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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month

For a change this month, I thought I would post a menu instead of a recipe. If any of these dishes appeal to you, never fear, the internet will provide you with all the recipes you could possibly want (I already checked). This menu was for a banquet held by the Independent Order of Foresters in Saint John in 1913. In case you’re wondering, the Independent Order of Foresters was a fraternal organization which exists today as the Foresters. I found the menu in some records of St. Andrew’s and St. David’s United Church, perhaps...

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History of Lockeport Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Lockeport Pastoral Charge

The Lockeport Pastoral Charge consists of the preaching points at East Sable River, Little Harbour and Lockeport (St. Andrew’s United) which are all located in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia. The area of Lockeport was originally referred to as Ragged Islands. A settlement called Locke’s Island was founded shortly after 1764. The area of Ragged Islands and Locke’s Island was renamed Lockeport on 16 February 1870. From 1839, the Ragged Islands Methodist Congregation was part of the Shelburne Circuit in the Annapolis District....

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Wedding bells are STILL ringing

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Wedding bells are STILL ringing

As you may recall, last week I posted a photograph which I said was our only wedding photograph in the Archives. It turns out that I spoke too soon. Just a couple days later, I stumbled across another wedding photograph and it was too nice not to share! The happy occasion took place in San Fernando, Trinidad in 1911. The bride and groom are not specifically identified but it is likely that they are Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Selvon as there is an inscription on the back which reads “From Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Selvon to Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Layton with...

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Wedding bells are ringing

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Wedding bells are ringing

I promise I tried really hard to find some Canada Day themed records for this week but I didn’t meet with much success. As a back-up plan, I figured a wedding post to celebrate the beginning of summer would be nice. After all, we’re in prime wedding season right now! First of all, we’ll start out with an invitation. Any plans on November 21, 1883? Sounds like it should be quite the happy occasion at Central Methodist Church (Moncton). This isn’t the same couple referred to in the invitation above but I think this is...

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History of Blackville Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Blackville Pastoral Charge

Blackville Pastoral Charge is comprised of the preaching point of St. Andrew’s United Church in Blackville. In 1839, Rev. James Souter, of Newcastle, opened a Presbyterian preaching station in the Blackville area. Rev. John Turnbull from Scotland was the first minister called to the charge, and he was inducted on 28 October 1840. Led by the efforts of Alexander MacLaggan, construction was begun on a church building in the fall of 1840 and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church was finished in 1841. Services had been held before this in the home...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month

Yesterday at the break table the Maritime Conference staff were having an involved conversation about rhubarb and it inspired me to hunt down a couple rhubarb recipes. These recipes are courtesy of the Dr. Florence Murray UCW Unit which was based at J. Wesley Smith Memorial Church in Halifax. The cookbook isn’t dated but it’s probably from c. 1970s. I know, I know, you don’t have to remind me, rhubarb season is finished but I’m assuming that everyone has at least one bag of the frozen stuff in their freezer. My only...

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History of Lunenburg (Central) Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Lunenburg (Central) Pastoral Charge

The Lunenburg (Central) Pastoral Charge consists of the appointment of Lunenburg (Central United) which is located in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. In July 1814, a Methodist society was founded in Lunenburg and the first Methodist church building was erected in 1816. A new Methodist church was built about 1883-1884 and opened on March 15, 1885. The old Methodist church building (1816) was torn down. Fire destroyed the Lunenburg parsonage in 1885, together with all the records of births, marriages and deaths up to that time (as per The...

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Good Methodists wear clean linen

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Good Methodists wear clean linen

Nothing beats the advertisements of yesteryear. Long before tv and internet, businesses were getting the word out to potential customers. Granted, their approach was a little different than what we’re used to today but you gotta work with the times. The following were taken from souvenir programmes of the Methodist Conference of NB and PEI (1896) and the Young People’s Society of the Maritimes (1903) which met in Saint John. These two documents can be found in the records of Centenary-Queen Square United Church which are housed in...

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History of the Caledonia Pastoral Charge

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of the Caledonia Pastoral Charge

The Caledonia Pastoral Charge consists of the appointments of Caledonia, Maitland Bridge (St. Paul’s United) and Pleasant River (Trinity United). Caledonia and Pleasant River are located in Queens County and Maitland Bridge in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. As early as 1821, a Methodist class was reported to be meeting in Pleasant River. By 1841, these Methodists had become scattered and the people connected with either the Baptist or Congregational Church Congregations in the area. Interest in Methodist was renewed in Caledonia when...

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Maritime Conference….1974 style

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Maritime Conference….1974 style

Wow, hard to believe that it’s Conference week once again. In honor of this occasion, here’s a flashback to the Conference in 1974. Anyone recognize the ordinands?  

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