MHV is highly dependent on volunteer labour in many areas of its operation. At this time of year we begin to encourage people to consider enrolling in our volunteer labour force for the upcoming season. We will need people who enjoy giving tours and serving as interpreters in our Education Program. Our facilities will require a lot of volunteer labour as well, from cutting grass to painting fences to trimming trees, etc. On festival days we will need people who are willing to staff our admission booths, cook in the short-order booth, tell stories in the Semlin, demonstrate rope-making and other pioneer skills, and the list could go on. We will be hosting an orientation event for volunteers on April 26 where prospective volunteers can learn about current opportunities.

MHV is leaning more and more in the direction of electronic technologies and social media. We are currently having our website redesigned to make it more interactive. We have had a Facebook account for about a year now and no doubt will soon have a Twitter account. It would be useful for us to have a volunteer videographer on the team who would enjoy producing short videos to be posted on our website and Facebook account.

We are fortunate to have a number of vintage cars and trucks in our Transportation Exhibit. While a number of these have been beautifully restored, very few of them are operational. Getting more of them up and running would be a great project for any retired mechanics who want the freedom to work at their own pace and want to make a contribution to a worthy organization. If you know of someone who might be qualified in any of these areas, please prompt them to make contact with someone at MHV by calling 326-9661 or by emailing [email protected]

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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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