In rural areas in from the 1900s to the 1940s, teachers either lodged with local families or, if the community could afford it, they would build a teacherage. Teacherages were very small houses, usually two, or sometimes three, rooms and were placed next to the school. These buildings did not normally survive intact and were often burnt down, or sold to a nearby farmer for a shed or out building, so there are not very many existing.


This example is believed to be from the Village of Wabamun and was later moved to a farm yard in Darwel. It was donated to the Museum by the Kosik family and Kosik Construction. Because it has been relatively unchanged since it was first built, it is a real wonderful find for the Museum and we are just beginning to do the research needed before repair and restoration is started. We hope to determine the exact age and construction, and as much information as possible about the building. Once the structural repairs are made and the roof replaced, it will be depicted and displayed according to its age, period it was in use, and the rest of the research we find.

We invite and ask anyone who has any photographs or information about the Wabamun Teacherage to contact us to help with this wonderful project.

Teacherage Aug 2016 Cropped
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