Historic Sites of Manitoba: Seech School No. 1454 (Municipality of Harrison Park)

The Seech School District was organized formally in April 1908, and a school building operated on the southeast quarter of 11-20-22 west of the Principal Meridian in what is now the Municipality of Harrison Park. The school closed in 1960.

Among the teachers of Seech School were Michael Belinsky (1910), Alex Klymkiw (1911), N. Halas (1914), Andrew Siwicky (1915-1920), J. M. Panisiak (1920-1921), M. Saranchuk (1921), S. Doroschuk (1921-1922), Lawrence Peter Roscoe (1922-1924), J. M. Hawryluk (1924), M. A. Zubrak (1924-1926), M. J. Twerdun (1926-1929), W. Yarmey (1926-1928), Mary Nychek (1929-1931), W. R. Cornat (1931-1932), Joe Hallas (1932-1938), Michael Posmituck (1938-1940), Isabel Duffy (1940-1941), Mary Melnychuk (1941-1942), Helen J. Antonation (1942-1944), Margaret S. Gregorash (1944-1945), Helen Chobotiuk (1945-1946), Peter Galan (1945-1946), Alice Hrysak (1946-1947), Kate Twerdun (1947-1949), Jean E. Dziver (1949-1950), Stanley Plewak (1949-1950), Joseph Kustiak (1950-1951), and Louis Kurchaba (1951-1960).

The school building was later purchased by former teachers John and Rose Baydock and moved to a site on the north side of Seech Lake. It was later moved to the Prairie Mountain Regional Museum. A monument at the original site commemorates it.

Seech School

Seech School (no date) by J. B. Morrison
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 120.

The former Seech School building

The former Seech School building (1980s)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 969.

The former Seech School building at the Prairie Mountain Regional Museum

The former Seech School building at the Prairie Mountain Regional Museum (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Seech School building at the Prairie Mountain Regional Museum

The former Seech School building at the Prairie Mountain Regional Museum (July 2021)
Source: George Penner

Seech School commemorative monument

Seech School commemorative monument (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.69823, W100.41615
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Prairie Mountain Regional Museum (RM of Yellowhead)


“The local round,” Dauphin Herald, 20 October 1938, page 9.

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.

Ripples On The Lake: A History of Shoal Lake Municipality, 1884-1984 by Shoal Lake History Book Committee, 1984.

From the Past to the Present, 1898-1987 by Parkland Ukrainian Pioneer Association, circa 1988. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, Rare Book Collection F5648.P36 Fro]

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

We thank George Penner and Alice Keewatin for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 May 2024

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