Freeman in Hutchinson County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Mennonite And Hutterian Immigration Memorial
1874 - Centennial - 1974
This marker commemorates the immigration of the first large groups of Swiss, Low German and Hutterian Brethren from Russia to Dakota Territory.
The first group of fifteen families arrived in Yankton on October 17, 1873. However a mass movement of several hundred families followed in 1876, with smaller groups arriving all through the 1870’s. The Mennonites settled mainly in Hutchinson, Turner and Bon Homme counties.
The Mennonites and Hutterian Brethren have their origin in the Anabaptist wing of the Reformation which started in central Europe. Their belief in separation of church and state and in nonresistance led to severe persecution for some three centuries. Hounded from country to country in Europe, God’s providence finally led them to America for asylum. The first years of severe winters, grasshoppers, prairie fires and drought threatened their survival. However, hard work, an unwavering faith in God and financial aid from Mennonite Organizations carried them through these critical years.
To commemorate the hardships they endured, the sacrifices they made and the rich heritage
"For other foundation can no man lay that is laid, which is Jesus Christ’. 1 Cor. 3:11"
Location. 43° 21.551′ N, 97° 25.215′ W. Marker is in Freeman, South Dakota, in Hutchinson County. Marker is on U.S. 81 0.1 miles north of 278th St. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 429 US-81, Freeman SD 57029, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.