Item BK1-034 - Hoffnungsfeld, a provisional Mennonite home

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CA MHC 713-BK1-034


Hoffnungsfeld, a provisional Mennonite home


  • [between 1926-1929] (Creation)

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1 photograph: b&w; 11 x 8 cm

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Fred Engen was born in Norway and immigrated to the United States. He became employed by American banker Samuel McRoberts and became a key player in the migration of Mennonites from Manitoba and Saskatchewan to Paraguay in the 1926-1929 move. He died in Paraguay and is buried there.

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The photo shows a Mennonite family of six standing in front of their temporary home in Hoffnungsfeld. One part is a tent-like structure, the other part is constructed out of corrugated metal sheets in a rectangular shape. The latter appears to contain the cooking area because a chimney extends from the roof. There is a grassy area in the foreground and the Chaco bush in the background.

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Price: $5.00
Megapixels: 2.1
Resolution: 1508x1364

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