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School Tours - Guided or Self-Guided

Take an immersive trip back in time to our village full of real historic buildings that have been restored and furnished with artifacts from the period. Groups will complete your time travel experience by meeting real characters representing different phases in the Ukrainian-Canadian settlement of east central Alberta.

Two-hour Guided Tours are customized to each grade's curriculum to provide students with the most meaningful and appropriate learning experience. Teachers may also choose to take their students on a self-guided tour, where the focus will be more on cultural landscapes and less on interacting with interpretive role-players.

Dates available: May 19 to June 29, 2020 (some exceptions)

Times for Guided Tour: 10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m. - 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Grades: K-12

Cost for Guided Tour: $11 per student

Cost for Self-Guided Tour (K-12): $10 per student

Emigration Gamble

Following pre-visit readings and activities, students assume roles of prospective European immigrants to North America. Immigration policies and economic issues at the turn of the 20th century are discovered when students debate reasons for leaving their homeland. Living history interaction with costumed interpreters is the research base for learning about pioneer achievements in Alberta.

Season available: November to April (some exceptions)

Total time: 4 hours

Grades: 6-12

Cost: $10 per student

Intended Outcomes

  • Appreciation for the stories, experiences, and values of Ukrainian immigrants to rural Alberta
  • Application and development of decision-making and debate skills
  • Comprehension of the factors that led to Ukrainian cultural retention in east central Alberta
  • Knowledge of a variety of factors that affected settlement patterns in western Canada
  • Knowledge of the various reasons for eastern European immigration to Canada

Program Activities

The first Ukrainian pioneers arrived in Alberta in 1891. Between 1891 and 1914, roughly 200,000 Ukrainian immigrants arrived in Canada from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In the 1920s another 60,000 Ukrainian immigrants entered this country.

Human emigration is a gamble. “Should we stay or should we go?” was a historical question that was discussed by thousands of individuals. Why did such a question surface? What caused the massive human migration? Was it famine, over-population, disease, persecution, or something else? These questions are at the heart of the examination of the pre-1930 Ukrainian immigration to Canada.

This education program focuses on the Ukrainian migration from Galicia and Bukovyna (part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Using provided profiles of prospective immigrants, students take on a role and debate the question of “Should we stay or should we go?” After the debate, students visit several historic buildings to discover the realities of life in Canada after immigration. Through interactions with the costumed interpreters in each building, students witness the quality of life of the first Ukrainian settlers and experience the results of the choice to immigrate to Canada.

Program Duration and Delivery

Emigration Gamble begins at 10 a.m. and runs to 2 p.m. The program begins with an interpreter-led introduction and debate in the morning. After a 30-minute lunch break, students will visit a variety of buildings in smaller groups with a supervisor or teacher. 

Ukrainian Heritage Foods

Explore traditional Ukrainian-Canadian food patterns and lifestyle. Through preparation of seasonal Ukrainian-Canadian foods, students will discover the customs, practices, and development of the Ukrainian-Canadian diet.

Season available: November to April (some exceptions)

Total time: 3 hours

Grades: 7-12

Cost: $12 per student

Intended Outcomes

  • Knowledge of culinary traditions that came to Canada with the first Ukrainian settlers at the beginning of the 20th century
  • Understanding of how knowledge and traditions are transmitted from generation to generation
  • Knowledge of culinary techniques and practices in use during the settlement era in east central Alberta
  • Appreciation for the stories and experiences of Ukrainian immigrants to rural Alberta

Program Activities

Students will participate in an exploration of traditional Ukrainian-Canadian food patterns and lifestyle. Through preparation of Ukrainian-Canadian foods, students will discover the customs, practices, and development of the Ukrainian-Canadian diet. At the end of this interactive hands-on program, students will have a greater appreciation for this unique cultural cuisine and will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to reproduce the meals of their own. Furthermore, students will discover how the early pioneers managed to survive through mercilessly harsh living conditions with minimal resources at hand.

Program Duration and Delivery

Ukrainian Heritage Foods is a 3-hour program. The program schedule includes a break. Students will actively participate in the preparation of a meal that can be enjoyed at the end of the program. The types of food prepared will be determined by the season in which the program is delivered.

Past Visions for Today

Participate in a customized workshop tailored to meet your learning objectives, followed by optional guided or self-guided tours of the museum. Can include outcomes based not only in history or social studies, but also arts, career and technology studies, tourism, business, agriculture, and more.

Season available: November to April (some exceptions)

Grades: 10-12, Post-secondary

Iordan - Feast of Jordan

Share in the rich celebrations and traditions of the Ukrainian Christmas season as they are brought to life. Participate in the church services and celebrations, interact with role-players, and partake in hands-on activities.

Dates available: Jan. 19 (In the event this is on a weekend, information can be found on our Special Events page. The program will be available for schools to book for Jan. 19, 2021)

Grades: 1-12

Program Cost: $10 per student

Facility Rental - Historic Schoolhouse Rental

Teachers can teach their curriculum in this full-day facility booking while students experience the unique setting of a historic classroom.

Currently available in March

Grades: 1-12

Facility Rental Cost: $200 per day up to a maximum of 30 students

Christopher Tokarek
Group Bookings & Corporate Sales Coordinator
  780-662-3855 Ext. 1104