by Jerry Szach, edited by Nolan Reilly, Department of History, UofW
The Labour Temple was one of the most prominent of the web of labour, cultural and church halls that European immigrants created as they settled in Winnipeg’s North End in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Readers interested in learning more about the Labour Temple should read Myron Shatulsky’s articles published in the Ukrainian Canadian Herald. Shatulsky paints an intriguing portrait of life in the ethnic association halls and churches that populated the neighbourhoods surrounding the Labour Temple.
Jerry Szach, who was born on 7 November 1930, spent his early year’s youth playing in the shadow of the Ukrainian Labour Temple. In this article, Jerry Szach’s remembers his youth in Winnipeg’s North End during the Depression of the 1930s. READ MORE.
At a meeting in the Winnipeg Royal Theatre in March 1918, members of the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party, of the Volodymyr Vynnychenko Drama Circle, and the staff of the weekly newspaper Robochyi narod agreed it was important to build a meeting space for their community. They represented a collective of political, dramatic and publishing organizations all oriented to serving the Ukrainian immigrant community in Manitoba. They knew there was a need for a central space for Ukrainian immigrants, where political and educational events, meetings, concerts and plays could be held.
To read a Brief History of the AUUC, click here.
In honour of Pollock’s Hardware’s 100th Anniversary, the Co-op hosted a Speakers Series on the history of the North End of Winnipeg and Pollock’s role within it. This is a recording of the fourth event of the Speakers Series held on May 24, 2022. “Pollock’s loves co-ops so we’re thrilled to have Jim Mochoruk talk about one of the most iconic North End co-ops: The People’s Co-op! Join us to hear about how this co-op was a force in business and a social institution.” Jim is co-author of the book The People’s Co-op: The Life and Times of a North End Institution (2000)
Special thanks to Jim and Pollock’s for giving the Canadian Society for Ukrainian Labour Research and AUUC Wpg permission to record the presentation, and thank you to Paul Graham for producing the video.