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BC Heritage Week 2021
February 15 - February 21Free
It’s BC Heritage Week! To celebrate we’ve put together a quiz of Cranbrook’s ‘firsts’ to test your knowledge of #Cranbrookheritage. Everyone who completes the quiz will be entered to win a beautiful, framed print of the Cranbrook St. Eugene Hospital generously donated by Dave Humphrey. The print has been framed with wood remaining from the hospital building after it was destroyed by fire in 2002. To earn bonus entries share this quiz on Facebook and Instagram and be sure to tag us @cbkhistorycentre.
“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today and we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration, our touchstone, our reference point, our identity.” UNESCO
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The building of the Hospital was started in 1900 on five acres of land donated by Colonel Baker. On February 6th, 1901, patients were transferred to this new building, together with a staff of six Sisters and their Mother Superior. Over the next 67 years the hospital buildings were expanded and housed hundreds of patients, many nurses and many doctors.
About the artist: Lloyd Gordon Burgess (1913-1988), was raised in Cranbrook and both his wife and her sister took their nurses’ training in the old building. Lloyd’s wife passed away in 1986 and he wanted to produce a print in her memory and to donate it to the nurses at their St. Eugene Nurses’ Reunion. Sadly Lloyd passed away before he was able to complete his pen and ink drawing. Lloyd’s son, Bryan Burgess, completed the original print and donated it to the nurses. This original print was handed over to the Green Home where it still hangs today. Bryan produced a limited run of prints from this original and this is one of those prints now reunited in a frame made with some of the original St. Eugene Hospital wooden timbers.
*You must be a resident of Canada to win.
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