Mennonite Heritage Village

Violin and Bow

Origin: This violin was owned by Jacob W. Wiebe of the West Reserve.
On Loan from: Terry C. Wiebe

While secular music and dancing were once officially frowned upon by Mennonite church authorities, young people often danced and played music in secret. Instruments such as accordions, guitars, and violins could be hidden, and then played when elders were away. Other more “liberal” Mennonite communities are known to have had somewhat boisterous dances, particularly during engagement or wedding parties.