The Altbergthal School District was organized formally in June 1904 and a school building was erected at SW1-2-2W in the Rural Municipality of Rhineland. It closed in 1965 and the district became part of the New Hope Consolidated School No. 2437. The building was also moved to New Hope and used there until 1982 when it was moved to a site behind the Rhineland Pioneer Centre in nearby Altona and used as a schoolhouse museum. It closed in 2000 as a result of vandalism and deteriorating condition. Facing the threat of demolition, on 28 September 2012 the building was moved to the former site of the Neubergthal School in Neubergthal in the Rural Municipality of Rhineland. Plans call for it to be maintained by the Neubergthal Heritage Foundation. The original schoolyard with teacherage was sold and developed into residential property.
The original Altbergthal School (June 1968)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey, Altbergthal.
Altbergthal School on its original site (no date) by G. G. Neufeld
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 93.
The former Altbergthal School building (April 2017)
Source: George Penner
The former Altbergthal School building (October 2018)
Source: Graham Schellenberg
Site Location (lat/long): N49.07486, W97.48157
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Neubergthal School No. 1594 (Neubergthal, RM of Rhineland)
One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.
The Rural Municipality of Rhineland, 1884-1984 by Gerhard J. Ens, 1984. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.R45 Ens]
“Altbergthal School is on the move” by Lori Penner, Red River Valley Echo, 11 October 2012, page 12.
We thank Jake Rempel, George Penner, and Graham Schellenberg (Neubergthal Heritage Foundation) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Al Schmidt (Altona and District Heritage Research Centre) and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 October 2018
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