MHV Auxiliary Poster for Film Night

From time to time the MHV Auxiliary plans and delivers a Film Night in the Village Centre Auditorium at Mennonite Heritage Village. While this is typically billed as a fundraising event, it also provides the community with an educational and social opportunity. One such event will take place on Friday, February 17, at 7:00 PM, when Otto Klassen’s film Remembering Russia, 1928-1938 will be shown. Cost of admission is $8.

Klassen’s film explores the hardships experienced by Mennonites in Soviet Russia during a time when the government of the day was introducing drastic reform to agriculture and closing many churches. Both of these actions profoundly impacted the Mennonites, causing many to attempt to flee the country. Not all were successful. This film will offer an interesting lesson on that time in our history.

The MHV Auxiliary is always looking for projects needing fundraising support. In this case, Film Night proceeds will be designated toward floor replacement in the Livery Barn kitchen. Preliminary estimates suggest that a new floor will cost in the neighbourhood of $9,000, including the cost of moving all equipment. Projects of this magnitude obviously require special funding.

Fringe benefits to any Auxiliary Film Night are the food and socializing that invariably are part of the evening. After the film, everyone will be invited to enjoy conversation over a cup of coffee and a piece of pie with ice cream. What better way to share stories of family experiences which have been passed down through the generations.

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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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