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Bob Stewart Archives - BC Conference

The BC Conference Archives is currently located at Ryerson United Church Memorial Centre in Vancouver and managed by archivist Blair Galston on a part-time basis. Please make an appointment before visiting. This ensures we are available to serve you.

The Bob Stewart Archives
2195 W. 45th Ave, Vancouver, BC
E-mail: bgalston [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca (Blair Galston)
Tel: 604-431-0434, ext. 322

Archives are moving!

On June 7, 2017, BC Conference entered an agreement with the City of Vancouver to lease office space for the Conference Archives at a location known as “312 Main”.  This is the former site of the Vancouver Police headquarters, at the corner of Cordova and Main.  The facility is currently under renovation, and will offer 1800 square feet of office and storage space for the Archives.  The space will include full environmental controls, and security and reception services will be shared with other tenants.  We will be able to house our entire holdings onsite once again, with some room to grow.

Assuming plans proceed on schedule, the Archives will move to the new location in early September.  The Archives will be closed between July 17th and late September/early October to accomplish the move.

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 …”

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.

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.

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!

Pressure Point

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

Rod Booth“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 [United Church of Canada BC Conference volunteer] 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 [including R. Wayne Carlow who continued on as the program’s production director throughout much of its duration]. 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.” 

-- Rod Booth, then United Church of Canada BC Conference Broadcasting Director, first host and producer of Pressure Point

Announcement: The Archives are moving, service reduced

November 21, 2014

As of March 31, 2015, the Archives will move to a new location due to the sale of the Iona Building to the University of British Columbia. Announcement of the building sale was made on January 7, 2014.

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