Bob Stewart Archives – Pacific Mountain Region

The Bob Stewart (Pacific Mountain Region) Archives are up and running at the new location, and we are once again able to host researchers and accept transfers of archival materials.   Please make an appointment before visiting. This ensures we are available to serve you.

The Bob Stewart Archives
Vancouver, BC
E-mail: Blair Galston
Tel: 604-431-0434, ext. 322

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Vancouver Japanese United Church Archives Website is Live

"Because of the federal government’s policy of dispersal following the war, so many British Colombians of Japanese descent were scattered throughout the rest of Canada. One of the aims of the Vancouver Japanese United Church Archive website is to reach out to Canadians whose roots trace back to the Vancouver congregation; we want to encourage viewers to learn about their past, help identify people in the images and share stories." Read More

Dr. Don Watt

Dr. William Donald Watt served as a medical doctor within The United Church of Canada.  He and his spouse, June (a nurse), began their adventure in Haida Gwaii in 1952, providing medical care via airplane, truck, and boat.  They then moved to Bella Coola in 1956, where Don served as Hospital Superintendent for seven years, […] Read More

More stories of Times and Tides

The book had to have a beginning, middle and an end, but this meant several stories had to be left untold. Read More

It’s God’s Country … evolving with Times and Tides

And so a book was written, and it took only seven years—a personal best for the Archives Committee. And just in time for the official ending of BC Conference as we have come to know it. Read More

Times and Tides: BC Conference – An Overview 1970-2017

This new book aims to provide a lasting record of some of the times and tides of change in BC Conference. Copies available! Read More

Plura Hills Revisited

A vision is a compelling thing. Have you ever heard someone’s idea of a different way of being, and you were so captivated by the vision that you wondered why it would be any other way?  Of course you have!

If you’re old enough, Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech may have been such a vision for you in 1963. Or, more recently, the call to get on board with the Leap Manifesto, to care for creation and work toward a fossil-free world. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth …”

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Oriental Home and School Photos Online

April 12, 2016

Did you know? The United Church once operated a home and school in Victoria for Chinese and Japanese girls and women. Today, many are surprised to learn this.

Margery Hadley, a professional archivist and member of First Metropolitan United Church in Victoria, has recently completed a digitization project that makes the images of the Oriental Home and School available online. It opens to us a now distant world and its concomitant issues.

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Archives submits Residential School records to TRC

July 2, 2015

After a thorough search of BC Conference Archives for all records related to Indian Residential Schools, Blair Galston finished submitting all historic and present BC Conference residential school records to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission office in Winnipeg this May.

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Maverick Jack comes to Conference Archives

Blair Galston, May 11, 2015

Something really special happened at the Archives last month. I received an email from a family that is well-known in these parts—a family of one of the saints of our church: the Rev. Dr. Jack Shaver (1918–2001). They were wondering if the Archives would accept a donation of Jack’s records. Would we!

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Pressure Point

The Bob Stewart Archives of BC Conference has launched a YouTube channel featuring select digitized episodes of the former television program .

“They say God always opens a window when fate closes a door and in the mid-70s the window turned out to be Community Cable Television.

Nobody thought it would go anywhere; but the indefatigable Lois Boyce was convinced otherwise. She started her (mainly anti-nuclear) cable show while the industry was in its absolute infancy – recruiting fellow students from a BCIT night school course to assist her with the modest production."

"It was to evolve into Pressure Point, one of the longest-running, volunteer-operated, community television shows in Canadian television history. It ran weekly for 26 years, ceasing production only in 2001, and some of those original volunteers stayed with it almost to the end.

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