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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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.