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Other Name
HANGING, CHINESE AND ENGLISH TEXT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, INK
Catalogue Number
P20110031014
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HANGING, CHINESE AND ENGLISH TEXT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2000
Materials
NYLON, INK
No. Pieces
1
Height
105
Length
156
Description
RECTANGULAR PIECE OF RED NYLON. VERTICAL EDGES ARE FACTORY FINISHED; HORIZONTAL EDGES ARE CUT AND FRAYING. FABRIC IS SIGNED WITH NAMES IN BLACK PERMANENT MARKER IN CHINESE CHARACTERS AND ENGLISH TEXT. FABRIC IS CREASED. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ARTIFACT COMES FROM INTERVIEWS HELD WITH MAY LEE AND JUDY CHAN, RICHARD LOO, AND HONG WONG AND JANICE WONG. PERSONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE LIVES OF MAY LEE, RICHARD LOO, AND HONG WONG THEIR IMMIGRATION TO CANADA ARE FOUND BELOW THE ARTIFACT DETAILS AND BELOW THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE SOCIETY BUILDING. RICHARD THINKS THAT THIS BANNER WAS IN THE PEKING RESTAURANT AND THAT MEMBERS PROBABLY SIGNED IT, “OR THE GUESTS. I THINK THIS HAPPENED AT THE PEKING, I THINK. PEKING RESTAURANT.” A SERIES OF ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD GIVE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE SOCIETY AND ITS BUILDING: THE BUILDING THAT HOUSED THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE SOCIETY WAS BUILT IN 1909-1910 IN THE 300 BLOCK OF 2 AVENUE SOUTH AND IT WAS ORIGINALLY A RESTAURANT. BY 1915 IT HAD BECOME THE HEADQUARTERS FOR THE LETHBRIDGE BRANCH OF THE KAO MIN TANG (ALTERNATIVE SPELLINGS INCLUDE KUOMINTANG, KUO MIN TANG, GUOMINDANG, AND GUO MIN DANG). THE BUILDING WAS DESIGNATED AS A PROVINCIAL HERITAGE RESOURCE IN 1995 BECAUSE OF ITS VALUE AS A SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CENTRE FOR THE LETHBRIDGE CHINESE COMMUNITY. THE BUILDING WAS USED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS BY THE SOCIETY AND INCLUDED, AT VARIOUS TIMES, A RESTAURANT, A SCHOOL, AND LIVING ACCOMODATIONS. IN FEBRUARY 2011 A SECTION OF THE BRICK FAÇADE FELL OFF THE BUILDING AND CITY INSPECTORS DETERMINED THAT THE TIMBER AND RED BRICK STRUCTURE WAS POTENTIALLY UNSTABLE. THE BUILDING WAS TORN DOWN A SHORT TIME LATER. LETHBRIDGE'S CHINATOWN EMERGED IN 1901, A RESULT OF THE CHINESE POPULATION BEING RELEGATED TO A SECTION OF THE CITY BETWEEN GALT GARDENS AND THE COULEES. IN A JANUARY 7, 2002 ARTICLE ALBERT LEONG EXPLAINS THAT NO ONE REALLY WANTED CHINESE PEOPLE AROUND AND THAT “’ THEY WERE TOLD THAT THE ONLY PLACE THEY COULD START BUSINESSES WAS BETWEEN THE COULEES AT THE PARK, BECAUSE THE CITY DIDN’T WANT ANY COMPETITION FOR THE WHITE BUSINESSMEN … BUT ‘GHETTO-IZED’ OR NOT, THE CHINESE WHO CAME TO LETHBRIDGE FORMED AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE BACKBONE OF THIS CITY, [AND MADE] NOTEWORTHY [CONTRIBUTIONS] TO THE HISTORY OF THIS PLACE.’” BUSINESSES SUCH AS LAUNDRIES, MARKET GARDENS, AND RESTAURANTS WERE OPENED IN CHINATOWN, WITH THE RESIDENTS LIVING IN ROOMS ABOVE THE BUSINESSES. IN 1912 THERE WERE ABOUT 100 PEOPLE LIVING IN CHINATOWN AND BY THE 1930S, IT WAS A BUSTLING COMMUNITY. THE POPULATION OF CHINATOWN DWINDLED FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. JANICE WONG, PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY IN 2015, GAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE SOCIETY IN AN INTERVIEW: AS OF 2015, THE SOCIETY EXISTS MORE AS A SOCIAL CLUB AND THE SOCIETY HOLDS THREE CELEBRATORY DINNERS EACH YEAR, USUALLY HELD AT THE NEW DYNASTY RESTAURANT. THE SOCIETY ALSO VISITS THE CEMETERY ON A YEARLY BASIS “TO HONOUR THE ANCESTORS, CLEAN THE TOMBS, BRING FOOD, DO THE USUAL THINGS THAT WE USED TO DO – EAT ON GRAVES, BURN THE INCENSE. WE DO THAT EVERY YEAR STILL TO HONOUR OUR ANCESTORS. IT IS USUALLY IN THE SPRING … IN APRIL.” JANICE BRIEFLY DISCUSSED THE FUTURE OF THE SOCIETY, INDICATING THAT THERE IS SOME TALK ABOUT RE-BUILDING “BUT THAT INVOLVES A LOT OF PLANNING, AND MONEY, AND FUNDRAISING” AND SHE QUESTIONS WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS ENOUGH OF A MEMBERSHIP BASE TO GO FORWARD WITH RE-BUILDING. SHE ALSO EXPLAINED THAT PREVIOUS CHINESE IMMIGRANTS HAD TENDED TO COME FROM THE SAME GEOGRAPHIC REGION, BUT THAT PRESENTLY IMMIGRANTS ARE COMING FROM ALL OVER CHINA: “THERE’S A LOT OF INFLUX OF PEOPLE FROM CHINA THAT AREN’T FROM THE SAME AREA, BECAUSE TRADITIONALLY, THE PEOPLE WERE ALL FROM THE SAME AREA AND SPOKE THE SAME DIALECT AND HAD THAT SORT OF THING KEEPING THEM TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY OVERSEAS FROM CHINA.” PERSONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE LIVES OF MAY LEE, RICHARD LOO, AND HONG WONG AND THEIR IMMIGRATION TO CANADA ARE BELOW: MAY LEE: MAY WAS ACTUALLY BORN IN CANADA AND IS KNOWN AS A GOLD MOUNTAIN GIRL, BECAUSE SHE IS A CANADIAN-BORN CHINESE WOMAN. MAY EXPLAINS: “I WAS BORN IN CANADA. I WAS BORN IN NANOOSE BAY. WHEN I WAS 4 YEARS OLD, WE MOVED TO VICTORIA. WHEN I WAS 9 YEARS OLD AND THE WHOLE FAMILY, IN 1930, GO BACK TO CHINA.” DURING THE WAR, THE JAPANESE BOMBED THE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL IN TOCSIN CITY AND MAY’S MOTHER DECIDED TO SEND MAY AND HER BROTHER TO HONG KONG TO START THE PROCESS OF COMING TO CANADA. MAY STARTED ENGLISH SCHOOL IN HONG KONG, BUT OFTEN MISSED CLASSES BECAUSE SHE WAS SICK FROM THE HEAT. SHE SAYS THAT SHE’S LEARNED MOST OF HER ENGLISH FROM HER HUSBAND, HER CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, AND EVEN GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. SHE WAS MARRIED TO HOM MEN LEE, AKA JIMMY LEE, ON NOVEMBER 16, 1938 IN VICTORIA, BC. JIMMY WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE AT THE GALT HOSPITAL, BUT WAS SENT BACK TO CHINA AS A CHILD FOR HIS EDUCATION. JIMMY’S FAMILY HAD COME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1914 AND OWNED LEE-DUC CLEANERS. THE LEE FAMILY LIVED ABOVE THE SHOP, WHICH WAS ON 13TH STREET NORTH, NEAR HIGA’S JEWELERS. MAY’S MAIN MEMORY OF CHINATOWN: “ALL I REMEMBER IN CHINATOWN, IN SUMMERTIME, LOTS OF OLD GUYS SITTING IN FRONT OF GUOMINDANG. AUNTIE HELEN GREW UP IN CHINATOWN. I THINK SHE KNOWS MORE ABOUT CHINATOWN. IN THE OLDEN DAYS, I HARDLY GO OUT, JUST TO BUY GROCERIES.” JUDY ADDED THAT MAY HAD 8 CHILDREN AND WAS KEPT BUSY AT HOME RAISING THEM. RICHARD LOO: RICHARD ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1953, HAVING LEFT THE MAINLAND OF CHINA IN 1949. RICHARD’S GRANDFATHER HAD MOVED TO CANADA IN EITHER LATE 1800S OR THE EARLY 1900S AND HAD HAD TO PAY THE HEAD TAX. HIS GRANDFATHER WORKED AS A COOK IN RESTAURANTS, EITHER IN LETHBRIDGE OR IN TABER (ACCORDING TO RICHARD, HIS GRANDFATHER WORKED THROUGH THE WAR YEARS IN TABER). RICHARD’S GRANDFATHER HAD PLANNED ON MOVING BACK TO CHINA WHEN HE RETIRED, BUT THEN THE COMMUNISTS TOOK OVER, AND HE ELECTED TO STAY. AT THAT TIME, HE INVITED RICHARD TO MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL. RICHARD LEFT HONG KONG, AFTER LIVING THERE FOR 8 MONTHS, ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT 2PM LOCAL TIME. HE FINALLY ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. HE WAS LUCKY IN THAT HE WAS ABLE TO GET HIS FLIGHTS ON SALE. NORMALLY A TICKET FROM HONG KONG TO VANCOUVER WOULD HAVE COST $700, BUT RICHARD WAS ABLE TO SECURE A FLIGHT FOR ONLY $500. HE ALSO INDICATED THAT HIS FLIGHT TO LETHBRIDGE WAS ONLY $39.95. ON RECALLING HIS FIRST TIME IN LETHBRIDGE, RICHARD RECOUNTED THE FOLLOWING STORY: “SO, BY THE TIME I GOT TO THE AIRPORT, I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO SAY NOTHING. DIDN’T KNOW – MAYBE COULD SAY ‘GOOD MORNING’ – THAT’S ALL YOU COULD SAY, JUST ANYWAYS HOW TO SAY ‘HELLO’ – SO, ANYWAY, SO IN THE MEANTIME, THE FELLOW AT THE AIRPORT MUST HAVE KNOWN ZEKE, YOU KNOW ZEKE QUAN [OWNER OF] THE LOTUS INN [RESTAURANT], AND HE PHONED HIM UP. HE SAYS, ‘ZEKE.’ I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT – NOTHING. AND THEN HE SAYS, ‘HEY, THIS IS A CHINA BOY HERE. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH HIM?’ SO, ZEKE SAYS, ‘OH, JUST TAKE HIM TO CHINATOWN AND DUMP HIM.’ NOW, I DIDN’T KNOW THOSE, NOT UNTIL LATER ON. ZEKE’S SON GO TO SAME SCHOOL I DID – CENTRAL SCHOOL.” RICHARD INITIALLY LIVED IN THE SOCIETY BUILDING FOR SEVERAL YEARS, OCCUPYING A ROOM THAT HAD BEEN RECENTLY VACATED BY ANOTHER MAN NAMED LOO WHO HAD GONE TO WORK IN PICTURE BUTTE. RICHARD RECALLED THAT THE SOCIETY WAS A GOOD PLACE TO FEEL A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND THAT IT WAS A WELCOMING PLACE FOR NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS, A PLACE WHERE THEY WEREN’T DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. HONG WONG: HONG ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1951 AND WAS INVITED TO THE CITY BY HIS UNCLE SHUEY WONG, WHO WAS ALREADY LIVING HERE. UNCLE SHUEY HAD COME TO CANADA SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE AND HAD HAD TO PAY THE $500 HEAD TAX. HONG TRAVELED WITH HIS BROTHER FROM MAINLAND CHINA TO HONG KONG, IN ORDER TO GO TO THE CANADIAN EMBASSY. ON HIS FERRY RIDE TO HONG KONG, HE WAS SHOT BY BANDITS AND WAS REQUIRED TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME TO RECOVER. HIS BROTHER ELECTED TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG, AS HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW LIVED IN THE CITY AND GOT HONG’S BROTHER WORK IN A THEATRE. TO GET TO CANADA, HONG FLEW FROM JAPAN TO GUAM, TO VANCOUVER, AND THEN FINALLY TO LETHBRIDGE. HIS FIRST IMPRESSION OF LETHBRIDGE: COLD. HONG SAID: “’WELL, IN HONG KONG IT WAS AROUND MAYBE 20 SOME 30 ABOVE. AND HERE, AT THAT TIME, MAYBE 20 BELOW, OR 20 SOME BELOW. I DIDN’T HAVE THE EAR MUFFS. I SAID, ‘GEE, I’M NOT SO HAPPY HERE, IT SEEMS SO COLD.’” UNCLE SHUEY TOLD HONG THAT IT WAS ONE OF THE COLDEST WINTERS HE COULD REMEMBER. HONG WORKED FOR HIS UNCLE IN HIS SHOP ON 9TH AVENUE, DOING CHORES AROUND THE STORE, UNTIL HIS ENGLISH HAD IMPROVED ENOUGH SO THAT HE COULD SERVE CUSTOMERS. HE JOINED THE CHINESE NATIONALIST LEAGUE SOCIETY ALMOST AS SOON AS HE ARRIVED: “WHEN I CAME HERE, I JOINED IN THE SAME YEAR BECAUSE MY UNCLE WAS A MEMBER. SO THAT’S WHY HE GOT ME IN TO BE A MEMBER. OH, AT THAT TIME, I BET, 95% OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE THEY BELONG TO THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, I BELIEVE.” HE CONTINUED, SAYING THAT YOU COULDN’T BE A MEMBER OF BOTH THE SOCIETY AND THE MASONS, AND HE BELIEVES ABOUT 5% OF THE CITY’S CHINESE POPULATION WOULD HAVE BELONGED TO THE MASONS. HE ADDED: “BUT WE ARE STILL FRIENDS, STILL FRIENDS. WE’RE NOT ENEMY OR ANYTHING BUT, IT’S JUST THAT THE ORGANIZATIONS ARE DIFFERENT. THAT’S ALL.” HONG ENJOYED THE CAMARADERIE OF THE SOCIETY. HE SAID: “I REMEMBER, I LIKE IT BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE PARTY AND SO MANY PEOPLE. AND THEN YOU MEET ALL THE CHINESE PEOPLE THERE IN THE ONE GROUP. WELL, ANYWAY, WHEN YOU SEE SO MANY PEOPLE IN ONE PARTY, AND THEN WHEN THEY COME OUT MOSTLY THE PEOPLE THAT PARTY AND IT FEELS LIKE A LOTS OF FRIENDS OR EVEN LIKE THE FAMILY. SO YOU FEEL GOOD, YOU FEEL BETTER, AND THEN, WELL, MY UNCLE BELONGS THERE TOO AND THEN THE OTHERS BELONG THERE TOO, YEAH, EVERYBODY LIKE IN THE BIG FAMILY. YES, NICE, OTHERWISE YOU DON’T HAVE ANY FRIENDS, YOU DON’T MEET ANYBODY, IF YOU NOT BELONG THERE, I THINK NOT SO FRIENDLY TO YOU.” HONG INDICATED THAT WHEN A SPECIAL MEAL WAS HELD AT THE SOCIETY, IT WAS THE MEN WHO DID THE COOKING: “AT THAT TIME JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY KNOWS HOW TO COOK BECAUSE MOSTLY WE WORK IN THE KITCHEN WHEN THEY CAME HERE.” HE SAID THAT DINERS WOULD PAY A SMALL FEE TO EAT AT THE LEAGUE WHEN SPECIAL MEALS WERE PUT ON. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES AND FOR INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS.
Catalogue Number
P20110031014
Acquisition Date
2011-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BASKET & EASTER EGG SET
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WICKER
Catalogue Number
P19738277001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASKET & EASTER EGG SET
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WICKER
No. Pieces
1
Height
13.3
Length
17.8
Width
12.1
Description
WICKER BASKET C/W 1/2 HOOP OR LOOP HANDLE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
CONTAINER
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
PART OF SET WHICH INCLUDES, THREE DECORATED EGGS PYSKANKY (EASTER) & A DOILY. UKRAINIAN CANADIAN HERITAGE. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING THREE DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION OF LETHBRIDGE. THOUGH THE ASSOCIATION HAS DISBANDED, SHE WAS ABLE TO DETERMINE THAT IT IS LIKELY THAT THIS OBJECT AND 81 OTHERS DONATED BY THE ASSOCIATION IN 1973 WERE ORIGINALLY PART OF THE GALT MUSEUM'S 'UKRAINIAN ROOM' EXHIBIT. ACCORDING TO LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1969 AND 1976, AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE GALT ARCHIVES (199110764419, 1991107612370, 199110764421, AND 199110764422) THE UKRAINIAN ROOM WAS INSTALLED IN 1966, WHEN THE MUSEUM WAS MOVED FROM THE BOWMAN CENTRE TO THE GALT HOSPITAL BUILDING. THE ROOM WAS FURNISHED WITH OBJECTS DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION, AND THE GROUP HELD ANNUAL TEAS THERE. THOUGH THE CATALOGUE NUMBERS OF THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION DONATION REFLECT A 1973 DONATION DATE, THE INITIAL ACQUISITION YEAR LISTED IN HARDCOPY FILES IS 1966, WHICH ALIGNS WITH THE OPENING DATE OF THE UKRAINIAN ROOM. IN ADDITION, ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ROOM DEPICT OBJECTS THAT ARE NOW HELD IN COLLECTIONS (P19738277001-GA, P19738277002-GA, AND P19738277003-GA CAN BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED, WITH OTHER OBJECTS IDENTIFIED SPECULATIVELY). IN 1984 THE MUSEUM DISMANTLED ALL ITS DISPLAYS IN PREPARATION FOR THE BUILDING'S RENOVATION AND EXPANSION, AND ACCORDING TO BRAD BROWN, GALT EXHIBIT DESIGNER, WHEN THE FACILITY REOPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN 1985 ALL THE EXHIBITS HAD BEEN REWORKED, AND THE UKRAINIAN ROOM NO LONGER EXISTED. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19738277001
Acquisition Date
1966-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
"HOLY BIBLE"
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1979
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER, CARDBOARD, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20190008002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"HOLY BIBLE"
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1979
Materials
PAPER, CARDBOARD, COTTON
No. Pieces
5
Length
31
Width
29.5
Description
A. COVER, 30.9CM LONG X 25CM WIDE. DETACHED FRONT COVER FOR THE BIBLE WITH PAGE ATTACHED; COVER IS BROWN WITH CIRCULAR CENTER WITH RELIEF OF JESUS AND APOSTLES SITTING UNDER A TREE ETCHED INTO THE COVER. COVER HAS SQUARE AND RECTANGULAR EMBOSSED PANELS ON FRONT WITH TEXT AND FLORAL PATTERNS; UPPER LEFT CORNER RELIEF HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “THY WORD IS A LAMP”; UPPER RIGHT CORNER RELIEF HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “UNTO MY FEET”; RELIEF UNDER CENTER CIRCLE HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “ASK AND IT SHALL BE [INDECIPHERABLE] YOU; SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND”; LOWER LEFT CORNER RELIEF HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “THE WORD OF OUR GOD”; LOWER RIGHT CORNER RELIEF HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “SHALL STAND FOREVER”. INSIDE OF COVER HAS RED, BLUE, GREEN, AND ORANGE SEMI-CIRCLE PATTERN; INSIDE FRONT COVER IS WHITE, PAPER MANUFACTURING TAG WITH BLACK PRINTED TEXT “PRINTING, HEINITZ & SLOAN, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA., NO.”. INSIDE SHOWS GREEN BINDING CLOTH; BACK OF PAGE IS WHITE. FRONT COVER IS SEVERELY WORN; COVER HAS PAPER AND CARDBOARD FLAKING OFF AND PEELING AT CORNERS; INSIDE OF COVER IS HEAVILY WORN AND FADED; OVERALL FAIR CONDITION. B. PAGE, 28.9CM LONG X 24CM WIDE. WHITE PAGE DETACHED FROM BIBLE; PAGE IS BLANK ON BOTH SIDES; PAGE IS HEAVILY CREASED AND FOLDED; PAGE IS YELLOWED AT EDGES; OVERALL FAIR CONDITION. C. PAGES, 29CM LONG X 23.9CM WIDE. TWO ATTACHED PAGES THAT DETACHED FROM THE BIBLE; FRONT OF FIRST PAGE IS BLANK; BACK OF FIRST PAGE HAS GREYSCALE IMAGE DEPICTING GROUP IN A FIELD HOLDING HAND-SCYTHES WITH OXEN AND CART ON RIGHT SIDE, AND RIDERS ON CAMELS IN THE BACKGROUND, LOOKING AT THE SKY WHERE A SILHOUETTED CART WITH RIDERS IS SET AGAINST A GLOW. IMAGE HAS TEXT ALONG LOWER EDGE, “LET US FETCH THE ARK OF THE COVENANT OF THE LORD OUT OF SHILOH UNTO US, THAT, WHEN IT COMETH AMONG US, IT MAY SAVE US OUT OF THE HAND OF OUR ENEMIES. – I SAM. IV. 3.” BETWEEN PAGES IS A WHITE, OPAQUE THIN PIECE OF TISSUE PAPER. SECOND PAGE HAS RED AND BLACK PRINTED TEXT, “STANDARD EDITION, THE HOLY BIBLE, CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS, TRANSLATED OUT OF, THE ORIGINAL TONGUES, AND WITH, THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED; WITH, CONCORDANCE AND PSALMS OF DAVID IN METRE, THE TEXT CONFORMABLE TO THE OXFORD AND THE AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY’S STANDARD EDITIONS.” LOWER EDGE OF PAGE HAS IMAGE OF AN OPEN BIBLE ON A GLOBE RESTING ON A CLOSED BIBLE, WITH LIGHT EMANATING FROM THE OPEN BIBLE AND BANNER ACROSS THE GLOBE WITH TEXT “THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD” AND TEXT “TRADE-MARK” BELOW IMAGE; TEXT BELOW IMAGE READS, “PHILADELPHIA: NATIONAL PUBLISHING CO., NOS. 724, 726 AND 728 CHERRY STREET.” BACK OF SECOND PAGE HAS BLACK TEXT, “THE NAMES AND ORDER, OF ALL THE, BOOKS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS, AND THE APOCRYPIIA, WITH THE NUMBER OF THEIR CHAPTERS” AND LIST BELOW. PAGES ARE WORN AND DISCOLOURED BROWN AT EDGES; PAGES HAVE CREASES AND RIPS AT EDGES; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. D. PAPER, 21.4CM LONG X 12.7CM WIDE. BROWN PAPER WITH HANDWRITTEN TEXT IN PENCIL ON FRONT, “JOHN 13, 4-17”. PAPER IS YELLOWED ON BACK; PAPER HAS CURLED UPPER RIGHT CORNER AND CREASED AT TOP EDGE; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. E. BIBLE, 31CM LONG X 29.5CM WIDE. SPINE, PAGES, AND BACK COVER OF BIBLE; FIRST VISIBLE PAGE HAS TEXT “HISTORY OF THE TRANSLATION OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE”. SPINE IS BROWN WITH GOLD TEXT “HOLY BIBLE” AND RELIEF PANELS BELOW WITH REPEATING ETCHED FLORAL PATTERN. BACK COVER IS BROWN WITH CIRCULAR CENTER WITH RELIEF OF JESUS AND APOSTLES SITTING UNDER A TREE ETCHED INTO THE COVER. COVER HAS SQUARE AND RECTANGULAR EMBOSSED PANELS ON FRONT WITH TEXT AND FLORAL PATTERNS; UPPER LEFT CORNER RELIEF HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “THY WORD IS A LAMP”; UPPER RIGHT CORNER RELIEF HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “UNTO MY FEET”; RELIEF UNDER CENTER CIRCLE HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “ASK AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN YOU; SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND”; LOWER LEFT CORNER RELIEF HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “THE WORD OF OUR GOD”; LOWER RIGHT CORNER RELIEF HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “SHALL STAND FOREVER”. SPINE IS SEPARATED FROM PAGES AND IS HEAVILY WORN AND FLAKING; BACK COVER IS HEAVILY WORN AND FLAKING AT CORNERS; PAGES ARE DISCOLOURED AND SHOW SIGNS OF MINOR WATER DAMAGE; OVERALL FAIR CONDITION.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
RELIGION
History
ON MAY 28, 2019, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CARLA SAMUELS REGARDING HER DONATION OF KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS MATERIALS. SAMUELS’ FATHER, WALTER D. CURRIE, WAS A MEMBER WITH THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS IN LETHBRIDGE. ON THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS ITEMS, SAMUELS RECALLED, “WE’VE HAD ALL THESE OBJECTS, ARTIFACTS FOR OVER 40-50 YEARS AND IT IS TIME THAT THEY BE GIVEN TO SOMEONE THAT WOULD BE INTERESTED IN KNOWING THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE AND ALL THE PAST MEMBERS OF THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS, LODGE NUMBER [TWO]. MY FATHER WALTER CURRIE WAS ONE OF THE MEMBERS. HE WAS SECRETARY FOR THAT LODGE. HE KEPT…THE LETTERHEAD THAT I REMEMBER AS A CHILD HIM TYPING ON AN OLD TYPEWRITER WITH THAT LETTERHEAD…AS CHILDREN WE WERE ALWAYS INTERESTED IN HIS CEREMONIAL COSTUMES BUT NOTHING MUCH WAS SAID ABOUT THE LODGE.” “[THESE ITEMS HAVE] BEEN STORED IN A BOX FOR ALL THESE YEARS. A COUPLE [OF THE REGALIA SETS] HAVE BEEN USED FOR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES…THE BLACK PRIEST COSTUME AND THE BURGUNDY AND GOLD SILK COSTUME…WE USED TO USE IT AS A MATADOR…IT’S SIMILAR TO THE SHRINERS COSTUMES IN A WAY—SOMETHING EGYPTIAN…THEY JUST LAID AROUND…” “THEY WERE IN THE BASEMENT IN A CLOSET. JUST STORED THERE AND KEPT THERE AND US KIDS WE’D LOOK AT THEM FOR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES…NOTHING WAS SAID ABOUT IT AFTER MY DAD PASSED AWAY THAT THEY WERE JUST KEPT IN A BOX…MY MOM HAD MENTIONED [THAT THESE WERE MY FATHER’S LODGE GARMENTS AND NOT JUST HALLOWEEN COSTUMES] WHEN SHE GAVE ME THE BOX. SHE SAID THAT THIS IS ALL THE STUFF FROM DAD’S LODGE, THE KP LODGE IS WHAT WE USED TO CALL IT.” SAMUELS ELABORATED ON HER FATHER’S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS IN LETHBRIDGE, SHARING, “I REMEMBER DAD IN THAT [REGALIA SET] ONE TIME, THE BURGUNDY SATIN COSTUME AND I JUST REMEMBER THE LETTERHEAD. HE ALWAYS HAD A PILE OF THE LETTERHEAD BY THE TABLE UNDER THE TYPEWRITER. IT WAS HUGE OLD UNDERWOOD TYPEWRITER ON A BIG OVAL-FOOTED DESK AND THE FILE BOX TOO WAS NEXT TO THE TYPEWRITER…I KNOW HE WAS IN THE PYTHIAN LODGE PROBABLY IN THE LATE 1950S. I REMEMBER IN 1960 ALL THESE COSTUMES…I KNOW THAT OVER THE YEARS THE MEMBERS PASSED AWAY AND IT JUST WAS HARDER TO GET ANYBODY TO JOIN AND IN THE EARLY 1970S THEY DISBANDED THE LODGE HERE IN LETHBRIDGE.” “[I REMEMBER] HIM WORKING, TYPING AWAY, GETTING LETTERS DONE UP…PUTTING AWAY STUFF IN HIS LITTLE FILE BOX. I GUESS, WE WERE SMALL AND…[THE LODGE] WASN’T SPOKEN OF TOO MUCH WHEN WE WERE LITTLE. I ASKED MY OLDER SISTER ABOUT ANYTHING THEY KNEW OF THE BOOKS OR PHOTOS, TOO BUT THEY COULDN’T FIND [ANYTHING]...” “MY DAD DIDN’T TALK MUCH ABOUT THIS LODGE. HE WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ELKS HERE IN LETHBRIDGE AND HE KNEW MORE ABOUT THE ELKS…THAT CLUB…BEING A LITTLE MORE RESERVED.” “I THINK [THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS] MET MAYBE ONCE A WEEK…I KNOW A COUPLE, TWO OR THREE MEMBERS, AS A KID, THAT WERE IN THE LODGE TOGETHER AND OUR FAMILIES USED TO CHUM TOGETHER BECAUSE OF THEIR ASSOCIATION WITH THE LODGE…ALL IN THOSE DAYS IT SEEMED LIKE THEY HAD THEIR SUIT AND TIE. THAT WAS MORE OR LESS YOUR DRESS…I THINK IT WAS MORE OR LESS ADULTS THAT WOULD GET TOGETHER…” “I DON’T KNOW IF THIS TYPE OF LODGE WAS BASED ON CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE SHRINERS WOULD HAVE BEEN. TO ME IT WAS…I WOULD REFER TO IT LIKE MASONIC LODGE…IN THOSE DAYS IT WAS STRICTLY MEN’S CLUBS ALL THE TIME AND THE WOMEN STAYED HOME AND LOOKED AFTER THE FAMILY…I THINK IT WAS MORE OR LESS THAT AND GRADUALLY, AS YOU CAN SEE, OVER THE YEARS A LOT OF THE ORGANIZATIONS AND LODGES HAVE CLOSED DOWN AND STOPPED FUNCTIONING. IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE REASON…YEARS AGO.” SAMUELS RECALLED HER ACQUISITION OF THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS ITEMS, STATING, “IT HAPPENED THAT MY FATHER PASSED AWAY IN ’91 AND MY MOTHER HAD A STROKE 6 MONTHS LATER. SHE SOLD HER HOME AND MOVED INTO A LODGE…[THESE ITEMS ARE] ALL THE THINGS THAT WERE REMAINING IN THE HOME, IN HER HOUSE…EVERYTHING WAS DISPERSED…THE FOUR OF US SIBLINGS DECIDED TO TAKE THEM AND THIS IS WHAT I TOOK AT THE TIME…THEY LIVED BY GYRO PARK ON 10TH AVENUE AND 15TH STREET SOUTH AT THE TIME. THAT WAS THEIR HOME.” “I GUESS WE WERE JUST NOT THINKING OF IT AT THE TIME JUST EVERYTHING WAS GIVEN AWAY. MY OLDER SISTER TOOK ALL FAMILY PHOTO ALBUMS AND I LOOKED THROUGH TO SEE IF THERE WERE ANY PICTURES OF MY DAD IN THAT GROUP. BUT THERE WEREN’T AT THE TIME…I JUST HAPPENED TO GET THESE [KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS ITEMS] AND MY OTHER SISTERS, MY LITTLE SISTERS, THEY HAD YOUNG FAMILIES AT THE TIME SO THEY DIDN’T WANT THEM AT THEIR PLACE IN THEIR HOME. “ “WITH ALL THE NAME TAGS FROM THE LODGES AND STUFF LIKE THAT, I THOUGHT THAT [THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS CONNECTION] WAS QUITE INTERESTING…AT THE TIME, I GUESS I SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THE CEREMONIAL COSTUMES [AWAY] AT THE SAME TIME [I GAVE AWAY THE NAME TAGS] BUT THEY WERE PUT AWAY IN A BOX AND [I WAS] NOT THINKING OF IT AT THE TIME.” ON THE REASON FOR DONATING THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS ITEMS, SAMUELS NOTED, “WE’RE DOWNSIZING AND THERE’S A LOT OF STUFF THAT I JUST DON’T NEED ANY MORE AND I FEEL THAT THE REST OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS DO NOT WANT THIS AND AS I SAID, IT TIME TO GO. I DIDN’T WANT TO GIVE IT AWAY TO A CHARITY AND IT HAD A LITTLE MORE SENTIMENTAL VALUE FOR THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE, I FEEL.” ACCORDING TO A LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE FROM MAY 7, 1960, THE LETHBRIDGE CHAPTER OF THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS WAS FORMALLY STARTED ON APRIL 16, 1890. THE ARTICLE NOTED WALTER CURRIE SERVED AS CHANCELLOR OF THE LETHBRIDGE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS FROM 1959-1960, AND THAT “PRESENT EXECUTIVES” INCLUDED CURRIE AS THE PAST-CHANCELLOR AND TREASURER. A LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE FROM MARCH 28, 1968 REFERENCED WALTER CURRIE AS PAST GRAND CHANCELLOR OF THE LETHBRIDGE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES ON THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS, AND THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20190008001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190008002
Acquisition Date
2019-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BAPTISMAL FLASK
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, CHROME
Catalogue Number
P19960116010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BAPTISMAL FLASK
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
PLASTIC, CHROME
No. Pieces
3
Height
16.2
Length
7.4
Width
3
Description
BEIGE PLASTIC FLASK WITH CHROME LID. BOTTLE IS RECTANGULAR FLASK WITH ROUNDED SIDES AND CRESCENT BODY. BOTH FRONT AND BACK HAVE RIBBED VERTICAL LINES MOLDED INTO PLASTIC AT SIDES. RAISED ON BOTTOM OF FLASK IS A CROWN LOGO. FLASK HAS SIMPLE CHROME CAP WITH GROOVED EDGE GRIP AND THREADED TO FIT ON BOTTLE. CYLINDRICAL CHROME LID FITS OVER CAP LIKE A THERMOS TOP. LID HAS ROUNDED TOP AND FLARED BOTTOM. ALSO HAS THREADS MOULDED INTO IT TO SCREW DOWN ON BOTTLE. WRITTEN IN RED INK ON SIDE OF BOTTLE IS A SMALL RED CROSS AND BAPTISMAL WATER. BOTTLE HAS BROWN WATER SCALE INSIDE AND GREEN CORROSION AROUND MOUTH.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
BAPTISMAL FLASK WAS TAKEN FROM THE CHAPEL AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON THE HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19960116010
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CHIOR CAP
Date Range From
1912
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Catalogue Number
P20060021019
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHIOR CAP
Date Range From
1912
Date Range To
1980
No. Pieces
1
Length
25
Width
25
Diameter
20
Description
CLERGY HEAD WEAR MADE FROM BLK TAFFETA. CAP FEATURES A SQUARE CROWN (TOP) ON A HEADBAND. INSIDE LABEL HAS TEXT THAT READS "GOWNS. ROBES. AND HOODS BY ", "SAINTHILL LEVINE DIVISION OF SAINLEE INDUSTRIES LIMITED".
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
HEAD WEAR WAS WORN BY FEMALE MEMBERS OF THE CHOIR. THE HEAD WEAR DISAPPEARED BY 1980 AND THIS PARTICULAR INCARNATION OF THE CHOIR DISAPPEARED A FEW YEARS LATER. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH BEGAN EARLY IN THE 1900S. THE EARLIEST ARCHIVAL RECORD IS A STATEMENT MADE IN JANUARY, 1906 THAT A GROUP OF PROMINENT MEMBERS OF ST. AUGUSTIN’S PARISHIONERS AGREED TO COVER A DEFICIT IN THE OPERATION OF ST. MARY’S MISSION UP TO $300. APPARENTLY, ST. MARY’S EXISTED BEFORE THIS DECISION, BUT IT IS UNKNOWN FOR HOW LONG. A FORMAL ORGANIZATION MEETING FOR ST. MARY’S MISSION WAS HELD ON APRIL 20. 1908. THE SEPARATE PARISH OF ST. MARY’S WAS ESTABLISHED ON FEBRUARY 1, 1910. THE “NEW” CHURCH WAS BUILT IN 1912, AND USED BY THE PARISH UNTIL IT CLOSED IN 2003. THE NORTH SIDE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP THEN RENTED THE BUILDING UNTIL 2006, WHEN THE PROPERTY WAS SOLD TO A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL. THERE WERE AT LEAST EIGHT RECTORS (PRIESTS) AT ST MARY’S BETWEEN 1910 AND 1944, INCLUDING SOME PERIODS OF TIME WHEN NO PRIEST WAS AVAILABLE (OR AFFORDABLE). IN 1944, ROBERT COWAN ARRIVED AND SERVED ST. MARY’S FOR THE NEXT 37 YEARS UNTIL 1981, A TERM UNPARALLELED IN THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF CALGARY. IT WAS DURING THIS TIME THAT ST. MARY’S BECAME KNOWN HAS ST. MARY THE VIRGIN. CANON COWAN RETURNED TO ST MARY’S AS A PARISHIONER FOR A FEW YEARS LATER, AND REMAINED UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1999. MICHAEL EBSWORTH SERVED AS RECTOR FROM 1981 UNTIL 1994, WHEN HE RESIGNED DUE TO HEALTH REASONS. FATHER EBSWORTH REMAINED A RESIDENT OF LETHBRIDGE, OFTEN SERVING AS A “VISITING” PRIEST, AND HE TOOK PART IN THE FINAL SERVICE AT ST. MARY’S HELD ON AUGUST 14, 2003. IN THE FINAL DECADE OF ST MARY’S EXISTENCE, FIVE OTHER PRIESTS SERVED THE PARISH, INCLUDING TWO FEMALE PRIESTS WHICH SOME FOUND SURPRISING DUE TO ST. MARY’S TRADITIONAL LITURGICAL PRACTICES. THE CHURCH CLOSED AND AMALGAMATED WITH THE ANGLICAN PARISH OF ST. AUGUSTINE. OTHER OBJECTS AND ARCHIVAL MATERIALS ASSOCIATED WITH ST. MARY'S OPERATION WERE TRANSFERRED TO THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF CALGARY. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE, ST MARY'S WAS THE LONGEST OPERATING OF ANY LETHBRIDGE CHURCH IN THE CURRENT PREMISES. FOR COMPLETE HISTORY SEE PERMANENT FILE P20060021001.
Catalogue Number
P20060021019
Acquisition Date
2006-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960116150
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
140
Width
115
Description
1. CHASUBLE - BEIGE WITH RED AND BRONZE COLORED TRIM. GARMENT IS OVAL SHAPE AND FOLDS IN HALF TO BE WORN LIKE A PONCHO. NYLON FABRIC IS BEIGE WITH WOVEN MULTIPLE PATTERN OF GERMAN CROSSES INSIDE DIAMOND SHAPES WITH LAURELS AND FLOWERS AROUND IT. HOLE IN MIDDLE HAS FLY OPENING WITH SNAP CLOSURE. HAS ROUND COLLAR WITH RED AND BRONZE COLORED EDGING WITH GEOMETRIC PATTERNS ON IT. CHASUBLE HAS FABRIC CROSS WITH ARMS IN "Y" SHAPE ON FRONT AND BACK. CROSS IS MADE FROM 8CM WIDE NYLON BAND WITH GERMAN CROSSES AND STONE PAVEMENT PATTERN IN RED, BLACK AND BRONZE COLORS. AT CENTER OF FRONT IS OVAL CREST WITH CHI-RHO AND ALPHA AND OMEGA IN BRONZE COLORED STITCHING. CHASUBLE HAS MODERATE AMOUNT OF RUST STAINS. 2. STOLE - STOLE IS 9.5CM X 260CM IN SIZE AND IS NARROW AT MIDDLE AND TAPERS WIDER AT ENDS. FABRIC IS BEIGE AND SAME PATTERN AS CHASUBLE. STOLE HAS DEEP RED NYLON LINING AND COTTON LACE COLLAR ALONG MIDDLE. STOLE HAS GOLD COLORED NYLON TASSELS AT ENDS WITH RED, BLACK AND BRONZE BORDER. ALSO HAS THREE CROSSES SEWN TO IT IN SAME MATERIAL AS BORDER, ONE ON EACH END AND ONE IN MIDDLE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
CHASUBLE AND STOLE WERE REMOVED FROM THE CHAPEL AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19960116150
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960116151
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
130
Width
115
Description
1. CHASUBLE: 125 X 115CM GREEN CHASUBLE IS OVAL SHAPE CLOTH THAT FOLDS IN HALF TO BE WORN LIKE A PONCHO. CHASUBLE IS GREEN FABRIC SHELL WITH BRONZE COLORED LINING. GREEN FABRIC HAS WOVEN PATTERN OF MULTIPLE CHI-RHO AND CROSSES. HAS ROUND COLLAR WITH NYLON BORDER WHICH IS RED AND BROWN WITH GOLD COLORED CROSS AND DIAMOND PATTERN. BACK HAS FLY OPENING WITH SNAP CLOSURE. FRONT AND BACK HAVE SEWN CROSSES WITH RAISED ARMS TO MAKE "Y" SHAPE. CROSS IS MADE FROM 9 CM WIDE EMBROIDERED BAND WITH GEOMTRIC PATTERNS IN BROWN, GOLD AND GREEN. CENTER CREST ON BREAST IS BROWN "Y" SHAPED CROSS WITH DESCENDING WHITE DOVE AND HAND HOLDING TWO FINGERS DOWN. GREEN ARMS OF CROSS EXTEND FROM HAND. 2. STOLE: 266 X 9CM NYLON STOLE IS MADE OF SAME MATERIAL AS CHASUBLE WITH IDENTICAL LINING AND BORDER MATERIAL. STOLE IS NARROW IN MIDDLE AND WIDENS AT ENDS. ENDS HAVE BORDER AND BROWN NYLON TASSELS. MIDDLE HAS WHITE COTTON LACE COLLAR SEWN TO SIDE. MIDDLE ALSO HAS CROSS MADE OF BORDER MATERIAL. NEAR EACH END OF STOLE IS GOLD COLORED EMBROIDERED FRENCH CROSS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
CHASUBLE WAS REMOVED FROM THE CHAPEL AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19960116151
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960116152
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
126
Width
110
Description
1. CHASUBLE: 126 X 110CM PINK NYLON-POLYESTER GARMENT IS PONCHO STYLE CLOAK WITH SLIGHTLY TAPERED SHOULDERS. COLLAR IS ROUND WITH FLY OPENING AT BACK AND SNAP CLOSURE. CHASUBLE HAS GREEN LINING AND GREEN FELT STRIP DOWN CENTER OF BOTH SIDES. FRONT HAS LARGE GOLD LETTERS WITH GREEN EDGING THAT READ "IHS" WITH A SIMILAR STYLE CROWN ABOVE. SEWN INTO FRONT OF LINING ARE TWO LABELS. ONE READS "BY GASPARD GREATER LITURGICAL ART WINNIPEG CANADA". SECOND LABEL HAS "ORNEMENTS D'EGLISE GLOIRE CONFECTIONNES AU CANADA". BACK OF CHASUBLE HAS TWO SMALL WINE STAINS. 2. STOLE: 225 X 10CM STOLE MADE OF SAME MATERIAL AS CHASUBLE WITH IDENTICAL GREEN LINING. STOLE HAS GREEN FELT CHEVRON ON BOTH ENDS AND ENDS ARE TAPERED TO BROAD POINT. STOLE HAS CURVE CUT AT NECK WITH COTTON COLLAR WITH LACE. ALSO AT NECK IS GREEN FELT CROSS. STOLE HAS SMALL WINE STAIN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
CHASUBLE WAS REMOVED FROM THE CHAPEL AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19960116152
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960116153
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
127.5
Width
115.5
Description
1. CHASUBLE: 127.5 X 115.5CM RED NYLON CHASUBLE IS OVAL SHAPED WITH HOLE IN MIDDLE AND IS WORN PONCHO STYLE. HAS ROUND COLLAR WITH FLY OPENING AT BACK AND SNAP CLOSURE. COLLAR HAS EMBROIDERED BORDER THAT IS GREEN WITH YELLOW DOWN CENTER WITH CROSS AND DIAMOND PATTERN. ON FRONT AND BACK IS SEWN EMBROIDERY CROSS WITH LIFTED ARMS TO FORM "Y" CROSS. EMBRODERED BAND HAS GOLD CELTIC CROSSES WITH RED BACKGROUND AND CHAIN LINK DECORATION BETWEEN CROSSES. CENTER CREST IS GOLD CIRCLE WITH GREEN EDGE THAT HAS WHITE DESCENDING DOVE IN RED CROSS. 2. STOLE - 113 X 10.8CM STOLE IS SAME MATERIAL AS CHASUBLE WITH CURVED NECK AND GOLD TASSELS ON ENDS THAT ARE FADED. STOLE HAS WHITE COTTON COLLAR WITH LACE. AT COLLAR AND ON EACH END OF STOLE IS SEWN CROSS MADE OF STRIPS OF EMBROIDERED MATERIAL. EACH STRIP IS RED BACKGROUND WITH GOLD EDGING AND DIAMOND & FLOWER PATTERN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
CHASUBLE WAS REMOVED FROM THE CHAPEL AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19960116153
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
GIRLS' TEMPLE CROWN
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
1979
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
TIN
Catalogue Number
P20060018003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GIRLS' TEMPLE CROWN
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
1979
Materials
TIN
No. Pieces
3
Height
8.5
Diameter
15
Description
GLD TIN CROWN (2 PCE) WITH RD CUSHION. ELABORATE EMBOSSED FLORAL AND LEAF DESIGN ADORNS CROWN. SIX ARMS EXTEND WITH MOBIL- LIKE HANGINGS WHICH INCLUDE BL AND PNK BEADS. TOP OF CROWN FEATURES A PEACOCK . RD TASSEL ATTACHED TO CROWN.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
ETHNOGRAPHIC
RELIGION
History
COSTUMES WERE WORN BY THE YOUNGEST MEMBERS OF THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE LOCATED IN RAYMOND, ALBERTA. FOR AT LEAST FIFTY YEARS, CHILDREN DRESSED UP IN THE ELABORATE GARMENTS AS PART OF RELIGION’S ‘CHIGO’ OR YOUNG-CHILDREN CEREMONY. THE PROCESSIONAL EVENT REQUIRED THAT THE CHILDREN DRESS AS HEAVENLY BEINGS. BOYS WORE A STIFF HAT OF LACQUERED GAUZE CALLED AN ‘EBOSHI’ WHILE GIRLS WORE THE CROWN OF THE PHOENIX BIRD KNOWN AS A ‘TENKAN’. THE CEREMONY WAS CONDUCTED AT THE RAYMOND BUDDHIST TEMPLE EVERY FIVE YEARS, COMMENCING ON THE DATE OF THE TEMPLE’S DEDICATION (1929) AND ENDING ON ITS FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY IN 1979. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE PAPER LOTUS FLOWERS WERE MADE LOCALLY AND THE GARMENTS WERE IMPORTED FROM JAPAN. FOR ALMOST EIGHTY YEARS, THE TEMPLE SERVED THE SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF MANY AMONG SOUTHERN ALBERTA’S JAPANESE COMMUNITY. IT ACTED AS A CENTRE FOR TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST TEACHING AND JAPANESE CULTURE UNTIL ITS CLOSING IN 2006. THESE COSTUMES, IN ADDITION TO OTHER SPIRITUAL OBJECTS INCLUDING THE TEMPLE’S SHRINE, WERE DONATED TO THE GALT AS PART OF THE TEMPLE’S CLOSING AND EVENTUAL SALE. CEREMONY WHERE THIS COSTUME WAS LAST WORN WAS PERFORMED FOR THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE'S FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY IN 1979. PERFORMED FOR THE TEMPLE'S INAUGURATION, 10TH, 20TH, 25, 30, 35, 40...ETC EVERY 5TH YEAR. DONOR HAS PHOTOS OF COSTUMES BEING WORN DURING THE ANNIVERSARIES (SEE PERMANENT FILE). DONOR PRESUMES THAT THE MATERIAL DATES TO 1929 TO 1930. ON APRIL 26, 2009 THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, LOCATED IN LETHBRIDGE, WAS THE SITE OF AN O-CHIGO CHILDREN’S PARADE, HELD AS PART OF THE TEMPLE’S DEDICATION CEREMONY. VISUAL DOCUMENTATION OF O-CHIGO COSTUMES, REPRESENTING THE ONE DONATED, CAN BE FOUND IN THE GALT’S ARCHIVES, RELATED TO THE 2009 DEDICATION EVENT. ADDITIONALLY, O-CHIGO RELATED PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND RELATED TO THE HISTORY OF THE TABER BUDDHIST CHURCH IN THE GALT’S ARCHIVES. FINALLY, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM IS IN POSSESSION OF HISTORIC 40S ERA FOOTAGE OF TEMPLE EVENTS, RELATED TO THE RAM’S COLLECTION OF A SHRINE FROM PICTURE BUTTE. SEE P20030041001-GA FOR COMPLETE HISTORY ON BUDDHIST TEMPLE.
Catalogue Number
P20060018003
Acquisition Date
2006-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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