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Informal Religion

  • T-559
  • Item
  • 1985

File consists of two audio reels that feature sound recordings of a speech presented by Reverend Vincent Waterman at St. Philip's African Orthodox Church to the Friends of Whitney Pier that outlines the history of the Church.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • History of A.O.C. priests, problems, establishment, etc.; Pier not an "ethnic ghetto," Synod in Pier
  • Trained by American Catholic Church, Endich Theological Seminary
  • Commitment to A.O.C.
  • Majority of Blacks belong to either United or Anglican or Catholic Churches
  • More support from whites, negative defeatist attitude in Sydney
  • Need for pride in community
  • Informal religion and A.O.C.
  • Father came in 1940
  • Sunday very important day, always dress up for church

Side B:

  • Christmas preparations, food and customs
  • Sermons based on gospel
  • Holy days
  • Christmas celebrations
  • Women in church
  • Prayers
  • Superstition, preach good behaviours, no African Methodist Episcopalian Churches in Nova Scotia
  • Brought up very strict
  • Awareness of African Heritage
  • Food was very important, West Indian dishes
  • Linguistics, dialects
  • Further from Cuba, mother from Antigua
  • Many left A.O.C.; Very discouraging at times

Inside Backyard

Item is a photograph of Richard Paruch in the backyard of the Paruch home on Bay Street.

Interview with Dr. Leo Bertley (UNIA Montreal)

File consists of two audio reels that feature sound recordings of of Dr. Leo W. Bertley of the United Negro Improvement Association discussing the organization and its history in Cape Breton.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • Came to Cape Breton in 1974 to do research, C.B. U.N.I.A. people involved
  • Thesis to be controlled into book
  • U.N.I.A. not a West Indian organization, people of African descent tied together
  • Marcus Garvey, here on way to England
  • A.O.C. in Pier, Bishop MacGuire, U.N.I.A., tried to make A.O.C. established church of organization
  • Dr. Alvinus Calder, first president of organizations; W.E. Robertson was a later Bishop
  • Phillis Family
  • Sydney had three associations; West Indian and Black characteristics

Side B:

  • Various backgrounds, several different organizations; West Indians importance of education; Dr. Bentley's other interests
  • A.O.C. has only one church in Canada and it's in Whitney Pier, do not want to be called Africans
  • Marcus Garvey stressed the importance of maintaining archives
  • Bentley met Garvey's son

John Huk Collection

  • MG 21.13
  • Collection
  • 1898-2004

This collection consists of textual records, photographs, sound recordings, publications and artifacts documenting the history and activities of the Ukrainian community in Cape Breton. Within the collection there is a focus on music and dance with over 1 meter of 78 and LP albums of Ukrainian music. Also included is a comprehensive collection of research related to Ukrainian immigration to Cape Breton with records pertaining specifically to the Ukrainian community in Whitney Pier. Personal papers from the Huk family are also included in the collection along with the manuscript and research related to Mr. John Huk's publication Strangers in the Land: The Ukrainian Presence in Cape Breton.

Huk, John

MacIsaac Girls, Sydney

  • 79-1195-4175
  • Item
  • ca. 1912

Item is a photograph of Cassie, Sadie and Annie MacIsaac. The three women were co-owners of the Bonnie View Hotel in Whitney Pier.

May Day Celebration

Item is a photographic portrait of young women, children and clergy gathered during the May Day celebration in the Ukrainian Church Hall.

May Day Celebration

Item is a photographic portrait of young women, children and clergy gathered during the May Day celebration in the Ukrainian Church Hall.

Muggah Home, Sydney

  • 78-186-1936
  • Item
  • 1900

Item is a photograph of the Muggah home and property. The family and their horses are in the yard and two people are riding on a carriage pulled by a horse.

Only the Shadows Remain: Ethnic History of Whitney Pier

  • Item
  • 1980

Item is a report that features information about the Black, Jewish, Newfoundland and Eastern European communities in Whitney Pier. The report pays special attention to issues faced by the Black Quarter, including racism and out-migration, and features population statistics for the years 1961-1980. Part of the report also focuses on the establishment of St. Philip's African Orthodox Church (1921).

Paruch Family fonds

  • MG 21.26
  • Fonds

Donation consists of Paruch family documents including photographs and textual materials as well as recordings of Johnny Paruch's band.

Paul MacEwan fonds

  • MG 9.30
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1998

Fonds consists of the personal materials of Paul MacEwan, founder and leader of the Cape Breton Labour Party from 1982-1987 and former member of the Nova Scotia Legislature for Cape Breton Nova from 1970-2003. Included is correspondence, subjects files concerning healthcare and agriculture, press releases, and papers related to the New Democratic Party and Cape Breton Labour Party.

MacEwan, Paul

Pier School Children's Band

  • 86-112-16210
  • Item
  • [n.d.]

Item is a photograph of the Pier School Children's Band dressed for a production of "Cinderella."

Polish Band

  • 79-1097-4077
  • Item
  • 1910

Item is a photograph of male members of a Polish band.

Polish Society

  • 79-1098-4078
  • Item
  • ca. 1910

Item is a photograph showing a group of members of a Polish Society. Members not identified.

Polish Wedding

  • 79-1096-4076
  • Item
  • ca. 1910

Item is a photograph of a large wedding party, including the bride and groom.

Pysanky

  • 84-163-14263
  • Item
  • 1965

Item is a photograph of children being instructed in painting Ukrainian Easter eggs (pysanky) at the Ukrainian Hall in Whitney Pier, taken in the 1970s. Identified in the photograph are: Michael O'Jolick, Catherine Sawka, Ann Hawrylak, Natalie Pronko, William Melnyk, Denise Mahalik.

Abbass Studios 1985 Limited

Rev. Brian MacDonald

  • 77-644-778
  • Item
  • ca. 1967

Item is a photograph of Rev. Brian MacDonald of Holy Redeemer Parish, Whitney Pier.

Rev. England

  • 84-158-14258
  • Item
  • 1925

Item is a photograph of Reverend England of St. Cyprian's Anglican Church, Whitney Pier. Rev. England was
West Indian and served a congregation of mainly West Indian Blacks.

St. Mary's Polish Church Men's Club

  • 96-368-27056
  • Item
  • 1988

Item is a photograph of members of the St. Mary's Polish Church Men's Club taken in the basement of the Polish Village Hall.

Ray Doucette

St. Mary’s Polish Church, Postcard

  • 82-953-7653
  • Item
  • [ca. 1918]

Item is a postcard of St. Mary’s Polish Church with a portrait of Rev. Camillus Grzybala, in the top-right corner. The text at the top of the photograph reads, “Kościół Narodzenia N. M. P. w Whitney, Pier, N.S.” The text at the bottom of the photograph reads, “Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Polish R. C. Church, Whitney Pier, N.S. Canada.”

St. Nicholas Italian Church

  • 81-237-5307
  • Item
  • [n.d.]

Item is a postcard displaying St. Nicholas Italian Church in Whitney Pier, N.S. There is a portrait of Rev. D. Viola in the upper left corner, and an image of St. Nicholas in the upper right corner.

St. Philips African Orthodox Church

  • 88-644-18154
  • Item
  • [n.d.]

Item is a photograph of the congregation of St. Philips African Orthodox Church in Whitney Pier, N.S.

Steel Plant Shipping Piers

  • 81-422-5502
  • Item
  • ca. 1905

Item is a photograph depicting the shipping piers of the allied companies in Sydney harbour.

Stella's Kitchen

Item is a photograph of Paruch family in Stella's kitchen on Bay Street. Pictured left to right: Eddie Paruch, Mary Paruch Enderly, Stella Paruch (nee Breski), and Stella Paruch

Sydney Blast Furnace at Night

  • 94-660-25175
  • Item
  • ca. 195-

Item is a photograph of the Sydney Steel Plant's blast furnace set against the night sky.

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