Do you, or someone you know, own a granary from east central Alberta? If so, this could be the opportunity for you.
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) is searching for a granary from east central Alberta to complete its collection of historic buildings and structures.
Albertans are asked to help locate a granary that was constructed in east central Alberta and in use prior to 1929. This building will be added to UCHV property on the 1925-1930 Ukrainian-Canadian farmstead, which represents a period when Ukrainian-Canadian farms began to resemble other Western Canadian farms in the province. Constructed of log, milled lumber, rough-sawn lumber or a combination of these materials, the ideal granary will be larger in size to illustrate to people how large farms and crop yields were by 1930, and reinforce a theme of progress and success for Ukrainian-Canadian farmers in the region after over 35 years of settlement.
Before a candidate historic building is moved to the UCHV, it is reviewed against the following criteria:
- Significance to Ukrainian Canadian history and the history of east central Alberta.
- Date of construction, dates of any major renovations and physical condition today.
- Available photographs and documents related to the buildings, and their owners, especially in 1925-30.
- The number of people who are still alive, who can remember how the buildings looked in 1925-30, how it was furnished, and how it functioned from day to day, week to week, month to month, season to season, and especially during holiday celebrations.
- Existence of any furnishings, contents from the 1925-30 period.
This building search is part of the UCHV Enrichment Program. This was initiated in 2003 with the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society to help complete the Village by acquiring 20 missing historic structures from surrounding communities in east central Alberta. To date, 18 have been moved to the UCHV and five structures were opened to visitors last May. The remaining structures will be restored, furnished and will open to the public on an ongoing basis. This granary search is the final missing structure within this program.
Albertans with information about possible granary structures are asked to contact Radomir Bilash, Senior Historian for the UCHV at 780-431-2354.
Operated by Alberta Culture and Tourism, the UCHV is located 25 minutes east of Edmonton on Highway 16. Apart from the Iordan-Feast of Jordan special event on January 19, 2016, the Ukrainian Village is closed for the season until May 21, 2016.