Collection 2016.001 - Margaret Sullivan collection

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Margaret Sullivan collection

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CA CIM 2016.001

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  • 2016 (Creation)
    Sullivan, Margaret

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9 maps, 55 cm x 44 cm

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Margaret (Marg) Sullivan (1934-2017) was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba. She married Clarence “Sully” Sullivan in 1955, and they moved to Cortes Island in the early 1980s, taking an active part in community affairs. Marg was a stained-glass artist, and she created the windows for St. Saviour-By-The-Sea Church overlooking Cortes Bay. Each personalized window commemorates a long-time Cortes resident and there is a fascinating story behind the creation of each window. Marg also custom designed the circular stained glass window above the entrance door of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in the Klahoose village of Tork in Squirrel Cove. This window is imbued with symbolism meaningful to the Klahoose First Nation and tells a story all its own. The Band Administrator in 1998 arranged for Marg to meet with Klahoose elders and artists to consider design elements the Band wished to have her incorporate in the window. She made research trips to the First Nations Museum at Alert Bay and to the Klahoose traditional lands in Toba Inlet before designing the window. Marg’s personal stories about each of these windows were recorded for preservation in the Museum’s Archives at a tea in 2015.

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Donated to CIMAS by Margaret Sullivan in 2016.

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Collection comprises nine large maps of Cortes Island with handwritten family trees on the back sides, created when Marg Sullivan handed out the maps at a gathering and asked everyone present to write their family trees down. Families documented include: Sullivan, Marg and Sully; Smith, Marion; Jeffery, Baron and Nellie Smith; Ringwood, Gail and Stephen; Campbell, Duane and Florence; Hansen, Hazel and Ken; Rogers, Art and Hendon, Del; McDevitt, Lottie; Borden, Vern (Borden homestead is marked on the map); Froud family; Petznik family; Beesley family; Hayes family; Mike Manson family; John Manson family; Morrison, David Reekie; Lambert family; Padgett family; Tiber (Teuber) family; Henry Hague family.

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  • English

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