Swimming Shenanigans & Ladies Allowed in Pool Hall

Our intrepid researcher has come across some old newspaper articles, one will make you chuckle and the other highlights the restrictions that women lived with not too long ago.

The first article I think we can all relate to as it refers to a group of men trying to find an outdoor pool to cool off in. With Grande Prairie’s outdoor pool having been shut down this summer there are some residents that can relate. The solution the men came up with was not the best. Both news clippings are taken from the front page of the Grande Prairie Herald August 10, 1939.

The story describes a gang of young men who over a few beers decide they need to go for a swim. Under the advisement of a group member they head off to a new, as yet unknown location. After cooling themselves for some time they were to learn that it was not a swimming hole…

 

I don’t know which I liked more the story or the authors flowery writing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd article is about Ladies being allowed into the new pool hall. I wonder what women would do today of they were told they were not allowed to enter a building, it was for men only?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Cemeteries Walking Tour

Join SPRA on Sunday July 14, 2013 from 1:30-4pm for a guided walk through five cemeteries in the Wembley-LaGlace corridor. Discover the rich and interesting history of the area through the lives and stories of its people.

Call 780-830-5105 to register and get directions (limit of 20 participants). Please bring your own vehicle and dress for walking and the weather.

Presented in cooperation with members of Lake Saskatoon and Scenic Heights communities.

Photo: Tour participants listening intently to archivist Leslie Gordon

 

Celebrating 100 years of incorporation

Did you know that the City of Grande Prairie is celebrating 100 years of incorporation in 2014?

In preparation, South Peace Regional Archives is seeking photographs of downtown buildings and records of businesses, past and present, which have operated in the City.

If you have any questions or material to contribute, please contact Mary Nutting at 780-830-5105 or spra@telus.net.

Help promote this initiative by putting up a poster!

Historic Cemeteries Walking Tour

Sunday June 9th, 2013

Time: 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Join SPRA for a guided walk through five cemeteries in the Wembley-LaGlace corridor. Discover the rich and interesting history of the area through the lives and stories of its people.

Call 780-830-5105 to register and get directions (limit of 20 participants). Please bring your own vehicle and dress for walking and the weather.

Photo: participants listening intently to SPRA Archivist Leslie Pearson, 2012