At the Forks:
Mennonites in Winnipeg
One hundred and forty years ago, the first Mennonites in Manitoba stopped only briefly in Winnipeg ("Muddy Waters") to pick up shovels and supplies before they headed to their rural reserves to break the prairie sod. Staying in Winnipeg was not an option, because the city - really just a small town at the time - was too risky for a conservative people who were unprepared for the "world". Building new homes on rural reserves was the dominating vision.
How, then, has it come to be that Winnipeg is home to the largest number of Mennonites in any single city in the world? How did Mennonites happen to find themselves in this city? Why did they change their standpoint, if that is indeed what they did? And what are they doing in Winnipeg now?
Twelve chapters are devoted to providing a context to help the reader understand where Mennonites came from, how they changed from a rural to an urban people, and how these trends occurred at the forks of three rivers named "muddy waters" or Winnipeg.
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