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The Last One Standing: The Ukrainian Labour Temple

The Ukrainian Labour Temple (591 Pritchard Avenue) is the only surviving labour hall associated with the events of the Winnipeg General Strike. In the early twentieth century, labour halls were meeting places for unions to discuss social activities, campaigns, and strikes. In 1919, the Ukrainian Labour Temple was the hub for Ukrainian culture, farmer political activism, and the trade union movement.

The Ukrainian Labour Association, who built the temple, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018. This past February, the building also celebrated its centennial!

For this year's Doors Open Winnipeg, the Temple will be open Saturday (May 25) and Sunday (May 26) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, with food, dancing, singing and tours from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The oldest mandolin orchestra in Canada, the second oldest on the continent, will be playing during Doors Open at 1:15 pm and 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Today, I visited the Ukrainian Labour Temple to take photos. Here are some of the beautiful par…
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