by Karen Wall
[Photos courtesy of Karen Wall and Mennonite Heritage Museum promotional materials.]
On May 16, 2019 twenty-nine Red River College Heritage Group members and their guests visited the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Steinbach. This outdoor village was built to take visitors back to the mid-1870s when the first Mennonite settlers arrived in Manitoba.
With the knowledgeable help of museum guides Betty Koop and Sara Klassen the group was taken on a walking tour of the more than 20 historic buildings that make up the village, including Mennonite homes, schools, churches, and small businesses.
The tour began with a visit to the overview gallery in the main museum building. In words and pictures, the group was given a review of the history of Russian Mennonites from the 1500s to the present. This provided a backdrop with which to view the remainder of the tour. Continue reading