The Mennonite Heritage Museum on Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford.

The Mennonite Heritage Museum on Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford.

Three events in March celebrate Mennonite heritage

Two books launches and a lecture take place in Abbotsford

The Mennonite Heritage Museum and Mennonite Historical Society invite the public to three free events in March.

The first is the launch of a new book on Friday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at the museum, 1818 Clearbrook Rd.

Janet Boldt has translated and published the diary of her grandmother: The Diary of Emma Möllman: 1914-1923. Boldt writes that “discovering her diaries was a treasure for me.”

The second event is a lecture on Sunday, Marcy 17 at 2:30 p.m. with Dr. Brian Froese, on staff at the University of Winnipeg.

He presents From Planting Crops to Church Planting: Mennonite Faith, Identity and Prosperity in Post-War British Columbia.

The talk, sponsored by the Historical Society, will focus on the “rags to riches” story and the urbanization of Mennonites in B.C. after the Second World War.

The venue is Level Ground Church, 31216 King Rd.

The third event is another book launch, this time on Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at the museum.

Dr. Bruce Guenther, professor at the seminary located at Trinity Western University, will launch his book, The Ältester: Herman D.W. Friesen, A Mennonite Leader in Changing Times.

The book chronicles the life of Guenther’s grandfather, an Old Colony Mennonite who attempted to modernize his community, often in opposition to traditional ways and beliefs.

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