Stelmach farmhouse moved to Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
A house built by the grandparents of former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach was moved 50 kilometres on Wednesday from his property near Andrew to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, east of Edmonton.
The farmhouse was built by Stelmach's grandparents in 1915 after they immigrated to Canada from Ukraine.
Stelmach became visibly choked-up when talking with reporters about the move.
"The memories of picking herbs with my grandmother in the pasture," he said. "A neighbour remembered my grandmother made the best creampuffs in the area."
The move is part of a celebration of the 120th anniversary of the first Ukrainian settlers to arrive in Canada. The house will be restored over the next couple of years and will eventually be open to the public.
"It represents the all of the families that came ... within that same time period, that really worked hard," Stelmach said.