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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mennonite Educational Institute (Altona)

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The Mennonite Educational Institute, built in 1908 at Altona on the present-day fairgrounds site, was intended to train teachers for schools in Mennonite settlements across southern Manitoba. It originated from a dispute between two groups within the Mennonite community. One group wanted to erect a new building at Gretna to replaced the aging Mennonite Collegiate Institute there. A second group wanted the facility moved to Altona, which was believed to be more centrally situated. Each group fundraised separately, resulting in a new building at both places. In January 1926, the building was destroyed by fire and was not rebuilt.





Jacob J. Balzer (1860-1946)


Gerhard G. Neufeld (1884-1945)


J. S. Schultz


Gerhard Friesen


No information.

Photos & Coordinates

Postcard view of Mennonite Educational Institute

Postcard view of Mennonite Educational Institute (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0158

Mennonite Educational Institute

Postcard showing the Mennonite Educational Institute at the end of College Avenue in Altona (circa 1910)
Source: Walter Beatty

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.11079, W97.56633
denoted by symbol on the map above


Mennonite Educational Institute (Altona, Manitoba, Canada)” by H. H. Hamm, Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online, 1953.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 July 2020

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