Boundary Museum - Grand Forks, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters
N 49° 01.142 W 118° 30.393
11U E 389850 N 5430664
Quick Description: The Boundary Museum, a museum of Doukhobor history, is housed in what was once the Fructova School. It is located at the corner of Reservoir Rd. & Spencer Rd., north about 850 metres from Highway 3 and about 1 km west of Grand Forks.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 1/9/2013 4:17:04 PM
Waymark Code: WMG43C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MikeGolfJ3
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Long Description:
The museum houses displays and artefacts related to the Doukhobors' early years in the area. It has displays both inside and outside, the outside displays being predominantly agricultural equipment of the early twentieth century. In addition to household and other artefacts housed inside, the museum possesses a large Russian language library and other archival material. Admission is still by donation.

"The Boundary Museum Society was established in 1958, and incorporated in 1980. From its inception until 2009, the Boundary Museum Society operated out of Gyro Park in the downtown core of Grand Forks, BC. In 2009, the museum began a new chapter, moving from Gyro Park to the beautiful Fructova School Heritage Site." - Boundary Museum

The Museum closes for the winter but they would be happy to give private tours until they open again in the spring. Please contact Lawrence at 250-442-3011.

"Formerly a schoolhouse called Fruitova School, this building was constructed by the Christian Communities of Universal Brotherhood (CCUB) Doukhobors in 1929 using brick from the community brick factory located just below the school grounds. It opened that same year with Miss M.E. Tapping as its first teacher and 2 classes of mostly Doukhobor children from the surrounding community.

The school was initially made with 2 classrooms at either end and a teacherage in the middle, although the teacherage became a classroom in the following years. It served the district until 1949, when the students were finally taken by school bus to Grand Forks to attend Central Elementary School. The school gradually fell into a state of disrepair and remained so until the 1980's.

In 1984 close to $200,000 was spent to restore the building, which now serves the Doukhobor Historical Society [and houses their museum, known as the Boundary Museum - the Historical Society has since moved to other quarters]. The name of the new facility was changed from Fruitova to Fructova at this time to reflect proper Russian language usage. The term Fructova, meaning "fruitful", had been formerly used by Doukhobors to describe Grand Forks in general, in recognition of its sunny climate and agricultural productivity."
From: (visit link)

The school house is now a British Columbia Heritage building.
History related to the Doukhobors' early years in the area.

Street Address:
Corner of Reservoir Rd. & Spencer Rd. Grand Forks, BC Canada V0H 1H5

Food Court: no

Gift Shop: no

Hours of Operation:
As the museum is closed for the winter, hours are not posted. See their website in the spring.

Cost: 5.00 (listed in local currency)

Museum Size: Medium

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

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