Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Moving Forward And Sanctuary

 Picking up where we left off yesterday, here we have more of the story of the transcontinental railroads and the mammoth task of their construction.

The item in this display case is a theodolite, a standard tool used by surveyors at the time.

A panel and display case looks at Haida artist and chief Charles Edenshaw. The totem pole and hat in the display case are his works. 

Nearby is one of the treasures of the Museum. St. Onuphrius Catholic Church was given to the Museum in the 1990s and installed here. As part of the wave of immigrants from Ukraine into the West in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century, this church ministered to the community of Smoky Lake northeast of Edmonton. It remains a consecrated church today. Because of Covid restrictions, the interior was off limits, but the doors were open and the sanctuary could be seen.


  1. That is a pretty church. With the door open, visitors can see the interior.

  2. Hello,

    The surveyor tool is neat. I like the cute little church. Take care, have a happy day!

  3. ...the construction of the railroads was quite an accomplishment.

  4. The theodolite is interesting, quite advanced.

  5. Another great museum and a very cute little church

  6. That is a beautiful church and a real treasure indeed.

  7. I always enjoy it when you show the church.

  8. I love that they gave the church to the museum.

  9. Hey, you finally got some western stuff to show today.

  10. Those wood trellis railroad bridges are amazing!

  11. William - I volunteer in a museum that contains a treasure trove of railway history, focusing on the Great Northern Railway. It is incredible to study what those early visionaries achieved, with the blood, sweat and tears of many men.

  12. @Nancy: that church is a treasure.

    @Italiafinlandia: definitely.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Tom: that it was.

    @Iris: it's quite a tool.

    @Susie: that it is.

    @DJan: I agree.

    @Marie: it is.

    @RedPat: I enjoy showing it.

    @Jeanie: I do too. It's a marvelous building.

    @Sharon: me too.

    @Red: yes indeed.

    @Sami: that it is.

    @Maywyn: they are.

    @Angie: I agree.

  13. -Interesting!The little church is very sweet :)

  14. I can see why they preserved the chapel, but, geez, you'd think they would have given it a little more breathing room. :-)

  15. Mammoth tasks was right. What a project building a railroad.

  16. My grandfather was a mining engineer and he had a theodolite much like that onewhich he gave to us (in his old age) because my husband showed an interest in his work. Now one of our sons, who is also inclined toward engineering and mechanics has it. It is a beautiful piece even for one who does not understand it (like me).

  17. That is a beautiful little Church.

    All the best Jan

  18. It's amazing all the railway track they've now pulled.

  19. I can't imagine wearing a dress like the one in your 3rd photo. Especially when it's 110 degrees here.

  20. It's hard to imagine the manpower and effort that went into building the railroads and bridges ✨ Was nice to have a little peek into the church William ­čĺŤ

  21. railroad construction historically is always fascinating ~ great photos of the church

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  22. @Anita: I think so!

    @Bill: very much so.

    @Revrunner: well, I think it's got enough space, but I can see what you mean.

    @Gemel: it was, across this country.

    @Sallie: I would not understand it.

    @Jan: I agree!

  23. @Jennifer: quite true.

    @Magiceye: indeed.

    @Linda: I think so.

    @Sharon: who would?

    @Grace: thanks!

    @Carol: thank you!

  24. I love Canadian history. Just learned about the Confederation Bridge to PEI on a great video!