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1996 World Figure Skating Championships

  • AR-MS-684
  • Pessoa coletiva
  • 1994 - 1996

With a television audience of an estimated 177 million viewers, the 1996 World Figure Skating Championships was the largest international sporting event held in Edmonton since at least the 1978 Commonwealth Games. In addition to the approximately 220 athletes and 600-700 international media, the local organising committee expected that there would be 15-20,000 visitors to Edmonton during the week of March 17 to 24, with an economic spin-off of approximately $50 million.|The effort to bring the World Championships to Edmonton began soon after Halifax hosted the 1990 World Championships, when local skating supporters proposed to the Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA) that Edmonton be the next Canadian city to host the event. Once the Edmonton organising committee, a voluntary body chaired by Don Sprague, won the endorsement of the CFSA, it was only a matter of time before the city would host the World Championships. Nevertheless, it was still up to the International Skating Union (ISU) to decide when Canada would be next in the rotation. Though the Edmonton committee bid for the 1994 and 1995 Worlds, it was really interested in 1996: it was a non-Olympic year, but skaters were beginning to gear up for the next Olympics. Because Edmonton had been selected to host the 1994 Canadian Championships in anticipation of hosting the worlds, it was no real surprise when, in 1993, the ISU finally announced that the city would host the 1996 World Figure Skating Championships. The CFSA and the ISU saw the Canadian championships as an opportunity for the city and the organising committee to test their plans, work out the bugs, and identify potential problems and opportunities.|Following the 1994 Olympics, the popularity of international figure skating had skyrocketed to the extent that the scale of the World Championships was to far exceed what the Edmonton committee or the CFSA expected when they began the bid process for the event in 1990. Therefore, the local organising committee had little precedent to guide their planning. Building on their experience with the 1994 Canadian Championships, the local organising committee designed the event as a huge festival to showcase both skating and the city. The demand for tickets was phenomenal, with the main events selling out in 72 hours, a full year before the event. In order to keep up with this demand, the committee organised associated activities throughout the city, with the main focus of the events remaining downtown and at Northlands. The skating competition added to the excitement. Canadian Elvis Stojko was heavily favoured to win the men's championship on home-soil, and the women's event still had a tint of scandal associated with it. Once the championships ended, Edmonton had set attendance records for the worlds and was widely credited with staging excellent World Championships.

McSween, Wallace

  • AR-MS-689
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1922 - 1966

Wallace McSween (1922-1996) caught the performance bug when he was 14. He was asked to perform a solo in a piping concert in his hometown of Drumheller, and though he has nervous, he found that he loved the audience's reaction to his work. In May 1939, he moved to Calgary and joined the Calgary Highlanders as a piper for the militia band. During the Second World War, McSween served with the RCAF, flying 28 missions as a bomber pilot. Demobilized in 1945, he returned to school and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in 1950 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Laws in 1954, both from the University of Alberta. In addition to his studies, McSween began to reengage with his love of performing by acting in the university's drama faculty productions. As a result, it was during his time at the U of A that McSween developed his passion for acting. However, McSween stuck with law following his graduation, and was called to the bar in 1955. Despite trying to balance his legal practice with performing in local amateur theatre, McSween abandoned law in 1966 to act professionally full time. Though he was initially concerned about the prospects of providing for his family on an actor's income, McSween spent the next thirty years acting in plays in Edmonton and across Western Canada, as well as in various television productions. A long time resident of the Avonmore community, in 1999, the city named a local park after Wallace McSween in commemoration contribution to Edmonton's theatre arts community.

Coombs, Stanley S.

  • AR-MS-703
  • Pessoa singular
  • n.d.

Stanley S. Coombs was a resident of Edmonton, and he was interested in the architectual history of the city.

Humphreys, E. (Bunny)

  • AR-MS-706
  • Pessoa singular
  • [18--?] - [19--?]

Thomas Humphreys was married on 29 February 1828 in Denbigh Parish, England. Humphreys was a time keeper with the 2nd Division Army Works Corps during the Crimean War.|Percy Alfred Green enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in August 1914. He served with the Canadian Machine Gun Service until he was wounded in 1918. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1917, Green also was awarded the Military Medal in 1916, and the Military Cross in 1918. After the war, Green lived in Edmonton before finally moving to Victoria B.C.

Kiyooka, Joyce

  • AR-MS-707
  • Pessoa singular
  • n.d.

Mr. and Mrs. Kiyooka were Japanese internees during the Second World War.

Campbell-Hope, Thomas Bryan

  • AR-MS-715
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1928 - 2009

The son of architect Patrick Campbell-Hope, Bryan Campbell-Hope was born in Edmonton in 1928. Following in his father's footsteps, Campbell-Hope graduated architecture from the University of Alberta, and joined the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1961. He worked with various architectural firms in Edmonton, including his father's, before settling with the Department of Public Works after 1959. Like his father, Campbell-Hope was also enjoyed sketching and painting with watercolours.

Drouin, Father Emeric

  • AR-MS-288
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1914 - 1986

Reverend Emeric O'Neil Drouin was a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in St. Albert.He grew up in the St. Paul area and later graduated from five universities - Alberta, Detroit, Ottawa, Columbia, and Wisconsin. He was associated with education at the University of Alberta's College St. Jean for almost 30 years. He also maintained the Oblate archives in St. Albert.

Evans, H. M. E.

  • AR-MS-319
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1876 - 1973

Henry Marshall Erskine (Harry) Evans was born in Davenport, Ontario in 1876. In 1897 he graduated from the University of Toronto, earning a gold medal in Natural Sciences. He then attended the School of Mines in Houghton, Michigan before traveling to Mexico to assist in his uncle's mining interests. In 1900 Evans moved to Winnipeg and embarked on a varied business career. While working for an American, John Butchard, Evans traveled to the Pembina region of Alberta. He was quick to see the area's potential and in 1907 he relocated to Edmonton. He later established a townsite in the Pembina area, named Evansburg in his honour. In Edmonton he acted as a financial agent for various American and British investment firms, notably the British Dominions Land Settlement Corporation Limited, and the British Alberta Investors Limited. He formed his own H.M.E. Evans Company in 1919. Evans was actively involved in a wide range of duties and activities. His many public commitments included service with the Edmonton Board of Trade, the Edmonton Board of Public Welfare, the Joint Red Cross and Patriotic Fund, and the Edmonton Golf and Country Club. He served a one year term as Mayor of Edmonton in 1918. Later he acted as a financial advisor to the provincial government. Harry Evans was married for over 55 years to Edith Isabell Gifford Jackson of Toronto. He and his family lived in the impressive "Sylvancroft" mansion, which was an integral part of the city social scene for many years. The financial legacy which he created still survives today as the H.M.E. Evans and Company Limited. Mr. Evans died at the age of 97, in 1973.

Edmonton Newsboys' Band

  • AR-MS-324
  • Pessoa coletiva
  • 1914 - 1929

The Edmonton Newsboys' Band was created by John Michaels, a prominent Edmonton newspaper vendor in 1914. Originally known as the Edmonton Journal Newsboys' Band, the band opened up to any paper boy in 1921. The band was a regular feature at Edmonton Grads basketball games. In 1924 it was the only Canadian band to be invited to the British Imperial Exposition at Wembley, England. In 1929 the constraints of the depression meant that the group was disbanded.

Snyder, Alvin (Mrs.)

  • AR-MS-333
  • Pessoa singular
  • n.d.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Snyder were residents of the west end of the city in the early 1900s. Mr. Snyder worked as an engineer for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.

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