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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mennonite Heritage Village Museum (Steinbach)

The Mennonite Heritage Village Museum, established in 1957, is located on a 40-acre site north of Steinbach. Open year-round as one of Manitoba’s Signature Museums, it tells the story of Mennonite faith and culture through the centuries, from the 16th century to the present day. The site contains many restored historic buildings, including a Semlin (sod house), housebarn, Mennonite church, general store, print shop, blacksmith shop, Mennonite Private School, and Barkfield School No. 1951. It features Canada’s only operational windmill, a 2001 reconstruction of one built in 1877. Also on the grounds is a monument bearing several commemorative plaques as well as a plaque erected by the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba in commemoration of the Mennonite East Reserve. (A plaque commemorating the Mennonite West Reserve can be found in the village of Rosenfeld.)

Mennonite Semlin (sod house) at the museum

Mennonite Semlin (sod house) at the museum (September 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Hochfeld House, built in 1877 in the village of Hochfeld

Hochfeld House, built in 1877 in the village of Hochfeld (September 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The Blumenhof Mennonite School, built in 1885 and used until 1924

The Blumenhof Mennonite School, built in 1885 and used until 1924 (September 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Barkfield School building

The former Barkfield School building (September 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Windmill at Steinbach’s Mennonite Heritage Village Museum

Windmill at Steinbach’s Mennonite Heritage Village Museum (2003)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.552024, W96.688110
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mennonite West Reserve (Rosenfeld, RM of Rhineland)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Barkfield School No. 1951 (RM of Hanover)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Steinbach Plaques (Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach)

On the Road to Manitoba Museums by Maria Zbigniewicz

Mennonite Heritage Village

Sources:

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 February 2021

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