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Celebration marks anniversary of museum

An all-day celebration is planned Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of moving the Peter Paul Loewen House to Hillsboro.

Events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mennonite Settlement Museum at D and Ash streets, Tabor College Historic Church, and the Scout House.

From 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m., a vintage quilt show, sponsored by the local quilt guild, will be held at the historic church. Tours and family reenactments will be available at the P.P. Loewen House. The visitor’s center gift shop will be open.

9 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., “Peter Paul Loewen Family in Mennonite History,” by Peggy Goertzen of Hillsboro at the Scout House.

10 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.: German choir and family feature “From Wheat to Bread” by Mary Beth Bowers of Marion, Kreutziger School House.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.: “Aprons Through the Decades,” by Carolyn Stucky of Inman, Scout House.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Faspa meal, Scout House.

2 to 3 p.m.: “The 1874 Migration Wave,” by Connie Isaac, P.P. Loewen Barn.

The Peter Paul Loewen House, a combined house-barn structure, was built in 1876 in the village of Hoffnungstal. Now part of the Mennonite Settlement Museums, the structure houses artifacts and other aspects of life from Mennonite immigrants in Western Marion County.

All events are free except for the Faspa which is $5.

Call the museums at (620) 947-3775 to make meal reservations.

For more information, call the museum, Mary Regier 947-2878, Anita Boese 947-2067, or Aleen Ratzlaff 947-2099.

Last modified Oct. 15, 2008

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