Early days of firefighting in Calgary the subject of Lougheed House exhibit

The Lougheed House celebrates the historical bonds between Calgary and its fire brigade in a a new collaborative exhibition with the Firefighters Museum of Calgary.

The exhibit Pomp & Circumstance features 70 rarely seen artifacts dating from 1885 to 1939 including bugles, bicycles, trophies and uniforms presented both by the Lougheed House and Firefighters Museum of Calgary.

The exhibition will run until Jan. 29, Wednesday through Sunday each week, at the museum, which is at 707 13th Ave. S.W.

“Pomp & Circumstance brings to life how the fire brigade connected to our community in the early days. It also brings us full circle, as the Calgary Fire Brigade Band played at the Housewarming Ball at Lougheed House in 1892,” said Caroline Loewen, curator for the museum.

“We have quite a few of Cappy’s items,” Loewen said. Cappy was probably the best-known fire chief in the brigade’s history and his tenure, 1898 to 1933, is pretty much the scope of the exhibit,” she said.

Between 1885 to 1939, Calgary, being a young city, relied on its fire brigade to bring ceremony, drama, pride, and flair to every community event, both solemn and celebratory.

The fire brigade hung bright banners and ribbons for significant events, visiting dignitaries and civic parades. Calgary and its fraternity of firefighters were there for each other, in good times and bad.

The display at Lougheed House tells stories from the perspectives of the curator, a fireman’s daughter, and even Embers, the brigade’s mascot dog in the early days.

Admission to Lougheed House is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for youth and seniors, and $5 for children. Families can get in for $25.

Old firehouse : Photo on display of on display of an old photograph of the Calgary Fire Hall No. 1, decorated for visit of Duke and Duchess of York, Calgary, Alberta, September, 1901 Firefighters Museum of Calgary as part of a new collaborative exhibition between Lougheed House and the Firefighters Museum of Calgary. The exhibit Pomp & Circumstance features 70 rarely seen artifacts dating from 1885 to 1939 including bugles, bicycles, trophies and uniforms presented both by the Lougheed House and Firefighters Museum of Calgary. The exhibition runs from Oct. 27, 2016 to Jan. 29, 2017. (Photo given by curator Caroline Loewen/Lougheed House museum)

 

 

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