Category Archives: History

Call for Photos to Commemorate Hutterite-Manitoba Centennial

Written by: Kenny Wollman on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

2018 marks the centennial anniversary of permanent Hutterite settlement in Manitoba.

To commemorate and reflect on this anniversary, the Hutterian Brethren Book Centre is embarking on a centennial publication project that will showcase, in broad terms, the Hutterite experience in Manitoba. To that end, we solicit your photos or suggestions of photos thought to be essential.

By means of example, themes such as settlement, architecture, engagement with mainstream society, acculturation, innovation, key events, people, and influencers will b....

Hutterite Descendants – Freed Slaves from the 1605 Turkish War

Written by: Linda Maendel on Friday, April 11th, 2014

I’ve received some interesting messages since I’ve started blogging at hutt-writevoice.blogspot.com a few years ago. The most recent one made me do a double take and wonder if this person was dreaming. Upon conducting an internet search to learn more about the Hutterer Park in Innsbruck, Austria, this person was led to my blog, where I had written a post on this park after visiting the area.

“Hi Linda, just read your ‘Living What Our Forefathers Died For’ post. Deeply touching article, as I am a descendant of the Hutterites ens....

Living What Our Forefathers Died For

Written by: Linda Maendel on Monday, January 27th, 2014

I read the email twice, to make sure I understood this right. Yes, this really is a scholarship opportunity in Germany. I could either let it go or Carpe Diem. I decided to seize the day and soon realized, sometimes when you walk through an open door, God has even more blessings in store!

Thus, Carpe Diem led to a colleague and me receiving a scholarship for a teaching methods course, offered by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Education. We’d be studying in Hannover, Germany for ten days, with hotel, food and local transport....

Part I-Hutterite History Tour 2012

Written by: Jesse Hofer on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

The following blog post is Part 1 of 4 planned posts about a Hutterite history tour I was privileged to experience in the summer of 2012.

Part I will provide an introduction and brief overview of our tour.

Part II will touch on places and events relating to Jakob Hutter's early life.

Part III will present surprising new details surrounding Jakob's Hutter's arrest and execution.

Part IV will describe a planned Hutterpark in the city of Innsbruck, Tyrol to celebrate the Anabaptist-Hutterite history in the region.

I received an impo....

Sentenced to Alkatraz

Written by: Linda Maendel on Sunday, November 11th, 2012

During their stay in the Dakotas, Americans barely noticed the Hutterites, that is, until World War I broke out in 1914. But then they were viewed as foreigners because they spoke German and refused to participate in the war. Nor did they contribute any money towards the financing of the war. Of course, this did not go over well with the English-speaking neighbors, who raided the colonies and stole livestock and supplies to help finance the war.

Since it was compulsory, Hutterites sent their young men to military camps, but they didn’t all....