100th Anniversary Celebration

From the Memorial Center brochure

100th Anniversary Logo

This logo tells the story.

People – A family symbolic of the 1874 migration. A man with his scythe representing industry A woman with her iron or teapot and a halo–not unusual for women! The son–(Most of those who came were below 20, many of them children.)

Faith – The Centennial Memorial tells the story of anabaptist-Mennonite history–portrays Mennonite priorities “the cross over the world”– Globe suggests the field of service and the scattered Mennonite remnants.

Religion – The church–They came in search of religious freedom and to avoid conscription. Little churches still dot the prairies and towns where Mennonites live.

Education – They came to escape Russianization of their schools. On the frontier Mennonites were concerned about the little Red Schoolhouse even before the emergence of public education. Today Bethel, Hesston, and Tabor symbolize this interest in education. Industry- The Mennonites came bringing Turkey Hard Red Winter Wheat and other garden, flower, fruit, and field seeds. They were committed to economic self-sufficiencey derived from hard work and had a healthy respect for the importance of industy, personal integrity, and a high spiritual resolve.

Past:The logo tells the story of 1874.

Contemporary:the Centennial Memorial, church and school concerns are contemporary

Venture of Hope

“What mean these stones?”

“That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.”
(Joshua 4:21,24)

Read text from the Centennial Memorial Brochure and the Centennial Memorial Commemorative Program.

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