Fonds fonds 217 - St. Paul's Indian Catholic Church Preservation Trust fonds

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St. Paul's Indian Catholic Church Preservation Trust fonds

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Save St. Paul's Church Society

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CA NVAN fonds 217

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  • 1978-2013 (Creation)
    St. Paul's Indian Church Preservation Trust

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33 cm of textual records
667 photographs

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St. Paul's Indian Catholic Church is the Lower Mainland's oldest surviving Catholic church. Built in 1884 by Squamish Natives, under the direction of French Oblate Missionaries, the church replaced a smaller church built in 1863 at the same site. It is named after Paul Durieu, Vancouver's second Catholic Bishop. The church has undergone many restorations since it's foundation, most notably in 1909-10 when the second spire was added to the front of the church. In the 1980's the church underwent extensive renovation. This project was proposed by the Save Saint Paul's Church Society, established in 1980. During the restoration, the society recommended the establishment of the St. Paul's Indian Church Preservation Trust, which was officially established in 1986. Following the restoration the society wound down it's activities and was ceased in 1989. The Trust continues to manage activities relating to the preservation of the church. Most recently, the church has undergone renovation in 2013 following a donation from the Aquilini group. The Church has close ties to the local Squamish Nation and peoples on the shores of the Burrard Inlet.

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The fonds consists of the records of the Save St. Paul's Indian Church Society (1979-1989), the St. Paul's Indian Church Preservation Trust (1986-present) The records relate to the administrative activities of the Trust, a body that oversees the preservation of St. Paul's and the various restoration projects that took place in the 1980's, 1990's and 2000's. The photographic material primarily depict the restorations of the church, church exteriors and interiors, special events, and the people who were involved with the church. The fonds is arranged in two series. Series one is textual records. The textual material is arranged chronologically, from 1978 to 2013 inclusive. Materials include newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, annual reports, correspondence, drawings and plans. Series two is photographic material. It is arranged chronologically and covers the 1980's, 90's and early 2000's. Materials include photographic prints, postcards and slides.

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