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By Barry Dyck

Wind in our Sails
Many communities in Manitoba have their own recognizable icon that provides identity and a conversation piece for community members and visiting tourists. These include replicas of animals, insects, plants and various other objects that in some way... more

By Glen Klassen, MHV Board Member

Stories: Tales told by idiots?
In Shakespeare's famous play, when Macbeth hears that Lady Macbeth has just committed suicide, he cries out that his life is "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." He has concluded... more

By Barry Dyck

Fall on the Farm
Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) held this year’s Fall on the Farm festival on Monday, September 4. This annual Labour Day event concludes our series of summer festivals.
Fall on the Farm always contains certain elements that are not part... more

By Alexandra Kroeger, Assistant Curator

Looking back on previous Village News columns, I see that the curatorial staff at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) write a lot about upcoming exhibits and new artifacts, but we don't often write about what else we do behind the scenes. Since I've... more

By Andrea Dyck, Curator

Storied Places from Other Perspectives
Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) is marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada through our theme for 2017, “Storied Places,” which explores the connection people have with their “place.” What is the... more

By Jo-Ann Friesen, MHV Gift Shop Manager

Chicken Feathers
When I was a young girl, our family would travel bi-yearly to my mother’s homestead, located south of a small sleepy town in southern Saskatchewan. My grandparents had emigrated from the Ukraine when they were first... more

By Barry Dyck

Pioneer Days Reflections
It goes without saying that Pioneer Days is a signature festival for both Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) and the surrounding community. We enjoy serving guests from here in the Southeast and beyond. Our volunteers often tell us interesting... more

By Glen Klassen, MHV Board Member

Memories of C.U. (“Telephone”) Klassen
After my Dad retired from being a lineman at MTS, he became a Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) volunteer. His “schtick” was to make rope at the festival events. Being a life-long inventor of gadgets, he... more

By Alexandra Kroeger, Assistant Curator

At Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV), we collect and exhibit objects that help us tell the story of Russian-descendant Mennonites. I am very used to accepting family heirlooms into our collection, but I never imagined that MHV would accept a piece... more

By Barry Dyck

Volunteerism
When I started my job at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) in 2009 I was introduced to five women who volunteered as our receptionists, each taking on that role one day a week. They would answer the phone, greet guests who came to visit the museum, and... more

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