Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love in the Archives

In honour of Valentine’s Day, this blog post features some archival material about love and Valentine’s Day. When it comes to love and archives, we often think of love letters or diary entries, but our archives does not currently have such materials in its holdings.  However, we did find some interesting material on love.

Valentine’s Cards

These Valentines cards were circulated in Saskatchewan and date to the 1930s.


Unwanted Love
This prayer card expresses a woman’s unhappiness in a new marriage.

Back of Prayer card - Mary Callihoo fonds, 1985.48.05

Front of Prayer card  - Mary Callihoo fonds, 1985.48.05

In the early 1900s, dating was more frequently referred to as courting, and it seems to have involved a ride in a horse drawn carriage.

George Loiselle and Bernadette Hébert courting, 1908, 2003.01.1583
Wedding Fashion
The Musée Héritage Museum Archives holds numerous wedding photographs from early families in St. Albert.

Unidentified couple, 1800s, 2011.03


George Loiselle and Bernadette Hébert wedding, Oct. 12, 1909, 2003.01.1582

Philippe Sevigny and Lillie Morasse wedding, 1912, 2003.01.1652  
William Soetaert and Florence Durocher wedding, Dec. 27, 1938, 2003.01.1450
Sommers' wedding, June 25, 1943, 2003.01.1239

Friday, February 10, 2012

Slavic Exhibit Opens February 14

Last year, the Musée Héritage Museum began doing research on Eastern European immigration into St. Albert since we had little information on the topic.  We had a researcher, Michal Mlynarz, approach various members of the St. Albert community to gather information about this aspect of our history.  From the research findings, we have created the Slavic Exhibit which opens on February 14.  The exhibit features stories from Russian, Ukrainian and Polish immigrants and covers varied topics such as hand-crafted items, religion, local businesses, political movements and war.

If you are interested in immigration, Eastern European history or Western Canadian history, you don't want to miss this exhibit! 

Here is a sneak peak into some of the items which will be on display...

The Bruin Inn sign waiting to be hung on the wall for the exhibit

Brother Antony Kowalczyk, OMI section

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Update on the St. Albert Historical Society Photographs

The archives has been working at having over 1000 photographs donated by the St. Albert Historical Society available for viewing online.  We are excited that we will have these photographs up in March.

While working on the St. Albert Historical Society's photographs, we found that there are four photographs with a backdrop and the same car. Each image has different families or friends in the car.  On the back of one of the photos someone wrote "Picture taken at Exhibition".  We are curious to know at what exhibition these photographs were taken.

Below are the photographs from the St. Albert Historical Society fonds with the similar backdrop as well as information about each image. Enjoy! 

Laura, Joseph, Pete and Yvonne Delisle, ca. 1917. 2003.01Delisles

 Brenneis and Kluthes in car, 1916 - 1917.  2003.01.992

Matilda Dalton and friends, 1910s - 1920s. 2003.01.1684

Tena Perron, Alex Perron, Chick Harnois, Mrs. Harnois and others, 1910s - 1920s. 2003.01.1732