Tombstone tour on May 26 at Alexanderwohl

The 1874 Mennonite migration experience was vastly different for each person who made the trip from south Russia to Kansas. The difficulties of the early settlement period were also experienced very differently. Some, like Elder Jacob Buller, had the heavy responsibility of guiding the whole group on his shoulders. For a few, like Anna Richert Wedel, they remembered a prior migration from Prussia to Russia. Anna Funk Unruh lost her mother within six months of arriving in Kansas. How did they cope and continue to persevere?

On Sunday, May 26, we will hear their stories, along with five others, through first-person accounts presented at their tombstone.

Talking Tombstones Tour will begin at 3 p.m. at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Cemetery. Three stories will be presented, and then participants will drive to Tabor Mennonite Church Cemetery for three stories. Following that, we will go to Goessel Cemetery and Blumenfeld Cemetery.

We encourage people to carpool between cemeteries.

The Immigrant Flags also will be up at each cemetery to mark the graves of the immigrants in 1874.

In case of bad weather, the event will be inside Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. If the road to the Blumenfeld Cemetery is inaccessible, Anna Richert Wedel’s story will be told at another cemetery.

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