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Prince Edward Island Presbytery

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Prince Edward Island Presbytery

PEI Presbyterian Presbytery On July 3, 1817, the Presbyteries of Truro and Pictou along with a few ministers of the Church of Scotland united to form the Presbyterian Church of Nova Scotia. This new body was constituted as the Synod of Nova Scotia and divided into three Presbyteries: Halifax, Truro, and Pictou. As the number of ministers from the Church of Scotland increased in the Maritimes, it was decided to form a new Synod in connection with the Church of Scotland on August 30, 1833. The Synod was divided into the Presbyteries of Halifax,...

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Following the Internet trail of a 20th Century Minister’s Family

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Following the Internet trail of a 20th Century Minister’s Family

The advent of the Internet and the ability to digitize archival records to make available online is certainly very helpful when it comes to finding out information that you might not have otherwise known about a church or an individual. Case in point-the Old Barns Presbyterian Sunshine Mission Band. This was a group for young people people led by one Mrs. Whidden. In the 1912-1915 minute book, I found a sweet letter dated January 1914 from Mrs. Whidden to her “dear Mission Band girls.” In the letter she thanks the girls for the...

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Archives!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving from the Archives!

The following is a photograph of the interior of Trinity United Church in Mahone Bay, NS decorated for fall and/or Thanksgiving in 1936.

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Miramichi Presbytery

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Miramichi Presbytery

Miramichi Presbyterian Presbytery: On January 20, 1833, the five Church of Scotland ministers in New Brunswick met in Fredericton and constituted themselves as the Presbytery of New Brunswick in connection with the Church of Scotland. Two years later, with there now being 10 ministers on the roll, it was decided to turn the Presbytery into a Synod which was divided into the two Presbyteries of Saint John and Miramichi. The first meeting of Miramichi Presbytery was held on September 2, 1836 in Newcastle. The moderator, Rev. Stevens of...

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Archives Recipe of the Month-The Anniversary Cake Edition

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

The anniversary cake is a staple at most churches and the churches of Maritime Conference are no exception. Here’s a brief collage in honor of the ever-present anniversary cake:      

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Pictou Presbytery

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Pictou Presbytery

Pictou Presbytery has had a long history within what is today Maritime Conference Pictou Presbyterian Presbytery: The Presbytery of Pictou was organized in 1795 and consisted of Rev. James McGregor; Rev. Duncan Ross, Rev. John Brown, and two elders. A little over twenty years later, on July 3, 1817, the Presbyteries of Truro and Pictou along with a few ministers of the Church of Scotland united to form the Presbyterian Church of Nova Scotia. This new body was constituted as the Synod of Nova Scotia and divided into three Presbyteries: Halifax,...

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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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