Hall phone number: 403-843-6100
Mailing address: Box 10 Site 11 RR#2, Bluffton AB, T0C 0M0
Online Map: link to Google
Legal land location: SW 4-45-2-W5
In words: We are located halfway between Rimbey and Winfield, about 8 km (~ 5 miles) east of Hoadley, or about 53 km straight west from Highway 2 along Highway 611. The hall is on the north side of the highway, between Range Roads 23 and 24.
Joey Jensen (President)
Larry Kozicky (Vice President)
Helen Jorgensen (Treasurer)
Laverne Steeves, Karen Boyes, Susan Kozicky
Jesse Lunzmann, Ryan Nichol, Nicole Steeves,
Message from the Board
Our hall is the heart of our rural Alberta community, and we’ve been around for a while.
The hall’s foundation (or absence of one, as we now know) was first laid in 1922. The first hall board meeting was in held on May 6 of that year, the building was given its name before it was built (on the 20th), and construction began on the 5th of June. Eleven days later, on Friday, June 16th, the building welcomed its very first dance,”more or less under the stars as there no shingles on the roof.” The stars were “more or less” overhead because the dance was rained out.*
The hall that was built in 1922 is the hall that stands to this day. It has been renovated countless times since that June of 1922 and it’s seen our community through more weddings, baby-showers, funerals, and potlucks than even our old-timers can remember.
Beginning with its very first production in 1995, The Romancers, our annual dinner theatre has been a huge success. Thanks to the generosity of both the Springdale Players Theatre Society and Springdale Ladies’ Club, and the dedication of volunteer cooks, casts and crews over the years, our hall has been able to entertain hundreds of people and raise thousands of dollars toward the construction of a new building.
Why a new building? The hall that was built in 1922 is the one we’re still in. It’s an old building. We’re at the point where we need to replace the old hall’s roof and floor, and already the building is more patches than pants. Part of the hall is held up by rocks (that “absent foundation” we mentioned earlier) so the floor grows more ground-like and less floor-like every year. Oh, and did you hear about a recent theatre season through which a skunk lived under the building? We have stories about our hall.
Fortunately, in being able to watch that floor change for a long time, we’ve had many chances to talk about if we really need a new building. Our answer? We may be in a hyperlinked, networked, and globalized world, but no matter where you are, good things come from neighbours spending time together, and a hall is a good way to do that.
We are so committed to our new hall that we’ve already built half of it. The outside is done and our plan is to build the inside in stages, starting with the main hall area, using quality materials and workers to ensure our next building stands a hundred years. We are all — newcomers and old-timers — looking forward to the new hall welcoming its first dance. We’ll be especially proud to show off how we learned from history: we put the roof on early so we don’t have to worry about getting rained out.
If you would like us to help us with the new hall, by sending us a donation or a good photograph or story we would love to hear from you.
Liberty Hall Society
* This story is told in Tributaries of the Blindman, a local history book published in the 1980’s by merry gang of committed volunteers. For more about what this book has to say about Liberty Hall history, please visit our History page.