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Other Name
R.C.M.P COMMEMORATIVE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ROSEWOOD, STEEL, GOLD PLATE
Catalogue Number
P19900007021
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P COMMEMORATIVE
Date
1973
Materials
ROSEWOOD, STEEL, GOLD PLATE
No. Pieces
1
Length
109.8
Width
21.5
Description
WOOD & GOLD PLATE HANDLE , STAINLESS STEEL BLADE. HANDLE HAS R.C.M.P. CREST. BLADE IS INSCRIBED WITH SCENES & SYMBOLS OF N.W.M.P., R.C.M.P. HISTORY & ALSO WILKINSON (MAKER) CREST. NUMBERED ON REVERSE OF BLADE NR. HILT, "CO 388".
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
ARMAMENT-EDGED
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
SAFETY SERVICES
History
MADE BY WILKINSON FOR CENTENNIAL OF ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN 1973. ONLY 1000 MADE, EACH IS NUMBERED ON BLADE. ENGRAVED SCENES WERE PRODUCED FOR WILKINSON BY ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE ARTIST, STAFF SGT. PAUL SEDERBURG. BASED ON TRADITIONAL CLAYMORE SWORD IT BEARS NO RELATION TO SWORDS HISTORICALLY WORN BY THE FORCE, MADE AS OFFICIAL SOUVENIR ONLY. ACQUIRED BY DONOR WHEN OWNER COLIN CAMPBELL, A LETHBRIDGE COLLECTOR DIED. WILLIAM HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON 6 APRIL 1920. HIS PARENTS WERE MARION SCORESBY SKELTON AND HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON. EDUCATED LOCALLY, MR. SKELTON WORKED AT THE DOMINION EXPERIMENTAL FARM (NOW THE LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH CENTRE) FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A REPORTER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN 1943. AFTER FIVE YEARS AT THE NEWSPAPER, HE BECAME NEWS DIRECTOR AT RADIO STATION CJOC ON 15 FEBRUARY 1948. DURING HIS FIRST TWO YEARS AT THE RADIO STATION, MR. SKELTON WAS THE ONLY EMPLOYEE IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. MR. SKELTON ORGANIZED THE FIRST FULL-TIME NEWS DEPARTMENT AT THE RADIO STATION AND WAS NEWS DIRECTOR FOR THE JOINT RADIO – TELEVISION OPERATIONS OF SELKIRK COMMUNICATIONS IN LETHBRIDGE AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA. BY THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT IN APRIL 1978, CJOC HAD EIGHT EMPLOYEES IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. WILLIAM SKELTON MARRIED MARY THERESA FRANCIS IN SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, LETHBRIDGE ON 3 AUGUST 1957. THE COUPLE DID NOT HAVE CHILDREN. DURING HIS LIFE MR. SKELTON WAS VERY ACTIVE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA BOY SCOUT COUNCIL, WINSTON CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL, THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION, LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, YWCA BUILDING FUND DRIVE, 1975 CANADA WINTER GAMES PROTOCOL COMMITTEE, LETHBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISOR FOR THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM, A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE JAYCEES, SOUTHERN ALBERTA COUNCIL ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND THE LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT UNITED WAY, AMONG OTHERS. HE ALSO VOLUNTEERED HIS SERVICES WITH LETHBRIDGE OVERTURE CONCERTS, THE ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION, LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT JAPANESE GARDEN SOCIETY AND THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE COMMITTEE FOR AN INDEPENDENT CANADA. WILLIAM SKELTON DIED ON 13 JULY 1998, AGE 78, AND IS BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. MARY THERESA SKELTON (NEE FRANCIS) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF DR. AND MRS. JAMES R. FRANCIS AND THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF REVEREND JAMES ROBERTSON D.D., A FORMER MODERATOR OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA. A TEACHER AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE FROM 1945 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT, MARY SKELTON WAS ALSO ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. MRS. SKELTON WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN; THE SENIOR HIGH NOVELS, NON-FICTION AND DRAMA AD HOC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE OF ALBERTA EDUCATION; THE LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION; AND A DRIVER FOR LETHBRIDGE MEALS ON WHEELS. MRS. SKELTON WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM DURING THE TIME OF THE MUSEUM’S FIRST RENOVATION AND EXPANSION IN 1983-1985. MARY SKELTON DIED ON 23 AUGUST 2000, AGE 80, AND IS BURIED BESIDE HER HUSBAND IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. [SOURCES: THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, VARIOUS ISSUES; WHO’S WHO IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA 1988-1989 (HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, 1989) PAGES 739-740] *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON DEVELOPED THE FOLLOWING BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THIS ARTIFACT'S ORIGINAL COLLECTOR, COLIN CAMPBELL, FROM INFORMATION IN THE GALT ARCHIVES AND HIS LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY. COLIN CAMPBELL WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 20, 1903 IN SCOTLAND, AND CAME TO CANADA IN 1911, SETLLING IN EDMONTON. HE WAS COMMISSIONED A 2ND LIEUTENANT IN THE EDMONTON FUSILIERS IN 1936, AND SERVED OVERSEAS DURING WORLD WAR II WITH THE SASKATOON LIGHT INFANTRY. IN THE EARLY 1950S CAMPBELL MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE HE WORKED AS AN ACCOUNTANT FOR STERN'S FURNITURE. CAMPBELL WAS A MEMBER OF THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION NO. 4, WHICH HE MANAGED. HE WAS THE NEIGHBOUR OF THE DONORS, BILL AND MARY SKELTON. COLIN CAMPBELL DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 2, 1979. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19910064001 FOR HARDCOPY OF CAMPBELL'S OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19900007021
Acquisition Date
1991-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SHADOW BOX / ALBERTA 55 PLUS WINTER GAMES
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, GLASS, WOOD, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20150031000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHADOW BOX / ALBERTA 55 PLUS WINTER GAMES
Date
2009
Materials
METAL, GLASS, WOOD, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
34.2
Length
40.5
Width
2.6
Description
SHADOW BOX, BLACK WOODEN FRAME, MEDALS FROM THE ALBERTA 55 PLUS WINTER GAMES 2009, BEHIND GLASS. COLOUR PHOTOGRAPH OF 25 ADULTS, ALL DRESSED IN THE SAME TAN VEST. BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF PHOTOGRAPH MARKED: "BARON PHOTOGRAPHICS". BELOW THE PHOTOGRAPH ARE THREE MEDALS, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE. MEDALS ARE IN THE SHAPE OF THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA AND ARE EMBOSSED WITH: "2009 ALBERTA 55 PLUS WINTER GAMES LETHBRIDGE". TO THE RIGHT OF THE PHOTOGRAPH AND THE MEDALS IS BLACK TEXT, ON OFF-WHITE PAPER: "ALBERTA 55 PLUS WINTER GAMES. LETHBRIDGE. FEBRUARY 19TH-22ND, 2009. IT'S A BREEZE. CAROL THIBERT CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND SUPPORT TO THE 2009 ALBERTA 55 PLUS WINTER GAMES. FEBRUARY 19TH TO 22ND. ON BEHALF OF WILLIAM R. PERSLEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, ALBERTA SPORT, RECREATION, PARKS, AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION. WILLIAM R. PERSLEY (WITH SIGNATURE)" BELOW IN BLUE INK: "ALBERTA SPORT, RECREATION, PARKS, & WILDLIFE FOUNDATION ALBERTA" BLACK MATTING, WITH BLUE MATTING BEHIND. REVERSE OF SHADOW BOX HAS THREE WHITE STICKERS WITH BLACK INK: FIRST STICKER: "LETHBRIDGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. BACK ROW (L-R) JOHN BOLTON (PROTOCOL/VICE-CHAIR), PAUL STEVENSON (CHAIRMAN), JACK GLEASON (ADMINISTRATION). 4TH ROW (L-R): BERT OLDENBURGER (TRANSPORTATION), DAVID NG (LIAISON NORD-BRIDGE), LINDA POTE (OFFICE MANAGER), JOHN DOAN (ACCOMMODATIONS), BOB SIMONTON (FRIENDS OF THE GAMES). 3RD ROW (L-R): DENNIS KING (FOOD), DIANNE KING (FOOD), CAROL THIBERT (CITY OF LETHBRIDGE), DAVE ADAMS (ACTIVITIES), JOHN WALKEY (REGISTRATION), KERRY MCANDREWS (ASRPWF)." SECOND STICKER: "2ND ROW (L-R): JOYCE GERGELY (FACILITIES), KENDALL GIBSON (PROMOTION), MERRI-ANN FORD (RESULTS), CATHY GLEASON (BOARD SECRETARY), RICK BAER (ACTIVITIES). FRONT ROW (L-R): JIM HAHN (VOLUNTEERS), LEN WHYTE (COMMUNICATIONS), ELISHA RASMUSSEN (PUBLICITY/DECORATING), J. COLLIN BEAZER (GAMES MANAGER), DIANNE SCHEBEL (LIAISON LSCO), JOHN POULSEN (CULTURE). MISSING: GARY KIERNAN (COMMUNICATIONS & SAFETY)" THIRD STICKER: "L.A. GALLERY CUSTOM FRAMING & ART." IT LISTS METHODS OF MOUNTING AND "DRYMOUNTED" IS CHECKED OFF WITH BLUE INK. AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STICKER: "W/O# E0087 ASSEMBLED BY RM" EXCELLENT CONDITION. VERY SMALL CHIP IN FRAME ON BOTTOM LEFT CORNER. PAPER BACKING ON BACK OF FRAME, RIGHT SIDE, SLIGHTLY DAMAGED.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
SPORTS
History
THIS COLLECTION OF MEDALS FROM THE 2009 ALBERTA 55 PLUS WINTER GAMES WAS PRESENTED TO CAROL THIBERT FOR HER INVOLVEMENT IN PLANNING THE GAMES. IN AN ORAL INTERVIEW, CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN IN OCTOBER 2015, THE DONOR, CAROL THIBERT, EXPLAINED THAT “THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE OF RECOGNITION TO THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT IS GIVEN AT THESE GAMES. … IN THIS PARTICULAR GAMES, PAUL STEVENSON WAS THE CHAIR OF THE GAMES, COLLIN BEAZER WAS THE GAMES MANAGER AND THEN YOU CAN SEE THE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT COMMUNITY PEOPLE THAT HAD DIFFERENT PORTFOLIOS IN THE GAMES. AND IT’S AN EXAMPLE OF THE MEDALS THAT WOULD BE PRESENTED TO THE PARTICIPANTS AT THE GAMES – GOLD, SILVER, AND BRONZE. IT WAS SIGNED BY THE ALBERTA SPORT, RECREATION, PARKS AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION WHO ARE THE GOVERNING BODY OF ALBERTA GAMES AND PARTIAL FUNDERS OF THE GAMES.” SHE CONTINUED, SAYING THAT “IT HUNG ON MY WALL ALL THE TIME THAT I WAS WORKING, AS DID SOME OF THE OTHER ONES THAT CAME, AND IT WAS A MEMORY OF THE GAMES. IT CAPTURES THE PEOPLE THAT MADE THESE GAMES HAPPEN. IN THE PICTURE, THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THESE GAMES HAPPEN.” CAROL THIBERT BEGAN HER CAREER WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE IN 1991. SHE WORKED FOR 12 MONTHS IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, BEFORE MOVING INTO THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IN 1992. SHE EXPLAINED: “WHEN I STARTED WITH THE CITY, THE REASON I GOT ON WITH THE CITY IS MY AFFILIATION WITH TOURISM. I WAS WORKING AT THE COLLEGE AT THE TIME AND I WAS IN THE TOURIST ACTION COMMITTEE AND WHEN A JOB CAME UP WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR A CONVENTION EVENTS ORGANIZER, I APPLIED AND I GOT IT AND THEN THROUGH ATTRITION THAT JOB WAS – WELL, FIRST I WAS BUMPED OUT OF IT AND THEN IT WAS ELIMINATED EVENTUALLY. AND ACTUALLY THROUGH BRIAN BOURASSA AND KATHY HOPKINS THERE WAS A RESTRUCTURE AND THEY MADE SURE THAT THERE WAS A PLACE FOR ME … IN 1990, 1991 … IT WAS A LIAISON POSITION AND FIVE YEARS AGO, IN 2010, I WENT INTO A MANAGEMENT POSITION AT THE CITY WITH REC AND CULTURE, BUT IT WAS STILL IN THE REC AND CULTURE IN THE COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT. AND ALL THROUGH THAT I WAS INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS. WE FORMED A SUPPORT COUNCIL THROUGH MY POSITION – IT WASN’T THERE WHEN WE STARTED – I WAS LIAISON TO ALL THE ALBERTA GAMES THAT WE EVER HAD AND ALL THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES SO THAT WAS A BIG PART OF MY POSITION.” HER ROLE WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE WAS KNOWN AS A LIAISON TO THE COMMUNITY IN SPORTS AND RECREATION AND CULTURE. HER LIAISON POSITION WAS MEANT TO ASSIST SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT LETHBRIDGE. SHE EXPLAINED SAYING: “OUR SERVICE MODEL HAS ALWAYS BEEN THAT WE FACILITATED THE COMMUNITY. THEY WERE THE LEADERS IN SPORT, THEY KNEW THE BUSINESS, BUT WE FACILITATED FOR THEM, WE HELPED THEM IN ANY WAY THAT THEY COULD. WHEN THIS POSITION WAS CREATED IN 1991 … WE WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE A BETTER SUPPORT TO THEM BECAUSE THERE WAS A PERSON DEDICATED TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO THE SPORT … IT WASN’T ‘TIL ABOUT 2008 THAT CULTURE WAS ACTUALLY ACTIVELY ADDED TO THIS PORTFOLIO. IT WAS MORE RECREATION, WHICH LOOSELY EMBODIES CULTURE, BUT IN SPORT – THAT WAS MORE OF THE FOCUS.” CULTURE WAS ADDED IN 2008 “BECAUSE WE ACTUALLY REALIZED THAT THE ATTENTION WASN’T BEING PAID TO IT THAT SHOULD BE … WE HAVE THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA ART GALLERY, WE HAVE THE MUSEUM … AND WE HAVE THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL. THEY ARE THE BODIES THAT HAVE THE EXPERTS IN THEM THAT PROVIDE THE CULTURE, BUT WE DIDN’T HAVE THAT DEDICATED LIAISON TO THE CITY UNTIL THEN.” THIBERT ENJOYED HER JOB QUITE THOROUGHLY AND RECALLED A FEW OF HER FAVOURITE PARTS: “DEFINITELY THE WORK THAT I DID WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS THAT WERE MADE, AND I REALLY FEEL THAT THE PEOPLE THAT I CONNECTED WITH FELT LIKE THEY HAD SOMEONE TO CONNECT WITH INSIDE THE CITY. … I REALLY LIKE ALBERTA GAMES, AND THEY TAKE A LOT OF WORK. IT’S A LOT OF WORK FROM THE COMMUNITY AND THAT WAS ALWAYS PART OF MY PORTFOLIO. BEFORE THAT THERE WASN’T A GAME DEDICATED PERSON FOR THE 1985 GAMES. MY FIRST GAMES WERE IN 1996 WITH THE ALBERTA WINTER GAMES AND THEN ON THROUGH WITH 2001, 2009, 2012, AND 2015. AND SO LETHBRIDGE WAS THE FIRST COMMUNITY TO ACTUALLY HOLD ALL THE ALBERTA GAMES, WINTER AND SUMMER, OF ANY ALBERTA COMMUNITIES, SO THAT WAS A FEATHER IN OUR CAP … THE ALBERTA SPORT CONNECTION KNEW THAT THEY COULD COME TO LETHBRIDGE WHEN THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANOTHER COMMUNITY THAT WAS STEPPING UP [TO HOST] … THEY KNOW THAT LETHBRIDGE HAS BEEN GOOD AT PUTTING ON GAMES AND RISING TO IT WHEN THEY NEEDED TO.” SHE WAS ALSO PROUD TO PLAY A ROLE IN THE FORMATION OF THE LETHBRIDGE SPORT COUNCIL, WHICH IS AN UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION THAT ACTS AS AN ADVOCATE: “THEY ARE AN ADVOCATE FOR SPORT, THEY ARE THE LIAISON TO CITY COUNCIL FOR SPORT. IF THERE’S NEW SPORTS THAT WANT TO START, SAY LIKE CRICKET, THEY GO THROUGH THE SPORT COUNCIL AND THE SPORT COUNCIL HELPS GET THEM THEIR FEET.” SHE DISCUSSED HOW THE LETHBRIDGE SPORTS COUNCIL CAME TO EXIST: “AFTER THE 1996 WINTER GAMES, [GARY BOWIE] SAW A NEED FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO BID FOR HIGH SPORT EVENTS AND WE DIDN’T HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO IT. AND SO, THROUGH MY CONNECTION WITH THE 1996 GAMES AND GETTING TO KNOW GARY, HE CAME TO ME, AND WE THROUGH THAT, STARTED THE SPORT COUNCIL, THE LETHBRIDGE SPORT COUNCIL. SO THAT WAS IN THE EARLY 2000S AND CONNECTED WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE 1996 GAMES LIKE MEL CLEWES AND CAROL GREMER AND BRENT SEELY – SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAD REALLY BEEN INFLUENTIAL IN THE COMMUNITY – THEY WERE ON THAT SORT OF INITIAL LOOKING INTO HOW A SPORT COUNCIL OR A SPORT BID COMMITTEE MIGHT LOOK. … WE WERE THE FIRST OF THE SMALL COMMUNITIES TO ACTUALLY FORM A SPORT COUNCIL AND IT HAS THRIVED AND DONE VERY WELL. SO WE WERE A LEADER IN THE SMALL COMMUNITIES AND OUR MODEL, I KNOW THAT FORT MCMURRAY AND MEDICINE HAT AND RED DEER HAVE ALL LOOKED AT OUR MODELS.” SHE CONCLUDED, SAYING THAT “LETHBRIDGE IS GOOD AT HOSTING GAMES. OUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE ALWAYS IS TO RAISE THE AMOUNT OF FUNDS THAT ARE NECESSARY BECAUSE THESE GAMES ARE PROBABLY A $1,000,000 COST. THERE IS MONEY THAT COMES FROM THE FUNDING FROM THE PROVINCE FOR THESE DIFFERENT GRANTS THAT YOU CAN TAP INTO, BUT WE’RE ALSO TAPPING INTO THE COMMUNITY, YOU KNOW, THE DIFFERENT SPONSORS THAT EVERYBODY ELSE IS VYING FOR.” THIBERT RETIRED FROM THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE AUGUST 7, 2015. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20150031000
Acquisition Date
2015-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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