In less than a month our Village will open for the summer season. By now we are busy hiring summer staff for different areas of the museum. That also means we will start recruiting volunteers to help with various tasks in the Village and the office. We cannot function without the help of hundreds of volunteers doing a wide variety of tasks. The museum provides opportunities for volunteers of all ages to help in numerous ways, from assisting the summer staff with the education programs, to helping with yard maintenance or behind-the-scenes operations, or helping on festivals days with admissions, parking, preparing and serving food in the Short-Order Booth, and a variety of pioneer demonstrations.

   If you would be interested in helping with some of our pioneer demonstrations - such as baking schnetje, blacksmithing, grinding wheat in the windmill - but haven’t got the necessary skills, don’t worry. We have other very knowledgeable volunteers who do these tasks regularly and are willing to teach you. We will set up special teaching/training sessions for you.

   With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering and learning new skills are enormous for you, your family, and your community.  

   We will be having a Volunteer Orientation evening on Thursday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Centre Auditorium. All returning and new volunteers are welcome to attend. Coffee and refreshments will be available. If you are unable to attend but are interested in volunteering, feel free to drop in at our Reception Desk anytime Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pick up a Volunteer Handbook and Application Form. You can also call Anne Toews at 204-326-9661 or email [email protected] for more information. Hope to see you here on April 21! Bring a friend, and make a difference this summer!

   Plan to celebrate spring at MHV at these featured events:

Calendar of Events

- Apr. 21 – Volunteer Orientation – 7:00 PM

- May 1 – Outdoor Village and Livery Barn Restaurant will open for the season.

- May 12 – Manitoba Day – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

- May 23 – Victoria Day – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

- May 29 – Auxiliary Faspa – 2:30 PM

- June 11 – Tractor Trek fundraising event

- June 12 – Tractor Show – 10:00 AM to 5:00 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.