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Banquet in Honor of Cycle Platoon, 1914

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Banquet in Honor of Cycle Platoon, 1914

After stumbling across this wonderful photograph, I was lucky enough to find a newspaper article which described the event. I love it when that happens! And yes, I know that makes me a nerdy archivist. The Presbyterian Witness Vol. LXVII, December 19, 1914 Farewell Banquet at Pine Hill A farewell banquet was given at the Presbyterian College, Pine Hill, Halifax, on Wednesday evening, of last week, to the members of the bicycle corps who are soon to leave for England to receive their training for service in the war in France. A number of these...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month

You may have already noticed that I have a thing for cookbooks. It’s fun flipping through the pages and imagining a day when I actually have the ability to successfully pull off some of these dishes. One of the other great things about old cookbooks is the information they can tell us about a specific community and the people living within that community. Last year the Archives received this Community Cook Book which was compiled by the Ladies Aid of St. Andrew’s United Church of Lockeport, Nova Scotia in 1940. For those of you...

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A tale of two unions

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

A tale of two unions

June 10, 1925 was a big day in the history of The United Church of Canada and it was a big day for Lily Maynard and Morley Harvey as well! Lily Maynard, a registered nurse, and Morley Harvey, a farmer, were married at the groom’s home in Newport, Nova Scotia. Both Lily and Morley were Presbyterian but the minister who married them, William Ryan, was Methodist. This interdenominational set-up was fitting as June 10th was the day The United Church of Canada officially came into being. Perhaps this is the first United Church wedding...

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Can anyone identify this church?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 2 comments

Can anyone identify this church?

I can make out from the sign that the church is called Wesley United Church and the picture was taken in 1998 but I’m not sure which community the church is located in. If you are able to identify this building, you can contact me at archives@marconf.ca. Thanks!

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With affectionate regards to Jane and Dear Mother

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

With affectionate regards to Jane and Dear Mother

We often talk about church union in reference to the 1925 creation of The United Church of Canada but did you know that there was another big union before that ? The Presbyterian Church in Canada was formed in 1875 from the union of the Canada Presbyterian Church; the Presbyterian Church of Canada in connection with the Church of Scotland; the Presbyterian Church of the Lower Provinces; and the Synod of the Maritime Provinces of British North America in connection with the Church of Scotland. Try saying that sentence 10 times fast! The first...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month

On such a gloomy day, what better to make for supper than a good ol’ fashioned casserole? Such a simple but delicious concept. You basically take whatever happens to be residing in your fridge at the moment, throw it into a dish, put a little shredded cheese on top, stick it in the oven and a casserole magically appears. Or as an unattributed quote puts it “Let’s pour some happy spirit in a great big mixing bowl, then add a few ingredients and lo! a Casserole!” The following recipes are from a cookbook put out by the...

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Providence Methodist Church, Bridgetown

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Providence Methodist Church, Bridgetown

Here’s a throwback to January 1872 when construction was completed on Providence Methodist Church in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. This building replaced the chapel that had been built in 1826. The church would later become Gordon-Providence United Church. We don’t have any photographs of the church from 1872 in the Archives but the one below is from 1934 and the church at the time probably looked quite similar to what it would have looked like in 1872. Interestingly enough, the church was named Providence because no accident had...

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When the heat is getting to you…

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

It seems to be a well-accepted fact that Canadians love to talk and complain about the weather! For those of you, including me, who are finding the heat a bit much at times, here’s a reminder of what we could be dealing with. The following report was published in The Guardian, a Presbyterian newspaper, in March 28, 1845 i.e. before the invention of snowblowers. Miramichi, March 11 “On Wednesday about two in the afternoon snow began to fall, and continued to do so during the reminder of the day, through the night and a portion of...

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It’s Berwick time again

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

It’s Berwick time again

In celebration of Berwick Summer Camp which is happening next week, here is a brochure from the 1923 camp. Looks like a lot has changed in the past 100 years but the fun, fellowship, and learning...

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Best collection of 12 insects, mounted and named

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Best collection of 12 insects, mounted and named

After a somewhat long hiatus, I’m back to flood your inbox with random archival documents and photographs! At this time of year, I’m sure you are busy tending to their vegetable gardens and weeding their flowers but have you ever considered entering a flower show and exhibition? The following is the programme and regulations for a flower show hosted by United Memorial Church (Halifax) in 1927. Note that there were some categories where only boys or girls could participate. Preparing for some of these categories would have been...

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