Friday, 20 January 2012

Sports Memorabilia Spring 2012 - Starting January

In honour of the 80th Anniversary of the Kimberley Dynamiters hockey team, the Museum seasonal exhibit space is featuring memorabilia of some our citizens' significant sporting endeavors: hockey and curling, in particular.


On display - Dick Vincent's Jersey
A little frayed around the edges, this jersey was worn by Dick "The Bear" Vincent, right winger for the Dynamiters for 14 years.  He started with the Dynamiters in the 1961-62 season, the teams first year in the 'new' Civic Centre Arena.

 Dick Vincent started playing hockey in high school in Otterbutne, near Pine Falls, Manitoba. Next he went to Flin Flon, MB and Portland, Oregon, USA before coming to Kimberley. He and his wife, Alma, settled and raised their family; Dick was employed as a millwright with Cominco here in Kimberley and Alma was a substitute teacher.

March 8th 1975 at the Civic Centre Arena was an "Appreciation Nite" for Dick Vincent. Below are some excerpts from the souvenir programme handed out that night:

     "the WIHL highest scorer ever ... 800 points with 340 of them goals"

     "The burly right winger build is the recommended brick out-house on skates"

The souvenir programme goes on for 16 pages with accolades and exploits, to and of a great local hockey player.





On display - Canadian "Diamond D" curling champ, Ina Hansen's sweater
This is the sweater worn by Ina Hansen when she, along with Ada Callas, Isabel Leith, and May Shaw, as representatives of British Columbia, won the Canadian Diamond D Curling Championship in 1964.

The sweater, made by the White Ram Knitting Company of Calgary, Alberta, is as it was when acquired by the Museum, with Mrs. Hansen's personally collected pins from her many bonspiels and tournaments.

Here is a photo of her in this sweater, when the team were runner's up in 1963 (Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History).

Also on display in the Museum, is Mrs. Hansen's sweater from her win as Canadian Seniors Champion in 1973, along with Ada Calles and May Shaw, again, and Barbara Weir.

.... AND many more artifacts!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Class Photos Line the Hall - "The old facebook"

Artistic treatment of the - Class of '45 - on view at the Kimberley Heritage Museum

According to the movie, facebook was developed so college students could share things on line. Not that long ago, we had phones and things like this display at the Kimberley Heritage Museum.

Lining the halls between the top of the stairs and the Kimberley Library reading room are collages of ‘Class Photos’ spanning 22 years of high school graduating classes from McKim Junior/Senior High and Selkirk High Schools.

Many former students come to spend a good hour pouring over the collages, remembering this person and that person, and being amazed at how young they themselves looked. Perhaps you can spot your relative, or friend, or your parents’ friends whom you remember visiting when you were a child?

Details of the Display

Before 1958 and after Central School downtown closed, McKim Junior / Senior High was THE high school. After that, high school was held at the ‘high’ school – up the hill – Selkirk Secondary– where the last year of grade school is still held.

We have the grad class collages from 1939 to 1961;
Selkirk Secondary is the place to see the grad class photos from1962 to present.
We also display the Grade 8 class of 1932, and the Kimberley High School Class of 1933.

These photos are available for viewing anytime the Library is open, even if the Museum displays are not.


Selkirk High ca. 1967

Band at Expo ‘87


Selkirk High School annuals – 1958 to present

Do you have a Selkirk High School annual?  The Museum is seeking annuals from 1958 to the present day for our collection.  We currently have NO Selkirk annuals for the 1960s in particular.

Please drop by (105 Spokane St, Kimberley, BC – see openinghours to left), phone (250.427.7510), or email ( if you possibly have a donation.