Board Game

Board Game

Game board "Cars & Clergy" with rules, showing map of Yukon Territory, settlements, and roads

The game "Cars and Clergy" was developed in 1962 to raise money for the Clergy Car Fund and to illustrate accessibility in the Yukon. This game was the brainchild of Margaret and Reverend Henry Marsh. It was a spin on the old time favourite 'Snakes and Ladders' board game. The objective is to help the clergy get from one place to another in the Diocese. All proceeds went to the Clergy Car Fund, to help offset the cost of travel.

In the Northern Lights magazine, a literary newsletter devoted to the Anglican Church in the North, Reverend Marsh comments on the transportation problem. "Our biggest problem is how to keep men on the road, they are all at least a hundred miles from their nearest neighbour in the Church, and they drive endless miles to serve their parish…There are only 15,000 people in over 200,000 square miles…Unless you go where they are you cannot reach the people." The highway in the Yukon is often problematic. The road was built on shifting permafrost which causes the surface to crack and break apart. The mountainous terrain makes for steep grades, mud slides and avalanches. At the time of the board game the maintenance of the roads was far from regular which lead to severely eroded sections of the road. Then there is the matter of weather and temperature which makes Yukon travel a challenging endeavour.

Institution

Old Log Church Museum, Whitehorse

Accession Number

1984.251.b-k

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