A group of 12 travel writers from all over the country made a stop at the Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park on Tuesday morning. They were were welcomed by HHT (Henderson Heritage & Tourism) president Suzanne Ratzlaff and treated to fresh apple prieska and coffee at the Visitorâ€™s Center. Next they learned about the Mennonite story from HHT volunteers Adeline Huebert and Marj Smith.
The writers were part of a tour group organized by Geiger & Associates visiting tourist attractions in the Kearney, Grand Island, and York area this week. These travel writers make contributions to magazines such as The Smithsonian, Family Circle, New York Times, Forbes Travel Guide, Chicago Tribune, and AAA Travel Guide.
Although their time at the park was short, they were able to tour the Immigrant House and sample toasted zwieback, the unique bread rolls that the immigrants carried with them on their journey from Russia to Nebraska. They also toured the Country Mennonite Church, the Epp Barn, and the District #73E Country Schoolhouse.
During their short visit, they took many pictures, asked questions, took notes, and recorded much of the information they heard. Hopefully, articles will be published by the writers sharing the stories they learned while at the Heritage Park.
Written by Shannon Siebert
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