Fraserwood (formerly named Kreuzburg) was settled in the early 1900s by Ukrainian, Polish and German farmers. Its first hall was built in 1921. Well used throughout the decades, it eventually succumbed to the effects of time. The new hall now stands proudly beside its predecessor.
Planning for the current hall began in 1993. It took 10 years for the initial money to be raised–through bingos, socials, private donations, government grants and, most importantly, through sales of perogies.
“This project signifies a lot of hard work by the community,” said Peter Capar Jr., hall member and chair person of the hall building committee, “Our Babas have sold millions of perogies,” he told a reporter for one of the local newspapers in 2003.
“We’ve raised three-quarters of the construction cost and fundraising will continue during the winter.”
At the time the fund raising and building process took place, Fraserwood had fewer than 300 telephone listings in the phone book. For a town of its size, such large scale fund raising was quite an achievement.
“It shows what smaller communities can do. When people work together and cooperate, something like this is not a chore,” Capar said.
A sod turning event for the new $1-million-plus Fraserwood Hall took place that year on August 17. Everyone came out for the event.
The new Fraserwood Hall was completed the following year.
While it is better known as the Fraserwood Hall, the facility retains its original legal name, The Ukrainian National Peoples’ Home of Taras Shevchenko.
The former hall was initially a reading association meeting place where immigrants gathered to read newspapers and books, including the poetry of Taras Shevchenko.
During the 1920s, the association evolved into a community hall. Seven additions had been built onto the main building over the decades to accommodate larger gatherings.
The old Fraserwood Hall was still in use up until 2004, when the current hall replaced it. It still stands adjacent to the new hall on the 7 acre parcel of land on PTH 231. The building is beyond repair. Eventually it will be torn down to make way for additional parking.