MHV has many artifacts that need varying degrees of restoration work. One that is being focused on now is a hay wagon. This is a wooden wagon on wooden wheels, designed to function as a portable hay feeder. It can be loaded with hay, hauled to the pasture, and left to feed the cattle. There is a photo of it in MJ’s Café in Steinbach.

It looks like a fairly simple wagon and it is. The parts that are not simple to replace are the wheels. In fact, we also have a number of other wooden wagons that need to have wheels either repaired or replaced.

There are wheelwrights around who are willing to help us. What we really need is a few volunteers who are interested in learning this skill. One of the wheelwrights we know is quite willing to provide training. We have a heated shop and a lot of work that could be done over a period of time. If you know of someone who may be interested, have them call Barry at 204-326-9661. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

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.