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Credits and Sources


This online project was developed with the support of the Digital Museums Canada investment program. Digital Museums Canada is managed by the Canadian Museum of History, with the financial support of the Government of Canada.

Curator and Coordinator: Amanda Foote
Exhibit Writer and Historian: Fay Wilson
Text Editor: Jeannette Richter
French translation: Nicole Giguère
Original photography and videography: Jarret Twoyoungmen (Nakoda AV Club)
Thanks to the Beiseker Station Museum board for editing, oversight, and guidance:
  • Iris Balson
  • Fred Bell
  • Ortrud Finck
  • Jeannette Richter
  • Lorraine Pope
  • Lucille Metzger
  • Jean Schwengler
  • Leah Uffelman
  • Anne Wise
  • Warren Wise
Our gratitude goes to the interviewees and contributors:
  • Leonard Hagel
  • Fred Lyczewski
  • Monty Metzger
  • Julie Perks
  • Sarah Rau
  • John Richter
  • Frank Schwengler
  • Jean Schwengler
  • Vera Schmaltz
  • Matt Schmaltz
  • Leah Uffelman
  • Adrian Wolfleg

We also want to acknowledge Fred Lyczewski and Frank Schwengler, who did not live to see this exhibit completed. Rest in peace Fred & Frank.

Thanks to the current Beiseker Community School students who shared their stories with us: Grace Winfield, Layla Tait Poimer, Myranda Wier, and their parents. 

Thanks to Pioneer Acres Museum for providing access to their one room school house for research and photographs.


Alberta Culture and Tourism. Electricity and Alternate Energy. Government of Alberta, 2021.

Alberta Teacher’s Association. Becoming a Teacher in Twentieth Century Calgary: A History of the Calgary Normal School and the Faculty of Calgary.

Alberta Teacher’s Association. Teaching in the 1930s: Moving from the Ritz to the Ranks

Alberta Teacher’s Association. “The Founding of Alberta.”

The terms of Confederation established education as a matter of provincial jurisdiction.

Alberta Teacher’s Association. A brief history – the great depression. ATA, 2002.

Axelrod, Paul. “Banning the Strap: The End of Corporal Punishment in Canadian Schools.” Leadership, Policy, School Community, January 6, 2011. EdCan Network.

Beiseker Station Museum. “Beiseker’s Golden History.” Beiseker Historical Society, Beiseker, AB., 1977.

Blystone, Susan Marquardt. Rules for one-room schoolhouse teachers. Illinois State University: February 17, 2014.

Buck, George H. “Alberta’s School Building Plans”. Archivaria 29, Winter 1989-90: pp. 173-79.

Canadian Museum of History. The Making of Medicare: The History of Healthcare in Canada, 1914-2007. April 21, 2021.

Chandler, Graham. “Selling the Prairie Good Life.” Canada’s History, September 7, 2016.

College of Physicians of Philidelphia. The History of Vaccines.

Glenbow Library and Archive Western Research Centre. University of Calgary.

Government of Canada. Poliomyelitis (Polio).

Teachers’ and families’ corner — National Flag of Canada Day.

Humphries, W. A., ed. “Perseverance, Pranks and Pride: Tales of the One-Room Schoolhouse.” A Day in the Life of a One Room School Student.

Mahe, Yvette T. M. “Official and unofficial school inspection as hegemonic and counter-hegemonic struggle in Prairie districts before 1940.” Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, June 22, 200. The Free Library by Farlex.

Medicine Net. What is Polio? Symptoms and Vaccine.

“Musée Morinville Museu, One-Room School House Exhibit Virtual Tour.” Arts & Culture,Local News, Morinville News. Morinville Online, September 18, 2020.

Parkins, John R. & Reed, Maureen G., ed. Social Transformation in Rural Canada: Community, Cultures, and Collective: pp.1-22.

Peel’s Prairie Provinces. “Peel 9865: Bryce, George (1844-1931). Canadian loyalty. Winnipeg: Manitoba Free Press Company, 1902. University of Alberta.

Plaizier, Heather Mae. Developing a Sense of Place in Rural Alberta: Experiences of Newcomers. Thesis, University of Alberta: 2009.

RETROactive: Exploring Alberta’s Past. One-room Schoolhouses in Alberta: Where Early Public Education Began.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Collection.

Vomiero, Jessica. “’O Canada’ lyric change sparks debate, but the anthem was originally gender neutral.” Global New, February 2, 2018.

Van Kleek, Edith. The Way it Was: Vignettes from My One Room Schools. University of Calgary Press, 2008.

Wouts, Adrian, John. “Evangelism for Democracy and Social Engineering: The Origins of Social Studies Curriculum in Alberta, 1919-1935.” (Unpublished master’s thesis, 2013). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/25995

For more information about Beiseker Schools, please refer to the Beiseker’s Golden Heritage book available from the Beiseker Station Museum.