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Mar2018AOM

Artefact: Curling Broom
Accession #: 99.12.01
Year: 1989

This curling broom was used at the 1989 Men’s World Curling Championships by Randy Ferbey. Curling originated in Scotland and was brought to Canada by Scottish immigrants. The sport began to grow in popularity after the first club was formed in 1807 in Montreal. Canada has excelled in the sport and constantly hosts many different curling championships.

Leduc will be hosting three Canadian curling championships this month, including: the CCAA Curling Canada Championships March 24th -28th, the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships March 26th – 31st, and the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championships from March 29th – April 1st.

 

Feb2018AOM

 

Artefact: Speed Skates
Accession #: 95.63.05 A&B
Year: 1940s

These speed skates were worn by Betty McGhee in the 1940s. The goal of speed skating is to cover the most amount of distance in the least amount of time. The design of the skate helps the speed skaters accomplish that. The blade of the skate ranges from 38 to 45 cm in length and about 1.25mm thick. There is very little curve in the blade compared to hockey or figure skates which allows the skater to glide in long, straight lines.

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be held from February 9th -25th

Jan2018AOM

 

Artefact: Transistor Radio
Accession #: 80.02.235
Year: 1930s

On August 31st, 1920 the first radio news program was broadcast. Over the next 30 years radio broadcasting became more popular. Families would gather around the radio in the evening and listen to news, sports broadcasts, live music, and political addresses. Broadcasting was not only an important source of entertainment, it connected Canadians to the world outside of their homes, and helped them develop a sense of community.

This radio is a transistor radio which is a small portable radio that runs on transistor-based circuitry. Following their invention in 1954; they became one of the most popular communication devices in history. Their compact size changed the listening habits of people allowing them to constantly stay connected where ever they went.

Dec2017web

 

Artefact: Goalie Glove
Accession #: 2000.07.01 A & B
Year: 1930s

In the early 1900s, players began to wear hockey gloves that were made from leather and stuffed with animal hair for padding. Today, hockey gloves are more commonly made of synthetic leather. Goalies wear different styled gloves on each hand; on their stick hand, they wear a glove called the blocker which has the long pad on the back of their forearm, and on their free hand, they wear a catching glove shaped similar to a baseball glove which was designed to catch shots.

Nov2017

 

Artefact: Catcher Mitt
Accession #: 2017.22.40
Year: 1940s

This leather catcher mitt was used by the Army & Navy Pats from Edmonton, Alberta.  Baseball quickly grew in popularity in the early 1920s and 1930s. The major league teams began losing players to the war in 1943 and less people were attending games. A major league owner tried to maintain the interest of fans by establishing a separate league for women, leading to the development of the Army & Navy Pats women’s baseball team. Before the establishment of a professional women’s league, they mainly played at an amateur level for universities and local sports days.

OctAOMweb

 

Artefact: Snowshoes
Accession #:  93.54.01a & b
Year: 1910s - 1920s

This style of snowshoes are from 1910.  They were originally trimmed with small red pom-poms. The frames on snowshoes were usually made from durable ash wood and the lacing was made from deer, caribou and moose hide. The toe and tail section were placed in a cross pattern with light babiche, a string material made from rawhide. The central body of the shoe was made with a thicker babiche to support heavy weight suspension.