAY, MURRAY CAMPBELL, WAS A LONGTIME FRIEND OF MINE AND HE ASKED ME [TO BE ON THE BOARD], AND I THOUGHT WELL IT IS A VERY WORTHWHILE ORGANIZATION. IT WAS A NOT-FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND DIDN’T INVOLVE A LOT OF HOURS.” SPRING WAS ON THE BOARD UNTIL 2011. SPRING REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS “A COLLECTOR AT HEART” AND AS A RESULT GATHERED THE DONATED ARTIFACTS DURING THE LAST DAYS OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION IN 2011. THEY WERE IN HIS POSSESSION FOR 5 TO 7 YEARS. HE EXPLAINS, “WELL I WAS ONE OF THREE THAT CLOSED DOWN AND CLOSED OUT HANDI BUS. WE HAD TO FILE WITH TAX CANADA AND OF COURSE, WORKERS COMP AND ALL THOSE THINGS SO FINALLY WE’RE AT THAT STAGE WHERE WE CAN GET RID OF A LOT OF THE PAPER RECORDS. IT PROMPTED THAT I SHOULD MAYBE DONATE THESE TO THE GALT MUSEUM FOR PROSPERITY… [T]HAT’S JUST MY NATURE, I GUESS, TO RETAIN THINGS AND SAY ‘WELL SOMEBODY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS IN A FUTURE DATE.’” THE WINTER JACKET WAS WORN BY A DRIVER NAMED WAYNE HALES WHO WAS ONE OF THE LHB EMPLOYEES WHO TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY WHEN THE ORGANIZATION WAS TAKEN OVER. WHEN SPRING WAS GATHERING ITEMS RELATED TO THE ASSOCIATION HE REACHED OUT TO HALES: “I SPOKE WITH WAYNE HALES, AND SAID I HAD SOME OTHER THINGS DID HE HAVE ANYTHING? AND HE SAID, ‘OH, I THINK I’VE GOT A COAT IN THE CLOSET’, SO HE DUG IT OUT AND I ADDED IT TO THESE OTHER ITEMS.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20160009004
Acquisition Date
2016-04
Collection
Museum
Images
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