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 Sam NickleSamuel Clarence Nickle

                                                                                       1889 - 1971

Samuel Clarence Nickle was born in 1889 in Philadelphia. The family soon moved to Winnipeg. Shortly after Sam and Olga Simonson, a concert violinist, were married, Sam saw First World War service in the United States Coast Guard. Rejoining the family in Calgary, he entered the shoe business with his father, operating The Nickle Boot Shops. Later Sam established his own store, the Slipper Shop on 8th Avenue. In the 1920's, he first caught the "oil bug", investing in oil exploration in the Turner Valley and Athabasca areas. A few years later, Sam Nickle decided to devote his career to oil exploration. Using his Turner Valley leases as collateral, he formed Northend Petroleums. In 1944 he founded Anglo American Oils and ventured into oil exploration in other provinces. Past the age at which most men retire, he continued building and finally merged his businesses into Canadian Gridoil Limited. As he reached his 80th birthday, he decided to donate one million dollars to the university's special building fund for the construction of an arts museum. This amount was matched by the Alberta government. At the University of Calgary's Spring Convocation in 1971, Samuel Clarence Nickle was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his community service. Shortly afterward he died at the age of 81. The Nickle Arts Museum was the first building at the University of Calgary to be constructed as the result of a private donation.

Carl Olof NickleCarl Olof Nickle

                                                                                      1914 - 1990

Carl Olof Nickle was born in Winnipeg in 1914, and came to Calgary with his parents, Sam and Olga Nickle as boy. The family was far from wealthy. In 1937, with sixty-five dollars in capital, Carl launched a newsletter, Nickle's Daily Oil Bulletin. In 1948 Carl began a second publication, Oil in Canada. Carl was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative member in a 1951 by-election, and was re-elected in 1953, retiring in 1957. He formed his own oil and gas company, Conventures, and served on the boards of directors of many companies in Canada and the U.S. Carl's first love was numismatics and he created a major collection of ancient coins. In 1970 he donated the main part of the collection to The Nickle Arts Museum. In 1955 he established The Nickle Foundation, and in 1971, merged that foundation with one his Father, Sam, had founded to create The Nickle Family Foundation. In 1979, Carl Nickle – like his father before him – was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Calgary, in recognition of his great contributions to the Calgary and University communities. Dr. Carl Olof Nickle died in December 1990.

Address

410 University Court N.W.
Calgary, Alberta
Canada, T2N 1N4
Phone: 403-220-7234
Fax: 403-210-3075
nickle@ucalgary.ca

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
March 23, 2017 - 12:00 pm to March 23, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Giuseppe Di Leo is an artist and faculty member with Dawson College in Montreal.  He will discuss how the recent interdisciplinary project, ‘Anatolian Rugs; Spirited Reflections,'  provided Dawson students with a profound opportunity for engagement, community building, and creativity. Co-sponsored with the New Calgary Rug and Textile Club.
Date & Time:
March 30, 2017 - 12:00 pm to March 30, 2017 - 1:00 pm
This lecture will explore the roots of folkloristics as a coherent professional discipline. Image:  An illustration of La chasse-galerie (The Flying Canoe) by Henri Julien, from a popular Quebec folktale.
Date & Time:
April 5, 2017 - 12:00 pm to April 5, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Explore the exhibition Coins of Jesus: Money and Religion in the Ancient World with Nickle collection specialist for numismatics, Marina Fischer
Date & Time:
April 6, 2017 - 12:00 pm to April 6, 2017 - 1:00 pm
University of Calgary architect, Jane Ferrabee, will talk about the opportunities and challenges associated with public art on campus. Image: Untitled (detail), “Prairie Chicken,” George Norris, 1975.  Photo by Dave Brown.
Date & Time:
April 13, 2017 - 12:00 pm to April 13, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Join students from Museum and Heritage Studies to learn about their recent practicum experiences.