Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Rural Schools Vulcan County Alberta

Map of Heritage Schools 1909/1961
Lomond, AB (Vulcan County) © Penny Allen
Did your ancestors attend a rural school in Alberta? Historical societies in this province have worked very hard to preserve their history. This post highlights Vulcan and District Historical Society's work. There's more information about what types of records they hold in this article. A future post will highlight other heritage schools in the province.

On the Vulcan County History blog, a number of pages highlights the Vulcan and District Historical Society Archives Committee and Norma J. Aldred's work to identify rural school houses in Vulcan County. As noted by the author of the blog, Cody Shearer, 'I’d like to sincerely thank the Vulcan and District Historical Society Archives Committee for their hard work and research on the rural schools. They have been an integral part of the Vulcan County History Blog and the articles can now serve as historical resources for the people of Vulcan County forever. Thank you!'

Most, if not all, the schools have a separate entry on the blog which gives a description and a small history which was recounted by a local who had knowledge of the school. Some are noted here: Rolling Prairie School No.2422; Sunny Lake School No. 4123; Washington School No.1431Wilderman School No.1561Willard School No.2176Yale School No.1749Yetwood School No.2072.

Also, Norma published a book on behalf of the society which also highlights the histories of these schools in more depth. Summary:"This collection of facts and anecdotes about the small rural schools that existed from about 1904 to 1944 and their inhabitants from mainly within the area covered by the Vulcan County is only meant to give a brief overview of each one."-p.3.

Aldred, N.J. (2011) School Bells and children's yells : Vulcan County's pioneer schools. Vulcan and District Historical Society, Lethbridge, Alta. To purchase your copy email: vdhs@telus.net.

It doesn't stop there. Norma also published these great histories that centre around histories of Vulcan County. There must be ancestors names in them as well!

Aldred, N.J. (2014) Vulcan County Remembers. Vulcan and District Historical Society, Lethbridge, Alta.

___. (2012) Shadows of the Past Vulcan County Cemeteries. Vulcan and District Historical Society, Lethbridge, Alta.

___. (2011) More Than Just the Mail Vulcan County's Pioneer Post Offices. Vulcan and District Historical Society, Lethbridge, Alta.

___. (2011) School Bells and Children's Yells Vulcan County's Pioneer Schools. Vulcan and District Historical Society, Lethbridge, Alta.

If you'd like more information about Vulcan County's History, be sure to get in touch with the Vulcan and District Historical Society.

Update: On page Map and page 1007 of the Wheat Country : A History of Vulcan and District there is a map of all the School Divisions in Vulcan County compiled by Marjorie Weber.

No comments:

Post a Comment