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What’s New At the Archives

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

What’s New At the Archives

Every year, the Archives receives a variety of interesting records from churches, Presbyteries, individuals, and other archives. These records are processed, listed, and made available for church members and other researchers but often people don’t realize some of the gems we have here at the Archives. From now on, I hope to feature some of the new records that have come into the Archives this past year so keep an eye out for “What’s New at the Archives” posts. If any of the records mentioned catch your attention, feel...

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The Tryon United Church Utopian Society’s Quest for a Piano

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

The Tryon United Church Utopian Society’s Quest for a Piano

As I was scrolling through some records, I came across the minutes of a group with the intriguing name of Utopian Society. It turns out that the Utopian Society was the name of the Young People’s Society at Tryon United Church in PEI. The group met every Friday and discussed a variety of topics, including mission work, poems and other literature. The group also held debates; held fundraisers for their church; went on picnics; and met with other youth groups in the area. Every meeting generally followed the same format: some songs, the...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month

I’m going back to my favorite cookbook in the Archives: Tried and Proved Recipes from the Exmouth Methodist Church Ladies Group in 1909. Seeing as how the weather is still hot, I thought it would be nice to feature some refreshing beverages. In case you didn’t know, tartaric acid crystals occur naturally in fruits such as grapes, bananas, and citrus. One of its salts or derivatives, is cream of tartar which is naturally created during the winemaking process. It is often mixed with sodium bicarbonate to form baking powder. Thank...

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A Brief History of Rosedale Methodist Church

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

A Brief History of Rosedale Methodist Church

Rosedale is located about 10 km north of Jacksonville in Carleton County, New Brunswick. It became part of the Jacksonville Methodist Circuit in 1877/1878. In January 1889, a group of interested people met in the home of John Cowan to discuss building a Methodist church in Rosedale. It was resolved that the group proceed to build at once and sure enough, a church building was dedicated on January 11, 1891. The Wesleyan (January 22, 1891, Vol. XLL, No. 4) reported on the day of the dedication: “The Carleton Sentinal contains a very full...

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Keeping cool at CGIT Camp

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Keeping cool at CGIT Camp

While we are still in the middle of this heat wave, let’s think some happy, cool thoughts. The following photographs are from various Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT) camps across the Maritimes:                                

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Sunday School Picnic at Riverport Methodist Church, 1911

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Sunday School Picnic at Riverport Methodist Church, 1911

The following photographs are from the Riverport (Nova Scotia) Methodist Sunday School picnic c. 1911. The minister in the center with the dark suit and black hat is Rev. Hobbs and the man standing in the background with the impressive beard is Jacob Ritcey, Sunday School superintendent. Doesn’t it look like everyone is having a...

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The Rebuilding of St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Windsor, NS

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

The Rebuilding of St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Windsor, NS

On October 17, 1897, a fire spread through the town of Windsor, Nova Scotia, destroying most of the town, including both St. John’s Presbyterian Church and Windsor Methodist Church, and leaving most of the residents homeless. You can read more about the fire by clicking here. The devastation felt by the town is well summed up in a statement to the editor of The Presbyterian Witness by Rev. Henry Dickie of St. John’s Presbyterian Church: “Last Sunday morning at 11 o’clock our people gathered for Public Worship in the...

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Archives Recipe of the Month-The Household Hints Edition

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Do you ever stay up late at night pondering the best way in which to grate nutmeg or at what temperature to keep your dining room? As always, The Presbyterian Witness has your back. The following household tips were found in the February 12, 1898 edition of The Presbyterian Witness (Vol. LI, No. 1). That salt should be kept in a dry place That melted butter will not make a good cake That the colder eggs are the quicker they will froth That good management is better than a good income That mutton should be deep red and close grained That...

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Strawberries for sale

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Strawberries for sale

Oops, didn’t mean to get you too excited about the prospect of fresh strawberries! The following cash account list from the 1930s was found in the back of a church minute book from Fox Harbour, associated with Three Harbours Pastoral Charge in Truro Presbytery. In the days when paper was more expensive, it was not uncommon for books to serve several purposes. In this case, the book contained session minutes, Study Club minutes, and apparently grocery lists too. You will note that 16 boxes of strawberries came to a grand total of $1.60 or...

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Statistics can be interesting!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Statistics can be interesting!

Unless you are a statistician, it’s more than likely that you don’t get too excited about statistical reports. However, these type of reports can provide a wealth of interesting information about a church. The following report was filled out by Onslow Presbyterian Church, Nova Scotia, in 1857. The minister must have been busy covering an area of 180 square miles on horseback and ministering to 300 families affiliated with the...

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