Fonds OW.073 - Poplar Point, St Anne fonds

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Poplar Point, St Anne fonds

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  • 1871 - 2002 (Creation)

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30 cm of textual material and photographs
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The Rev William Cockran organized the Parish of St Anne, three kilometres west of Poplar Point, to help accommodate the growing populations in Headingley and Portage. Construction on St Anne's church began in the winter of 1862, during which time the congregation requested a resident clergyman. The Bishop agreed to provide one, on the condition that a parsonage also be built. The building materials were all donated by the Poplar Point community, and the church's furniture and religious objects were also handmade by the local parishioners. It was built with a "Red River" frame, and was an 8x16 m, two cell structure consisting of an assembly and tower. The exterior of the church was covered in cove deep siding and has not been significantly altered over the years. The church was completed in 1864 and, although his house was not yet completed, The Rev John Chapman held his first service at St Anne's on New Year's Day, 1865. The Hudson's Bay Company donated a bell in 1871 that had been used for time signals at York Factory. The parish was officially formed by Right Rev R Machray on 18 June 1886. In 1912, the parish hall of St Mary La Prairie (OW.074) was moved into the village of Poplar Point. Discussions then began regarding the possibility of moving St. Anne's next to the Parish Hall, but the Bishop felt that the structure was not stable enough to be moved. New rectories were built in 1916 and 1965. The church underwent major renovations in the mid 1930s. A cement foundation was poured, the walls were braced and a false floor was installed. Other significant restoration efforts were made in 1996-2000. Some of the highlights include the re-siding and re-shingling of the bell tower, the restoration of the log walls and the repair of the foundation. The entire church has also been re-sided, had the wiring upgraded, and been repainted, inside and out. St Anne's church is one of the oldest log churches in continuous use in Western Canada and has been designated a historic site by Manitoba's Department of Cultural Affairs and Historical Resources. Over the years, clergy serving St Anne's have also served Westbourne, St George (OW.102), Carmen, St John (OW.013), High Bluff, St Margaret (OW.039), and Oakville, St Luke (OW.065). Today, services are held twice monthly in the church in the summer, and once a month for the remainder of the year in the Parish Hall.

Custodial history

The records of St Anne, Poplar Point came to the Diocesan archives as a transfer of records from the Parish in 1984 and from the Diocese in 1990 and 1998.

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The surviving records of St Anne, Poplar Point include: Canonical Documents (1886-1913); Titles (1877-1984); Blueprints/Plans (1977); Sacramental Registers (1871-1962); Vestry Minutes (1875-1903); Record of Services (1912-1966); records of the Woman's Auxiliary (1936-1953); still images (1920-2002). Research File

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Registers, Canonical Documents, Titles and the research file can be found in the Upper Vault. The blueprints are located in the map cabinet downstairs. Some of the photographs and the Shared Box are located in the Lower Vault. The other photographs, detailing restoration work, are temporarily being kept in the research file.

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Parish Registers are also on Microfilm Roll 7

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Use of Parish Registers is restricted to Archives staff.

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Rural Parishes Finding Aid

Associated materials

Related material: M..50 Robert Martin fonds; Rural Deanery of Portage; Oakville, St Luke and Missions (OW.065); Baie St Paul (OW.004); Winnipeg, St James (W.022); High Bluff, St Margaret (OW.039); Carman, St John (OW.013) Westbourne, St George (OW.102)

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