|A painting of a Mennonite Village in Russia|
Interestingly the mane Reimer has its beginning's in the Netherlands as far back as the 1500's.,
and the name is pronounced and spells....
Coincidentally this name is through out this Village.
All my Great Grandparents came here to Canada in the 1920's.
On my dads side their home town was in Prussia, before that the Netherlands.
Coincidentally there is a village that bears my maiden name... it's called Reimerswalde.
|The Steinbach Heritage Village Museum, Main street.|
|High back chairs in the main kitchen, wide plank board floors.|
|The barn that is attached to the house.|
|Hand turned clothing press.|
|My grandfather Z also had a big barn like this one.|
Famous for their peek roofs
I remember many a "hay loft" square dance there...
With uncles playing guitars and my mom and her sisters singing...Good childhood memory!!!
|Mr.B made a friend.|
|As we turned to go, this little guy jumped the fence and followed us.|
|These Oxen were huge!!!|
(click the picture for a closer view)
|Horse drawn buggy...|
My mother told me of how my grandma had thick fur blankets, to wrap the her children in when ridding in one of these buggies on a chilly Canadian winters day.
(Of course theirs had wooden skies, not rubber wheels:)
|This is the oldest building on site...grass roof.|
|Sitting atop a huge black stove was this old waffle iron.|
I remember as a child my grandma's black wood burning stove...
she used it to cook my "porridge"oatmeal, and home made buns.
|I always said Mr.B missed his calling!!!|
|Mrs.G, the teacher!!!|
|For the most part this museum is hands on.|
|This tin can, held the lunch of a child as he attended school.|
My mom said she had one too!!!
|This private school had a cozy room for the teacher, out fitted with a desk and bed.|
I love the way the museum has flowers on every window sill!!!
|There was a public school in the Village too.|
|Mr.B is the teacher this time.|
|The Village street...We are going to the Printery next.|
|Mrs.G at the desk.|
|Stopping at the restaurant for a bit of old fashioned German food.|
|A small mid day meal is called "Faspa"..|
.My family still uses the phrase.
As you can see mine is a little more than small....
|Cabbage borscht and home made bread, cheese and strawberry/rhubarb jam,|
Plumi Moos, and rhubarb cake.
See Mrs.G's kitchen for the recipe for :Plumi Moos a German fruit pudding is a favorite!!!
I hated it as a kid but love it now!!!
...See Mrs.G's Kitchen for the recipe...
"In My Wee Kitchen",...click the link below...
|The local store held many goods.|
My mother told me the only thing her mother, my grandmother would buy at the store, would be sugar and
material to make cloths for all 9 girls, and 3 boys.
|One can buy goods at the modern store on the facilities...|
I bought some
Local honey, and plum jam, along with home baked bread,
items made right here on at the
|I also purchased this book, so I could learn more about were my family comes from.|
|This was my favorite house.|
(and my favorite photo)
|The front room...for guest, no children allowed!!!|
Children were expected to spend their time out doors.
|Hand made quilts were every were...including my grandmother's home.|
I have tried my hand at this quilt making...not so easy!!!
|My grandma had high back chairs just like these, but hers were painted bright red!!!|
|One of two kitchens...the other was at the back of the house.|
Wood stove, oil lamp on the wood table.
and a commode against the back wall...
My grandparents had an out house.
|Wool for spinning.|
|Back kitchen and pantry.|
|Mr.B will pump your gas for you.|
|You could buy things in this store...look at all the candy!!!|
|Our famous Dutch Windmill.|
My daughters husband J. and his brother D. and their father, Mr.U.
All had a part in rebuilding this gigantic exact replica
wood beam windmill found in the Netherlands.
|The view on the windmills balcony.|
|Farming is how most made their way.|
|Steam engine tractor.|
|This eagle emblem was on the tractor...Case brand, is still made today.|
Mr. Penner is a very friendly man.
He is the 84 year old owner operator of his trucking co.(above)
We met him as he was driving in one of his antique trucks into the yard of the museum.
|Beautiful sight through the "door"|
The Lord said.. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you"
|Not Mr.B but Pastor B???|
|A two room sod/grass roof house.|
|Mr. Barkman was right, about God being with them!!!|
The Village that they set up, earlier in the 1800's beginning with those Semlins...
Is today a beautiful thriving Godly community!!!
|I remember seeing my grandmother Reimer wearing one of these black dresses in a photo.|
|Fancy head covering.|
|Inside the main museum there was much to see...|
|This one was very old.|
|Menno Simens the founder of the Anabaptist...Mennonites.|
|Terrible persecution broke out in many parts of Europe for these gentle people because of their faith.|
See link below for more info....