La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village
The La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village is located on 10 acres of land homesteaded by Henry H. Peters in 1950. Mr. Peters owned the property until 1991 when it was purchased by the La Crete Agricultural Society for the purpose of creating a museum.
The La Crete Agricultural Society was organized on April 23, 1980. Since its inception the La Crete Agricultural Society has grown considerably to include a four-fold mandate:
- History preservation through the management of the La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village
- Provision of a facility for community functions through the management of the La Crete Heritage Centre
- Organization of community events to improve the quality of life.
- Providing support to agricultural initiatives.
The Heritage Village contains some of the original homestead buildings as well as buildings moved in from all around La Crete. Eleven historic buildings were moved to the site in the years 1992 – 2011. The former Tompkins Landing Ferry was also moved on to the property. The museum village has grown considerably from its inception.
The La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village grounds have been the site of an annual “Pioneer Day” event to demonstrate antique equipment operations and local cultural foods since the mid 1980s. The event attracts approximately 1000 visitors each year.
The La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village has had official recognized museum status through the Alberta Museums Association since 2007. This status is renewed every five years to prove that provincial museum standards of operation are being upheld.
We operate a small gift shop at the Heritage Centre, and although its mostly utilized by museum visitors we want you to know that you are welcome to both bring items to sell on consignment and to come shopping for gifts.
For information about other museums in the Peace Country visit: www.spiritofthepeace.ca