May and June are the months when school field trips seem to be most common, especially to an outdoor venue like Mennonite Heritage Village. So this is the season when our education program kicks into high gear. Every year we host over 4,000 students, as well as their teachers and helpers. Kim Plett has returned to MHV to coordinate this program, and Devon Guenther has joined our team to assist her. These two women will administer the program, supported by many volunteers who will assume the role of interpreter in selected locations throughout the Village.

The students will be introduced to various aspects of pioneer life. They will spend time learning about one-room country schools, the windmill, the role of the church in the community, the Semlin and various other components of Mennonite life 100 years ago. They will get to taste Schnetje and, in some cases, may even have the hands-on experience of baking them.

Depending on the package their school has purchased, they will likely also enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride. We are grateful to Birds Hill Park Ranch for again loaning us a team of horses to provide this part of the program. Normally the children also have free time in the afternoon, some of which is spent in the General Store, stocking up on candy for the long bus ride home.

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Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.