Mennonite Memories of Pelee Island, Ontario, 1925-1950

Creator(s): Essex-Kent Mennonite Heritage Centre

In 1925, the invitation of an Ohio tobacco farmer to share-crop his land on tiny Pelee Island in Southwestern Ontario offered a new start to 38 refugees. Six Mennonite families were among the thousands of German-speaking Mennonites fleeing the Ukraine in the troubled years surrounding the Russian Revolution.

This virtual exhibit depicts what life on Pelee Island was like for a small Mennonite community. The exhibit's images and reminiscences are grouped into eight storylines: Church Life, Family, Social Life, School Days, The Pheasant Hunt, Farming, Winter, and Landmarks.

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