They’re Back!

   One of the most important things I need to attend to at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) at this time of year is the hiring of leaders for our summer season. I am happy to report that our two major management positions have been filled.

   Dora Penner is returning for a fourth consecutive year to lead our Food Services functions. This includes managing the Livery Barn Restaurant, the Short-Order Booth and our catering services. Over the years many people in our community, as well as guests from other countries, have come to know and appreciate Dora’s brand of culinary excellence. Her ethnic dishes are delightful, and her Saturday brunch and Sunday buffet are top-tier experiences. Cinnamon buns, homemade soup and bread, vereniki and farmer sausage are all just a little more than six weeks away!

   Managing our Food Services functions is a large responsibility, and Dora is already assembling talented staff to support the work in the kitchen. In addition to providing high-quality food, her crew will also offer topnotch customer service. And do remember that guests may access the Livery Barn Restaurant for a fine lunch in a rustic setting without paying admission, unless they plan to also visit the rest of the Village.

   Jared Nickel will be returning to MHV for his fifth season as our Facilities Manager. Jared brings with him a great love for old things, particularly cars and trucks, and a real interest in things mechanical. These qualities serve him and us well at MHV.

   Facilities management is also a very large job. With acres of lawn to be cut; dozens of buildings to be maintained; a barnyard of animals to be cared for; crops to be planted, tended and harvested; and many old vehicles and tractors to be refurbished, there is no end of work and opportunity. So Jared needs many helpers. We are thankful that Enns Brothers has again made it possible for us to have a new line of yard equipment, which makes riding a mower so much more comfortable. Anyone interested? Jared will again be looking for volunteers to help with this work, as well as the other tasks, and will be happy to take applications after April 4.

Annual General Meeting

   What are the reasons people might choose to attend the Annual General Meeting of Mennonite Heritage Village on March 22? Those who have a passion for what the museum is all about would want to be informed of the latest happenings and have a part in making decisions about its future. Those who appreciate the services our museum offers to the community would want to be involved in those initiatives. In light of recent publicity about our Foundations for a Strong Future campaign, some will want to hear how that project is coming along. Perhaps some folks would take this opportunity to volunteer to work at the museum or on one of its committees. And maybe some simply want to enjoy Dora Penner’s doughnuts with a cup of coffee while visiting with friends. All of these are good reasons to attend! Everyone is welcome, although decision-making will be the responsibility of MHV members.

Calendar of Events

-   March 22 - MHV Annual General Meeting, 7:30 PM

April 3 – Vespers Service – 7:00 PM

About the Author

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.