‘Horse and Buggy’ Mennonites Highlighted at Conference

By Brian Schultz

The University of Winnipeg will host a two-day academic and community conference on October 21 and 22.

“Anti-Modern Pathways: ‘Horse and Buggy’ Mennonites in Canada, Belize and Latin America” will focus on the Amish farm communities, or the so-called “horse and buggy” people who live anti-modern lives.

About 4,000 Old Order Mennonites live in southern Ontario, while an additional 70,000 similarly traditionalist, Canadian-descendant Old Colony Mennonites have settled in Central and South America. They live in close-knit agrarian communities in English-speaking Belize and Spanish-speaking Mexico, Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. Both the Old Order and the Old Colony people practice anti-modern pathways, but they are the subjects of much less attention than the Amish, and often they are either misunderstood or ignored.

The conference is free and open to the public, and will be held in the U of W’s Convocation Hall.

Download the program brochure for a conference schedule (PDF, 139 KB).

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