Final ?60+? speaker will focus on rise and decline of Menno community

Larry Warkentin will present ?Letters from Menno, Kansas: The Lure of a Western Border?town? at the Tabor College ?60+? Learning in Retirement Program on Monday, May 11.

The session will begin at 9:45 the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

While translating letters written in German by his great-grandfather, Heinrich Janzen, Warkentin became interested in Menno, which flourished on the Colorado border from 1906-1913, but later vanished like many small rural communities.

In this final program of the spring semester series, Warken?tin will tell the story of why so many people moved to Menno, and why they left.

Warkentin, who lives in Fresno, Calif., graduated from Tabor in 1962 with a bachelor of music arts. He is professor emeritus at Fresno Pacific University, where he taught for 40 years before his retirement in 2002.

Warkentin, who has many musical compositions to his credit, was commissioned to create the Tabor College Centennial cantata, ?Sun, Moon, and Stars,? to be performed by orchestra, choir and baritone soloist for the first time May 10 at the Cen?tennial Spring Concert.

The public is welcome to attend all Learning in Retire?ment programs. Fees are $3 per session or $15 per semester ($28 per couple). Registration and discount cards for lunch in the cafeteria will be available at the door during the half hour before the meeting.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator at 620-947-3121, 947-5964, or at

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