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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Barker School / Sommerfeld School No. 2058 (RM of Rhineland)

Known originally as Barker School when it was organized formally in February 1921, in the village of Sommerfeld in the Rural Municipality of Rhineland, it was later renamed Sommerfeld School. Until 1940, when a new structure was constructed, the school occupied a private school building that had operated in the community. In 1961, another school building was moved to the site from Lowe Farm for use as a second classroom. The district was dissolved in 1971 but one of the building continued to be used for elementary classes for another five years. The second building was sold and moved out of the village. The remaining building was sold to the community in 1977 and used as a community centre. It now appears to be unused.

Sommerfeld School

The original Sommerfeld School building (no date) by G. G. Neufeld
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 86.

Sommerfeld School

The former Sommerfeld School building, constructed in 1940 (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1093.

Sommerfeld School

Exterior of the former Sommerfeld School building (February 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Sommerfeld School

Interior of the former Sommerfeld School building (February 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.07130, W97.44832
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

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 Al Schmidt (Altona and District Heritage Research Centre) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 January 2015

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