Wednesday, May 19, 2010

All Saints Sunday School

It had been a while since I have written anything about the sad saga of All Saints Anglican Church in Granville Centre. For those who do not remember, this lovely little circa 1814 church along the side of Highway 1 was dismantled late in 2009 with the prospect of shipping the frame to Louisiana to be reconstructed by another parish. There was a great deal of interest in this story at the time with media coverage from CBC television, the Globe and Mail, Chronicle Herald and virtually every other major daily newspaper in Canada. I am not writing this post to open up the All Saints can of worms again. While I still firmly hold the belief that another solution could have been found, the struggle to preserve this structure has been lost. It is time to use this as a lesson and move on to other causes. This is a post about celebrating the fact that we have been able to acquire an artifact to commemorate All Saints.

A few months ago I received a phone call from Annapolis Heritage Society board member Andrew Welch. He told me that he was at an antique shop further up the Annapolis Valley. As he was browsing through the stock he had apparently found an artifact that he thought the O'Dell House Museum would be interested in. Before he had finished telling his story I knew that this was an artifact that we needed to collect.

As the story went, when the workers were in the process of dismantling All Saints Church, a Sunday school banner was found in the bell tower. The banner had been rolled and forgotten in a corner when the contents of the church were removed. The company charged with taking the church apart brought the banner to the antique store where Andrew found it. The banner itself is made of canvas and mounted on a wooden dowel with small nails. A red and green scroll is painted on a blue background with the words "All Saints Sunday School" written in gold. I assume that the banner was made sometime between the 1880s and 1920s, but I welcome correction if anyone has memories of when it was made. I would like to offer my thanks to Andrew who not only found the banner, but purchased it and donated it to the museum. If you would like to see the banner, it is currently hanging at the O'Dell House Museum.

All for now,
RGS

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