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Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives & Gallery Sawatzky, Anna, 1892-1966 Fonds English
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Anna Sawatzky family fonds

  • CA MHCA Volume 5030
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1974, predominant 1947-1965

The materials in this fonds consists of eight diaries covering 18 years written by Anna Sawatzky (born Anna Funk) and some Mennonite private and public school textbooks used by Abram Friesen and Abram Driedger. The diaries are factual in nature showing little of the author's emotions but showing the activities of the author, immediate and extended family, the weather, and events taking place at church on Sunday morning. Also included is some poetry collected by Anna Sawatzky and a 29 page "Funk Familie Register". The diaries are an example of the life of an ordinary Southern Manitoba Mennonite housewife's life. The educational materials are an example of the kinds of resources the Mennonites used in their public and private school systems during the first two decades of the 20th century in Manitoba.

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