Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site

Education Programs

To book a group tour, Scandanavian tour or school field trip, contact:

Historic Markerville Creamery Museum
Phone: 403-728-3006
toll-free 1 877 728 3007
Winter office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Education Program Brochure (PDF - 1.8 MB)

Our curriculum-based education programs bring to life the story of the Icelandic immigrants and how these pioneers built a vibrant community in central Alberta. Programs are offered at Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site, Markerville Creamery Museum, and Hola School. You may choose to visit one, two, or all three of these sites with you class. Located just 30 minutes south-west of Red Deer, these three sites are within a five minute drive of each other.

Find out more about education programs at:

One hour programs at each site are offered Monday through Friday, May 20 to June 26, 2015:

  • 10 - 11 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • 1 - 2 p.m.

Markerville Creamery Museum
403 728 3006 or toll-free 1 877 728 3007
Winter office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Fees are charged and vary by program. There is a minimum $20 charge per program. Maximum 30 students per program. Compulsory one adult supervisor per five children. Outdoor picnic areas and public washrooms are available at Stephansson House and the Markerville Creamery Museum. The Kaffistofa at the Markerville Creamery Museum features an Icelandic luncheon menu. Advanced bookings for groups are required.

Stephansson House Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site

Restored to 1927, this was the home of famous Icelandic immigrant poet, pioneer, and community builder Stephan G. Stephansson.

Stephansson House offers three levels of programs for you to choose from.

Arni the Troll | KINDERGARTEN

Explore the past by searching for Arni, the Icelandic Troll. Students experience the pioneer life of the historic Stephansson family through the eyes of this tiny, traditional folk character. They will make a treat in the kitchen and card wool as they learn about the environment, traditions, and culture of the past.

Social Studies outcomes: K.1, K.2 - identity, Oral Traditions, Diversity, Community, the Past, Environment, Culture/ English Language Arts
outcomes: 2, 3.1, 5.1, 5.2

Icelandic Prairie Community | GRADES 1 AND 2

Experience what family life in a 1920s Icelandic settlement community may have been like. Using their imaginations, students will travel back in time as they participate in historic activities. They will learn how pioneers lived, how communities were built, and participate in an Icelandic saga.

Grade 1: Social Studies outcomes: 1.1, 1.2 - Community, Cooperation, Family, Traditions / English Language Arts outcomes: 2.1, 2.2, 4.3, 5.1
Grade 2: Social Studies outcomes 2.1, 2.2 - Cultural Diversity, Rural Community, Human Geography / English Language Arts outcomes: 2.1, 2.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2

Velkomin | GRADES 4 AND 5

Using their imaginations, students participate in historic household activities and learn what life was like for an Icelandic immigrant family during the settlement era of the 1880's in central Alberta. Students create a new identity by becoming a working member of this historic family, an early pioneer and a community builder.

Social Studies outcomes: 4.2, 4.3 - Agriculture, Cultural Heritage, Multiculturalism,Immigration, Citizenship/ English Language Arts outcomes: 4.1


Markerville CreameryHistoric Markerville Creamery Museum

Restored to 1932, the creamery museum is owned and operated by the Stephan G. Stephansson Icelandic Society.



Butter and Bats | KINDERGARTEN

Meet Bart, our resident bat and learn about his role in the mystery of butter making. As students tour the creamery they will not only discover how cream became butter, they will also learn how immigrants came to the Markerville area and established their homesteads. As well, students will learn about farming in Alberta today. Teachers, remember to keep the bat a secret so that we can let the students figure out the mystery!

Social Studies K.2-I Belong-Individuals, Groups, Communities.

Velkomin to Markerville | GRADES 1 AND 2

A tour of the creamery will lead students on a trip back in time where they will learn how butter was made and how the Icelanders came to Canada in order to keep their traditions and to build new homesteads. They will learn about Icelandic culture and how the area developed into a rural community. We will be introducing the students to the way that farming is currently done in Alberta and, of course, ask them to figure out our bat mystery!

Social Studies outcomes 1.2, 2.1, 2.2-Community, Culture, Traditions, Identity, Belonging.

A Day in Markerville | GRADES 4 AND 5

Students will be able to picture themselves as rural children in the 1930's coming to the Creamery to pick up their family's cream cheque for the week. As they tour the Creamery, they will learn how butter was made and how to make their own butter. They will also learn what a vital role the Creamery played in the development and growth of Markerville and the businesses that were here. We will also share with the students information about local farmers and what has changed in Alberta agriculture from 1930 to the current day.

Social Studies outcomes 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2 - Agriculture, Community Development, Physical Geography, European Immigration, Cultural Traditions.

Hola School

Built in 1904, Hola School is owned by the Hola Community Society, with school programs provided through the Stephan G. Stephansson Icelandic Society.

Roll Call | GRADES 2 AND UP

Join us in this "class act" as you journey back in time to the one-room schoolhouse! Historic Hola School offers students an opportunity to participate in lessons and games played by school children in the 1920s. A costumed interpreter "teaches" the class, and students are encouraged to dress in period clothing.

NOTE: Multi-aged and home-school group programs, featuring tours and activities, are offered at all three sites.
(Not offered to pre-school age children).

Last reviewed/revised: May 17, 2016