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Jewels of the Bow

So many mysterious objects in our collection; what to do? With the help of a grant from The Calgary Foundation, the hard work of our collection manager Amanda Sittrop, and a legion of volunteers providing background information, Deep Research into our collection has resulted in the exhibition “Jewels of the Bow”.

You can do a virtual visit online; or, better yet, you can come into the museum to see all of these objects now on display.

CMAGScsi 11 - Advertising Mould

Deep Research Case 11: Advertising Mould

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

This Canmore Coal Briquette Advertising mould is made of blue plastic, with a grey cloth material on the back. Briquettes were made using fine coal pieces mixed with the adhesive bitumen, also known as asphalt. They were then pressed into rounded squares. Did you ever see advertisements for Canmore briquettes? Did you work in the plant where they were made? Visit the Museum and tell us your story.

CMAGScsi 10 - Shoe Last

Deep Research Case 10: Shoe Last

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

Fred Kazimer was born in Romania in 1884 and came to Canmore in 1906. He was a driver for the Canmore Mines as well as a local shoe mason. His tools are pictured. He moved to Tawatinaw to homestead around 1910 but moved back to Canmore around 1920. He operated his business out of his home, which was once located where the BMO building complex is now. Do you remember Fred? Please call the Museum and tell us your story. Read more

CMAGScsi 9 - Grotto Store sign

Deep Research Case 9: The Grotto

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

“The Grotto” sign was donated to the Museum in 2009. At the time of the donation, we were told that The Grotto was a gift store on Main Street that started as a Fish ‘n’ Chips restaurant, then became The Grotto, followed by The Robin’s Roost and is now where The Avens Galley occupies. Did you shop at The Grotto? Did you know the owners? Please call the Museum and tell us your story.

 

CMAGScsi 8 - Petitpoint

Deep Research Case 8: Petitpoint

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

This pink rose with green leaves is a type of fine needlework called petitpoint. It was made popular in the 1600s in France by the wife of Louis XIV. Saint Cyr stitch, also known as Basketweave stitch, was named after the school in France where young girls learned petitpoint. Did you do this type of needlework in the 1940s, 50s or 60s? Where could you buy your patterns? Please call the Museum and tell us your story.

Deep Research Case 7: Skirt Suit

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

This patent leather suit was donated by a volunteer of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games that took place in Canmore. The volunteer traded her Canadian volunteer outfit for this Norwegian one. Were you a volunteer at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games? Did you have experiences with other nations participating in the Games? What did your uniform look like and what type of volunteering did you do? Please call the Museum and make an appointment to tell us your story.

CMAGScsi 6 - Birdhouse

Deep Research Case 6: Birdhouse

This log cabin-style birdhouse has a gabled roof with shingles, a framed window on both sides, and double-door entry in front. Although well-known birdhouse maker
The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

Andy Shellian did make over 1,500 birdhouses in his lifetime, he did not make this one. Do you know who the mysterious craftsman is? If so, please call the museum and let us know.

CMAGScsi 5 - Camp Coffee

Deep Research Case 5: Camp Coffee

Camp Coffee was developed in 1876 for Scottish Highlander soldiers on campaign in the Sudan who really wanted a cup of coffee. Made with chicory, the coffee substitute was mixed with warm milk and ready to go. It’s still developed in Scotland today and sold throughout the world. Did your parents or grandparents have a bottle of this in their cupboard?

CMAGScsi 4- Mountview Video Sign - Corrected

Deep Research Case 4: Mountainview Video Sign

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

Mountview Video Plus started out as the Mountview Supermarket in the 1970s, owned and operated by Roy and Virginia Bray. Mountview became a video store in the 1980s and today is replaced by Elevation Gallery on Main Street. Do you remember the Supermarket? How about the squeaky saloon doors to the “secret” room in the back of the video store?