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Other Name
TROPHY
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STERLING SILVER
Catalogue Number
P19990039000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TROPHY
Date
1912
Materials
STERLING SILVER
No. Pieces
1
Height
26.4
Width
11.5
Description
CUP -- STERLING SILVER; THE SLIGHTLY FLAYED BASE IS CIRCULAR (25.0 - 36.5 CM). THERE ARE THREE GROUPS OF EIGHT RECTANGLES AROUND THE BASE. AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH RECTANGLE IS A SMALL CIRCLE. EACH GROUP IS BETWEEN THE BASE OF THE HANDLES OF THE CUP. THE BOWL IS ON A PEDESTAL (1.5 CM IN HEIGHT). ATTACHED 5.0 CM FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE BOWL ARE THE HANDLES. THE THREE HANDLES ARE SQUARE ON THE TOP. THE BOWL VARIES IN CIRCUMFERENCE (44.0 CM AT THE RIM TO 47. CM JUST BELOW THE RIM TO 24.0 CM TO 8.0 CM AT THE TOP OF THE PEDESTAL). THE INSCRIPTION ON THE BOWL READS "PRESENTED TO JOSEPH GILLESPIE UPON HIS RETIRING FROM LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE BY MEMBERS OF THE FORCE SEPT. 10, 1912". THE INTERIOR OF THE BOWL IS GOLD COLORED FINISH.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THE SILVER CUP WAS FROM THE ESTATE OF THE LATE DOROTHY MORROW. MRS. MORROW LIVED IN THE HOUSE THAT WAS OCCUPIED EARLIER IN THE CENTURY BY JOSEPH GILLESPIE AND HIS FAMILY. THE HOUSE WAS LOCATED AT 627 - 11 STREET SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE.
Catalogue Number
P19990039000
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILVER PLATE
Catalogue Number
P19860019000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1928
Materials
SILVER PLATE
No. Pieces
1
Length
58.5
Width
37.5
Description
BACK STAMPED "17" "HOLMES & EDWARDS INTERNATIONALS CO" "2/36" "ELECTRO PLATE B.M." OVAL SHAPED, FILIGREE EDGE-FRONT. HANDLE ON EITHER END. INSCRIBED FLORAL WREATHS & CREST ON EITHER END. ENGRAVED IN CENTRE OF TRAY "*PRESENTED TO*" SERGT. MAJOR T NICHOLLS BY THE N.C.O.'S AND CONSTABLES OF "K" DIVISION ON HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE R.C.M. POLICE *LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA* FEBRUARY 29TH 1928".
Subjects
SERVING VESSELS
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
DONOR IS THE STEP-DAUGHTER OF THOMAS R. NICHOLLS. GIVEN TO THOMAS R. NICHOLLS, BY THE MEN OF THE ‘K’ DIVISION AT LETHBRIDGE, ON HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE ON FEBRUARY 29, 1928. THOMAS NICHOLLS CAME FROM ENGLAND TO JOIN THE ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE IN JUNE 1889 AT ONLY NINETEEN YEARS OF AGE. HE COMPLETED HIS SIX WEEKS OF TRAINING IN REGINA. HIS FIRST POSTING WAS IN MOOSOMIN, NWT WHERE HE STAYED FOR 11 MONTHS. IN JULY 1899, NICHOLLS WAS TRANSFERRED TO "G" DIVISION FORT SASKATCHEWAN. HE MOVED ON TO EDMONTON AS AN ORDERLY ROOM CLERK TO COL. BELCHER. IN JANUARY 1903 NICHOLLS RETURNED TO FORT SASKATCHEWAN AND ON TO A DETACHMENT IN VEGREVILLE FOR A SHORT TIME. IN OCTOBER OF THAT YEAR NICHOLLS MOVED TO PEACE RIVER AND STAYED UNTIL 1904. FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO LESSER SLAVE LAKE WHERE HE REMAINED. IN JANUARY 1906 NICHOLLS WAS SENT TO REGINA FOR A THREE MONTH CORPORAL CLASS. ON MARCH 31 1906 HE RETURNED TO FORT SASCATCHEWAN AS AN ORDERLY ROOM CLERK FOR SIX MONTHS BEFORE GOING TO A DETACHMENT AT SEDGEWICK. IN SEPTEMBER 1906 HE TRANSFERRED TO REGINA AND FROM THERE WAS SENT TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE SPLIT LAKE DETACHMENT, AND TOOK THE FIRST MAIL TO FORT CHURCHILL WITH A DOGSLED THAT WINTER. NICHOLLS STAYED IN FORT CHURCHILL FOR FOUR YEARS AND WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF SERGEANT. IN MARCH 1910 HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO "F" DIVISION WHERE HE WAS PROMOTED TO ACTING SERGEANT MAJOR. IN JUNE 1910 NICHOLLS ACCOMPANIED GOVENOR GENERAL EARL GREY, WITH POLICE ESCORT, FROM NORWAY HOUSE TO PORT NELSON AND BACK. IN THE SPRING OF 1911 NICHOLLS CROSSED LAKE WINNEPEG WITH A TEAM OF DOGS TO DELIVER MAIL FROM REGINA TO FORT CHURCHILL AND BACK. HE REMAINED IN REGINA FOR A SHORT TIME BEFORE PROCEEDING TO ENGLAND WITH THE CORONATION CONTINGENT. WHEN NICHOLLS RETURNED TO CANADA IN SEPTEMBER 1911 HE WAS SENT TO NORWAY HOUSE WHERE HE STAYED UNTIL 1915. HE WAS PROMOTED TO STAFF SERGEANT IN JANUARY OF 1915. IN AUGUST, NICHOLLS WAS AGAIN PROMOTED TO SERGEANT. MAJOR OF "B" DIVISION DAWSON. NICHOLLS STAYED IN DAWSON UNTIL JUNE 1919 WHEN HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO "K" DIVISION LETHBRIDGE. HE REMAINED HERE UNTIL JANUARY 1928 WHERE HE WAS GIVEN TWO MONTHS PENDING RETIREMENT. SERGEANT MAJOR THOMAS NICHOLLS LEFT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE WITH A FIRST CLASS DISCHARGE JANUARY 1928 AFTER 28 YEARS OF SERVICE. HE WAS THEN APPOINTED CHIEF OF CITY POLICE BEFORE HE RETIRED DECEMBER 31, 1943.
Catalogue Number
P19860019000
Acquisition Date
1985-08
Collection
Museum
Less detail
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
ST. JOHN'S AMBULANCE
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P19950038023
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ST. JOHN'S AMBULANCE
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1970
Materials
RAYON, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
3
Length
9
Diameter
3.8
Description
BLACK RAYON RIBBED RIBBON IS THREADED THROUGH A METAL LINK AND THE ENDS ARE HELD TOGETHER BY A SAFETY PIN. METAL LINK IS ROUND WITH A SMALL CUT, AND HAS ANOTHER LINK LOOPED THROUGH IT IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. THIS LINK IS SOLDERED TO A ROUND BLACK LACQUERED METAL (ALUMINUM?) MEDAL. IS A HOLLOW CIRCLE WITH A MALTESE CROSS IN THE MIDDLE. FROM THE CENTRE OF THE CROSS IN BETWEEN EACH ARM ARE THE FIGURES OF TWO LIONS AND TWO UNICORNS. IT APPEARS THAT THIS IS THE ST. JOHN'S AMBULANCE SYMBOL. ENDS OF RIBBON ARE FRAYING. METAL IS PITTING. LACQUER AND PAINT ARE WEARING OFF IN PLACES, ESPECIALLY ON THE BACK. RIBBON HAS PIN HOLES IN IT.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
DONATED IN MEMORY OF MRS. AGNES SHORT, WHO WAS A NURSE IN LETHBRIDGE UNTIL C. 1970. HELPED WITH FIRST POLIO VACCINATION HERE, AND WAS PART OF THE HEALTH CLINIC FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS. FATHER WAS WILLIAM H. SHORT, WHO WAS THE LAST FIRE CHIEF OF THE OLD NO.1 FIREHALL IN LETHBRIDGE. SAFETY PIN HAS BEEN REMOVED AND RIBBON IS NOW HELD IN PLACE BY A STITCH. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY SHARON DEREK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK, IS THE NIECE OF AGNES SHORT. AGNES CHRISTINA SHORT WAS BORN ON APRIL 20, 1916 TO WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA SHORT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE GRADUATED FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND THEN ATTDNED THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR NURSING TRAINING, WHICH SHE GRADUATED FROM IN 1939. AGNES WAS THE SUPERVISOR AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1939-1945. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE NURSING STAFF OF LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 FROM 1947 UNTIL 1958. SHE WAS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT FROM 1964 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT. SHE RETIRED IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS OF NURSING. AGNES PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON OCTOBER 20, 1994. WILLIAM HENRY SHORT WAS AGNES’S FATHER. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1889 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. HE INITIALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT IN LETHBRIDGE FOR TWO YEARS, BEFORE SPENDING 51 YEARS IN SERVICE OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE OVERSAW THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINES, SWITCHING FROM HORSE POWERED WAGONS, IN 1913. HE ALSO SAW THE DEPARTMENT GROW IN SIZE FROM ONLY 13 TO 49 MEN. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 18, 1974. WILLIAM’S WIFE BERTHA L. SHORT PASSED AWAY ON JULY 28, 1989. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT AGNES’S LIFE, THE SHORT FAMILY LIVED IN NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL, WHERE WILLIAM WAS FIRE CHIEF. WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA ALSO HAD ANOTHER CHILD, WILLIAM D. SHORT. HE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1916 AND PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 5, 1990. HE WAS MARRIED TO MYRTLE (NEE NELSON) SHORT AND THEIR CHILDREN INCLUDE THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY SHARON DERRICK. ON 1 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED DERRICK REGARDING HER DONATION. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: DERRICK WAS ABLE TO RECALL THIS TIE CLIP. SHE SAID, “MY GRANDFATHER [W. H. SHORT] WAS AWARDED SOMETHING (I FORGET WHAT THE AWARD WAS) FROM THE ST. JOHN’S AMBULANCE. IN HIS EARLY YEARS, HE ALSO TAUGHT FOR THEM ON A VOLUNTEER BASIS.” FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE CAREER OF W. H. SHORT, PLEASE SEE P19950037002. PLEASE PERMANENT FILE P19950037001 FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19950038023
Acquisition Date
1995-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
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
Less detail
Other Name
GRADUATION CAP, TASSEL, AND BAG
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, POLYESTER, THREAD, CARDBOARD
Catalogue Number
P20200024002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GRADUATION CAP, TASSEL, AND BAG
Date
2020
Materials
PLASTIC, POLYESTER, THREAD, CARDBOARD
No. Pieces
3
Length
30.7
Width
27
Description
A) BLUE PLASTIC ZIPLOC BAG. LENGTH: 30.7CM WIDTH: 27CM. “HUDSON TAYLOR” IS WRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER ON THE FRONT. THE MARKER INK SLIGHTLY WORN OFF. VERY GOOD CONDITION. B) BLACK SQUARE GRADUATION MORTARBOARD CAP WITH BLACK BUTTON ON THE TOP AT THE CENTER. LENGTH: 25.5CM WIDTH: 22.5CM. INSIDE THE HEADPIECE IS A CIRCULAR WHITE CARDBOARD LABEL WITH BLACK PRINTED LETTERING. IT SAYS “MY GRADUATION CLASS AUTOGRAPHS” “GASPARD SINCE 1909” “100% POLYESTER”. THERE IS A CIRCULAR METAL DIVET IN THE CENTER OF THE CARDBOARD LABEL. THE CAP HAS ELASTIC INSIDE THE EDGES. THERE ARE SOME FOLDS IN THE HEADPIECE, BUT IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. C) GREEN AND GOLDEN YELLOW TASSEL. LENGTH: 23CM WIDTH: 4CM. GOLD FASTENING AND “2020” CHARM PIECE ATTACHED TO THE TOP. GOLDEN YELLOW THREAD LOOP FOR ATTACHING AROUND BUTTON ON TOP OF THE MORTARBOARD. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
EDUCATION
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ON JUNE 25TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DYLAN TAYLOR IN REGARD TO THE LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE 2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION MEMORABILIA HE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. THE FOLLOWING DIALOGUE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THEIR MEETING. DYLAN SPOKE ABOUT HIS EXPECTATIONS WHEN THE PANDEMIC FIRST AROSE: “…BY MARCH WE WERE DECENTLY SURE THAT BY JUNE WE WOULD BE BACK AT SCHOOL AGAIN BUT…HERE WE ARE. A LOT OF THE NARRATIVE THAT WAS BEING SPREAD AROUND WAS THAT IF WE STAY HOME ENOUGH AND IF WE QUARANTINE ENOUGH [AND HAVE A] SICKNESS FREE SUMMER THAT FALL WILL CONTINUE AS NORMAL AND EVERYTHING WOULD GO BACK TO NORMAL. BUT AS TIME GOES ON IT [WAS] BECOMING INCREASINGLY APPARENT THAT THIS [WAS] NOT GOING TO GO AWAY VERY EASILY IF AT ALL, AND THAT’S A…VERY...DRAMATIC CONTRAST TO HOW WE WERE FEELING IN MARCH…EVEN AS THE MONTHS PROGRESS, I THINK WE ALL GOT MORE AND MORE HOPEFUL…[AND] AROUND APRIL…THERE WAS A PUSH FOR THERE TO BE A GRADUATION– [WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN] TOMORROW ACTUALLY…THEY HAD RESCHEDULED GRADUATION PROVISIONALLY FOR JUNE 26TH [2020]… WE ALL GOT OUR HOPES BACK UP AND THEN WITHIN 2 WEEKS’ TIME OR SO THAT WAS GIVEN THE KIBOSH AS WELL…THERE WERE…WAVES OF OPTIMISM…ABOUT OUR RETURN TO NORMAL… ONCE WE GOT INTO MID… [TO] LATE MAY THERE WAS THIS…ASSUREDNESS THAT THIS IS HERE TO STAY. WE’RE NOT COMING BACK TO NORMAL– PROBABLY EVER.” DYLAN ELABORATED ON THE UNIQUE GRADUATION EVENTS: “…IN GRADE NINE YOU ARE ASSIGNED TO ONE [ADVISOR] TEACHER…AND THAT TEACHER IS THERE TO…HELP YOU MOVE THROUGH YOUR…THREE OR FOUR YEARS OF SCHOOLING…THEN, IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE…WE WERE RECEIVING THESE GRAD PACKAGES BASED ON WHICH ADVISOR YOU HAD. YOU WERE TOLD TO COME TO THE SCHOOL AT A CERTAIN TIME…FOUR OR FIVE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE [IN] GRADE TWELVE IN MY ADVISOR GROUP, WE ALL CAME [TO THE GRADUATION EVENT] AT SAY…2:00 -3:00 ON A GIVEN DAY….SO THEY HAD US…COME UP IN OUR CARS, PARK IN A SPECIFIC SPOT BY THE SIDEWALK, AND WALK INTO THIS COURTYARD IN THE FRONT OF OUR SCHOOL. FIRST, THEY WOULD GIVE US THIS PACKAGE OF ITEMS [THAT WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM]…THEY WOULD HAND IT OVER TO US OVER A TABLE. YOU’D GET A LITTLE PICTURE FOR…OUR YEARBOOK… STUDENT COUNCIL, OF WHICH I’M A PART-OF, ORGANIZED A LITTLE STUDENT VIDEO, SO THEY HAD ALMOST EVERY GRADUATING STUDENT RECORD A LITTLE MESSAGE, OR…RECORD ONE LINE OF A LARGER SPEECH THAT WOULD BE DONE LATER; [THEN IT WAS] POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA, AND SHARED TO PARENTS…THAT WAS ABOUT IT...THE TEACHERS WERE VERY GOOD SPORTS ABOUT IT. THEY GAVE YOU A BIG CHEER. BUT, OTHER THAN THAT, LITTLE TO NO FANFARE, AND NO DECORATIONS, OR ANYTHING…JUST ABOUT LIKE A SIX MINUTE PROCESS OF GRABBING [THE GRADUATION PACKAGE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM]. “SO, THE FRONT DOORS OF LCI HAVE…A CONCRETE COURTYARD IN FRONT OF THEM, WITH SOME BENCHES AND LITTLE THINGS FOR STUDENTS…[THE] TEACHERS HAD SET UP IN THAT CONCRETE SPACE TO HAND [GRADUATING STUDENTS] THESE ITEMS…NOT INCLUDING THE SIGN.” “…[THERE WAS] NO POSING [FOR PHOTOS] OR ANYTHING…[THE TEACHERS] JUST…USHERED YOU OVER TO A CERTAIN SPOT WHERE YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO STAND, AND PASSED [THE GRADUATION ITEMS] OVER.” “THAT [EVENT]…WAS THE BIGGEST MOMENT THAT PALES IN COMPARISON WITH THE REAL…HANDING-OF-THE-DIPLOMA MOMENT, WHEN YOU ARE IN FRONT OF YOUR PEERS, AND YOUR FAMILY, AND THE PUBLIC…THAT ABSENCE OF PEOPLE TO SEE IT HAPPEN FELT…VERY EMPTY AND INSIGNIFICANT…EVEN LOOKING THROUGH THESE ITEMS AFTERWARDS, THEY DIDN’T FEEL LIKE THEY MEANT ANYTHING, AND THAT WHOLE EXPERIENCE, IN GENERAL, DIDN’T REALLY FEEL LIKE IT MEANT ANYTHING. AS HARD AS THE TEACHERS TRIED, AND AS MUCH EFFORT AS THEY PUT INTO IT…IT REALLY WAS KIND OF A FACSIMILE…A POOR FACSIMILE OF A REAL GRADUATION.” “I HAD HONESTLY NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT…COMING UP TO THE SCHOOL; SEEING THE VERY SPARSE SET-UP THEY HAD THERE WAS A LITTLE SHOCKING…DEPENDING ON THE TEACHERS THAT WERE PRESENT, THEY DID SOME KIND OF GROUP PHOTOS, WHICH THEY WERE IMMEDIATELY SCOLDED FOR AFTERWARDS, BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO DO THAT… IT WAS…A BLEAK MOMENT…AS HAPPY AS THEY TRIED TO BE; AS HAPPY AS WE WERE MEANT TO BE, IT DIDN’T QUITE MEASURE UP...” ACCORDING TO A JUNE 22, 2020 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE, THE SCHOOL ORGANIZED A PARADE, FOLLOWING ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES REGULATIONS, TO CELEBRATE THE 225 LCI GRADS OF 2020 AMID THE PANDEMIC. FINE ARTS AND ATHLETIC AWARDS WERE ALSO DELIVERED TO THE HOUSES OF RECIPIENTS. IN CELEBRATION, DYLAN’S GRAD CLASS ALSO RECEIVED A LAWN SIGN: “…THE LCI STAFF WAS KIND ENOUGH TO DELIVER ONE [SIGN] TO EVERY SINGLE GRADUATING STUDENT…THE ADVISOR TEACHER I MENTIONED BEFORE (MINE IS ACTUALLY MY CHOIR TEACHER…) DELIVERED THE SIGN PERSONALLY TO STUDENTS, AND HAD A PICTURE OF THEM PLANTING IT ON THEIR LAWN, [WHICH WAS] VERY NICE. IT WASN’T EXACTLY A SURPRISE…BECAUSE I SAW PICTURES OF STUDENTS RECEIVING THEM PREVIOUSLY— BUT, IN THE E-MAIL SENT TO PARENTS, IT WAS DECLARED AS A SURPRISE FOR STUDENTS…IT WAS NICE TO NOT ONLY SEE OUR TEACHER AGAIN, BUT TO HAVE THIS…EMBLEM…IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE, THAT [SHOWED] WE DID COMPLETE ALL FOUR YEARS, AND IT DID FEEL GOOD.” DYLAN EXPLAINED THE VALUE OF THE ITEMS HE RECEIVED IN THE GRADUATION PACKAGE: [THE] FINE AND SUPPORTING ARTS CERTIFICATE [WAS SIGNIFICANT COMPARED TO SOME OF THE OTHER ITEMS]…IT [HAD] BEEN SIGNED HERE BY…MY CHOIR TEACHER…MY DRAMA TEACHER; AND MY PRINCIPAL… ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME. OBVIOUSLY, MY CERTIFICATE OF BILINGUALISM; I SPENT [ABOUT] TEN…YEARS BEING EDUCATED IN FRENCH, AND THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO ME OBVIOUSLY. I’VE HAD SO MANY…PERSONAL EXPERIENCES [AND] MEMORIES WITH ALL THE FINE ARTS PROGRAMS AT LCI… SO MUCH OF WHO I AM TODAY CAN BE OWED TO THESE TEACHERS; TO THESE PROGRAMS. SO, AS MUCH AS IT’S A PIECE OF PAPER WITH A LITTLE JPEG OF A STAMP HERE, INSTEAD OF A REAL ONE…THIS DOES MEAN A LOT TO ME—…THIS…DECLARATION THAT I DID PASS THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS; THAT I DID…PUT IN THE EFFORT, AND THE WORK, TO LEAVE MY IMPACT ON THEM, AND TO BE IMPACTED BY THEM. ADDITIONALLY, IN THIS PACKAGE, THE ONE THING I DIDN’T INCLUDE [IN THE DONATION TO THE MUSEUM] WAS A LITTLE LETTER THAT YOU WROTE TO YOURSELF IN THE NINTH GRADE. IT WAS AN ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT…EVERY STUDENT WAS MANDATED TO TYPE OUT A LETTER TO THEIR GRADE TWELVE SELF, THAT WOULD THEN BE INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE, AND [THAT WAS IMPORTANT]. IT WAS CERTAINLY AN INSIGHTFUL LOOK INTO HOW MUCH I HAVE CHANGED…OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS.” DYLAN COMMENTED FURTHER ON THE EXPERIENCE OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL AMIDST THE GLOBAL COVID-19 PANDEMIC: “IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF A LETDOWN IN SOME WAYS…IT’S WONDERFUL TO HAVE THESE PHYSICAL TOKENS OF THE TIME I SPENT IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT IT FEELS LIKE SUCH A GRANDIOSE EXPERIENCE COMING TO SUCH AN ANTICLIMACTIC FINISH IN SOME WAYS. A LOT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EXPERIENCES IN MY ENTIRE LIFE THAT I’LL REMEMBER FOREVER HAPPENED IN THIS BUILDING, LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE, AND I FEEL A LITTLE CHEATED IN SOME WAYS TO HAVE SUCH A KIND OF LACK LUSTER FINISH – AS MUCH WORK AS THE LCI STAFF HAS PUT INTO RECOGNIZING THEIR GRADUATES AND THE STUDENTS WHO DID…GO ABOVE AND BEYOND, IT’S STILL A KIND OF MEAGRE FINISH I SUPPOSE.” “…MARCH 15TH WAS WHEN SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR GOOD INDEFINITELY AND…AT THAT TIME WE ALL HAD VERY VISCERAL REACTIONS. I REMEMBER COMING HOME FROM WORK AND THEN AS SOON AS I GOT IN MY CAR I WAS TOLD THAT I WASN’T GOING BACK TO SCHOOL WHICH IS A VERY STRANGE THING TO HEAR BECAUSE NONE OF US EXPECTED IT…THAT DATE MARCH 15TH…IT WAS ANNOUNCED BY LCI ADMINISTRATION THAT THEY HAD CANCELLED SOME EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES OR SPORTS GAMES…TO PRESERVE SAFETY. WE WERE ALL UPSET…WE DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING LIKE THIS COMING. THEY HAD ALSO RECENTLY QUASHED A TRIP TO DISNEYLAND THAT THE BAND AND CHOIR HAD PLANNED SO WE WERE ALL…REELING AFTER THAT…SEEING IF WE COULD RECUPERATE ANY KIND OF FUNDS TO REALLOCATE TO SOME OTHER TRIP SO IT WAS ALL…SUDDEN AND FAST IN THAT WEEK…EVERYTHING SEEMED TO BE CANCELLED... SO IT WAS BEWILDERMENT AT FIRST AND THEN EVERYONE WENT INTO A STAGE OF…A VERY DEEP SORROW AND…FEELING SORRY FOR OURSELVES, WHICH WASN’T HELPED BY THE ABOUT 2 WEEK GAP THAT WE HAD IN TERMS OF ACADEMICS. THE SCHOOL TOOK A COUPLE OF WEEKS OFF JUST TO DRAFT SOME KIND OF PLAN AS TO WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR. SO WE HAD A LOT OF TIME TO…GRIEVE AND PROCESS…WHAT A CATACLYSMIC EVENT THIS REALLY WAS. BUT…AFTER THAT WE KIND OF SETTLED INTO THE ONLINE DISSEMINATION PLATFORM…SOME BETTER THAN OTHERS, BOTH STAFF AND STUDENTS ACCLIMATED TO THIS NEW CHANGE…FOR BETTER OR WORSE… BUT THEN AGAIN, NEARING THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, I THINK WE’RE ALL…FEELING…THIS HEAVINESS A LITTLE BIT. MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS WHEN THE…CLASSES ENDED IN PERSON – BUT NOW THAT IT’S ALL OVER THERE’S A BIT OF WEIGHT THERE, THERE’S STILL THAT KIND OF [A MOROSE FEELING] THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER THAT’S…CREEPING BACK.” DYLAN ATTRIBUTED THIS SAD SENTIMENT TO BOTH THE PANDEMIC AND THE TRANSITION OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IN GENERAL: “…AS MUCH AS THAT HEAVINESS IS [FROM] THE LEAVING BEHIND THESE EXPERIENCES WE’VE HAD, IT’S ALSO…A SADNESS THAT WASN’T LIVED OUT TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL. USUALLY AROUND GRADUATION THERE’S…[A] BIG HURRAH EVENT AND A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT OF GOING OUT INTO THE WORLD...BUT IN THIS CASE IT WAS…LIKE A SILENT CREEPING OUT INSTEAD OF A BIG HURRAH. SO…THERE IS THAT REGRET…THAT WE WEREN’T ABLE TO FULLY LIVE OUT THE EXPERIENCE, BUT THERE IS ALSO THE SADNESS OF LEAVING OUR OLD LIFE, OUR CHILDHOOD BEHIND…IT’S MY EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY TOMORROW WHICH COINCIDES CLOSELY WITH MY LAST SCHOOL EXPERIENCE SO VERY MUCH THIS IS…THE END OF LIFE AS WE KNEW IT AND OUR CHILDHOOD, IF YOU WILL.” “…IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE THE TIME WE DID HAVE IN SCHOOL. WE HAD ABOUT SEVEN PRETTY SOLID MONTHS OF A GRAD YEAR…AS MUCH AS THERE IS A BIT OF UNFAIRNESS THERE, I ALSO FEEL BAD FOR THESE NEW STUDENTS WHO ARE MOVING INTO AN UNCERTAIN GRAD YEAR; WHERE THEY WON’T HAVE THINGS LIKE SCHOOL PLAYS, THAT WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE, OR BEING PART OF CONCERTS OR SPORTS GAMES. THE WHOLE NINE YARDS. EVERYTHING WILL BE CONDENSED AND WILL HAVE THAT SAME UNDERWHELMING EFFECT THAT I THINK WE EXPERIENCED TO SOME DEGREE. I DON’T EXACTLY ENVY THIS GRAD CLASS OF 2021. CERTAINLY, I WOULD LOVE TO BE BACK AT SCHOOL. I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST, AND I HOPE THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE THE BEST OF WHATEVER KIND OF UNDERWHELMING EXPERIENCES THEY ARE MOVING INTO.” DYLAN TALKED ABOUT TAKING CLASSES ONLINE DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR: “I WANT TO PREFACE WHAT I AM SAYING HERE BY COMMENDING THE LCI STAFF, BY MAKING THE BEST OF WHAT THEY HAD UNDER VERY SHORT CIRCUMSTANCES. WE USED A SOFTWARE CALLED ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’…IT WORKED IN SOME CAPACITIES AND IT DID NOT WORK IN SOME CAPACITIES. OBVIOUSLY DOING DISTANCE LEARNING AND DISTANCE WORK IS A LOT DIFFERENT THAN HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE IN PERSON. FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, SOMETIMES IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO STAY ON TRACK AND TO STAY COMMITTED TO THEIR WORK, ESPECIALLY UNDER THESE KIND OF DISAPPOINTING AND DISHEARTENING CIRCUMSTANCES. THAT COMBINED WITH THIS NEW SYSTEM THAT DOES NOT EXACTLY HOLD STUDENTS ACCOUNTABLE WITH THEIR WORK—OR LACK THEREOF—IN THE SAME WAY THAT IN-PERSON SCHOOLING DOES. I DID HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD EXPERIENCES [IN ONLINE CLASSES], SPECIFICALLY IN DRAMA. [THE TEACHERS] MADE INTERESTING USE OF THE SOFTWARE. WE WERE ABLE TO DIVE INTO THE HISTORY OF DRAMA AND THE THEORY OF DRAMA. WE ALSO WORKED ON SOME PROJECTS WHERE WE WERE EXPERIMENTING WITH THIS VIDEO CALLING SOFTWARE, SIMILAR TO SKYPE OR FACETIME THAT THEY HAD IN THE ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’. WE WERE ABLE TO DO SOME INTERESTING DRAMA PROJECTS IN THAT CAPACITY. OUR TEACHER…KEPT US VERY BUSY AND ENGAGED. IT WAS A BIT OF A MIXED BAG. I KNOW GOING FORWARD THE SCHOOL IS LOOKING AT A MORE INTENSIVE ACADEMIC STRAIN ON THEIR STUDENTS, IF THEY ARE LOOKING TOWARDS ONLINE LEARNING. WHICH I KNOW THEY ARE LOOKING TOWARDS A MIXED MODEL, WHERE SOME OF YOUR WORK WILL BE ONLINE AND SOME IN PERSON. I KNOW THE ONLINE WORK THAT THEY WILL DISSEMINATE WILL BE MORE ENGAGING AND CHALLENGING. WHEREAS THIS YEAR IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A WRITE-OFF, PERHAPS.” “ABOUT ONE DAY OUT OF THE WEEK, TEACHERS WOULD HOLD LIVE, IN-PERSON, CLASSES WITH THEIR STUDENTS. AGAIN, FOR MORE INFORMATION HEAVY CLASSES LIKE SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, MATH…THEY WOULD HAVE AROUND FIVE CLASSES IN FRONT OF WHITEBOARD WHILE TEACHING THE STUDENTS THROUGH A CAMERA.” “…IN OTHER CASES THEY WOULD SCREEN SHARE A POWER POINT. IT VARIED FROM TEACHER TO TEACHER. BUT, I DID SEE SOME TEACHERS STANDING IN FRONT OF A WHITE BOARD AND WRITING…” “IN THAT ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’ SOFTWARE THEY HAVE A VIDEO CALLING FUNCTIONALITY. ABOUT EVERY WEEK OR SO, DEPENDING ON THE CLASS, YOU WOULD MEET UP WITH YOUR TEACHER AND THEY WOULD TURN ON THE CAMERA AND USUALLY [YOU WOULD] SEE THEIR FACE.” “…EVERY STUDENT WOULD PILE INTO THE CLASS AND EITHER TURN ON THEIR CAMERA OR NOT. YOU WOULD HAVE A CLASS FULL…WITH NOTHING ON THE CAMERA, AND THE TEACHER…DICTATING OUT INTO AN ENDLESS SEA OF DARKNESS. IT VARIED FROM CLASS TO CLASS. AGAIN, WITH THAT DRAMA CLASS THE TEACHER WAS ABLE TO GET US ENGAGED, INVOLVED, AND TALKING. BUT IN OTHER CASES IT WAS THEM TELLING US WHAT TO DO WITH HOMEWORK AND SIGNING OFF IN ABOUT FIVE MINUTES TIME.” “IT [WAS] THE SAME AMOUNT OF STUDENTS THAT WERE IN CLASSES WHEN WE WERE IN PERSON…DEPENDING ON THE CLASS, MAYBE FIFTEEN TO TWENTY STUDENTS PER AVERAGE CLASS. A LARGER CLASS MIGHT LOOK CLOSER TO THIRTY.” “THE LCI TEAM DID THEIR BEST TO TRY AND PRESERVE A REGULAR SCHEDULE. SO CLASSES…HAPPENED AT THE SAME TIME THAT THEY NORMALLY WOULD HAVE [OTHERWISE]. IT WAS A VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE BEING ABLE TO WAKE UP BLEARY EYED AND TURN ON YOUR PHONE AND YOU'RE IN CLASS.” “…EVEN THE BEST OF STUDENTS GOT A BIT OFF-TRACK IN THAT CAPACITY; MYSELF INCLUDED. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO STAY MOTIVATED IN THAT KIND OF CONTEXT.” “WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE IN-PERSON PRESSURE AND MOTIVATION OF TEACHER, WITH A CARROT OR STICK, TO MOTIVATE YOU TO COMPLETE YOUR WORK TO APPLY YOURSELF— IT IS COMPLETELY DEVOID OF ANY KIND OF AWARD, IN TERMS OF YOU FINISHING YOUR WORK. HANDING IN AN ASSIGNMENT FEELS LIKE A COMPLETELY EMPTY TASK. YOU ARE JUST HITTING A BUTTON AND THEN IT GOES AWAY PRETTY MUCH FOREVER, LITTLE IN THE WAY OF FEEDBACK I FOUND. SOME STUDENTS NEVER WENT TO A SINGLE CLASS AND NEVER HANDED IN A SINGLE ASSIGNMENT. AS PER THE GOVERNMENT’S INSTRUCTIONS, YOUR GRADE [NEVER CHANGED] FROM THE MOMENT YOU LEFT IN-PERSON CLASSES. SO AS OF MARCH 15TH [2020], YOUR GRADE WAS SET IN STONE... ANYTHING YOU [CHOSE] TO SUBMIT [WAS] KIND OF UP TO YOU. IN SOME CASES YOUR GRADE COULD GO UP IF YOU HANDED IN AN ASSIGNMENT, BUT NEVER DOWN BELOW YOUR ORIGINAL MARK. A LOT PEOPLE DECIDED THAT WAS ENOUGH FOR THEM; THAT THEY WERE DONE FOR THE YEAR. OTHER PEOPLE SETTLED INTO IT VERY WELL, KEPT A REGIMENTED SCHEDULE AND COMPLETED ALL OF THEIR WORK. MOST OF US FELL SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE THERE. [AL]MOST EVERYONE COMPLETED EVERY ASSIGNMENT. WHETHER OR NOT THAT WAS ON TIME WAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY.” DYLAN SPOKE MORE ON HIS TIME AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE HIGH SCHOOL: “…I [HAD] A VERY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE WITH THE DECISION I WAS MAKING ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL…IN THE NINTH GRADE…I WAS PLANNING ON TRANSFERRING OVER TO WINSTON CHURCHILL [HIGH SCHOOL] FOR THEIR IB PROGRAM, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY LIKE AN ADVANCED PROGRAM OF STUDIES… IT WAS A VERY LANDMARK DECISION FOR ME, BECAUSE I THINK WHAT’S VERY SPECIAL ABOUT LCI IS THEIR EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS, AND WHAT THEY’RE ABLE TO OFFER FOR STUDENTS BEYOND ACADEMICS… I’VE HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE IN THOSE DEPARTMENTS, AS WELL, BUT I THINK WHERE IT REALLY SHINES IS WHERE IT IS ABLE TO NOT ONLY PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A CREATIVE OUTLET, OR ATHLETIC OUTPUT, OR ANY OTHER KIND OF COMPARABLE EXPERIENCE— THEY ALSO ARE VERY GOOD ABOUT PROVIDING A VERY NURTURING, FAMILIAL SORT OF COMMUNITY. CHOIR AND DRAMA, I THINK, ESPECIALLY ARE GREAT FOR THIS, WHERE YOU HAVE A VERY TIGHT-KNIT…PRETTY LARGE GROUP. THESE [TEACHERS] AT THE SCHOOL, ARE ABLE TO…PULL THESE REALLY LARGE AND DISPARATE GROUPS OF PEOPLE TOGETHER AND REALLY MAKE SOMETHING SPECIAL OUT OF IT, WHERE EVERY STUDENT HAS THIS SORT OF INTRINSIC CONNECTION WITH ONE ANOTHER, WITHOUT BEING…VERY OVERT…FRIENDS…BUT THERE IS STILL THAT CONNECTION THAT YOU HAVE WITH THOSE STUDENTS IN THAT COMMUNITY THAT’S FOSTERED… MOVING INTO HIGH SCHOOL, THAT…BECAME…A REALLY INTEGRAL PART OF WHO I WAS…[ALONG WITH] THE COMMITMENTS THAT NOT ONLY I MADE, BUT EVERY STUDENT MADE TO THESE PROGRAMS, AND THE COMMITMENTS FROM THE STAFF AS WELL…TAKES IT ABOVE-AND-BEYOND AN AVERAGE FINE ARTS EXPERIENCE…BY THE END OF THE YEAR, WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, THAT COMMUNITY, AND THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION THAT WAS PROVIDED FROM THE FINE ARTS DEPARTMENTS REALLY WAS CONFIRMATION THAT THIS WAS WHERE I WAS MEANT TO BE, FOR SURE.” DYLAN OFFERED HIS OUTLOOK ON THE FUTURE: “…THERE’S A VERY PROFOUND SENSE OF UNCERTAINTY THAT WE’RE MOVING INTO SO, I’M SETTLING ON REALISTIC OPTIMISM FOR NOW…BECAUSE THERE’S ALL THESE WHISPERS ABOUT A SECOND WAVE OR A RESURGENCE [OF COVID-19] AFTER…MORE BUSINESSES [AND] PARKS…ARE OPENED UP. BUT WHO KNOWS?,,, SO I’M GOING TO, AGAIN, REMAIN REALISTICALLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THIS SITUATION. I KNOW SOMEDAY I’LL GO TO UNIVERSITY. I KNOW SOMEDAY THE STUDENTS WHO ARE COMING UP INTO THEIR GRADUATION YEAR BEHIND ME WILL HAVE SOME SORT OF COMEUPPANCE…FOR THE THINGS THEY DID LOSE OUT ON. I’M NOT SAYING THAT IT WILL BE EASY OR THAT IT WILL BE NORMAL OR THAT IT WILL FEEL ENTIRELY NATURAL BUT I AM SURE THAT THINGS WILL WORK THEMSELVES OUT IN THE END.” FINALLY, DYLAN COMMENTED ON DONATING HIS GRADUATION ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM AND THE CONCEPT OF MAKING HISTORY: “I THINK MORE AND MORE [HISTORY] IS BECOMING, TO ME, SOMETHING THAT’S NOT SO DISTANT… IN THESE TIMES WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW SEEING HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF…OR EVEN HISTORY [FEELING] VERY IMMEDIATE AND…LIKE IT HAS A VERY PROFOUND INFLUENCE ON WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW… IN THESE EVER CHANGING TIMES, EVERYTHING WE DO CAN BE CONSIDERED HISTORY AND CAN LEAVE A VERY SIGNIFICANT MARK THAT WILL EITHER COME BACK TO BITE US OR REWARD US IN FUTURE… [DONATING THE GRADUATION ITEMS] FEELS LIKE…I’M LEAVING SOME SORT OF IMPRINT ON HISTORY, THE CLASS OF 2020 IS LEAVING SOME IMPRINT ON HISTORY THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR A VERY LONG TIME…THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT CONVOLUTED BUT…I THINK…I’M COMING TO REALIZE THAT HISTORY DOESN’T JUST EXIST IN THE PAST. HISTORY IS ALWAYS HAPPENING WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, THE THINGS YOU DO NOW [WILL MAKE] A BIG DIFFERENCE TOMORROW, AND THE NEXT DAY, FIVE YEARS FROM NOW AND FOREVER.” “…WHENEVER YOU THINK OF A MUSEUM OR YOU THINK OF HISTORY YOU THINK OF THE DISTANT PAST THAT YOU DON’T HAVE MUCH…[OF A] PERSONAL CONNECTION TO, SO IT WAS REALLY REMARKABLE TO CONSIDER THAT THE MOMENT THAT WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW WILL SOON BE CONSIDERED HISTORY AND IS SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO BE RECORDED, AND TO HAVE SOME KIND OF PERSONAL CONNECTION TO THAT HISTORY IS…VERY RESONANT…” FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20200024002
Acquisition Date
2020-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LAWN SIGN
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COROPLAST, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20200024001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LAWN SIGN
Date
2020
Materials
COROPLAST, METAL
No. Pieces
2
Length
102
Width
61.5
Description
A) RECTANGULAR COROPLAST LAWN SIGN. LENGTH: 45.6CM WIDTH: 61.5CM. COLOUR THEME PRINTED ON THE SIGN IS GREEN, GOLDEN YELLOW, AND BLACK ON A WHITE BACKGROUND. ON THE TOP LEFT IS THE CIRCULAR LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE LOGO. IN THE MIDDLE IN LARGE LETTERING IS “CLASS OF 2020”. AT THE BOTTOM IN YELLOW IS “CONGRATULATIONS #LCIGREEN2GOLD”. THE SIGN IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. B) METAL STAND THAT INSERTS INTO THE SPACES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LAWN SIGN. LENGTH: 76CM WIDTH: 24CM. IT HAS TWO LEGS AND TWO SUPPORT RUNGS ACROSS THE MIDDLE. THE METAL IS SLIGHTLY BENT AND THE LEGS HAVE DIRT ON THE BOTTOM WHERE THEY WERE INSERTED INTO THE GROUND.
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ON JUNE 25TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DYLAN TAYLOR IN REGARD TO THE LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE 2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION MEMORABILIA HE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. THE FOLLOWING DIALOGUE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THEIR MEETING. DYLAN SPOKE ABOUT HIS EXPECTATIONS WHEN THE PANDEMIC FIRST AROSE: “…BY MARCH WE WERE DECENTLY SURE THAT BY JUNE WE WOULD BE BACK AT SCHOOL AGAIN BUT…HERE WE ARE. A LOT OF THE NARRATIVE THAT WAS BEING SPREAD AROUND WAS THAT IF WE STAY HOME ENOUGH AND IF WE QUARANTINE ENOUGH [AND HAVE A] SICKNESS FREE SUMMER THAT FALL WILL CONTINUE AS NORMAL AND EVERYTHING WOULD GO BACK TO NORMAL. BUT AS TIME GOES ON IT [WAS] BECOMING INCREASINGLY APPARENT THAT THIS [WAS] NOT GOING TO GO AWAY VERY EASILY IF AT ALL, AND THAT’S A…VERY DRAMATIC CONTRAST TO HOW WE WERE FEELING IN MARCH…EVEN AS THE MONTHS PROGRESS, I THINK WE ALL GOT MORE AND MORE HOPEFUL…[AND] AROUND APRIL…THERE WAS A PUSH FOR THERE TO BE A GRADUATION– [WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN] TOMORROW ACTUALLY…THEY HAD RESCHEDULED GRADUATION PROVISIONALLY FOR JUNE 26TH [2020]… WE ALL GOT OUR HOPES BACK UP AND THEN WITHIN 2 WEEKS’ TIME OR SO THAT WAS GIVEN THE KIBOSH AS WELL…THERE WERE…WAVES OF OPTIMISM…ABOUT OUR RETURN TO NORMAL… ONCE WE GOT INTO MID… [TO] LATE MAY THERE WAS THIS…ASSUREDNESS THAT THIS IS HERE TO STAY. WE’RE NOT COMING BACK TO NORMAL– PROBABLY EVER.” DYLAN ELABORATED ON THE UNIQUE GRADUATION EVENTS: “…IN GRADE NINE YOU ARE ASSIGNED TO ONE [ADVISOR] TEACHER…AND THAT TEACHER IS THERE TO…HELP YOU MOVE THROUGH YOUR…THREE OR FOUR YEARS OF SCHOOLING…THEN, IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE…WE WERE RECEIVING THESE GRAD PACKAGES BASED ON WHICH ADVISOR YOU HAD. YOU WERE TOLD TO COME TO THE SCHOOL AT A CERTAIN TIME…FOUR OR FIVE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE [IN] GRADE TWELVE IN MY ADVISOR GROUP, WE ALL CAME [TO THE GRADUATION EVENT] AT SAY…2:00 -3:00 ON A GIVEN DAY….SO THEY HAD US…COME UP IN OUR CARS, PARK IN A SPECIFIC SPOT BY THE SIDEWALK, AND WALK INTO THIS COURTYARD IN THE FRONT OF OUR SCHOOL. FIRST, THEY WOULD GIVE US THIS PACKAGE OF ITEMS [THAT WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM]…THEY WOULD HAND IT OVER TO US OVER A TABLE. YOU’D GET A LITTLE PICTURE FOR…OUR YEARBOOK… STUDENT COUNCIL, OF WHICH I’M A PART-OF, ORGANIZED A LITTLE STUDENT VIDEO, SO THEY HAD ALMOST EVERY GRADUATING STUDENT RECORD A LITTLE MESSAGE, OR…RECORD ONE LINE OF A LARGER SPEECH THAT WOULD BE DONE LATER; [THEN IT WAS] POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA, AND SHARED TO PARENTS…THAT WAS ABOUT IT...THE TEACHERS WERE VERY GOOD SPORTS ABOUT IT. THEY GAVE YOU A BIG CHEER. BUT, OTHER THAN THAT, LITTLE TO NO FANFARE, AND NO DECORATIONS, OR ANYTHING…JUST ABOUT LIKE A SIX MINUTE PROCESS OF GRABBING [THE GRADUATION PACKAGE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM]. “SO, THE FRONT DOORS OF LCI HAVE…A CONCRETE COURTYARD IN FRONT OF THEM, WITH SOME BENCHES AND LITTLE THINGS FOR STUDENTS…[THE] TEACHERS HAD SET UP IN THAT CONCRETE SPACE TO HAND [GRADUATING STUDENTS] THESE ITEMS…NOT INCLUDING THE SIGN.” “…[THERE WAS] NO POSING [FOR PHOTOS] OR ANYTHING…[THE TEACHERS] JUST…USHERED YOU OVER TO A CERTAIN SPOT WHERE YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO STAND, AND PASSED [THE GRADUATION ITEMS] OVER.” “THAT [EVENT]…WAS THE BIGGEST MOMENT THAT PALES IN COMPARISON WITH THE REAL…HANDING-OF-THE-DIPLOMA MOMENT, WHEN YOU ARE IN FRONT OF YOUR PEERS, AND YOUR FAMILY, AND THE PUBLIC…THAT ABSENCE OF PEOPLE TO SEE IT HAPPEN FELT…VERY EMPTY AND INSIGNIFICANT…EVEN LOOKING THROUGH THESE ITEMS AFTERWARDS, THEY DIDN’T FEEL LIKE THEY MEANT ANYTHING, AND THAT WHOLE EXPERIENCE, IN GENERAL, DIDN’T REALLY FEEL LIKE IT MEANT ANYTHING. AS HARD AS THE TEACHERS TRIED, AND AS MUCH EFFORT AS THEY PUT INTO IT…IT REALLY WAS KIND OF A FACSIMILE…A POOR FACSIMILE OF A REAL GRADUATION.” “I HAD HONESTLY NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT…COMING UP TO THE SCHOOL; SEEING THE VERY SPARSE SET-UP THEY HAD THERE WAS A LITTLE SHOCKING…DEPENDING ON THE TEACHERS THAT WERE PRESENT, THEY DID SOME KIND OF GROUP PHOTOS, WHICH THEY WERE IMMEDIATELY SCOLDED FOR AFTERWARDS, BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO DO THAT… IT WAS…A BLEAK MOMENT…AS HAPPY AS THEY TRIED TO BE; AS HAPPY AS WE WERE MEANT TO BE, IT DIDN’T QUITE MEASURE UP...” ACCORDING TO A JUNE 22, 2020 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE, THE SCHOOL ORGANIZED A PARADE, FOLLOWING ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES REGULATIONS, TO CELEBRATE THE 225 LCI GRADS OF 2020 AMID THE PANDEMIC. FINE ARTS AND ATHLETIC AWARDS WERE ALSO DELIVERED TO THE HOUSES OF RECIPIENTS. IN CELEBRATION, DYLAN’S GRAD CLASS ALSO RECEIVED A LAWN SIGN: “…THE LCI STAFF WAS KIND ENOUGH TO DELIVER ONE [SIGN] TO EVERY SINGLE GRADUATING STUDENT…THE ADVISOR TEACHER I MENTIONED BEFORE (MINE IS ACTUALLY MY CHOIR TEACHER…) DELIVERED THE SIGN PERSONALLY TO STUDENTS, AND HAD A PICTURE OF THEM PLANTING IT ON THEIR LAWN, [WHICH WAS] VERY NICE. IT WASN’T EXACTLY A SURPRISE…BECAUSE I SAW PICTURES OF STUDENTS RECEIVING THEM PREVIOUSLY— BUT, IN THE E-MAIL SENT TO PARENTS, IT WAS DECLARED AS A SURPRISE FOR STUDENTS…IT WAS NICE TO NOT ONLY SEE OUR TEACHER AGAIN, BUT TO HAVE THIS…EMBLEM…IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE, THAT [SHOWED] WE DID COMPLETE ALL FOUR YEARS, AND IT DID FEEL GOOD.” DYLAN EXPLAINED THE VALUE OF THE ITEMS HE RECEIVED IN THE GRADUATION PACKAGE: “[THE] FINE AND SUPPORTING ARTS CERTIFICATE [WAS SIGNIFICANT COMPARED TO SOME OF THE OTHER ITEMS]…IT [HAD] BEEN SIGNED HERE BY…MY CHOIR TEACHER…MY DRAMA TEACHER, AND MY PRINCIPAL… ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME. OBVIOUSLY, MY CERTIFICATE OF BILINGUALISM; I SPENT [ABOUT] TEN…YEARS BEING EDUCATED IN FRENCH, AND THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO ME OBVIOUSLY. I’VE HAD SO MANY…PERSONAL EXPERIENCES [AND] MEMORIES WITH ALL THE FINE ARTS PROGRAMS AT LCI… SO MUCH OF WHO I AM TODAY CAN BE OWED TO THESE TEACHERS; TO THESE PROGRAMS. SO, AS MUCH AS IT’S A PIECE OF PAPER WITH A LITTLE JPEG OF A STAMP HERE, INSTEAD OF A REAL ONE…THIS DOES MEAN A LOT TO ME—…THIS…DECLARATION THAT I DID PASS THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS; THAT I DID…PUT IN THE EFFORT, AND THE WORK, TO LEAVE MY IMPACT ON THEM, AND TO BE IMPACTED BY THEM. ADDITIONALLY, IN THIS PACKAGE, THE ONE THING I DIDN’T INCLUDE [IN THE DONATION TO THE MUSEUM] WAS A LITTLE LETTER THAT YOU WROTE TO YOURSELF IN THE NINTH GRADE. IT WAS AN ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT…EVERY STUDENT WAS MANDATED TO TYPE OUT A LETTER TO THEIR GRADE TWELVE SELF, THAT WOULD THEN BE INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE, AND [THAT WAS IMPORTANT]. IT WAS CERTAINLY AN INSIGHTFUL LOOK INTO HOW MUCH I HAVE CHANGED…OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS.” DYLAN COMMENTED FURTHER ON THE EXPERIENCE OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL AMIDST THE GLOBAL COVID-19 PANDEMIC: “IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF A LETDOWN IN SOME WAYS…IT’S WONDERFUL TO HAVE THESE PHYSICAL TOKENS OF THE TIME I SPENT IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT IT FEELS LIKE SUCH A GRANDIOSE EXPERIENCE COMING TO SUCH AN ANTICLIMACTIC FINISH IN SOME WAYS. A LOT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EXPERIENCES IN MY ENTIRE LIFE THAT I’LL REMEMBER FOREVER HAPPENED IN THIS BUILDING, LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE, AND I FEEL A LITTLE CHEATED IN SOME WAYS TO HAVE SUCH A KIND OF LACK LUSTER FINISH – AS MUCH WORK AS THE LCI STAFF HAS PUT INTO RECOGNIZING THEIR GRADUATES AND THE STUDENTS WHO DID…GO ABOVE AND BEYOND, IT’S STILL A KIND OF MEAGRE FINISH I SUPPOSE.” “…MARCH 15TH WAS WHEN SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR GOOD INDEFINITELY AND…AT THAT TIME WE ALL HAD VERY VISCERAL REACTIONS. I REMEMBER COMING HOME FROM WORK AND THEN AS SOON AS I GOT IN MY CAR I WAS TOLD THAT I WASN’T GOING BACK TO SCHOOL WHICH IS A VERY STRANGE THING TO HEAR BECAUSE NONE OF US EXPECTED IT…THAT DATE MARCH 15TH…IT WAS ANNOUNCED BY LCI ADMINISTRATION THAT THEY HAD CANCELLED SOME EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES OR SPORTS GAMES…TO PRESERVE SAFETY. WE WERE ALL UPSET…WE DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING LIKE THIS COMING. THEY HAD ALSO RECENTLY QUASHED A TRIP TO DISNEYLAND THAT THE BAND AND CHOIR HAD PLANNED SO WE WERE ALL…REELING AFTER THAT…SEEING IF WE COULD RECUPERATE ANY KIND OF FUNDS TO REALLOCATE TO SOME OTHER TRIP SO IT WAS ALL…SUDDEN AND FAST IN THAT WEEK…EVERYTHING SEEMED TO BE CANCELLED... SO IT WAS BEWILDERMENT AT FIRST AND THEN EVERYONE WENT INTO A STAGE OF…A VERY DEEP SORROW AND…FEELING SORRY FOR OURSELVES, WHICH WASN’T HELPED BY THE ABOUT 2 WEEK GAP THAT WE HAD IN TERMS OF ACADEMICS. THE SCHOOL TOOK A COUPLE OF WEEKS OFF JUST TO DRAFT SOME KIND OF PLAN AS TO WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR. SO WE HAD A LOT OF TIME TO…GRIEVE AND PROCESS…WHAT A CATACLYSMIC EVENT THIS REALLY WAS. BUT…AFTER THAT WE KIND OF SETTLED INTO THE ONLINE DISSEMINATION PLATFORM…SOME BETTER THAN OTHERS, BOTH STAFF AND STUDENTS ACCLIMATED TO THIS NEW CHANGE…FOR BETTER OR WORSE… BUT THEN AGAIN, NEARING THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, I THINK WE’RE ALL…FEELING…THIS HEAVINESS A LITTLE BIT. MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS WHEN THE…CLASSES ENDED IN PERSON – BUT NOW THAT IT’S ALL OVER THERE’S A BIT OF WEIGHT THERE, THERE’S STILL THAT KIND OF [A MOROSE FEELING] THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER THAT’S…CREEPING BACK.” DYLAN ATTRIBUTED THIS SAD SENTIMENT TO BOTH THE PANDEMIC AND THE TRANSITION OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IN GENERAL: “…AS MUCH AS THAT HEAVINESS IS [FROM] THE LEAVING BEHIND THESE EXPERIENCES WE’VE HAD, IT’S ALSO…A SADNESS THAT WASN’T LIVED OUT TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL. USUALLY AROUND GRADUATION THERE’S…[A] BIG HURRAH EVENT AND A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT OF GOING OUT INTO THE WORLD...BUT IN THIS CASE IT WAS…LIKE A SILENT CREEPING OUT INSTEAD OF A BIG HURRAH. SO…THERE IS THAT REGRET…THAT WE WEREN’T ABLE TO FULLY LIVE OUT THE EXPERIENCE, BUT THERE IS ALSO THE SADNESS OF LEAVING OUR OLD LIFE, OUR CHILDHOOD BEHIND…IT’S MY EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY TOMORROW WHICH COINCIDES CLOSELY WITH MY LAST SCHOOL EXPERIENCE SO VERY MUCH THIS IS…THE END OF LIFE AS WE KNEW IT AND OUR CHILDHOOD, IF YOU WILL.” “…IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE THE TIME WE DID HAVE IN SCHOOL. WE HAD ABOUT SEVEN PRETTY SOLID MONTHS OF A GRAD YEAR…AS MUCH AS THERE IS A BIT OF UNFAIRNESS THERE, I ALSO FEEL BAD FOR THESE NEW STUDENTS WHO ARE MOVING INTO AN UNCERTAIN GRAD YEAR; WHERE THEY WON’T HAVE THINGS LIKE SCHOOL PLAYS, THAT WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE, OR BEING PART OF CONCERTS OR SPORTS GAMES. THE WHOLE NINE YARDS. EVERYTHING WILL BE CONDENSED AND WILL HAVE THAT SAME UNDERWHELMING EFFECT THAT I THINK WE EXPERIENCED TO SOME DEGREE. I DON’T EXACTLY ENVY THIS GRAD CLASS OF 2021. CERTAINLY, I WOULD LOVE TO BE BACK AT SCHOOL. I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST, AND I HOPE THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE THE BEST OF WHATEVER KIND OF UNDERWHELMING EXPERIENCES THEY ARE MOVING INTO.” DYLAN TALKED ABOUT TAKING CLASSES ONLINE DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR: “I WANT TO PREFACE WHAT I AM SAYING HERE BY COMMENDING THE LCI STAFF, BY MAKING THE BEST OF WHAT THEY HAD UNDER VERY SHORT CIRCUMSTANCES. WE USED A SOFTWARE CALLED ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’…IT WORKED IN SOME CAPACITIES AND IT DID NOT WORK IN SOME CAPACITIES. OBVIOUSLY DOING DISTANCE LEARNING AND DISTANCE WORK IS A LOT DIFFERENT THAN HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE IN PERSON. FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, SOMETIMES IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO STAY ON TRACK AND TO STAY COMMITTED TO THEIR WORK, ESPECIALLY UNDER THESE KIND OF DISAPPOINTING AND DISHEARTENING CIRCUMSTANCES. THAT COMBINED WITH THIS NEW SYSTEM THAT DOES NOT EXACTLY HOLD STUDENTS ACCOUNTABLE WITH THEIR WORK—OR LACK THEREOF—IN THE SAME WAY THAT IN-PERSON SCHOOLING DOES. I DID HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD EXPERIENCES [IN ONLINE CLASSES], SPECIFICALLY IN DRAMA. [THE TEACHERS] MADE INTERESTING USE OF THE SOFTWARE. WE WERE ABLE TO DIVE INTO THE HISTORY OF DRAMA AND THE THEORY OF DRAMA. WE ALSO WORKED ON SOME PROJECTS WHERE WE WERE EXPERIMENTING WITH THIS VIDEO CALLING SOFTWARE, SIMILAR TO SKYPE OR FACETIME THAT THEY HAD IN THE ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’. WE WERE ABLE TO DO SOME INTERESTING DRAMA PROJECTS IN THAT CAPACITY. OUR TEACHER…KEPT US VERY BUSY AND ENGAGED. IT WAS A BIT OF A MIXED BAG. I KNOW GOING FORWARD THE SCHOOL IS LOOKING AT A MORE INTENSIVE ACADEMIC STRAIN ON THEIR STUDENTS, IF THEY ARE LOOKING TOWARDS ONLINE LEARNING. WHICH I KNOW THEY ARE LOOKING TOWARDS A MIXED MODEL, WHERE SOME OF YOUR WORK WILL BE ONLINE AND SOME IN PERSON. I KNOW THE ONLINE WORK THAT THEY WILL DISSEMINATE WILL BE MORE ENGAGING AND CHALLENGING. WHEREAS THIS YEAR IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A WRITE-OFF, PERHAPS.” “ABOUT ONE DAY OUT OF THE WEEK, TEACHERS WOULD HOLD LIVE, IN-PERSON, CLASSES WITH THEIR STUDENTS. AGAIN, FOR MORE INFORMATION HEAVY CLASSES LIKE SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, MATH…THEY WOULD HAVE AROUND FIVE CLASSES IN FRONT OF WHITEBOARD WHILE TEACHING THE STUDENTS THROUGH A CAMERA.” “…IN OTHER CASES THEY WOULD SCREEN SHARE A POWER POINT. IT VARIED FROM TEACHER TO TEACHER. BUT, I DID SEE SOME TEACHERS STANDING IN FRONT OF A WHITE BOARD AND WRITING…” “IN THAT ‘MICROSOFT TEAMS’ SOFTWARE THEY HAVE A VIDEO CALLING FUNCTIONALITY. ABOUT EVERY WEEK OR SO, DEPENDING ON THE CLASS, YOU WOULD MEET UP WITH YOUR TEACHER AND THEY WOULD TURN ON THE CAMERA AND USUALLY [YOU WOULD] SEE THEIR FACE.” “…EVERY STUDENT WOULD PILE INTO THE CLASS AND EITHER TURN ON THEIR CAMERA OR NOT. YOU WOULD HAVE A CLASS FULL…WITH NOTHING ON THE CAMERA, AND THE TEACHER…DICTATING OUT INTO AN ENDLESS SEA OF DARKNESS. IT VARIED FROM CLASS TO CLASS. AGAIN, WITH THAT DRAMA CLASS THE TEACHER WAS ABLE TO GET US ENGAGED, INVOLVED, AND TALKING. BUT IN OTHER CASES IT WAS THEM TELLING US WHAT TO DO WITH HOMEWORK AND SIGNING OFF IN ABOUT FIVE MINUTES TIME.” “IT [WAS] THE SAME AMOUNT OF STUDENTS THAT WERE IN CLASSES WHEN WE WERE IN PERSON…DEPENDING ON THE CLASS, MAYBE FIFTEEN TO TWENTY STUDENTS PER AVERAGE CLASS. A LARGER CLASS MIGHT LOOK CLOSER TO THIRTY.” “THE LCI TEAM DID THEIR BEST TO TRY AND PRESERVE A REGULAR SCHEDULE. SO CLASSES…HAPPENED AT THE SAME TIME THAT THEY NORMALLY WOULD HAVE [OTHERWISE]. IT WAS A VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE BEING ABLE TO WAKE UP BLEARY EYED AND TURN ON YOUR PHONE AND YOU'RE IN CLASS.” “…EVEN THE BEST OF STUDENTS GOT A BIT OFF-TRACK IN THAT CAPACITY; MYSELF INCLUDED. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO STAY MOTIVATED IN THAT KIND OF CONTEXT.” “WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE IN-PERSON PRESSURE AND MOTIVATION OF TEACHER, WITH A CARROT OR STICK, TO MOTIVATE YOU TO COMPLETE YOUR WORK TO APPLY YOURSELF— IT IS COMPLETELY DEVOID OF ANY KIND OF AWARD, IN TERMS OF YOU FINISHING YOUR WORK. HANDING IN AN ASSIGNMENT FEELS LIKE A COMPLETELY EMPTY TASK. YOU ARE JUST HITTING A BUTTON AND THEN IT GOES AWAY PRETTY MUCH FOREVER, LITTLE IN THE WAY OF FEEDBACK I FOUND. SOME STUDENTS NEVER WENT TO A SINGLE CLASS AND NEVER HANDED IN A SINGLE ASSIGNMENT. AS PER THE GOVERNMENT’S INSTRUCTIONS, YOUR GRADE [NEVER CHANGED] FROM THE MOMENT YOU LEFT IN-PERSON CLASSES. SO AS OF MARCH 15TH [2020], YOUR GRADE WAS SET IN STONE... ANYTHING YOU [CHOSE] TO SUBMIT [WAS] KIND OF UP TO YOU. IN SOME CASES YOUR GRADE COULD GO UP IF YOU HANDED IN AN ASSIGNMENT, BUT NEVER DOWN BELOW YOUR ORIGINAL MARK. A LOT PEOPLE DECIDED THAT WAS ENOUGH FOR THEM; THAT THEY WERE DONE FOR THE YEAR. OTHER PEOPLE SETTLED INTO IT VERY WELL, KEPT A REGIMENTED SCHEDULE AND COMPLETED ALL OF THEIR WORK. MOST OF US FELL SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE THERE. [AL]MOST EVERYONE COMPLETED EVERY ASSIGNMENT. WHETHER OR NOT THAT WAS ON TIME WAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY.” DYLAN SPOKE MORE ON HIS TIME AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE HIGH SCHOOL: “…I [HAD] A VERY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE WITH THE DECISION I WAS MAKING ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL…IN THE NINTH GRADE…I WAS PLANNING ON TRANSFERRING OVER TO WINSTON CHURCHILL [HIGH SCHOOL] FOR THEIR IB PROGRAM, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY LIKE AN ADVANCED PROGRAM OF STUDIES… IT WAS A VERY LANDMARK DECISION FOR ME, BECAUSE I THINK WHAT’S VERY SPECIAL ABOUT LCI IS THEIR EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS, AND WHAT THEY’RE ABLE TO OFFER FOR STUDENTS BEYOND ACADEMICS… I’VE HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE IN THOSE DEPARTMENTS, AS WELL, BUT I THINK WHERE IT REALLY SHINES IS WHERE IT IS ABLE TO NOT ONLY PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A CREATIVE OUTLET, OR ATHLETIC OUTPUT, OR ANY OTHER KIND OF COMPARABLE EXPERIENCE— THEY ALSO ARE VERY GOOD ABOUT PROVIDING A VERY NURTURING, FAMILIAL SORT OF COMMUNITY. CHOIR AND DRAMA, I THINK, ESPECIALLY ARE GREAT FOR THIS, WHERE YOU HAVE A VERY TIGHT-KNIT…PRETTY LARGE GROUP. THESE [TEACHERS] AT THE SCHOOL, ARE ABLE TO…PULL THESE REALLY LARGE AND DISPARATE GROUPS OF PEOPLE TOGETHER AND REALLY MAKE SOMETHING SPECIAL OUT OF IT, WHERE EVERY STUDENT HAS THIS SORT OF INTRINSIC CONNECTION WITH ONE ANOTHER, WITHOUT BEING…VERY OVERT…FRIENDS…BUT THERE IS STILL THAT CONNECTION THAT YOU HAVE WITH THOSE STUDENTS IN THAT COMMUNITY THAT’S FOSTERED… MOVING INTO HIGH SCHOOL, THAT…BECAME…A REALLY INTEGRAL PART OF WHO I WAS…[ALONG WITH] THE COMMITMENTS THAT NOT ONLY I MADE, BUT EVERY STUDENT MADE TO THESE PROGRAMS, AND THE COMMITMENTS FROM THE STAFF AS WELL…TAKES IT ABOVE-AND-BEYOND AN AVERAGE FINE ARTS EXPERIENCE…BY THE END OF THE YEAR, WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, THAT COMMUNITY, AND THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION THAT WAS PROVIDED FROM THE FINE ARTS DEPARTMENTS REALLY WAS CONFIRMATION THAT THIS WAS WHERE I WAS MEANT TO BE, FOR SURE.” DYLAN OFFERED HIS OUTLOOK ON THE FUTURE: “…THERE’S A VERY PROFOUND SENSE OF UNCERTAINTY THAT WE’RE MOVING INTO SO, I’M SETTLING ON REALISTIC OPTIMISM FOR NOW…BECAUSE THERE’S ALL THESE WHISPERS ABOUT A SECOND WAVE OR A RESURGENCE [OF COVID-19] AFTER…MORE BUSINESSES [AND] PARKS…ARE OPENED UP. BUT WHO KNOWS?,,, SO I’M GOING TO, AGAIN, REMAIN REALISTICALLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THIS SITUATION. I KNOW SOMEDAY I’LL GO TO UNIVERSITY. I KNOW SOMEDAY THE STUDENTS WHO ARE COMING UP INTO THEIR GRADUATION YEAR BEHIND ME WILL HAVE SOME SORT OF COMEUPPANCE…FOR THE THINGS THEY DID LOSE OUT ON. I’M NOT SAYING THAT IT WILL BE EASY OR THAT IT WILL BE NORMAL OR THAT IT WILL FEEL ENTIRELY NATURAL BUT I AM SURE THAT THINGS WILL WORK THEMSELVES OUT IN THE END.” FINALLY, DYLAN COMMENTED ON DONATING HIS GRADUATION ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM AND THE CONCEPT OF MAKING HISTORY: “I THINK MORE AND MORE [HISTORY] IS BECOMING, TO ME, SOMETHING THAT’S NOT SO DISTANT… IN THESE TIMES WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW SEEING HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF…OR EVEN HISTORY [FEELING] VERY IMMEDIATE AND…LIKE IT HAS A VERY PROFOUND INFLUENCE ON WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW… IN THESE EVER CHANGING TIMES, EVERYTHING WE DO CAN BE CONSIDERED HISTORY AND CAN LEAVE A VERY SIGNIFICANT MARK THAT WILL EITHER COME BACK TO BITE US OR REWARD US IN FUTURE… [DONATING THE GRADUATION ITEMS] FEELS LIKE…I’M LEAVING SOME SORT OF IMPRINT ON HISTORY, THE CLASS OF 2020 IS LEAVING SOME IMPRINT ON HISTORY THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR A VERY LONG TIME…THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT CONVOLUTED BUT…I THINK…I’M COMING TO REALIZE THAT HISTORY DOESN’T JUST EXIST IN THE PAST. HISTORY IS ALWAYS HAPPENING WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, THE THINGS YOU DO NOW [WILL MAKE] A BIG DIFFERENCE TOMORROW, AND THE NEXT DAY, FIVE YEARS FROM NOW AND FOREVER.” “…WHENEVER YOU THINK OF A MUSEUM OR YOU THINK OF HISTORY YOU THINK OF THE DISTANT PAST THAT YOU DON’T HAVE MUCH…[OF A] PERSONAL CONNECTION TO, SO IT WAS REALLY REMARKABLE TO CONSIDER THAT THE MOMENT THAT WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW WILL SOON BE CONSIDERED HISTORY AND IS SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO BE RECORDED, AND TO HAVE SOME KIND OF PERSONAL CONNECTION TO THAT HISTORY IS…VERY RESONANT…” FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20200024001
Acquisition Date
2020-06
Collection
Museum
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