Nov 15

Housebarn Homestead Display

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A traditional Mennonite family poses with some of their equipment in front of their Housebarn.

Nov 15

Housebarn Homestead

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A traditional homestead for early Mennonites as they immigrated to Canada.

Nov 15

Housebarn Homestead with Family

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A traditional homestead for early Mennonites as they immigrated to Canada.  Girls stood with their mothers.

Nov 15

Grandmother’s Peonies: Three Generations

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These Peonies are from the root stock of my Grandmother’s Peonies grown more than 75 years ago, transplanted by my mother and then by me.  Each Peony in this triptych represents the three generations.  Very fragrant.

Nov 14

Hot Moms in the 70’s

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Modern Mennonite women in bikini’s – on an East Coast vacation.

Nov 14

Lena on Wash day

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Laundry was (and still is) a woman’s job.  Laundry hung outside to dry in all seasons.

Nov 14

Teapot of Peonies

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A nostalgic view of the past, when Mennonite women used Enamel Ware and grew the fragrant Peonies in their gardens.

Nov 14

Institutionalized

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Prior to the development of Institutions, people with special needs were cared for at home, and sadly, sometimes hidden in shame.

Nov 14

Good-bye Mother

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When a mother would pass away – she often left behind many young children – too many for the new widower to take care of.  Sometimes these children would be divvied up amongst various extended family members such as Aunts and Uncles, to raise.  Also the tradition of closing a grave by hand (shovels) is still done today – part of the grieving process.

Nov 14

Sisters in the Willows

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Not uncommon for a large age spread between family members and in this case, these are 5 of 15 children – my Grandmother on the far right being the youngest.  Also quite typical for Mennonite women to be a bit “chubby” from all the Schmaunt fat and other rich foods.