The Mennonite Heritage Village is planning a special Spring Gala to not only raise money for the museum, but also to celebrate 150 years of Steinbach. 

Development Coordinator Nathan Dyck says this is also a special year at the museum, which marks 60 years of existence. 

The Gala will feature keynote speaker Kevin Chief of the True North Foundation who will share an amazing story about how to connect with your roots. 

“We also have Ed Schreyer, former Premier of Manitoba from the 1970’s and early 80s, plus a former Governor General of Canada. He's going to come and give some remarks. He was premier when the ribbon cut the original windmill. It's amazing that he's still around and willing to come and share his experiences and his knowledge of that time.” 

The Spring Gala is a key fundraiser for the museum. Dyck says they have 40 acres of land to look after, keeping it in great shape for the public, new exhibits, and programming that continues to grow, offering unique experiences for people of all ages. 

“All of that takes a lot of finances, and a lot of work and effort. Robert works tirelessly on programming and so we need help with that, and one of the ways we do that is we attract the community in with a great Gala fundraiser. 

The Spring Gala is set for May 24th in the auditorium at the museum. 

-With files from Michelle Sawatzky