Thursday, 26 May 2011
There's also very few aspects of life that can't be enhanced by a better understanding of history. As I've said before, people who say they don't like history probably don't really understand what history is or were poorly taught history.
So when I was asked to provide some research and information for the official Bid Selection Tour in the quest for Lethbridge to be awarded the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, I was honoured.
The Sports Bid Committee has chosen as its slogan The Past is our Foundation; The Future is Ours! Lethbridge 2015! and is using information related to Lethbridge's sports past as part of the tour.
So in anticipation of the Big Selection Tour on Monday, May 30, I thought I'd share a few fun facts about Lethbridge's sports history. And I hope to see many of you during the tour on the morning of Monday, May 30th! Community support, enthusiasm and energy is essential! You can find out more from the Lethbridge Sports Council -- http://www.lethbridgesportcouncil.ca/.
Some Lethbridge Sports History
Lethbridge's first baseball game was played in December 1885. It was a warm winter.
In January 1906 a baseball game was played on The Square (now Galt Gardens) between Lethbridge and Calgary. Lethbridge won 13 to 1 that day. That was another very warm winter.
On May 15, 1919, H.A. McKillip, at the Henderson Golf Course, scored one of the first holes in one reported in North America.
The Lethbridge Maple Leafs, representing Canada, won the World Amateur Hockey Championship in 1951.
Lethbridge worked with thirteen surrounding communities to plan and deliver the 1975 Canada Winter Games of 1975. Not surprisingly the games slogan was “Unity Through Sport."
Some events held at Henderson Lake since its construction 100 years ago have been: canoe capsizing events, canoe racing, rowing boat races, swimming competitions, and greasy pole contests.
The first curling club in Alberta was started in Lethbridge.
In the early 1960s Lethbridge had a ski hill -- on the west side of the river valley in the coulees below the Galt #8 mine. It only lasted two seasons because the chinook winds won out.
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
At this time, artists are invited to submit a piece of their artwork for consideration in the exhibit. Submissions must be received by September 2, 2011. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
A grade 2 student on a tour for the Then and Now program in the hands-on part of the program.
Kevin, Collections Manager, interviewing a potential donor.
Jim, who can usually be found scanning photographs in the Archives, heading off for lunch.
Tom, a volunteer, working down in the Collections area.
Members of the Galt Museum & Archives board at their monthly meeting.
Barb, an Archives volunteer, cataloguing donations and working on library integration.
Staff and volunteers enjoying the morning coffee break in the beautiful viewing gallery.
Lara, front desk attendant, organizing items at the front desk.
Brian, custodian extraordinaire, getting the Galt ready for its long day (but taking time out to get his picture taken).
Grade 5 students, on a tour to learn about immigration to southern Alberta, mesmerized by the black bear in the exhibit.
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Every time I look at the painting I see even more details that I find interesting. And I can't wait to show the painting to all of the students and people who come to visit over the next few months. Because I'm certain they, like me, will be enthralled with this incredible painting.
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
In late March, the Galt Museum & Archives began to gather ideas for future exhibits and programs from the community. Several people have responded with suggestions such as:
- The historic women acknowledged in Legacy Ridge
- Mayor Charles Magrath
- Southminster Church which will celebrate its Centennial in 2014
- 1918 Regional Agricultural Fair held to provide relief from the stresses of the 1st World War
- Indepth history of where aboriginal peoples lived and travelled in this area
- The oldest Ambulance service in North America - Lethbridge EMS
- Telling the stories of smaller communities around Lethbridge
- Living in the river bottom
- stories you feel are of significance to southwestern Alberta
- upcoming special anniversaries for organizations, businesses, events, buildings
- social, economic, political, humanitarian, environmental concerns or events that are important to you.
Friday, 6 May 2011
Monday, 2 May 2011
The most recent installment asked people to identify where and what one of our archival photos was about. It showed the Dedication ceremony for the Lady of Lourdes Grotto on October 23, 1955.
The number of entries depends on the nature of the artifact or photo featured, and yhis time 4 correct entries were received. It seems that the randomly selected winner, Tony Bouw, was actually involved with the building of the object in question, and has provided this background:
I have some more information for you on Lourdes Farm and the Shrine.
Lourdes Farm was owned and operated by the "Brothers of Lourdes" from Holland (this is an organization and form of clergy belonging to the Roman Catholic Church similar to what the Catholic Nuns are). About five Brothers came from Holland where they own and operate Mental institutions and Orphanage homes,and they also do other charitable work.
In 1954 they purchased/owned a farm (named Lourdes Farm) about 2 KM east of "Steward Siding" along highway #4. The farm was purchased in late 1954 and about 5 brothers arrived from Holland shortly after. The plan was to develop an Orphanage on the farm. My parents were employed on the farm to do the farm work and they also lived there. The Grotto or Shrine as it was known was build by the Brothers in 1955, the Grotto/shrine was modelled after the shrine of Lourdes in France,it is believed that there,in 1858 the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous.
The Grotto the brothers build in 1955 was very simple in construction, the framework consisted of 2X4 lumber nailed together in all directions and pieces of lumber sticking out what would represent outcroppings of rock,the wooden frame was then draped with burlap dipped in a concrete slurry. A statue of the Virgin Mary was placed in an opening near the centre and top. The ground level centre had an indentation which contained a small altar and candle racks. A few benches with kneelers were located in front of the shrine and pilgrims could attend anytime, to worship and then light a candle.I can remember several religious ceremonies including the celebration of an outdoor mass being held at the shrine with many people attending.
The construction of the Grotto was simple and very economical and I am surprised for its durability as it was in remarkable good condition yet when it was torn down in about 2006.