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.

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