The Frank Slide on Canadian Snapshots

Seventy-seven years ago today, radio listeners across Canada were entertained by the story of the Frank Slide on CBC program Canadian Snapshots. No known copies of the recording exist today, but Crowsnest Pass photographer Vic Bergman has found a postcard promoting the program. The postcard itself is an interesting piece of Crowsnest Pass history. The background is a cropped photo taken by well-known Crowsnest Pass photographer Thomas Gushul, which has been manipulated to add an image of the two radio reporters over top the original photo. Check out Vic's blog post discussing the original CBC program and the postcard used to promote it.

Collections of the Pass: Organizing Badges

Today at the Crowsnest Museum I could be found armed with a needle and thread. Fabric based collections are a large part of our collections, and I'll share more about clothing and hats in another post: for not I want to talk about my efforts organising the many military badges in the collection. These badges are made of canvas or felt, most are smaller than the palm of your hand. We also have a lot of them! Here's the batch I processed today: As I mentioned in an earlier post, every object in our collection gets its own, unique ID number, and this number needs to be put on the object in some way. Embroidered badges have their own challenges. These numbers can't be permanent (they have to be

Collections of the Pass: Mystery Artefacts

It's been an interesting week here in collections at the Crowsnest Museum. I've been going through boxes of artefacts to enter them into our digital database, clean them, and take photos. Through the course of my explorations, I've come across some interesting objects! Can you guess what these were used for? Object 1: This round, wooden object has three parts: two 'C' shaped pieces on either side, and a round, two sided screw that holds these two pieces together. Using this screw, the space between the two wooden pieces can be increased or decreased. Object 2: An iron item, consisting of two, curved prongs attached at one end by a round pivot. Object 3: This metal object is a bit more compli

Collections of the Pass: Silk Postcards

During the First World War is was common for soldiers to send home hand embroidered silk postcards. A piece of silk was embroidered with colourful thread and fastened to a framing piece of paper. These postcards were especially popular among British soldiers who would send them home to loved ones. These beautiful postcards are from the White Radford family album. Click on the photos to take a closer look, and if you want to read more about silk postcards, check out this article on Silk Embroidered Postcards from the Imperial War Museums. #Collections

Collections of the Pass: Introduction

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at the Crowsnest Museum? We're introducing a new feature to our blog exploring the collections side of the museum. Responsible for this new feature is a new face: that's me, Alex Weller. I've been hired on a six month contract to help catalogue and organise a portion of the museum's large collection. I was born and raised in Invermere B.C., but I have family ties to Coleman. My great grandmother came here from Poland with her family around 1905, and I still have relatives living here. Museums have a reputation for cramming dusty old things on dusty old shelves, and there's some truth to that. The museum definitely has its share of old things! My goa

Collections of the Pass: Numbering Chaos

I should have known I was in trouble when the first two objects I picked up didn't have a number on them. The first was a typewriter; a big, heavy thing that screams 1970s office culture. The second was a black, plastic rotary telephone. I turned each object over (which was harder for the typewriter – that thing is heavy), trying to guess where the number might be that identified where exactly these thing belonged. I can't understate the importance of numbers to my job, and I'm not even a mathematician. Every item in the museum's collection gets assigned its own identification number (we call them accession numbers). Think of it as a barcode that connects an object on the shelves with paper

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