In the last 30 years there have been numerous Canadian Mennonite tour groups visiting Poland. Many think of only visiting the places Mennonites lived in the Ukraine, but it is highly recommended to see Poland along the way.
Visiting Mennonite sites around the world is on my bucket list and with this series of articles I hope we can take a kind of tour of these places together.
This week Tom Hanks is celebrating his Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement in entertainment. He is also celebrating over 31 years of marriage to his wife Rita Wilson. In the ever-changing environment of Hollywood he has defied the odds.
It’s a new year and a new decade! How time flies. Maybe another role for museums like the Mennonite Heritage Village is “Time Machine”. We’ve created a place from a hundred years ago that people can come back in time to visit.
Our traditions at Christmas are part of holding us in relationships with one another. When we get together for annual gatherings where we do pretty much the same thing each year, it’s a way of saying ‘we belong here’, ‘this is who we are’ and ‘we’re safe’.
At Christmas we often think about the loved ones that have passed on. Recently one friend shared with me about how her grand-parents were so caring.
Museum as a mental health well-spring is one of the most recent roles for museums. As we see our society become more anxious and fragmented, finding more places to heal and discover wholeness is important.
As it was announced in a Village News post a few weeks back, I am leaving Mennonite Heritage in just a couple weeks, and moving to Calgary for new opportunities.
This may sound like a funny role for a museum, but it did not take long for me as director at Mennonite Heritage Village to do the math. Many of our volunteers are retired and as soon as they met me they would often tell me how they love being at our museum.