Photo exhibit features 75 years of Mennonites in the Fraser Valley by ProQuest

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According to Dave Giesbrecht of the Mennonite Historical Society of B.C., the photo exhibit came about after discussions with Reach curator Scott Marsden and other gallery staff. Giesbrecht and fellow historical society members Hugo Friesen and Harry Heidebrecht collected and submitted photos from their archives featuring early and present images of such sites as Mennonite Educational Institute, Columbia Bible College and several local Mennonite churches.

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 Photo exhibit features 75 years of
 Mennonites in the Fraser Valley
 Story and Photo by Amy D ueck m an
 B.c. correspondent
 aBBotSFoRD, B.c.


 T    h e R e a c h G a l l e r y Mu s e u m o f
      Abbotsford opened a new exhibit on
 Nov. 19 with a photo collection entitled
 “Mennonites: People of Faith and Action.”
 A display of images capturing the 75-year
 history of Mennonites in the Fraser Valley,
 the photo exhibit was one of three that
 opened the same night.
    Beginning in the1930s, many Mennonites
 came to Abbotsford and the surrounding
 area as farmers and businesspeople. Today,
 there are more than 7,000 people attending
 Mennonite churches in the area and many
 others with Mennonite roots.
    “The Mennonites’ strong commitment
 to service has led them to be involved in
 efforts to help those who are in need in          Viewing the “Mennonites: People of Faith and Action” photo exhibit at the Reach
 our own city, and in mission and service          gallery in Abbotsford are Dave Loewen, Vange Thiessen and Angelika Dawson.
 opportunities around the world,” says the


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 gallery’s brochure describing the exhibit.
    According to Dave Giesbrecht of the
 Mennonite Historical Society of B.C., the
 photo exhibit came about after discus-
 sions with Reach curator Scott Marsden
 and other gallery staff. Giesbrecht and
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                                                   By Evelyn Re mpel Petk au
 fellow historical society members Hugo
 Friesen and Harry Heidebrecht collected           Manitoba correspondent
 and submitted photos from their archives
 featuring early and present images of such
 sites as Mennonite Educational Institute,
 Columbia Bible College and several lo-
                                                   W       hen Loren Hiebert and Rosemary
                                                           Siemens were planning a weekend
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