Leaving Canada: The Journey to Mexico

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“Mennonite History for Young People” is a new series of education materials published by the D. F. Plett Historical Research Foundation that tells the story of Mennonites who arrived in Manitoba from Russia in the 1870s and migrated to Mexico and Paraguay in the 1920s. Leaving Canada, the first volume in the series, tells the story of the migration from Canada to Mexico. Upcoming volumes explore the history of the migrations from Russia to Canada and then to places like Belize, Bolivia, Argentina, Kansas, Southern Ontario, and Alberta over the last 75 years.

The series has been developed to be an excellent addition to existing Social Studies curricula in Canada for both public and private schools with Low German Mennonite students. It can also serve as a non-fiction reader for Language classes. Each volume is a softcover, 8.5″ x 11″, full-colour, authentic history text, written to engage both students and adults alike, and is written in accessible language at the grade 6 reading level.

This title is not available as an online publication, but can be purchased for $5.00/copy (plus shipping costs, if applicable) by contacting the Plett Foundation or at these retailers:


MCC Thrift on Kent, 50 Kent Ave., Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 3R1

MCS Aylmer Resource Center, 16 Talbot St. E., Aylmer, Ontario

Books 2 Fabrics, 25 Oak St. E., Leamington, Ontario

MennoMex, 49919 Talbot Line, Aylmer, Ontario

MCC New to You Thrift Shop, 55 Main St. S., Milverton, Ontario


Village Books & Gifts at Mennonite Heritage Village, 231 PTH 12 North, Steinbach, Manitoba, R5G 1T8

Die Mennonitische Post, 383 Main Street, Steinbach, Manitoba, R5G 1Z4

Diese Steine: Die Russlandmennoniten

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Written by Adina Reger, this history of the Mennonites of Imperial Russia has become the most widely read history of the forbears of the 1870s immigrants written in the German language.

This title is available free of charge, online.  Download the complete PDF below:

Diese Steine (PDF)


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