Recently our Curatorial department received a unique artifact donation. We have added to our collection the bassinet that was used in the birthing room of the Bethesda Hospital for years, beginning in the 1950’s and being taken out of service when electric equipment came into use.

Mrs. Tina Enns, the most recent owner of the bassinet and retired long-time nurse at Bethesda, donated the item to Mennonite Heritage Village. She indicates that for years it stood in the birthing room and received newborn babies. All of Mrs. Enns’ children occupied this bassinet in their first minutes of life.

We would be interested in learning more about when this bassinet first came into use at Bethesda and what preceded its use.

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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.

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