Lögberg-Heimskringla - 03.06.2005, Blaðsíða 7

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 03.06.2005, Blaðsíða 7
Lögberg-Heimskringla • Föstudagur 3. júní 2005 • 7 s4 &ccfc ommun The sisters Bernice Andersen and Shirley Dye have been involved in the Stephan G. Stephansson lcelandic Society of Markerville since their father Johann Halldór Johannson established it in 1974. Steinþór Guðbjartsson met them at the Historic Markerville Creamery. The Creamery has played a big role in the commu- nity for more than a cen- tury. Two cheese factories were started in 1895 and they paved the way for the Creamery. Dr. Christian Marker, the Superin- tendent of Government Cream- eries, helped the Icelandic farm- ers in the area to get it going in 1899 and they named the settle- ment in his honour in 1903. The Creamery served the community for 73 years. In 1978 it was designated a Pro- vincial Historic Resource by the Government of Alberta. In 1984, the community restored it and two years later the museum was opened to the public. Since then it has been operated by the Stephan G. Stephansson Icelan- dic Society. It gives a first-hand glimpse into the settlers' lives and attracts about 15,000 guests every summer. Markerville Creamery School Programs run from middle of May until the end of June. Not only do they provide lessons on the production of the Creamery in the old days and the history of the settlement, they also have a program at the one room school the Hola School, down the road from Stephan G. Stephansson House. There they offer the students an op- portunity to recreate lessons and games of the school children in the 1920s. "It's quite a popular pro- gram," Bernice says. "A lot of kids, mostly from grades three to seven in central Alberta, par- ticipate in the programs." Last year they had more than 1,200 students at the Creamery and about 1,350 at the school. The sisters' grandparents moved to Markerville from Manitoba and North Dakota. Bernice has lived in Markerville all here life and Shirley now lives in Red Deer. "It is kind of quiet here but nice," Bernice says. "People are friendly and the neighbours are like a fam- ily." The Society was formed at PHOTO: STEINÞÓR GUÐBJARTSSON The sisters Bernice Andersen and Shirley Dye have been involved in the Stephan G. Stephans- son Icelandic Society of Markerviile since their father got it going in 1974. the time of the restoration of the Stephansson House. The late Johann Halldór Johannsson, or "Little Joe" as he was called, worked to- ward the designation of the Stephansson homestead as an historic site and the Society was instrumental in having the Creamery designated an his- toric site. "The restoration of the Stephansson House was the reason for forming the Society," Bernice says. "Little Joe" was the first President of the Society. Shir- ley is the new President and Bernice is a former President of three years. "The family has been involved for a long time, just as other members of the community have," Shirley says. "Everything that has been done is the result of a huge commu- nity effort." A few years ago they pub- lished the book From Fire & Ice, A Markerville History, and recently they have been working on the publication of selected translations from Stephan G. Stephansson's Andvökur. "The Creamery takes up most of our time and is our big- gest responsibility, but we have mainly three responsibilities: the operation of the museum, the Icelandic connection and the community," Shirley says. Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site Beourguestatthehome ofthe"PoetoftheRocky Mountains", a peaceful homesteadwhereStephan G. Stephansson, revered lcelandic poet, farmed by dayandwrotebynight. Restoredtolts1927 appearance, Stephansson House offersa glimpse of Alberta's lcelandic heritage and the life of this pioneer-poet. Interpretive tours conducted by costumed guides. (403)728-3929 or (780)427-1787 stephansson.house@gov.ab.ca www.cd.gov.ab.ca/sh 1QAM--5:3QPM M0NDAVTHRU5AIURDAV N00N 5:30 PM SUNDAVS OPENUNÍILLA80URUAV oi'í imo'i w/mmnmi (ASMISSIONISCHARttB MARKERVILLE CREAMERY (403)728.3006 ITSFUN rJERE! creamery@touralberta.com www.touralberta.com/creamery 0WNED ANO 0PERATED BV THE STEPHAN G. STEPHANSSON ICELANDIC S0CIETV Enjoy a traditional lcelandic style lunch in the Kaffistofa, and stroll across the Medicine River to the picnic grounds, site of the annual lcelandic Picnic being held this year on June 18. You won't want to miss our centennial exhibit, Modeling A Century Along the Medicine - Hola to Markerville" ondisplayallsummer. 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