Friday, August 5, 2011

My Alma Mater

My sister Laurie and her husband live and work at a Christian boarding school in Ontario, Canada.  My dad went to this school in the 1950s, and worked there in the 1970s.  All of us kids, except my younger brother, also attended.  I graduated in 1988.

When we were in Canada, we stayed on campus.  I thought it would be neat to give you a little tour.

Laurie and Wayne live in this house on campus.  When my dad worked at the school, we lived in this same house, and I went to kindergarten in town.

This is the main school building.  It's pretty much the same as it was when I was in school.

This boys' dorm was built about eight years ago.  It is a vast improvement on the old boys' dorm, which is basically just storage now.  Craig and I and the kids stayed in the new dorm while we were there.  

The girls' dorm is this awesome huge stone house that was built by a Canadian senator in the late 1800s.  When my dad was a student in the beginnings of the school, this is where classes were held.

An older photo, before it was owned by the school.

We had our big family birthday dinner in the dorm's sitting room, which was the original dining room.  There is a butler's pantry between the kitchen and the dining room, and a "secret" back staircase from the kitchen up to what was the servants' quarters.

The original stained glass windows still flank the fireplace.

I had several different rooms when I lived in the dorm.  This was one of them, with a marble fireplace.  I'd say the ceilings are at least 12 feet, and the baseboards 15".

I love that there's so much history here, and lots of my own family history.  In fact, my dad, Laurie, and my oldest niece Lacey were the first three-generation family to have all graduated from the school.

Thanks for taking the tour with me!


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Very cool! What a beautiful campus. :) I don't think I knew you went to boarding school. How neat that your family history is involved!

FrouFrouBritches said...

That is so cool! I love all the old buildings and the comparison from the old photos to the new ones. It's so neat that several generations went to the same school. Love that! Thanks for sharing!

Tricia said...

What a fantastic family history for you and your little ones! I love that the kiddos got to stay in and see first hand where you learned as a child. I also loved the tour.
Hope that you are all well and enjoying the last of your Summer. :)


Richella said...

That is SO COOL! A neat part of your family history, and how wonderful that your family is STILL part of the school. I know it must have been special for you to be back there.

My family moved around a lot when I was growing up, and I don't think of any place as "home." Now I'm hoping that my boys will think of my house as "home" someday--and that they'll bring their families back here, at least from time to time. :)