The executive director for Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach says they will dive deeper into the relationships between Mennonites and other cultures. 

Looking ahead to the next 12 months, Gary Dyck says it is important that we know the Mennonite story and the impact from other cultures. 

“The more we know our story, that's good, the more we can also engage with others,” he says. “And that's what we want to do. We want to be a place where we know our story, we tell it, we experience it, but we also engage because our story is not just our story. We've come across many people.” 

Over the years, Mennonites have moved through different countries, learning from other cultures. 

“Borsht for example, that wasn't a Mennonite thing, we learned that from the Ukrainians from our time there. There's many things in our culture today that have been impacted, changed, because of other cultures.” 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Mennonite migration from Russia to Canada

From 1923 to 1930, there were around 24,000 migrants who fled the Soviet Union and came to Canada. 

To mark this event, the Russlander exhibit will be brought back for viewing this year.

-With files from Michelle Sawatzky and Shannon Dueck