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Other Name
“THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN”, W/ BOOKMARK
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20140043001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN”, W/ BOOKMARK
Date
2012
Materials
PAPER
No. Pieces
2
Height
2.5
Length
19.5
Width
14
Description
.A – SOFTCOVER BOOK WITH FULL-COLOUR COVER, DEPICTING A GORILLA AND ELEPHANT SITTING ON A WOOD FLOOR. TITLE TEXT READS “THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN”. ON THE FRONT PAGE THERE IS A STICKER WITH TEXT READING “THREE SCHOOLS ONE BOOK 2013 – THE WESTSIDE STORY PROJECT” AND SYMBOLS REPRESENTING MIKE MOUNTAIN HORSE, DR. PROBE, AND NICHOLAS SHERAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, GREER HOME BUILDERS, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE. SLIGHT WEAR ALONG BOTTOM EDGE OF BOOK; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 2.5 X 19.5 X 14 .B – PAPER BOOKMARK, WITH FULL-COLOUR IMAGES DUPLICATING THE DESIGN OF THE BOOK’S COVER. TEXT READS “I AM IVAN. I AM A GORRILA. IT’S NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS.” ON ONE SIDE AND “THE WESTSIDE STORY PROJECT – THREE SCHOOLS, ONE BOOK 2013 – HARPERCOLLINS.CA” ON THE OTHER. VERY GOOD CONDITION. 20.5 X 6.5
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
THIS BOOK AND BOOKMARK SET WAS DONATED AS PART OF THE PERSONAL EFFECTS COLLECTED BY SENATOR JOYCE FAIRBAIRN (PC, CM) OVER HER NEARLY THREE DECADES AS A LIBERAL SENATOR FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. THROUGHOUT HER POLITICAL CAREER, FAIRBAIRN WAS A VOCAL ADVOCATE FOR LITERACY. “THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN” WAS CHOSEN FOR THE 2013 ‘ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK’ LITERACY PROGRAM, WHICH FAIRBAIRN SUPPORTED AND THREE WEST LETHBRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (MIKE MOUNTAIN HORSE, DR. PROBE, AND NICHOLAS SHERAN) PARTICIPATED IN. THE BOOK’S AUTHOR, KATHERINE ALICE APPLEGATE, IS AN AMERICAN YOUNG ADULT AND CHILDREN’S FICTION WRITER, WHO WON THE NEWBERRY MEDAL FOR THIS BOOK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF FAIRBAIRN WAS DEVELOPED BY GALT ARCHIVES INTERN KARISSA PATTON FOR THE 2013 EXHIBIT ‘GALT BABY TO SENATOR’: JOYCE FAIRBAIRN WAS BORN AT THE GALT HOSPITAL ON NOVEMBER 6, 1939. SHE GREW UP IN LETHBRIDGE WHERE SHE GOT HER FIRST EXPERIENCE AS A JOURNALIST AT THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WHILE SHE WAS STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL. FAIRBAIRN EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ENGLISH FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA IN 1960. FAIRBAIRN THEN LEFT LETHBRIDGE TO ATTEND CARLETON UNIVERSITY IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO WHERE SHE EARNED A BACHELOR OF JOURNALISM IN 1961. AFTER GRADUATION, FAIRBAIRN BEGAN WORKING FOR THE HERALD’S OTTAWA BUREAU, THE OTTAWA JOURNAL, AND UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL IN THE PARLIAMENTARY PRESS GALLERY. FAIRBAIRN WAS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE FIRST “FEMALE NEWSMEN.” SHE WORKED AS A JOURNALIST IN OTTAWA FROM 1961-1970 AND WAS THE FIRST JOURNALIST TO REPORT ON THE NEW CANADIAN FLAG SELECTION AS WELL AS COVERED JACKIE KENNEDY AND PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S VISIT TO OTTAWA IN 1961. THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PROUDLY CONTINUED TO PUBLISH HER WORK FROM 1965-1969. IN 1970 FAIRBAIRN BECAME THE LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT AND, LATER, THE COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR FOR PRIME MINISTER PIERRE TRUDEAU. FAIRBAIRN WORKED WITH TRUDEAU UNTIL 1984 WHEN SHE WAS APPOINTED TO THE SENATE. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN QUICKLY BECAME KNOWN FOR ATTENDING SOUTHERN ALBERTAN MILESTONES, OPENINGS, CELEBRATIONS, AND EVEN THE OCCASIONAL CAKE DECORATING CONTEST. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN BECAME WELL KNOWN THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA BECAUSE, AS ONE CONSTITUENT COMMENTED, “SHE CARED ENOUGH TO COME”. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN ALSO BECAME INVOLVED WITH MANY ORGANIZATIONS AND CAUSES SUCH AS, THE PARALYMPICS, THE CALGARY STAMPEDE, BOOKS FOR BABIES, AND THE ALBERTA BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE. FAIRBAIRN WAS PRESENT FOR CELEBRATIONS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUCH AS, LETHBRIDGE’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, WHOOP UP DAYS, AND MANY UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE CONVOCATIONS. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS ALSO AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION WHERE SHE ADOPTED A HORSE NAMED “DOOLEY”. IN 2008 THE LETHBRIDGE THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION HONOURED SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WITH A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN’S DEVOTION TO CANADA AND THE SOUTHERN ALBERTAN COMMUNITY WAS ALSO RECOGNIZED BY MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. IN 1990 SHE WAS INAUGURATED INTO THE KAINAI CHIEFTAINSHIP, WHERE SHE RECEIVED THE NAME CHIEF MORNING BIRD WOMAN. FAIRBAIRN WAS ALSO MADE AN HONOURARY COLONEL OF THE 18TH AIR DEFENSE REGIMENT, RCA. SHE WAS ALSO MADE A HONOURARY AIR MARSHAL AND FREQUENTLY ATTENDED THE INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW AT LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. IN ADDITION, SHE WAS AWARDED WITH A HONOURARY DOCTORATE OF LAWS BY THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE IN 2004. WHILE FAIRBAIRN WAS KNOWN FOR BEING PRESENT IN THE SOUTHERN ALBERTAN COMMUNITY SHE WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR HER MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN PARLIAMENT. HER CAREER AS SENATOR BEGAN AS THE VICE-CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL LIBERAL CAUCUS AND THE WESTERN AND NORTHERN LIBERAL CAUCUS UNTIL 1991 WHEN SHE WAS APPOINTED CO-CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE. BY 1993 SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS APPOINTED TO PRIVY COUNCIL AS THE FIRST WOMAN TO HOLD THE POSITION OF LEADER OF GOVERNMENT. SHE ALSO BECAME THE FIRST MINISTER WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LITERACY. IN 1997 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE SPECIAL ADVISOR ON LITERACY TO THE MINISTER OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT CANADA. IN ADDITION, SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND MAKING THE FAMOUS FIVE HONOURARY SENATORS AND ERECTING A HONOURARY STATUE CELEBRATING THE FAMOUS FIVE ON PARLIAMENT HILL. SENATOR JOYCE FAIRBAIRN RETIRED FROM THE SENATE ON JANUARY 18, 2013. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE ‘ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK’ LITERACY PROGRAM AND SENATOR FAIRBAIRN’S CAMPAIGNS FOR LITERACY.
Catalogue Number
P20140043001
Acquisition Date
2014-10
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
PADDLE WHEELER, "BARONESS"
Date Range From
2011
Date Range To
2014
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC, COPPER
Catalogue Number
P20140039000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PADDLE WHEELER, "BARONESS"
Date Range From
2011
Date Range To
2014
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC, COPPER
No. Pieces
5
Height
45
Length
121
Width
26
Description
.A – MODEL – WOODEN MODEL OF A BOAT, PAINTED WHITE WITH TWO BLACK VERTICAL SMOKESTACKS AND A CIRCULAR PADDLE WITH BROWN BLADES AT THE REAR. EIGHT PAINTED METAL FIGURES ARE GLUED INTO POSITIONS ALONG THE BOAT’S TWO DECKS, ALONG WITH MINIATURE PARCELS, COAL, AND RIGGING. THREE CABINS OF VARYING SIZE SIT ON THE UPPER DECK; THE CLOSEST TO THE SMOKESTACKS HAS THREE SIGNS READING “BARONESS” IN BLACK TEXT. INSIDE THE MODEL, UNDER THE UPPER DECK, A MOTOR, ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS AND WIRES ARE HOUSED. MODEL IS PAINTED TO LOOK AGED AND WORN; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 45 X 121 X 26 .B – REMOTE CONTROLLER – CONTROLLING UNIT MADE OF BLACK AND SILVER MOLDED PLASTIC, WITH TWO SILVER JOYSTICKS MOUNTED AT UPPER LEFT AND RIGHT CORNERS. COLLAPSIBLE ANTENNA AT CENTRE TOP HAS YELLOW FLAGGING TAPE ATTACHED TO ITS TIP WITH BLACK TEXT THAT READS “75 MHZ SURFACE USE ONLY”. TEXT ON CONTROLLER BODY READS “FUTABA DIGITAL PROPORTIONAL – SKYPORT T4YF – BARONESS”. BACK OF UNIT HAS CAVITY FOR BATTERY PACK AND STICKER WITH TEXT THAT READS “FCC ID AZPT4YBF 72B – FUTABA – MADE IN CHINA”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 9 X 18.5 X 24 .C – BATTERY COMPARTMENT LID – BLACK MOLDED PLASTIC, RECTANGULAR SHAPE, WITH CURVED BOTTOM EDGE AND THREE TABS ALONG TOP EDGE. RAISED ARROW DESIGN WITH THREE RIDGED LINES AT CENTRE TOP. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 0.75 X 12 X 6.5 .D – POWER ADAPTER – BLACK PLASTIC BOX WITH TWO METAL PRONGS EMERGING PERPENDICULARLY OUT OF ONE SIDE. TWO RED LIGHTS AND LABEL WITH TEXT READING “FUTABA… CAUTION…” ON OPPOSITE SIDE. TWO BLACK CORDS EMERGE FROM BOX’S BOTTOM. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 4 X 196 X 5.5 .E – BASE – PIECE OF PLYWOOD, PAINTED BLACK, WITH RAISED WOODEN PLATFORM AT CENTRE. PLATFORM TOP IS COVERED WITH GREY CARPET. CARPET IS STAINED WITH WHITE PAINT AND GLUE RESIDUE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 6.5 X 121 X 29.5
Subjects
TOY
Historical Association
LEISURE
TRANSPORTATION
COAL MINING
History
THIS MODEL WAS BUILT BY THE DONOR, ROD HORLACHER, BASED ON HIS RESEARCH INTO THE BARONESS PADDLE WHEELER. ON OCTOBER 2, 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED HORLACHER ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MODEL. HORLACHER SAID: “I ALWAYS LIKED TO BUILD MODELS [WHEN] I WAS YOUNGER. AS I GOT OLDER I STARTED DOING BIGGER THINGS… I ALWAYS KNEW ABOUT THE BARONESS… THEN I JUST STARTED READING ABOUT IT… I WAS JUST GOING TO MAKE A BOAT AND THEN I THOUGHT I WANT TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT I’M INTERESTED IN AND REFLECTS ME, INSTEAD OF JUST MAKING A STANDARD, WHATEVER-TYPE OF BOAT. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE REALLY UNIQUE. I TALKED TO PEOPLE; NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE WERE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT LETHBRIDGE HAD PADDLE WHEELERS… [I THOUGHT] I COULD BUILD IT AND IT WOULD BE A GOOD LEARNING TOOL FOR PEOPLE TO SHOW HOW RICH LETHBRIDGE… WAS IN HISTORY… I CAME HERE TO THE GALT MUSEUM [AND] LOOKED IN THE ARCHIVES… THERE’S ONLY TWO PICTURES OF THE BOAT AND I BOUGHT THE [BOOK] ‘BOATS AND BARGES ON THE BELLY’ BY ALEX JOHNSTON… IT JUST GOT ME HOOKED… AND THEN JUST BY LOOKING AT THE PICTURES, I LIKE TO TRY AND FIGURE [IT] OUT… I PUT IN… AT LEAST TWENTY HOURS OVER THE COURSE OF THREE YEARS LOOKING AT THE PICTURES ALONE, JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WITH A RULER WHAT SORT OF SCALE IT WOULD BE… I BOUGHT A PADDLE WHEELER KIT, BUT I ONLY USED JUST THE HULL FROM THE KIT AND THEN EVERYTHING ELSE… IS ALL SCRATCH BUILT… [I BOUGHT] A GEAR REDUCED, 12 VOLT ELECTRIC MOTOR, AND THEN I BOUGHT THE RADIO CONTROL MECHANISMS FOR IT, AND SUITED IT TO MY USAGE FOR HOW IT WOULD FIT… THE SMOKESTACK IS ACTUALLY WATER PIPE, AND I USED A TUBING CUTTER TO MAKE SOME LITTLE RIBS IN [IT]… THE DOOR KNOBS ARE… MADE OUT OF A TIE END [THAT] I CLIPPED OFF WITH TWEEZERS… IT’S BEEN ABOUT THREE YEARS, MAINLY WORKING ON IT WHEN IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, A WINTERTIME HOBBY… I PUT IN HUNDREDS OF HOURS PROBABLY.” HORLACHER CONTINUED: “I TOOK IT OUT TWICE [TO NICHOLAS SHERAN PARK] AND WE PADDLED IT AROUND FOR A LITTLE BIT… [IT RUNS] SLOW, [WITH A] HUGE TURNING RADIUS… THEY WEREN’T MADE TO GO QUICK… EVERYONE WOULD STOP AND LOOK AT IT…I ENJOYED BUILDING IT IMMENSELY… IT LOOKS WONDERFUL IN THE WATER AND I’M VERY PLEASED THAT I CAN SHARE IT WITH [OTHER] PEOPLE AND THEY COULD JUST SEE HOW NEAT THINGS WERE BACK IN 1883… THE ENJOYMENT [IS] IN BUILDING IT AND KNOWING OTHER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SEE IT AND ENJOY IT [TOO].” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE BARONESS PADDLE WHEELER WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM A RESEARCH PAPER WRITTEN BY DORA TREW IN 1968 (GALT ARCHIVES 19694701000), UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA ARCHIVES, AND COLLECTIONS RECORD P19940018000-GA. THE NORTHWEST COAL AND NAVIGATION COMPANY INITIATED THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STEAMER BARONESS, NAMED AFTER GALT COMPANY BENEFACTOR BARONESS ANGELA BURDETT-COUTTS, ALONG WITH APPROXIMATELY 12 OTHER BARGES, IN THE FALL OF 1883. THE VESSEL WAS COMPLETED THE FOLLOWING SPRING WHEN THE HULL WAS FLOATED DOWN THE BELLY RIVER TO MEDICINE HAT WHERE MACHINERY, THE UPPER DECK, AND THE PILOT HOUSE WERE INSTALLED. THE MATERIAL USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STEAMER AND BARGES WAS DOUGLAS FIR, SHIPPED FROM A MILL OPERATED BY THE COMPANY IN THE PORCUPINE HILLS. THE BARONESS WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED FROM MEDICINE HAT ON JUNE 1, 1883. AT THE SAME TIME, THE COMPANY BUILT ANOTHER STEAMER, THE ALBERTA, AND PURCHASED A SMALLER STEAMER, THE MINNOW, FROM WINNIPEG. THE INTENTION OF BUILDING A FLEET OF RIVER STEAMERS WAS TO ENABLE THE TRANSPORTATION OF COAL BETWEEN COALBANKS AND MEDICINE HAT TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR FUEL ON THE C.P.R. MAIN LINE. DURING THE SEASON OF 1884, THE STEAMER FLEET MADE SEVERAL TRIPS UP AND DOWN THE BELLY RIVER, BUT IT WAS SOON DISCOVERED THAT THEY COULD ONLY BE PROPERLY OPERATED DURING SEASONAL PERIODS OF HIGH WATER. IT WAS ALSO FOUND THAT THE BOATS DID NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY AMOUNT OF POWER TO PROPELL THEM UPSTREAM AGAINST THE RAPID FLOW OF THE RIVER - IT TOOK ONLY EIGHT HOURS TO GET TO MEDICINE HAT, BUT THE TRIP BACK TOOK FIVE DAYS AND BURNED ALMOST AS MUCH COAL AS THE STEAMERS DELIVERED. THESE SHORTFALLS COINCIDED WITH THE START OF CONSTRUCTION ON THE NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY FROM DUNMORE TO COALBANKS IN 1885 AND RAIL TRANSPORT OF COAL BECAME THE MORE EFFICIENT SOLUTION. THE BARONESS, ALBERTA AND MINNOW WERE LEASED TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT DURING THE RIEL REBELLION, TRANSPORTING SOLDIERS AND SUPPLIES DOWN THE SASKATCHEWAN RIVER AND UPSTREAM TO PRINCE ALBERT, NORTH BATTLEFORD AND EDMONTON. AT THE END OF THE CONFLICT, THEY CARRIED EASTERN CANADIAN SOLDIERS BACK TO LAKE WINNIPEG. THE MINNOW WAS THEN SOLD TO A LUMBER FIRM IN BATTLEFORD, AND THE ALBERTA WAS DISMANTLED IN MEDICINE HAT. CARRYING THE ALBERTA'S MECHANICAL PARTS TO BE USED IN THE GALT NO. 3 MINE, THE BARONESS ARRIVED BACK IN LETHBRIDGE AND WAS ALSO DISMANTLED FOR PARTS. THE HULL OF THE BOAT WAS LEFT TO DECAY ON THE RIVER BANK, NEAR WHERE THE FOOTINGS OF THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE ARE TODAY, UNTIL IT WAS WASHED AWAY BY THE FLOOD OF 1902. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19738850000 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P20140039000
Acquisition Date
2014-10
Collection
Museum
Images
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