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Great Trek 2009 - Khiva 9

This Great Trek, tracing the original route has taken place now, (May 24- June 4, 2009) with Tour Leader John Sharp.

In 1880-81 five wagon trains of Mennonites left European Russia and headed east to Central Asia along the famous Silk Road. Seeking freedom from conscription and new economic opportunities, this group went east instead of west to North America as 18,000 did a decade earlier. In the last two years, new details of the Great Trek have emerged in the remarkable Silk Road cities of Khiva, Samarkand and Bukhara. John Sharp, history professor at Hesston College who has a passion for the Anabaptist story, and has studied primary and secondary sources on the Great Trek, was the leader on this trip.

In his blog notes on their trip, John Sharp mentions there that the museum did not open after all as planned, but the tour got to see many other interesting things, and hear stories from the local people.

Past Events
Making History - a Devotional by (Rev.) David Neufeld at the 2020 AGM
Connecting Mennonites - MHSS AGM - March 6-7, 2020
Peace Perspectives - November 11, 2017
2017 Annual General Meeting; Singing by the Numbers
Blacks and Mennonites as Good Neighbours in Saskatchewan (Peace Event 2016)
2016 Annual General Meeting - March 5, 2016
Stories of Peace 4 Storytellers shared Pacifist experiences - November 15, 2015.
John-J-Friesen-Presentations.pdf - given at Annual General Meeting, March 2015
2015 Annual General Meeting & Mennonite Migrations - March 6, 7, 2015
Walter Klaassen's Translated Book Launch - March 9, 2014
2014 Annual General Meeting - GAMEO, - Archives - March 1, 2014
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (History) - February 28, 2014
Book Promotion: It Happened in Moscow - November 8, 2013
Peace Stories - November 9, 2013 (at Mount Royal Mennonite Church)
By Whatever Name Book Signing September 8, 2013.
Successful Book Launch - "The Fehrs" (June 9, 2013)
2013 Annual General Meeting Report - a full long page with lots of photos.

Pilgrims on the Silk Road - by Walter R. Ratliff

Walter Ratliff's book, Pilgrims on the Silk Road, and video, Through the Desert Goes our Journey, both are doing very well in sales and in awards and they are receiving the wider distribution and audience they deserve. Some people from the Rosthern area were on the second excursion to Khiva and area which was held in 2010. We hope in the near future to hear more from them about their adventures.

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Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan (MHSS)
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Archive Hours: Monday: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Wednesday: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. & by appointment on Wed. evening.