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Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Disrespected History Alert ! Attention Ukrainian Poets !

By now you probably know that I love the history Winnipeg has to offer. You might also know that I get pissed off at the way it's treated sometimes.

One of those piss-offs is demolishing a building and leaving little shards of it around the place. Baubles in dead end lots and overgrown parks and the like.

Here's an interesting one....

Somerset School on Sherbrook was demolished in 2005 to make way for a retail development.

I stumbled across the sign from the school building. Nice that they kept it on site...

... not nice that it is right where snow will be plowed on top of it from both the parking lot AND the sidewalk. In the summer it also has great dual usage as a bench.

Sigh....
Another bit of local history not feeling the love is Taras Shevchenko Park on Burrows and McGregor. Any Ukrainian poets out there ? An evening of poetry reading intermixed with some gardening and stone moving would not go amiss.

Taras Shevchenko Park

You could probably even apply to the Taras Shevchenko Foundation, based in Winnipeg and created in 1961 to "
celebrate the work of Taras Shevchenko" - (application forms are on-line !) - to help with the work. It awards $228k annually and I think just a tiny fraction of that would be needed to help this place out.

Anyone up for some grounds keeping over the Thanksgiving Weekend !?


Taras Shevchenko Park

Taras Shevchenko Park

5 comments:

kar0ling said...

Thanks for all your effort in chasing down historical vignettes for your readers, and for all the beautiful photos you post. I enjoy reading your blog.

mrchristian said...

Thanks for that ! I really enjoy doing it !!

Anonymous said...

Somerset School ended its life as Ecole Sacre-Coeur #2 (Grades 4-6).

Anonymous said...

FYI Somerset School was demolished in 2005 after being vacant for over 20 years. I believe it would have been too expensive to repair so it was demolished.

Christian Cassidy said...

Thanks anons. I will make that change.