Remembering Eddy Nishida

Bringing his brilliant legacy into the 21st century

This article was published on Feb, 19, 2019.

Year after year, for many years, devoted Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre volunteer Eddy Nishida lugged the “latest” in audio-recording technology to  our main campus to record speakers of all types.

Some of our guests were renowned throughout the Anglican Church, and across North America. Others were lesser-known people who had important things to say. They all gained a platform at the Sorrento Centre… and Eddy was here to record them.

We have boxes of audio tapes from across the decades – thousands of hours of great material. We’ve “rescued” the cassette tapes from the archives in the basement of our iconic administration building, Spes Bona.

We’re launching a project to reclaim the material and bring it into the 21st century. There are three distinct parts to the work: First, to document the rich treasure-trove (Eddie was quite meticulous in individual tapes – but there is no central registry that will give us an overview of the riches in our archives); second, to digitize a range of the material and make it available to us in 2019 and beyond; and, third, to build a series of events and activities around the goldmine of historical material. The issues discussed then are relevant today. We can gain insights from the Eddy Nishida archives that will help us to tackle the pressing issues of the 21st century.

We’re at the very beginning of this work – pulling boxes of materials from the archives and discovering what we actually have… Stay tuned for more details as the project develops. We know that this work will involve some costs – including digitizing the tapes, posting material and hosting events.

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