Near Moundridge in McPherson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial
This Centennial Memorial, erected in gratitude to God, commemorates the coming to America of the Swiss-German Mennonites in the Fall of 1874 from Volhynia, a former Polish province, in the present Russian Ukraine. It symbolizes the Christian faith among the pioneers and expresses appreciation to God for His faithful leading and to America for its freedom and opportunities. Catherine II's century old privileges having been rescinded, the Mennonites left Russia because a new Russianization policy including military conscription threatened to undermine their faith and culture. The Mennonite Congregation of Kotosufka near Zhitomir came to this area and chose the name Hoffnungsfeld (Field of Hope).
The Immigrant House, about 20' x 120', was erected here by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. It housed 15-35 families during the first winter and was the worship and community center during the following eight years. This land (SW 19-21-2W) was given by the railroad for religious and educational use.
The Hoffungsfeld Congregation was incorporated as the Hopefield Society of the Mennonite
"These stones shall be to the people for ever."
Erected 1974 by The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association. (Marker Number I.)
Topics and series. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
Location. 38° 12.601′ N, 97° 35.278′ W. Marker is near Moundridge, Kansas, in McPherson County. Marker is on Aztec Lane, 0.2 miles east of 18th Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Marker and memorial are on the grounds of the Hopefield Mennonite Church, about four miles WNW of Moundridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moundridge KS 67107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are The Swiss (Yolhynian) Mennonites (here, next to this marker); Anabaptist - Mennonite Faith & Life (here, next to this marker); Centennial Memorial (here, next to this marker); Turkey Red Wheat (here, next to this marker); Growth of This Pioneer Group (here, next to this marker); The Challenge & Hope of the Future (here, next to this marker); English Oak (a few steps from this marker); Original Site of Hoffnungsfeld-Eden Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moundridge.
Also see . . . The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association. Association homepage (Submitted on July 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 759 times since then and 138 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.