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From the very beginning

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

From the very beginning

I always find it fascinating to view the documents recording the beginning of a church. Of course, there are a lot of events and work that goes on behind the scenes long before a church building is built but the part we usually get to see in the historical record is when a group of people get together and decide that they need a “house of public worship.” The following minutes are from Caribou Presbyterian Church, which eventually became Melville United Church before it joined The Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1951. As a...

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Summer Days

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Summer Days

It looks like winter is most definitely upon us so here are some photographs from a warmer season to cheer you up. These photographs are from a CGIT camp held at Waweig in 1948. Before you get too jealous, it wasn’t all sunshine there either, the last photograph shows blankets spread out on the grass to dry after a...

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Got on fairly well-Rev. David Sutherland (1859-1898)

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Got on fairly well-Rev. David Sutherland (1859-1898)

It just so happens that November 20th in 1887 also fell on a Sunday so I thought it would be the perfect week to share this diary entry from Rev. David Sutherland. As a bit of background, David Sutherland was born in Bruan, Caithnesshire, Scotland in 1859 to Alexander Sutherland. He received his education at the University of Edinburgh, New College, and the Presbyterian College in Halifax, N.S. It was in Nova Scotia that he married Mary Ellen (Minnie) Weatherbie with whom he had 4 children. Ordained in 1888 by the Maritime Synod of Halifax...

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Archives Recipe of the Month-The Bermuda Edition

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month-The Bermuda Edition

We are long overdue for some recipes from Bermuda so imagine my delight when I found these recipes in the back of the UCW book “Sailing Through Uncharted Seas.” The book was put out by the Maritime Conference UCW in 1987 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the UCW. I’ve really got to stop looking at recipes in the afternoon though, it’s a long time between now and supper when all you can think about is orange trifle. Here’s a photograph of an example of the two types of wedding cake mentioned in the recipe....

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Remembrance Day from the Archives

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Remembrance Day from the Archives

As we pause this week to remember our veterans, here are the names in their own writing of some of those who served. The following is from a register for those attending entertainment events for the troops put on by St. Andrew’s United Church (later to become St. Andrew’s and St. David’s United Church) in Saint John, NB on August 10,...

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A good catch!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

A good catch!

I was so excited when I came across this photograph that I just had to share. I can say that this is officially the first fishing photograph I have come across in the Archives. Looks like the guys are pretty pleased with their catch! This was a Tuxis event held by United Memorial Church in Halifax probably sometime in the 1920s or...

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Happy Halloween from the Archives!

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Happy Halloween from the Archives!

I had to cheat a little bit, I’m not sure about other church archives but Halloween themed records and photographs are rather sparse here at the Maritime Conference Archives! Technically, the people in the photograph below are not celebrating Halloween but they are in costume so hopefully that counts. In fact, everyone is dressed up for an “old fashioned Sunday School picnic” at a Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT) event, probably sometime around 1950. I can’t say for sure but I bet there was also some candy...

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Archives Recipe of the Month-The Apple Edition

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month-The Apple Edition

Now that we’re a few days past Thanksgiving, hopefully our turkey hangovers have dissipated and we can start thinking about food again without feeling nauseous. The following recipes are from a cookbook put out by the Jost Unit of what was then Gordon Providence United Church in Bridgetown, N.S. There are a couple coffee dessert recipes thrown in for good measure too. As a little aside, the Nova Scotia Archives recently launched a web resource called “What’s Cooking: Food, Drink and the Pleasures of Eating in Old-Time Nova...

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Archives!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving from the Archives!

The following is a Thanksgiving sermon preached by J. Murdoch Fraser on October 14, 1957 for a radio broadcast. Rev. Fraser, who was born in Watervale, Pictou County, NS, graduated from Pine Hill Divinity Hall in 1940 and was ordained by Maritime Conference in that same year. He served at various pastoral charges in the Maritimes, retiring in 1968. Rev. Fraser passed away on December 11,...

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What’s on your bookshelf?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

What’s on your bookshelf?

Here’s a listing of some of the library books held by the Greenfield Presbyterian Church Sunday School between 1905 and 1908. This church eventually became Greenfield United Church which was part of the Florenceville Pastoral Charge in New Brunswick. Hopefully these were all returned at the time or that would be one large library fine to pay! Does anyone recognize any of the book...

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