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The Plett Foundation offers a grants program that supports research and projects relevant to its mission. Grants are evaluated and awarded semi-annually by the Foundation’s Board of Directors on the basis of their relevance to the mission of the Plett Foundation, the feasibility of the project, and the deliverable outcome of the project.
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D.F. Plett Historical Research Foundation

The D.F. Plett Historical Research Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit private charity founded in 1996 to support and promote projects related to the cultural background, migration & settlement, and descendant communities of the conservative Mennonites who came to Manitoba from Russia in the 1870s.
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    Preservings Issue No. 46 (Spring 2023)

    The Making of the Russlaender

    This year we are commemorating the centenary of the beginning of the migration of some 21,000 Mennonites from the Soviet Union to Canada. Across the country, Mennonites are memorializing this event that transformed the life trajectories of many families, forging new paths for our community. We remember to bear witness to pain experienced, to contemplate difficult decisions made, to acknowledge adversity weathered, to be thankful for unforeseen blessings bestowed. But to remember is only possible if we know our own history. This issue of Preservings tells stories of the Russlaender, as those 1920s immigrants to Canada came to be known.

    Watch our award-winning documentary Conform

    Conform: The Mennonite Migration to Mexico of the 1920s tells the story of the nearly 8,000 Mennonites who left Manitoba and Saskatchewan for northern Mexico in the 1920s, in the largest mass emigration in Canada’s history.

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    Mennonite History for Young People

    Our 4-volume history series for young people, and accompanying workbooks and materials for teachers, complement social studies curricula in Canada for both public and private schools with Low German Mennonite students.

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