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Dear Guest,

We hope you are staying warm and healthy during these challenging times.

To bring a little sunshine into your life, we contacted some of our favourite in-country guides in Poland, The Netherlands, Tanzania, and Turkey. If you have been on tour with Kasia, Ayold, Roberto, or Gokcen you know how special they make your travel experiences. Hear their messages of hope and gratitude for TourMagination travellers in the video clip above.

For your viewing pleasure, we are pleased to announce Round 2 of The Anabaptist Story Lives On: Virtual Museum & Archive Tour! This series of heritage presentations on Zoom was so popular in the spring, we are offering 5 more tour stops now in fall 2020 (beginning Tuesday, November 3rd) and 5 in the new year. SEE the schedule below. WATCH a short trailer about Conrad Stoesz's presentation coming up Tuesday, November 3.

If you have questions or concerns about an upcoming tour please contact us at or 1-800-565-0451 or visit our website.

The TourMagination Team,

Audrey, Anna, and Sandra

Do you need to re-register for a tour? If you were on a postponed 2020 tour, you will receive a personal email with instructions on how to re-register for your specific tour. MORE DETAILS on our website.

The Anabaptist Story Lives On:

Virtual Museum & Archive Tour

Join Anabaptist heritage experts and archivists on Tuesday nights at 8 PM EST/7 PM CT/5 PM PT for a 20-30 minute Zoom presentation followed by Q & A. Presenters will show unique artifacts, photos, and documents as they share part of the Anabaptist story. REGISTER ON ZOOM ONCE, and select all the presentations you want to attend.

FALL 2020
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3                                            REGISTER
    Keeping Our Collective Memory Alive: Why Archiving Matters
    Conrad Stoesz, Mennonite Heritage Archives (Winnipeg, MB) 
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10                                            REGISTER
    From Zurich to Addis Ababa: How Anabaptism Became a Global Movement, John D. Roth, The Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism (Goshen, IN)
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17                                            REGISTER
    From Detroit to Ukraine: The Story of MCC and the Fordson Tractor
    , Richard Thiessen, Mennonite Heritage Museum (Abbotsford, BC)
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24                                            REGISTER
    Mennonite Relief Pioneers

    Jason Kauffman, Mennonite Church USA Archives (Elkhart, IN)
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1                                               REGISTER
    Mennonites at War,

    Andrea Klassen, Mennonite Heritage Village, (Steinbach, MB)

WINTER 2021, Beginning Tuesday, January 5
  • The Cookie War: A Sweet and True Tale,                                       
    Laureen Harder-Gissing, Mennonite Archives of Ontario (Waterloo, ON)
  • The Odyssey of an Organ, Immigrant Furniture & Travelling Exhibits,
    Andi Schmidt Andres, Kauffman Museum (North Newton, KS)
  • Perseverance & Joy: Early Anabaptist Treasures,
    Joe Springer, Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen College (Goshen, IN)
  • Exploring Questions from Mennonite History, John D. Thiessen, 
    Mennonite Library & Archives, Bethel College, (North Newton, KS)  
  • Secrets from the Ukrainian KBG Archives, Dr. Aileen Friesen, Center for Transnational Mennonite Studies, (Winnipeg, MB)


Do you miss travelling, but you also want to stay safe. TourMagination has arranged two local heritage tours that you can take with your family and friends. Both tours include Mennonite heritage locations other sights recommended by our friends in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Goshen, Indiana. We even made arrangements with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the Mennonite Church USA Archives for a custom talk that references your family history! 

Choose from recommended restaurants and hotels--including some Mennonite-owned businesses. Each location has COVID safety guidelines in place.


Explore American Mennonite History, Lancaster, PA


Meet your family in Lancaster, PA to explore your Mennonite heritage and see some local sights on a refreshing get-away. With an interpreter, tour the Mennonite Information Center and hear facts and stories specific to your family history in Lancaster. Visit Mennonite-owned restaurants, farms, and attractions—including Hershey Chocolate World. This is the perfect local tour for family groups of 5-10. Invite your kids and grandkids. Connect with your siblings and cousins.  

Day 1: Start your day with a tour of historic collections at the Mennonite Information Center. A museum interpreter will personalize a talk with references to your family’s heritage in the Lancaster area. In the afternoon, find out what’s special about the region. Take a hot-air balloon ride or enjoy a wine-tasting. Explore the area by scooter. Browse some local shops or one of the many markets. Depending on your hotel choice, enjoy the pool and hot tub, walk the trails, visit a petting zoo or other on-site amenities. Have dinner at the hotel restaurant. 


Explore American Mennonite History, Goshen, IN

On this wonderful 3-day, 2-night tour, explore your family connections in Goshen or satisfy your curiosity about Mennonite migrations to this area. Stay in a Mennonite-owned hotel. Dine at the in-house restaurant to remember favorite dishes from bygone days. Explore intriguing shops in Goshen and nearby Elkhart. Visit Mennonite historical sites, including the Mennonite Church USA Archives and Mennohof. On a full-day excursion to Barns at Nappanee, tour the farmhouse, enjoy a wagon-tour ride around the farm, and end your visit with a fresh, hearty feast. Take this tour with friends or family of all ages. Suitable for groups of 5-10. 

Day 1: This morning, visit Mennonite Church USA Archives in Elkhart to hear about the history of the Mennonite Church in the United States. See documents from their extensive collection. With advance notice, your interpreter can reference your family connections to the area. Later, check into your hotel and enjoy some of the on-site amenities. Relax over a home-cooked meal at the restaurant.


More Local Heritage Tours

We are considering similar heritage tours in Ohio, Kansas, Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia. Are you interested? 

100 Years of Russian Mennonite Migration

To commemorate the migration of 21,000 Mennonites from Russia to Canada beginning in 1923, a group of heritage enthusiasts is organizing the Russlaender Centenary Tour for summer 2023. This three-part cross-Canada tour begins in Quebec City and ends in Abbotsford, BC. You can take the whole epic journey or join one or two segments.  As we refine the tour, WE NEED YOUR INPUT.  PLEASE COMPLETE a short 5-Question survey about the tour.