In less than a month the Village will be open for business. It’s just a little hard to imagine all the snow being gone and the yard being dry by then.

This is the time of year when we begin to welcome our seasonal staff back to work at Mennonite Heritage Village. We are pleased that Jared Nickel has chosen to return in the role of Facilities Manager for a second season. Jared’s experience as a team member and his familiarity with our facility will serve MHV well. He will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the yard, facilities, and livestock. Jared will be looking for a staff assistant and a team of volunteers in the near future.

We are also pleased to have a familiar face managing our Food Services. Dora Penner previously served in this capacity in 2008 and 2009 and is returning this season. She will be responsible for all food services, including the Livery Barn Restaurant, the Short-Order Booth, and MHV Catering. We are eager to sample fresh bread and cinnamon buns when the restaurant re-opens.

During the next few weeks, we expect to hire several people to work in the Education Program, Curatorial Department, and Facilities Department. The number of people we hire will in part be determined by the number of grants we receive. Available positions will be posted on our website (, and

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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.