The Archives Committee was established in 2000 to organize, preserve and maintain materials related to the history and heritage of our Parish. The Committee recognizes that the Archives collection may be of value to historians and genealogists and attempts to educate and enrich Parishioners and the community through tours, displays, talks and programmes. Monthly meetings are held with Committee members Joan Connolly, Dave Hunt, Lucia Ferrara, Lucille King, Norman McMullen and Phil Shepherd.
Over the years we have participated in numerous activities within and beyond the Parish: Doors Open, Richmond Hill, themed presentations for our Sunday School children, tours and special events for community groups. We have become “custodians” of the historic Arnold Plot and were active participants on the Chapel Restoration Committee. The Committee has also published two works: Gladdening Light: A Walk Around Guide To Our Heritage in Stained Glass and St. Mary’s Anglican Church. 50th Anniversary of the New Sanctuary.
The Committee frequently arranges “Archives Moments” whereby interesting items from our collection are shared with parishioners following Sunday worship services. Memberships are maintained with the Ontario Heritage Trust. The National Trust for Canada and the Richmond Hill Historical Society.
Inquiries are always welcomed and donations to the collections are gratefully considered.
“Lord we thank you for the goodly heritage you have given us and we rejoice in the new things you do in us. Help us so to build on the inheritance of our forebears that, empowered by your Spirit, we may live your Gospel and serve your Kingdom, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.”