Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Here we have a look up at the ceiling in St. Onuphrius Church, in the Museum of History.

A video display features recollections from parish members, mixed with footage of the church still in use today inside the Museum. And have a look at this museum blog post from 2017 about the process of taking care of the church during the work that was done to revamp the permanent galleries.

Stepping out of the church, the visitor can walk around its perimeter. The walls around it have artifacts about life in the west. This coat belonged to a Ukrainian immigrant, Mrs. M. Senko, who lived in Alberta; it dates to the late 19th century. Tools like a plow and a sickle are included in this display case.

For many Canadian students of the period these would have been familiar sights: the desk, the lunch box, the satchel. In rural environments, schools would have been of the one room variety, with multiple grade levels all together.

A look through a back door in the church gives a view of the sacristy.


  1. Beats me how school worked back in the day.

  2. Amazing detail and artwork. I like the old traditions.

  3. It really is a lovely church William, beautifully shown here. Interesting link also ✨

  4. Hello, wonderful details and beautiful church! I have seen similar school desk. Wishing you a great day!

  5. Hard to overvalue the contribution of Ukrainian settlers on the Prairies. Their descendants must be deeply saddened by what is going in there now,

  6. That church is such a good artefact.

  7. It's so interesting seeing different symbols. Quite the place.

  8. I also wonder how school could be successful with so many different ages all in together. It must have worked, though.

  9. What colors in this sanctuary ~ gorgeous photos ^_^

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  10. The Ukrainian people kept their vibrant culture alive in the west.I enjoyed their dancing.

  11. Like the fact you have a church in a museum

  12. @Lady Fi: it is.

    @Iris: they made it work.

    @Sandi: as do I.

    @Revrunner: it's quite small!

    @Tom: I certainly thought so.

    @Jan: it definitely is.

    @Grace: thank you.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @David: indeed.

    @Anvilcloud: it is.

    @Jennifer: I agree.

    @DJan: it seemed to.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Red: they did indeed.

    @Sharon: that it is.

    @Bill: I do too.

  13. Gorgeous details! Glad you had the opportunity to visit.

  14. A beautiful place with nice details.

  15. Big brother is watching you I would say for the first picture !

  16. The eye in the ceiling is somewhat unnerving.

  17. A beautiful place to check out.

  18. @Likeschocolate: thank you.

    @Karl: that it is.

    @Marleen: indeed.

    @Gattina: true!

    @Marie: I can see that.

    @Ella: it certainly is.

    @Bill: very much so.

    @RedPat: so do I.

  19. William - church attendance has certainly changed since I was a kid! Anything goes in terms of clothing, and many people only "make it" at Easter and Christmas. You captured the beauty of the church in your pictures!

  20. I'm pretty sure I sat at a desk or two like that one in my school days.

  21. Those days people go to church in their Sunday best.

  22. I love looking at the old photo of the little school house and its students!

  23. I like the way the lives of the people who attended the church are interpreted in displays outside of it:)

  24. Just love the detail and artwork … good to see.

    All the best Jan

  25. @Maywyn: it seems in decline.

    @Joanne: that it is.

    @Angie: that's true.

    @Kay: I didn't!

    @Nancy: true.

  26. @Tanya: it's a good addition.

    @Rosie: I like that too.

    @Jeanie: I think so too.

    @Gemel: definitely.

    @Jan: thank you.