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Other Name
MAQUETTE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19860058000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MAQUETTE
Date
1985
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Length
200.4
Width
54.3
Description
VARIOUS COLORS. LIGHT YELLOW WOOD BACKGROUND TO WHICH FIVE WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS ARE ARRANGED TO FORM A MURAL. THE PAINTINGS DEPICT THE FOLLOWING: 1. AN INDIAN ON HORSE BACK RUNNING DOWN A BUFFALO 2. INDIAN CHIEF ON HORSE BACK, A PEACE PIPE, MEDICINE BAG, SHIELD 3. LAST INDIAN BATTLE 4. COAL MINING "NICOLAS SHERAN 1874" 5. AGRICULTURE - TOOL IMPLEMENTS - FARMER & HORSE TILLING THE GROUND; GRAIN ELEVATORS. *NOTE* ARTIFACT NOT FOUND DURING 2015 INVENTORY
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
History
PAINTED BY JAN KOVAC. SEE LETTER AND PROPOSAL ATTACHED. THIS MURAL AND PROPOSAL WERE NOT SELECTED BY THE URBAN PARKS - MUSEUM COMMITTEE IN THE 1985 COMPETITION, FOR THE MUSEUM VIEWING GALLERY.
Catalogue Number
P19860058000
Acquisition Date
1985
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
NICHOLAS SHERAN HOME AND MINE 1887-1892
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
OIL, PAPER, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19695003000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NICHOLAS SHERAN HOME AND MINE 1887-1892
Date
1967
Materials
OIL, PAPER, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Length
120.6
Width
54.2
Description
FRAMED OIL PAINTING. SIGNED "H. E. SHEPERD" IN LOWER RIGHT. DEPICTS COULEE & RIVER SCENE WITH LOG CABIN & COVERED WAGONS. TITLED ON REVERSE OF PAINTING. BACKING PAPER IS CURLING AND FALLING OFF.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
History
"COAL BANKS 1882-1886 CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION 1967 MRS. HELEN SHEPHERD THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION 1967. ARTIST MRS. HELEN SHEPHERD, 17 DEVON COURT, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. TITLE OF WORK- "NICHOLAS SHERAN HOME AND MINE 1887-1892". THE FIRST COAL AT LETHBRIDGE WAS DISCOVERED AND MINED BY NICHOLAS SHERAN IN 1872, TEN YEARS, BEFORE THE NORTH WESTERN COAL & NAVIGATION CO., OPENED EXTENSIVE OPERATIONS ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE RIVER. THOUGH RECORDS SEEM NON-EXISTANT QUITE A LARGE VOLUME OF COAL WAS MINED HERE AND TRANSPORTED NEAR AND FAR. IT WAS TAKEN UP A STEEP HILL ON THE ROAD SHOWN TO FORT MACLEOD, OVER THE ROAD LEADING FROM THE PICTURE TO THE LEFT. WHEN RIVER CONDITIONS PERMITTED LOADS WERE TAKEN ACROSS AT THE FORD SHOWN IN THE FOREGROUND AND IN WINTER ON THE ICE, A FERRY, INDICATED AT LOWER LEFT, WAS IN USE FOR MANY YEARS. "NICK" SHERAN'S FEDERAL MINE INDICATED LEFT ON CENTER. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST, HELEN ELIZABETH SHEPHERD, WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM HER LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY. HELEN WAS BORN IN 1899 IN KANSAS, USA, AND MOVED TO SOUTHWESTERN SASKATCHEWAN WHERE SHE MET AND MARRIED HER HUSBAND, THOMAS SHEPHERD. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH THEIR DAUGHTER AND THREE SONS IN 1950, AND HELEN WORKED FOR A VARIETY OF LOCAL BUSINESSES AS A BOOKKEEPER. SHE ENJOYED PAINTING AS A HOBBY AND WAS INVOLVED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB. HELEN SHEPHERD PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 1, 1986. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPY OF HER OBITUARY. THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB HELD THEIR FIRST MEETING AT THE HOME OF MISS ANNA MACKENZIE ON OCTOBER 7, 1936. EDITH FANNY KIRK WAS THE FIRST ART TEACHER IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE CAME FROM BRITAIN WITH CLASSICAL TRAINING AND IT WAS KIRK WHO SET THE STAGE FOR THE SKETCH CLUB TO COME INTO BEING. THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS ALSO PLAYED A ROLE IN THE FORMATION BY PROVIDING RECOGNITION OF ARTISTIC MERIT THROUGH DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIPS. ANNA MACKENZIE AND P.J. COLLINS CONCEIVED OF THE CLUB AFTER THEIR EXPERIENCE IN BANFF. THE GROUP WAS FORMED OUT OF AN ENTHUSIASTIC INTEREST IN ART AND SOON AFTER THE GROUP BEGAN MEETING, THERE WERE REGULAR EXHIBITIONS. THE GROUP WAS PRIVY TO THE ATTENTION OF GROUP OF SEVEN ARTIST A.Y.JACKSON WHEN HE MADE HIS FREQUENT SKETCHING TRIPS TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HE REGULARLY ACCOMPANIED THE SKETCH CLUB AND HIS INFLUENCE CAN BE SEEN IN MUCH OF THEIR WORK. ANOTHER GUEST OF THE GROUP WAS ANNORA BROWN WHO WAS AN ARTIST WHO HAD TRAINED IN TORONTO, BUT RESIDED IN FORT MACLEOD AND BEGAN SPENDING TIME WITH THE GROUP IN 1939. HER INTEREST IN FLOWER STUDIES IS SUSPECTED TO HAVE INSPIRED MANY OF THE WORKS BY CLUB MEMBERS. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE GROUP ORGANIZED SUMMER CLASSES TAUGHT BY OUT OF TOWN ARTISTS SUCH AS: H.G.GLYDE, WALTER J. PHILIPS AND A.C. LEIGHTON. ACCORDING TO A HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB WRITTEN BY JOAN STEBBINS IN JUNE, 1985, “THE PAINTINGS OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB PORTRAY FAVOURITE SKETCHING AREAS IN THE REGION – THE COULEES PROVIDED ENDLESS MATERIAL, THE RIVERBOTTOM, THE OLD R.C.M.P. BARRACKS, THE WHITNEY FARM, HENDERSON LAKE, THE FELGER HUTTERITE COLONY, THE FOOTHILLS AND WATERTON LAKE WERE OFTEN REPEATED SUBJECTS.”
Catalogue Number
P19695003000
Acquisition Date
1969-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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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
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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
FORT MACLEOD TRAIN 1897-1909
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PAINTED CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P19800082000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FORT MACLEOD TRAIN 1897-1909
Date
1967
Materials
WOOD, PAINTED CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Length
66.0
Width
32.1
Description
FRAMED OIL PAINTING OF A STEAM ENGINE & CARS. SIGNED, "HELEN SHEPHERD" BR.TITLED "FORT MACLEOD TRAIN 1897-1909" REVERSE LABEL OF LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB, "CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION, 1967" MOUNTED IN GREY PAINTED FRAME.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
History
LOCAL ARTIST, MEMBER OF LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS. SHE FOUND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCENE DEPICTED IN THE PAINTING IN ITS PERMANENT FILE (NO AUTHOR LISTED): "SHOWN IN THE BACKGROUND IS A TRAIN ON A PORTION OF THE OLD CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LINE IN SERVICE BETWEEN LETHBRIDGE AND FORT MACLEOD FROM 1897 TO 1909. IT IS KNOWN THAT IT TOOK FOURTEEN WOODEN TRESTLES OR BRIDGES TO SPAN THE DEEP COULEES AND RIVERS ON THE ROUTE. ONE BRIDGE NEAR LETHBRIDGE WAS ALMOST A MILE IN LENGTH. UPKEEP COSTS WERE HIGH AND ACCIDENTS FREQUENT AND IT WAS ABANDONDED AFTER THE HI-LEVEL BRIDGE WAS COMPLETED AT LETHBRIDGE. THE FIRST TRAIN OVER THE NEW BRIDGE WAS ON OCTOBER 17, 1909 WITH ENGINEER JAMES WALLWORK AT THE CONTROLS. THIS VIEW ALSO SHOWS WHERE THE ST. MARY'S RIVER (FROM UPPER RIGHT) AND THE BELLY RIVER (LOWER RIGHT) JOIN TO FORM THE PRESENT OLDMAN RIVER. NICHOLAS SHERAN DISCOVERED COAL IN THIS AREA IN 1872, AND AN OLD MINE SCAR CAN BE SEEN AT THE PRESENT TIME." THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST, HELEN ELIZABETH SHEPHERD, WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM HER LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY. HELEN WAS BORN IN 1899 IN KANSAS, USA, AND MOVED TO SOUTHWESTERN SASKATCHEWAN WHERE SHE MET AND MARRIED HER HUSBAND, THOMAS SHEPHERD. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH THEIR DAUGHTER AND THREE SONS IN 1950, AND HELEN WORKED FOR A VARIETY OF LOCAL BUSINESSES AS A BOOKKEEPER. SHE ENJOYED PAINTING AS A HOBBY AND WAS INVOLVED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB. HELEN SHEPHERD PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 1, 1986. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19695003000 FOR HARDCOPY OF HER OBITUARY. THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB HELD THEIR FIRST MEETING AT THE HOME OF MISS ANNA MACKENZIE ON OCTOBER 7, 1936. EDITH FANNY KIRK WAS THE FIRST ART TEACHER IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE CAME FROM BRITAIN WITH CLASSICAL TRAINING AND IT WAS KIRK WHO SET THE STAGE FOR THE SKETCH CLUB TO COME INTO BEING. THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS ALSO PLAYED A ROLE IN THE FORMATION BY PROVIDING RECOGNITION OF ARTISTIC MERIT THROUGH DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIPS. ANNA MACKENZIE AND P.J. COLLINS CONCEIVED OF THE CLUB AFTER THEIR EXPERIENCE IN BANFF. THE GROUP WAS FORMED OUT OF AN ENTHUSIASTIC INTEREST IN ART AND SOON AFTER THE GROUP BEGAN MEETING, THERE WERE REGULAR EXHIBITIONS. THE GROUP WAS PRIVY TO THE ATTENTION OF GROUP OF SEVEN ARTIST A.Y.JACKSON WHEN HE MADE HIS FREQUENT SKETCHING TRIPS TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HE REGULARLY ACCOMPANIED THE SKETCH CLUB AND HIS INFLUENCE CAN BE SEEN IN MUCH OF THEIR WORK. ANOTHER GUEST OF THE GROUP WAS ANNORA BROWN WHO WAS AN ARTIST WHO HAD TRAINED IN TORONTO, BUT RESIDED IN FORT MACLEOD AND BEGAN SPENDING TIME WITH THE GROUP IN 1939. HER INTEREST IN FLOWER STUDIES IS SUSPECTED TO HAVE INSPIRED MANY OF THE WORKS BY CLUB MEMBERS. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE GROUP ORGANIZED SUMMER CLASSES TAUGHT BY OUT OF TOWN ARTISTS SUCH AS: H.G.GLYDE, WALTER J. PHILIPS AND A.C. LEIGHTON. ACCORDING TO A HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB WRITTEN BY JOAN STEBBINS IN JUNE, 1985, “THE PAINTINGS OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB PORTRAY FAVOURITE SKETCHING AREAS IN THE REGION – THE COULEES PROVIDED ENDLESS MATERIAL, THE RIVERBOTTOM, THE OLD R.C.M.P. BARRACKS, THE WHITNEY FARM, HENDERSON LAKE, THE FELGER HUTTERITE COLONY, THE FOOTHILLS AND WATERTON LAKE WERE OFTEN REPEATED SUBJECTS.”
Catalogue Number
P19800082000
Acquisition Date
1979-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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