Immigrant House

Immigrant-House

The Immigrant House is an important symbol for the Mennonites who migrated from the Molotschna colony in Russia to Nebraska to begin a new life in 1874.  Thirty-five families crowded into this long narrow building that was built by the Burlington Missouri River Railroad as a temporary home.  This roughly constructed building served as the Mennonites first home in America and symbolized their determination to seek out a place where their way of life could be preserved.

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Today the Immigrant house serves as a museum housing a large variety of artifacts, collections and antiques.  It was built as a replica of that first Immigrant House and was the first building constructed at the Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park in 2003.

Kids hear stories from volunteer Suzanne Ratzlaff about how the immigrants lived in 1874 at the annual Russia to America Kids Camp.

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