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Eckville student visit collection

Fonds / Archival Collection
IdentifierRA074
Extent & Medium14 textual records
3 photographs
1 artefact
Date[25 May 1983] – 11 Jun. 1983
Administrative/Biographical HistoryEstelle Jacobson, with her husband, Michael, emigrated to Canada from South Africa in 1960. They lived in Toronto and Ottawa before moving to Vancouver in 1980. They coordinated a May 1983 visit to Vancouver by six Eckville Junior/Senior High School students taught by Holocaust denier James Keegstra. Estelle Jacobson fundraised and arranged for discounted airfare from CP Air to bring the students to Vancouver to meet and stay with Jewish families. She compiled notes, photographs, correspondence and memorabilia documenting the visit. Jacobson lives in Vancouver and is an active supporter of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; she has also volunteered with community organizations including Jewish Family Services, Louis Brier Home and the Probus Club.
Scope & ContentCollection contains photographic prints, textual records and an artefact generated as a result of a May 1983 visit to Vancouver by six Eckville Junior/Senior High School students taught by Holocaust denier James Keegstra. The visit was coordinated by the B’nai B’rith Maccabee Lodge of BC, no. 3133, and its president, Michael Jacobson, and his wife, Estelle Jacobson. The students—Mark Heyn, Letha Kirbyson, Rick Olsen, Julie Kasha, Kerry French and Maria Scott—and their social studies teacher Lorna Tink, attended the Eighth Annual Symposium on the Holocaust for high school students at the University of British Columbia.

They also received a tour of the city from Estelle Jacobson and Jan Coleman, saw Stanley Park and the Museum of Anthropology and visited a Jewish synagogue. On May 26, the students attended the Symposium on the Holocaust and participated in press talks and a barbeque at a local community member’s home.

Photographic prints depict the students’ activities in Vancouver, including their visit to Stanley Park. Textual records include thank-you letters and essays written by the students, social studies teacher Lorna Tink, Eckville Junior/Senior High School principal Edwin R. Olsen and Maccabee Lodge president Michael Jacobson, notes about funders and accommodations, and newspaper clippings. The collection also includes a commemorative spoon gifted to the Maccabee Lodge by Lorna Tink.
Archival HistoryMaterials in collection were originally donated in an album, which was disassembled for preservation reasons; items within the album were individually catalogued by the VHEC. A scan of the album can be found in the donor file.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferRecords in the collection were acquired by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre from Estelle Jacobson and catalogued in 1996.
AccrualsAccruals are not expected.
LanguageEnglish
System of ArrangementArranged following the original order in which the items were compiled into an album by Estelle Jacobson.
RightsResearchers are responsible for determining the copyright statuses and appropriate use or reuse of materials.
Rules or ConventionsArchival items described using RAD and ISAD(G). Museum item described according to CDWA.
Archivist's NoteArchival items arranged and described by Chase Nelson in 2022. Museum item described by Caitlin Donaldson in 2021. Legacy catalogue records from FileMaker Pro enhanced and ingested with funding from Library & Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities program.
Date of Description2022

Collection Contents

Collection contains photographic prints, textual records and an artefact generated as a result of a May 1983 visit to Vancouver by six Eckville Junior/Senior High School students taught by Holocaust denier James Keegstra. The visit was coordinated by the B’nai B’rith Maccabee Lodge of BC, no. 3133, and its president, Michael Jacobson, and his wife, Estelle Jacobson. The students—Mark Heyn, Letha Kirbyson, Rick Olsen, Julie Kasha, Kerry French and Maria Scott—and their social studies teacher Lorna Tink, attended the Eighth Annual Symposium on the Holocaust for high school students at the University of British Columbia.

They also received a tour of the city from Estelle Jacobson and Jan Coleman, saw Stanley Park and the Museum of Anthropology and visited a Jewish synagogue. On May 26, the students attended the Symposium on the Holocaust and participated in press talks and a barbeque at a local community member’s home.

Photographic prints depict the students’ activities in Vancouver, including their visit to Stanley Park. Textual records include thank-you letters and essays written by the students, social studies teacher Lorna Tink, Eckville Junior/Senior High School principal Edwin R. Olsen and Maccabee Lodge president Michael Jacobson, notes about funders and accommodations, and newspaper clippings. The collection also includes a commemorative spoon gifted to the Maccabee Lodge by Lorna Tink.