Fonds ACC. 2018-41 - Hungarian United Church fonds

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Hungarian United Church fonds

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CA UCA ACC. 2018-41

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.9 m of textual records.

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The Hungarian Reformed Congregation was formed in 1906 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Until the First World War it was supported and had strong ties with the Reformed Church in Hungary. The Church struggled during and after the First World War, and requested to join with a larger protestant denomination. It became part of the Presbyterian Church, and later became a Home Mission charge of the United Church of Canada.
In the 1920s and 1930s, the Mission was housed first in the McDougall Memorial United Church on Main St., then Point Douglas United Church, and finally in a building bought on Wellington and Victor, which was sold in 1945. From 1945 to 1956, a house (280 Young St.) was bought and served as Church and manse. The arrival of Hungarian refugees to Winnipeg in 1956 had a tremendously significant impact on the life and demographics of the Church.
From 1956 to 1960, the Church was housed at the Sunday School Hall of Young United Church on Broadway. In 1961, the Fort Garry United Church donated their old building to the Hungarian United Church located at Brandon and Nassau. The Church building was expropriated in 1968 by the city of Winnipeg for their bus garage. From 1968 to 1970, the Church was housed at Rosedale United Church. From 1970 to 2014, the Church was located at 732 Ellice Ave. In 2014, the Church building on Ellice was sold, and the congregation was housed at St. Andrew’s River Heights.
The Hungarian United Church was part of the United Church Ethnic Ministries Council. For many years, the Church was an active participant of Folkorama. The Church had close tries with other Hungarian cultural and religious organizations in Winnipeg.
The Hungarian United Church disbanded in 2016.

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The records (acc. 2018-41) were donated to the Archives in October 2018 by Rozaila Kovacs, a member of the congregation, who had stored them in her house since the congregation disbanded.

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Fonds consists of baptism, marriage, and burial registers; communion rolls and membership lists; minutes of annual meetings, the Board, the Independent Hungarian Club, the Ladies Aid, [United Church Women?], and committees; newsletters and annual reports; constitution; histories; Church bulletins; social notices and event guestbooks; and correspondence related to Church work, Hungarian Diaspora, Hungarian Cultural Associations, and Hungarian refugees.

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Records arrived at the Archives with minimal order. Order was maintained where possible and records were arranged by archivist when necessary. Published material not created by HUC, duplicates, and transitory records were removed from fonds.

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Created: March 26, 2019
Added to MAIN: July 24, 2019

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