Christ Church sharing the past

Creating an oral history by telling stories of life in the Hope area

Christ Church National Historic Site is launching a new project this month called Sharing the Past: Forging a New Horizon.

Funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program and the federal government, the initiative provides an opportunity for residents to get together and share tea, goodies and stories of life in the Hope area.

“Just by talking to various people and groups in our community about this project, I am already finding several people who are more than willing to share personal stories about the history of the railroads, the gold mining, and the forestry industry,” said project coordinator Marilyn Manuel. “It’s very exciting to discover what a wealth of history we have here and I look forward to hearing more!”

The program is open to all residents and participants can come for one-time sharing or for several sessions, as both a ‘teller’ or a ‘listener.’

All the stories will be taped and compiled to form a permanent collection within the archives at Christ Church National Historic Site. Some of them may be used in any future efforts to publish a second edition of the Forging a New Hope book.

The first sharing session is on May 31 at 10 a.m. Transportation is available through Care Transit Society if needed. Light refreshments will be served by The Anglican Church Women’s Guild.

Christ Church National Historic Site is located at 680 Fraser Ave. in Hope.  For more information, contact Manuel at 604-869-9703 or email christchurch1861@yahoo.com.