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Other Name
ALTAR CARD
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960116136
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALTAR CARD
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
BRASS, WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.2
Length
35
Width
24.4
Description
SOLID BRASS PLAQUE IN SEMI-CIRCULAR SHAPE WITH CLEAR GLASS PANE AND RELIGIOUS SCENE. BRASS IS ORNATE WITH CLOVER AND DIAMOND PATTERN ALONG SIDES AND BOTTOM FLEUR-DE-LIS RAISED IN BOTTOM CORNERS. INNER EDGE OF SEMI-CIRCLE TOP IS FLUTED WITH CROWN SPIRE OUTER EDGE. EACH SPIRE IS SCROLL AND LEAF PATTERN IN ORNATE FLEUR-DE-LIS STYLE. SCENE ON FRONT HAS COLORFUL FLOWER AND SCROLL WORK BORDER. TOP HAS SCENE OF JESUS IN GESTHEMANE WITH AN ANGEL HANDING HIM A CHALICE. BOTTOM HALF HAS LATIN LITURGY IN BLACK AND RED PRINT. BACK OF PLAQUE IS COTTON COVERED WOOD NAILED INTO FRAME.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PLAQUE HAS LITURGY FOR RITUAL CLEANSING OF PRIEST BEFORE ADMINISTRATION OF COMMUNION. PLAQUE WAS REMOVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HSOPITAL CHAPEL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITALS SEE P19960116001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19960116136
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
TRIPTYCH ALTAR CARD
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, GLASS, PAPER, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19960116137
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TRIPTYCH ALTAR CARD
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
BRASS, GLASS, PAPER, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.4
Length
56
Width
44
Description
BRASS PLAQUE IS THREE PANEL PLAQUE WITH ORNATE BRASS CROSS AT TOP CENTER. EACH PANEL IS SEMI-CIRCLE ARCH SHAPE WITH CLEAR GLASS PANE AND ORNATE PRINTS. PRINTS ARE OF COMMUNION LITURGY IN LATIN WITH CENTER PANEL HAVING CRUCIFIXION SCENE. FRAME HAS RAISED CLOVER AND DIAMOND PATTERN ALONG BOTTOM AND SIDES. RAISED FLEUR-DE-LIS IS IN BOTTOM CORNERS. UPPER JOINT OF PANELS ALSO HAS ORNATE SCROLL WORK. SEMI-CIRCLE TOPS HAVE CROW SPIRE EDGING, EACH SCROLL AND LEAF WORK. CROSS ON TOP HAS CLOVER ENDS AND RAISED SCROLL WORK WITH FLOWER AT CENTER OF CROSS. BACKS OF EACH PANEL ARE COTTON COVERED WOOD. BACKS ARE HELD IN FRAME BY STEEL CROSS BAR AT BACK WHICH IS SCREWED TO SIDES OF PLAQUE. PRINTS HAVE COLORFUL FLOWER AND SCROLL WORK BORDERS AND LATIN LITURGY IN RED AND BLACK PRINT. SOME CAPITAL LETTERS ARE LARGE AND ORNATE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PLAQUE WAS USED IN THE CHAPEL AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL AND WAS REMOVED IN 1996 BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19960116137
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
ALTER CROSS
Date Range From
1912
Date Range To
2003
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20060021001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALTER CROSS
Date Range From
1912
Date Range To
2003
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
78
Length
44
Width
24
Description
BRASS ALTER CROSS. CROSS SITS ON A THREE TIERED BRASS BASE. CENTER AXES OF CROSS READS "IHS". FOUR POINT OF CROSS HAS A CLOVER-LIKE SHAPE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
ALTER CROSS IS BELIEVED TO BE ORIGINAL TO THE BUILDING (1912) OR EARLIER. WHEN THE ALTER WAS MOVED FROM THE EAST WALL OF THE CHURCH IN 1966, IT WAS FOUND THAT THE CROSS WAS TOO LARGE, OBSCURING THE PRIEST WHEN HE STOOD "BEHIND" THE ALTER. DURING THESE SERVICES, THE CROSS WAS MOVED TO ANOTHER TABLE IN THE SANCTUARY, BUT WAS ALWAYS RETURNED TO ITS PLACE OF HONOR AFTER EACH SERVICE. THE LETTERS "IHS" IN THE CENTER SECTION OF THE CROSS, ALTHOUGH COMMONLY BELIEVED TO BE AN ABBREVIATION FOR "IN HIS SERVICE" ACTUALLY ARE THE FIRST THREE LETTERS OF JESUS' NAME IN GREEK. 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.
Catalogue Number
P20060021001
Acquisition Date
2006-08
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
CHURCH STEEPLE BELL
Date Range From
1912
Date Range To
2003
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON
Catalogue Number
P20060021007
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHURCH STEEPLE BELL
Date Range From
1912
Date Range To
2003
Materials
IRON
No. Pieces
2
Height
60
Length
56
Diameter
5
Description
CAST IRON STEEPLE BELL WITH CLAPPER. CAST IRON MOUNT AND CORD HOLDING MOVEMENT WHEEL (SEPARATE PCE) FOR BELL OPERATION. ROPE ATTACHED TO ARM OF MOUNT. RD PAINT CAN BE SEEN ON INTERIOR OF BELL THROUGH WEAR OF METAL. BELL IS VERY RUSTED.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
BELL WAS USED UP TO THE CLOSURE OF THE ST. MARY'S CHURCH IN 2003. IT WAS RUNG BEFORE EACH SERVICE TO SUMMON THE FAITHFUL. THE BELL DOES NOT HAVE A MUSICAL SOUND, AND IT IS SAID THAT THE BELL CAME FROM THE FIRST LOCOMOTIVE USED IN THE LETHBRIDGE COLLIERY. AS MANY OF THE EARLY PARISHIONERS OF ST. MARY'S WERE MINING FAMILIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE NUMBER 3 MINE, IT IS A VERY PLAUSIBLE STORY. THIS STORY HAS BEEN REPEATED IN A NUMBER OF PRINTED ARTICLES, SOME OF WHICH ARE IN THE ARCHIVES IN CALGARY. 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
P20060021007
Acquisition Date
2006-08
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
CINCTURE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19970041745
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CINCTURE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
350
Diameter
1.3
Description
BLACK ROPE BELT IS WOVEN WOOLEN ROPE WITH BLACK TASSELED ENDS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
CINCTURE IS THE ROPE BELT USED TO HOLD CLOSED A PRIEST'S ROBES. CINCTURE BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, REV. G.G. NAKAYAMA. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041745
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
BIBLE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER, LEATHER, INK
Catalogue Number
P20120045012
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BIBLE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
PAPER, LEATHER, INK
No. Pieces
2
Height
3.3
Length
20
Width
13
Description
A. BLACK LEATHER COVER WITH COVER TEXT ON SPINE AND FRONT COVER, “HOLY BIBLE” AND AT BASE OF SPINE “CAMBRIDGE”. COVER AND SPINE ARE SCUFFED AND WORN; TOP AND BOTTOM EDGE ARE CURLED IN. PAGES ARE EDGED IN RED. REVERSE OF FIRST PAGE HAS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK IN “BEST WISH FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY, FROM JOYCE.” OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE, “APPOINTED TO BE READ IN CHURCHES”. “PRINTED BY JAMES B. PEACE, M.A., AT THE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS”, “LONDON: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, FETTER LANE, E.C.”. INSIDE BACK COVER HAS STAINING AND SOILING. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. B. TORN PAGE FROM “HOLY BIBLE”. PAGE 127 AND 128, “NUMBERS 16-18”, “HIS ROD BUDDETH”. PAGE HAS A CREASE ALONG LEFT EDGE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
RELIGION
History
ON AUGUST 21, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN INTERVIEWED LLOYD CAREFOOT REGARDING HIS DONATION OF MEMORABILIA RELATED TO COURT WINDY WEST (#562) LETHBRIDGE CHAPTER OF THE INDEPENDENT ORDER OF FORESTERS. CAREFOOT WAS ACTIVELY INVOLVED WITH THE FORESTERS WHILE HE LIVED IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA, AND CONTINUED HIS INVOLVEMENT FOLLOWING HIS MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1963. ON THE PURPOSE AND HISTORY OF THE BIBLE, CAREFOOT NOTED, “[THE BIBLE] WAS ON THE TABLE [WITH THE CANDLES AT RITUALS].” “[MEMBERS STOPPED USING IT BECAUSE] SOCIETY HAD CHANGED ENOUGH THAT THEY DIDN’T WANT TO BOTHER WITH THAT RITUAL. I SUSPECT THAT’S WHY. [THE RITUALS WERE] KIND OF STRANGE TO ME. BUT I ACCEPTED IT BECAUSE THAT IS PART OF WHAT YOU DID.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS TIME SPENT IN THE FORESTERS, CAREFOOT RECALLED, “WE [WIFE RUTH AND LLOYD] WERE INVITED TO [AN] ACTIVITY. [IN THOSE] DAYS THERE [WERE] SOCIAL PARTIES…SOMEBODY THAT I KNEW INVITED ME TO COME AND I HEARD WHAT THEY WERE DOING. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT RUTH AND I THOUGHT…WOULD BE SOMETHING WE’D LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN…MY FATHER WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN ORDER OF FORESTERS WHICH WAS A STAGE BEFORE THE INDEPENDENT ORDER OF FORESTERS.” “I BECAME A MEMBER IN EDMONTON… I WAS ONLY AS ASSOCIATE AT THAT TIME. WHEN WE MOVED DOWN HERE, WE BECAME MEMBERS HERE…MY FIRST WORKDAY WAS THE SECOND OF JANUARY, 1963 [IN LETHBRIDGE]. I WAS A FULL-BLOWN MEMBER IN 1966.” “[I JOINED BECAUSE OF] THE SATISFACTION THAT IT’S A STRONG CHARITABLE WAY OF DOING THINGS TO GIVE BACK. THAT’S PART OF MY PHILOSOPHY; JUST GIVE A LITTLE BACK FOR THE GOOD LIFE I’VE HAD.” “I WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE LEAGUE…OF [THE] LETHBRIDGE CHAPTER. AND [I] WOUND UP WITH [THE TRUNK] AND IN IT [WERE] THESE THINGS. IT PRE-DATES ME.” “MOST OF THOSE THINGS WERE FOR MY PERSONAL USE…EITHER IN EVENTS OR A POSITION I HELD IN THE FORESTERS. I LOOK AT [THE OBJECTS] AND I SMILE.” REGARDING HIS DONATION, CAREFOOT ELABPRATED, “THE FORESTERS IN THE COMMUNITY DID A LOT OF CHARITY WORK AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A WAY OF COVERING FOR THE FUTURE [ABOUT] THE THINGS THAT WE DID, OR STILL DO. THAT WAS, MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, MY REASON FOR [DONATING IT] – A WAY OF PASSING IT ALONG SO IT JUST DIDN’T GET SHOVED IN THE JUNK…TO SOMEBODY IN THE FUTURE, IT INDICATES SOMETHING OF WHAT WE DID AND SOME ILLUSTRATION OF THINGS THAT WE DID. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20120045001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20120045012
Acquisition Date
2012-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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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
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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
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Other Name
DONATION BOX
Date Range From
1947
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20070020011
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DONATION BOX
Date Range From
1947
Date Range To
2007
Materials
WOOD, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
71.0
Length
70.6
Width
35.5
Description
PLYWOOD BOX, UPPER SURFACE OF BOX HAS OPENING WITH PERPENDICULAR CROSS BARS, SIDES OF BOX WITH BLACK METAL HANDLES, FRONT OF BOX WITH ASIAN CHARACTERS WHICH READ, “DONATIONS,” BACK OF BOX WITH METAL LATCH THAT SECURES CLOSED DRAWER.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
DONATION BOX SAT NEAR THE ENTRANCE OF THE TABER BUDDHIST CHURCH. CONGREGATION MEMBERS WOULD PLACE DONATIONS IN BOX, USUALLY WITHIN ENVELOPES. DONATIONS WERE ESPECIALLY COMMON DURING CERTAIN EVENTS. DONATION BOX HANDMADE BY LOCAL BUDDHIST CHURCH MEMBER. INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM REVEREND IZUMI, A LOCAL BUDDHIST MINISTER. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20070020001 AND PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20070020011
Acquisition Date
2007-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
NENJU
Date Range From
1947
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, CORD
Catalogue Number
P20070020018
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NENJU
Date Range From
1947
Date Range To
2007
Materials
PLASTIC, CORD
No. Pieces
2
Description
NENJU: BEADED BRACELET OF ORANGE AND CLEAR BEADS STRUNG WITH BROWN CORD, TASSEL HANGS FROM END OF BRACELET, HEIGHT 0.5, LENGTH 12.5, WIDTH 2.4. JAPANESE NAME IS, “NENJU,” WHICH TRANSLATES TO, “THOUGHT BEADS.” 1 PCE. BEADED BRACELET OF WHITE, BROWN AND GREEN BEADS, STRUNG WITH WHITE CORD, BROWN TASSEL HANGS FROM END OF BRACELET, HEIGHT 0.8, LENGTH 17.5, WIDTH 3.0. JAPANESE NAME IS, “NENJU,” WHICH TRANSLATES TO, “THOUGHT BEADS.” 1 PCE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
THESE BEADED BRACELETS WOULD HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE TO CHURCH MEMBERS WHO MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN THEIR NENJU AT HOME. DURING ‘GASSHO’, A GESTURE OF RESPECT THAT IS PAID TO AMIDA BUDDHA, THE BEADS ARE PLACED AROUND THE HANDS, WITH THE TASSEL HANGING DOWN DIRECTLY IN THE CENTER. THEY ARE ALSO USED DURING MEDITATION. THESE PARTICULAR NENJU ARE SIZED FOR CHILDREN. INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM REVEREND IZUMI, A LOCAL BUDDHIST MINISTER, IN 2008. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT FILE AND P20070020001.
Catalogue Number
P20070020018
Acquisition Date
2007-10
Collection
Museum
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