Mennonite Centennial Memorial
1874 - 1974
This monument is an expression of deep gratitude
— to the City of Peabody for receiving the Mennonite immigrants, extending hospitality to them, and now granting a plot for this memorial,
— to the Santa Fe Railroad for directing the Mennonite immigrants to a productive land and making it available under favorable terms,
— to our government for respecting conscience, rewarding industry, and granting freedom for Christian outreach,
— to our God for His leading and continued blessing.
During the 1870's and the early 1880's about eight thousand Mennonites migrated from the Steppes of south Russia to America, and arrived near this spot in Peabody, Kansas. Because of their dedication to God and their faith in Jesus Christ, they sought a land where their desire for religious freedom would be honored.
America became that land. The terms of the Santa Fe Railroad and those of the government for land purchases were attractive, and the vast, fertile plains and favorable climate made Kansas their choice. The record of the past one hundred years reveals that the Mennonites made a wise decision.
Peabody and the neighboring communities became the port of entry for the Russian Mennonites to the Kansas rolling prairies. The Turkey Hard Red Winter Wheat became the origin of the hard winter wheat grown
Though an agricultural people, these immigrants also recognized the importance of providing for the spiritual, cultural, and physical needs of themselves and others. They plowed the sod but also established churches, schools, and hospitals.
Distinctive to the Mennonite heritage are the principles of peace and compassion. The Mennonites believed that a disciple of Jesus Christ should heal the wounds of individuals and nations rather than inflict them. Churches and colleges have been instrumental in providing programs of outreach in missions and voluntary service. Through the years they have had many opportunities to extend a helping hand to suffering mankind around the world. They felt compelled by the love of God to help alleviate suffering, especially when natural disasters struck.
Erected this 27th day of July, 1974, by the Mennonite Inter-Church Centennial Committee, Hillsboro, Kansas.
Monument designed by Solomon L. Loewen
Erected 1974 by Mennonite Inter-Church Centennial Committee.
Location. 38° 9.892′ N, 97° 6.394′ W. Marker is in Peabody, Kansas, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of Walnut Street and 1st Street, on the left when traveling
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J. S. Schroeder Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fairplay Church [Bell] (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Free Public Library Building in Kansas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peabody High School Light Poles (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Turkey Red Wheat (approx. 8.4 miles away); Ebenfeld Centennial (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peabody.
Also see . . .
1. "The Migration of the Russian-Germans to Kansas,", by Saul (Kansas Historical Quarterly,1974). (Submitted on June 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Mennonites in Kansas at Kansapedia. (Submitted on June 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. "Kansas," in Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. (Submitted on June 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Russian Germans in Kansas. (Submitted on June 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College. (Submitted on June 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. Turkey Red Wheat at Kansapedia. (Submitted on June 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Peace • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.