CTMS Event

Creating a Community through “Die Steinbach Post”

Sep 27 7:00PM

For the fourth installment of the “Leaving Canada” speaker series, Andrea Klassen, senior curator of Mennonite Heritage Village, will explore the interactions between Mennonite colonists in northern Mexico and their Mexican neighbours as depicted in the immigrant newspaper Die Steinbach Post. Drawing on her study of letters published in the Post from Mennonites in Mexico to their relatives and friends in Canada between 1922 and 1967, Klassen will describe how Mennonite encounters with their neighbours – in the marketplace, in conflicts with thieves and the state, and through informal relationships between individuals – had the effect of creating a cohesive religious and cultural identity and strengthening Mennonites’ self-perception as an ethnic minority living on foreign soil.

The “Leaving Canada” speaker series is a companion to Mennonite Heritage Village’s special exhibit “Leaving Canada: The Mennonite Migration to Mexico,” which runs from June to November. It is supported by the Plett Foundation, and co-hosted by CTMS and Mennonite Heritage Village.


Our Next Annual Conference

Subjects, Settlers, Citizens

The 1870s Mennonites in Historical Context

University of Winnipeg and Livestream