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Other Name
"CANADA 150"
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20180006003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"CANADA 150"
Date
2017
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Length
132
Width
102
Description
WHITE NYLON FLAG WITH MACHINE-STITCHED EDGES; LEFT EDGE HAS STITCHED HOIST WITH ATTACHED WHITE CORD KNOTTED AT LOWER CORNER, AND WOOD GROMMET WITH WHITE CORD AND WHITE PLASTIC TIE ATTACHED TO UPPER CORNER. FLAG IS PRINTED WITH FRONT SHOWING MULTI-COLOURED 2017 CANADA SESQUICENTENNIAL MAPLE LEAF LOGO IN CENTER AND BLUE TEXT BELOW “CANADA 150”. BACK IS REVERSE-PRINTED. FRONT HAS MINOR STAINING ALONG LOWER EDGE; VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ON MARCH 29, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED LORI HARASEM AND JENNIE SUDO REGARDING THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE DONATION OF CANADA 150 MEMORABILIA. HARASEM AND SUDO WERE INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZING THE JULY 1, 2017 EVENTS FOR CANADA 150, WITH SUDO ACTING AS CHAIR FOR THE LETHBRIDGE CANADA DAY COMMITTEE WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE AND HARASEM AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. ON THE FLAG, HARASEM ELABORATED, “[THE FLAG] WAS ON DISPLAY IN CITY HALL FOR THE WHOLE YEAR, AND IT WAS IN THE FOYER ON OUR…TRIPOD…WE HAVE THE DIFFERENT FLAGS AND THE CANADA 150 FLAG…WE HAD SOME OF THESE OUTSIDE NUMEROUS FACILITIES, CITY FACILITIES, NOT JUST CITY HALL.” SUDO ADDED, “[IT WAS MADE BY] AURORA FLAGS. THAT SAME COMPANY THAT MADE OUR STREET POLE BANNERS UP IN EDMONTON.” HARASEM AND SUDO RECALLED THEIR TIME PLANNING AND ORGANIZING THE 2017 EVENTS, WITH SUDO NOTING ABOUT THE PLANNING COMMITTEE, “THE LETHBRIDGE CANADA-DAY COMMITTEE IS A COMMITTEE THAT’S MADE UP OF CITY OF LETHBRIDGE EMPLOYEES IN PART WITH COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS. MY POSITION AS THE COORDINATOR OF RECREATION AND CULTURE, I AM AUTOMATICALLY VOLUNTEERED FOR THIS COMMITTEE ALONG WITH OUR RECREATION AND CULTURE TEAM. THE CHAIRING RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THAT COMMITTEE GET ROTATED BETWEEN OUR TEAM MEMBERS EVERY TWO YEARS AND MY YEAR JUST SO HAPPENED TO FALL ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT, NOSTALGIC YEAR FOR CANADA’S 150.” “[THE COMMITTEE IS] ALWAYS IN EXISTENCE. I THINK [THERE] WAS A LOT OF PRESSURE, BUT REALLY GREAT PRESSURE. I WAS VERY PROUD TO BE ABLE TO BE PART OF THE COMMITTEE. AND BEING ABLE TO LEAD THE TEAM FOR MY VERY FIRST TURN AT CHAIRING THE COMMITTEE. I FELT A LOT OF PRIDE TO BE ABLE TO SHOW THAT OUR COMMUNITY CAN COME TOGETHER AND CELEBRATE CANADA’S 150.” “[THE] COMMITTEE [WAS] COMPRISED OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE TEAM, WHICH WAS TWO MANAGERS, LORI HARASEM AND JASON FREUND, MYSELF AS THE CHAIR FOR [2017]. WE ALSO [HAD] MARLENE LAPOINTE, SARAH BURTON, SCOTT CARPENTER AND ONE OF OUR TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES, ERIC SHARP, [AS] PART OF THE COMMITTEE AS FAR AS THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE SIDE GOES. WE ALSO HAD THREE PUBLIC VOLUNTEERS FROM THE COMMUNITY. WE HAD ADELLE HARRINGTON, BOBBY MCCALLUM AND DAVID FRITZ WHO ALSO PLAYED A HUGE ROLE IN HELPING COORDINATE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THERE.” “AS SOON AS CANADA DAY 2016 ENDED, WE WERE ALREADY THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE WERE GOING TO BRING BACK, WHAT KIND OF BUDGET WE WERE GOING TO NEED, WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES WE WERE GOING TO HAVE, HOW WE WERE GOING TO MAKE IT SPECIAL, AND MAKE IT STAND OUT THE NEXT YEAR…FOR THE REST OF THE CANADA DAY [EVENTS], THE ONES THAT AREN’T CANADA 150 OR STAND-OUT, WE WOULD PROBABLY ONLY START [PLANNING] ABOUT SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE. BUT, THE PLANNING PROCESS FOR CANADA DAY, PERIOD, IS QUITE LONG AND STRENUOUS. WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT SOME PRETTY TIGHT TIMELINES WHEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT PLANNING AN EVENT THAT BIG. WE DEFINITELY NEEDED THE FULL YEAR TO PLAN CANADA 150.” “CURRENTLY, THE ONLY SPECIAL EVENT THAT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE REALLY HOSTS, AS A CORPORATION, IS THE CANADA DAY EVENT. WE RELY ON OUR COMMUNITY GROUPS TO DO MOST OF OUR OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS." ON THE EVENTS PLANNED, HARASEM RECALLED, “IN ALL HONESTY, FOR THE CANADA DAY ACTIVITIES ITSELF, THOUGH I’M ON THE COMMITTEE, I’M NOT AS INVOLVED WITH THAT AS OTHER THINGS THAT I OVERSAW THAT LASTED FROM JANUARY 1ST TO DECEMBER 31ST. SEEING JENNIE AND THE TEAM AND HOW MUCH THEY WORKED…THEY EVEN CHANGED THE LAYOUT AT HENDERSON LAKE THAT HAD BEEN THE SAME WAY FOREVER AND WE HAD TO GO TO SENIOR LEADERS OF THE CITY AND ASK FOR EXTRA MONEY BECAUSE THE BUDGET FOR CANADA DAY HASN’T CHANGED FOR TWELVE OR FIFTEEN YEARS. TO PUT ON SOMETHING THAT WE KNEW THE PUBLIC EXPECTED A LOT [FROM]…[WAS] MY BIGGEST ROLE WITH THE CANADA DAY. IT WAS A HUGE AMOUNT OF WORK AND IT WAS SO SUCCESSFUL, ESPECIALLY ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA SIDE. AT THE CITY, WE’RE USED TO SEEING A LOT OF NEGATIVE COMMENTS. OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM HAS SAID THAT THE MOST POSITIVE COMMENTS THEY’VE EVER HAD ON ANYTHING THAT THEY’VE EVER POSTED ON THEIR FACEBOOK WAS AFTER THE CANADA DAY. I THINK THAT THEIR TEAM, JENNIE’S TEAM, DID AMAZING AT MEETING THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE PUBLIC WHICH WERE VERY HIGH.” “I CAME IN [WITH THE COMMUNITY GROUPS ORGANIZING]. WE HAD A GRANT, ‘CANADA 150’. WE HAD EXTRA FUNDING INJECTED INTO OUR BUDGET FOR 2017 [AT] OUR REQUEST, SO THAT WE COULD HELP LOCAL GROUPS THAT WERE ALREADY DOING EVENTS TO THEME IT AROUND CANADA 150. NORMALLY, THE CITY’S RULES IS YOU CAN ONLY GET ONE GRANT FOR ANY EVENT, EVEN THOUGH THERE’S MULTIPLE GRANTS AVAILABLE. BUT, FOR CANADA 150, WE ALLOWED GROUPS TO GET THEIR NORMAL GRANT, AND WE ALLOWED THEM TO ASK FOR UP TO $750 EXTRA, AND THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO THEN THEME THEIR EVENT. WE DIDN’T CARE HOW THEY DID THAT. IF THEY WANTED TO USE $750 TO BUY RED AND WHITE CUPCAKES AND BALLOONS [THEY COULD]. WE HAD [AT THE] JAPANESE GARDEN A HUNDRED AND FIFTY JAPANESE DANCERS PERFORMING AND THEY BOUGHT SPECIAL RED MATCHING JACKETS WITH THE MONEY THEY GOT. IT WAS OUR WAY OF ENCOURAGING THE COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE CANADA 150 ALL YEAR-ROUND. BECAUSE ALL WE DO IS CANADA DAY, WE HAD TO FIND A WAY TO HELP THE COMMUNITY CELEBRATE CANADA 150 AND TO PUT IT IN THE PUBLIC’S EYES ALL YEAR-ROUND IN ANY WAY WE COULD. WE HAD A LOT OF GROUPS AND A LOT OF EVENTS. THERE WAS THIRTY-EIGHT EVENTS THAT RECEIVED FUNDING OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR, SO THERE WAS SOMETHING EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR.” “DURING 'PRETTY, WITTY AND GAY', WHICH IS AN EVENT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY PUTS ON IN FEBRUARY/MARCH, THEY USED THEIR FUNDING TO [HAVE] A BIG BULLETIN BOARD WHERE PEOPLE [COULD] WRITE DOWN THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE GAY IN CANADA. AND TO SHARE THEIR FEELINGS ON [BEING GAY IN CANADA] TO CONNECT BECAUSE, OBVIOUSLY, WE’RE A MORE OPEN-MINDED COUNTRY AROUND THAT THAN MOST OF THE WORLD. THAT, TO ME, WAS A REALLY UNIQUE WAY TO CELEBRATE CANADA’S 150TH.” “WE ALSO HAD A SMALL THEATRE GROUP COME TOGETHER, A COLLECTIVE THAT HAD NEVER EXISTED BEFORE. THEY PUT ON A VERY CONTROVERSIAL PLAY ABOUT FORMER PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER WHICH I WENT TO SEE AND IT WAS PRETTY SMALL. IT WASN’T THIS HUGE PLAY WHICH IS DONE IN CASA IN THE BLACK BOX [THE COMMUNITY ATB ROOM] BUT IT WAS FUNNY. IT WAS VERY CONTROVERSIAL AND WE DID PUT SOME MONEY BEHIND THAT.” “[THERE WAS] UPPER VICTORIA PARK NEIGHBOURS. I HAD SO MANY NEIGHBOUR DAYS. BUT WITH NEIGHBOUR DAY BEING A VERY POPULAR EVENT IN JUNE, AND WE’VE GOT MORE NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATIONS FORMING, WE REALLY ENCOURAGED THE NEIGHBOURHOODS TO APPLY FOR THE GRANT. MOST OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, AT THIS POINT, THEIR NEIGHBOUR DAY EVENTS ARE PRETTY SMALL, UNDER A HUNDRED PEOPLE. BUT IT’S THE PERFECT PLACE TO CELEBRATE CANADA DAY AND CELEBRATE YOUR NEIGHBOURS. OF COURSE, UPPER VICTORIA PARK IS THE ‘GO BIG OR GO HOME’ NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION FOR NEIGHBOUR DAY. IT’S EXCITING WHENEVER WE’RE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE THEME OF THE EVENT IN ANY WAY BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE FROM EVEN OUTSIDE LETHBRIDGE ATTEND THAT EVENT. WE’RE NOT JUST SUPPORTING THE MEMBERS OF UPPER VICTORIA PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION WHEN WE SUPPORT SOMETHING, SO IT WAS NEAT TO BE ABLE TO PUT SOME MONEY THERE.” “OF COURSE, WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL AT JAPANESE GARDEN IS A VERY NEW EVENT. THIS WAS ONLY ITS SECOND YEAR, EVER. THOUGH IT IS A TRADITIONAL, JAPANESE, CULTURAL WINTER EVENT, WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE THEM SOME FUNDING, TOO, BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY [HAD] THE FIRST EVENT IN 2017 BECAUSE THEY START IN EARLY DECEMBER AND GO TILL FEBRUARY. THEY WERE THE LAST EVENT, ‘CAUSE THEY WERE ON NEW YEAR’S EVE IN 2017. THAT FESTIVAL, THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF IT, KICKED OFF THE BEGINNING OF CANADA 150 AND ENDED CANADA 150 FOR US. IT WAS NEAT TO HAVE SUCH AN IMPORTANT CULTURAL GROUP AND ATTRACTION IN LETHBRIDGE…BE THE FOCUS OF THAT. THERE WERE EVENTS OF ALL SIZES. WE EVEN HAD THE DOGS THAT [ON] THE LAST DAY OF OPERATIONS [AT WESTMINSTER POOL] IS JUST FOR DOGS. EVEN THE HUMANE SOCIETY GOT MONEY TO [HAVE] DOG CANDIES THAT WERE RED AND WHITE…DOG TREATS DECORATED WITH RED AND WHITE BALLOONS AND RIBBONS. I WENT TO IT AND IT WAS HILARIOUS. THE DOGS [TOOK] OVER THE POOL AND THEY’RE SO HAPPY, IN CELEBRATION OF CANADA’S 150TH.” “WE ALSO HAD FREE SWIMMING AND SKATING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR THAT THE CITY SPONSORED AS A CELEBRATION. THAT WAS BECAUSE WE OBVIOUSLY WANT PEOPLE TO BE ACTIVE AND WE WANT PEOPLE TO USE OUR FACILITIES, AND WE KNOW THAT COSTS CAN BE A BARRIER. EVERY MONTH WE HAD AT LEAST ONE FREE SWIMMING WHERE THE FIRST HUNDRED AND FIFTY PEOPLE WERE FREE. IN THE SUMMER THAT INCLUDED BOTH OF THE OUTDOOR POOLS, HENDERSON AND WESTMINSTER. HENDERSON WAS REALLY POPULAR ‘CAUSE IT’S ONLY SECOND YEAR OF OPERATIONS…IT’S STILL [A] VERY POPULAR PLACE TO GO. THEN, WE HAD FREE SKATING AT ALL OUR ARENAS, INCLUDING THE NEW ATB CENTRE AND WE HAD THOSE AT LEAST [ONCE] A WEEK THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE YEAR. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN LETHBRIDGE GOT TO PARTICIPATE IN SWIMMING OR SKATING FOR FREE AS [PART OF THE] CELEBRATION. AT SOME OF THOSE, WE HANDED OUT LITTLE CANADA FLAGS OR CANADA TATTOOS OR HAD BALLOONS.” ON THE DONATION OF CANADA 150 MATERIALS TO THE MUSEUM, HARASEM NOTED, “I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT TO GO TO THE GALT BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WHEN WE FIRST REALIZED WE NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE THE 150TH, THE FIRST THING WE DID WAS LOOK BACK TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED AT THE 100TH AND WHAT WE HAD IN THE MUSEUM AND ELSEWHERE IN LETHBRIDGE FOR CELEBRATIONS THAT OCCURRED AT THAT TIME. [WE WERE LOOKING TO] SEE IF THERE WERE THINGS THAT WE COULD MIMIC OR SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. WE USED A LOT OF PHOTOS THROUGH OUR REC AND CULTURE GUIDE FOR THAT YEAR TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT, FIFTY YEARS AGO WAS THE BIG CENTENNIAL. WE THOUGHT THAT WHEN THE 200TH COMES, THAT PEOPLE WOULD PROBABLY BE WANTING TO LOOK BACK TO 2017 TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED.” SUDO ADDED, “I THINK CANADA’S SESQUICENTENNIAL [150TH ANNIVERSARY] WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER BECAUSE FIFTY YEARS IS A LONG TIME AND A LOT HAPPENS IN FIFTY YEARS. IT’S GREAT TO BE ABLE TO LOOK BACK AT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID FOR CANADA’S SESQUICENTENNIAL AND REMEMBER ALL OF THE HARD WORK, AND THE COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER AND SHOWING THEIR CANADIAN PRIDE.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180006007-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180006003
Acquisition Date
2018-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
"ALBERTA GAMES"
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20170011000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"ALBERTA GAMES"
Date
1981
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
180
Width
87
Description
FLAG WITH RED AND BLUE COLOUR BLOCK BACKGROUND; COLOURS DIVIDED IN CENTER BY WHITE 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES TORCH LOGO; FLAG HAS WHITE TEXT ALONG LOWER EDGE “ALBERTA GAMES”. FLAG HAS WHITE MACHINE STITCHING ALONG EDGES; LEFT EDGE HAS WHITE BORDER ALONG HOIST, WITH WHITE CORD EXTENDING FROM LOWER CORNER AND WOOD GROMMET ATTACHED TO UPPER CORNER WITH WHITE CORD. FRONT LEFT CORNER HAS TORN WHITE ADHESIVE LABEL, WITH BLACK INK REMNANTS ON LABEL. BACK IS REVERSE-PRINTED. BACK HAS WHITE TAG IN UPPER RIGHT CORNER WITH BLUE TEXT IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH “CANADIANA REG’D.; MISSISSAUGA, ONT.; 100% NYLON; MADE IN CANADA”. BACK UPPER RIGHT CORNER STAMPED IN BLACK INK “ALBERTA GAMES; 3-6”. FLAG IS CREASED AND DISCOLOURED FROM LIGHT DAMAGE; FLAG HAS MINOR THREAD FRAYING ALONG EDGES; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
SPORTS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
IN 2017, THE LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY DONATED A FLAG FROM THE 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES TO THE GALT MUSEUM. FROM AUGUST 6-8, 1981, LETHBRIDGE HOSTED THE ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, A PROVINCIAL COMPETITION FOR VARIOUS SPORTS AND AGES THAT INCLUDED TENNIS, HORSESHOES, BASEBALL, SOFTBALL, TRACK AND FIELD, ARCHERY, AND MORE. THE GAMES INCLUDED COMPETITIONS IN MUSIC AND THEATRE AND WERE OPEN TO PARTICIPANTS AGES 13 AND OLDER. IT IS PRESUMED THAT THE LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY COLLECTED THE FLAG FOR DISPLAY DURING THE 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES. THE LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTED VARIOUS PROGRAMS DURING THE 1981 GAMES INCLUDING A “COLLECTOR’S DAY”, THEATRE PRODUCTIONS, AND FILM SCREENINGS WITH TIES TO THEMES OF SPORTS AND COMPETITIONS. IN ADDITION TO THE 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, LETHBRIDGE HAS HOSTED THE 1971 CANADA WINTER GAMES AND THE 2012 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES ON THE LIBRARY AND ITS PROGRAMS DURING THE 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170011000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170011000
Acquisition Date
2017-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LGBTQ2S+ RAINBOW PRIDE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20190015001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LGBTQ2S+ RAINBOW PRIDE
Date
2018
Materials
POLYESTER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
27
Width
16
Description
HAND-HELD LGBTQ+ PRIDE FLAG ATTACHED TO BROWN PLASTIC POLE. FLAG IS POLYESTER WITH RAINBOW STRIPES, FROM TOP TO BOTTM: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE, FLAG IS SECURED TO POLE WITH WHITE STITCHED EDGE. TOP OF HAND-HELD POLE HAS A SPHERE WITH POINTED PYRAMID TIP ABOVE. OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ON JULY 11, 2019, CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT INTERVIEWED KIRSTAN SCHAMUHN FOR A GALT MUSEUM EXHIBIT, ‘INQUEERIES: 2SLGBTQ+ HISTORIES OF SOUTHWESTERN ALBERTA’, AND REGARDING SCHAMUHN’S DONATION OF PRIDE MATERIALS FROM LETHBRIDGE PRIDE. ‘INQUEERIES’ EXHIBITED 2SLGBTQ+ STORIES, OBJECTS, AND VOICES FROM SOUTHWESTERN ALBERTA, AND RAN FROM OCTOBER 12, 2019 TO FEBRUARY 9, 2020. ON THE LGBTQ2S+ PRIDE FLAG, SCHAMUHN RECALLED, “I GOT [THE FLAG] AT PRIDE 2018. I GOT [IT] BEFORE THE PARADE STARTED. I STARTED WALKING AROUND WITH MY FRIEND…THEY HAD [PRIDE] AT GALT GARDENS. AT GALT GARDENS IT WAS LOOKING LIKE IT WAS GONNA BE A BIT OF A RAINY DAY SO THEY SET VENDORS UP INSIDE UNDERNEATH THOSE COLUMNS AND PILLARS WITH THE OVERHANGS. THEY SET UP VENDORS IN THERE AND THEY HAD THESE NICE LITTLE TABLES AND I ACTUALLY GOT A LOT OF…PRIDE [MATERIALS] LAST YEAR AND THESE ARE TWO OF THE THINGS THAT I PICKED UP. THEY WERE GIVING OUT THE FLAGS FOR FREE AND I BOUGHT THE PIN…IT WAS BECAUSE, AS I WAS STARTING TO WALK AROUND, AND I SAW PEOPLE WHO WERE DRESSED UP FOR PRIDE, AND I SAW THEIR ENTHUSIASM, THAT WAS WHAT REALLY GOT TO ME; HOW ENTHUSIASTIC THEY WERE ABOUT BEING THERE AT PRIDE AND BEING A PART OF PRIDE AND SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT AND BEING ABLE TO, MORE OVERTLY AND VISIBLY, IDENTIFY AND BE THERE AND BE WELCOMED AND ACCEPTED…IT WAS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MYSELF AT PRIDE.” “THE FLAG I PICKED UP BECAUSE THEY WERE GIVING THEM OUT FOR FREE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAD THE FLAG SO THEY WERE WAVING AT THE PRIDE PARADE. I GOT [IT] BECAUSE I WANTED TO HAVE A REMINDER OF THAT DAY AND WHAT IT MEANT TO ME TO BE THERE AT PRIDE AND TO BE PARTICIPATING EVEN AS A SPECTATOR AND TO BE…HOLDING THAT FLAG AND SAYING THAT, “YEAH, I’M HERE. I’M HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE AND IT FEELS GOOD TO BE HERE.”” “[THE FLAG] MEANT QUITE A LOT TO ME COMING OUT OF PRIDE…[AFTER PRIDE I HAD MORE COURAGE] TO COME OUT TO MORE PEOPLE. I STARTED COMING OUT TO MY BOARD…MY EMPLOYERS. WE HAD ANOTHER GIRL WHO WAS OPENLY OUT WORKING FOR [MY WORKPLACE] THAT SUMMER [IN 2018] AND HER AND I TALKED AT LENGTH ON OUR BREAKS. WE WOULD TAKE OUR COFFEE BREAKS TOGETHER AND OUR LUNCH BREAKS TOGETHER AND WE’D JUST TALK ABOUT QUEER THEORY AND WE WOULD TALK ABOUT RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE AND WE WOULD TALK ABOUT HOW OUR FAMILIES FELT WHEN WE CAME OUT AND IT WAS, IN PART, THAT HAVING THAT PIN AND HAVING THAT FLAG WITH ME WHEN I WENT BACK [TO WORK] AFTER PRIDE…[THE FLAG] GAVE ME THE COURAGE ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS THAT I WOULD LOOK AT [IT] AND THINK THAT YES, I CAN BE HERE, THIS IS MY SPACE, TOO. I WAS ABLE TO GO IN AND TALK MORE WITH PEOPLE AND BE MORE OPEN WITH PEOPLE ABOUT HOW I IDENTIFIED AND WHO I WAS.” “MY DAD IS THE TYPE OF HOMOPHOBIC INDIVIDUAL WHOSE POLICY IS, ‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL’. HE HATES PRIDE. IF I BRING UP SUPPORTING PRIDE, WHEN A PRIDE COMMERCIAL COMES ON TV, IT TURNS INTO A FIGHT. HE DOESN’T THINK THAT QUEER PEOPLE SHOULD BE OUT AND SHOULD BE SHOWING PEOPLE WHAT THEY’RE DOING WHICH HAS LED TO NUMEROUS DISCUSSIONS ABOUT HOW HE THINKS THAT HOMOSEXUALITY IS OFFENSIVE TO PUBLICLY SEE…” “I BROUGHT THE PRIDE FLAG BACK [WHEN I WENT HOME TO WORK] AND WHEN I [MOVED] BACK TO LETHBRIDGE. I KEPT [THE FLAG] ON TOP OF A MUG IN MY ROOM BECAUSE IN THE MUG I KEEP ALL THE MONEY THAT MY DAD GIVES ME FOR MY BIRTHDAY OR FOR CHRISTMAS [IN THE MUG]. I THOUGHT THAT HAVING THE PRIDE FLAG ON TOP OF [THE MUG] WAS AN ACT OF DEFIANCE IN AND OF ITSELF; THAT, THIS IS [TIED TO] MY HOMOPHOBIC FATHER AND THIS IS WHAT I THINK OF YOUR HOMOPHOBIA.” “THE OTHER PART [TO THAT SYMBOLIC ACTION STARTED] IN HIGH SCHOOL, MY DAD AND I HAD GOTTEN INTO AN ARGUMENT ON [A] DRIVE HOME ONE DAY BECAUSE MY SISTER HAD STARTED DATING A GUY WHO HAD A LOT OF TATTOOS AND WAS VERY INTO TATTOOS. MY SISTER HAS ALWAYS BEEN…INTERESTED IN TATTOOS AND MY DAD IS NOT. HIS THOUGHTS ARE KIND OF, “THIS IS NOT WHAT GOD INTENDED FOR OUR BODIES. YOU SHOULD NOT MARK IT UP. WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO MARK THEIR BODIES AND HAVE THAT THERE FOREVER AND IT JUST LOOKS SO UGLY…” AS I’VE GOTTEN OLDER, I’VE GOTTEN FOUR TATTOOS MYSELF AND, FOR EACH ONE, I’VE USED, EITHER IN PART OR IN WHOLE, THE MONEY FROM MY DAD FROM MY BIRTHDAY AND CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO PAY FOR THOSE TATTOOS SIMPLY BECAUSE I THINK THAT THAT MIGHT VERY WELL BE THE PETTIEST THING THAT I CAN DO WITH MY LIFE AND ALSO BECAUSE IT’S A BIT OF AN ACT OF RECOGNITION ON MY PART THAT ALL MY TATTOOS ARE DEEPLY PERSONAL. THEY ALL REFLECT MOMENTS IN MY LIFE WHERE I’VE HAD SOME [MAJOR] SHIFTS IN THOUGHT OR VERY PERSONAL MOMENTS…MOST OF THE TIME [THE MOMENTS DEAL] WITH THINGS THAT MY DAD DOESN’T OPENLY TALK ABOUT OR SHOW HIS SUPPORT FOR; THINGS LIKE PRIDE AND BEING QUEER, MENTAL HEALTH, AND RECOGNIZING AND DESTIGMATIZING MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS. FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO TAKE THE GIFT FROM MY DAD AND PUT IT TOWARDS SOMETHING THAT IS DEEPLY PERSONAL TO ME AND THAT REFLECTS ON SOME OF THE PAIN AND THE HURT THAT CAN BE CAUSED BY THINGS LIKE STIGMATIZING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND BEING HOMOPHOBIC…TO TAKE THAT GIFT AND PUT IT TOWARD MY SUPPORTING MY OWN IDENTITY AND JUST REALLY HELPING MYSELF ALONG THROUGH…THINGS THAT I’VE ALWAYS STRUGGLED WITH AS A CHILD? THAT HAS BEEN PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE AND MY FRIENDS…THEY ALL FIND IT HILARIOUS THAT I’VE GOT THE MUG WITH MONEY IN IT FROM MY HOMOPHOBIC, ANTI-TATTOO FATHER WITH THE PRIDE FLAG OVER IT THAT GETS TAKEN OUT ONLY WHEN I WANT TO GO GET A TATTOO.” ON HER ORIENTATIONS, SCHAMUHN SHARED, “[MY GENDER ORIENTATION] IS VISIBLE BECAUSE I’M CIS-GENDER. I’M A CIS-WOMAN SO EVERYTHING THAT I DO, EVERY WAY THAT I DRESS, EVERY WAY THAT I LOOK IS VERY VISIBLY, “YEAH, THAT’S A WOMAN. THAT’S A GIRL, RIGHT THERE.” IN TERMS OF MY SEXUAL ORIENTATION, I DON’T REALLY DO MUCH THAT SCREAMS, “I’M PANSEXUAL,” BECAUSE I DON’T REALLY THINK THAT THERE’S A WAY TO OPENLY SCREAM, “I’M PANSEXUAL”…” SCHAMUHN ELABORATED ON HER IDENTITY AS PANSEXUAL AND BEING OPENLY OUT, NOTING, “IT REALLY HAS MEANT, FOR ME, JUST KNOWING WHO I AM. THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT I STRUGGLED WITH WHEN I WAS A VERY YOUNG TEENAGER…TRYING TO FIND A SENSE OF IDENTITY. TO KNOW THAT I’M QUEER, TO KNOW THAT I’M PANSEXUAL, TO KNOW AND ACCEPT THAT I’M ATTRACTED TO WHOM I’M ATTRACTED TO AND THAT IT’S FINE, THAT, TO ME, HAS JUST BEEN A SENSE THAT IT’S HEIGHTENED AND STRENGTHENED MY OWN IDENTITY THAT I CAN DIP INTO. KNOWING WHO I AM NOW, TO GET COURAGE TO GO OUT AND DO THINGS THAT SHOW WHO I AM…BEING QUEER HAS MEANT A LOT TO ME, IN THAT REGARD.” “I AM PRETTY NEW TO VISIBLY BEING OUT WITH PEOPLE IN LETHBRIDGE AND, AS A RESULT OF PRIDE, HAVE STARTED TAKING MORE ACTION, AS MUCH AS I CAN, TO SUPPORT QUEER COMMUNITIES…I HAVEN’T, I DON’T THINK, HAD TO DEAL WITH SOME OF THE HOMOPHOBIA IN THE COMMUNITY OR SOME OF THE CONSERVATISM IN THE COMMUNITY. I THINK THAT, IN TERMS OF THE LETHBRIDGE QUEER COMMUNITY, MY TIES TO IT ARE BEING A PERSON WHO IS VERY MUCH ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF IT AND WOULD LIKE TO BE LESS ON THOSE OUTSKIRTS OF IT AT THIS POINT IN TIME.” “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT IS IN MOST CITIES WITH UNIVERSITIES, BUT I WOULD SAY THAT THE ONLY DIFFERENCE THAT I WOULD ADD THERE IS THAT BEING QUEER IN LETHBRIDGE HAS MEANT THAT I’VE HAD A LOT MORE KNOWLEDGE. [COMING] OUT OF MY UNIVERSITY DEGREE AND BEING ON CAMPUS HAS LENT ME…MORE KNOWLEDGE THAT I’M VERY GRATEFUL FOR; [THAT] I CAN DRAW SOME MORE ON MY OWN IDENTITY FROM THAT KNOWLEDGE…BEING QUEER IN LETHBRIDGE HAS GIVEN ME THE MOTIVATION TO CHECK OUT BEING QUEER IN MORE PLACES; TO CHECK OUT QUEER HISTORIES AND TO REALLY, JUST LEARN AS MUCH AS I CAN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF QUEER COMMUNITIES AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY’VE GROWN FROM AND WHERE THEY’RE GROWING TO AND THAT WAY, WHEN I LEAVE LETHBRIDGE, I KNOW THAT I CAN GO INTO OTHER COMMUNITIES AND DO MY BEST TO CONTINUE PURSUING THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT THAT THEY WANT TO SEE…I DON’T KNOW HOW IT IS IN PLACES LIKE CALGARY OR EDMONTON, AS WELL WITH OTHER STRONG UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS…WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE BUT I KNOW THAT BEING QUEER IN LETHBRIDGE HAS MEANT THAT TO ME; JUST KNOWLEDGE, IN GENERAL.” ON LETHBRIDGE AS A CITY TO BE QUEER IN, SCHAMUHN SHARED, “I THINK THAT LETHBRIDGE IS AN INTERESTING PLACE TO BE QUEER. I THINK THAT BECAUSE IT’S IN ALBERTA AND BECAUSE IT’S IN THE SOUTH OF ALBERTA…AND ALSO IT’S IN THE BIBLE BELT...IT’S AN INTERESTING PLACE, I THINK, TO BE QUEER AND TO BE VISIBLY QUEER BUT I ALSO THINK IT’S A GOOD PLACE TO BE QUEER BECAUSE YOU DO, I THINK, HAVE A STRONG COMMUNITY. FROM JUST WHAT I’VE HEARD AND WHAT PEOPLE’S PERCEPTIONS HAVE BEEN, IT DOES SEEM LIKE IT’S A STRONG COMMUNITY…AND IT’S GOT THE UNIVERSITY. IT’S A BIG UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE TOWN SO I THINK THAT THERE’S MORE [LGBTQ2S+] AWARENESS BECAUSE OF THAT.” “I THINK THAT [THE QUEER COMMUNITY IS] VERY ENCOURAGING TO SEE AND I THINK THAT IT GIVES A LOT OF HOPE AND INSPIRATION TO YOUTH WHO ARE COMING UP FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND COMING UP FROM JUNIOR HIGH AND I’M VERY ENTHUSIASTIC AND EXCITED TO SEE [THE ‘INQUEERIES’] EXHIBIT AND TO BE A PART OF IT BECAUSE I THINK THAT MORE VOICES NEED TO BE HEARD FOR THOSE YOUTH TO REALLY FIND THEIR OWN VOICES AND TO FIND THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING OF WHO THEY ARE. FIND THEIR OWN IDENTITIES AND FIND THE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED TO GET THAT COURAGE; TO STAND UP AND BE PROUD OF WHO THEY ARE.” “VISIBLY, I HAVEN’T NOTICED GROWTH OR CHANGES [IN THE LETHBRIDGE QUEER COMMUNITY] BECAUSE I’M NOT A PART OF THOSE COMMUNITIES, REALLY. I HAVEN’T BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THEM SO I CAN’T SAY IF THEY’VE GROWN NOR IF THEY’VE SHRUNK. I THINK THAT…ONE THING THAT HAS GROWN HAS BEEN STUDENT VOICES IN TERMS OF GETTING INVOLVED AND SAYING, “LISTEN, WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION.” STUDENTS ARE GETTING MORE INVOLVED AND THAT’S FROM CHECKING OUT MEDIA COVERAGE AND EVEN DRIVING BY AND CHECKING OUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN TERMS OF PROTESTS. I NOTICED THAT A LOT OF YOUTH ARE GETTING INVOLVED; A LOT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, EVEN AS FAR DOWN AS JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS. I NOTICED PARENTS GETTING THEIR YOUTH INVOLVED SO, EVEN AT PRIDE, THE AMOUNT OF FAMILIES THAT I SEE OUT THERE IS SO HEARTENING, BECAUSE YOU SEE KIDS WHO ARE FIVE YEARS OLD, SIX YEARS OLD, WHO ARE OUT THERE AND IT’S THEIR PARENTS SHOWING THEM THAT IT’S OKAY TO BE QUEER. IT’S OKAY, IT’S ACCEPTABLE, AND THIS IS A COMMUNITY THAT WILL SUPPORT YOU AND THAT YOU CAN ACCESS.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20190015001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190015001
Acquisition Date
2019-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
BANNER
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19960038002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BANNER
Date
1975
Materials
NYLON, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Length
592
Width
97
Description
WHITE NYLON FLAG HAS ON EACH END A RED MAPLE LEAF WITH A WHITE SNOWFLAKE IN THE MIDDLE WHICH ALSO ACTS AS THE STEM. READS ACROSS THE TOP IN RED CAPITAL LETTERS "JEUX CANADA GAMES". THE LINE BELOW READS IN BLUE CAPITALS "LETHBRIDGE". THEN IN YELLOW "SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUD". FINALLY THE BOTTOM LINE IN BLUE IS "1975 FEBRUARY 11-23 FEVRIER 1975". ON EITHER SIDE OF "LETHBRIDGE" ARE A SMALL RECTANGULAR SLIT, EDGES HAVE BEEN REINFORCED TO PROTECT FROM FRAYING. ALONG THE TOP ARE FIVE HOLES REINFORCED BY GOLD COLOURED ALUMINUM RINGS, ARE ALSO ONES IN THE BOTTOM CORNERS. ALONG THE TOP AND BOTTOM THE FLAG IS FOLDED OVER AND SEWN WITH A SPACE ALL THE WAY ALONG OPENING, THIS IS WHERE A YELLOW NYLON ROPE IS THREADED THROUGH. IT COMES OUT AT EACH CORNER AND HANGS. ON LEFT SIDE A WOOD STAKE IS PLACED THROUGH THE HOLES ON THE TOP AND BOTTOM. ON BACK OF TOP RIGHT CORNER IS A TAG THAT READS "CANADIANA REG'D MISSISSAUGA-ONT. FLAF NO. 07. NYLON. MADE IN CANADA". HAS NUMEROUS SMALL BLACK SPOTS ON MATERIAL.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SPORTS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
OWNER FOUND BANNER WHEN CLEANING OUT GARAGE IN 1995-1996, BELONGED TO PREVIOUS OWNERS.
Catalogue Number
P19960038002
Acquisition Date
1996-06
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, SHEET METAL
Catalogue Number
P19750120000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1930
Materials
WOOD, SHEET METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
7.6
Length
12.7
Width
51.0
Description
MARKED ON BACK "R. LIVINGSTON, SUPT., GALT MINE, LETH. ALTA". WOOD AROUND SIGN PAINTED GREEN AT ONE TIME. BACKGROUND OF SIGN PAINTED BLACK AT ONE TIME.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
Historical Association
COAL MINING
History
FROM FRONTIER, SASKATCHEWAN. SENT TO FRONTIER IN THE LATE '20'S OR DURING THE '30'S. THESE SIGNS WERE DISPLAYED ON SEVERAL GRAIN ELEVATOR CO. BLDGS IN THIS AREA WHERE EXCELLENT GRADE GALT COAL WAS SOLD IN LARGE QUANTITIES DURING THIS ERA. DONOR DROVE A TEAM OF HORESES 12 MILES TO HAUL COAL TO HIS FARM. SPECIAL BINS WERE BUILT NEAR THE ELEVATORS TO STORE COAL. COAL SHIPPED VIA C.P.R. BY BOXCAR FROM LETHBRIDGE. CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE. *NOTE* SIGN MISSING AS OF 2004 INVENTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19750120000
Acquisition Date
1975-07
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, SHEET METAL
Catalogue Number
P19770335000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1930
Materials
WOOD, SHEET METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
91.4
Length
151.1
Width
4.3
Description
SIGN SAYS "GALT BURNS ALL NIGHT COAL, FOR SALE HERE TAYLOR SIGN WORKS CALGARY". WOOD FRAME AROUND SIGN PAINTED GREEN AT ONE TIME. BACKGROUND OF SIGN PAINTED BLACK AT ONE TIME. WORDS AND SYMBOLS ARE PAINTED ON SIGN IN YELLOW, WHITE AND BLACK. PAINT IS BADLY CHIPPED AND SCRATCHED OFF AT THE FACE OF THE SIGN. HEAVILY WORN. FRAME UNSTABLE; MOULDING LOOSE; NAILS PROJECT THROUGH FRAME; TOP LEFT CORNER BADLY DAMAGED; 3 PUNCTURE HOLES IN SHEET METAL; NUMEROUS DENTS; PAINT CHIPPED, EXPOSING METAL BACKING.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
Historical Association
COAL MINING
Catalogue Number
P19770335000
Acquisition Date
1977-02
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19960010008
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.6
Length
45
Width
35.4
Description
WOOD SIGN, PAINTED ECRU WITH BLACK AND RED STENCILLED PRINT. READS IN LARGE BLOCK LETTERS "BELL SIGNAL 1 BELL STOP 2 BELLS DOWN 3 BELLS HOIST". NAIL HOLE IN EACH CORNER. WOOD IS DRY AND SPLIT, AND PAINT IS CHIPPING THROUGHOUT. DENT IN TOP SURFACE, NEAR UPPER EDGE OF SIGN.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
COAL MINING
History
FOUND BY DONOR IN A MINE ON HIS SUMMER PROPERTY IN THE BEAVER MINES AREA. MINE WAS ABANDONED AFTER WWII DUE TO LOW GRADE OF COAL. ITEM SALVAGED PRIOR TO DONOR'S RETIREMENT FROM U OF L (PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR) TO THE WEST COAST IN 1996.
Catalogue Number
P19960010008
Acquisition Date
1996-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
GALT COAL
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19990035171
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GALT COAL
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1940
Materials
PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.1
Length
65.5
Width
50.5
Description
RECTANGULAR. YELLOW BACKGROUND. AT THE TOP, PRINTED IN BLACK IS "WE RECOMMEND". BELOW THIS IN BLACK WITH A WIDE BLUE OUTLINE IS "ALBERTA'S HIGHEST GRADE DOMESTIC COAL". IN THE MIDDLE IS A BLACK GALT COAL LOGO WITH "GALT COAL" PRINTED IN FLUORESCENT ORANGE, AND "BURNS ALL NIGHT" IN BLACK. TO THE RIGHT OF THE LOGO, IN LARGE BLACK LETTERS IS "GALT". BELOW THIS IS "THE DEEP SEAM HARD COAL MINED BY" IN BLACK, AND "LETHBRIDGE COLLIERIES LTD." IN BLUE.
Subjects
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
COAL MINING
RETAIL TRADE
History
SEE P19990035001-GA FOR DONOR HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990035171
Acquisition Date
2000-07
Collection
Museum
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