The Mennonite Heritage Museum on Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford.

The Mennonite Heritage Museum on Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford.

Online tour covers Anabaptist and Mennonite history

Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford participates in series

A new online presentation, The Anabaptist Story Lives On: Virtual Museum and Archive Tour, will be offered on Tuesday evenings starting in November.

The series will be held on Zoom at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays from Nov. 3 to Dec. 1 and Jan. 5 to Feb. 2.

Archivists and executive directors from Anabaptist and Mennonite museums, archives, and heritage centres in the US and Canada will show unique artifacts, photos, and documents as they share part of the Anabaptist story.

Richard Thiessen, executive director of the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, presents From Detroit to Ukraine: The Story of the MCC and Fordson Tractor on Nov. 17 – week three of the series.

In March 1922, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) established the first relief kitchen in Ukraine, feeding not only Mennonites but anyone who was hungry.

MCC workers soon recognized it was not enough to feed and clothe people. They also wanted to help people feed themselves. The solution? MCC shipped 50 Fordson tractors from the Ford factory in Detroit to Mennonites in Ukraine in 1922 and 1923, allowing them to plant crops and harvest enough grain to feed themselves.

Visit tourmagination.com/vtour-2 to register or for more information.