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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Louvain School No. 2083 (RM of South Norfolk)

The Louvain School District was established formally in August 1921, named for Louvain University in Belgium. As of 1939, a one-room schoolhouse operated at SE25-8-8W in the Rural Municipality of South Norfolk, on land donated by Barthelemy Perroud. The school closed in 1953 due to low student enrollment. Four years later, the building was moved one-half mile east and renovated into a private residence. The district was dissolved in 1960 and its catchment area became part of the St. Claude Consolidated School District and later the Mountain School Division. A commemorative monument, unveiled on 25 September 1999, stands at the former school site.

Among the teachers of Louvain School was Mrs. Geraldine Bonnefoy (1939).

Louvain School

Louvain School (no date) by J. H. Plewes
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 91.

Louvain School

Louvain School (no date) by J. H. Plewes
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 91.

Louvain School

Louvain School monument (August 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.68030, W98.41495
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 August 2015

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