I was absolutely delighted to attend the Provincial Historic Designation of the Ukrainian Farmers’ National Home of Taras Shevchenko as well as the Zabava at the Highland Community Hall with Minister Miranda. Alberta has such an interesting and rich history.
Some background information:
Constructed in 1933, the Ukrainian Farmers’ National Home of Taras Shevchenko in Barich is significant as a rare example of a once common social and cultural institution within the Ukrainian bloc settlement of east central Alberta. The hall served as an important social and cultural institution and mirrored similar institutions in European Ukrainian communities. It was used as a library and meeting place for political discussions, but also served as the community’s social hub, hosting dances, dramatic productions, concerts, and various celebrations. The hall’s fieldstone construction reflects the skilled craftsmanship of local masons, while the auditorium layout, stage, and ticket booth communicate its function as a meeting space and entertainment venue. The pastoral backdrop and side panels are typical of Ukrainian halls and the stage curtain advertising local business points to the building’s historic connections to the local community. Despite becoming dormant by the 1960s, the building was saved by community efforts and has now been fully restored. The Highland Community Hall of Barich Society has received the following funding in the past five years.