West Reserve Village Histories

An ongoing point of interest for WestMenn is to sustain the ongoing research and presentation of West Reserve village histories through workshops and publications.


WestMenn is proud to have helped the Mennonite Historic Arts Committee publish Mennonite Village Photography: Views from Manitoba 1890–1940, a beautiful collection of never-before-seen photographs left behind by four Manitoba Mennonite photographers. Many of the photographs survived as extremely fragile glass negatives—some salvaged from dusty barns. They have been scanned and brought to new life in this beautifully printed, 104-page coffee table book set for release in June 2020.

Two additional projects were identified and informally endorsed by WestMenn in 2019. The first is the ‘West Reserve Atlas Project’, inspired by John Rempel and William Harms’ Atlas of the West Reserve. The Atlas committee, led by Albert Falk, is discussing long-range planning of that project. The second project is Graham Schellenberg and Lawrence Klippenstein’s history of Altbergthal School District No. 1296, including the Fasting, Bergmann Siding and the neighboring villages of Altbergthal and Lichtfeld. 

WestMenn has supported several other village history projects, either through local community workshops and/or historical publications, including Rosenfeld, Manitoba & Neighbouring Communities, 1875-1975, published by the Rosenfeld History Book Committee in 2018.