A few months ago someone suggested we select a different theme annually so that new things will be taught each year and our visitors will have new and different things to see and experience. As we discussed the idea at management staff meetings the concept began to develop support and shape. The chosen theme would inform our exhibits, our festival activities, our education program, perhaps even the merchandise we sell in our Gift Shop. We view this as being a significant new initiative at MHV.

Once our management team developed vision and enthusiasm for the concept, we began the process of selecting a theme for 2012. Five good suggestions were tabled for our consideration. After some thought and dialogue, we have chosen to theme our 2012 activities around children. Children played a different role in the family and the community at the time of the early migrations to Canada. Their responsibilities in the home and on the farm were different. Toys were nothing like what they are today. The role of children in the family structure has changed over the decades. There are many facets of the role of children to be explored. We’re excited about the possibilities.

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About the Author

Barry is the Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Village. While he does not consider himself to be a historian, he places a high value on the preservation and interpretation of the Mennonite and pioneer stories that help people of all ages understand and appreciate their heritage. Learn more about the MHV.