Cathedral Archives to 1967 Book

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There has been a recent effort to sort through boxes of old Cathedral records that have been stored in a basement room in the hall. It is hoped that some documents and artifacts might be put on display and others classified in a way that might make them useful for archival research.

A treasure was recently discovered that deserves to be shared with the congregation. It is a book with a beautiful hand-tooled leather cover that was created by the women of the parish in 1967. It documents the history of the Anglican Church in this part of Western Canada and of St. John’s parish beginning before 1900 and ends with the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Cathedral in 1965. It is an amazing collection of photographs, drawings, newspaper articles and other documents.

The original book would soon deteriorate if handled frequently and so it will eventually be placed in our museum in the north transept. Heather Punshon has done her magic again by scanning the entire book and printing it in a format that can be enjoyed by many.

The original and Heather’s publication will be on display following the service today in the north transept Please take a moment to enjoy this work. We extend a huge thank you to Heather for the work she has done in preserving our history.

There will be more exciting archival discoveries to share with you over the next few months.

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