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Sólskin Society subfonds
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- Sólskin Society
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50 cm of textual records and other material
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The Sólskin Society is an Icelandic women’s society was first established in 1917 as an organization to help people of Icelandic descent who were in need, from sending money and knitted goods to soldiers in World War I, bundles to Britain and clothing and quilts to the Russian Relief Fund in World War II. The Sólskin Society became a registered society in 1969 under the Society Act of British Columbia. Sólskin was an active organization working towards providing wellbeing to the residents of the Icelandic Care Home Höfn. Their secondary goal was to promote cultural traditions and heritage of the Icelandic community in the greater Vancouver area. The Society was an affiliate member of the Icelandic National League of North America, and worked with the Icelandic Canadian Club of British Columbia to host events, and keep sort and catalogue their Sólskin Icelandic Heritage Library. In 1992, the Society celebrated its 75th anniversary. In 2001, the board reached a decision to no longer be a charitable organization, as many of its members were in their eighties, and no younger people were joining to continue their work. They continued to be a social group in their community. In Icelandic, “sólskin” means sunlight.
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Subfonds reflects the Sólskin Society’s efforts to support and provide wellbeing to Icelandic Care Home Höfn residents, and promote Icelandic cultural heritage. They achieved this by holding events for the residents, such as their Annual Christmas Party, Easter Party, teas and open houses, as well as raising funds through casino nights, and two annual bazaars. During the Scandinavian Cultural Society’s Scandinavian Festival at Expo 86, the Sólskin Society also provided a week long demonstration of Icelandic cookery. Their fundraising efforts contributed to the purchase and renovation of the Icelandic Care Home Höfn’s original and current locations. In honour of their 75th anniversary in 1992, they compiled and wrote Sólskin Memoirs.
Subfonds is divided into five series: administrative records, financial records, e vents and activities, publications, and photographs.
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Some materials in Icelandic.
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Some of the files contained in this subfonds contain personal information and are thus restricted. To see these files, or for more information, please contact the Archivist.
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• RBSC-ARC-1756-PH-438 to 536 (photographs)
• RBSC-ARC-1756-AR-001 to 006 (artifacts)
50 cm of textual records
1 cast iron seal
2 rubber stamps
1 commemorative pin
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Description created by Andréa Tarnawsky in March 2017. Processing completed March 15 2017. Description updated by Andréa Tarnawsky in January 2018.